VLS Announcements 88 - 20 May 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to extend my thanks to all of those staff that contributed on the weekend to help make the 2016 Careers Expo a success. A big thank you to the following staff : Mandy O'Hara, Treena Burgess, David Newsome, Garth Maker, Tamsyn Wilson, Peter Irwin, Neil Loneragan, Mike van Keulen, Ravi Tiwari, Martin Ratcliff, Rachel Standish, Barbara Bowen, Fiona Anderson, Charlotte Oskam, Mike Calver, Ian Robertson, Jane Chambers, Kate Bryant, Wayne Green and Steffi Langer-Kool.

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  Thursday

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

  • 3D imaging, x-ray and other hi-tech devices set to revolutionise Australian meat industry

    Dr Graham Gardner has been in the news this week with his research into meat quality - for further information, please see here

  • Fresh Science WA

    Dr Charlotte Oskam has been selected has been successful in becoming one of the Fresh Scientists that have been selected from WA.

    The ten WA Fresh Scientists are:
    · Lucy Forman, Curtin University - Subtle Secrets of the Solar System
    · Bonnie Furzer, University of Western Australia - Strength and hyper mobility in children
    · Tegan Grace, The University of Notre Dame - Maternal hypertension and preeclampsia affect longitudinal motor development
    · Christine Groom Community of Perth can help save Carnaby’s Cockatoo
    · Diego Milani, The University of Notre Dame - Neuroprotective properties of poly-arginine peptides
    · Michelle Olaithe, University of Western Australia - Thinking skills harmed by night-time breathing disorder
    · Charlotte Oskam, Murdoch University - The Hidden Bacterial World in Australian Ticks
    · Alison Ritchie, Curtin University - Pollinators are vital for reconnecting Perth’s threatened woodlands
    · Favil Singh, Edith Cowan University - Benefits of exercise done before prostate cancer surgery
    · Erica Suosaari, Bush Heritage Australia - Stromatolite Provinces of Hamelin Pool

    Fresh Science WA this year will comprise:
    · Full day of media training Tuesday 7 June
    · Two school forums 8 June (a new addition to Fresh Science WA)
    · Pub night 8 June

    Fresh Science WA 2016 is supported by the WA Museum, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University, the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame, Australia.

  • The bees don’t know and the flowers don’t care

    One of our PhD students, Miss Emily Eakin-Busher has had her honours research published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. Phil Ladd and Joe Fontaine were her honours supervisors. Joe, Phil and Rachel Standish are her PhD supervisors. Read the paper here.

  • Research Methods Poster Session - message from Dr Joe Fontaine.

    To all VLS staff: You are cordially invited to the poster session for Advanced Research Methods.

    The session will be held Monday 23 May 0830 – 1200 in the Gym and features honours student projects, MSc projects, and Forensic Science analysis of crime data.

    Your attendance will be most appreciated and if you are able to help mark posters that will be most appreciated (directions will be at the door – we strive for students to be evaluated by individuals both inside and outside their specific discipline area).

    Forensics and criminology students will be featured 0830-1000 and all other disciplines 1030-1200. This session serves a critical purpose to help train our students in science communication and help them obtain feedback on their work at an early stage.

    Please come and see what our students are up to and enjoy engaging with them!

  • The WA newspaper - subscription opportunity

    The west Australian newspaper is currently supporting scholarships for Murdoch’s students. Part of our sponsorship agreement (beyond the scholarship program) is to offer 2,000 free digital subscriptions to our staff and students. Since we have currently been able to fill up 500 subscriptions only, I would really appreciate if you can please disseminate and circulate the attached information amongst our students and staff from your school.

    If students and staff subscribe to the WA digital edition before 10 June they will go in the draw to win an iPad. Your help and assistance on this matter is much appreciated.

    I will also get hard copies of the attached documents (flyers and posters) in the next few days, so please do let me know how many would you like to have and I will pass them onto you.

    Sincere thanks for your much appreciated time and help; should you have any questions please do not hesitate to Clara Millet.

  • Metrics recording - message from Dr Rebecca Handcock

    After the recent Elsevier visit in March, I was asked if it would be possible for Elsevier to make a recording of their Scopus/Metrics seminar, for those who were not able to attend. Steve Riddell from Elsevier has kindly made a recording for us.

    The MP4 of the seminar can be downloaded from the link with the password : Metrics

    The link will be available until June 14th 2016. Feel free to forward this seminar to your staff and HDRs, with the inclusion of Steve’s request that “Please ensure that this presentation is for internal purposes and not to be distributed external to Murdoch University.”.

    Journal Metrics (30 minute hour seminar)

    How do you choose which journal you are going to publish in? Do you know how many times your research has been cited? Scopus can help you find the answers! The session will showcase:

    • the metrics available in Scopus

    • how metrics can be applied to develop publication strategies

    • understanding your performance

    • identifying key leading journals in your field of research Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature – indexing scientific journals, books and conference proceedings from more than 5,000 publishers. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine social sciences and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyse and visualize research output.

    Scopus can assist Researchers to:

    • search for relevant topics/articles during the literature review phase

    • decide where to publish – analyse the top journals and authors in your discipline

    • discover who is citing you • explore how many citations an article or author has received, and identify potential collaborators

    • find information to support your grant or other applications

    • inform collection management decisions through analysis of highly cited articles, journals and books Journal metrics measure the performance and/or impact of scholarly journals. Each metric has its own particular features, but in general, they all aim to provide rankings and insight into journal performance based on citation analysis.

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

  • Science Stores will be closed afternoon of Thursday 19th May

    The Science Store will be closed for the afternoon of Thursday 19th May 2016.

  • Wanted: Short-term accommodation for visiting academic

    Dr Bruce Burns from the University of Auckland will be visiting Dr Rachel Standish, Professor Neal Enright and Professor Giles Hardy during his sabbatical. He’s looking for a small house or apartment to rent within commuting distance (legs, bike, bus, train) from campus for him, his wife and young son from mid-September (~15 th) to early December (~4th) 2016. Please contact Rachel ( or Neal ( if you can help.

  • NGS items for sale: Ion Proton and PGM - discounts on offer

    Further to my recent correspondence re: equipment sale, please find below further information with regards to the Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) items that are on offer. Please note that all prices are exclusive of GST (GST will not be charged on any purchases).

    1. Ion Proton System for high-throughput NGS pipelines and designated Server (27TB) [Thermo Fisher]
    - this is a top of the range NGS machine
    - only used for 2 days training and 1 additional run
    Please see <> for further information.
    RRP: $246,400.00
    Purchase price: $141,000.00
    Offer price at 40% discount: $84,600 (or nearest offer; ono)

    2. Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM) and designated Server (16TB) for NGS [Thermo Fisher]
    Please see <> for further information.
    - only used during the 2 day training course
    - there are some reagents available for purchase (e.g. many new 318 chips, available independently of PGM purchase)
    RRP: $84,000.00
    Purchase price: $68,218.08
    Offer price at 40% discount: $40,930 ono

    3. Ion Torrent One Touch 2 machines (2 machines on offer)
    - for streamlined NGS template preparation [Thermo Fisher]
    RRP: $19,999.00
    Purchase price: $16,192.63 (each)
    Offer price at 40% discount: $9,715 ono (each)

    4. Agilent 2100 Electrophoresis Bioanalyzer [Integrated Sciences]
    - availability depending on the sale of item 1
    - reagents and chips are also available for purchase
    RRP: $25,496.00
    Purchase price: $22,946.40
    Offer price at 40% discount: $13,768 ono

    5. High Purity Nitrogen Gas Cylinders and Regulators (full - Class G; required to drive internal hydraulics) [BOC]
    - availability depending on the sale of item 1
    RRP: $177.16 (gas cylinder, each; excluding rental charges) & $487.50 (regulator, each)
    Purchase price: $177.16 (gas cylinder, each; excluding rental charges) & $487.50 (regulator, each)
    Offer price at 40% discount: $106 ono (gas cylinder, each; excluding rental charges) & $292 ono (regulator, each)

    6. Safety Wall Brackets for gas cylinders [BOC]
    - available if buying item 5
    RRP: $223.60
    Purchase price: $223.60
    Offer price at 40% discount: $134 ono

    7. Trolley (capable of transferring 2 x Class G cylinders) [BOC]
    RRP: $128.25
    Purchase price: $128.25
    Offer price at 40% discount: $77 ono

    Please Tel: 00-61-8-6488-2223 (work) if you are interested in any of these items and/or to arrange a viewing. I would be most grateful if you could please forward this e-mail to any potentially interested researchers, laboratories or scientific organisations.

  • Million Paws Walk

    The Animal Hospital was once again prominent at the annual Million Paws walk Sunday 15th May. The stand was very well attended by members of the public and there animals were looked health checked by Dr Peter Irwin, Dr Melinda Bell, Dr Claudine Creasy and Dr Mike Lawley with assistance from The Vet Students Association.

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  • Friday Drinks

    Every last Friday of the month there will be an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and enjoy the start of the weekend with some drinks and nibbles.

    Where? BSB common room (building 240, room 2.020) starting at 4pm

    Who? All VLS staff and students Hope to see you all there!

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

  • Working Mindfully: Harnessing the Mind's Potential at Work

    Please join the School of Education as we host special guest, Rasmus Hougaard, an internationally recognised authority on training the mind to be more focused, calm, and clear in an organisational context.

    Event information: Monday 23rd May, 5.30pm for a 6pm start, Hill Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University.

    Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of The Potential Project (the leading international provider of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training) and author of the book One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness. In his presentation, Rasmus will share scientific findings regarding how the brain works, discuss the challenges to being present in the ‘PAID’ reality of today’s workplace (Pressured; Always on; Information overload; and Distracted), provide participants with the opportunity to experience a basic mindfulness training session and lead discussion on the wider relevance of mindfulness to the workplace including specific workplace applications.20D74445-E988-4B14-ADE8-E8B6E7A2B1533.png

  • Falling Walls Lab Australia: 24 August 2016, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra

    The inaugural Falling Walls Lab Australia will be hosted by the Australian Academy of Science in partnership with the Embassy of Germany and The Australian National University, on 24 August 2016, at the Academy’s Shine Dome in Canberra. Up to 20 Australian and 5 New Zealand contestants will be invited to participate in the challenge.

    The Falling Walls Lab provides a platform for excellent young scientists and social scientists, academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all disciplines to have the opportunity to present their research work, business model, innovative project or idea with peers and a distinguished jury from academia and business. Each participant has just 3 minutes on stage.

    Falling Walls Labs take place globally throughout the year. The winners of each international Falling Walls Lab qualify for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, which is held every year on 8 November.

    This is a reminder that the call for applications to participate in this event closes on 23 May 2016.

  • AMSI Winter School

    The AMSI Winter School 2016 on Biological and Environmental Modelling is run in collaboration with The University of Queensland, and is designed for PhD students and researchers in the mathematical sciences and related disciplines -

  • AMSA Rottnest Workshop 2016

    The WA branch of the Australian Marine Science Association (AMSA) is holding a student workshop on Rottnest Island in June for all Honours, Masters and PhD students which is free to attend for all AMSA members.

    Postgraduate students are invited to present their work in an informal environment and to listen to presentations from guest speakers from the marine science community. For further information, please see the attached flyer.