VLS Announcements 136 - 5 May 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to Professor Una Ryan and others for great presentations at the long anticipated Science on Swan Conference this week. Well done to Professor Michael Jones who started the “Healthy Futures” lecture series organised by the Outreach Team with “Fifty shades of GMO – facts and issues”. PhD student Diana Prada, Professor Cassie Berry and Dr Stephen Beatty will be presenting later in the series, more information in the “Seminars, Conferences and Workshops” section below.

All VLS staff have been invited to an update presentation from the Vice Chancellor and Senior Executive Group on Wednesday next week; if you plan to attend please ensure that you have sent your RSVP via the calendar invite that was sent on the 12th April.

I would like to invite you to attend the Award Ceremony for the Schools of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Health Professions, and Psychology and Exercise Science on Tuesday 9 May. This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of our prize and scholarship recipients. A list of prize recipients is attached. Details regarding when, where and RSVPs are available in the “Staff News and Events” section.

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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  • Library Survey

    Murdoch University Library is running the Library Client Survey to get your feedback on how well you think the Library is performing. The survey takes 10 minutes to fill in and the results will help us improve your Library, as well as giving you the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a Go-Pro or University Bookshop voucher.

    The survey is available online:, and runs until 11:59pm (AWST) on Sunday 14th May 2017. All responses are confidential and the anonymised final summary of the results will be made available.

    We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey, and look forward to hearing what you think!

    Go here for further information:

    Prize draw terms and conditions

  • Poster Session: Honours and Masters

    All VLS personnel are cordially invited to attend the Research Methods poster session on MONDAY 08 MAY from 12.30-14.20 in the GYM.

    Honours and MSc students will be presenting posters on their research projects and your attention and feedback are invaluable to them. The session is designed to mimic a conference so the students will be attending their posters and having interested people milling around is a key ingredient.

    Faculty/postdocs/PhD students are requested (please!) to mark students posters at the session. Marking sheets will be available at the door and we ask that you mark 5-10 posters to make moderation feasible. The aim is to have each student marked twice; once by someone in their discipline and once by someone outside their discipline. The poster session is a science communication exercise where we want to evaluate each student’s ability to put together a cogent poster, their capacity to speak succinctly, and understanding of the topic.

    Many, many thanks in advance --- Joe Fontaine, unit coordinator Research Methods

  • 2018 Short-term Mobility Grants (Global locations) and Asia Postgraduate Grants - Open for applications

    The Australian Government has announced the opening of the 2018 Endeavour Mobility Grant round, which include the old Short-term Mobility Program and the Asia Postgraduate program.

    This funding is similar to the New Colombo Plan funding, however covers non- Asia Pacific locations as well as Postgraduate students to the Asia Pacific.

    Eligibility criteria and changes to the 2018 guidelines are:

    • Short-Term Mobility Program (guidelines page 20, part B section 3)
    • Global and Pacific (non-Asian and non-Pacific) Regions only
    • Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
    • Increase to $2,500 per students (from previously $2,000)
    • Project facilitation for School of $1,500
    • Australian citizens and permanent residents only
    • Max. 10 students per application
    • Funds cannot be divided
    • Students can commence their projects under all 2018 EMG sub-programs from 1 January 2018. Short-term projects should be completed by 1 March 2019 and Semester projects should be completed by 31 August 2019.
    • Asia Postgraduate (guidelines page 24, part C section 6)
    • Asian and Pacific Regions only (Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam; Pacific Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu)
    • Postgraduate students only
    • Semester-long ($5,000) and short-term ($2,000) opportunities
    • Project facilitation for School of $1,500
    • A language component ($1,000) can be supported and delivered in-country (off-shore)
    • Australian citizens and permanent residents only
    • Max. 10 students per application
    • Funds cannot be divided
    • Students can commence their projects under all 2018 EMG sub-programs from 1 January 2018. Short-term projects should be completed by 1 March 2019 and Semester projects should be completed by 31 August 2019.

    I have attached the application forms as well as the guidelines, please check if you meet the criteria and are eligibility for funding and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have doubts or questions. Please fill out the application form(s) (one for each project) and return it to Jeannette Geesmann by Friday 2nd June COB.

  • Australian National Data Service (ANDS) Earth Sciences Survey

    A research project is being conducted on behalf of the Australian National Data Service to gauge attitudes on data sharing in our community.

    The results of this project will be compared to results from the United States and Europe and will help shape the future of data accessibility in Australia.

    You can complete the survey at this link:

    Your responses will be recorded anonymously. The survey closes on 19th May 2017.

    Thank you for your participation and please share with your colleagues -- we hope to get responses from the full Australian earth science community.

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  • Susan Moore Prize Fund

    The Susan Moore Prize Fund has now been added to the online donation portal (

    The “Cause” field is a drop down list and is also searchable, anyone wanting to donate can enter part of the name in the field, then select and make a credit card donation online, as shown below

    susan moore prize fund
  • The Animal Hospital are currently short on extra bedding supplies for our patients (dogs/cats)

    If anyone has spare TOWELS or BLANKETS at home they no longer need – can you please bring them to one of the small animal reception areas for use in the hospital (please no sheets or hand towels).

  • Stocktake 2017

    The School of VLS is participating in a campus wide Asset Stocktake during which Technical Resources Team members will require access to offices and/or laboratories.

    They will need to scan barcode labels on each asset and hence will need to liaise with all VLS staff. In certain areas, researchers and/or academics will be asked to help with scanning in their areas of responsibility.

    It is requested that all off-campus assets (at home or at a fieldwork location) are reported to your closest/relevant staff member. This can be done by providing a description of the item, barcode number and/or serial number via an email.

    A list of contact people according to buildings are:

    B137 Gordon Thomson
    B141 Ian McKernan
    B130 Amy Sheppard Moeen, Tom La
    B170 Amy Sheppard Moeen
    B180 Steve Goynich
    B235 Amy Sheppard Moeen, Steve Goynich
    B240 Gordon Thomson
    B245 (Level 1 VLS only) Charlotte Oskam (VLS only)
    B250 Ken Chong, Louise Pallant, Kirsty Townsend, Diana Nottle, Stephen Callahan
    B260 Amy Sheppard Moeen, Aprille Jack, John Abbott
    B262 – (Level 2 Offices only) Amy Sheppard Moeen, Frankie DeRousie
    B335 Phil Good
    B340 (VLS only) Phil Good
    Farms Kim Thomas
    FHU Steve Beatty
    Algal Centre Navid Moheimani
    Fremantle Chris Hallett
    Vet Hospital Warren Timpson
    Vet Clinic Warren Timpson

    Your help in this matter is much appreciated.

    Please contact relevant staff members for your area for further information and queries.

  • Graduate Research Office Contacts for AOUs - UPDATE

    I would like to inform you that the Graduate Research office is undergoing a restructure of its administrative processes.

    The restructure will see each staff member undertake a broad range of candidature management activities, spreading expertise in all areas across all staff. This will help to insulate the office against expertise loss when staff changes occur. Additionally, the change will provide every student with a single ‘go-to’ staff member who they will deal with at all times and who will know, and assist, them from enrolment to graduation. Turn-over of staff positions over the past 2 years have highlighted to us the adverse effects of knowledge loss and the long ‘recovery’ time required to re-acquire lost expertise. We believe that the proposed restructure will help to ‘future-proof’ the office against expertise loss and help to maintain a consistently high quality of service provision.

    Each staff member will be responsible for an AOU/AOUs/a School and will be responsible for dealing with those students only within those areas. Dale Banks and Ash Roberts will manage the staff and workload for the AOUs as highlighted below.

    Team Leader School AOU Code AOU Code AOU Name GRO Contact EXT
    Dale Banks VLS CVM College of Veterinary Medicine Julia Blake 7243
    Dale Banks VLS AGF Agricultural Sciences Julia Blake 7243
    Dale Banks VLS ENC Environmental and Conservation Sciences Julia McMath 7219
    Dale Banks VLS MMS Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Julia McMath 7219
  • What's happening in Organisational Development in May and June 2017

    You may have noticed ‘Organisational Capability Unit’ has changed its name to ‘Organisational Development’. This is to reflect a change in our approach and to further support the Murdoch strategy refresh and new strategic priorities.

    We will also expand our focus, partnering with the University leadership and broader University community to provide an integrated set of organisational development solutions. To find out more check out our OD website!

    Professional Development

    Murdoch Work Matters and Know your Campus

    Course Description Duration Start Date
    Salary Packaging Overview 1 hour 3 May 2017
    Know You Campus - Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre 1 hour 4 May 2017
    Getting the Agenda Right 1.5 hours 4 May 2017
    Disability Services for Students on Campus 1.5 hours 10 May 2017
    Making an impact with Social Media 1.5 hours 17 May 2017
    Know Your Campus - Nursing Simulation Your 0.5 hours 18 May 2017
    Know your Campus - ArtAlive@Murdoch 1 hour 22 May 2017
    Overseas Travel Safety and Security 1 hours 24 May 2017
    Introduction to Aboriginal Cultural Awareness 3 hours 25 May 2017
    Know your Campus - The Animal Hospital 1.15 hours 30 May 2017
    Know Your Campus - Media Arts Centre Tour 1 hour 7 June 2017
    HR Systems Overview (for managers and supervisors) 1 hour 13 June 2017
    Know Your Campus - Student Village Tour 1 hour 20 June 2017

    New Employee Orientation

    Course Description Duration Start Date
    New Employee Orientation 7 hours 27 June 2017

    Personal Development

    Course Description Duration Start Date
    Office Yoga 1 hour 31 May 2017
    Positive People 1 hour 14 June 2017

    Professional Development

    Course Description Duration Start Date
    Building Workplace Relationships - fundamentals 7.5 hours 11 May 2017
    Practicing Aggression Handling 3.5 hours 8 June 2017
    Building WP Relationships-Understanding People 7.5 hours 29 June 2017

    To enrol or find out more about training and development opportunities.

  • New Staff Additions to the MMS Cluster of VLS - message from Wayne Greene

    We have been fortunate to welcome four new academic staff members recently, namely Quintin Hughes, Stanley Pang, Evan Ingley and John Coumbaros.

    Quintin Hughes, a former Murdoch graduate, joins us as Lecturer in Molecular Pathology (0.5) where he will focus on our new Laboratory Medicine/Clinical Laboratory Science program. Specifically, Quintin will teach in the disciplines of haematology and diagnostic genomics. Quintin has extensive research and diagnostic industry experience, having been a Senior Medical Scientist in Molecular Haematology at PathWest for 5 years. He joins us from the WA Centre for Thrombosis and Haemostasis (WACTH) where he will retain a part position as Research Fellow.

    Stan Pang, who joins us as Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology for Laboratory Medicine (0.5), is an early career researcher with a PhD in medical microbiology from UNSW. Stan has research interests in bacterial genomics and he joins us from PathWest at Fiona Stanley Hospital, where he retains a part position as Medical Scientist.

    Evan Ingley is another appointee to support the Laboratory Medicine course and he joins us as Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry. Evan is an accomplished and highly experienced researcher with interests in the molecular and biochemical basis of blood cell development and leukaemia. Evan joins us from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research where he has been a Research Fellow for many years and subsequently Group Leader since 2014. Evan will maintain an active research laboratory at the Perkins.

    John Coumbaros has been appointed to support our Master of Forensic Science program as Lecturer in Forensic Science (0.5). John is a recognised expert in forensic chemistry with extensive experience in the field. For the past seven years he has held positions at the WA ChemCentre’s Forensic Science Laboratory, initially as Principal Chemist (forensic chemistry) and then as the Manager of Research, Development and Training, a position that he will maintain. John has played a pivotal role in forensic criminal investigations and pursued endeavours of national and international significance, including national security strategies in the areas of chemical and biological forensics, and counter-terrorism.

    Congratulations to Quintin, Stan, Evan and John on their respective appointments and please make them feel welcome to Murdoch and to the School of VLS.

  • Young Professionals Mandurah - 25th May

    This month a new chapter of Young Professionals is being launched in Mandurah in partnership with the Peel Chamber of Commerce and Make Place.

    Young Professionals began in 2013 as a partnership between Murdoch University and the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 a Young Professionals chapter was also launched in conjunction with the Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce. Young Professionals brings together 18-35 year old business/industry people and university students (all disciplines) for inspirational and educational events and workshops, providing an opportunity to network with peers, exchange ideas and help each other reach personal and professional goals.

    The first Mandurah event is being held on Thursday 25th May at Make Place with David Flanagan as the guest speaker. Please feel free to share this information with students and young professionals you know.

    Event details are at

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #12

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 1 May.

  • VLS Awards Ceremony

    This year’s ceremony will take place on:
    Date: Tuesday 9 May
    Time: 6.00pm (Registration from 5.15pm, guests to be seated by 5:45pm)
    Venue: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre
    The award ceremony will run for approximately an hour and will be followed by light refreshments at Club Murdoch

    It is essential that you RSVP online

    Our students are fortunate to have been taught, inspired and mentored by some of the best academic minds in the world. Your attendance at this award ceremony greatly enhances the Murdoch experience for our students, their family and friends. See attachment for prize winners.

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  • 2017 Public Lecture Series - "Healthy Futures"

    Title: Bat Night
    Presenter: Diana Prada, PhD Candidate
    Date: 5 June @ 6pm
    Location: Kim Beazley
    RSVP here

    Title: Virus Wars: Defeating an Invisible Enemy
    Presenter: Professor Cassie Berry
    Date: 12 June @ 6pm
    Location: Kim Beazley
    RSVP here

    Title: From Salamanderfish to Sawfish: What is lurking in Western Australian inland waterways and how can we help them?
    Presenter: Dr Stephen Beatty
    Date: 19 June @ 6pm
    Location: Kim Beazley
    RSVP here

  • The Naked Scientist - LIVE @ Murdoch

    Murdoch is happy to announce the Naked Scientist will be presenting live at Murdoch on the 9th May, flyer attached

  • PhD Student Looking for Long-Term Accommodation

    Dr Wei Xu's PhD Student, Anirudha Aghihotri, arrives on 11 July and is looking for long-term accommodation, close to campus. If you have accommodation available please contact him on

  • India-World's Fastest Growing Major Economy: Implications for Western Australia Seminar

    Presenter: Mr Amit Kumar Mishra, Consul General of India in Perth
    Date: Monday 29th May
    Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
    Location: Building 460 (ECL) Room 1.031
    See attached flyer

  • 8TH USLS Promotion request/update

    Humanitarian Affairs UK and the United Nations Development Program ( UNDP ) are looking for 7 Outstanding Young Leaders to attend the prestigious 8th edition of the University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2017 from August 1 to 7 at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand.

    We are looking for 1,000 competent and compassionate student leaders representing their university and country in this largest youth gathering for Emerging Young Leaders.

    1. Young Leaders with exceptional leadership skills.
    2. Young leaders with great knowledge on current world affairs.
    3. Most importantly, young leaders with strong desire to build a sustainable and just world. To be the Voice for the Voiceless.

    Please send in your CV and your Delegate Application form by May 25. Interview might be conducted. We will stop accepting applicants once all the places are taken up as there is LIMITED SEATING at the United Nations. Successful applicants will receive the Letter of Acceptance ( LoA ) within 3 to 5 working days. For more information visit our website at or simply write in to for a copy of the application form.

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  • Crop scientists encouraged to apply for Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarships

    The Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarships allows future leaders to research global best practice and to see how other countries are managing challenges in their primary industries.

    The scholarships are for postgraduate students enrolled for a PhD on any aspect of field crop research. As a guide, the Trust envisages that scholarships will normally be awarded up to a value of $5,000.

    Applications must be lodged through the school and will be assessed and ranked before being forwarded to the Farrier Memorial Trust. Applicants can email their completed application to Jacqueline Dyer ( by 5 pm, 19 May.

    See attached media release and application form.