VLS Announcements 106 - 23 September 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday (Thursday 22nd September) marked 30 years since I started at Murdoch University.  I would like to thank my colleagues, current and past for making it such an enjoyable 30 years.

It is a week for congratulations.  First of all a huge congratulations to our Graduates, all of the hard work and stress has paid off.  It is an exciting time where you finish one journey and start another; whether that is further study or growing your career.

I would also like to congratulate Dr Barbara Bowen and Dr Halina Kobryn. Congratulations to Halina Kobryn for her promotion to Senior Lecturer in recognition of her contributions to teaching, research and service. Halina collaborates with many people across our discipline area and the School on remote sensing and spatial analysis and has developed teaching in this important area for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Congratulations also to Barbara Bowen for being awarded a Vice-Chancellors award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. This recognises outstanding contribution over many years and Barbara’s commitment to students and ability to adapt in developing new units and changing existing units in response to the MUCC.

I would also like to congratulate the Forensics team for their fantastic research at the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Conference in Auckland. The ANZFSS conference is the largest international forensic science symposium in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts participants from all over the world. A number of our students have been awarded for their great research work; Kirstie Caren, a student of the Masters of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) programme, was awarded the best oral presentation in the area of blood pattern analysis for her work on the aging of bloodstains. Dr Paola Magni, Lecturer in Forensic Science was awarded best poster analysis for presentation in forensic entomology, while Professor Martin Evison, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science at Murdoch received a high commendation for his oral presentation in the area of forensic anthropology.

Just a quick reminder that VLS has a social presence on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any news regarding your research, your students work, field trips or student activities please contact Mhairi Finlayson, our Marketing and Communications Coordinator (

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]

  • European Research Council - Call for Applications

    Please see the attached call for funding from the European Research Council (Information - short version, long version). The ERC offers fantastic opportunities for significant research funding and international cooperation at German universities and institutions. Australian residents are eligible to apply.

  • Animal Ethics Annual Reporting

    Annual reporting for animal ethics is not all that far off. All reporting this year will be through IRMA. We have undertaken some significant work this year to get the relatively simple system of the past to function smoothly in IRMA. This will be thoroughly tested during October before it becomes available for researchers in November. Please see the attached powerpoint slide for more information.

  • Changes to ARC Funding Rules for Discovery Programme and Linkage Programme

    The Funding Rules for Discovery Programme and Linkage Programme schemes commencing 2017 and 2018 are now available on the ARC website (attached Linkage Programme Funding Rules 2017 and Discovery Programme Funding Rules 2017). Jane Crier has also put together the attached document which summarises some of the key changes to each of the schemes

    One Major Change to note is the changes to the selection criteria for each scheme - Research Environment has been removed as a stand-alone criteria and is now considered under the Feasibility

    The Funding Rules published today include rules for the following funding schemes:
    Discovery Programme

    • Australian Laureate Fellowships for funding commencing in 2017
    • Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2017
    • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for funding commencing in 2018
    • Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2018
    • Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2018
    Linkage Programme
    • Industrial Transformation Research Hubs commencing in 2017
    • Industrial Transformation Training Centres commencing in 2017
    • Linkage Projects commencing in 2017
    • Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities commencing in 2018

    Additional guidance material has also been made available on the ARC website, including lists of major rule changes. Please consider the new rules carefully and contact the ARC should you have any questions. Further guidance material will be made available in the coming days.

    The ARC will provide further notification when schemes open and the RMS Proposal Forms and other relevant scheme documentation become available.

  • ARC Visit to Murdoch - 3 October 2016

    The Research and Innovation Office has arranged an ARC visit to Murdoch on the 3rd October. *****ONLY 8 PLACES REMAINING*****

    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

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #37 - 19 September

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 19 September.

  • Opportunities to pursue Teaching Careers for VLS Graduates for action

    VLS students graduating at the end of the year may wish to consider qualifying as school teachers through the School of Education at Murdoch. To alert students to these opportunities, could coordinators of 300 level units please add a post to their LMS sites alerting students to the options for teacher training outlined in the attached promotional slides.

  • Associate Professor in Haematology and Academic Chair of Laboratory Medicine, Murray Adams - message from Wayne Greene

    A reminder that Dr Murray Adams, Associate Professor in Haematology and Academic Chair of Laboratory Medicine starts with us on Monday (September 26).

    Murray is a member of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and a Fellow, Faculty of Science, of the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia. Being originally from Perth, he began his diagnostic career in the Haematology Core Laboratory at Royal Perth Hospital and then moved into research, which included a stint at the Haemostasis Unit, Department of Haematology, University College London. Murray’s research interests centre on understanding the mechanisms that alter haemostasis, particularly those that lead to thrombosis. He has established and led independent research groups at both Curtin University and the University of Tasmania. Complications associated with cardiovascular disease, including thrombosis, are leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, so his research is of international importance.

    Murray joins us from the University of Tasmania, where he has been an academic for the past 9 years and B.Biomed.Sc course coordinator since 2014. Please drop into his office (temporarily VBS 2.018) and make him feel welcome.

  • Vale Bob Cook - message from Peter Irwin

    Sadly we received news last week that one of the foundation academics, Bob Cook, has passed away.

    Bob took up his appointment as Lecturer in Histology on 1st April 1975. He set up a histology unit that was taught to 2nd year students, with the year theme being the normal animal body. Bob played a key role in setting up the electron microscope unit which was operated by Peter Fallon until he left the university two years ago. Bob was an active researcher, focussing on multiple sclerosis. He reached the level of Assoc Prof but resigned in early July 1998, after which he held an adjunct position until 2013. Bob was a big supporter of social events; a lasting image of him would be at a happy hour with a cigarette in one hand can of beer in the other! Bob was also a punter. There is a story that on one occasion while he was at the TAB someone entered intent on robbing the place and told all the patrons to get down on the floor. Bob is reported to have replied that “you can take my money but if you think that I am getting down on the floor you can get f****d.” He remained standing… Attached is a picture of Bob with Peter Dorling in the early years – in typical pose by all accounts!

    My thanks to John Bolton for the comments above.

    Bob's funeral arrangements are as follows:
    Date: Tuesday 27th September
    Time: 12.30pm
    Venue: East Chapel, Fremantle Cemetery

    106 Bob Cook.jpg

  • Seeking Feline Community Blood Donors - message from The Animal Hospital

    Does your cat have what it takes to be a TAHMU Superstar Blood Donor?


    • Between 1-8 years old
    • Ideally 5kg, or greater, we will accept 4kg if very suited to being a donor
    • Good temperament & healthy
    • Currently on flea preventive
    • Current vaccinated
    • Ideally donor cats are indoor cats. However, we recognise that many cats are indoor/outdoor cats and we take this into consideration.

    Our Screening process involves the following

    • We would like to meet you and your cat. We will go through some paperwork and ask you to complete a questionnaire – we like to have all the information we need.
    • For your cat – we will get a body weight & perform a full physical exam.
    • Behavioural assessment- most cats are very cautious, we like to spend a bit of time with your cat in the consult room and see how they feel about us and being a part of the Donor Team.
    • We will obtain a blood sample for preventative health screening. The FeLV/FIV tests are repeated at each donation.

    Unlike dogs, this procedure requires your cat to be anaesthetised for the collection procedure. It will involve dropping your cat off to us in the morning and collecting your cat at the end of the day. Donation can occur between 3 and 5 times per year if your cat is available.

    This procedure, while safe, carries inherent risk. Our experienced team monitor for complications before, during, and after donation.

    Many thanks for providing this community service to the patients of The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University.

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

  • Special Seminar presented by Professor Tiiu Kull

    Please come along to a special seminar by Professor and Head of Botany Tiiu Kull from Estonian University of Life Sciences who will be visiting Murdoch University in October.

    Title: Changes in plant species distribution and population size in Estonia and the UK
    Date: Tuesday 4 October
    Time: 15.30 - 16.30
    Room: VBS3.023

    About the speaker
    Tiiu Kull is an Estonian botanist. She specialises in the study of population dynamics in plant species and has published an extensive number of papers on the subject. In 1997 she conducted a study, "Population studies of native orchids in Estonia".
    Her favourite theme has always been orchid population biology with clonal growth, dormancy and symbiosis. She has been co-editor to the international set Orchid Biology: Reviews and Perspectives.
    She has worked extensively on changes that take place in Estonian flora and species composition.  For the last ten years she and her colleagues have attempted to formulate the key questions in biodiversity studies.  For the last few years she has been developing nature based tourism studies at the University of Life Sciences in Estonia.

  • Environmental Science MSc Seminars

    Please see the attached information about Environmental Science MSc Seminars taking place in the Senate Suite on Monday 3rd October.

  • Research Translation Symposium - Sponsored by WAHTN and CERI

    Registration is complementary but RSVPs are required. Please see more information on the attached flyer.

    Date: 28 September 2016
    Time: 9.00am - 5.30pm
    Venue: McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, QEII Medical Centre

    Followed by a networking function at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) between 6.00pm and 7.30pm

    Registration is complimentary, but please RSVP to for catering. Please confirm attendance during the day and/or for the evening networking event at CERI.

  • Research Seminar invitation. Making the Most of Your Research

    The School of Arts invites you to the second cross campus HASS/Arts research network event for 2016. The Seminar will take place at Murdoch University in the Brian Hill Lecture Theatre on October 21 from 1.30-5.30.

    Please RSVP by October 14 to

    Topics and speakers (in summary) below, more details in the attached flyer:

    • The Question of Value: Making a case for ‘value’ in ARC Grant applications
      Professor Helena Grehan, School of Arts, Murdoch University
    • Industry linked research and the Humanities
      Professor Peter Veth, University of Western Australia
    • “Culture Counts”: A tool for measuring value in creative work
      Mr Colin Walker, Department of Culture and the Arts
    • Contributing to the Public Sphere and Satisfying States and Employers
      Professor Toby Miller, Murdoch University


  • 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

  • Kings Park Seminars

    Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
    Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm
    Topic: Fire-climate feedbacks and impact on vegetation in a biodiversity hotspot
    Presenter: Dr Joe Fontaine, disturbance ecologist, Murdoch University
    For more information please see the attached flyer and visit