VLS Announcements 107 - 30 September 2016

Dear Colleagues,

VLS has had some fantastic results at the Perth Royal Show this year with our steers coming in 1st and 2nd place in the Heavyweight Grand Champion round. The winning steer, a Belgian Blue-Angus-Shorthorn cross also sold for the highest price in the Perth Royal Show History. Information about our winning steer has been picked up by regional press including the Countryman and Farm Weekly. Well done to Kim Thomas and all staff and students involved.

On Tuesday Murdoch released information about the new Murdoch First Scholarships with the goal of increasing the number of high ATAR students selecting Murdoch as their first choice on TISC applications. More information on the marketing strategy surrounding the scholarship is available in the Scholarships section 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]

  • Raising the Profile of VLS - a note from Giles Hardy

    The VLS annual Report is now available for your view (attached). In order to effectively disseminate the VLS Research Strategy Document, Bulletins and the Annual Reports please could you provide details of key people from Industry, Government, NGO, Funding Agencies who support your research activities. Please provide Name, Position, Postal Address, Email Address to Mhairi Finlayson, our Marketing and Communications Coordinator ( Many thanks.

  • 2017 Handbook Release- October 1st

    Final scheduled publication of the Handbook will take place on October 1st, this will be a public view of the handbook.

    You will no longer need to log in to see the 2017 Handbook- the default will become 2017. However to download Curriculum descriptions for any amendments will still have to log in 2016 and previous Handbook years will still be available from the drop down menu on the Home page

    There are some changes still to be processed, and obviously changes may need to be made during the year. The Handbook will no longer be a static document as was the case with the Provisional Handbook but will be updated as required. I expect this to be weekly initially but we will monitor the number of changes being made.

  • Re* Newsletter

    The September - October 2016 Re* Team announcement is now available (attached).

  • 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.

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #38 - 26 September

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 15 September.  Please see attached the Murdoch University Health First Aid Application Form and the ISB 2016 Presentation.

  • Friday After work Drinks - message from Sofie De Meyer

    It is with great pleasure that I invite you to our VLS Friday after work drinks, This Friday from 4pm in the BSB common room (building 240, room 2.020).

  • 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.

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  • Murdoch FIrst Scholarship

    The Murdoch First scholarship initiative launched this week to drive an increase in first preferences.

    The West Australian featured a story on page 4 on Tuesday featuring quotes from Phil Payne, see attached; Future Student Officer Michael Ingram has done a number of radio pieces this morning and will continue to a key media spokesperson throughout the week, along with Advancement Manager Will Perera. DVC Teaching and Learning Romy Lawson and Academic Registrar Carolyn McInnis have also agreed to be available to contribute as far as possible.

  • 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.

  • 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