VLS Announcements 131 - 31 March 2017

Dear Colleagues,

On Monday evening Lars Bejder gave a public lecture as part of the ‘Undercover’ lecture series. There were over 100 attendees; a mixture of staff, students, school teachers, industry and prospective students. Well done to Lars and the Outreach team for organising this lecture series.

Congratulations to Animal Science Honours students Amy Bowden, Chad Averill and Lydia Inglis who have each been awarded $7,000 by the Australian Wool Trust to research costly issues for the Australian sheep industry. More information is available here.

Kirsty Bayliss and Richard Bell have been in the media this week. Kirsty is currently in San Francisco at the Launch Food Forum presenting her research on the use of plasma to prevent food from developing mould, more information is available here.  DAFWA have sent out a media release about Richard Bell's project to help Bangladeshi farmers adopt CA farming systems. The project aims to help Bangladeshi farmers meet the challenges of feeding an increasing population, more information here. Congratulations to Kirsty and Richard, for your work addressing the real world problem of food security.

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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  • GREAT Human Ethics workshop added

    Due to high demand, we have added an extra Human Ethics workshop on Wednesday 5th April at 10am. You can register here for the session.

  • New Colombo Plan – Applications now open

    New Colombo Plan application for Mobility grants commencing in 2018 are now open.

    Please see the attached:

    Applications close on Friday 12th Mary COB, applications received after the deadline unfortunately can’t be considered. Please email your application to

    New Colombo Plan Facebook session hosted by DFAT
    The New Colombo Plan Secretariat of DFAT and the Department of Education and Training will hold a Facebook Live information session for Australian universities on 3 April to support their development of applications for funding under the 2018 New Colombo Plan mobility grants round. Like “New Colombo Plan” on facebook. Search for event “New Colombo Plan Mobility Program information session”:
    3 April 2017
    14:00–15:00 UTC+10 (12:00 WA)

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  • Important - Change of deadlines for approved online timesheet and payment claims

    From the fortnight ending 14 April 2017 the cut off times for Casual Professional online timesheets and Casual Academic payment claim authorisation and approval will be moved forward one day. The first fortnight impacted will be the fortnight ending 28 April where the close-off for timesheets moves from the 20 April to 19 April. This means that on a normal fortnight to guarantee casual hours being paid, all appropriate approvals need to be completed by 4pm Wednesday. We would always recommend that you approve anything that is outstanding on the Thursday as it may pick up as well. It just won’t be guaranteed.

    The emails that staff receive will be updated to advise them of this change after Thursday 13 April. We will also no longer contact supervisors who have outstanding payments to approve/authorise.

    Attached is the revised payroll deadlines. You can also view your pending approvals via the HR Dashboard at any time. Please also remember that you can approve and authorise anything outstanding regardless of whether you receive an email advising you that you have payments to approve. It is good practice to check for pending items on pay close Wednesday.

  • Iron Selective Electrode That Can Detect nitrate ions

    Jennifer Verduin is looking for an Iron selective electrode that can detect nitrate ions, if you have one please email Jennifer at

  • Updated VLS Professional Staff Support Chart

    Please see the attached updated VLS Professional Staff Support chart.

  • World Veterinary Day promotes action on antimicrobial resistance

    The theme of World Veterinary Day 2017, which falls on April 29, is "Antimicrobial Resistance-From Awareness to Action".

    The World Veterinary Association created World Veterinary Day in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession, falling on the last Saturday of April. Each year, the WVA and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) choose a theme for the event.

    According to the announcement for World Veterinary Day 2017: "Veterinary Services including veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals have a key part to play in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, through their role in regulating and supervising the use of antimicrobials, offering professional advice to farmers and animal owners and collaborating with the human health sector.

    "To continue to progress in disease control management and in improving animal welfare, veterinarians need to encourage and achieve a sustainable change in behaviour towards a responsible and prudent antimicrobial use."

    Full text:

  • Drone use at Murdoch - Information session

    Drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are increasingly being used in teaching and research. This technology is growing quickly and helping to extend research in ways we have until recently not even been able to imagine.

    Since June last year a Working Party comprising staff from across the university has been working on the best way forward with an increasing number of drones being used at Murdoch. To comply with federal regulations Murdoch is working toward attaining a special operator’s certificate and appointing Chief Pilots. This short session will give insights into what is happening with this technology as well as an overview of where Murdoch is at with UAVs and how we intend to fold them into the university’s activities.

    Title: Drones over Murdoch – how our university is dealing with flying robots
    Date: 6 April 2017
    Time: 12.30 - 1.30pm
    Venue: ECL4
    Presenter Andrew Porter

  • CUTL Newsletter - Issue 3

    Please see the attached CUTL monthly Newsletter from March 2017

  • Friday after work drinks

    Friday after work drinks and BBQ on 31/03/17 starting at 4PM BSB common room.

  • Veterinary and Life Sciences Award Ceremony 2017 - DATE CHANGE

    The date of the VLS Awards Ceremony 2017 has changed to the 9th May from 6pm. Please note: there is a formal University RSVP process for this event and information will be available approximately 6 weeks prior to the event via the Main University Staff Announcements: as well as in the VLS Staff Announcements 

    So if you would like to attend, please ensure that you monitor both sets of announcements to see further information on how and when to RSVP.

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  • DAFWA Land & Water Data Forum, 9-May (Breakfast event)

    The Land & Water team at Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) is hosting a Data Forum on 9-May, in conjunction with Perth Big Data Week 2017.

    If you have an interest in working with soil/landscape/water data collected across WA, come check out what’s available from DAFWA and how to access it. We are also keen to hear your ideas for new data compilations, maps, preferred methods and formats for data sharing, and opportunities for collaboration. The data were primarily collected for agricultural purposes, but are available for any application you can think up.

    Land and Water data, Unearthed!
    Date: Tuesday 9th May
    Time: 7.30am - 10.30am
    Venue: DAFWA Theatrette, 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth
    RSVP: Tim Overheu on 9892 8444 or email 
    Please see the attached interim program and flyer.

  • Phytophthora Dieback and marri canker seminar

    Presenter: Kat Sambrooks (Executive Office Dieback Working Group) and Louise Croeser (PhD Candidate, CPSM at Murdoch University
    Date: Friday 7th April
    Time: 9.15am - 11.45am
    Venue: Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre
    Cost: $30 per person (morning tea provided) Flyer attached

  • Accelerated algal culture grwoth and lipid accumulation with bicarbonate addition with impacts on costs and LCA consuderations

    Presenter: Dr Brent Peyton
    Date: Monday 3rd April
    Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
    Venue: The Loneragan Lecture Theatre
    Flyer attached