VLS Announcements 89 - 27 May 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Its nearly the end of semester, I hope that everyone is on top of their marking and prepared for exams. It's almost time for for a chance to recharge our batteries for the second half of the year.

The Staff Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday the 8th of June, if you'd like to show your support and appreciation for your colleagues, don't forget to RSVP by the 1st of June -

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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  • Dolphins in Elizabeth Quay

    Lars Bejder and the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU) were front and centre of a huge amount of news coverage over the weekend of a dolphin and her calf found dead in the Swan River on Friday. The autopsy on the adult dolphin was conducted at Murdoch and results will be available soon. In an ABC interview, Lars was able to highlight MUCRU’s extensive dolphin research in the Swan and how members of the public can help protect the river dolphins by discarding of their fishing tackle properly.

  • VLS683 Research Methods Poster Session --- THANK YOU

    A big thank you to all faculty and staff who came along to the poster session for Research Methods this past Monday (23 May). It would not have been possible without the support and contribution of so many folks who contributed to marking and engaging with students. A special thank you to Nat Callan and Phil Nicholls for coinciding their BSC150 ‘What is Science’ sessions so students were faced with the challenges of communicating their science to both undergraduates and faculty. I’ve heard a great deal of positive feedback from both students and staff and am encouraged by the intellectual, encouraging environment we were able to foster. I think it is safe to say that these sessions offer a unique window for us to learn about the vast array of research being undertaken across the school (and beyond).

    Best wishes – Joe Fontaine coordinator of S1 Research Methods

  • Web-based teaching resources

    If you’re looking for some inspiration in teaching techniques from science subject specialists, there are many good ideas at: For those contemplating entering the online only teaching environment, there are ideas at:

  • Life Sciences Guide in relation to export controls

    The Defence Export Control Office (DECO) has released an Australian Export Controls and the Life Sciences Guide to assist those in life sciences to assess whether DTC legislation applies to their activity. Please find the document attached.

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  • Murdoch "Voices" Book

    The School has received approximately 10 printed copies of the new Murdoch Voices book. If staff would like one of these books please can you contact Sarah Gillett to obtain one (books are available on a first come first served basis). Please see ‘flyer’ for full details of book.

  • 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!

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  • 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.