VLS Announcements 125 - 17 February 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Tonight we celebrate the Veterinary and Life Sciences graduation ceremony. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating our graduates and wishing them all the best in their future careers.

Our School’s Orientation Days are next Monday, 20 February and Wednesday, 22 February. VLS student volunteers will be taking the new students on School tours between approximately 12.00 and 12.30. You might hear a bit of commotion and see lots of curious eyes. If so, please say hello to our brand new first-years and welcome them to our School.

I am pleased to announce that we are establishing a prize in Professor Sue Moore's name, to acknowledge her outstanding contributions to the school. Information on supporting this prize is available here. The West Australian printed Sue Moore's Obituary this week, which can be seen in the attachment.

I would like to send congratulations to Dr Kirsty Bayliss, Dr Jennifer Verduin and Dr Jatin Kala. Kirsty has been selected as one of 12 LAUNCH Food Innovators from over 300 applications for her work on a plasma-based treatment that extends the shelf-life of fresh produce. Jatin has been nominated to be IPCC lead author for their upcoming report of 1.5C of warming. Jennifer's paper "A review of current research into the biogenic synthesis of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles via marine algae and seagrass" published in the Journal of Nanoscience. Well done to our three colleagues.

Wishing you all a very good start to the semester.

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]

  • Adaptive Responses To Diverse Student Behaviours

    The workshop for tutors and unit coordinators, Adaptive responses to diverse student behaviours, is running on Thursday 23rd Feb, 8.50 am (for a 9am start) to 1pm (in 513.2.003 (Learning Link 2.003).

    Adaptive responses to diverse student behaviours: This workshop focuses on socially and emotionally challenging student behaviours (rather than academically challenging student behaviours). These behaviours may be challenging for students, their peers, and/or tutors, and may relate to diagnosed or undiagnosed disabilities or mental health issues. The workshop is hands-on and introduces key support services and resources, provides interactive discussion through scenarios and role play, and introduces some tools for staff. The workshop is collaboratively facilitated by staff from CUTL, Counselling, Equity & Social Inclusion, Kulbardi, and Business & Governance.

    Enrol here:

  • Science in Public Newsletter

    Please see the attached newsletter from Science in Public which includes information about prizes and funding available.

  • Learning support for your students - the Study Successfully website

    Please find attached student-friendly instructions for accessing current learning support resources via the Study Successfully website. Through the website students can find all current learning support offerings, including consultations and workshops. Staff may also find this useful. Unfortunately the site is not easy to find in the current MU website.

  • 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, 22 February 2017
    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 Recommended
    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

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  • VLS Hot desk

    The VLS Hot desk in Loneragan 3.036 will be occupied by People and Culture (Cecilia or Hayley) on Wednesdays and Marketing and Communication (Ian Hughes) on Fridays.

  • IRMA Update - message from Bronwyn Short, Project Manager, Information Technology Services

    Please see the attached update from the IRMA project team.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #4 - 13 February

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for week beginning 13 February.

  • 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: Veterinary and Life Sciences Award Ceremony, Wed 24 May from 6pm

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  • British Council FameLab 2017

    FameLab is a way to help early career STEM researchers access training in science advocacy and research presentation – with the added opportunity to compete at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK with researchers from 27 countries!

    We are looking for Australian applications for the 2017 FameLab science communications competition and would be delighted to see some more entries from your university.

    We are looking for PhD candidates and Post-docs who have received their PhD within 5 years that can take advantage of training in performance skills and storytelling. I have attached a media release which explains the details.

    We ask that applicants submit a short video entry talking about their own research, and we then invite our science advisor to review their research. After the first round of selections, we hold semi-finals in four states (and provide training before each from science communicators) and a national final in Fremantle, WA, where the Cheltenham Science Festival sends their trainer to work with the finalists. It is live-streamed from the WA Maritime Museum, through Australia’s Science Channel with podcasts available through the ABC. The winner then advances to compete in the FameLab International Final held in the UK in June for what has become the world’s biggest science communications competition.

    You’re welcome to contact me with any queries, but please do consider sending out the FameLab material to your Early Career Researchers. Many of our applicants have tested their appetite for public performance through the Three Minute Thesis, but FameLab is as open as possible to anyone to test out their potential. Entries are open until February 24, 2017.

    We work with the Cheltenham Science Festival as a way of building a network of researchers around the world, and also to continue the focus on developing STEM scientists as confident intellectuals, whether in applying for research funds, or explaining why pure research can change the world.

    Please find also:

  • APSA 2017 - Call For Abstracts & International Scholarship Applications

    The 16th Biennial Australasian Pig Science Association abstract submission (formerly one page papers) are open NOW and closing on April 21. The International Australasian Pig Science Association Travel Scholarship is now open and closes May 8 2017.

  • Tourism Working with Universities

    See the attached flyer about the FACET Tourism and Universities Working Together Forum.

  • 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

  • Kings Park Summer Scholars Talks

    Presenter: Six Kings Park Summer Scholars
    Date: Friday 24th February
    Time: 2.30pm
    Venue: Kings Park
    Topics: - Priming Optimisation using Seed Metabolic Rates.
    - Investigating the soil temperature-depth relationship using distributed temperature sensing (fiber optic cables).
    - Biodegradable pot dynamics and restoration applications.
    - Tuart provenance trial informs seed sourcing for climate change.
    - Protecting seeds from pre-emergent herbicide with activated carbon pellets.
    - Seed metabolics and longevity in ex-situ storage.

  • Growing old collecting the data required to predict ecological impacts of climate change

    Presenter: Dr Rachel Standish
    Date: Thursday 9th March
    Time: 4pm
    Venue: Kings Park
    For more information please visit 

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  • Job Opportunity: Bayer Animal Health Southern WA

    Bayer Animal Health looking for an energetic person with a strong understanding of agricultural production systems. Ideally the candidate would have a bachelor of Agricultural Science, Animal Science or Veterinary Science. Please see Seek for more information.