VLS Announcements 74 - 12 February 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 74 of our weekly announcements.

With graduations scheduled for next week, the School has been asked to nominate particularly interesting people who are graduating in these ceremonies in order to promote Murdoch University. Our media team is after stories about graduates, particularly those who are a bit different from a school leaver. If you happen to know of a graduating student whom you think would be suitable, please email Pepita Smyth.

Our annual staff awards are now open for nominations for both Academic and Professional staff. There are several categories in which these are awarded ,if you have a colleague whom you feel should be recognised, please fill out the nomination form by Friday 4th March.

Whilst we are on the topic of awards, the 2016 VLS Small Research Grants and Equipment/Software Scheme is now open for submissions. Applications close on the 25th March. Links to the forms are available below.

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.

Note: items that require action are marked with a red flagfor action.   Click on [Expand All/Collapse All] below to view the entire stories.

Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Safety in Research and Teaching Induction Semester 1 2016 - Registrations Open

    Registration for the Safety in Research and Teaching Induction is now open. Please distribute this information, and the registration form attached, to your School, Centre or Department.

    Date: Thursday, 25 February 2015
    Time: 8.30am – 1pm
    Venue: Hill Lecture Theatre, Murdoch Campus

    The SRT Induction is for all new staff, new honours and post graduate students and new post-doctoral personnel. Others are welcome and recommended to attend as an information re-fresher on current codes, legislation and Murdoch processes. There is no cost involved. If you supervise someone who has not done this induction please bring it to their attention.

    Session 1 8.30am – 10.30am Introduction to RAMP, Safety and Health, Ethics and Integrity, Insurance, Fieldwork, Chemical Safety, Biosafety and Radiation Safety
    Essential for new staff, new honours and post graduate students and new post-doctoral personnel.
    Morning Tea Meet and Greet 10.30am – 11.30am Opportunity to meet the presenters and ask any questions
    Session 2 11.30am – 1.00pm General Lab Safety
    Chemical Safety
    Essential for new staff, new honours and post graduate students and new post-doctoral personnel involved in laboratory work

    Please send completed registration forms to
  • Learning and Teaching Committee Vacancy - Message from Michael Calverfor action

    The position for the VCs Awards for Excellence in L&T Committee from VLS is now vacant, so we are looking for a volunteer to fill the role.

    The time commitment is for two rounds of awards, and includes reading 6-8 applications for each round and attending two committee meetings over the year. There may be a third meeting for the national awards if necessary.

    If you are looking for a service role and have an interest in teaching quality, this may be for you. Please contact Mike Calver if you are interested

  • Ian Potter Foundation - Information session

    The Ian Potter Foundation is one of Australia's leading philanthropic foundations. Meet new CEO Craig Connelly and the grant management team and hear about what, how and why we fund. This FREE EVENT is a special opportunity for WA-based grant-seekers to gain insight into our assessment processes, pick up top-tips for a winning grant application, and learn about our project evaluation framework. Please see flyer attached.

    When: 2nd March 2016 from 9:30-12:00
    Where: State Library of WA.
    Registration: Bookings are essential as seats are limited.

    · How do you attract philanthropic funding for your project or organisation?
    · What do funders look for?
    · How can you maximise your chances of success?
    · If successful, what are your obligations to the grant-maker?

    Please select which sessions you would like to attend when you make your booking.

    Session 1: 9.30 - 10.15am - Introduction Session

    Introducing The Ian Potter Foundation (Theatre room)

    This session will provide an overview about The Ian Potter Foundation and how and what we fund. The session will also provide some tips and hints as to what makes a strong application and a good evaluation.

    Sessions 2 and 3 will cover the Foundation's different program areas providing more details of the Foundation's programs and priorities plus a Q&A session.

    Session 2: 10.30am – 11.15am (Concurrent Sessions)

    a) Medical Research and Health & Disability (Great Southern Room)

    b) Environment and Science programs (Theatre room)

    Session 3: 11.15am - 12pm (Concurrent Sessions)

    a) Community Wellbeing and Education (Great Southern Room)

    b) Arts and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust (Theatre room)

    If you are not attending Session 2 but wish to stay on for Session 3, refreshments will be available in the State Library foyer.

  • Expression of Interest for Membership of the Public Health Study Tour Advisory Panel.

    The Indonesian Public Health Study Tour will serve as a two-week intensive program for public health students (as well as students from related disciplines such as Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Health, Health Promotion, Community Health, and Health Sciences) to be run in Indonesia during Australian university vacation periods.

    The course will provide an introduction to the public health challenges currently facing Indonesia, as well as to existing government, international and community-led initiatives tasked with meeting these challenges. Please see the attached cover letter and EOI Form for further information.

  • 2016 VLS Small Research Grant Scheme and Equipment/Software Grant Schemefor action

    2016 VLS Small Research Grant Scheme and Equipment/Software Grant Scheme is now open. Please note submissions for both schemes are due 25th March 2015. Please see the application forms for ECR and Mid-Late Career Researchers and the Equipment/Software Application for further information.

  • Online survey for future e-research strategy - message from Prof Chris Hutchisonfor action

    All Schools have been asked to participate in a short survey (only 4 questions) to determine the future needs of research in terms of virtual platforms, electronic data storage and high performance computing.

    Please refer to the email from Professor Chris Hutchinson for further information about the e-research strategy and the work being done by the e-research working group.

    The online survey can be accessed at the link below and will be closing on Wednesday 17th February at 5 pm: (link expired)

    Note: only staff involved in research are required to participate in this survey.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Fiona Feist if you have any queries about the content of the survey. For any issues about accessing the survey, please contact Nathalie Kennedy : or on extension 2784.

  • Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education (CAVE)

    The Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education ‘CAVE’ - formerly The Office of Continuing Education, have launched into a new and exciting direction with fresh program initiatives for all practitioners to optimise opportunities for knowledge advancement in 2016 and beyond. In addition to revised program offerings, CAVE are expanding their operations to include provisions for veterinary nurses, to better cater for the needs of the profession.

    CAVE are excited to announce that all current Murdoch University VLS Staff, both academic and professional are invited to enjoy complimentary CAVE membership on an annual basis.

    By doing so, you will receive free access to our professional development offerings* and up to date information on continuing education initiatives. All of our programs will be submitted to the AVA or VNCA for PD points approval and your attendance at our courses will be submitted on your behalf.
    (*free access to professional development offerings does not include those programs/workshops that are run by external providers on campus, nor programs where places are limited, until after the external registration process has taken place. There may be occasions where a small fee is charged for practical workshops to cover consumables and or disposable items. All staff participants must be currently employed at Murdoch University to enjoy complimentary course registration).

    To register for complimentary Cave membership in 2016, please click on the link below. You will need your staff number and email address to complete the registration.

  • Scholarly Practice of Academics - Required course for probationary academics

    If your probationary requirements mandate completion of this course, please note the times below when it will be running in 2016.

    Please note that there is an expectation that registrants attend the face to face sessions which are convened on the two non-teaching weeks and the first week of study break at the end of the semester. The introduction session for the unit is in 0 week with two sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Venues will be confirmed shortly. If you have any questions please contact the convenor, Dr Craig Whitsed, on 2753 or via email

    1. 26 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
    2. 29 March 10:00 – 12:00 3. 29 March 1:00 – 3:00
    4. 31 March 10:00 – 12:00 5. 31 March 1:00 – 3:00
    6. 26 April 10:00 – 12:00 7. 26 April 1:00 – 3:00
    8. 28 April 10:00 – 12:00 9. 28 April 1:00 – 3:00
    10. 7 June 10:00 – 12:00
  • Applications are now open for 2016 ACU Early Career Academic Grants (Association of Commonwealth Universities)

    Grants are awarded to academic staff who have not previously had the opportunity to travel outside their home region to enable participation in an academic conference of their choice in a Commonwealth country other than their own.

    The grants aim to facilitate international mobility and career development by opening up opportunities for early career academics from ACU member universities. Since the scheme began in 2013, staff of 53 different member institutions have benefitted from the receipt of an early career grant.

    In 2016, 30 grants in total are on offer, with a maximum amount of GBP 2000 each. Applications close on 15 April 2016.

    We hope you will share this opportunity across your institution and encourage eligible academic staff to apply. Further information and the application form can be found on the ACU website

Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Welcome to Jacqueline Jones

    Please join us in welcoming Ms Jacqueline Jones to the Small Animal Referral Reception Team.

    074 Jacqueline JonesJacqueline is working in a full time capacity and has a vast array of administration and customer service experience which will be invaluable to the team.

    Please drop in to say hi and make Jacqueline feel welcome.

  • Farewell to Animal House Staff - from Marilyn Davies

    This is a farewell message with a BIG thank you to Derek Mead-Hunter and Emma Cortis who will be leaving Murdoch University (Animal House) after many years of devoted service to caring for the well- being of all animals held within the animal facility. Derek has been a team member for 30+ years , while Emma 8+ year in providing animal care to enable both teaching and research activities. Friday 19th February will be their last day and a small (as requested by Derek and Emma) farewell morning tea will be provided. Best wishes are extended .

  • Promotion Congratulations

    Congratulations to Mark Thiele for his promotion from Laboratory Assistant to Laboratory Technician.

  • Ion Proton System and other lab items for sale

    The following assorted lab items are for sale:

    1. Ion Proton System for high-throughput next-generation sequencing (NGS) and Server [Thermo Fisher]
    - this is a top of the range NGS machine; 18 months old, but only used for 2 days training and 1 additional run.

    Please see below for description and <> for further information.

    2. Ion Torrent One Touch 2 machine
    - for streamlined NGS template preparation [Thermo Fisher]

    3. High Purity Nitrogen Gas Cylinders (full; required to drive internal hydraulics), Safety Wall Brackets and a Trolley (capable of transferring 2 x Class G cylinders) [BOC]

    Other NGS-related items may also be available (small pieces of equipment, reagents etc).

    Please contact me via e-mail ( if you are interested or require further information.

  • Staff Awardsfor action

    The VLS School Executive would like to call for nominations for the 2015 VLS Staff Awards in the following categories.

    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2015 Learning and Teaching Award - Innovation
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2015 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Staff Member
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2015 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Team Award
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2015 Award for Outstanding Service by an Academic Staff Member
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2015 Award for research that has had significant and lasting translational impact and uptake for industry, society or environment
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2015 Award for interdisciplinary research
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2015 Award for innovative research by an Early Career Academic

    Please use the ‘2015 VLS Staff Awards nomination form’, and completed forms can be sent to Sarah Gillett.

    Nominations close Friday, 4 March 2016 and winners will be decided by the VLS Executive and Cluster Leaders at their joint meeting on the 11th March 2016.

  • Small Individual Printersfor action

    The use of small individual printers is no longer being supported by the School (and the wider University). This includes the replacement of printer cartridges. Unless there are exceptional circumstances that specifically require the use of a small printer all staff should be connecting to the large multifunction printers in each building. If you do not currently have access, please contact to arrange for connection.

Seminars, Conferences and Scholarships [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Presentation at IIID by Professor Helen Keen Wednesday 17 February 2016.

    I am delighted to announce that Professor Helen Keen, Rheumatologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital will be giving a presentation about her work at the Institute for Immunology & Infectious Diseases on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 11am. Please see attached flyer.

  • Science in Public bulletin.

    For information on the latest prizes and science news, please see the Science in Public bulletin.

  • Masters Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

    The Kulbardi Centre and Murdoch University are offering 2 x Masters Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Kulbardi Masters Scholarships

    Value: $26,288
    Duration: One year (paid fortnightly)
    Applications close: 29/2/2016
    Study Mode: Internal, full time
    · Australian citizen
    · Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
    · Be intending to, or currently enrolled, in an MPhil, RMT, LLM or Med at Murdoch University
    · Study with a full-time study load

    See here for more information:

  • Murdoch FameLab applications 2016

    Famelab applications close on the 19th February. If you wish to nominate any students and put them in touch with Christopher Hodge , he will be happy to talk through what is required to apply for the program.

    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.

VLS Announcements No. 74