VLS Announcements 104 - 9 September 2016

Dear Colleagues,

VLS has once again made worldwide news this week; the MUCRU’s footage of the white whale calf has reached USA Today, CNN and multiple European media outlets. Well done to Professor Lars Bejder and his team for capturing the stunning footage.

I would also like to thank Professor Peter Irwin and the rest of the VLS staff who have worked on Vet Compass. VLS has partnered with six other veterinary schools across the country to launch a digital database for vets to track pet health. This project will allow researchers to trap into a wealth of data to better understand dog, cat and horse health.

Congratulations to our award winning students, Hannah Ashe, Karissa Lear and Nathan Beerkens who won the John Lake Poster Award (junior and senior) and the Rapid Fire Talks (Junior) at the Australian Society for Fish Biology Conference 2016.

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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  • 30% Overheads on Research Project Closures

    The School will be implementing a process that all research projects that are closed and any remaining balance transferred to a discretionary account will incur a 30% overheads charge if overheads were not charged previously to the income received in the research project.

  • Timetabling Focus Group

    Timetabling are looking to assemble a staff focus group to workshop some ideas on changing requirements for the timetable or sign in (specifically looking at how we handle online lectures, optional clinics/classes, and virtual classes). VLS is invited to send one or more representatives. If you’re interested, please contact Mike Calver.

  • 2017 New Colombo Plan Funding Round Outcome

    Congratulations to Richard Harper, Liselotte and Paola Magni whose New Colombo Plan 2017 funding applications have been approved.

    The Following projects have been approved:

    • China: Chinese Food and Agriculture Innovation, Multi-year application approved, 15 students
    • Malaysia: Breaking down barriers for justice: an intercultural approach to Crime Scene Investigation, Single-year application approved, 5 students
  • New Education Technologies

    Amit Pattnaik from McGray Hill Educations is visiting Perth later this month to meet with academics regarding opportunities for integrating new education technologies into the curriculum. Amit can come to Murdoch on Thursday 22nd September. If you would like to meet with Amit and discuss options, please email Amit Pattnaik to arrange a time.

  • Invitation to Join the 2017 Learning & Teaching Certificate

    Following the success of the program in 2016, the Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) can confirm the Murdoch University Learning and Teaching Certificate (see attached leaflet and application form) will again be available to Murdoch staff in 2017, offered in association with the School of Education.

    CUTL is accredited by the Higher Education Academy to offer the Learning and Teaching Certificate. As a result, staff who successfully complete the course will be awarded either Fellowship or Associate Fellowship of HEA, a widely-known mark of recognition for those who teach or support learning in the higher education sector.

    Application is open to all Murdoch staff who teach or support learning and have interest in developing effective learning and teaching practices. The Certificate would appeal to a wide range of colleagues, including newly-appointed or early career academic staff, professional staff whose roles involve supporting learning, and colleagues in senior roles.

    Information Sessions - Learning & Teaching Certificate
    CUTL will be hosting two information sessions for staff interested in meeting the team that delivers the Learning and Teaching Certificate. Staff are welcome to join these sessions in person or online.

    • Monday 7 November 2016, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Library Level 4, North Wing, Room 4.040
    • Tuesday 14 February 2017, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Library Level 4, North Wing, Room 4.040

    Interested staff should email Jeannette Pether to book their place, stating their preferred date and whether they will attend the information session in person or online. Session information, together with a full course calendar, can be found on the CUTL website.

    Early bookings are encouraged as places are limited. Applications will close on Tuesday 21 February 2017. If you have questions or require further information please email the CUTL team.

  • ARC Visit to Murdoch - 3 October 2016

    The Research and Innovation Office has arranged an ARC visit to Murdoch on the 3rd October. *****PLACES ARE LIMITED – SO REGISTER EARLY*****

    Prof Clive Baldock, ARC Executive Director, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Science will be visiting Murdoch University to discuss recent ARC developments, opportunities and further details on the Continuous Linkages Scheme.

    When: 3rd October 2016, 08:30 to 10:30
    Where: ECL2.031 Post-grad Room, Murdoch University
    Registration: Online"

  • ARC Discovery Project Workshops - 10 to 14 October


    Professor Alan Johnson AM, a previous member of the ARC College of Experts and previous ARC Executive Director will be visiting Murdoch from 10th to 14th October to facilitate three workshops on improving the competitiveness of future ARC Discovery Projects applications.

    Professors Helena Grehan (current ARC College of Experts member) and Giles Hardy (previous ARC College of Experts member) will provide expert advice from their experience as a College member, including how to address crucial aspects of the application (including FOR codes, Title, Summary) and current ARC issues and assessment processes.

    The workshops will cover all research disciplines and be interactive with opportunities to discuss your specific situations (you can email questions beforehand – see attached).

    Each workshop will be offered twice during the week to give staff maximum opportunity to attend. Participants, particularly those submitting to the next Discovery Projects round are strongly encouraged to attend all three workshops.

    The three workshops will focus on (further details on the attached flyer):

    1. “Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) of named investigators”
    2. “Project Research Environment”
    3. “Project Quality and Innovation/Feasibility and Benefit”

    Please register below:

    Workshop First offer Second offer
    Workshop 1 :
    ARC Discovery Projects - Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) of named investigators
    10 October 2016
    08:30 to 10:30
    ECL 1.031
    13 October 2016
    08:30 to 10:30
    Senate Conference Room
    Workshop 2:
    ARC Discovery Projects - Project Research Environment
    10 October 2016
    13:00 to 15:00
    ECL 1.031
    11 October 2016
    08:30 to 10:30
    Senate Conference Room
    ARC Discovery Projects - Project Quality and Innovation/Feasibility and Benefit
    12 October 2016
    08:30 to 11:30
    Senate Conference Room
    14 October 2016
    08:30 to 11:30
    Senate Conference Room
  • PPO/IMarEST Marine Studies Awards - entries open for 2016

    The IOC Perth Program Office and the WA branch of IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology) are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2016 UNESCO IOC Perth Program Office / IMarEST Western Australian Marine Studies Awards.

    The awards are open to students undertaking marine related research and training in Western Australia. Interested students are invited to enter through the submission of a 500 word abstract, detailing their research. Abstracts are due by Monday 3rd October 2016 and the awards will be decided following an evening of short-listed student presentations to be held on Wednesday 19 October 2016.

    For further details please see the attached awards notice.

  • Raine Medical Research Foundation 2017 Awards and Prizes Open for Application

    Applications close 28 September 2016 at 1.00pm

    Healy Research Collaboration Awards
    These Awards are for early-career medical research scientists in Western Australia to develop research collaborations in any health related field. A maximum of $10,000 shall be available for each Award.

    Cockell Research Collaboration Awards
    These Awards are for medical research scientists in Western Australia from early-career, mid-career, to senior scientist to develop research collaborations that investigate the cause and treatment of mental illness. A maximum of $15,000 shall be available for each Award.

    BrightSpark Research Collaboration Awards
    These Awards are for early-career medical research scientists in Western Australia, to develop research collaborations that investigate the cause and treatment of childhood illness and disease. A maximum of $10,000 shall be available for each Award.

    Raine Research Prize
    This Prize is awarded to an early-career researcher in the field of medical health/science for the best scientific paper arising from research undertaken primarily in Western Australia. The successful applicant will receive a travel allowance to the value of $5,000.

    Strachan Memorial Prize
    This Prize is awarded to a Western Australian early-career clinician or clinical scientist for the best scientific paper that may translate medical science into better health outcomes. The successful applicant will receive a travel allowance to the value of $5,000.

    Due to a generous bequest from the Peter Rigby family, this year there will be two additional Prizes, one in the Raine Research Prize category and the other in the Strachan Memorial Prize category. These Prizes entitled the Rigby Research Prizes will each provide a travel allowance of $5,000.

    Please visit their website for Conditions and online application forms.

  • Media and Communication Training Workshops

    Conveying the complexity of your research, your life’s work, into a 30-second grab for the media can be hard. The solution is to shape the essence of your science into a story. Over the course of a day, two experienced science communicators will work with you to find the story in your research.

    Over the years we’ve helped Monash launch the world’s first printed jet engine, revealed the loss of half the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, helped CERN announce the Higgs boson, and revealed the link between CSIRO’s Wi-Fi patent and Aussie astronomy. We will help you find the right words to explain it in a way that works for the media, as well as for government, industry and other stakeholders.

    Working journalists from television, print and radio will explain what makes news for them and you will practice being interviewed in front of a camera and on tape. The training will help you feel more comfortable in dealing with journalists when media opportunities arise. We’ve got courses coming up in:

    Media training courses are $800 +GST per person, and include lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and lattes on demand.

    We can also hold courses in other locations or on other dates. If you have at least four participants, we can probably find others in your area to make a course viable. If you can guarantee six participants, then we’re happy to confirm a course in your city/campus. Or if you want a brief introduction to the media for a larger group (20 to 200 people), talk to us about our ‘Meet the Press’ sessions.

    If you’d like to book a place in a course, contact Ellie Michaelides at or on (03) 9398 1416. You can read more about our courses at

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #35 - 5 September

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 5th September.

  • Assignment boxes for Biological Sciences for action

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

  • Updated Charts from OSQA

    OSQA have provided updated stats regarding disability and medical conditions (attached). The Equity and Social Inclusion team is available to meet with staff to provide information about the process and to assist with any issues around disability/medical conditions that students may be experiencing.

  • NEW ALLY WORKSHOP – Tuesday 27 September, 9am -1pm ECL.1031

    The Ally Program has been identified as a successful strategy in providing information to staff and students on issues related to sexuality and gender identity, reducing homophobia across campuses, as well as providing a forum for increasing awareness of cultural diversity and difference.

    Murdoch’s ALLY workshop includes pre-reading material, multi-media presentations, a panel discussion and new content with a focus on understanding gender and sexual diversity. Feedback from a participant sums it up well: Course presenters were very professional, well prepared and excellent educators. ….panel members outstanding… Murdoch is very fortunate to have people of this calibre. A very worthwhile course.

    Staff who complete the half day training program may wish to become an ‘Ally’ - an informed person who provides a “safe zone” in their work or study area for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer students or staff. The half-day Ally Training on Tuesday 27 September. 9am -1pm is an opportunity for your School to make a difference by having one or more additional staff in your area as ALLIES.

    For enrolments go to the OCU website.

  • 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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  • Launch of Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award

    This is an annual award of up to $20,000 to assist PhD students or early career researchers. It provides funding support toward the costs of travel, courses or research, or to supplement PhD scholarships with necessary top-up funding.

    Please note the deadline for the 2017 round of applications is the 12th December 2016. Interested applicants are advised to contact the Grants Office.

  • 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)

  • 2016 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture

    The Keith Roby Memorial Trust invites you to attend the 2016 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture presented by renowned co-originator of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren.

    Permaculture is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people, providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

    It is 40 years since the permaculture concept was first articulated during the energy crisis of the 1970s. In this free lecture, David Holmgren will trace the evolution of the concept and movement that emerged from the Permaculture Design Course process, which his co-originator Bill Mollison started in 1981.

    He will discuss the evolution of permaculture from environmental design, to the social and psychological design of the “inner landscape”, and address the question about the relationship between permaculture and spirituality.

    About David Holmgren
    Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a permaculture lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism.

    As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability and resilience that are highlighted in his book, “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability”. It has become the text that is expanding permaculture beyond the garden and farm to redesigning our lives in ways that reflect ecological realities. His more recent work “Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change” outlines energy descent futures that could emerge over the next few decades.

    His latest work “RetroSuburbia; A downshifters guide to a resilient future” shows how the residential landscapes of our cities and towns can be transformed for the better by their residents. David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time. He and his partner Su Dennett live at Melliodora in Hepburn, Victoria, one of the best known permaculture demonstration sites in Australia.

    The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture Series
    The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture in Community Science is a lecture funded by Murdoch University Foundation and the Keith Roby Trust, established in memory of Dr Roby, a foundation member of Murdoch University.

    Dr Roby believed science could make a major contribution towards resolving contemporary issues such as the dilemmas surrounding the environment, energy, resources and genetic engineering.

    Dr Roby’s work, his life and the way he lived, are an inspiration to many, and the vision he illuminated continues through the Keith Roby Memorial Lecture Series.

    Event Details
    Date: Tuesday 11 October 2016
    Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
    Venue: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, South Street Campus
    RSVP: Essential by Wednesday 5th October 2016 to

  • Report Launch 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 September 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.

  • 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 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

    Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Presenter: Dr Joe Fontaine, Murdoch University
    more information coming soon...

  • 1st Asian Conference on Geography and Geology

    We would like to invite you to submit your research paper for possible oral presentation in 1st Asian Conference on Geography and Geology. The conference will cover important issues in Geography and Geology. The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from around the globe in order to present and discuss new research in Geography and Geology.

    Few selected paper will be publish in ISI indexed International Journal of Geography and Geology: Online ISSN: 2305-7041/Print ISSN: 2306-9872 (ISI WEB OF SCIENCE).

    Submission Date: 1st December, 2016
    Submissions online:
    Email Submission:;

Jobs and Volunteering Opportunities [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • City of Cockburn Fun Run

    The City of Cockburn are looking for 2 volunteers for their annual Fun Run in Manning Park, Spearwood to perform free vet checks. They would ideally be looking for 1 student and 1 lecturer. The City of Cockburn will supply the marquee and are willing to pay $500 (to be split between volunteers).

    When: Sunday 18th September
    Time: 9am - 12pm
    See attached flyer for more information.