VLS Announcements 75 - 19 February 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 75 of our weekly announcements.

I would like to congratulate all of our graduates who attended the first of the Murdoch Graduation Ceremonies that was held in Bush Court on Monday 15th February.

As you’re likely aware, Orientation week is on the horizon. On our School Orientation Days, Tuesday 23 February and Wednesday 24 February, VLS student volunteers will be taking the new students on School tours between approximately 12.00 and 12.30. You might hear a bit of commotion and see lots of curious eyes. If so, please say g’day to our brand new first-years and welcome them to our School.

I have  received some good news this week about Professor Tom Lyons. He has now been discharged from hospital and is continuing to recover at home. Visits are welcome, please contact Sarah Gillet for Tom's contact details.

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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  • 2016 International Livestock Congress and Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

    One of our PhD candidates and past Vet graduates, Dr Sarah Stewart has received a very prestigious award to be a student fellow at the 2016 International Livestock Congress during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in March this year.

    The award is a fully funded trip for 2 weeks to Texas, USA and it is awarded by the International Stockman’s education fund. During this time Sarah will attend the International Livestock Congress where she will get to meet some of the worlds best livestock and meat researchers and representatives from the Worlds largest Livestock Industry companies. For more details please contact Sarah and see email below.

    Another past Murdoch Vet graduate of Murdoch, Dr Kelly Stanger whom is now working with the McKinnon Group at Melbourne Uni also doing a PhD won the other student fellowship from Australia in 2016.

    Amy Lockwood (PhD student) was also recently awarded the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

  • Alltech’s Young Scientist Competition

    Maddison Corlett, a current Animal Science student has been awarded the Regional Winner for Asia Pacific in the Undergraduate category of Alltech’s Young Scientist Competition

    .This was for a cut-down version of her honours 2015 paper. The next stage of the competition will take place in Lexington, Kentucky as part of The Alltech Ideas Conference from May 22nd through May 25th 2016. She has won an all-expenses paid trip to the conference and a prize of $500 dollars. We now expect she will win the overall global winner and be offered a fully funded Ph.D!! Well done Maddison.

  • Urkund and Grammarly Presentation and LMS Introduction

    This 1-hour presentation will provide staff with an overview of Urkund and Grammarly. Urkund is a text-matching service which replaces Turnitin and is integrated with Murdoch’s Learning Management System (Moodle). Grammarly is a spelling and grammar checking service, which is now available to Murdoch students.

    Date: Thursday, 18th February 2016 and this will be repeated on Friday, 26th February 2016
    Time: 9.30am - 10.30am
    Venue: Loneragan Lecture Theatre

    Intended Outcomes

    By the end of this session participants will be able to:

    Self-enrol in the Educational Technologies Help for Staff and Communication Skills Toolkit for Staff LMS units.
    Advise students where to self-enrol in the Educational Technologies Help for Students and Communication Skills Toolkit for Students LMS units.
    Identify how Staff can set up Urkund appropriately.
    Overview of how students can access and use Grammarly.
    Understand the importance of appropriate use of Urkund and Grammarly services in the context of developing student’s writing skills.
    Identify how they and their students can access Urkund and Grammarly support materials and services.

    New academic staff may also be interested in attending the ‘LMS Introduction for New Staff’ on 23 February.
    (please note you will need to enter your Murdoch username and password to access the training course page).

  • Staff workshop: Adaptive responses to the challenges of diverse student behaviours

    We would like to invite all unit coordinators and tutors to a morning workshop on “Teaching students with socially challenging behaviours”.

    This workshop has a focus on socially and emotionally challenging, rather than academically challenging, student behaviours. These behaviours may be challenging for students, their peers, and/or tutors, and may relate to diagnosed or undiagnosed disabilities or mental health issues. The workshop is hands-on and will introduce key support services and resources, provide interactive discussion through scenarios and role play, and introduce some tools for staff. The workshop is collaboratively organised and facilitated by staff from CUTL, Counselling, Equity & Social Inclusion, Kulbardi, and Management & Governance.
    While we have targeted teaching staff in large first year units, any interested staff member is welcome to attend.

    Date: Thursday 25th February
    Time: 9 to 1
    Place: LL1.003
    Enrol via:
    Or simply attend.

    Refreshments will be provided.

  • My Unit Readings

    As previously announced the Library is implementing a new system that creates customised reading lists for units and includes an integrated digitisation request management system.

    The new system called My Unit Readings is a replacement of our current eReserve system and provides substantial improvements, including:

    · all unit readings (digitised content, books, journal articles, websites etc) can be listed in the one place;
    · reading lists can be embedded in LMS units for seamless access to electronic resources and to the Library catalogue;
    · personalised reading lists can be created to suit your unit, and arrange lists by week, topic, assignment or other category;
    · access to analytics for your unit via a dashboard feature.

    We appreciate the time constraints that academics are all under, and the Library would like to assist in facilitating the change process for you.

    Library staff will transfer existing Reserve and eReserve lists for your unit into the new system on your behalf. Following that, your subject librarian will then arrange a time with you to show you your reading list, including how you can arrange it to meet your particular needs.

    For those who decide to undertake this work themselves, librarians are also available to provide training to assist.

  • 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

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  • Welcome (back) to Dr Khama Kelman - message from Prof Peter Irwin

    Please join me in welcoming Dr Khama Kelman to the College, who has recently started as Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy.

    Khama will be well known to many of you as she has had a long and close association with the School. She graduated BVMS from here in 2002 (goodness, how time flies!), is MANZCVS in Small Animal Surgery, and most recently has been studying/completing her PhD with the Sheep CRC folk. It’s great to have her with us – so please say hi when you see her!

  • ARO Guide February 2016

    Please find attached the updated version of the Guide to the Academic Registrar’s Office for February 2016.

  • Welcome to Nick Crawford - Message from Jennifer Richardson

    Diagnostic Imaging are very pleased to announce that Nick Crawford, an imaging technologist from Melbourne, has recently joined our team.

    075 Nick CrawfordNick will be involved in all aspects of imaging, however the great news is that Nick is also licenced to perform CT, fluoroscopy and C-arm which means that we are no longer limited to performing only one of these study types at a time. Nick has taken up residence in the Radiographers office in DI and can be contacted on ext 2436 or email So when you see Nick please give him a big friendly welcome and introduce yourself.

  • Dragon Lighting Ceremony

    Our School Dean, Prof David Hampson was delighted to attend Chinese New Year celebrations on behalf of Murdoch University, when they came to Council House on Sunday for the Nanjing Dragon Handover Ceremony.

    075 Dragon ceremony pic

    Murdoch is an exclusive university sponsor (with StudyPerth and WA Govt) and this will tie in with a visit from a Chinese film crew on Friday 19th Feb, to make a documentary about studying and living in Perth. They will film Murdoch, selected staff and students, as part of Murdoch’s exclusive sponsorship of the Dragon in the City event, which took place in Northbridge on Sunday 14th February. A special Dragon Lantern (more than 20 meters long), has been presented by the city of Nan Jing (JiangSu, China) to the city of Perth as a symbol of the friendship between the two cities. The journey of the dragon from China to Australia was filmed by documentary filmmakers and will be broadcast into millions of Chinese homes later this year, promoting Perth as a vital destination. The sponsorship is a joint sponsorship and collaboration between the International Engagement Office, the Office of Research & Development and the School of Vet & Life Sciences. The documentary will be aired across Jiangsu province (audience of 10 million) and (audience of 70 million), in April. Murdoch will also be part of the launch of the documentary in China.

  • 2016 Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival (GKCFF)

    The 2016 Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival (GKCFF) is coming to Perth soon and will be screening 10 movies, free-of-charge, at the State Library from 1 to 6 March 2016.

    For further information, please see the attached poster and flyer.

  • ASPIRE $5,000 Professional Development Award - closing date 31st March 2016

    Murdoch University places great value on the annual Professional Development Awards program which is run in conjunction with Perth Convention Bureau under the Bureau's Aspire Program. Open to both academic and professional services staff, the awards provide the winners with the opportunity to travel, to broaden their global networks and knowledge and profile themselves, the University and Western Australia to their peers.

    What is a Professional Development Award?
    The 2016 Professional Development Awards consist of two $5,000 grants that will be presented to Murdoch University staff members to assist in their personal and professional development through attendance at a relevant international conference in their chosen field of endeavour.

    How do I win?
    Simply research an international conference that has the potential to be staged in Western Australia and present a brief case as to why that conference should be held here.

    What is the $5000 used for?
    The award covers air travel as well as accommodation and registration to a relevant conference to a maximum of $5,000. In the event that the successful applicant’s organisation is not currently a member of their international body, the $5,000 award can contribute to the cost of their joining fee.

    Who funds the awards?
    The awards are proudly funded by the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) under it's Aspire Program. PCB is responsible for marketing Western Australia both nationally and internationally as a conference destination. In fulfilling this role PCB assists individuals and organisations to bring their national and international conferences to the State. The awards program aims to raise the profile of individuals and their professional organisations, showcasing the ground breaking research and development being undertaken in our universities and ultimately resulting in conferences being secured for the State, delivering economic benefit to the wider community.

    For further information, University application and guidelines, please access

    Application deadline for entries close on 31 March 2016.

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  • West Coast Microbiome Network

    The West Coast Microbiome Network will be holding its 1st Annual Symposium on the 11th March. For further information, please see the attached flyer.

  • Leadership development scholarships

    On the 4th November the National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative (NEELI) officially opened enquiries for a newly created scholarship fund to support increased leadership capability throughout the Higher Education sector.

    $3,500 Scholarships are available to assist University staff to participate in the Australian Higher Education Sector Leadership Colloquium. Colloquium participants will experience world standard leadership development sympathetic to the unique needs of today’s educational leaders.

    The Australian Higher Education Sector Leadership Colloquium is a collaboration orientated development program focusing on the critical dimensions of effective leadership and interpersonal communication. The program equips participants with the insights, skills and confidence to accelerate their own development as they simultaneously strengthen the performance of their teams and their organisations. The Colloquium stands at the very forefront of integrated digital learning technology and marries the very best of connected dialogic learning with easy to use and highly accessible online environments. Delivered over an extended ten-month period to ensure minimal disruption to participant’s workload, the program combines the very best leadership pedagogy from the corporate sector with an informed understanding of the contemporary higher education environment.

    * Increased access to content and live sessions from any desktop or mobile device – no travel or accommodation costs or time away from the workplace
    * Full library of resources, models, reading materials and video tutorials – all available 24/7 to work though at your own pace
    * Increased networking and connecting opportunities – with likeminded peers both nationally and internationally

    The Australian Higher Education Sector Leadership Colloquium is designed for leaders and people managers across all areas of the Australian Higher Education sector. For more information view the program prospectus by clicking on the link below.

    To view the program prospectus click here

    Scholarships of $3,500 are currently available. Scholarships offset a significant portion of the program fee reducing the cost from $5,980 to $2,480. Scholarship funding is awarded by the National Scholarship Committee based on a written application process.

    Step 1. Submit scholarship enquiry by return email or phone
    Step 2. You will be contacted by a program liaison officer to assess your eligibility for the program
    Step 3. You may be invited to apply for a scholarship place on the program

  • Presentation at IIID Wednesday 24 February by Professor Prof Aleksandra Filipovska

    Presentation at IIID Wednesday 24 February by Professor Prof Aleksandra Filipovska

    Professor Aleksandra Filipovska, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Professor, University of Western Australia, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, will be presenting a talk on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 11am at Institute for Immunology & Infectious Diseases. Professor Filipovska’s talk is entitled “The mitochondrial transcriptome: tiny but mighty”. Please see attached flyer

  • Triodia seminar 4pm Mon 22 Feb

    An ecophysiological approach to understanding recruitment in keystone Triodia species in arid zone restoration

    Abstract: Where topsoil is absent in arid zone restoration sites, seeding native species is the most cost-effective method for returning vegetation at scale. With Triodia R.Br. (spinifex) species forming the dominant vegetation cover in the arid zone of Australia, restoring vegetation to pre-existing densities is a key priority for restoration operations. However the recruitment of Triodia species after seeding has been severely limited by biotic and abiotic pressures affecting key processes in the life-stage transitions from seed and seedling. Wolf’s research examined the impacts of seed dormancy, water stress and temperature on the regulation of germination, emergence and seedling ecophysiology (growth and function) in keystone Triodia species from the Pilbara region, located in the northwest of Western Australia.

    Presenter: Wolfgang Lewandrowski‘s background in seed biology and ecophysiology took him into the Pilbara in Western Australia where, in his PhD, he studied the effects of seed dormancy, water stress and temperature on the recruitment of Triodia species. His current research interests include the understanding ecophysiological adaptations, seed dormancy and functional ecology of plants in stressful or anthropogenically-altered environments.

    Duration: The presentation will run from 4.00pm for approximately 40 minutes, with question time.

    Where: Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Kings Park
    Venue map:

  • Murdoch FameLab applications 2016 - Closes 19th February

    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.

    We have also published information about how to register for each of the semi-finals and the national final in the ‘What’s on’ section of our website. Please feel free to share these details and to encourage attendance at your local public event – they’re free to attend and guaranteed to be full of fun!

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