VLS Announcements 92 - 17 June 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to congratulate two Veterinary and Life Sciences staff members, as they were honoured with Vice Chancellors awards for Excellence in Research at the Murdoch Staff Awards Ceremony held last week. Associate Professor Graham Gardner received an award for his Sheep CRC and Meat and Livestock Australia funded research which involved delivery a DEXA (dual x-ray absorptiometry) system to the meat and livestock industry. Professor Una Ryan received her award for her research creating and implementing new strategies for the detection characterisation and treatment of infectious pathogens.

I take this opportunity to recognise the staff who were presented with School awards last Wednesday night, Dr Jane Chambers, Associate Professor Graham Gardner, Dr Navid Moheimani, Dr Jason Terpolilli, Associate Professor Martin Cake, Dr Tim Hyndman, Dr Barbara Bowen, Warren Timpson, Sarah Gillett , Kim Thomas, Bob Fawcett, Tony Eustace and Ralph Lyster. For further information see the link here.

As you would be aware, planning for the 2016 Open Day is well underway. Thank you to everyone who has already put their hand up to support the School on the day. Today you would have received an email asking you to register for Open Day . Please can you ensure that you register along with any students that will be assisting you on the day? Registration will ensure that you received a Murdoch t-shirt, lunch voucher and invitation to the thank you function.

Thank you to Andrew Currie, Ravi Tiwari, Peter Irwin, Neil Loneragan, Paola Magni, Jason Terpolilli, Pete Irons and Jatin Kala, all of whom have supported the School this week by giving their time at high school expo's held at Penrhos College and Scotch College this week.

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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  • New Journal

    Nature Publishing will be launching a new journal in January 2017.

    Nature Ecology & Evolution will be an online monthly journal encompassing all aspects of ecology and evolutionary biology, including molecular, organismal, population, community and ecosystem approaches, as well as the importance of biodiversity for human society.

    Nature Ecology & Evolution is now open for submissions. A full list of publishing topics is available here.

    If you would like more information about this journal, please contact Jean Coleman.

  • Academic Calibration Project – Call for units and assessors

    As a member of the IRU, Murdoch has committed to the Academic Calibration Project that aims to ensure compliance with the TEQSA threshold standard that:

    ‘The acaemic standards intended to be achieved by students and the standards actually achieved by students in the course of study are benchmarked against accredited courses of study offered by other higher education providers.’

    The project requires unit coordinators of final year units, especially capstone units, to propose their units for external evaluation, with particular reference to assessment procedures and achievement of learning outcomes. It also requires senior academics (Levels D and E) to volunteer as assessors. The significant advantages in having your unit assessed are receiving an external benchmark for your unit that you can refer to in a teaching portfolio, and in receiving external feedback on the strengths of your unit and hints on improvement. Assessors also complete a task to add to their teaching portfolios, gain insights into the standards and practices at other universities, and have an opportunity to share their own insights and experience.

    If you wish to volunteer as an assessor or to have your unit assessed, please email Mike Calver.

  • Review of the University Library's Subscriptions

    The University Library is committed to providing world class resources to enhance teaching, learning and research experiences. This involves maintaining a Library collection which is regularly updated and best aligns with the University’s teaching and research focus.

    With this in mind, the Library is preparing to review our current subscription resources. This will involve reviewing the current resources across a range of factors relevant to the strategic goals of the University.

    Usage of current resources will also be considered, in conjunction with price, cost per use and availability via resource-sharing initiatives such as ArticleReach.

    Subject Librarians will be in communication with relevant academics during the review period to ensure that we gather all of the pertinent information, although we would also encourage those who wish to contribute to reach out proactively.

    Our aim is to develop a stronger Library collection for the future to ensure we are providing appropriate resources for teaching and research needs.

    If you have any enquiries about this process, please contact Jean Coleman.

  • Lecture recording - Lecture Capture - Opt Out

    From the start of Semester 2, all classes scheduled in rooms with an Echo360 recording capability will be recorded by default. This change follows a resolution by the Learning and Teaching Committee last year. Unit Coordinators will have the ability to cancel scheduled recordings via a new “Opt Out” screen that will be accessible from the MyTeaching home page. The help instruction is available in the Cancel a scheduled recording in LCS page of the Ed Tech Help for Staff site. For more information, contact CUTL via

  • National Merino Challenge

    Recently, Kristy Walters a 3rd year animal science student, recently won top student in the national Merino Challenge in Sydney. This event was attended by 150 secondary and tertiary students from across Australia. For further information, please see this article

  • Assessment Design

    If you’re looking for inspiration in designing assessments, try this site - Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott, a previous PVC (Quality) at the University of Western Sydney and a Member of the Register of Experts for TEQSA, has opened a new web site reporting on findings from his recent National Senior Teaching Fellowship   If you’re looking for inspiration in creating assessments that attract high student satisfactions, are clearly relevant to early career progression, and draw on multiple learning domains, you’ll find inspiration here. If you prefer a short cut, here are two key downloads from the site.

  • Confidentiality of final unit results

    All unit coordinators are reminded that students’ final unit grades and marks should not be released until after the official release through MyInfo. This will be shortly after the relevant Board of Examiners. If you are using the Gradebook in Moodle to record final marks, please ensure that the last assessment and the final mark remain hidden until after the central release of marks.

  • Murdoch University's Academic Induction

    The Centre for University Teaching & Learning, along with the Office of Research & Innovation will be holding it’s semiannual Academic Induction on the 19th of July from 12pm to 4.30pm in Learning Link 2.002.

    This event is for all Academic staff new to Murdoch University, and is an enjoyable and informal chance to join workshops on research and academic practice and policy and teaching recognition and development. It is also an opportunity to meet key contacts across the University. The Academic Induction event accompanies the main University Orientation for new staff and forms a core part of the University’s induction of newly appointed academic staff. Whilst each new Academic staff member will be personally invited to the event, we would appreciate your support and invite you to discuss the Induction with new staff in your school.  A copy of the program is attached, and further information can be found here.
  • Start Something at Murdoch

    Engage, learn, leverage, action

    Want to see your research and commercial ideas in action? Want to improve your industry or community engagement? Have an idea that could be commercialised? Want to make your competitive grant applications stand out? Start Something aims to foster entrepreneurship by providing researchers and postgraduate students with the enterprise skills, knowledge and contacts to drive greater commercialisation of research and engagement with industry.

    Free events to attend and a chance to hear from the Murdoch Executive on the national innovation and science agenda plus Murdoch researchers talking about their experiences starting something – turning ideas from research into technology, social enterprises, services, apps, resource kits and business models for impact.

    Awareness and Information Events Start Something in Science or Engineering Have you invented something or are you interested in developing and testing the commercial thesis of your research? Come along to: ECL Lecture Theatre 3 on Monday 11th July from 12.30 to 1.30pm Start Something with Social Impact If you have a service related idea, an app, a resource kit or any output from your research that might have commercial or social enterprise potential, come along to ECL Lecture Theatre 3 on Tuesday 12th July from 1 to 2pm Register here.

    The Start Something Workshop Series will test your thesis for commercial start up, broaden your industry network, provide some introduction to start up techniques and how they may apply to your area of expertise.
    Applications will open 4th July 2016 and close 18th July. Successful applicants will be advised in the following week.

    Entrepreneur Workshop Series
    What and When? August 5, 3-5pm - find out if there is a business in your idea / research – validation
    August 12, 3-5pm - evaluate the opportunity – refine
    August 19, 3-5pm - industry and consumer feedback – testing and pivoting
    August 26, 3-5pm - presenting and taking it forward – available avenues if you commercialise or start up
    September 2, 5-7pm - pitch session – pitch for commercialisation mentorship awards/ or just road test your pitch to the expert panel

    You’ll leave with

    • a documented viable business model, with industry expert input
    • a chance to win resources and mentorship to develop your business model
    • a lean canvas business model of your research
    • a better understanding of startup modelling tools that can be used in competitive grant applications
    • a bunch of new industry contacts and potential collaborations

      Workshops are free of charge, on campus and entrepreneur led. Places are limited and participants may be selected on the merit of their idea and anticipated impact
      Prizes will be awarded to those ideas that have greatest commercial potential – this means that the best ideas and business models will receive funding and support so something will get started…

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  • Pride flag gathering

    The mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando earlier this week was horrific and traumatic. This attack is the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTIQ people in U.S. history to date.

    Counselling services are available for staff and students:
    For Students Counselling for Students
    For staff Employment Assistance Program

    To remember the victims and to support the LGBTIQ community, a solemn gathering will be held around the Pride Flag on Bush Court on Tuesday, 21 June Tuesday, 2pm. Please come along.

    Please pass the above details onto to colleagues and students.

  • Oxfam Trail walker - 100 km

    VLS Staff members, Rachel Standish, Wendy Vance and Jonathan Anderson (PhD Alumni) will be walking the 100 km Oxfam Trailwalker in September. They have doing some great training walks in the hills, along the river, the beach and in urban bush land. So are on track for success! If you would like to donate to Oxfam through their team space the link is here. Should anyone need a Belgium chocolate fix - Oxfam chocolates are available from Rachel or Wendy in the Environmental science building (dark or milk chocolate $3 or $5 size). Thanks to everyone for their support so far.

  • Seeking a handheld VHF Receiver

    Seeking a handheld VHF Receiver (for loan or hire), for a whale shark tracking study at Ningaloo in July. Dates required are: July 1-14.
    Thanks in advance

    Brad Norman
    ph. 0414 953 627

  • 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

  • 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!

  • ARO Newsletter - 13th June

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 13th June.

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  • Fulbright Scholarships/Awards Presentation

    An information session is to be held on Monday about the current Australian-American Fulbright Commission application round (closing August 1) ( The nature of the Scholarships is outlined below.

    Briefly: The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers Scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages.
    Postgraduate Scholarships - For postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research and/or study in the U.S.; or to support enrolment in a U.S. postgraduate program such as a Masters. Includes the prestigious Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy.
    Postdoctoral Scholarships - For researchers who have completed their PhD in the past two to three years (up to five years under extenuating circumstances) to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S.
    Professional Scholarships - For mid-career professionals in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to undertake training or research programs in the U.S. Also open to academics whose primary research has industry or professional links.
    Senior Scholarships - For senior level academics (at Associate Professor or full Professor level) to undertake research at a U.S. institution.
    Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences - Sponsored by Kansas State University - For Senior Level academics at the level of full Professor to work with Kansas State University faculty in priority research areas, leading to ongoing collaborative partnerships between the U.S. and Australia. A public lecture series forms part of this program.
    The information session will be held on Monday June 20, 11-12 noon, in 4.1A (Chancellery building).
  • Cancer Council WA - Project Grants, Fellowship, Scholarship Opportunities

    Intended Audience: Academic and research staff and postgraduate research students who plan to apply for funding support. Prepare now for applications in 2017.

    Dates: Thursday 14th July 2016

    Time: 12:00 – 1:00

    Venue: University of Notre Dame, Institute for Health Research ND46/302

    Presentation Description:

    Cancer Council WA are a community funded organisation, and one of the largest funders of cancer research in the State.

    Learn about our Cancer Research Funding Program, how we fund cancer research and how to apply for funding.

    A light lunch will be provided.

    Please RSVP:

  • Sustainable Development Institute workshops

    The dates for the 2 workshops have now been set. The 2 workshops will be identical. As stated the aim is to have a maximum of 30 attend each workshop. 8th July and 30th June

    A third date may be set in late July if there is a critical mass of individuals unable to attend these 2 dates or we have sufficient interest to warrant another workshop. Please visit the Doodle poll site below to register your attendance.

    This will be a key opportunity for everyone to have input to the development of the 'business plan' for this institute.

    I realise there are many people who have been missed from this list. I request your assistance in distributing this email widely to others on campus that may be interested in participating.

    Details on the location on campus where the workshops will be held and pre-reading will be distributed later.

  • Indonesia Research Programme - Small Grants

    IRP has a small grants program for Indonesia-related travel, visitors, events or other projects that will take place this year,. The grants are small but they aim to assist Murdoch academics engage with Indonesia in research or teaching.

    They are best suited for small travel expenses like airfares, accommodation or similar. That said, we are open to good ideas, group ideas, and all grants will be assessed on strategic investment and potential. For Indonesia related travel, please use accommodation costs drawn from ATO standards. Successful grants will need to show outcomes from the monies used for IRP reporting purposes. To apply, please complete the attached form and send to Ian Wilson  or Jacqui Baker  by 20 June.

  • Combined Biological Sciences Meeting

    Students and staff are encouraged to attend. For information please see the attached flyer.

    (the flyer features last years winning poster image by VLS student Kimberly Loh)

  • Aquatic Crime Scenes: How Little Creatures Can Help Investigations

    On 22 June 2016 Dr Paola Magni with be giving a presentation regarding Aquatic Crime Scenes.

    Full details for the presentation can be found at the Eventbrite page and registration is essential.

    A summary of details are included below:

    When: 22 June 2016, 5:30pm for a 6:00pm presentation

    Where: Exhibition Space, Building 500, Curtin University (Bentley)

    Presenter: Dr Paola A. Magni

    Title: Aquatic Crime Scenes: How Little Creatures Can Help Investigations

    RSVP: Essential, through Eventbrite

    Price: Free for ANZFSS members, $5 for non-members