VLS Announcements 99 - 5 August 2016

Dear Colleagues,

With the start of Semester 2 the campus is yet again a hub of excited, driven students.  It is a pleasure to see so many new students and many familiar faces returning.  I hope all of our academics have had a great first week back at lecturing, tutoring and teaching.

The Interfaculty Games are approaching.  This year VLS is partnering with the School of Law in the Ninja Turtles team.  I would like to encourage you to sign up for a fun day either competing in your favourite sport or cheering on your colleagues, registrations are open online.

Just a reminder that the space utilisation audit survey will be happening between the 15th and 26th August, more information is available below.  I would also urge all academics to look over the journal subscriptions that we plan to cancel, all details are below.

Kind regards

David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

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

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

  • Paragraphs on Paper- Intensive Thesis Writing Seminars for Honours Students

    This August Murdoch CUTL is running a series of seminars to help Honours students write up their thesis. These are designed for students finishing this year. The focus is on assisting them to write new sections, rather than on editing existing sections. Places are limited, but we may be able to run a second series if there is demand.

    The Paragraphs on Paper seminars have a strong record of helping doctoral and masters students make real progress on their projects.

    This four-seminar course will give students the opportunity to actually write towards their thesis in a supportive environment. The sessions combine a variety of early drafting techniques with information about writing the different chapters of a research thesis.

    Students must commit to attend ALL FOUR small-group sessions of 2.5 hours each.

    Session times:

    1. Monday 8th August, 9:30-12:00
    2. Monday 22nd August, 9:30-12:00
    3. Monday 29th August, 9:30-12:00
    4. Monday 5th September, 9:30-12:00

    Please note:

    • You must be at least one semester into your project
    • You must be able to commit to all four sessions

    TO ENROL: Please enrol online using the following link. Enrolments are online ONLY:

    There are limited spaces, so book early (if the seminars are booked out, please do not use the Waiting List option, as we may be able to offer further seminars if there is demand).

  • Space Utilisation Survey for action

    In accordance with the Space Management Policy, we are planning to conduct a space utilisation survey in South St teaching venues from August 15-26. During this time student casuals will be asked to enter teaching venues once every hour to count the number of people in the room, from 8:30 to 5:30. It is anticipated that this data will provide insight into the way in which spaces are actually used, and may also provide Schools with informal total attendance data.

    The survey will cover general teaching rooms and many teaching laboratories. Please contact Fiona Feist by Wednesday 10th August if you have any concerns regarding students entering a space during class time so that we can discuss appropriate protocols or adjust the room list where necessary. We will not survey a room during a supplementary exam, but Schools will need to alert us if they have scheduled a test within normal class times in this period, as these will not be visible to the survey planning team.

  • Murdoch Three Minute Thesis Competition

    The Graduate Research Office is holding the annual Murdoch Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event on the 2nd September 2016 and would like to encourage members of the University community to attend to support the presenters from your schools

    When: Afternoon of Friday 2 September 2016 (time to be confirmed). This will depend on how many students register.
    Where: Hill Lecture Theatre

    Background for those of you who are not familiar with the 3MT competition.

    The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 350 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

    Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. The exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience

    Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.

  • Think Big 2016 - Student Ideation Event

    Think Big 2016 is a Student Ideation Event where students can pitch their world changing ideas. The winning student will receive a two-day Commonwealth Bank "Innovation Lab Experience" in Sydney including flights, accommodation and $1,000 AUD. More information is available on the attached info pack.

  • Chinese Consulate General in Perth

    The Chinese Consulate General (CCG) in Perth would like to invite 10 Murdoch students to attend its upcoming Open Day event.

    Details are as follows:
    Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016
    Time: 10:00 – 13:00
    Venue: CCG Office, 51 Henry Lawson Walk, East Perth, WA 6004
    Proceedings: 09:40 am Arrival of teachers and students at the Consulate General
    10:00am Open Day Event
    10:10am Speech by Chinese Consul-General Lei Kezhong
    10:20am Speech by representative of Ministry of Education WA
    10:30am-11:00am Cultural Performances
    11:00am-12:00pm Cultural Interactions (Calligraphy, Painting, Musical Instruments, Martial Arts, Dancing, Paper Cutting, Food Making etc)
    12:00pm Enjoy Chinese Food
    13:00 Open Day Event Concludes

    The Research and Innovation office will provide the transport to and from Murdoch.

    Could please distribute the attached slide to your school students. We are looking to finalizing the participants list by COB 22 Aug.

    Thank you very much for your time and assistance.

  • ACICIS Study Indonesia Applications Now Open: 20146 Public Health Study Tour

    ACICIS Study Indonesia is now receiving applications for the inaugural November 2016 intake for our two-week Public Health Study Tour (PHST) to Jakarta and Yogyakarta.

    The application deadline for the 2016 PHST is Thursday, 1 September 2016. Students can apply for PHST by downloading an application package from the ACICIS website.

    Undergraduate students from all of ACICIS' Australian member universities will likely be eligible to receive a $3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant to support their participation in the 2016 PHST. If you have any queries on how your students may be able to take up these available grants, please do not hesitate to contact the ACICIS Secretariat.

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #30 - 1st August

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 1st August. Please find the Acupuncture flyer mentioned in the Newsletter attached here.

  • Drones/UAVs for action

    The finance team require information on any Drones/UAVs that are over the value of $5,000. If you have any drones (including drones/UAVs used for research) please fill in the attached spreadsheet and send it to Fiona Feist by Wednesday 10th August.

  • New Staff - Message from Peter Irwin

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dr Martina Mosing to Murdoch as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia. Martina hails from Vienna, Austria, originally, and has worked in the UK (at the Liverpool Vet School) and most recently at Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Zürich, Switzerland. Martina completed her residency at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria; her Habilitation (equivalent of a PhD thesis) had the title “Monitoring and Improvement of Pulmonary Gas Exchange in Animals”, and she is a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Martina has an office in the Veterinary Surgical Centre and you will no doubt be seeing her around The Animal Hospital. Please make her welcome.

  • Short Workshop: Research Professional - A Data Base for Current Funding Opportunities

    Research Professional Staff will be visiting Murdoch to deliver half hour training sessions to get you started using Research Professional. This is open to all Murdoch staff and students.

    The University subscribes to Research Professional, providing you with access to a comprehensive database of funding opportunities in all disciplines from a wide range of funders in Australia and overseas. Once you have customised your account, you need never hunt for funding again! The system is easy to use, flexible and new funding alerts can be automated.
    Date: 23rd August 2016
    Location: LB3.032
    Available 30 minute sessions:

    1. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 1.00 - 1.30pm
    2. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 1.40 - 2.10pm
    3. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 2.20 - 2.50pm
    4. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 3.00 - 3.30pm
    Registration: To register for a session please use the doodle poll link below and select your preferred session time:

    Please read more about the Research Professional system by following this link:

  • Last Chance to Save Journals from Cancellation for action

    Witnesses to execution by guillotine reported three bangs: the first when the plank was dropped to the horizontal, the second when the lunette was positioned and the third when the blade fell. In the case of the journals below, the first two bangs have passed. If you want to stop the blade falling and these journals being cancelled, please send a brief email to Mike Calver by 10:00am on Friday August 12th with ‘Reprieve journal’ in the subject line. In the body of your email name the title you want to keep and give a brief reason (e.g. critical to research, recommended to students in unit x).

    Journals being cancelled are:

    • Current protocols in microbiology [electronic resource] / editorial board, Richard Coico ... [et al.]
    • Current protocols in bioinformatics [electronic resource] / editorial board, Andreas D. Baxevanis [and others]
    • Current protocols in protein science [electronic resource] / editorial board John E. Coligan ... [et al.]
    • Current protocols in molecular biology [electronic resource]
    • Current protocols in immunology [electronic resource] / edited by John E. Coligan [and others]
    • Current protocols in cell biology [electronic resource] / editorial board, Juan S. Bonifacino ... [et al.]
  • Murdoch Staff Games

    Registrations for the Staff Games 2016 are now open, register at This year VLS are teaming up with the School of Law on the Ninja Turtles team. More information s available at

  • 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!

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

  • Understanding the causes and treatment of Eucalyptus and Corymbia (Myrtaceae) in chlorotic decline in urban managed parklands Seminar

    You are invited to attend the "Understanding the causes and treatment of Eucalyptus and Corymbia (Myrtaceae) in chlorotic decline in urban managed parklands" seminar in Kings Park.

    When: 4.00pm, Thursday 4 August 2016
    Title: Understanding the causes and treatment of Eucalyptus and Corymbia (Myrtaceae) in chlorotic decline in urban managed parklands
    Presenter: Bryony Wilkinson
    Duration: The presentation will run from 4.00pm for approximately 30-40 minutes, with question time.
    Where: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park
    Venue Map:

    More information is available on the attached flyer.

  • Environmental Education in New Zealand Seminar

    Dr Chris Eames from Waikato University in New Zealand is hosting a seminar titled "Environmental Education in New Zealand: where we are at and what we are studying" on the 9th August, 12.30-1.30pm in ES 2.59.

    Chris is a senior lecturer at the Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre (TEMS) at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand. He teaches education for sustainability (EfS) and science education to teacher education students. He is currently supervising a range of EfS research projects focussing on whole school approaches, traditional ecological knowledge, development of environmental literacy and community environmental education.

    If you are interested in attending please send your RSVP to

  • Australian Land & Groundwater Association Student Night

    The Australian Land & Groundwater Association (ALGA) is hosting a student night for all environmental and environment-related students. The student night will have a range of speakers from the environmental related sectors / industries. Speakers will discuss the changes their journey, how they adapted to changing needs and how their roles have changed and offer some insight on current and future needs. More information is available on the attached flyer.

  • Murdoch Agricultural Research Symposium

    It is exciting to be able to finally present the attached program and flyer for the Murdoch University Agricultural Research Symposium on Friday the 2nd September. Please send this through to your contacts that could be interested in attending. The target audience is Consultants, Primary Producers, Agribusiness, Government agencies and departments, Advisors, Research & Extension providers, Tertiary and Secondary Students interested in animal production, pastures and cropping.

    We would love to see as many of you there as possible so if you would like to attend, please don’t hesitate to RSVP to

  • Combined Biological Sciences Meeting

    In appreciation of their contributions to the CBSM , VLS will proudly support six students with their CBSM registration. Congratulations to:

    • Siew May Loh (Kim) – Molecular & Biomedical Sciences
    • Telleasha Greay - Molecular & Biomedical Sciences
    • Lauren Svejcar - Environmental Sciences
    • Tasneema Ishika – Environmental Sciences (Algal Research)
    • Risa Wijihastuti – Environmental Sciences (Algal research)
    • Sylvia Squire – Agricultural Sciences
  • Forrest Scholarships

    The Forrest Research Foundations awards lucrative scholarships to outstanding domestic and international students to complete a PhD at any university in Western Australia. More information about this scholarship is available on the attached flyer and at

  • Inaugural VLS Ball

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