VLS Announcements 90 - 3 June 2016

Dear Colleagues,

 It is almost time for  Semester 1 Exams, please remember to restrict noise around those areas where exams are being conducted.

Semester one teaching surveys are still open to students. Please continue to encourage your students to fill in their feedback unit and teaching surveys as teaching comes to a close this semester.

Professor Richard Bell has been invited by the Australia India Education Council to take part in their Eminent Researcher Lecture Program. This programme was launched last year in order to promote collaboration between Australian and Indian researchers and to address common problems. Professor Bell's lectures will focus on the work that he and his team are doing in Bangladesh, developing conservation agriculture for smallholder farmers.

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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  • Community and Career Skills Development Transcripts - S2, 2016 Applications

    The Community and Career Skills Development Transcript Policy states that Academic Council approves Volunteer Programs eligible for inclusion on Community and Career Skills Development Transcripts at its January and June meetings each year.

    If you would like to propose a new Volunteer Program to commence in Semester 2, 2016, please complete the “Application to Academic Council to Include a Volunteer Program on Community and Career Skills Development Transcript” form. The application form must be signed by the School Dean, Area Director or Guild President, as appropriate. Where the Program Coordinator and the person signing the form are the same, the form must be counter-signed by the President of Academic Council.

    The completed form must be submitted to the Secretary to Academic Council by no later than Friday, 10 June 2016 for inclusion on the Academic Council agenda.

    School Managers, please can you forward this email to Academic staff members in your School.

    Please contact me should you have any queries about this process.

    The policy and procedure documents are available from the Policy and Procedure Manager (PPM) database at the following links:

    Community and Career Skills Development Transcripts Policy:

    Community and Career Skills Development Transcripts Procedure:
  • Feedback request: Human Research Ethics Processes

    The Human Research Ethics Committee and the Research Ethics and Integrity Office are seeking feedback on how the overall ethics process is working from researchers' perspectives. Staff and student input will assist in maintaining processes that are working well and improving those which need refinement.

    Please complete the survey by 5 pm Thursday 30 June 2016.

    To complete the survey, please click HERE.

    Please direct queries to Dr Aggie Meerwald at

  • Online assignment submission

    3.2. Online submission of assignments: Online submission and return of assignments is encouraged. Where the Unit Coordinator specifies that assignments must be submitted online, the required format for the electronic submission of assignments must be specified in the Unit Information and Learning Guide and/or unit website (e.g. PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel or PDF).

    3.2.1. Students are required to tick the ‘Assignment Declaration’ checkbox on the LMS before they can submit their assignment.

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  • Cold room inspection BSB building 27/06/16! - Message from Sofie de Meyer and Gordon Thompson

    Please make sure that:
    •Your material is in plastic boxes
    •Clearly labelled with your name and group
    •All boxes are stored on the shelves and not on the floor

    Material not adhering to these rules will be removed from the cold room.

  • Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG)

    Led tree planting in the Banksia woodland on the South Street campus yesterday. They made a fab video of the tree planting process which can be seen on their Facebook page here Their final planting day of the year will be this Friday, June 3.

  • Outreach Officers - message from Michelle Austin

    I am delighted to announce that we have successfully recruited and appointed 3 new Outreach Officers, to join the Murdoch External Engagement team. The Outreach Officers will work closely with the Murdoch community, including the future student officers (FSOs), academics, professional staff and students, to create, plan and deliver engaging and innovative outreach activities, to support teachers in primary and high schools and also to inspire and encourage the next generation of Murdoch students.

    Jade Castle, as of the 2nd May, has transitioned from the role of a Future Student Officer into the role of Arts Outreach Officer. We are delighted that Jade has chosen Outreach as a new challenge as part of her career here at Murdoch. Jade has demonstrable experience in creating, planning and delivering high school based outreach activities, which include successful Year 9 Careers Master Classes; a Work Place Learning program with Applecross Senior High school and most recently ‘A day in the life of a Uni student’, which saw over 100 year 12 students choose to come and spend the day at the South Street campus, experiencing the many courses we have to offer. Her creativity holds not bounds, when she negotiated a visit from our resident sheep ‘Norman’ into a local high school! Her ability to work across stakeholders, including academics, professional staff, tertiary, high and primary students, and her existing relationships with the high school community, is a welcomed asset to this newly formed team. Jade is now located in Education & Humanities E&H 3.037.

    Anna Pryor and Julia Lees joined the team on Monday 30th May.

    Anna has a strong science background, including a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry and is in the final stages of her Masters of Forensic Science and a PhD in Chemistry. In her professional experiences, Anna has been involved in the development, coordination, delivery and revision of forensic science workshops, entitled, ‘Catch me if you can’ for secondary school students, whilst working for a commercial analytical chemistry company. She has also participated in national science outreach initiatives and as a Travelling Scientist in remote and regional areas of WA. At a tertiary level, Anna has taught at UWA, and also acted as a student learning facilitator within the Engineering, Computing and Mathematics faculty. Her most recent appointment was as an Associate Lecturer and acting Unit coordinator for undergraduate and Master units. Anna’s experiences will be invaluable to the team, and particularly bringing with her an insight into linking outreach with industry. Julia is a Secondary Science Teacher and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Wildlife Biology and Sustainable Development. Her working background includes ecological research, conservation biology and science communication.

    Julia's science career begun at Murdoch, studying for her Bachelor of Science, which also included a semester abroad at Universiti Kebangsaan – National University of Malaysia. Since graduation, Julia has worked in science education at the Western Australian Museum, before moving into ecological research in the Pilbara region with the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Following the successful completion of her Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), Julia has been teaching science in a high school setting, planning, and delivering engaging science lessons. Julia's knowledge of the current Australian Curriculum, her experiences in the classroom, and her wide range of science education and communication, will be a welcomed addition to team. I am now located with Anna and Julia in the Biological Sciences Building room 2.009 and 2.011

  • Dog N Jog – Sunday 18 September 2016

    The Dog N Jog is on again! It’s an 8km run or 4km walk or run around our South Street Campus with energetic pooches and friends. Registrations are now open! Go to - Hope to see you there!

  • RICOH printer replacements

    Some of our RICOH printers have come to the end of their lease. Hence, these are being replaced. We are trying to ensure that the procedure remains as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

    The change-over takes about 15-20 minutes. All profiles for scanning/printing are transferred to the new machines as is. The machines remain very similar with some added features. In short, it should not be any different to use the new machines. We have already changed the printer in Environmental Sciences and are expecting 4 others to be changed some time during this week. The locations for these printers are: Loneragan Building Level 3 Room 3.036 Biological Sciences Level 2 Room 2.004 Biological Sciences Level 2 Room 2.004 Physical Sciences Level 3 Room 3.037 Please note that all printers in VLS are not replaced this year – only the ones whose lease has expired in March 2016.

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  • Australia Awards in Indonesia - revised short term awards pipeline

    Please find below a revised version of the indicative short term award pipeline of new courses to be tendered out.

    Indicative course title
    Indicative schedule for the Request for Tender release
    Indicative delivery schedule (in-Australia part of the course)
    International Business Readiness for Women In Global Business (Food Production and Processing) Tender currently open September 2016
    Seafood Product Development Tender currently open September 2016
    Accrual Accounting (new course added to the list) June-July 2016 October 2016
    International Business Readiness for Women In Global Business (Jewellery Design) (new course added to the list) July/August 2016 January/February 2017
    Integrated Coastal Zone Planning and Management (please note that the Environmental Governance and Climate Change course has been removed from the list) August/September 2016 March 2017
    Teacher Professional Development Program (new course added to the list, multiple courses under one tender) June/July 2016 August 2016 – May 2017
    Health and Safety Management Systems in Mining, Oil and Gas Industries (please note that this course will not be a Grad Cert as indicated earlier) June/July 2016 October/November 2016
    Supporting Asset Recovery (please note the revised focus: anti money laundering will not be the main focus of this course) May/June 2016 September/October 2016
    Trade Negotiation (this course may potentially be cancelled – TBC) July/August 2016 (if this course goes ahead) January/February 2017 (if this course goes ahead)
    Taking Business to the Next Level - A course for leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators of technology-enabled start-ups June/July 2016 August 2016
    Bureaucratic Reform: project management fundamentals May/June 2016 October/November 2016
    E-government and the Digital Economy September/October 2016 February 2017
    Principal and Teacher Competencies September/October 2016 January/February 2017

    Please note that all courses are subject to the final approval by DFAT. Some courses may not be tendered out or delivered at all, new courses may be added later on.

    Please also note that the course titles, focus areas, and tender and delivery schedules may change without prior notice.

    Unfortunately AAI does not have the resources to respond to inquiries about the detailed course content, recipient agencies or participant profiles. This information will be provided to the tenderers in the RFT documents.

    If you do not wish to receive future AAI tender notifications, please reply to this email with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject line.
  • PhD Student Presentation - Federico Bonsembiante

    Date of presentation: Friday 3rd of June
    Time of presentation: 13:30-14:00
    Place of presentation:BSLT
    Title: Cetaceans’ stranding management in Italy and clinico-pathological evaluation of immunological markers.

    Abstract: The Mediterranean Sea is a unique and sensitive ecosystem where the problem of protecting natural marine resources is amplified by its morphology and concentration of human activities. Cetaceans Stranding Emergency Response Team, located at University of Padua, together with ‘istituti zooprofilattici sperimentali’ and other Universities in Italy, are responsible in case of cetaceans’ stranding. An initial assessment in stranded cetaceans is a preliminary and critical step to define treatment and assessing the suitability of the animals for rehabilitation. Clinico-pathological data are basic and crucial components in population health assessment, but data in cetaceans are scarce and not supported by complete validation study. For these reasons, the aim of my Ph.D research project is focused on the analytical and diagnostic validation of clinical pathological parameters for the evaluation of immune system of marine mammals.
  • Fulbright Scholarship Information Seminars

    The 2016 Fulbright Roadshow is coming to Western Australia on Wednesday 8 June . Please note the Australian-American Fulbright Commission will be attending the Prism Alliance event between 4-6pm on Wednesday, 8th June 2016.

    This year’s events will be held on campus at The University of Western Australia. Please see below for further information.
    Host: The University of Western Australia
    Fulbright Scholarship Information Seminars: The University Club Theatre Auditorium, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009 Wednesday, 8th June 2016
    Postgraduate: 11:30am - 12:15pm
    Postdoctoral: 3:00pm – 3:45pm
    Fulbright Distinguished Chair Public Lecture: 6:30pm – 7:30pm – click on this link to register for this lecture
    Click on this link for more information on the Fulbright information sessions -
    Videoconferencing option via Zoom is available for these sessions – please contact me to organise the connection if you require. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Commission.
  • PRISM Alliance Event
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