VLS Announcements 80 - 25 March 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The British Council has extended their deadline for WA FameLab participants, if you know anyone that is interested, please encourage them to apply.

Applications are being sought for the Prime Ministers Science awards, please see the information below regarding nominations. Please contact Giles Hardy or myself if you have any suggestions.

Enjoy the short weeks and a have a safe and Happy Easter.

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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  • Honours for young professionals in agriculture

    Maddison Corlett has received the Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum top honours for 2016. This annual forum recognises the work of students who have completed an undergraduate degree at a Western Australian university.  Finalists are required to submit a research paper and deliver a presentation.  Murdoch University Animal Science graduate Maddison Corlett presented her paper on the inclusion of biserrula chaff in the diet of sheep to reduce methane production.

    Her work involving Merino wethers found including biserrula chaff in the diet of sheep did not reduce methane yield and suggested future research should be directed to greater utilisation of the feeding value of pastures while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    Ms Corlett was awarded a Cooperative Research Centre scholarship to complete her PhD project at Murdoch University, to investigate consumer perceptions about the colour of lamb and yearling meat.
    The other finalist, Murdoch University Animal Science graduate Laura Grubb, was awarded best presentation for her examination of the impact of mycotoxin consumption on the incidence of dark cutting.

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    Maddison Corlett and Laura Grubb receiving their prizes.

    Her study used data obtained from 3,185 head of cattle from Tasmania, accumulated between March and June 2015.
    Results suggest that decreasing the consumption of ochratoxin A would minimise dark cutting beef but suggested further studies were required with a more extensive sampling period.
    Ms Grubb has advocated for a greater youth voice in agriculture as the 2015 Angus Youth Beef Australia Scholar and was involved in the 2015 Youth Ag Summit in Canberra.
    The Young Professionals event is hosted by the Ag Institute Australia (WA Division) and supported by the Department of Agriculture and Food.
    Department Irrigated Agriculture Executive Director John Ruprecht congratulated the participants.
    “This is an outstanding showcase of the high quality work being undertaken by young professionals across the sector,” Mr Ruprecht said.
    Ag Institute WA Division President Lyn Abbott said the judges were impressed with the high calibre of the two finalists.
    “These students have worked very hard to complete their studies, which will make a valuable contribution to future research in their chosen area,” she said.
    The young professionals forum was followed by a PhD candidate showcase of work,  including Joe Steer (University of WA), Tim Haskett (Murdoch University) and Alison Renwick (Curtin University).

  • Census date for publications etc on IRMA - 31st March 2016for action

    The Census date for reporting publications etc for 2015 and adding them to IRMA is 31st March 2016. Please would you ensure that all your publications are up to date, as these publications will be used for reporting University metrics to Canberra, which in turn influence how much money the University gets from Canberra. They are also used for annual performance reviews of your productivity. Please contact if you need assistance in adding your publications to IRMA.

  • Prime Minister's Science Awards

    Help us recognise Australia’s best scientists, innovators and teachers, by nominating them for one of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Details of the awards and how to nominate are attached here and here.
    Nominations close at 5.00 pm Canberra local time on 28 April 2016

  • FameLabfor action

    Attention early-career researchers!
    The British Council is looking for passionate scientists, engineers and mathematicians with a peer-reviewed discovery and a flair for public engagement to compete in its international science communication competition, FameLab.

    Over the past two years, some of the country’s most impressive young researchers have presented their research on stage, adhering to FameLab’s special rules of ‘No PowerPoint and no jargon!’ in their quest to represent Australia at the FameLab International Final in the UK. This year, it could be you!
    If you’re passionate about science, want to improve your presentation and communication skills, meet leading scientists from across the world and win an expenses-paid trip to the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK, apply now at

    The deadline has been extended for WA so get your applications in this week!

  • A new initiative from The Centre of University Teaching & Learning (CUTL)

    As part of the re-structure of the Centre for University Teaching & Learning (CUTL) we are trialling a new way to support our students this semester which you may have already heard about:
    Peer Academic Coaches.

    A Peer Academic Coach (PAC) is an experienced student who assists less experienced students to improve overall academic performance through the development of an awareness of meta-learning skills. This model highlights the value of co-learning.

    PACs will help students:
    analyse and interpret academic expectations
    plan, structure and reference assignments
    develop basic academic skills for independent learning
    develop maths /stats skills
    access other support services as necessary
    develop confidence and sense of belonging
    I hope that you will support this new initiative and advertise the PAC service to your students.

    The PACs are available this semester on a Monday 11.30-2.00pm and a Tuesday 11.00-2.00pm in the Library, Nth Wing Level 2.

    We have two students on at these times: an Education Major with excellent literacy skills and a Psychology Major with excellent numeracy and stats skills.

    Any questions do contact Dr Julia Hobson, the PAC program supervisor.

  • Adaptive responses to students with socially challenging behaviours

    We would like to invite 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: Wednesday 30th March Time: 9 to 1 Place: EH1.001 Enrol via: Refreshments will be provided.

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  • RIP George Gorringe

    It is with great sadness that Murdoch University advises the recent passing of George Gorringe, a much-respected staff member from the Property, Development and Commercial Services Office over the past 12 years. George was based at our Rockingham campus but also supported FM operations at Mandurah. George was also a mature aged graduate (BCom) from MU Rockingham campus in the early 2000s – he was directly connected to the campus between 2000 – 2016.

    George had been bravely battling melanoma for a number of years; his courage and humility leaves a lasting impact on the team and broader University. He is survived by his wife Melinda, daughter Ashleigh (both former employees of the University) and son Andrew. May he rest in peace.

  • Open Space Forums: Your Voice for Shaping Our Future

    Your feedback in our 2015 Voice Survey provided valuable insights on the things we’re doing right as a University and the opportunities ahead for continued improvement. Your responses also highlighted areas in which there is room for improvement, particularly in terms of Career Opportunities, Cross Unit Cooperation and Communication and Entrepreneurship.

    To further discuss these themes and hear directly from staff on ways we can better work together, a series of Open Space Forums have been scheduled from April 5 to 7. Open Space Forums provide an opportunity for detailed staff feedback and discussion on ways we can improve working life at Murdoch and present a proactive next step in Shaping Our Future. ix (6)) sessions have been planned to discuss the following topics:


    Session 1 Session 2
    Building a Collaborative Murdoch

    Working better across schools and offices and
    Communicating more effectively
    8.45am – 12.00pm
    12.30 to 4.00pm
    Career and Promotion Opportunities at Murdoch
    Inspiring, developing and rewarding our people

    12.30 to 4.00pm

    8.45am to 12.00PM
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Murdoch
    Balancing university and business
    8.45am to 12.00pm
    12.30 to 4.00pm

    You’ll see we’ve scheduled two Open Space Forums per topic to provide more opportunities for you to get involved and to ensure we canvas a wide range of staff experiences and suggestions. All sessions will be run by Brendan McKeague, an experienced group facilitator, who will lead these fluid and interactive staff workshops.

    To help ensure forums remain on topic and fair, all attendees should familiarise themselves with the University’s stance on Conflict of Interest, Code of Conduct, Equal Opportunity, Bullying & Harassment and Diversity & Inclusion via the Murdoch eLearning Platform (MeLP).

    Forum feedback will be collated and published on our Shape Our Future website, while also shared with our Senior Leadership Team, schools, offices and cross-functional projects for careful consideration now and into the future.

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  • Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

    Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

    Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

    Locations: There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections.

    Dates: All sections will be from 2016-06-06 to 2016-07-29

    Application Link:

    Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

  • 'Closing the Loop' Seminarfor action

    Please do join us for our next Learning and Teaching Lunchtime Forum. The Forum will be on: Closing the Loop Between Policy and Practice in Learning and Teaching, and held on Thursday 24th March, 12:00 - 1:30pm in ECL 2.031.

    The Policy Forum will bring together academic and professional staff from the Higher Education sector to discuss how policy relates to practice. The event will bring together speakers including: Prof Arshad Omari (Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Edith Cowan University), Carolyn McInnis (Academic Registrar, Murdoch University), John Pike (Executive Officer for Policy, Planning and Government Relations).
    Panel discussion will involve: Professor Benjamin Reilly (Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs) and Dr Janice Dudley (Associate Dean (Accreditation) School of Management and Governance, Murdoch University).

    The event will be chaired by Professor Sara de Freitas (Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching).

    The event will ask: how does government policy relate to learning and teaching practices and consider the impact of policy upon quality and student engagement. All are welcome, do circulate to any interested staff and postgraduate students.

    More details of the forum are available at:

    To register for the forum, please go to TCMS at