VLS Announcements 132 - 7 April 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Dr Paola Magni presented on forensic entomology at the TedX Sydney Salon yesterday - congratulations Paola. Dr Kate Sprogis’ research on the remarkable strategy employed by WA dolphins, in order to eat octopus without risking suffocation, has been across multiple media sources this week including The New York Times, 9 News and ABC Radio. PhD Student Maddison Corrlett’s research into eating quality of Australian lamb has also caught regional media’s attention, and her radio interview has been featured across many of ABC’s regional stations in WA and interstate. Sarah Blumer’s research into the advantages of fatness in ewes has been picked up by regional media including Farm Weekly and the Countryman. It is great to see VLS researchers’ work being communicated across different media both internationally and across Australia. Well done and thank you to Paola, Kate, Maddison and Sarah.

Professor Howell’s obituary was published in The West Australian last week (see here). The College of Veterinary Medicine is planning a memorial morning tea to celebrate his life and work on Saturday 29th, if you would like to attend please see the attached invitation.

Our School’s excessive accrued leave is under scrutiny once again, and we are being directed to reduce it. Do please consider booking leave now, to formally record your intentions, so that we have an accurate picture of leave plans. Do also remember that Echo360 is not only a tool for our students’ convenience, but also a tool to give us greater flexibility as staff. Using recordings from previous versions of your lectures, or making desktop recordings using Echo360 Personal Capture (PCAP) software, may well help create the flexibility required to eat into excess leave accruals. Although it’s ideal to appear in person, of course, there is a balance that needs to be made. Of course, substituting some of your scheduled lectures for recordings gives the students welcome flexibility in their schedules too. Ask CUTL or fellow staff for help if you are not show how to do this. Do please make arrangements to take much needed breaks, especially if your accrued leave is excessive.

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]

  • 2016 Annual Report - message from Giles Hardy for action

    We are putting together the 2016 annual report for the School. Please can you check the attached list so confirm we have captured all of your publications. If there are additional publications we have missed. Please provide the details in the format of the attached. Can you provide by Monday 16th April 2017 to be included.

  • Discover Scholarly Journals and Stay Current in Your Reading

    We are pleased to announce that Murdoch University Library is the first of its kind in Western Australia to subscribe to the popular journal browsing service, BrowZine.

    Browzine allows academics, researchers and students to browse, read and follow thousands of journal titles subscribed to by the Library.

    With BrowZine you can:

    • Browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of content and download full text articles
    • Stay current by creating a personal bookshelf of titles to follow and receiving new article notifications
    • Save complete articles to read off-line later or to export to services such as EndNote and DropBox
    • Easily access journals on the web or on any device using the Browzine app, staying up to date wherever you are.

    Browzine collections relevant to Veterinary and Life Sciences include:

    • Biological Sciences – agriculture, anatomy & physiology, biology, ecology & evolution, food science, forest science, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular & cellular biology, plant sciences & botany, zoology and animal sciences
    • Biomedical and Health Sciences – biomedicine, pharmacology, toxicology & environmental health, public health, veterinary medicine
    • Earth and Environmental Sciences – aquatic science, environmental health & protection, environmental science, natural resources management, oceanography & atmospheric science

    You can get started today by visiting BrowZine or downloading the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store.

  • Journal Trial

    The Library will be trialling full text access to The Medical Journal of Australia until the 13th of April.

    The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) covers issues affecting Australian health care, publishing the latest Australian clinical research, evidence-based reviews, clinical practice updates, authoritative medical opinion and debate, and developments within the humanities with respect to medicine.

    Contact for further information, feedback can be submitted via the feedback form.

  • Last chance to push your colleagues for the PM’s Prizes

    The deadline for this year's Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science is next Wednesday. The first stage is relatively painless so please push your unsung heroes of science and innovation forward.

    We know that most nominations happen because a peer or supervisor nudges the nominee forward. So nudge away. We’re especially keen to see a strong field for the early-career prizes. The Prize for New Innovators is great for young researchers who have science/engineering credibility and have made a commercial outcome possible.

    And for the up-and-coming researchers with the gift of the gab, consider the Top 5 under 40 competition organised by the ABC and UNSW.

    Here’s a list of dates for you:

  • Funding Industry Partnerships Workshops - Slides now available - note from Jane Crier, Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services

    Thank you to those who were able to attend the sessions last week.

    Slides are now available from the four themed workshops held during 27th and 31st March:

    1. ARC Linkage Projects
    2. ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP)
    3. Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) and Projects
    4. National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) & Opportunities

    Further information on funding schemes can also be found here.

    Please contact should you have any questions.

  • Australia - Germany exchanges - UA-DAAD scheme applications now open

    Applications are now open for a new round of the Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme. You will find all the documents you need on the UA website here: and on the DAAD's relevant webpage here.

    The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is joint initiative (PDF 1.2MB) of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It fosters research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Universities Australia member universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes in all academic fields.

    The scheme supports exchanges for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Australian universities. Researchers must be working on a joint research project with their German counterparts, rather than simply furthering their own individual research in Germany. The inclusion of early career researchers is a significant focus of this scheme.

    Click here to see a list of the projects funded for 2017-2018 (PDF 149.2KB)
    Click here to see a list of the projects funded for 2016-17 (PDF 105KB)

    Murdoch University will support the costs for the Murdoch applicants up to $AUD 25,000 from the University for travel and living costs to be incurred over two years, or a maximum of $A12,500 per project per year. German applicants can request up to EUR 8,000 per project year from the DAAD to support their costs for travel and living costs. Please note it is a requirement that all Murdoch applications undergo an internal ranking process as required by UA and DAAD. Only one application may be submitted per Project Leader.

    Funding will cover the costs of:

    • Return economy airfares from Australia to Germany
    • A per diem of either $A250 per day or a maximum of $A3,500 per month per person for each day spent at the host German institution, or at other locations in Germany necessary for the project activity.

    The University may nominate its own level of financial contribution and may choose to fund projects at a lower value. You should apply for the amount of funding is necessary; a budget justification is required.

    The eligibility requirements for this scheme are as follows:

    • Applicants must be employed as continuing or contracted academic staff at Murdoch at the time of application and for the duration of the project. Eligibility of honorary/adjunct staff and international PhD students will be considered on a case by case basis.
    • PhD or Masters students enrolled at the University are eligible to receive funding through this scheme but an eligible Murdoch staff member must be the Lead Applicant.
    • All applications must involve an Early Career Researcher (ECR). See attached FAQs for ECR definition.

    How to Apply
    Please contact by the 15th May to register your intent to submit an application. The internal closing date for the full application will be the 16th June 2017 (date subject to change). Completed applications must be submitted to

    Please note that the German collaborating partner must submit a corresponding application with the same project title to the DAAD in Germany by the closing date.

    Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in writing in November 2017. Project funding will commence in 2018.

  • Nominate and apply for Australian Academy of Science awards

    Recognise the science leaders in your organisation by nominating them for the Australian Academy of Science’s honorific awards (see flyer).

    The Academy’s honorific awards are open to senior scientists as well as early- and mid-career researchers who are making outstanding contributions to Australian science across a range of disciplines in the physical and biological sciences.

    The Australian Academy of Science is also calling for applications for research, conference and travel grants. The closing date for award nominations is 20 April 2017 and the closing date to apply for travel, conference and research support is 1 June 2017.

    You can also read more about our awards and the Academy’s opportunities at

  • 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

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  • Whitby Falls Weather Station

    The Whitby Falls weather station is now on-line. It is directly linked to the South Street station or can be found on the following link:

  • VLS Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) - message from Amy Sheppard Moeen

    On behalf of VLS, I have completed MHFA and am an accredited Mental Health First Aider . For advice or to arrange a meeting, please feel free to contact me on extension 7465 or via email

    Please note that Murdoch University offers a free, professional and confidential counselling service for all of its employees. The service can be used for any personal or work related issues that may be impacting your general wellbeing. To access EAP resources, please visit 

  • Microsoft Office 365 Applications & Outlook Change

    To support Murdoch’s technology strategy, we are introducing a change to all Microsoft applications. It will be staggered across a number of months to reduce productivity impact and give you time to adapt to the technology changes occurring. The change will happen on the evening of the 11th of April for professional staff and 12th April for Academic staff and will see your Office applications upgraded to the latest version which is Office 2016. Please note your mailbox will not be migrated as part of this change it will be done at a later date.

    The upgrade on the 12th will only proceed if staff upgraded on the previous evening, the 11th of April, have been moved without any issues.

    To prepare you for this change:

    • Leave your machine switched on and connected to the network (wired/Ethernet cable) and ensure you have saved all your work before 5pm on Monday the 10th of April/ Tuesday 11th April
    • Windows Users:
      • After 5pm a pop window will appear informing you that software will be installed
      • After the software installation your machine will restart automatically (please save your documents beforehand)
      • If you have any Office 2010 shortcuts on your desktop you will need to delete these and create new ones for Office 2016
    • MAC Users:
      • The software will install silently in the background on your MAC
      • After the software has installed you will see the Office 2016 icons in your dock

    An Office 365 information sessions will be held on Monday the 10th of April between 10.30am and 11.30am in the Postgraduate Suite in the ECL building (Room 460.2.031). This is an informal session where staff are encouraged to drop in with any questions they may have about the upgrade.

    **If you are offsite you will need to connect via a wired/Ethernet cable connection to be able to receive this upgrade. If you experience any issues please contact ITS Helpdesk. **

    ITS support staff will be walking around on the morning of Wednesday 12th April and Thursday the 13th of April between 9am and 10am to provide support or assistance if you require it.

    If you have any questions about this change please contact the team via

  • Travel Payments - Changes to Murdoch Airfare Payments effective 10th April 2017

    A change is coming that will streamline the way in which the University pays for airfares when booking university business travel.

    The University Travel Policy requires all airfares for business travel to be requisitioned and approved via Trobexis. Once approved travel must be purchased through QBT, STA or the Amadeus e-Travel Management online booking tool. At present this purchase must be made using a Murdoch purchasing card.

    On Monday 10th April 2017, Murdoch will be introducing a virtual payment service for airfare purchases, eliminating the need for staff to use individual purchasing cards when booking air travel.

    Under the new payment method, all airfares and related booking fees will be reconciled monthly and posted to the nominated account code in Finance One the following month.

    Moving to the new payment method for airfares has several benefits, including:

    • Faster bookings– Eliminates the need for phone contact between QBT, STA and Murdoch.
    • Less lost seats and less fare increases - Reduces the potential for airfare increases due to delays in payment processing
    • Less administrative work - less paper invoice processing at School or Office level, eliminates approval duplication
    • Greater Control - The account code approved in Trobexis will be the account code used for the expense acquittal. Airfares will always appear in reporting the month after purchase.

    For further information on this change, please refer to the following information resources:
    Travel FAQ - Airfare purchasing changes April 2017
    Process Diagram – How Virtual Payments for Airfares Works

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #10 - April 3 2017

    Please see the attached ARO Weekly Newsletter from week beginning 3 April 2017 (staff access only).

  • 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.

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

  • Tapping into the network of Indigenous research partners in the Kimberly - a new guide for researchers seminar

    Date: Tuesday 11th April 2017
    Time: 12pn - 1pm
    Location: Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre Seminar Room, UWA
    See attached flyer for more information

  • 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.