VLS Announcements 77 - 4 March 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 77 of our weekly announcements.

The campus is buzzing with activity as we welcome our students for Week one of Semester.

Although we are busy with the beginning of classes for 2016, don't forget to submit your nominations for the VLS staff awards,which close on the 4th March.  Further information and the nomination forms are 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]

  • Higher Education Standards Framework for Staff Workshops - Change of venue for action

    We have changed the venue for the Higher Education Standards Framework for Staff Workshops. Please see below.

    Thursday 3 March 2016 12.30 - 1.30 Senate Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

    Tuesday 15th March 2016 12.30 - 1.30 ECL2.031 Environmental and Conservation Sciences

    Thursday 24th March 2016 12.30 - 1.30 Senate Conference Room Agricultural Sciences

  • ARC Future Fellowship 2016 Call for EOIs.for action

    The ARC have announced the next call for the Future Fellows. There will be up to 100 fellowships available in this round of Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2016. Proposals will be due to the ARC in May 2016 with announcements made toward the end of the year.

    Future Fellowships provides four-year fellowships to outstanding Australian and international mid-career researchers. who have been awarded a PhD on a date that falls between 5 and 15 years of the closing time of submissions. Applications are extremely competitive with an average success rate of around 18%, which varies slightly depending on discipline. Please refer to previous round awardees on the ARC website.

    The Future Fellowship scheme promotes research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of the Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers. Preference will be given to those researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry and/or research institutions and/or with other disciplines.

    Expressions of Interest:

    As per University policy all Future Fellowship applicants (internal and external) will be required to nominate through the Expression of Interest process. EOIs will be reviewed by a mixed-discipline panel led by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Development).

    We are therefore inviting EOIs to be submitted by COB Thursday 10 March 2016 using the attached EOI form and return to

    Applications approved for submission to the ARC, the following documentation must be submitted to the Grants Team by the deadline to comply with the ARC requirements:

    · Eligibility exemption requests
    Internal: Tuesday 1 March 2016
    External: Friday 4 March 2016

    · Request Not to Assess
    Internal: Thursday 21 April 2016
    External: Tuesday 26 April 2016

    · Full Applications Approved for submission
    Internal: April/May 2016 (TBC and will be least 3 weeks before the ARC deadline)
    External: May 2016 (TBC)
  • Animal Ethics Update February 2016

    Please find attached details of the Animal Ethics update and the Infographic for February 2016

  • Earth Hour 2016 - message from Sofie De Meyerfor action

    Please find attached, information about Earth Hours for 2016. Sofie has asked if this could be mentioned at the beginning of lectures if possible.

  • 2015 March CareerConnect Newsletter - from the Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre

    The Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre’s CareerConnect newsletter for March is now available. Given not all current students are currently registered with us on CareerConnect (students need to opt in), we would appreciate if you could assist in increasing our reach by promoting our March newsletter via any means practical, detailing some important Career events for March.

    Our latest CareerConnect issue features:

    1) Careers Week 2016 (March 7- 11) (Numbers are strictly limited for some activities, with bookings essential on CareerConnect).
    2) The Big Meet Careers Fair (March 4)
    3) 2016 Murdoch Student Emerging Leaders (MSEL) program
    4) Current Student and Graduate opportunities on CareerConnect
  • Feral Foxes in Perth.

    Last week, one of our researchers, Trish Fleming, was called upon to give comment on the feral foxes that had been spotted recently in Perth. To read the full story follow the link.

  • Pork CRC to feature on ABC TV Landline this Sunday @ noon

    Navid Moheimani’s study into growing algae on pig effluent to cut greenhouse gas emissions and provide feed for pigs has gained coverage on the ABC’s Landline program.

    Researchers at Murdoch University's Algae Research and Development Centre have proven they can grow some aquatic species on untreated pig waste, despite the high concentration of ammonium.,-cut-emissions:-study/7203288

  • Dolphin Chooses World's Unluckiest Octopus As A Playmate

    Stunning pictures have been taken by researcher Krista Nicholson, of a dolphin playing with an octopus. This has attracted the attention of WA Today and the Huffington Post. Krista has only just started her PhD research project in Mandurah so there will be more to come. To view the photos follow this link -

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  • Invitation to Professor David Macey's Retirement Celebration - Wednesday 23rd March 2016for action

    One of our well known and long serving staff members - Professor David Macey is retiring. Please see the attached invitation for all the details of his retirement celebration.

  • ANZ Disputed Purchasing Card Transactions - message from Ellie Meek

    I would just like to remind you of the process for disputing ANZ credit card transactions.

    In particular please note the requirement to print the fax confirmation as evidence and attach to your paperwork. Should you not have access to a fax machine, please email the completed form to our Finance Officer (Banking), Lea-ann Brittain at requesting the fax submission. Please copy to your request in the event that Lea-ann may be on leave.

    With the timeframes specified, it is important for you to keep up with timely acquittals to ensure that you do not lose recourse on any transactions identified as fraudulent.

    The full Purchasing Card Use Procedure can be viewed via the below link. The form is attached, however is also available via the ‘attachments’ link at right hand corner to the procedure.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • 2015 Para-equestrian Rider of the Year

    077 Clare McNaughton.jpegHuge congratulations to our student placement officer Claire McNaughton who was awarded '2015 Para-equestrian Rider of the Year' at the recent EWA Annual Awards night! Well done Claire, we are all very proud of you!

  • Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) - message from Mike Bryant - Associate Director of CUTL

    CUTL staff are visiting discipline groups to make presentations detailing their staff structure and how they will support Schools in 2016. For further information, please see the attached.

  • 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.

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

  • PC-ORD workshop in Western Australia, November 2016

    We are soliciting interest for a possible 3-day PC-ORD workshop to be held 29 November – 1 December 2016 at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, Western Australia.

    Short-courses provide an introduction to the multivariate analysis process for ecological datasets using the PC-ORD software. Tools will be explained and demonstrated using sample datasets and participants will practice analyses on their own computers. Demonstrations will be made using version 7 (release date October 2016), but will also apply to version 6 (version 5 users are strongly encouraged to upgrade). Tools covered include: Weighted Averaging, Polar ordination, Canonical Correspondence Analysis, Redundancy Analysis, Principal Components Analysis, Nonmetric Multidimensional Scaling, Cluster analysis, MRPP, PerMANOVA, Mantel Test, Indicator Species Analysis, and What's New in version 7.

    This will probably be the only time I will be in the region and able to offer a course. Although online offerings are now available, they are all live from my time zone (UTC -4 or -5). The registration fee will be around USD$400 ($250 for students), payable by credit card.

    If you think you might be interested, please let me know ASAP. We must decide about the feasibility of this course by April.

  • Feline Health Research Fund - Rd 1 2016 closing on 31 March

    Round 1 of the Feline Health Research Fund grants for 2016 closes on 31 March 2016. I would be grateful if you could pass this information on to the relevant staff. For more information, please refer to our website - - or email . I also have attached the application form for easy reference.

    $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.

    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

  • Professional & Leadership Development training for staff

    We would like to draw your attention to the attached documents showing all courses on offer by OCU for Semester 1 & 2, 2016

    Professional Development – Semester 1 only
    · Leadership Development – Semester 1 & 2
    · MeLP (Murdoch e-Learning Platform) – compliance and elective online modules
    · Know your Campus Tours – Semester 1 & 2

    Face-to-face training and e-Learning modules are consistently being added, so please check out our latest offerings via:
    · TCMS:;

    · OCU website at:;

    · ‘Staff Announcements’ weekly email

    If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Sonya Davies (Leadership Development x6513) or Sue Senior (Professional Development x2531).

VLS Announcements No. 77