VLS Announcements 123 - 3 February 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to the researchers who have had their first publication of 2017. Evelina Lee, Maninder Khurana, Professor Una Ryan and Dr Andrea Paparini’s paper “Novel Primer Sets for Next Generation Sequencing-Based Analysis of Water Quality” is available here. Dr Margaret Andrew and Dr Jill Shephard’s paper “Semi-automated detection of eagle nests: an application of very high-resolution image data and advanced image analysis to wildlife surveys” is available here and Greg Simpson and Associate Professor David Newsome’s paper “Environmental history of an urban wetland: from degraded colonial resource to nature conservation area” is available here.

The Science Outreach team has arranged free Public lectures by Dr Garth Maker, Dr Paola Magni and Professor Lars Bejder in the coming months, details of these public lectures can be found below under Seminars, Conferences and Scholarships.

Kind regards,

Phil Nicholls
Acting 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]

  • Grant Opportunity – PRIMING GRANTS 2017 (to enhance collaboration between small to medium sized enterprises and researchers

    For more information see

  • Safety in Research and Teaching Induction - Semester 1 2017

    The SRT Induction is for all new staff, new honours and post graduate students and new post-doctoral personnel. Others are welcome and recommended to attend as an information re-fresher on current codes, legislation and Murdoch processes. There is no cost involved. If you supervise someone who has not done this induction please bring it to their attention.

    Date: Wednesday 22nd February
    Time: 8.30am - 1pm
    Venue: Robertson Lecture Theatre, Murdoch Campus

    The morning will run as follows:

    Session 1

    8.30am – 10.30am

    Introduction to RAMP, Fieldwork, Chemical Safety, Biological Safety, Research Ethics and Integrity, Radiation Safety,  Safety and Health and Insurance

    Essential for new staff, new honours and post graduate students and new post-doctoral personnel.

    Morning Tea Meet and Greet

    10.30am – 11.30am

    Opportunity to meet the presenters and ask any questions


    Session 2

    11.30am – 1.00pm

    General Lab Safety


    Chemical Safety

    Essential for new staff, new honours and post graduate students and new post-doctoral personnel involved in laboratory work

    Bookings are essential and registration is now open. Click here to access the enrolment form.

  • ARC and NHMRC Deadlines

    Please refer to the attached document for upcoming ARC and NHMRC deadlines and requirements.

    If you are involved in any application led by another organisation, please inform the Grants Team, as this requires an IRMA coversheet and School/Centre approval of the application before the application can be submitted.

    Please note that your “submission ready” proposal must be submitted via RMS or RGMS to the Grants Office by the specified scheme. Late submissions will not be accepted after this date. “Submission ready” means all required online sections are completed and the required documentation/attachments are final versions and uploaded. This will ensure that the Grants Team have adequate capacity to carefully review each application for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with Funder guidelines and University policies, that required University approvals are obtained, and that you have time to make the necessary revisions. This also ensures that all university applicants receive the same level of support during this very busy period.

  • Careers Events

    The Murdoch Career Centre team are asking you to once again promote Careers Week 2017 which includes 3 discipline based "Get Career Ready Boot Camps" held during Orientation Week followed by Careers Week in a marquee in Bush Court ending with the Big Meet on Friday 3rd March.

    Full details can be found on our website at and students will need to register for the Career Boot camps via CareerConnect . Please see the attached Career Boot Camps Slide and Careers Week Slide.

  • English Language Strategy Task & Finish Group (January - April)

    This group, chaired by Lisa Cary from the School of Education, is working on an overall strategy for recruitment, admissions and support in the area of language. If you’re concerned about the language skills of our undergraduates and would like to participate in finding solutions, this is the working party for you. Please send an expression of interest to Mike Calver.

  • Year 10 Work Experience

    A Year 10 student from Wesley College is interested in pursuing his year 10 work experience within VLS, he is particularly interested in Marine Science or Veterinary Medicine. If you are interested in taking on a work experience student please contact Mhairi Finlayson( Please see the attached Work Experience Agreement.

  • VLS Casual Academic Contract Requests - Semester 1 2017 - Mac Compatible Form Addedfor action

    Please find attached the VLS Casual Academic Contract Request Form (Mac compatible form attached). Please fill in one of these for each of your casual academics. Academic staff should ensure that they have discussed their unit casual academic requirements with their Cluster Leader and received approval prior to making a request to the Operations team.

    Please complete the attached VLS Casual Academic Contract Request Form  (pay rates on page 3) and email it to as soon as possible and no later than COB Friday, 17 February 2017 or at least 2 weeks before the contract starts.  Please ensure that all details required on the form are provided and are correct for data entry on the online system.  It is the schools preference that tenured or fixed term academic staff should teach OUA and External units wherever possible.  Please note – Due to audit requirements the Office of People and Culture are now requiring additional information for all employees, details are on the VLS Casual Academic Request Form.

    With regards to the Casual Academic Contract process please note the following:

    • All recruitment must be approved by the Cluster Leader and within budget
    • Retrospective requests will not be accepted
    • For insurance purposes all employees will need to have a contract in place in the HR system before they start their teaching.
    • If required all payroll forms are available from VLS Operations either via email or from LB3.036, and the Tax File Number Declaration form can be printed from the ATO website and the original returned with the Contract. Employees who have been employed within the last 12 months will not need to resubmit these forms unless they need to make amendments to their details. Previous Employees who haven’t been employed within the last 12 months, will need to complete a new Tax Declaration Form and provide an email confirming all other payroll details (bank & superannuation) remain unchanged.
    • New employees to Murdoch will need to supply a current CV and complete the Employee Details Form (attached).
    • All Employee’s (New & Existing) will need to supply their current Working Rights and Qualifications (Details outlined on the Casual Academic Contract Request Form).

    Please also see the attached Exchange Personal Email Address and Mailbox and the Journey Insurance Form.

    If you have any queries about the process, please contact

  • VLS Small Research Grant Scheme and Equipment/Software Grant Scheme now open

    Please note submissions for both schemes are due 27th February 2017. Early and mid-career academics are encouraged to apply.

    Please see the attached:
    VLS 2017 Equipment Grant Application Form
    VLS 2017 Small Grant Application Form

  • Semester 1 2017 – update Unit Coordinator & Unit Contacts on Callista for action

    The Exams Office has asked if all unit coordinators (UC’s) and unit contact details could be checked on Callista for all Semester 1 2017 units. The Exam Data Collection process will be opening soon and Exams Office will be contacting all UC’s to get confirmation of their units exam requirements.

    Please email your requests for Unit Coordinator / Unit Contacts updates to

    If the unit contacts cannot be finalised for a unit, 2 weeks before the beginning of the Semester 1 (27 February 2017) you may need to contact your Academic Chair for advice.

  • Library review of print collections

    The Library is conducting a review to improve the quality of our print collection. The focus of this review is to provide our students and staff with the best available, up to date print collections and remove items that may obscure more contemporary and higher quality publications. The review has also identified some areas of the collection for future purchasing.

    We are now at the stage where the library has completed initial consultations and made some decisions regarding resources that are no longer required. The attached list documents all items relevant to VLS that have been marked for removal; this spreadsheet has 8 separate subject specific tabs.

    Please note the following:

    • This list does not include items that have already been marked for retention (the vast majority of the collection that is relevant to VLS)
    • These items have been identified for removal because they are low-quality, low-demand or have been replaced by newer resources
    • All items identified for removal are easily available via BONUS+ or our document delivery service
    • Specifically, items have been identified for removal, if:
      • They have never been borrowed or have not been borrowed for a significant period of time
      • They have been superseded by a later edition or editions
      • They are missing or damaged
      • They are available in another more accessible format
    • None of the items have been removed from the shelves. A separate project will implement the logistics of removing and reorganising resources

    If you do see anything that needs changing, please highlight it on the spreadsheet and forward it to Mike Calver by February 14th. The Valentine’s Day date is deliberate, because unless people reserve any item it will be subject to a St Valentine’s Day massacre.

Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #12 - 27 January

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for week beginning 27 January.

  • People & Culture Update - New HR Contacts for VLS - 1 Feb 2017

    The People and Culture Office would like to update everyone regarding some recent changes in support staff. Cherry McNicol has moved to a new role at Murdoch as Senior HR Advisor in the Employee Relations team.

    Our new key contacts are Cecilia Leung-Scholz, Senior HR Advisor and Hayley Burrows, HR Advisor. Cherry has done a detailed handover with both Cecilia and Hayley to ensure a smooth transition.

    Please see contact details below:



    Position / Organisation

    Ms Cecilia Leung-Scholz

    (+618) 9360 2683

    Senior Human Resources Advisor
    Professional Services, People and Culture Office, HR Consultancy Services, Advisory

    Hayley Burrows

    (+618) 9360 2601

    Human Resources Advisor
    Professional Services, People and Culture Office, HR Consultancy Services, Advisory

  • Mental Health First Aid Training at Murdoch

    Murdoch is running three Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses this year:
    Course 1 - Thursday 9 & Friday 10 March (Mandurah Campus)
    Course 2 - Thursday 6 & Friday 7 July (South Street Campus)
    Course 3 - 31 August & 1 September (South Street Campus)

    MHFA is the initial support provided (by anyone) to a person developing or experiencing mental health issues, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Course participants will learn how to provide MHFA in a crisis situation. Successful attendees will achieve Mental Health First Aider accreditation by MHFA Australia; this is a useful qualification for anyone involved with or concerned about student / staff wellbeing.

    More information on the course and how to enrol is provided online:

  • VLS Allocations - a message from Finance

    The finance support team have confirmed that the following allocations have been finalised:

    • Teaching allocation
    • Staff maintenance allocation
    • SRG 2016 projects with multiple year funding - Year-2 funding
  • Animal Resources Centre Animal Ethics Committee

    The Animal Resources Centre, situated on Murdoch University grounds, is looking for 1-2 community members to join our Animal Ethics Committee. Due to the proximity to the main campus, this is an excellent opportunity for a student or staff member to participate in and learn more about a Committee dedicated to ensuring the ethical use of animals at the animal resources centre.

    A community or ‘Category D’ member is someone who fits the following criteria:

    • A person NOT employed by or otherwise associated with the institution (Animal Resources Centre);
    • Has never been involved with the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities either in employment or beyond undergraduate education;
    • Cannot be someone with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in furthering the welfare of animals (i.e. be an active member of an animal welfare organisation);
    • Cannot be a Veterinarian

    Essentially, we require someone who brings a completely independent view to the AEC (as per the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes). Meetings are only 3-4 times per year on a Tuesday afternoon at 4pm for around 1.5-2 hours. Food and drink provided, with a friendly team of people.

  • Healthy Volunteers Needed for Research Project

    Student looking for a small blood donation from health 45-60 year olds for her research into complex regional pain syndrome, see attached flyer.

  • Friday After Work Drinks

    Friday after work drinks on 24/02/2017, see attached flyer

  • Veterinary and Life Sciences Award Ceremony 2017

    As the year comes to a close it is time to look to 2017 and a date for the School’s Award Ceremony at South Street. It has been a problem to have all scholarship recipients selected in time for early April ceremonies, so in 2017 the ceremonies will be held a couple of weeks later. This will allow us to include all scholarship recipients for the School at the Award Ceremony. The tentative date is: Vet and Life Sciences Award Ceremony, Wed 24 May from 6pm

  • Veterinary and Life Sciences Graduation - February 2017

    Date: Friday 17th February
    Contingency date: Saturday 18th February
    Venue: Lower Bush Court, South Street Campus
    Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    Contingency dates: Please note the contingency dates allocated to each ceremony. In the case of inclement weather the ceremony may be moved to this date. Please allow for this in your diary.

  • Deadline - Chemical Management - March 2017 for action

    The Safety, Health and Wellbeing team requires your assistance in completion of the chemical manifest as previously circulated.

    • Despite repeated requests for providing list of all chemicals within their laboratory utilizing the Chemwatch Manifest chemical register; only 46 out of 118 were received.
    • Only 15 out of 118 responsible lab personnel have completed the mandatory Chemwatch online training session.

    Based on the above, it is requested that:

    • All areas such as laboratory, workshops and stores must complete the Amended Chemical Manifest – MUR – SAF – SPR – CHE – 2016. which includes a list of all chemicals in the area including quantity and location. A list of designated “hazardous substances” assessed as hazardous according to the assessment criteria produced by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission must also be kept and included.
    • The above mentioned chemical register should be sent to Brodey Anderson ( by no later than 31st March 2017.
    • Any surplus chemicals can be disposed of through the Science Store (Physical Sciences, Room 1.016) using Waste-Chemical-Disposal-Manifest.
    • ALL chemical users (staff, students, visitors, etc.) are required to complete Chemwatch online training sessions.

    For any concerns and queries please contact Brodey Anderson (

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

  • Energy Innovation Network by Innovate Australia

    Date: Wednesday 8th February
    Time: 3pm - 3.30pm
    Location: Amenities Room 21, Murdoch Campus RSVP: here

  • How safe are your herbal medicines? - FREE Public Lecture

    Presenter: Dr Garth Maker
    Date: Monday 27th February
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    RSVP: here

  • Crimes, Critters and Clues - FREE Public Lecture

    Presenter: Dr Paola Magni
    Date: Monday 20th March
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    RSVP: here

  • Solving whale mysteries using tags and drones - FREE Public Lecture

    Presenter: Professor Lars Bejder
    Date: Monday 27th March
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    RSVP: here

  • Regional Research Project Scholarships 2017

    Two scholarships are available with funding from the state Government’s Science and Agribusiness Connect.

    These scholarships comprise $10,000 for regional based research in an Honours or Masters level project related to agriculture and undertaken with a regional WA agribusiness partner. Scholarships will comprise $5,000 operating funds and a $5,000 stipend payment to students. The stipend will be paid in two instalments, at commencement and at submission of thesis.

    Applicants need to be eligible to enrol in Bachelor of Science Honours or Masters degree that has an agriculturally relevant research component and commence and complete the research project in 2017.

    More information for supervisors and applicants is available on the following attachment and link: The Regional Research Project Scholarship

  • Discover CERI Workshop

    Date: Wednesday 15th February
    Time: 12pm - 1pm
    more information available on the attached flyer.

  • Australia-China Forum on Agricultural and Food Science, Perth

    The program for the Australia-China Forum on Agricultural and Food Sciences is attached, for registration information please see their website.