VLS Announcements 95 - 7 July 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to congratulate Yonglin and his team Chris, Jan, Fiona, Bernie and Wei whom been successful in obtaining a Medfly centre grant to help establish a new national Mediterranean fruit fly facility at Murdoch University. Horticulture Innovation Australia will partner with Murdoch University and the Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food to establish the new MedFly Unit at Murdoch’s main campus. This $1.65 million grant to strengthen the industry’s fight against a species of fruit fly that is stifling the nation’s export trade.

Thank you to Wayne Greene for supporting the School by attending the Health Careers Evening on the 29th June.

I would like to wish the College of Veterinary Medicine good luck with their International Veterinary Accreditation visit from Sunday, 10th July until Thursday, 14th July.

Don't forget about Open Day to be held on the 24th of July – please register to get involved. Any questions should be directed to Mhairi Finlayson. The Vice Chancellor and our Chief Operating Officer are calling on all staff to assist with a general campus de-clutter over a two week period from Monday 4th July and Friday 15th July. I would like to ask all staff to please review the common spaces in their area and identifying opportunities to de-clutter, tidy or dispose. If you require assistance with your area or you are unsure how to tackle it please contact Marilyn Davies, Technical Resources Manager  or by phone on 9360 2365.

The VLS Ball Committee has been busy setting up the Inaugural VLS Ball to be held on the 19th August, staff and students are welcome to attend, please the flyer under Staff News and Events.

Kind regards

David Hampson

Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Mhairi Finlayson by COB each Tuesday for publication on  Thursday

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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Tick Research Featured on Catalyst

    Peter Irwin, Alex Gofton and Charlotte Oskam’s tick research was showcased in a Catalyst show on ABC TV on the 5th July.

  • Threatened species face extinction owing to ‘God clause’, scientists say

    Western Australia’s government could have the power to approve activities that could make a threatened species extinct, under biodiversity laws now before state parliament.

    The provision has been dubbed “the God clause” by scientists and conservationists, who say giving the environment minister discretion to effectively authorise the extinction of a species contradicts the very purpose of biodiversity legislation. To read the full article - click here.

  • Successful breeding program the first step to Russian wheat aphid-resistant wheat

    Murdoch University researchers have successfully bred plant resistance to five of the eight known biotypes of Russian wheat aphid. Click here for further information.

  • Student Engagement in online learning

    Please do join us for our next Learning and Teaching Lunchtime Forum. The Forum will be held on Friday 8th July, 12:00 - 1:30pm in ECL 1.031.The lunchtime forum will focus on the successful engagement of distance students in higher education. Past research suggests that while students enjoy the flexibility of distance learning, distance cohorts have high first year attrition rates.

    Dr Ella Kahu’s (Massey University) presentation will focus on the importance of both flexibility and structure in course design, the need for opportunities for students to make connections with the course content, and the critical importance of understanding the students’ emotional experiences.

    Maaroof Fakhri (Director of Education Partnerships at Labster) will present ‘Extending the Laboratory to show how the virtual and physical reality can be blended to engage and retain the next generation of STEM students’. Virtual labs have been published showing improvements in engagement, motivation and learning outcomes for students.

    The event will be chaired by Professor Sara de Freitas and lunch will be included.

    More details of the forum are available at:

    For catering purposes, please register to attend through TCMS.
  • 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.

  • Oxygen Provision for Dive Accidents

    Date of Course 30th Sep 2016, Starting Time 9:00am, Ending at 12:00pm, Location Animal House #2.

    This course will be run for the above date and is recommended if you are diving for the University. The contents cover the skills & knowledge required to administer oxygen, equipment set up, how to administer oxygen in 3 different ways to patients, CPR techniques & the situations it should be given.

    Course prerequisite is a current Provide 1st Aid Certificate (formerly a Snr 1st Aid Cert) with cost being $150 if an existing Oxygen Providers qualification has not expired by no more than 6 months. Otherwise the cost is $180.

    Please contact Steven Goynich (University Diver Officer) if you wish to attend on Ext 2445 or

  • Murdoch Twitter Page

    Murdoch now has its own research Twitter page
    Social media is an excellent way for the University to share our research stories and raise the profile of our researchers and areas of expertise.
    It also allows us to direct traffic towards the latest research stories on our website.
    Please share the link above with your colleagues and students who are active on Twitter and encourage them to follow our page, re-Tweet content and help build our following.

  • ISC opportunities with the City of Melville

    The City of Melville is offering two workplace placements starting in August 2016 that would be suitable for ISC students, or possibly Honours:

    Urban Forest Research for Perth
    Water Sensitive Urban Design Research for Perth
    Fredrick Baldwin Investigation and design

    If you have a prospective student and would like to know more, email Mike Calver

  • Start Something at Murdoch

    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.

    For information, see the attached flyer.

Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • 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 ‘Optimising our Customer Experience’ which will be held on 20th July. This one day training program will help staff understand the importance of good customer service, whether you work directly with students or staff, or both.
    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 Recognition Awards - The Animal Hospital - message from Warren Timpson

    Please join us in congratulating our winners today at The Animal Hospital staff recognition awards. It was great to see so many of our team out supporting each other, plus the burgers and doughnuts were excellent (judging by the number of people who had 2 or 3 of each).

    Thank you to Kym, Monique and Michelle for all of their great work organising and setting up the event plus ensuring there was enough for us all to eat and drink. It was pleasing to see the large amount of nominations that were put in for these awards, an indication that more and more of us are becoming focused on the great work each of you does on a daily basis.

    Our Winners,

    Dr Claire Sharp Going Above & Beyond
    Sarah Holman Random Act of Kindness
    Ann-Marie Moyles Commitment to Excellence

    Enjoy your gift vouchers and once again congratulations from Michelle Paul Davie, Yvonne Markey and I…well done.

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #26 - 4th July

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 4th July.

  • Young Professionals Event

    We would like to invite those staff, students aged from 18-35 to our first speaking event being run in conjunction with Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce. For further information please see this link

  • Dog N Jog – Sunday 18th 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!

  • Updated ARO Guide

    Please find attached the updated Guide to the Academic Registrar’s Office for July 2016.

  • International Engagement - Regional Managers

    The Regional Manager for VLS is Carol Ghandour (Fozzil Jaffar)

  • Bike racks BSB building - Message from Leah Knapp - PDCSO

    The bike racks outside the BSB building have been replaced. Could all users that have locks left on the old bike racks please remove these locks before 29th July. Anyone that is interested in one of the old racks please contact Gordon Thompson before 29th July, if not they will be disposed of by PDCSO.

  • Inaugural VLS Ball

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Seminars, Conferences and Scholarships [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships

    Applications for 2017 PhD Scholarships open 1st August–31st October 2016

    For further information see the attached flyer.