VLS Announcements 73 - 5 February 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 73 of our weekly announcements.

I hope everyone will join me in the coming weeks to welcome all of our new and returning students, helping them find their feet on campus is an important part of the School’s role.

I would also like to wish you all well for your preparations for the coming semester, please email our support teams - or for any assistance that you may require.

Kind regards

David Hampson

Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Emma Thorp  by COB each Tuesday for publication on Friday.

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  • Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) Request for Proposals information for 2016

    This call for project proposals and AMPC funding in FY2016-17 will close on Friday, 12th February 2016.

    The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) is the Rural Research and Development Corporation that supports the red meat processing industry throughout Australia. AMPC’s mandate is to provide research, development, extension and marketing services that improve industry sustainability, productivity and profitability. Each year AMPC works with its members and other industry stakeholders to select investment priorities that are linked to AMPC strategies and member needs. This year we have provided those investment needs by Core AMPC Program to solicit responses for funding in FY 2016-17. Those programs are:

    1. Processing Technologies
    2. Environment and Sustainability
    3. Processing Hygiene, Quality and Meat Science
    4. Capability, Extension and Education
    5. Industry Improvement and Economic Analysis

     Each RFP is given a unique RFP identification number to enable researchers to respond to specific proposals by completing the Preliminary Research Proposal (PRP) form. Details on how to complete PRPs for funding are provided in the cover letter. We would encourage providers to contact AMPC Program Managers listed in that letter to seek out any additional information regarding the scope of RFPs or the completion of PRPs. Although the RFPs outline key investment priorities for AMPC, we also encourage researchers to submit other proposals in PRP format that they believe would be of demonstrable value to industry.

    Please note, researchers will need to consider previously completed and ongoing activities undertaken by AMPC, Meat & Livestock Australia and other collaborative researches conducted by other Rural Research & Development Corporations. R&D reports are available from AMPC/MLA websites using (links expired).

    We wish you the best of luck with your submissions. Please ensure your completed Preliminary Research Proposals are submitted by the above closing date.

  • Enrolment Advice note - message from Carolyn McInnis

    Some concerns were expressed last year about a lack of consistency in the enrolment advice provided to students.

    In response to this, the attached guidance note has been developed with input from ARO and Student Advisor staff. It has been issued to all Student Advisors, Academic Chairs and the ARO staff involved in advising students. We hope this will support a more consistent approach over the next few weeks; feedback on its usefulness and any future refinements would be welcome.
  • Introduction to Defence Trade Controls

    All Murdoch University staff and students engaged in research and/or teaching activities need to be aware of Australia’s defence trade control legislation. Please read the attached document for further information.

  • Recalibrating fire warning science

    For further information see the article

  • New Colombo Plan: Checklist for new short-term programs

    Following my presentation to all Schools Deans on 23rd November 2015, please find attached a checklist for your School, which will assist in creating a new short-term program.

    This checklist includes a timeline of 12 month and also New Colombo Plan and other Scholarship and Finance information. Please circulate within your School and ask anyone interested in a new international initiative, to contact me if they need any help and assistance. This document can hopefully meet the Acting DVC’s KPIs of 2 applications for each School. I have also contacted all School Managers recently as I want to offer a workshop on how to write a successful New Colombo Plan application. The new round for programs running in 2017 will open shortly and close on 13th May. Thank you for your ongoing support for the New Colombo Plan.

    Jeannette Geesmann Student Mobility Officer (Outbound) | External Engagement | Academic Registrar's Office

  • “What is the fate of amputee sawfish?”

    Members of the Freshwater Fish Group & Fish Health Unit has a paper published today in the Fisheries Journal, entitled “What is the fate of amputee sawfish?”

  • Video From a Whale Shark’s Point of View

    Murdoch researcher Brad Norman working with National Geographic -

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  • Change of Directorate Name for Human Resources

    In accordance with the People and Culture Office Strategy and Operational Plan 2016, please be advised that Human Resources Office will as of today be known as the People and Culture Office.

    The office contact details and staff titles remain unchanged.

    Thank you for your attention, we look forward to working closely with you all as we continue to build and sustain a dynamic, innovative and valued workforce.

  • Works notification • B250 Veterinary Sciences • Thursday 28th January 7am until Wednesday 3rd February 17:00 2016

    Please be advised that programed works will take place to upgrade lighting, due to the age of equipment and improvements to MU energy efficiencies.

    The works are programmed from 07:00 Thursday 28th January until 17:00 Wednesday 3rd February.
    During the works lighting will not be in use and access will be restricted. The Property, Development and Commercial Services Office (PDCSO) apologises in advance for any disruption that this may cause.

    The below locations will be affected by the Works.

    B250 2.107 Teaching Lab
    B250 2.108 Computer Lab
    B250 2.109 Computer Lab
    B250 2.100 Circulation Area
    B250 2.100A Circulation area
    B250 2.110 Circulation area

    If you have any concerns about the works, please contact Duncan Pratt via email

    Please note the below important contact whilst works are under way:

    • For enquiries during business hours, please contact the University’s Facilities Management Helpdesk by email or telephone on 2262 (internal) or 9360 2262 (external).

  • CareerConnect Newsletter

    The Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre’s first CareerConnect newsletter for the year is now available.

  • Hospital Operations Manager - message from Fiona Feist

    Dominic O’Sullivan has decided for personal reasons to relinquish his position as Hospital Operations Manager. Dominic has taken another opportunity that better suits his long term aspirations. We have agreed to waive his notice period and as such Dominic will finish on Friday, 5 February 2016.

    I am sure you join me in thanking Dom for his contribution to the Hospital and wishing him all the very best for the future.

    Peter Irwin and I are exploring our options to replace Dominic’s role and we will update you as this progresses. In the meanwhile Warren Timpson and Yvonne Markey will share responsibility for the Hospital’s operation with guidance from Peter and myself.

    If anyone has any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

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  • Free Webinars in Teaching and Learning

    HEA research webinar six: Engaging students in their learning: What works?

    Carol Evans, Professor in Higher Education at the University of Southampton and a Principal Fellow of the HEA, will be profiling her new HEA-funded research into the key features of high impact learning and teaching within specific disciplines. The research includes case studies of best practice.

    About the HEA research webinar series Our free lunchtime research webinars offer the opportunity to come together to debate critical issues in HE learning and teaching. Taking newly-available pedagogic research and resources as their starting point, our webinars are aimed at those who want to keep up-to-date with new thinking to improve their practice, inform their institutional strategy, and develop policy.

    The webinars are highly collaborative, using Citrix GoToWebinar, which enables attendees to ask questions, make comments and receive regular updates and resources before, during and after the seminar. Book on this event HEA Work

    Area: Research Event Address: United Kingdom Event start date: Wednesday, 3 February, 2016 - 12:30 - See more at:

  • Shark conservation & research programme volunteering opportunities for students

    We are a fully licensed shark cage-diving tour operator recognised by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, allowing us to undertake great white shark cage diving activities and collect research monitoring data. We care greatly about the oceans and the future thereof which is why we have invested tremendous time and effort into protecting not only the great white shark, but our environment as a whole.

    Our volunteer research programme allows us to continually support innovative conservation and research projects taking place at the Shark Research Group of the University of Stellenbosch and the SA Shark Conservancy, as well as physically contribute through data collection, monitoring, and our own research projects. Volunteering with us is a unique and exciting opportunity for early-career scientists to be involved in ground-breaking marine research exploring great white shark behaviour and demographics, elasmobranch diversity and abundance, fish diversity and abundance, ocean conservation and projects involving an array of other South African marine wildlife. Volunteers will be involved in field research, data collection, data management, as well as outreach and educational programmes.

    Field work involves controlled angling surveys from the boat and from shore, collection of behavioural, biological and morphometric data, tagging of sharks and fish using conventional spaghetti tags, snorkelling, shore-based transect methods, baited remote underwater video system (BRUVs) surveys and more. There will also be a number of chances to participate in the cage diving activities, giving ample opportunities to come face to face with the magnificent great white shark in an unforgettable diving experience. We are currently recruiting volunteers for 2016 & 2017! We would like to encourage your students to join our programme allowing them to be trained as a marine researcher, contribute towards meaningful conservation research projects, and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with one of the world’s most majestic ocean predators – the great white shark.

    Please find attached our volunteer programme brochure for further details.

  • British Council seeks Australian scientists!

    The British Council Australia invites scientists, mathematicians and engineers to enter FameLab – the science communication competition. FameLab inspires young scientists to bring their research out of the lab and onto the stage.

    * Fifty Australian semi-finalists win presentation/training sessions with travel.

    * 15 finalists participate in a 2-day professional development course.

    * Winner appears at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival, UK, June 2016.

    *Applicants can be Honours students, graduate students or up to 5 years post-PhD, researching in any field of science, maths or engineering.

  • On MOOCs Seminar

    In the build up to the activities around the Transforming Transnational Education Delivery project (TNE project), the first Lunchtime seminar will be held on Wednesday 24th February 12-1.30pm in ECL1.031.

    The Lunchtime Seminar On ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs) will include talks from speakers Dr Christian Guetl (Graz University), Associate Professor David Gibson and Jacqui Kelly (Curtin University).


    11.30 – 12pm: Registration starts
    12 - 12.30pm: Lunch and networking with Murdoch Colleagues
    12.30 - 1pm: Dr Christian Guetl: ‘Must we be concerned with the Massive Drop-outs in MOOC? - An Attrition Analysis of Open Courses’
    1 - 1.30pm: Associate Professor David Gibson and Jacqui Kelly: ‘How to Build a MOOC’

    The event will be chaired by Professor Sara de Freitas. The event will be useful for learning and teaching staff and researchers in the field of Education.

    Speakers’ bio are available at

    To register, please go to TCMS at

  • West Coast Microbiome Network - Symposium.

    This is an opening symposium introductory to a subsequent series of seminars that will be held regularly, to create a local network of enthusiastic scientists interested in microbiome analysis.

    The seminars, as well as the Symposium, will give the opportunity to students, WA scientists and their visitors to present their work and discuss technologies, methods, approaches, difficulties, initiatives etc. For registrations and more information please visit : WWW.WCMICROBIOME.ORG. WCMN has been established to link microbiome researchers across all the universities in Perth and CSIRO. The aim of both the WCMN and the annual symposia is to bring together scientists that are interested in fundamental microbiological research or the application of microorganisms to specific problems. This includes a broad range of research disciplines such as medicine, biotechnology, agriculture, and mine-site rehabilitation. ​We are keen to build the interfaces between researchers from a range of disciplines such as the terrestrial and aquatic environment, the restoration and rehabilitation context as well as the human health field, all where microbes play an important role and where different research areas have joined forces and flourished in recent years.

    For further information, please see the flyer.

VLS Announcements No. 73