VLS Announcements 149 - 4 August 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Semester 2, it is great to see the campus as a buzzing hive of activity once again.

I would like to thank everyone who helped with Open Day; both on the day and leading up to the event. We had over 21,000 visitors to the campus, the largest recorded number of visitors at Open Day ever.

We had an exciting visit from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce to launch the new $5 million Crop Research Hub this week. Murdoch received a $3 million infrastructure grant from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to work in collaboration with Curtin University and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). More information about this grant and the Crop Research Hub is available here.

Kind regards,

Phil Nicholls
Acting 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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  • Minor amendments to units for 2018 - deadline passed, now urgent for action - note from Michael Calver, ADLT

    As part of the implementation of the Curriuculum@Murdoch project, the central database of unit descriptions will soon migrate to new software. It would be most helpful if minor unit amendments for 2018 were in the system before the migration, so I would be grateful if unit coordinators who have not already done so could indicate minor amendments to units for 2018 (e.g. a variation in assessment, change of prerequisite, amended learning outcome) by 10th July. Even if you think you have no changes, it is valuable for you to check your form.

    The procedure is:

    1. Download your 2018 unit description (see file ‘Downloading and amending your unit description’).
    2. Make your edits using track changes (I need to see what you’ve amended). The file XYZ101_2018 is a completed example with hints about how to interpret the different parts of the form. If some of the fields on the form are incomplete (e.g. unit outcomes), please complete them too. Some Mac users have reported problems with formatting, with text vanishing from table cells in the form. If that happens to you, consult the file ‘Fixing table formatting.'
    3. Email your completed unit description to Emma Thorp by 10th July. If you have no edits, there is no need to email anything – your unit description will go forward as it is.

    I regret making this request during the assessment period (not least because I too have marking and units to amend). However, if we can meet this request it will help greatly the migration to new databases for these records.

  • Assignment Box

    Policy states that online submission is preferred for both internal and external students and that hard copy submission is the exception. If staff would like to put in a case to why they need an assignment box, please email Mike Calver with a request and this will either be approved or declined

  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Science Network

    A WIL in Science network is now established in Perth. In addition to the details in the attachment, there are also these websites.


    There are plans to hold regular gatherings of the WIL in Science network in Perth. Jo Ward ( from Curtin and Brendan Waddell ( from UWA seem to be taking leadership for the network.

    VLS is growing its presence in WIL, so it would be great to have someone from the school join the network. Workload points would be allocated at the level of membership of an external committee as a representative of the school or the university. If you are interested, please contact Mike Calver.

  • Enhancing Postgraduate Supervision - EPS

    EPS is an on-line unit aimed at all academic staff involved in postgraduate supervision.

    A series of five modules examine effective postgraduate supervision, postgrad research at Murdoch, postgrad career development, diversity/inclusion and the examination process. Completion of the unit is a Murdoch University requirement for all newly appointed continuing academic staff, as part of their probation.

    Further information can be found at

    Enrolments through TCMS are open now for the next unit commencing 4 September. Please circulate to all staff who may be interested.

  • Literacy and English language support for undergraduate and postgraduate students

    Appointments are available for individual literacy and English language consultations.
    Deidre: undergraduate
    Ilan: postgraduate 

  • Learning Support (CUTL) offerings and resources for students

    Access all Learning Support on the Study Successfully website (consultations, workshops, resources, toolkits)

  • Fresh Science Competition

    Fresh Science 2017 is seeking early-career researchers with a story to tell.

    This national competition will offer 10 up-and-coming scientists in each state a day of media training, and the skills they need to present their work to the media, the public, schoolkids and at the pub.

    Do you know an early-career researcher who has peer-reviewed results, a discovery, or an invention that has received little or no media attention?

    Encourage them to nominate for Fresh Science, the national competition that helps early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery.

    Scientists get a day of media training and the chance to share their work with the media, general public and school students.

    We’re looking for:

    • early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years’ post-PhD)
    • with a peer-reviewed discovery that has had little or no media coverage
    • and with some ability to present their ideas in everyday English (something we can build on).

    Nominations for Fresh Science 2017 are now open and close 31 August 2017.

    For details on how to nominate, and this year’s events, visit

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  • Print Collection Review - update - message from Helen Fitzgerald, Acting University Librarian

    I am pleased to inform you that the Library’s review of the print collection is completed and wish to thank you and your staff for your engagement with the process.

    The focus of this review was to provide our students and staff with the best available print collections and, in consultation with the academic community, deselect and remove damaged material and items no longer assessed as relevant to the University’s teaching, research and clinical practice.

    We will now move on to the next phase of enhancing the collections; preparing guidelines for the development and management of the collections and removing approved items from the collection. As is traditional practice among libraries, items deselected from our collection will be made available to other WA academic libraries. Some deselected items will also be donated to a Kenyan University, where relevant resources will be added to the University’s collection and the remainder passed along to neighbouring schools or colleges in Kenya.

    We greatly appreciate the assistance of your staff in helping us to improve our collection and ensure we retain vital resources within the University. I look forward to continued collaboration between the School and the Library in the future.

  • Black Cockatoo Conservation Project - May 2016 circular

    Please see the attached Black Cockatoo Conservation Project.

  • Welcome Nicolai Bennett to the CAVE Office - message from Chelsea Little

    Please welcome Ms Nicolai Bennett to the Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education. Nicky officially started with the CAVE Office on Monday and joins us from the Finance Team in Central Services for a 12 month secondment. Nicky is located in the Vet Surgical Centre room 2.108 and will be in the office 0.6 of fulltime. Please join me in welcoming Nicky to the School, College and CAVE.

  • Welcome Dr Kevin Kang - message from Mandy Burrows

    The Small Animal Medicine team warmly welcomes Dr Kevin Kang as our new specialty trainee. Kevin, a graduate of the University of Sydney, comes to us following a rotating internship at Massey University where he was very highly regarded by the faculty. We are very excited to have him as the newest member of our team. Please make him feel welcome.

  • Invitation to Perth Science Festival

    See the attached flyer for the Perth Science Festival

  • Scinema Film Festival Promotion

    On Monday and Tuesday evenings throughout August Murdoch will be hosting screenings of Scinema International Science Film Festival.

    SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere, celebrating the power of moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works and our place in it. SCINEMA showcases science features, shorts, documentaries, animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world. Film themes are as follows: Animals, Environment, Our Bodies, Technology, Sci-fi, Space, Primary School, Secondary School, and Best of Scinema. A slide and image to promote Scinema is attached.

  • Annual Staff Games

    The Annual Staff Games are happening on Friday 1st September 12 noon till 5pm with a trophy presentation/BBQ in the tavern afterwards. Registration is open at

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #23

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 24 July.

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

  • The Annual Boodja Soil Science Lecture

    4.30-6.30pm Thursday 24 August 2017
    Soil Science Australia (WA Branch) invites you to the annual WA Boodja Soil Science Lecture. The lecture is free and open to all.

    This year the Society is honoured to receive the WA annual lecture in Soil Science from Professor Stephen Smith.

    Stephen is Professor of Bioresource Systems and Head of the Environmental and Water Resource Engineering Section in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He has 25 years research experience investigating the treatment and agronomic properties of sludge and organic wastes recycled to land. Please join us to hear more about Stephen’s soil contamination and organic waste expertise, together with a brief update on WA Branch events from Dr Deb Pritchard.

    Location: Beazley - lecture theatre
    5:15pm - Murdoch University
    South Street, Murdoch WA
    To RSVP or for further information please contact Isaac Kelder, Secretary
    Soil Science Australia (WA Branch).

    Please gather at the Murdoch Tavern at 4.30pm for pre-lecture refreshment and networking!

  • Clinical Metabolomics Course

    Please see the attached flyer for the Clinical Metabolomics Course on the 4th and 5th September.

  • 27th Annual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting - support of student registrations

    The 27th Annual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting is just around the corner, how will your lab participate in 2017? This year’s conference, will once again be held at the University Club, The University of Western Australia, on Friday the 25th of August!

    Invited plenary speaker positions for 2017 are being filled and information about our guests and their presentations can be found at . This year’s conference will also feature a number of specialist area symposia with each featuring a prominent keynote and invited local speakers. As they are confirmed details of these keynote speakers and their presentations can be found at

    Registrations are now open so please visit to book your place. (Early Bird prices until COB 1st of August)

    Abstract submission is also open at and the submission deadline has been extended until the COB Monday the 1st of August. Details of the various awards on offer can be found at

    VLS will support 4 student registrations. If you wish to apply for one of these places send a copy of your abstract for poster or oral presentation and confirmation from CBSM that it has been accepted to Marilyn will advise 4 students that VLS will be paying for their registration.