VLS Announcements 103 - 2 September 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all managing to enjoy our beautiful campus on the first days of spring.

We have a busy day ahead where most of the admin staff are involved in OSCE's for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Staff Games and the Agricultural Research Symposium. If there is an emergency please contact Marilyn Davies 0429 018 012, and on that note, go team Ninja Turtles!

Congratulations are in order for Bob Du and his team for the preparation and submission of the successful application for a Certificate of ISO 9001 from SAI Global. Also congratulations to Dr Peter McGilchrist who has received funding for 2 major projects to improve the quality of Australian grass-fed beef and Dr Wei Du who is leading ground breaking research in pest control to protect crops. Dr Andrea Paparini also gave an interview on VLS research into Lyme disease; you can listen to the full interview on the SBS website.

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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  • UPDATE - Global Connections Fund - Opportunity

    The Australian Government’s Global Connections Fund and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) are pleased to advise that the inaugural round of Bridging Grants is now open.

    Bridging Grants -1st Call 2016
    The Bridging Grants provide funding of $25,000 to $50,000 to support researcher-SME partnerships globally. The grants support a range of early research translation/commercialisation activities including proof of concept, market testing and early prototyping of projects. The grants are a competitive matching funds program.

  • 2016 Growing Science Forum (WA)

    The Royalties for Regions funded Southern Forests SEED Program in Western Australia held its annual Growing Science Forum this month, featuring keynote speaker Professor Tim Flannery; acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist. The forum which targeted high school students in years 9 to 11, combined speaker sessions with university and TAFE trade stalls. The theme was Food Security and Climate Change and delivered plenty of inspiring stories and life lessons that encouraged students to pursue a career in science. The student session featured Professor Tim Flannery as well as Professor Lyn Beazley, Murdoch University animal scientist Dr Peter McGilchrist and Curtin University PhD marine science student Sarah Marley. More than 120 students from five different high schools within the district travelled to Manjimup for the National Science Week event.

    Students got the opportunity to explore science careers with university representatives at the Growing Science Forum in WA this month
  • 2017-18 NTRGP Funding Round Open

    The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) National Taxonomy Research Grant Programme (NTRGP) provides funding to support taxonomic research. The 2017-18 NTRGP Research and Capacity-building Grant funding rounds are NOW OPEN for applications.

    The Research Grants stream provides support to Postdoctoral Fellows and established career researchers to undertake taxonomic research on the Australian biota. The Capacity-building stream of the NTRGP supports training and/or recruitment of taxonomists, especially for research on critical taxonomic groups.

    Both the Research and Capacity-building funding streams will close for applications on Thursday 2pm (AEDT) 3 November 2016.

    We welcome information on the release of the round being communicated on notice boards, institution newsletters, and to anyone who may be interested in applying for funding.

    To access the grant round Programme Rules, application smartform and other key information, please visit If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the ABRS Grants mailbox (

  • Postharvest Analytical Laboratory Certificate of ISO 9001 from SAI Global

    The postharvest analytical laboratory successfully got Certificate of ISO 9001 from SAI Global. The application of NATA/ISO 17025 is on the half way.

    That is:

    1. Our lab (staff and PhDs) has conducted GLP
    2. The data from this lab is recognised by the regulatory organisations, such as government registration departments
    3. Get more credit for application of grant
    4. The lab is qualified to do the commercial services
    Thank you to Bob Du and his team for the hard work they put into preparing, progressing and submission of the application.
  • Availability of Echo360 Recordings

    Echo360 recordings are taking longer than usual to become available for students. The actual time to process depends on when the recording occurs and how many recordings are in the backlog at that time, however many recordings are taking longer than 24 hours to become available. This issue has caused some complaints from students and staff.

    We have been in consultation with our Echo360 hosting provider regarding this issue. Based on their advice we will be performing an upgrade to our existing environment. This is scheduled to occur out of business hours next week, during the non-teaching break. We are concurrently investigating whether additional processing capacity is also required.

    Please note that there are also a number of recordings that are coming through without audio. This is mostly caused by staff not cancelling their recordings when they intend to opt-out. This is a cause of confusion for students and additional work for technical staff following up reported recording problems.

    If you don’t intend to have sessions recorded, please use the opt-out tool to cancel the recording. Steps to do this can be found here: "

  • Honours Information Session for 2017 Projects

    Honours Supervisors are invited to attend the Honours Information Session on Tuesday 6th of September 12pm -2pm in ECL 2.031 Postgraduate Suite Level 2. Feel free to bring along one poster to display in the venue and print outs of information on available projects to distribute to students. You may use the honours template for research projects from the VLS webpage:
    RSVP to

  • Call for Applications: Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund

    The Department of Health invites applications from Western Australian medical and health researchers for infrastructure support through the Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF).

    Applicants must have received a minimum of $490,000 in medical or health research grant income from nationally and internationally competitive, peer-reviewed funding sources during the previous three consecutive calendar years (2013-2015).

    The application form and guidelines for applicants are available on the Research Development Unit MHIRF website:

    Applications close 1.00pm Wednesday 12 October 2016.

    For further information please email the Research Development Unit or phone 9222 2069.

    Information on other funding programs administered by the Research Development Unit can be found on the Research Funding Programs website:

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #34 - 29th August

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 22nd August.

  • Assignment boxes for Biological Sciences for action

    Could all Unit Cordinators who require assignment booxes in Biological Sciences in Semester 2 please contact Kiara Roche.

  • Training for Staff - Disability Services for Students

    Training on ‘Disability Services for Students’ is coming up on 19 September in the Senate Conference Room, 12noon – 1.30pm. Staff can enrol through the usual TCMS link:

  • St John Ambulance Community First Responder Program Information Session

    We have recently installed new Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) on-campus and joined the St John Ambulance Community First Responder Program so that St John can advise 000 callers of AED campus locations in a medical emergency, and then advise Security Services that the emergency call has been made. Defibrillation within five minutes of a heart attack significantly increases a person's chance of survival by 80 per cent.

    St John Ambulance will deliver a presentation for all interested staff on Thursday 13th October on how to use an AED during an emergency, why they are important and how the First Responder Program works. Presentation details, and a ‘save event to calendar’ button, are provided in the following link: St John Ambulance Community First Responder Program Information Session

    This information session is open to all staff and will help better understand everyone’s role in responding to medical emergencies on-campus.

  • Subject Librarian for VLS Sept & Oct

    Should you require assistance with finding journal articles, tips on searching databases, information literacy classes, ordering books in the VLS area or anything else relating to the Library please call Terena (Mondays – Thursdays) on 93606113 or email Vet&

  • Looking for accommodation for 1.5 weeks for Estonian professor and her partner

    Professor Tiiu Kull (Estonian University of Life Sciences) is fostering new collaborations in nature based tourism at Murdoch University and will be visiting Murdoch Uni 28 Sept - 10th Oct. She and her partner are looking for accommodation for that period. Anything near Murdoch Uni or close to train/bus line would be preferable. Contact

  • Legislation Updates for Veterinary Legislation

    There have been some changes to Veterinarry Legislation

    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Instrument No. 4 (MRL Standard) 2012
    This instrument makes the APVMA’s MRL Standard, as it existed when it was last amended on 4 December 2012, as a legislative instrument. Item was amended

    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Instrument No. 4 (MRL Standard) Amendment Instrument 2016 (No. 10)
    This instrument amends the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Instrument No. 4 (MRL Standard) 2012 to set new and varied maximum residue limits and make other changes to the tables with respect to certain residue definitions, commodities and substances. Item was published

    List of Exempt Native Specimens (29/11/2001)
    List establishing List of Exempt Native Specimens pursuant to subsection 303DB(1) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Item was amended

  • 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!

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  • International Speaker Presentation - Nils Stein IPK

    Chengdao (Li) will be hosting Dr Nils Stein, IPK Germany on Friday 16 September who will give a presentation on "Genome sequences for the Triticeae - the path forward to pan-genome analysis".

    Speaker: Dr Nils Stein - IPK – Germany
    Title: Genome sequences for the Triticeae - the path forward to pan-genome analysis
    Venue: Biological Sciences (BS) Rm 2.020A, Murdoch University
    WHen: 11:00am-12.00pm; Friday, September 16

    PhD., Researcher and leader of the research group Genome Diversity at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany.
    Nils Stein earned his PhD in Genetics at University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany) in 1997. He worked as a postdoc (1998-2001) in the laboratory of Beat Keller, University of Zurich, Switzerland and isolated a leaf rust resistance gene from hexaploid wheat via positional cloning in a closely related diploid wheat species. He moved to IPK Gatersleben in 2001, initially as lab-manager and since 2007 as leader of the group Genome Diversity of the Genebank department. The main focus of his research is structural and comparative genome analysis in Triticeae species, mainly barley (Hordeum vulgare). Nils is co-coordinator of the European Triticeae Genomics Initiative (ETGI) and since 2008 he coordinates the International Barley Genome Sequencing Consortium (IBSC)

  • New PhD scholarships program

    The Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute (WANRI), which includes a number of researchers at Murdoch University (viz. Steve Wilton, Sue Fletcher, Rakesh Veedu and from 2017 Anthony Akkari) is in the process of launching a program of PhD scholarships that might be of interest to students in VLS. The scholarships provide a top-up of $10,000 per annum plus $5,000 towards research–related travel over the course of the degree. More information is available in the attached flyer.

  • NCCAF Knowledge Sharing Workshop

    The Governance Theme of the SEI Network would like invite you to a knowledge sharing workshop and the launch of the draft National Adaptation Plan for the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change for consultation (SEI NARP). The SEI NARP will be endorsed by the Australian Government and outline priority themes for future research and we invite you to contribute to this important document. We also will showcase the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility's CoastAdapt tool with the opportunity to explore the platform and how it could best contribute to your work and research. We sincerely hope you can attend this event. Best regards, Dr Martin Brueckner and Dr Rochelle Spencer, Leaders Governance Theme SEI Network.

    Date: 9th September 2016
    Time: 1.30pm - 5.30pm
    Location: McClusker Conference Room (HRC 2.006), Murdoch University

    1.30 pm - 2 pm: Registration with tea and coffee
    2.00 pm - 2.10 pm: Opening and welcome to country
    2.10 pm - 2.30 pm: SEI Network project overview and summary (Dr Rochelle Spencer and Dr Martin Brueckner – Murdoch University)
    2.30 pm - 3.00 pm: National Adaptation Research Plan - Social, economic and institutional dimensions: A review (Prof. Tim Smith – University of Sunshine Coast)
    3.00 pm - 3.30 pm: Local coastal challenges: A mayor’s perspective (Dr Brad Pettitt – Mayor of the City of Fremantle)
    3.30 pm - 4.00 pm: Overview of the NCCARF CoastAdapt Tool (Anne Leitch – Griffith University)
    4.00 pm - 4.30 pm: Q and A and group discussion
    4.30 pm - 5.30 pm: Informal networking session with drinks and nibbles

    Please email the SEI Network Coordinator, Sarah Connor to confirm your attendance.
  • Report aunch Innovation- From Paddock to Plate: WA;'s Potential in Agriculture and Agribusiness

    The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre invites you to the launch of the first report in the Focus on Industry report series - a new research program that focuses on specific Industry Insights. This report will address a key economic issue facing Western Australia - agriculture and agribusiness in WA.

    When: Friday 23 Deptember 2016, 7.15am - 9.00am
    Where: The Hyatt, Grand Ballroom, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA 6000
    Registration: Online Registration
    RSVP: COB Monday 19 September 2016

    Agribusiness has historically been an important industry for the Australian and WA economies. As businesses, investors and the government look for new sources of growth and prosperity in the midst of a declining mining sector, even greater attention is now being placed on the industry.

    In this report, we explore if WA is positioned to take advantage of the unique opportunity presented by the increasing global demand for high quality, secure food produce. In doing so, we analyse the contribution of agribusiness to the WA economy, and assess our natural endowments, and innovative and productivity capabilities to meet increased global demand. The report highlights the key challenges, risks and policy issues requiring attention to ensure that WA agribusiness secures its place at the global dinner table.

  • The Conversation Debates WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER - message from Dr Janice Dudley, Associate Dean of the School of Business and Governance

    One of the members of the staff team for The Conversation Debates next week has had to pull out ... we originally had 4 then one dropped out and another last night! Would you consider becoming one of the speakers? Alternatively can you assist me in identifying another debater – or even two as the staff team appear to be dropping like the proverbial flies!

    The Debates are on Wednesday 7 September, between 1:30 and 2:30pm – see attached. Two debates with each speaker having 2 minutes. Jurgen Brohmer is the staff team leader. If you're willing to save my bacon at this late stage I'd be most grateful! Sara is away and I have inherited responsibility for organising the debates. Can you let me know ASAP please.

    The Topics are:

    • Debate 1 - The University Lecturer in 2030 will be an AI- bot
    • Debate 2 - The Future of the University is vocational

    I have suggested that the student team argues the affirmative for Topic 1 and takes the negative position for Topic 2. Staff team argues the negative for Topic 1 and the affirmative for Topic 2. Each debate will have an affirmative team of 3 and a negative team of 3. This means that if we manage to organise a team of 4, then only 3 each of the team members will need to be debating in each individual debate. That may make it easier for you to recruit.

    We shall be adopting the classic debate model:
    Affirmative Speaker 1 (Debate Affirmative Team Leader) opens with a 2 minute speech providing the scope of the debate, defines the resolution and provides an overview of the team’s arguments;
    Negative Speaker 1 follows - 3 minutes;
    Affirmative Speaker 2 - 3 minutes
    Negative Speaker 2 - 3 minutes
    Affirmative Speaker 3 - 3 minutes
    Negative Speaker 3 - who is the Negative Team Leader - closes for the Negative:
    4 minutes ... summarises and rebuts
    Affirmative Team Leader (Speaker 1) - 2 minutes NB No new arguments merely summarising

  • Using SciVal to Benchmark Performance

    In March this year we ran some workshops for SciVal, but have been lucky enough that Elsevier is returning to Murdoch again this September.  SciVal can be used to benchmark your research performance against Australian and Global standards, and prepare statements about your research portfolio for grant applications.
    You can find out more about using Scopus and SciVal here:

    Tuesday 20th September 2016, 9:30am to 12:30am (2.5 hours + 0.5 hour for extra question time). How does your research compare? SciVal can help you find the answers!

    • Elsevier's SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide.
    • SciVal helps you assess your institution's research performance from a variety of perspectives in order to establish, execute and evaluate strategies based on reliable evidence. Using advanced data analytics supercomputer technology, SciVal allows you to instantly process an enormous amount of data, 35 million publication records from 21,915 journals of 5,000 publishers worldwide, and provides access to more than 110 trillion metric values to generate powerful data visualizations on-demand, in seconds.
    SciVal allows you to:
    • Visualize research performance
    • Access comprehensive research performance summaries of any desired research entities, identify their unique research strengths and multidisciplinary Research Areas
    • Benchmark your progress
    • Compare the performance of any institutions, countries, and pre-defined groups, or create your own research area and monitor progress over time

    This hands-on session will showcase all aspects of SciVal and provide a detailed overview of the functionality and metrics found within the platform.

    To sign up to this workshop please email Dr Rebecca Hancock.

  • Kings Park Seminars

    Date: Thursday 8 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Topic: Seaweeds of North Western Australia
    Presenter: Dr John Hulsman, Curator at the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Parks and Wildlife
    Venue: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park

    Date: Thursday 15 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Topic: Exploring the material secrets of Banksia follicles: Features of serotiny and fire sensitivity
    Presenter: Jessica Huss, doctoral candidate in the Department of Biomaterials at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) in Potsdam, Germany
    Venue: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park, for more information please visit

    Date: Thursday 22 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Topic: Plant hunting in the Kimberley y
    Presenter: Dr Matt Barrett, scientist at Kings Park and The University of Western Australia
    Venue: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park, for more information please visit

  • InterDrought-V Scholarship

    The 5th InterDrought conference will be held in Hyderabad, India from 21-25 February 2017. Funding to attend the conference is available for a limited number of PhD students working on drought resistance at an Australian University, more information is available on the attached flyer.

  • Morris Animal Foundation Announces Call for Wildlife/Exotic Proposals

    Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Study grants on topics relevant to wildlife/exotics health and welfare. Proposals are due Wednesday, November 16, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Learn more about each of these grant types and the application process for each.

    Please note that this call for proposals is only for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Studies relating to wildlife/exotics. Click here to access the online application form directions.

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  • Leewin Network Sail

    Please find attached our invitation to attend our network sail on 20 September 2016 to find out more about our youth development and leadership program. "We do not train youth for a life at sea ... we use the sea to educate youth for life".


  • Care For Hedland Turtle Volunteers Wanted - Perth Talk

    Interested in Turtle Conservation? Interested In Being A Volunteer For The Upcoming Turtle Monitoring Season In Port Hedland? You are invited to attend a Perth volunteer information session for people interested in being involved in the 2016/2017 monitoring season. Learn how you can make a difference, get involved, what volunteers are needed for and how you can help monitoring Flatback Turtles in Port Hedland. Hear first hand from current coordinators and past volunteers. Monday 12th September and Thursday 22nd September 6.00pm-7.30pm at Earthwise at 315 Bagot Rd Subiaco (behind the old pink church). For further information please see our website:

  • Discover Dirt 2016 Volunteers Required

    The Royal Agricultural Society is calling out for Discover Dirt volunteers at the Perth Royal Show, please see the attached Volunteer Registration of Interest Form and the Volunteer Timetable Preference Form.