VLS Announcements 93 - 24 June 2016

Dear Colleagues,

With exams coming to an end this week, the campus will seem very quiet over the next few weeks until the start of semester 2 (O week starting on 25th July). In the meantime, it is time to get through the marking of those numerous exam papers.

Just a reminder to Unit Coordinators of S1 units (for Agricultural Sciences, Environmental & Conservation Sciences, Molecular & Biomedical Sciences clusters) that the Board of Examiners will be held on Wednesday 6th July at 10.30 am in the Biological Sciences LT.  Result submissions dates are:

Units with no exams:

22 June 2016

Units with exams up to 17 June:

27 June 2016

Units with exam after 17 June:

30 June 2016

Making the headlines this week are A/Professor Kris Warren and Dr Jill Shephard with the release and tracking of the black cockatoos using state-of-the-art technology developed in the Netherlands, and the Vector and Water-borne Pathogen Research Group (VWBPRG) recently publishing their findings on the discovery of a new bacterium in Australian ticks. Congratulations to all involved.

You can also read more about what is happening on the social media front, with the latest stories on our VLS Twitter  VLS Twitter  (showcasing our research and achievements), and our VLS Facebook   VLS Twitter  (focusing on teaching and student related activities and events). You are all encouraged to follow the accounts and share in your stories and achievements.

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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  • Author Profile in Scopus - message from Rebecca Handcock, Research Data Quality Coordinator  

    Murdoch and other institutions are increasingly using Scopus for assessing research performance, so it is important that you have an up to date research profile in Scopus...

    With an incorrect Scopus profile a prolific researcher might be incorrectly assessed as having only a few publications with low citation information. This can have a big impact when you apply for grants etc. Once your Scopus profile is up to date you can track your own research performance using Scopus and SciVal, and see who is citing your work.

    Managing your research profile is easy. All you need to do is look up your name in Scopus, see if you have more than one profile or if there are any errors such as missing publications etc. You can ask Scopus to update your profile information using the links in the attached FAQ.

    A few points:

    • Each researcher is responsible for managing your own profile on Scopus.
    • Scopus profiles are created automatically, which is why there are sometimes duplicate profiles.
    • Once you ask Scopus to merge/change your profile it can take 6-8 weeks for that change to appear in the database.
    • What is listed in your Scopus profile is only material that is indexed by Scopus. Your Scopus profile may not cover everything that you have published.
    • The affiliations listed in Scopus will correspond to the affiliation on the journal article that you last published. If you have not yet published with a Murdoch by-line then the address listed in Scopus will be where you previously published. That is OK (although we hope that will change in the future as you publish more!).
    • Australia is currently moving to using ORCID identifiers, which are starting to be a requirement for publication and grants. Having your Scopus profile up to date now will make that move easier.

    For more information you can consult your Murdoch Subject Librarians. See a list here:
    You can also find many useful resources here:

    Rebecca Handcock  Ph.D.
    Research Data Quality & Impact Coordinator | +61 (8) 9360-7291

  • Scholarship updates - message from Sandra De Freitas, Student Financial Support Coordinator

    A lot of work has been happening behind the scenes to ensure all scholarships are up to date, accurate and ready for Open Day and beyond...

    I would like to take this opportunity to pinpoint key pages on our website which will assist you in driving more interaction with what is on offer and how we can use the information at hand when discussing with students about possible opportunities available. I would also like to point out the we have also updated our application forms to streamline our processes. Our processes are continually being reviewed and we welcome feedback and suggestions.

    Please click on the image below which can be found on the front page of our Murdoch University site. Here we will access all the information you will require on scholarships.

    Think Scholarships

    Find a Scholarship = Use the drop down to select the specific criteria for a scholarship
    Browse scholarships = Each tab reflects all scholarships available either by Murdoch specific or External Organisation specific.
    ** Please note: If you go by school , click on the specific school and it will open into a ‘Scholarship Tree’ outlining all scholarships available within the school.
    ** Please note: Each scholarship page has a link to the application form. If you open it up you will find it quite interactive and more user friendly.
    Scholarship Updates = Scholarships open for Semester 2 2016

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries. I encourage you to please forward this information on to your relevant teams to ensure the information is collaborated. Scholarship flyers are in the works at the moment and once it is available I will shared it accordingly.


    Sandra De Freitas
    Student Financial Support Coordinator
    Phone +61 8 9360 7433 | Email

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Working Party - message from Professor Chris Hutchison, Director of Research & Innovation

    As you know UAVs are being increasingly used in Murdoch University. A working party has been established, see below...

    Dear Colleagues

    A working party has been established to regulate and license the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). As a first step the working party will look at purchase standards and operating conditions. Until the party has completed its work, could you refrain from purchasing additional UAVs. A similar request has been sent to finance.

    Terms of Reference for the Working Party include the following:

    • Assisting the University to obtain an institutional UAC Operators Certificate (UOC)
    • Overseeing the development of required operating and safety manuals
    • Making recommendations for minimum UAV standards to ensure University UAV operations are conducted in compliance with Australian Law, inclusive of equipment specifications, safety standards, maintenance and storage standards and training requirements

    It is envisaged that once the work of the Working Party is concluded Schools will be advised, and procedures and approvals for UAV use will be embedded into existing Fieldwork processes.

    Thank you for your assistance in this matter

    Best wishes

    Prof Chris Hutchison
    Director of Research & Innovation
    Telephone: +61 8 9360 7260 -

  • Human Research Ethics Processes - reminder

    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

  • Academic Registrar's Office - Newsletter #24

    The latest Newsletter from the team in the Academic Registrar's Office is now available...

    The ARO newsletter #24 contains important information about:

    the upcoming Careers Fair, the release of the 2017 provisional handbook, domestic engagement with visits to schools, enrolments and fees, equity and social inclusion, external engagement, graduations, OSQA, student support, TNE and health services.

    + Download newsletter


  • Confidentiality of final unit results - message from Mike Fardon, Manager Learning Innovations

    All unit coordinators are reminded that students’ final unit grades and marks should not be released until after the official release through MyInfo on 11 July. ...

    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. Some Unit Coordinators may not enter this information into the Gradebook, so can ignore this email.

    The following page in the Educational Technologies Help for Staff site provides guidance about setting particular columns to be hidden from students in the Gradebook. Note that all Gradebook columns are visible to students by default. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact

  • Academic Calibration Project – Call for units and assessors - message from A/Prof Mike Calver

    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 academic 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.

  • ASFB Student Communication Award  

    Check out two of our Honours students' entries in the ASFB Student Science Communication competition...

    VLS Honours students Nathan Beerkens & Hannah Ashe have entered short research videos in the inaugural ASFB Student Science Communication Awards:   Votes are closing on 10th July, please support them.

    This competition is co-sponsored by Australian Society for Fish Biology and Freshwater Fish Group & Fish Health Unit -

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  • New Postgraduate Guidelines and Template for Maintenance Accounts

    Please note that new Posgraduate Guidelines and XL Template are now available online...

    The guidelines for PG maintenance account and the XL template can be downloaded from the VLS website - Staff & Student Forms and Resources section:

    Note: you will need to enter your MAIS username and password

  • International Engagement Staff Changes - message from Philip Payne, Director External Engagement  

    Read on to find out more about new staff starting in the International Engagement team...

    I would like to introduce Justin DeSousa, who has commenced today as our new Regional Manager, responsible for South Asia and Africa.  Some of you will have already met Justin in his role as Business Process Analyst in OSQA.  Prior to joining Murdoch Justin held several senior roles at Curtin University; he recently managed international student recruitment for the Curtin Business School.

    Natasha Warnock-Lai, who has been Acting Regional Manager will return to her substantive role of International Engagement Coordinator, responsible for identifying and developing overseas government scholarship opportunities and other recruitment partnerships.

    I expect recruitment for the International Engagement Manager to commence this week.  In the interim, Vicky Dunford will be responsible for the day to day management of the International Engagement Team, while retaining her responsibilities as Partnership Manager.

    If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    kind regards
    Philip Payne
    Director | External Engagement| Academic Registrar's Office
    Phone +61 8 9360 2011 |(Phone +61 401 997 683 |* Email

  • New Lecturer in Forensic Science  

    It is a pleasure to announce that one of our former graduates, Brendan Chapman, has been appointed as a Lecturer in Forensic Science...

    Brendan will start with us on Monday, 25 July. Her responsibilities will mainly focus on our successful Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) program led by A/Prof James Speers, and he will also contribute to the undergraduate course. Brendan started out with PathWest in diagnostic virology and molecular diagnostics and subsequently gained 11 years of experience working in the forensic field. This included stints as a Forensic Biologist at PathWest and as a Forensic Scientific Officer (Crime Scene Investigation and Major Case Team) with the W.A. Police.

    More recently, Brendan has been a Forensic Science Consultant, a Product Specialist (Automation and Microfluidics) with Perkin-Elmer, and a sessional teacher for our School.

    Congratulations to Brendan on his appointment and we look forward to him joining us next month.

  • Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mhairi Finlayson - message from Fiona Feist 

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mhairi Finlayson (pronounced - “vahree”) to the role of Marketing and Communications Coordinator in VLS...

    Mhairi will be commencing on Monday, 27 June 2016 and will be located in the office next to mine.

    Please join me in making Mhairi welcome.

    Kind regards

    Fiona Feist | Executive Business Manager

  • Welcome to new DI staff members - message from the Diagnostic Imaging Team

    The Diagnostic Imaging Team is very happy to introduce two wonderful staff members....

    Chantelle Hamilton, a veterinary nurse who originates from Scotland and brings many years of skill and knowledge to her new role and Sheila Rowlands, a highly-skilled MIT with many years of experience in MRI scanning which will easily transpose to CT.

    We are very lucky to have these ladies on-board. If you see Chantelle or Sheila around, please introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.

  • Equine Landcare Soil Amendment Field Day - Feedback from Landcare

    Earlier this month Dr Richard Bell presented at a Soil Amendment Field Day. Find out more....

    "The weather on Friday the 3rd June was perfect for an outdoor field day on private property in Serpentine. There were 17 individuals who turned up to learn how to amend their soils to promote better pasture growth, support their horses, reduce erosion, and decrease nutrient runoff."

    + more feedback from Landcare.

  • Power Outage planned for Monday 27th June & Monday 1st July- message from Gary Higgins, GM Assets and Maintenance

    Please note power outage planned for Monday for 27th June and 1st July, between 5.00 am and 7.00 am to sub-station 4 and other buildings as below...

    Hi All,

    Please find attached notification of essential electrical works which requires two events involving the isolation of electricity affecting a number of Buildings:

    301, 335 Environmental Science, 340 Physical Sciences, 350, 351 , 352,  353 , 355 , 440. I would appreciate your passing this information on to others who may be affected by these works.

    External areas affected will be the Bush Court & B440 under croft general power outlets and lighting in addition to the aforementioned buildings.

    Power outages between the hours of:
    5-7am on the 27th of June and
    5-7am on the 1st of July

    This targeted mail advice is in addition to a general announcement planned via the normal Tuesday University Announcement.

    Kind regards,

    Gary Higgins
    GM Assets & Maintenance | Property, Development and Commercial Services Office
    T: +618 9360 2827 | F: +618 9360 2949 | E:

  • 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

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  • Oxford University / Rhodes Scholarship Talk

    In recent years Clayton Utz has held its annual Oxford Society / Rhodes Scholarship talk at our offices. The purpose of the talk is to provide students with an opportunity to hear from a number of people who have studied at Oxford and also from the current Rhodes scholar, Andres Noe, who is about to take up his scholarship...

    Attached is a one page flyer which advertises this year's event to be held on Wednesday 3rd August 2016. Would you mind circulating it to the Deans of the various faculties at your university for distribution to their students. It will also be sent to the President of each student law society asking that it be circulated to your law students. The talk is fully sponsored by Clayton Utz but we do ask that students RSVP as places are limited. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me. Kind regards Gail Anderson, People & Development Manager Clayton Utz