VLS Announcements 137 - 12 May 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to all selected for a VLS Staff Award. The VLS staff are one of the biggest assets to the school; I would like to thank you all for your hard work and dedication. The list of recipients of the VLS Staff Awards are available on the “Staff News and Events” section.

I would like to remind you that the 2018 Research Study Applications should come to me for review well before the 30 July 2017. Application forms and more information is in the “Research and Teaching News” section.

I would like to congratulate the recipients of the VLS Small Research and Equipment Grants, a full list of recipients is in the “Research and Teaching News” 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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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Congratulations to our Small Research and Equipment Grant recipients for 2017

    Congratulations to all who have received a Small Research and Equipment Grant for 2017.

    2017 Successful Small Research Grant Recipients
    Name of Chief Investigators Project Title
    Phil Stumbles
    Michael Edel (Harry Perkins Institute - UWA Medicine & Pharma)
    Developing novel stem cell technology to treat heart disease
    Trish Fleming Can quenda assist dispersal of ectomycorrhizal spores in urban areas?
    Frederik Christiansen
    Lars Bejder
    Linking Ocean Productivity to Body Condition in Southern Right Whales
    Claire Sharp
    Lisa Smart
    Melissa Claus
    Metronidazole for the treatment of acute haemorrhagic gastroenteritis in dogs
    Neil Loneragan
    James Tweedley
    Claire Greenwell
    Trophic flows on artificial abalone habitat supporting commercial harvesting
    Mary Thompson
    Sam Abraham
    Enterococcus species in the canine urinary tract: eradicate or ignore?
    Murray Adams
    Quintin Hughes
    TFPI: A novel mediator of clotting and inflammation in Lupus?
    Andrea Paparini
    Navid Moheimani
    Garth Maker
    Robert Trengove
    The ecophysiology of phytosterol production in microalgae
    Stacey Reinke
    Garth Maker
    Developing a Clinically Useful Diagnostic Test for Asthma Using Metabolomics
    Stephen Beatty Testing the capacity of microalgae to increase growth rates in cultured marron
    Charlotte Oskam Does the microbiome of ticks influence Devil Facial Tumour Disease?
    David Miller
    Sam Abraham
    Ihab Habib
    Salmonella in rangeland goats: friend or foe?
    Sarah Blumer
    Andrew Thompson
    Whole body composition in Maternal and Merino ewes.
    Pete Irons
    Anne Barnes
    Garth Maker
    Pharmacological methods to enhance the viability of stored sperm samples
    2017 Successful Equipment and Software Funding Recipients
    Name of Chief Investigators Project Title
    Mark O'Dea
    Stanley Pang
    Tim Hyndman
    Peter Spencer
    CLC Genomics WorkBench Software (4 licenses)
    Fiona Anderson
    John Bolton
    David Miller
    Sarah Etherington
    Phil Nicholls
    Power Lab 4/26 data acquisition system 4 channel recorder
    Lars Bejder Server and Hard Drive MUCRU Bunbury Building
    Mark O'Dea
    Bethany Jackson
    Diana Prada
    Peter Spencer
    Two-bank 4.2 metre squared harp trap (x3)
    Claire Sharp
    Lisa Smart
    Melissa Claus
    Giselle Hosgood
    ACL Elite Coagulation Analyser
    Serina Hancock
    Andrew Thompson
    Greenseeker sensor technology to measure Feed on Offer
    Joe Hong
    Martin Cake
    Plastination Freezer (-25C) plus vacuum scroll pump nXDS6iC with Controller CVC 3000
    Martina Mosing
    Anthea Raisis
    Eleanor Drynan
    Gaby Musk
    Upgrade of equine anaesthesia ventilator
  • Threatened Species Recovery Fund is now open

    Minister Frydenberg officially opened the first grant round of the $5 million Threatened Species Recovery Fund in Victoria this week.  The Fund supports threatened species recovery through the Threatened Species Commissioner and assists on-ground community efforts to protect Threatened Species, leverage additional investment, and assist with delivering on the targets and action areas of the Threatened Species Strategy. The Competitive Round of the Fund opened for applications on 5 May 2017 and will close on 15 June 2017 (2pm AEST).

  • The Margaret Middleton Fund for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals

    Applications for 2018 for the Academy of Science’s Margaret Middleton Fund are now open until 1 June 2017.  This fund is for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals and can provide grants to Post-graduates and early career researchers of up to $15,000 each to support field-based, high-quality ecological research. The objective of the grant is to provide financial support for conservation-based research of Australian ecosystems (including off-shore islands and the continental shelf) that ultimately will lead to tangible outcomes for management

  • Call for Expressions of Interest - FRDC’s Indigenous Fishing Subprogram and Southern Rocklobster Ltd IPA

    The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address the priority areas nominated by the Southern Rocklobster Industry Partnership Agreement (SRL IPA) and the Indigenous Fishing Subprogram.

    These priorities can be found here.

    Expressions of Interest need to be completed using Fishnet ( Applications need to be finalised on Fishnet no later than the 10th June 2017.

    The next call for applications will be made in August 2017.

  • Honours and Masters Poster Session - message from Joe Fontaine (coordinator of VLS683 Advanced Research Methods)

    A huge thank you to all who turned out to support the honours and masters poster session this past Monday (08 May); special thanks to Nat Callan for hard yards on organising and Jaki Dyer for food and helping to support the honours program. The session really works because of everyone’s generosity of time and willingness to engage with the students in conversation about their projects. There’s no way the marking could happen meaningfully without your help.

    The energy and vibe of the session felt like a real conference poster session. Feedback I got from the students was extremely positive and they really appreciated all the questions and conversations. For those who didn’t attend, consider coming along next time. It is great fun to get to see our homegrown talent on display and the energy and excitement of the students.

    For interest, pictures from the session can be found in various social media platforms (FB, Twitter, Instagram) under #vls683 and/or #murdochuni

  • Request for 2 experts to help present pre-Expo workshop at Khan Kaen University (16th June) and Expo (17-20th June) - message from Dean Diepeveen

    I am urgently seeking two experts to help me delivery a pre-conference workshop on “Managing Australian cattle (Bos-Indicus) with Australian feed-grain in Thailand” to the “Thai cattle association” on 16th June at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. You will be required to do 2 x 20minute presentations at the workshop on cattle and/or nutrition. This workshop is followed by the “Esan Beef Industry Expo 2017” from 17th – 20th June in which Murdoch University will have a display. This workshop is at the invitation of the Thailand Embassy (and Thailand Board of Investment) and they will be organising and covering travel/accommodation costs. Please note that we will also be visiting university experts at Khon Kaen University and Kasetsart University (Bangkok). For more information contact Dean Diepeveen (

  • Nominations open for the 2018 ARC College of Experts

    Nominations are now open for the ARC college of Experts. Further information can be found at - Researchers wishing to nominate should contact Jane Crier, Manager Research Grants and Contracts Services via - in the first instance.

    To submit a nomination, please complete ALL questions in the attached Nomination Form and return to Jane Crier by COB on the 16th May 2016.

    The ARC are seeking nominations across numerous fields:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, all fields
    • Anthropology, all fields, especially Social and Cultural Anthropology
    • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
    • Astronomical and Space Sciences
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Banking, Finance and Investment
    • Biochemistry and Cell biology
    • Building
    • Business and Management, all fields, especially Industrial Relations, Organisation and Management Theory, Organisational Behaviour and International Business
    • Chemistry, especially Theoretical and Computational
    • Civil Engineering
    • Communication and Media Studies
    • Communications Technologies
    • Computer Software
    • Cultural Studies
    • Demography, all fields, especially Family and Household Studies and Migration
    • Ecology, especially biodiversity, disturbance ecology, plant/animal interaction, urban ecology
    • Education, all fields, especially Curriculum and Pedagogy and Specialist Studies in Education
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Economics, including Applied Economics and Econometrics
    • Film, Television and Digital Media
    • Genetics, all fields, especially Genome Methylation and Epigenetics
    • Geomatic Engineering
    • Human Geography
    • Language Studies
    • Law and Legal Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Marine Biology, especially ecology, biogeochemistry, microbial, genomics
    • Marketing
    • Mathematics, especially Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
    • Physics, especially Condensed Matter and Quantum
    • Plant Sciences, especially Climate Change, Drought, Forest Ecology, Photosynthesis, and Tree Physiology
    • Plant Development and Reproductive Biology, especially Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, Epigenetics (including Genome Methylation and Epigenomics), Genomics and Gene Expression
    • Policy and Administration
    • Political Science
    • Public Health and Health Services
    • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Research Study Program (RSP) Applications | 2018

    David Morrison would like to call for applications for the Research Studies Program for 2018. Please note that these must come to the school Dean for review well before the deadline of 30 June 2017.

    The following documents are attached:

    1. RSP Application (together with Leave Application Form).
      To be completed by the applicant and approved by the Dean and submitted by close of business, 30 June 2017 to Annie Young (
    2. HR Paper Leave Application Form.
      This hard copy Leave Application form must be completed and signed off by the School Dean and submitted with the RSP Application by no later than 30 June 2017. Please note that RSP applications will not be reviewed without a Leave Application Form included with the RSP Application.
    3. RSP Report.
      To be submitted to the Dean within a month of completing RSP
    4. Dean’s Report Template.
      To be submitted to the DVC R&I by March 2018.
  • 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

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

  • Congratulations to the Abrahams

    Congratulations to Rebecca and Sam Abraham on the birth of their daughter Esther Rose Samuel Abraham.

  • VLS Staff Awards - message from Professor David Hampson

    I am pleased to announce below the winners of the 2016 Veterinary and Life Sciences Staff Awards.

    It is a wonderful achievement to be nominated for these awards and I would like to congratulate each of the winners on their success. It is great to see our staff recognised and rewarded for their dedication and hard work and also to see the support and praise from colleagues coming through on the nomination forms.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the staff that were nominated; it was a competitive field this year, and being nominated is in itself a great achievement.

    These Awards will be presented to staff at the 2017 University Staff Awards Ceremony

    Date: Thursday 15 June 2017
    Time: 6pm - 8pm
    Venue: Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre

    Further information regarding the 2017 University Staff Awards Ceremony will be sent via both the University wide and VLS email announcements soon.

    Please see below the list of winners and nominated staff for each of the award categories.

    ‘Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Staff Member’

    Awarded to:
    Tiffany Wright
    Chelsea Little

    The following staff were also nominated for this award: Louise Pallant
    Natalie Callan
    Sue Dilley
    Ann Graham
    Kiara Roche
    Janice Stigwood
    Kim Thomas
    Sarah Gillett

    ‘Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by an Academic Staff Member’

    Awarded to:
    Associate Professor Wayne Green

    The following staff were also nominated for this award:
    Dr Jane Chambers

    ‘Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for interdisciplinary research‘

    Awarded to:
    Dr Teresa Collins

    ‘Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for innovative research by an Early Career Academic’

    Awarded to:
    Dr Sam Abraham

    The following staff were also nominated for this award:
    Dr Fredrik Christiansen

    ‘Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Learning and Teaching Award – Innovation’

    Awarded to:
    Professor Cassandra Berry

    The following staff were also nominated for this award:
    Professor James Speers
    Dr Charlotte Oskam
    Dr James Tweedley

    ‘Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Learning and Teaching Award - Best unit survey’

    Awarded to:
    Dr Jill Shephard

    ‘Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Learning and Teaching Award - Best teaching survey’

    Awarded to:
    Dr Mike Van Keulen

    ‘Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Team’

    Awarded to:
    Biochemistry and nutrition support team: Ken Chong, Rini Margawani, Diana Wilson, Malcolm Boyce and Andrew Williams

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #13

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 8 May.

  • School of Business and Governance (SBG) Newsletter - May

    Please see the attached SBG Newsletter for May.

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

  • Short Course in Health Economics and Finance at Murdoch University - July 2017

    The School of Business and Governance is hosting a Short Course in Health Economics and Finance at Murdoch University. The Short Course runs over four days (28 June, 3 July, 12 July and 17 July 2017) and can be completed face-to-face or fully online. Please see the course details in the flyer attached. Please feel free to share it among your colleagues.

  • 2017 Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology

    Early bird registration for Winter School now opens to 18 June 2017. Registration includes tasty lunches and morning/afternoon teas! All for only $290 for students if you register now!

    A premier bioinformatics training event in Australia, the fourteenth annual Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology will be held 3 to 7 July 2017 at the Institute for Molecular Science, The University of Queensland, St Lucia. Only $290 for the whole week for early bird student registration including tasty lunches and morning/afternoon teas!

    The series of winter schools is designed to introduce bioinformatics, mathematical and computational biology to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and others working in the fields of biology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, information technology, complex systems analysis, and chemical and medical sciences and engineering.


    • Next generation sequencing & bioinformatics
    • Advances in single-cell sequencing analysis
    • Modelling ecologies & populations
    • Advanced data visualisation & computation
    • Systems and synthetic biology


    • John Quackenbush, Harvard University
    • Christine Wells, The University of Melbourne
    • Helena Kilpinen, University College London
    • David Edwards, University of Western Australia
    • Nicole Cloonan, University of Auckland
    • Eric Treml, The University of Melbourne
    • Marcel Dinger, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

    Speakers at Winter School are chosen as great presenters and world leaders in their field. For the complete list of speakers and presentation titles, visit website

  • 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