VLS Announcements 108 - 7 October 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to Dr Brad Norman and Dr David Morgan from the Centre of Fish and Fisheries Research for their research on whale sharks Stumpy and Zorro making worldwide headlines. Stumpy and Zorro have been visiting Ningaloo Reef annually for the past 22 years and are thought to be the longest studied whale sharks in the world. The paper was originally published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, it is available here.

The Postgraduate Evenings are approaching later this month. This year there will be one hosted in Perth CBD and at Club M. Please see the “Staff News and Events” section for more information on these events.

Bush Court today was vibrant and animated with the Kulbardi Warlang Festival in progress, and it felt as if Spring might finally have arrived.

Kind regards

Phil Nicholls
Deputy 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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  • 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.

  • eJournal Browsing Service on Trial

    The Library is trialling eJournal browsing service BrowZine in October. BrowZine allows users to add library journals to a personalised bookshelf and alerts users to newly published issues of their favoured journals sitting on their bookshelf.

    Staff and students can access the service on their desktop or mobile device. BrowZine will automatically detect if users are on campus, off-campus users will be prompted to select Murdoch as their library.

    To access BrowZine from your mobile device:

    1. Download BrowZine: From your Android, iOS or Kindle Fire device, visit the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store. Search for “BrowZine” and download the app to your device. (If you have previously been using BrowZine with our Open Access library, please delete the app and reinstall it.)
    2. Access BrowZine: Tap on the app icon to open BrowZine. A list of libraries will appear, please select Murdoch University. Enter your staff or student number and Murdoch password.
    3. Start browsing! Use the Subject dropdown menu to browse by subject categories or our Titles A-Z to find a specific title by name.

    Please provide any feedback you may have regarding this resource via the feedback hyperlink on the page above or directly to Jean Coleman by email at

  • Australian Society of Limnology

    The Aquatic Ecosystems Research Group attended the Australian Society for Limnology (the national society for freshwater science) conference last week. Belinda Robson presented a plenary and Jane Chambers and Scott Strahan presented papers. Honours student Nicole Carey took out the Honours prize for best oral presentation against stiff opposition. Well done Nicole!

  • Biological/Pharmaceutical NMR at UWA

    Dr Mark Howard, based at UWA, is working in the bio-NMR method development space including new approaches for fragment-based screening. He has spent the last 3 months setting up a biological and pharmaceutical capability at UWA with the attached PDF outlining some of what can be done on site. For more information please email

  • Examining Panel Vacancies for ATAR Examinations 2017

    The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (WA) is now advertising for paid members of the ATAR course examination panels for 2017.

    SCASA are keen to have at least one teritary academic on each panel to ensure that universities have input into this important selection exercise for prospective students. Anyone interested in applying should visit Intending applicants should note:

    1. Applications close at 5PM on Friday, 21 October 2016 and appointments will be decided by Friday, 18 November 2016.
    2. Murdoch staff may elect to take their payments into a discretionary account, minus the School’s 30% consultancy deduction.
  • Taking researchers projects to the next level at Pawsley Clinic

    The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre would like to invite you to the next Pawsey Clinic. This is one of a series of drop-in clinics, please see the attached flyer.

    Date: Thursday 6 October 2016
    Time: 9am till 12pm
    Venue: Meeting Room 2.007, South Wing, Murdoch University
    RSVP: No RSVP required, free workshop

    The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is an unincorporated joint venture of CSIRO and the four public WA universities with funding from the State Government. The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre fosters and promotes scientific and technological innovation through the provision of supercomputing, data and visualisation services to the research community, commercial organisations and government agencies. In 2009, the organisation was charged with establishing and operating the $80 million Pawsey Centre by the Australian government.

  • IRMA Grants Coversheet Offline Until Further Notice

    Please be advised that the IRMA Grants Coversheet is currently offline until further notice. We are working with the IRMA support team to update the Grants coversheet and this requires a period of testing. We hope to have the updated Grants Coversheet live in the next week or so.

    In the meantime, please contact should you require help with a grant submission.

    Whilst the look of the Grants Coversheet will not change, we have recognised the issues with the previous version and have worked with the IRMA support team to modify the Grants Coversheet to:

    1. Remove fields that are no longer required
    2. Fix the bugs that have prevented coversheet submission
    3. Make it easier to provide additional information related to your submission via a new Notes section

    We anticipate a smooth transition and I will send a follow-up email to confirm that the IRMA Grants Coversheet has gone live or if there are any unanticipated delays.

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #39 - 3 October

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 3 October.

  • Postgraduate Evening

    The Murdoch University Postgraduate Evening is coming up. There is an event in the CBS on the 20th October and an on-campus event on the 26th. Please see the attached powerpoint slides (powerpoint with both eveningspowerpoint Club M only) to add to the end of lectures for final year Undergraduate students.

    The event is being marketed via emails to all final year undergraduate students, the database of prospective PG students, social media, radio, electronic screens around campus, staff and student announcements.

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

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

    Canine Blood Donors are required to meet the following criteria:

    • Between 1-7 years old
    • 15kg, or greater (lean body weight)
    • Healthy
    • Currently on flea/tick/heartworm preventive
    • Current on vaccinations
    • Good temperament
    • Not on a raw diet

    Please contact Michelle Rouffignac with any questions you may have and also your preferred contact details. We will make contact with you to schedule a meet and greet within 4 weeks of receiving your email.

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

  • Boiler Service

    As part of our scheduled maintenance the steam and heating boilers will be shut down for a short period, (approx. 30 minutes) starting Monday 10/10/16 finishing Tuesday 11/10/16. Our contractors will be onsite at the Murdoch campus from 7/30 am Monday until noon Tuesday, finishing at the Rockingham campus Tuesday afternoon.

  • Programmed Works in B240 (Biological Sciences) This Weekend

    Please see attached notification of programmed works (and map) in B240 Biological Sciences scheduled for this coming weekend.

  • MUEnSA Battle of the Brains Quiz Night

    The world famous MUEnSA Battle of the Brains quiz night is back again this year. It's on Friday the 7th of October at the Melville Bowling Club!

    There'll be plenty of prizes up for grabs, so get a team together and book your table! Prices are $10 per person and there's 6-8 per table.

    To book your spot simply email us at with your name and who you would like to be on your table (spots available for people coming alone!).

    Hope to see you down there! If you have any other questions please contact MUEnSA by email or check out their Facebook page.

  • School of Business and Governance September Newsletter

    Please see the attached September newsletter from the School of Business and Governance.

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  • Summer Vacation Scholarships

    Applications for Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) summer vacation scholarships are now open (application form attached).

    Students are invited to apply for experience working in a laboratory over the 2016/17 summer months for a maximum of 8 weeks. Successful applicants will receive a $1500 scholarship on completion of the project and a report which will be published in the WA branch ENewsletter. More information is available at
  • APA Application Round

    FYI all supervisors- The 2017 PhD scholarship round is now open!

    Scholarships are awarded on academic merit, research experience and/or potential. Applicants must be applying for admission for candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and possess a 1st Class Honours degree, H2A (or equivalent) or a Masters with a significant thesis component.

    Scholarships are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens and to Australian permanent residents and scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time on an internal basis.

    The 2017 APA and MURS scholarship provides a tax exempt living allowance of AUD$26,682 per annum with potential top-up to $30,000 for the APA.

    Closing date - 4.30pm, Monday 31st October

    Step-by-step application guide:

    Please contact for more information or visit the following website -

  • Public Lecture on Big Data ar Harry Perkins Institute

    The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is hosting a public lecture on big data and how that drives scientific outcomes on Thursday 27 October.

    Date: Thursday 27th October
    Time: 5.30pm (for a 5.45pm start)
    Cost: Free
    Location: McClusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, 6 Verduin Street,Nedlands
    RSVP: Online by Friday 21st October

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  • RSWA presents Emerging Antimicrobial Resistance from a One-Health Perspective

    Dr Sam Abraham will be presenting "Emerging Antimicrobial Resistance from a One-Health Perspective" at The Royan Society of Western Australia's monthly talk in October (flyer attached).

    Date: 17th October 2016
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Kings Park Administration Building (

    Abstract: The World Health Organization has described antimicrobial resistance as one of the major global health issues facing our generation. The use of antimicrobials in both humans and animals has accelerated the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistant bacteria pose serious consequences for human health due to limited therapeutic options, need for complex and expensive treatments, prolonged hospital stay, increased morbidity and mortality. Antimicrobial resistance is also a major problem for the animal health sector including companion animals and livestock. Antimicrobial resistant bacteria pose a major issue for animal health and welfare, biosecurity and also lead to production losses among food producing animals. Antimicrobial resistant bacteria can be transmitted between humans and animals via direct contact, environment or by the food chain. In addition, antimicrobial resistant bacteria from humans can transfer genetic material responsible for resistance to animals or vice versa. In the past two decades movement of humans and food products between different continents has increased significantly. This has led to major challenges in controlling the spread of antimicrobial resistance among humans and animals. In this talk, I will cover the emerging antimicrobial resistance from a One-health perspective.

    Discover some of the latest scientific research and achievements by WA scientists

  • Special Seminar Presented by Dr Kim Halpin and Dr Anthony Keyburn

    You are invited to a special seminar on "Zoonoses and Emerging Diagnostics" where talks will be presented by Dr Halpin and Dr Keyburn from Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO, in Geelong – Victoria.

    Titles: Inside Australia’s Brucellosis Reference Laboratory – By Dr Anthony Keyburn and The changing face of molecular diagnostics and genomic epidemiology using Next Generation Sequencing – By Dr Kim Halpin
    Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016
    Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
    Venue: VBS 3.023

    Dr Anthony Keyburn
    Anthony is a research scientist and technical manager of the bacteriology laboratory at AAHL. He undertook a Science degree at the University of Melbourne. His PhD from Monash University focused on the microbial pathogenesis of necrotic enteritis in chickens. His post-doctoral position was funded by the Poultry CRC to investigate and develop a necrotic enteritis vaccine based on a toxin which was discovered during his PhD, namely NetB. In 2013 he joined the diagnostic team.

    Dr Kim Halpin
    Kim is the leader of the veterinary investigations team at AAHL. A veterinary graduate from the University of Queensland, she completed her PhD on Hendra virus. Her postdoctoral appointment was at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA. In 2003 she moved to Geelong and worked at AAHL in a research role. In 2009 she moved to Singapore, working with Life Technologies where she lead the Animal Health and Food Safety Research and Development team, developing molecular diagnostic tests for pathogen detection. In January 2014, she returned to AAHL.

  • 2016 EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium- Last chance to submit a poster abstract

    The EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium Committee would like to invite all research students to attend the 2016 EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium.

    ***Poster abstract submission closes Friday – 2016 EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium***

    The EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium Committee would like to invite all research students to attend the 2016 EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium.

    Dates: Wednesday 16th November - Friday 18th November 2016
    Venue: South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide, SA
    Speakers: We have an excellent line-up of both national and international speakers including Prof John Quackenbush and Prof Nadia Rosenthal, among many others

    Registration and POSTER abstract submission are OPEN! Click here to register and secure your place.

    Please note abstracts for oral presentations are now closed but we are still accepting abstract submissions for poster presentations!

    Deadline for poster abstract submissions: Friday 7th October 2016

    The symposium brings together students from a broad range of disciplines around Australia and is a great opportunity to showcase your work in an open and friendly environment. We welcome all levels of research students: Honours, Masters and PhD.

    To make the symposium more accessible to interstate students we are subsidising the cost of accommodation at YHA Adelaide; only a short walk from SAHMRI. There are only a few places remaining so be quick to secure yours! We will also be hosting a significantly subsidised conference dinner at the Adelaide Pavilion- Don't forget to add the dinner to your registration!

    For more information visit our website