VLS Announcements 139 - 26 May 2017

Dear Colleagues,

It is another week of good news for the school. Congratulations to Wayne Reeve and Ravi Tiwari who have had their paper “Uracil DNA glycosylase (UDG) activities in Bradyrhizobium diazoefficiens: characterization of a new class of UDG with broad substrate specificity” published in the prestigious journal Nucleic Acids Research. The paper is available here. Paola Magni’s students Abrar Essarras, Chris Petersen and Jonathan Georgy have had their research accepted for the European Association for Forensic Entomology conference 2017. Abrar (independent study contract student of Forensic Biology and Toxicology) focused her research on the "Effects of antifreeze (ethylene glycol) on the life cycle of three species of blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae)”, while Chris and Jonathon (Master of Forensic Science) studied “The effect of suitcase concealment on insect colonization: a pilot study in Western Australia”.

Warren Timpson from The Animal Hospital was in the media this week after visiting Gus the dog, Director of Hugs and Pats at Ronald McDonald House. The Animal Hospital has sponsored Gus, providing his veterinary treatment and food.

Committee meeting dates and academic promotion document submission deadlines have been set. More information is in the attachment in Staff News and Events area.

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]

  • Murdoch Research Centre in Materials, Tissues and Minerals

    Academics in the School of Engineering and IT are preparing EoI for a University research centre in the area of materials, tissues and minerals. They would like to collaborate with interested colleagues in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

    If you have interest in this area and would like to work together with us, please contact Professor Bruce Gardiner (0432 921 908) or Dr Zhong-Tao Jiang (0451 226 168 ) by Monday, if possible.

  • Research Scholarships Administered by the Graduate Research Office

    See the attached document for a list of the Murdoch University Scholarships administered by the Graduate Research Office.

  • 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 25th 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
  • Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme

    Applications for the Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme are due by Friday 16 June 2017.

    The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

    The scheme supports exchanges of early career researchers between Australia and Germany.

    Since the first round in 2015, this scheme has funded 172 collaborative projects at a total investment by the DAAD and Australian universities of around $6 million.

    A list of the 35 UA member universities which have elected to participate in 2017 is available here.

    Further information: Kerrie Thornton

  • Citations showing on a Research Profile

    Please see the attached information on citations showing on Scopus research profile.

  • IRU Academic Calibration Process (ACP) - message from Mike Calver

    As part of Murdoch’s commitment to the IRU Academic Calibration Process (ACP) (see below), Murdoch is seeking expressions of interest from academic staff willing to propose their units for calibration. This involves feedback on the unit materials and marking standards by an IRU academic from another institution experienced in a similar subject.

    For your unit to be calibrated, you would need to provide the unit materials and anonymous copies of up to 12 examples of student work across a range of achievements on one assignment. I did one of these myself (as a calibrator) and found the exercise worthwhile in showing me that other institutions experience the range of student skills and achievements that we do. As a volunteer, you would receive external validation of your unit that would certainly look good on CV!

    Please let me know if you are interested in undertaking this task. I will then pass your details to the Murdoch coordinators, who will be in touch regarding requirements and procedures.

    Thank you for considering my request.

  • Launch of six new grants for students and academics

    Capstone Editing is happy to announce that we are launching six new annual academic grants of between $3,000 and $5,000 each—two for female academics and four for students. We would be grateful if you could bring these opportunities to the attention of the academics and students in your department.

    Murdoch University will be listing the grants on its scholarship pages (and they are already listed on the scholarship pages of other universities, including the University of Adelaide, who approved the scholarships). But we want to be sure that everyone who is eligible finds out about these scholarships, particularly those for which applications are closing soon. (The Honours scholarship, for example, closes on 30 April every year.)

    I’ve listed the grants below and provided a link to our website where applicants can find out more information and apply.

    If you would like any further information prior to sending news of these grants out to your department, please let me know. I also have posters advertising the grants if you would like me to email or post any of these to you.

    I really appreciate your time and assistance in sharing the news about these funding opportunities. We look forward to receiving applications from among your staff and students.

    Capstone Editing’s Available Scholarships and Grants

    • The Capstone Editing Early Career Academic Research Grant for Women
      $5,000 for one female academic per year to assist with the costs associated with a research project leading towards a publication. Applications are open annually from 1 July to 30 May. The grant is awarded on 30 June every year. For more info or to apply, please visit
    • The Capstone Editing Carer’s Travel Grant for Academic Women
      $3,000 for one female academic per year to assist with childcare costs in relation to travel to conduct research or present a paper at a conference. Applications are open annually from 1 July to 30 May. The grant is awarded on 30 June every year. For more info or to apply, please visit 
    • The Capstone Editing Conference Travel Grant for Postgraduate Research Students
      $3,000 for one postgrad student per year to assist in covering the costs of attending a conference in relation to their degree. Applications are open annually from 1 July to 1 June. The grant is awarded on 30 June every year. For more info or to apply, please visit
    • The Capstone Editing Laptop Grant for Postgraduate Coursework Students
      $3,000 for one postgrad student per year to purchase a computer or laptop and software for their studies. Applications are open annually from 1 July to 1 June. The grant is awarded on 30 June every year. For more info or to apply, please visit
    • The Capstone Editing Research Scholarship for Honours Students
      $3,000 for one Honours student per year to assist with covering the costs associated with the research for their thesis. Applications are open annually from 1 January to 30 April. The scholarship will be awarded on 14 May every year. For more info or to apply, please visit
    • The Capstone Editing Textbook Grant for Undergraduates
      $3,000 for one undergrad per year to assist with covering the cost of their textbooks for the duration of their degree. (The recipient will receive one $1,000 gift voucher per year for three years.) Applications are open all year. The grant will be awarded on 1 February every year. For more info or to apply, please visit
  • 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.

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  • Committee Meeting Dates and Promotion Document Submission Timeline

    Please see the attached committee dates and promotion document submission timeline for the remainder of 2017

  • Scheduled Veterinary Biology Building (Building 250) South - Communications Upgrade: 30/05/2017

    As part of the University Network Upgrade project, Communications Services will be upgrading our communications network in the south wing of Veterinary Biology (Building 250) South.

    This upgrade will be performed on Tuesday 30th May 2017 between 1pm - 3pm AWST.

    During this time, each PC will experience a brief network connection drop lasting no longer than 30 seconds as they are patched to the new network. If you experience any issues with connection after this time, please contact the IT Service Desk.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #15

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 22 May. The Influenza information mentioned in the newsletter is availabe here.

  • CUTL Newsletter

    Please see the attached CUTL Newsletter

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

  • 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