VLS Announcements 145 - 7 July 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to congratulate the award winners from the “Start Something from Research” Innovation program. Kirsty Bayliss won the “AgriStart Innovation Prize” for Breaking the Mould: Extending the Life of Fresh Produce, PhD Student Calum Watt won the “Murdoch Commercialisation Innovation Prize” for hip Lupin Protein Isolate initiative. It is great to see researchers from the school working on projects with such real-world impact.

The Animal Hospital’s sponsorship of Gus the Labrador at Ronald McDonald House has been in the media with a segment on Today Tonight, the video is available on their Facebook Profile and will be on TV on Friday Evening

Finally, you will see a University announcement today that my long awaited retirement starts at the end of September. Further details will follow.

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]

  • Reminder - Library High Demand Collection and My Unit Readings for Semester 2 for action

    This is a reminder for Unit Co-ordinators regarding the Library High Demand collection and My Unit Readings lists for semester 2.

    Note: Essential and recommended reading items already in High Demand or on My Unit Readings for semester 1 will remain there for semester 2 – no action from you is needed.

    Print High Demand Collection – new items for semester 2
    The Library will use reading lists from the bookshop to identify new high demand items for semester 2 and put these into the collection.
    If there are any additional items, that are not on the lists submitted to the bookshop, which you would like to be in the high demand collection, then you need to let us know by emailing Please supply the details of the item, unit name, unit co-ordinator and teaching period.
    If you have any queries, please contact

    My Unit Readings – new items for semester 2
    If you would like a new My Unit Readings list constructed by library staff, or if there are changes, requiring library staff assistance, which you wish to make to an existing My Unit Readings list - please submit your reading list/unit outline to as soon as possible.

    Requests received after 30th June may not be processed in time for the beginning of Semester 2, 2017.

    Further information about My Unit Readings is available here:

    If you have any questions, please contact Jean Coleman.

  • Capstone Editing Research Grants

    There is up to $10,000 available for Researchers at various stages:

  • ARC and NHMRC Information Workshops w/c 17th July 2017

    The Research and Innovation Office is holding a series of workshops during the week 17th to 20th July 2017 to provide information that will assist Murdoch staff who wish to submit an application to the next ARC and NHMRC major rounds.

    The workshops will focus on:

    1. NHMRC Project Grants, including the NHMRC Grant Program major restructure
    2. ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
    3. ARC Discovery Project
    4. ARC Linkage Project

    We will shortly be calling the internal Expression of Interest process for applications to the ARC and NHMRC and those intending to submit to apply to the next DECRA round are strongly advised to attend the workshop.

    If you intend to submit an Expression of Interest for application to the next Future Fellowship round, please get in touch with Jane Crier

    Please register below –
    Workshop First Offer Second Offer
    ARC DECRA Monday, 17th July 2017
    10:00 – 12:30
    Senate 121.1.002
    Thursday, 20th July 2017
    10:00 – 12:30
    ARC Discovery Projects Friday, 21st July 2017
    10:00 – 12:30
    Senate 121.1.002
    ARC Linkage Projects Tuesday, 18th July 2017
    10:00 – 12:30
    NHMRC Grant Program Changes and Project Grants 19th July 2017
    09:30 – 12:30

    Any queries, please contact Jane Crier directly.

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  • Maintain our CSG funding: Improving the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes

    If the Australian Government’s Higher Education Reforms package are approved by Senate, 7.5 per cent of CGS funding will be contingent on meeting performance requirements. In 2018, performance requirements will be based on the transparency of admissions processes.

    A sector-led Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group has been established, with Professor Kerri-Lee Krause as Chair, to develop a practical response to recommendations from the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) on improving the transparency of higher education admissions. Draft government requirements were provided to institutions six weeks ago. Once these have been granted final approval institutions will be required to meet the compulsory aspects from August 2017.

    Murdoch University has also established an Admissions Transparency Working Group to ensure that we are fully compliant and suffer no cuts in our CGS funding. If you are asked to provide information to this group, please respond ASAP so that this important work can proceed.

  • Welcome to Dr Charles Ley - message from Peter Irwin

    Please welcome Dr Charles Ley who starts today as a visiting Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Charles will be with us until the end of the year. He has an office in the Veterinary Surgical Building (262.2.112, recently vacated by Dr Burrows), and also can be found in the darkness of the Diagnostic Imaging suite. Charles is a Sydney graduate, who has completed a PhD in osteoarthritis in Icelandic horses, and is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He has lived and worked at the veterinary school at Uppsala, in Sweden, since 2003, and is married to Dr Cecilia Ley, who will be starting with us shortly (on the 17th) as a veterinary diagnostic pathologist. Please drop by to say hello and to practice your Swedish.

  • Director International, Suzanne Smith - message from Lyn Karstadt, DVCI

    I am delighted to announce that we have made an appointment to a new role, Director International. Suzanne Smith comes to Murdoch University with extensive experience in higher education most recently with the University of Southern Queensland where she was the Associate Director of International.

    Suzanne is an experienced leader who has held a variety of senior professional posts across the higher education sector, spanning a number of faculties and addressing a number of perspectives. Suzanne’s experience will lead us in taking our international endeavour to the next level.

    We look forward to welcoming Suzanne to Murdoch on 5 July.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #20

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 3 July.

  • Veterinary Nurse seeking furnished double room

    My name is Daina, 26, vet nurse, starting as a casual at Murdoch in August. I like to think I'm mostly normal, love a night out but also very happy to chill. I'm clean, tidy and friendly.

    Looking for a furnished double room in a nice comfy place, preferably bills included (Fremantle has been recommend. Happy to be contacted with address, rent/bond and pictures. Thanks Daina :) (

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

  • Visiting Behavioural Scientist Invitation Lunchtime Seminar Helping Shelter Dogs 20 July 2017

    Murdoch University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education (CAVE) invite you to attend a lunchtime seminar with visiting Behavioural Scientist, Professor Clive Wynne from Arizona State University.

    Topic: Helping Shelter Dogs

    Over the past decade, my students and I have carried out numerous research projects seeking cost-effective ways to help dogs in shelters find abiding human homes. I will discuss several projects in which we have investigated the influence of dog behaviour on adopter decisions both inside and outside the kennel. Having ascertained the behaviours that people find attractive and repellent, we then performed several interventions to improve dog behaviour and adoption rates. I will also report on the impact of breed labels on people’s adoption decisions, as well as studies in progress on stress in shelter dogs and its impact on behaviour.

    Date: Thursday 20th July 2017
    Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
    Location: 250.3.024 (Veterinary Biology Building)

    Please RSVP here.

  • Kings Park Seminar - Using field experiments to identify the best seed sources for establishing native grasses in invaded, arid shrublands

    Date: Thursday 13 July
    Time: 4.00pm
    Presenter: Dr Elizabeth Leger
    Title: Using field experiments to identify the best seed sources for establishing native grasses in invaded, arid shrublands
    Where: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park (map:
    See the attached flyer.