VLS Announcements 138 - 19 May 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The Vice Chancellor has announced that the Murdoch Staff Awards will take place on Thursday 15th June between 6pm and 8pm in Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre and Geoffrey Bolton Library Foyer. RSVP’s can be processed here. Try to make it if you can.

VLS continues to excel in many areas. An example is our ecologists who have been in the media for their work on the restoration of Roe 8. Thank you to Joe Fontaine, Katinka Ruthrof, Catherine Baudains, Jane Chambers and Rachel Standish for working with the media and taking the opportunity to work on a project that is of major interest to the local community. It is a great way to promote the work in ecology in the school and university.

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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  • ARC Visit - Friday 9th June

    I am pleased to extend an invitation to you for an ARC Presentation: “Linkage Projects and Working with Industry”


    • Professor Therese Jefferson, ARC, Executive Director for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences
    • Ms Liz Visher, ARC, Director, Program Partnerships

    Where: 11:30am-12:30pm, Friday 9 June 2017

    Where: Woolnough Lecture Theatre (107), Geography & Geology, The University of Western Australia (

    No requirement to RSVP

  • Next Supervisor Enhancement Workshops (SEW) - 4th and 11th July 2017

    The next series of Supervisor Enhancement Workshops will be presented on:
    Tuesday, 4th July 2017 in the Learning Link Building 513 Rooms 1.002/1.003 at 9.00 am to 12.00 noon; and
    Tuesday, 11th July 2017 in the Postgraduate Suites, ECL Building 460 Room 2.031 at 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

    In order to meet research training educational standards expectations under a range of national mandated and best practise policies, the Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee (RDSC) of the university has approved the implementation of a compulsory supervisor professional development program (don’t be alarmed – it is one 3-hour workshop once every 4 years) as part of the requirements for academic staff to be listed on the approved register of supervisors.

    The attached document provides details of the background to development of the Workshop program, and identifies how it will be rolled out over the next few years.

    As per the roll-out information in the attached document, we require academic staff in your School who fall in to the first cohort for Workshop completion - i.e. all staff who are not eligible to act as a Principal Supervisor, and have not been required to complete the EPS (Enhancing Postgraduate Supervision) program - to attend a workshop session this year if they wish to continue to be eligible to supervise graduate research degree students. We encourage all academic staff who have not completed EPS within the last 4 years (or are not currently undertaking EPS) to attend a workshop as soon as possible so that they are fully informed about current policy, procedures and issues relating to GRD supervision. If you are unable to attend this workshop in July, further workshops will be held later in 2017 (dates to be confirmed).

    Please ask Staff to contact Karen Richardson ( to register for the –
    4th July SEW workshop by 12 noon on Monday 3rd July 2017; and 11th July SEW workshop by 12 noon on Monday 10th July 2017.

  • Spinnaker Health Call for EOI for grant opportunities - promotion - May 2017

    Please see the attached Call for EOI for grant opportunities from the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation.

  • GSK Award for Research Excellence ­ Nominations NOW OPEN

    GSK would like to invite you to nominate members of your staff and colleagues for the 37th GSK Award for Research Excellence (ARE). The award acknowledges outstanding Australian researchers and their work and provides an $80,000 (tax free) independent research grant to the award recipient¹s employing organisation to further the recipient¹s work and knowledge.

    The award targets high calibre mid-career clinicians and researchers undertaking human medical health research predominately in Australia.

    The judging criteria are weighted as follows:

    • 40% - potential for the researcher¹s contribution to science to directly or indirectly lead to improvement in human health
    • 30% - potential for the nominee to continue to make research contributions in the field of human health; and
    • 30% - nominee¹s accomplishments based on academic and employment record, research grants and awards received, cited publications and other examples of research productivity.

    Further information about the award and the online nomination form are available at GSK Award for Research Excellence website

    Nominations close at midnight on Friday 10 July 2016. The award will be presented at the Research Australia Awards Night, Thursday 12 October 2017

    The winners of each of the nine 2017 WA Landcare Awards categories will represent Western Australia at the 2018 National Landcare Awards.

    Winners of the 2017 WA Landcare Awards will be announced on Wednesday, 30 August 2017, at a gala dinner as part of the State NRM and Coastal Conference 2017 in Perth.

    Nominations Close: noon, Monday 26 June 2017

    Click here to find out more and apply.

  • Web of Science Training

    A training session by Anthony Dona from Clarivate Analytics will take place 23rd of May at 2pm in the Library, Room SW 4.007.

    The training session will cover the following:

    1. Web of Science
      New Features
      Search Databases (subscription based databases)
      • Web of Science Core Collection
      • Default Databases
      • Foreign Language Databases (translations)
      • Other Databases
      Save lists
    2. Searching Publications – Web of Science
      Be able to narrow a research search down to a digestible size without losing relevant information.
      Understand the advantages of filtering searchers by ‘times cited’, ‘top percentage’, ‘open accesses’, ‘most recent’ and ‘key authors’.
      Develop a research landscape through a systematic bibliographic review.
    3. Developing and Using a Researcher Profile - ResearcherID / ORCID
      Understand the pros and cons to having a Researcher Profile.
      Be able to create a Researcher Profile.
      Understand how to develop a comprehensive list or publications, proceedings and book chapters.
      Understand how to export information from your Researcher Profile (creating a list of publications).
      Learn to calculate total citations, citation trend data and h-index.
      Learn which citation indicators to use at a researcher level.
    4. Selecting Journals - Endnote
      Develop strategies to evaluate articles and journals that are contextually comparable: contrast articles and journals based on volume output overall or within subject areas.
      Develop strategies to evaluate articles and journals that are not regionally or topically comparable using normalised indicators.

    If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Jean Coleman

  • Save the Date: Learning & Teaching Forum 2017: Career Learning for Employability June 21-22

    This year’s Learning & Teaching Forum will be: Career Learning for Employability – a two-day learning and teaching event exploring how in an ever-changing world we can play a role in developing the enterprise skills needed for student success.

    We know:

    • Employers prefer ‘mouldable graduates’; people who are able to thrive in the fast-changing, uncertain future, because of their aptitude, agile mindset and ability to create their own destinies; and
    • Students look to their university experience to prepare them not only with knowledge and skills but with access to workplace experiences to improve their future career prospects.

    As a university, we have a pivotal role in helping to prepare our graduates for a future which will be characterised by multiple careers, where agility, adaptability and creativity will be essential to their success. We need all our graduates to have the opportunity to learn the skills to be digitally-literate, financially-savvy, team players with effective communication, innovative and adaptable to help them navigate complex careers of the future and thrive in every aspect of their lives.

    This event will include international keynote speakers/ workshops/panels:

    • Emeritus Professor Chris Rust (Oxford Brookes, UK) – Transforming course assessment
    • Lorna Froud – (Reading, UK) - Articulating the relationship between ‘graduate attributes’ and employability
    • Associate Professor Jessica Vanderlelie (IRU VC Fellow) – Student and Graduate Success
    • Doug Cole (Higher Education Academy, UK) - Embedding Employability in Higher Education - Are we getting it right?
    • Students voice/ industry perspective panel

    There is also an opportunity for you to showcase your work in this area of career learning/ employability. Expressions of interest are sought for a plenary Pecha Kucha session. If you would like to be involved in presenting at the forum please submit a short (250 words) abstract to by June 9, 2017.

    To register for a place at the forum please register via the TCMS.

  • 2017 WA Landcare Awards are open

    Nominations are open for the 2017 Western Australian Landcare Awards.

    If you are involved in protecting or improving your local WA environment, farm, coastline, bushland, wetland, waterway, school, region, catchment or backyard, there is certain to be a category in this year's awards for you.

  • 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.

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

  • New Safety Representative for Environmental & Conservation Science - message from Philip Good

    I wish to advise that Ian Dapson is now the newly qualified Safety Rep for E&CS. He is located in room 4.034B of the Loneragan Building and can be contacted by email at

  • VLS Vehicle Procedure Document

    Please see the attached updated VLS Vehicle Procudres.

  • Release of MurdochSafe - the safety and emergency app

    MurdochSafe, a custom-made mobile phone application giving the University community fast access to vital security, safety and wellbeing resources, has launched

    The free app is now live and can be downloaded onto Android or Apple iPhone devices, allowing users the ability to get immediate support for either an on-campus incident or an off-campus emergency.

    MurdochSafe features include:

    • Campus Security contacts for Perth, Mandurah and Rockingham Campuses;
    • Campus emergency buttons that notify Security Services of your location;
    • Quick connection to vital off-campus safety, health and emergency resources such as 000 (Triple Zero), Mental Health Emergency Response Line, Lifeline and Crisis Care;
    • Contacts and information for on-campus medical, counselling, safety and disability services;
    • Access to Murdoch’s emergency response procedures; and
    • A map sharing function for users to send their location to anyone via email.

    For more information on MurdochSafe, and to download the app, visit

    The app is the answer to many questions students and staff may have about what to do and who to call in an emergency, or for a safety or health concern – both on and off-campus.

  • 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 #14

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 15 May.

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

  • 6th Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research (ACUR)

    The Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research is held each year in different universities on an ongoing basis.

    ACUR 2017 will take place on 27th-28th September 2017 at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. This two-day conference will include spoken presentations by undergraduate students, Master of Research students (1st year only) and graduated 2016 Honours students from all disciplines and from across Australasia. Submissions and registrations are now open –

  • Lecture by Prof. Pertti Koukkari

    When: Tuesday 23rd May, 12.30 - 1.30pm
    Where: VBS Lecture Theatre 3.024
    See attahced abstract

  • 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

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  • Funded PhD: Keystone habitat dynamics in agricultural landscapes

    An exciting opportunity exists to study the dynamics of keystone habitat in agricultural landscapes. The impacts of agricultural expansion on biodiversity can accumulate over decades, including weed invasion and loss of keystone habitat features. Accumulation and interaction of these effects may be accelerating species loss from farming regions beyond the rate due to habitat loss alone. Understanding these processes is a critical knowledge gap for species conservation in disturbed landscapes.

    This project aims to understand the dynamics of a keystone habitat feature (spinifex Triodia scariosa) in remnant mallee woodlands in central New South Wales, Australia. Spinifex provides important habitat for many other species, but its persistence in agricultural areas may be threatened by weed invasion, competition and alteration of other ecosystem processes. This project will involve field sampling, a manipulative experiment, and habitat mapping using an unmanned aerial vehicle (‘drone’) to assess spinifex availability across a range of site and landscape conditions. For the right student, there may be opportunities to incorporate additional aspects of plant or animal ecology into the current project.

    Funding has already been secured from the Hermon Slade Foundation and Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University. The overall project is led by Dr Tim Doherty in Prof. Don Driscoll’s research group at Deakin’s Burwood (Melbourne) campus. The start date can be late 2017 or early 2018.

    The successful candidate will have a first class Honours degree (or equivalent). Peer reviewed publications and fieldwork experience will also be an advantage. The candidate will need to secure a PhD scholarship:

    For further information, please email with the subject line ‘Keystone habitat PhD’.