VLS Announcements 94 - 1 July 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Marketing, Communications and Advancement has assisted the School in organising to have a new billboard placed on Great Eastern Hwy , Meckering. This will be advertising Open Day and Murdoch Science Degrees.

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We have had a lukewarm response to the Research Institute of Sustainable Development workshops to be held on the 30th June and the 8th July, if you are at all interested, please sign up using this link .

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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  • Research in Germany Opportunity

    GOstralia are one of many Murdoch Agents in Germany, they are holding a recruitment, research and careers fair on the 25th of November in Stuttgart. If any of our academic staff have plans to travel to Germany around the 25th November and would like to represent VLS at GOstralia, can you please contact Fiona Feist via email.

    For further information, see the attached flyer.

  • Workshops for Research Institute of Sustainable Development

    Just a reminder that the workshops for the development of the Sustainable Development Research Institute are to be held this week.

    The times and venues for the workshops on the Research Institute of Sustainable Development are:

    Thursday 30 June 8:00am-12:00pm McCusker Conference Centre
    Friday 8 July 8:30am-12:30pm Learning Link 1.004

    You can sign up at the Doodle url

  • VLS HR Advisor - Change of Work Days

    Melissa Koh, HR Advisor for the following areas, will be changing her work days to Monday – Thursday.
    - College of Veterinary Medicine
    - Operations
    - Resources and Administration
    Melissa will continue to be based at the College’s Veterinary Surgical Centre on most Wednesdays for staff consultations.

  • Discipline-based Assessment Workshops

    CUTL (the Centre for University Teaching and Learning) is offering VLS the opportunity to collaborate in in a programme of discipline-based Assessment Workshops during Semester 2 2016.

    The aims of the workshops are:
    to provide a formal introduction to the 2016 Assessment Policy
    to provide advice and assistance to the School on relevant assessment matters as nominated by the ADLT, or delegate, in consultation with discipline leaders
    to provide access for staff to best practice in assessment and moderation.
    The CUTL workshops have been designed for all staff within a particular discipline or cluster who hold assessment responsibilities, including sessional academic staff, and will be accompanied by an online module and follow-up activities as directed by the School. Further information can be found here.

    Their context is a whole-University focus on assessment: the 2016 Assessment Policy is already available alongside information about the new Higher Education Standards, and the requirements for curriculum planning are changing as part of the Curriculum@Murdoch project. At the same time, many colleagues are involved in the Transforming TNE Delivery Project and/or redeveloping assessment for other purposes, such as accreditation or external benchmarking. The workshops follow the recent cross-University Assessment Forum held on June 16th.

    VLS is allowed up to three time slots so that workshops can be offered to different groups of staff within the School and be tailored specifically to VLS requirements. Our bookings are:
    Monday 5th September at 2.30pm
    Thursday 13th October at 1pm
    Wednesday 2nd November at 1pm
    If you would like to register for one of these workshops, please email Mike Calver by July 15th and indicate which date is suitable. Bookings will then be confirmed and registrnts will be sent calendar invitations and further details.

  • 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.

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology Student Competition in Science Communication

    VLS has had two Honours student submit short research videos into the inaugural Australian Society for Fish Biology Student Competition in Science Communication. Check out Nathan Beerkens and Hannah Ashe’s videos along with the other entrants here:

    The VLS Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit is co-sponsoring the competition with ASFB. The competition has had 17 000 views and already the student videos have received ~1000 votes.

  • Valuable bilby research to shape species’ survival

    Two years worth of dedicated bilby research will be shared with scientists, land managers and rangers to map-out the future management of the vulnerable native marsupial. To read more -

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  • Professional and Leadership Staff Training

    Please find below Professional & Leadership Staff Development training courses scheduled for the month of July at Murdoch University with places still remaining.

    In particular, we would like to draw your attention to ‘Managing Events at Murdoch’ which will be held on 12th July. This one day training program will help staff understand the process and methods of organising an event at the University and provide them with information and tools to better organise and deliver successful events.
    Leadership Development: Course Desc Duration Start Time Start Date End Date
    Mental Health Awareness 7hrs 09.00 07-JUL-2016 07-JUL-2016
    Influence Without Formal Authority 7.5 hrs 09.00 28-JUL-2016 28-JUL-2016
    Professional Development: Course Desc Duration Start Time Start Date End Date
    Managing Events at Murdoch 3 hrs 09.00 12-JUL-2016 12-JUL-2016
    Optimising Our Customer Experience 7.5 hrs 09.00 20-JUL-2016 20-JUL-2016
    IT Skills: Course Desc Duration Start Time Start Date End Date
    Adobe Acrobat Professional X 7 hrs 09.00 19-JUL-2016 19-JUL-2016
    OSH Training: Course Desc Duration Start Time Start Date End Date
    OSH Training -Managers, Supervisors & Team Leaders 7 hours 09.00 05-JUL-2016 05-JUL-2016
    Personal Development/Health & Wellness: Course Desc Duration Start Time Start Date End Date
    Try 'Tai Chi' 1.0 hr 13.30 05-JUL-2016 05-JUL-2016
    Try 'Tai Chi' 1.0 hr 13.30 12-JUL-2016 12-JUL-2016
    Try 'Tai Chi' 1.0 hr 13.30 19-JUL-2016 19-JUL-2016
    Try 'Tai Chi' 1.0 hr 13.30 26-JUL-2016 26-JUL-2016
    Murdoch Work Matters & Know your Campus: Course Desc Duration Start Time Start Date End Date
    Know Your Campus - Media Arts Centre Tour 1 hour 12.30 06-JUL-2016 06-JUL-2016
    HR Systems Overview (For Managers and Supervisors) 1 hr 12.30 13-JUL-2016 13-JUL-2016
    Making an impact with Social Media 1.5 hrs 12.30 14-JUL-2016 14-JUL-2016
    Streamline your workload using technology 1 hr 12.30 21-JUL-2016 21-JUL-2016

    To enrol or find out more about these courses, please access
  • Staff Games 2016

    This year’s Staff Games event is scheduled for Friday September 2nd, 2016 and preparations are currently in full swing!

    For even participation and fixtures, we have needed to change the teams slightly from previous years.
    Details below:
    Orange: ‘The Flintstones’ (School of Arts + School of Education)
    Yellow: ‘The Simpsons’ (School of Engineering and IT + School of Business and Governance)
    Red: ‘The Incredibles’ (School of Psychology and Exercise Science + School of Health Professionals)
    Green: ‘The Ninja Turtles’ (School of Veterinary and Life Sciences + School of Law)
    Blue: ‘The Smurfs’ (Library Services, Finance, University Secretary’s Office, PDCSO, IT Services)
    Purple: ‘The Phantoms’ (Academic Register’s Office, People & Culture, Development and Communications, Research and Development, Vice Chancellery)

    This has been approved by Senior Management and we would love for you to get behind this great day to encourage your staff to have fun, belong to a team alongside fellow colleagues and meet other campus dwellers in a healthy and positive environment.

  • Join us at our biggest Open Day yet!

    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. You pereviously 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. We would like all staff to be wearing a Murdoch name badge for Open Day. If you don’t have a name badge or would like a new one please can you let Sarah Gillett know by Friday 1st July.

  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #25 - 27 June 2016

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 27th June.

  • 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!

  • Counselling Service Contact- message from Sarah Farrell

    Here at the Counselling Service, we are working on developing better partnerships with other services and schools on campus, and as such I am now the designated contact person for the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences staff. This means that if you or any of your staff have any questions or queries about our service, what we do, or you have a student to refer, you can contact me and I would be happy to be of assistance.

    If I am not available, one of the other counsellors here could also assist. We operate a daily triage for service students, for clients who are wishing to access our counselling services, and we also offer several emergency appointments each day. In addition to individual counselling for students of up to six free sessions per calendar year, we also run psycho-educational workshops on campus, on a variety of topics, and I would be more than happy to forward you the schedule for Semester Two once we have confirmed this.

    I am able to be contacted via e-mail or phone on 08 9360 1227, or of course, you could drop in and see if I am available to talk.

  • CAVE Administration Officer - message from Chelsea Little

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome Hannah Lawton to the role of Administration Officer in the Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education - CAVE. Hannah’s office is located within the Vet Surgical Centre. Please join me in making Hannah welcome.

  • Lecturer in Forensic Science - message from Wayne Greene

    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.

    Brendan’s 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.

  • 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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  • RSWA AGM & Monthly talk: 50 Shades of GMO - facts and issues - Professor Michael Jones

    Date: 18th July 2016

    Venue: Kings Park Administration Building Satellite Map:
    6.30pm Welcome drinks and nibbles

    7.00pm AGM

    7.30pm monthly talk

    Public & non-members welcome

    RSWA proudly presents its next Monthly talk by Professor Michael Jones, VLS Murdoch University, Director of the WA SABC


    It’s a strange paradox: the less precise a technology, the less it is regulated: conversely, the more knowledge and hard science that underlies a technology, the more it is regulated. Common sense would dictate exactly the opposite. What does GMO mean, what is or is not genetically modified, and does it really matter? What are the benefits of GMOs and what’s in the pipeline? Can we separate facts from ideology? These issues will be addressed.


    Professor Michael Jones has a Degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Plant Biochemistry from Cambridge University; held Postdoctoral positions in the USA, Australia and Cambridge. Employment at the Welsh Plant Breeding Station and Rothamsted Research was followed in 1990 by appointment as Head of Plant Sciences at Murdoch University.

    He is now Professor of Agricultural Biotechnology, and Director of WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC). He was appointed to the Commonwealth Government ‘Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Council (ABAC)’ for 5 years, which advised the Ministers responsible for national biotechnology policy, and was awarded the Murdoch University Research Medal in 2006. He has published 255 scientific papers and gained $35 million in research funding. Current research is in the application of biotechnology to control crop pests and diseases.

    He was President of the RSWA from 1996 – 1998.

    Discover some of the latest scientific research and achievements by WA scientists

  • 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:

  • Fulbright Specialist Grants for Australian Universities

    The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is calling for applications to the Fulbright SpecialistProgram opening this Friday 1st July 2016.

    At least 6 grants are on offer, to bring U.S. Specialists for up to 6 weeks, to share expertise at Australian universities, and to build collaborative linkages with U.S. faculty and professionals on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and other activities. The grants cover an economy class return international air travel to Australia for the US. Specialist Additionally, the grants provide Specialists with an honorarium of US$200 for each day they stayed in Australia Australian host institutions must cost-share by covering accommodation, meals and in-country or intra-region travel Joint proposals by several Australian institutions, or an Australian and a partner university in the East Asia Pacific region are encouraged To learn more about, or apply for a Fulbright Specialist grant click here
  • New Colombo Plan scholarship

    The Australian Government is awarding 100 New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarships worth up to $67,000 per student, for Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in participating Indo-Pacific locations in 2017. The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia.

    Here are some quick facts:

    - Eligible students need to have at least a 2.7 GPA and need to also demonstrated leadership skills in the community.
    - Each Australian University can nominate up to 10 students by the end of July.
    - Eligible students will be contacted by the Australian Government and invited to apply by the end of August. Interviews will be held in October and students will be awarded in November.
    - Students will be attending an award ceremony in Canberra, where Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove will personally present the awards
    - As part of the New Colombo Plan cohort, students will get amazing opportunities to network with diplomats and government officials not only in country, but as part of the alumni network

    If you can think of students that would be interested in this amazing opportunity, please encourage them to apply.

    Hannah Pratt (Bachelor of Arts) and Justin Freeman (Bachelor of Science) have been successful in the past 094 NCP 2015 Scholarship Dinner.jpg.jpeg094 NCP Official photo 2.jpg.jpeg and will assist and guide the students throughout the application process. Students need to email me their expression of interest before 15th July.