VLS Announcements 150 - 11 August 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Today, in partnership with Chevron, the University launched the Harry Butler Institute, the first of the University research institutes. Dr Harry Butler (AO) was an Australian environmentalist, educator and conservationist. His work in conservation, science and natural history earned him legendary status among generations of Australians. Harry worked closely with Chevron for more than 50 years, with a particular focus on creating and implementing environmental management practices on Barrow Island to ensure the protection of this Class A Nature Reserve. The Murdoch University and Chevron Australia partnership will continue Harry’s legacy, promoting high-quality teaching and research into the co-existence of business and biodiversity.

Dr Jatin Kala featured on Today Tonight this week discussing the wet weather Perth has seen recently in the context of the world's changing climate, a great way to communicate the school’s research into real-world issues to the public. The segment on the wet weather is available here.

I would like to congratulate Michael Calver on his promotion to Professor. Mike has shown prolonged, high-level commitment and service to both the school and the university - thank you and well done Mike.

I would also like to congratulate Dr Melinda Bell who has been awarded the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK, in recognition of her excellence as a veterinary educator.

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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  • DVM Projects 2017-2019 - a message from Pete Irons

    We proudly announce the new and improved DVM project and invite participation from colleagues in a variety of research and professional settings. Please see the attachment for more information.

  • Problem Based Learning Course in Indonesia

    We have been invited to send students to the following Problem Based Learning Course in Indonesia next year – see attached and below for details. These are the type of Real World Learning Experiences the DVC(E) is trying to encourage in our students as part of the Career Learning Spine and the new Innovative & Creative Thinking Minor.

    As such, we are just in the process of finalising a “Shell” Unit that would allow students to undertake projects like this and receive 3 point credit towards their degree. Please promote this opportunity to your students, alerting them to the fact they would not only gain a wonderful experience but also be able to gain credit for their degree.

    The DVC(E) would love to be informed of any students who do take the opportunity up so we can review involvement in future years.

    Information from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Surabaya, Indonesia.

    ITS as one of the best research universities in Indonesia would like to invite your students, academic, and non-academic staffs to participate in the Community and Technological Camp (CommTECH) Camp Insight 2018 which will take place in Surabaya Indonesia on 24 January – 6 February 2018. Designed as a platform to discuss and solve local problems, we modified this program into a 14-day program integrating new concepts and innovations. The participants will be challenged to critically solve real problems using a project based model. The results of this program will not be presented at the exhibition during the closing but will also be implemented by the Surabaya City government.

    CommTECH program is a short course program designed to facilitate and share better understanding of complex issues related with the intertwining of societal and technological problems, especially in Indonesia. It is also a platform to open up an opportunity to exchange ideas and to develop a mutual vision for the future of our community. Under the theme, “Solving Local Problems with Global Knowledge”, this program provides courses and discussions on particular topics, visitation and discussion with government and non-government agencies, society engagement, Indonesian Language courses, learning traditional music and dances, visit to main tourist destinations, and for sure tasting delicious Indonesian food.

    The good news is ITS provides full and partial scholarships for participants from different institutions and countries to join this program.

    Detailed information and online registration can be viewed and downloaded from our website:

    Details of each subcourse can be seen on the attached flyer.

    The fees of this program is USD 1,600. The fees will cover accommodation, local transportation, tuition fee, workshop materials, seminar kits, scheduled meals, Trip to Bromo Mountain, Rafting, airport pick up & drop off services, and vouchers, The participants must be responsible with their roundtrip flight ticket, visa & travel insurance.

    We offer full scholarship, 50% scholarship (pay only USD 800) & partial scholarship (pay only USD 1,000) for limited participants. Please register early to secure your participation in this awesome program.

    The registration will be opened from 10 July – 29 December 2017.

    Please fill in the attached registration form scan it, and send it to with the documents below :

    • Scanned Passport
    • One recommendation letter from your university
    • Scanned students/staffs/lecturers I.D or statement letter that you are staff or lecturers from your university

    For further inquiries, please contact Mr. Wahyu or Mr. Rayhan at /

  • Bound Theses

    There is a change in the Submission of research Thesis to the University Library, from now onwards research students only need to submit digital research thesis via the Library Repository for graduation: Murdoch Print will no long do the binding. This is to save the student the additional cost and to reduce our carbon footprint.

    However, Jeremy Colgan, Manager: Bookshop, Merchandising & Print, will be able to facilitate binding via local binders, via the Copy Centre if students require hard case binding going forward.

  • Academic Council Statement of Governance Principles

    Please note that the Academic Council Statement of Governance Principles have been updated on the PPM to reflect new Education committee structures (Section 8). The opportunity has also been taken to make some other minor administrative amendments: The Standing Orders at Section 7 apply to Academic Council, its Committees, School Boards and School committees.

  • ECR and MCR Opportunities from the Australian Academy of Science

    Please see that attached document for opportunities including; Apply to attend the 10th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates or the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany in 2018, Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowships 2017, Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers, Two-year research grants in medical sciences for ECRs, Women’s Agenda Leadership awards and Nominations for Fresh Science 2017

  • Supervisors Enhancement Workshops SEW

    I can confirm the next series of Supervisor Enhancement Workshops will be presented on: Tuesday, 7th November 2017 in the Learning Link Building 513 Rooms 1.002/1.003 at 9.00 am to 12.00 noon; and Thursday, 7th December 2017 in the Postgraduate Suites, ECL Building 460 Room 2.031 at 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. (You only need to attend one.)

    Completion of a Supervisor Enhancement Workshop (SEW) is now a requirement for inclusion on the supervisors register for Higher Degree by Research supervision.

    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 period of grace for existing supervisors to attend such workshops will soon be coming to an end, after which supervisors who have not completed the course will not be able to supervise HDR students.

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

    As per the roll-out information in the attached document, academic staff 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 November and December, further workshops will be held later in 2018 (dates to be confirmed).

    Please contact Karen Richardson ( to register for the –
    7th November SEW workshop by 12 noon on Monday, 6th November 2017; and
    7th December SEW workshop by 12 noon on Wednesday, 6th December 2017.

  • Applications open for new grains research scholarships through DPIRD

    Applications are open for four new fully funded post graduate scholarships to pursue research that will benefit the Western Australian grains industry.

    The four-year scholarships provided by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development include the provision of a suitable mentor from the department, as well as access to its resources, field plots, equipment and office space.

    For more information please see the attached media statement: Applications open for new grains research scholarships

  • ICM Agrifood Award - for excellence in Agrifood

    Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2017 award and close 5.00pm AEST Monday 4 September.

    Two of Australia’s best young food and agriculture professionals will win the 2017 ICM Agrifood Award, which will be awarded later this year by the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

    The winners will be awarded at ATSE’s Oration Dinner on 24 November 2017 in Sydney. One female and one male winner will each receive a cash prize of $5000.

    The winners will have achieved substantial recognition for their work in a field critical to continued improvement of the Australian food sector in the past five years, and be under 40 at 1 January 2017.

    Both will:

    • have demonstrated excellence, innovation and impact in a field related to food and agriculture in Australia;
    • be 40 years or under on the first day of the year in which the ICM Award is made (with allowance made for career breaks due to family or carer responsibilities);
    • be acknowledged by peers for outstanding contributions to the food and agriculture sector in the past five years; and
    • have advanced the standing of the broad profession of agriculture and food.

    We invite you to consider young food and agriculture professionals that you might nominate for this prestigious award. Full details of the award guidelines and nomination are available here.

  • 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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  • Office 365 Migration of Staff Mailboxes - 20th August

    To support Murdoch’s technology strategy, we will shortly be commencing the staff mailbox migration to the Murdoch Office 365 cloud environment.

    Staff will benefit from an increase in their mailbox allowance to 50GB and access to an unlimited online archive.

    The School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (excluding The Animal Hospital) mailbox move will happen on Sunday the 20th of August between 6pm and 9pm. During this time you will not be able to access email.

    The Animal Hospital mailbox move will occur Wednesday, 16th August between 5am and 7pm.

    Outlined below is the series of steps that will be followed for the migration:

    1. Mailboxes in your school will be scanned for sensitive information and staff will be notified if any is found that they need to remove.
    2. All mailboxes without sensitive information will be migrated, i.e. ones that contain sensitive information will not.
    3. ITS will provide details on how to update mobile phone settings to continue to receive email on your phone.

    Additional information will follow.

    If you have any questions about the migration please contact Stephen Hooper via

    Further help and support around the benefits and features of the new Murdoch Office 365 Outlook environment can be found here.

  • Psycho-Educational Workshops being offered to students under UniEdge

    Please find attached the Semester 2 schedule for the psycho-educational workshops we are offering under the banner of UniEdge.

  • Do you have a healthy non-greyhound dog who wouldn't mind donating 16mL of blood

    The Small Animal Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care team is running a study to determine normal values (“reference intervals”) for three different machines that we use for blood coagulation testing in the hospital.

    This study has been approved by the Animal Ethics Committee at Murdoch University. Essentially, we want to know which values obtained by each test should be considered “normal” in a population of dogs. By testing blood from healthy dogs, we will be able to establish reference intervals that are expected for normal dogs. We can then compare the values we obtain from our sick dog patients to the normal reference interval to determine if the sick dogs require treatment for a blood clotting abnormality.

    We are seeking 40 healthy non-greyhound dogs, weighing 10 kg or more, and between 1 and 8 years of age.

    Eligible dogs cannot be receiving any medications (except routine de-wormer and flea/tick prevention).

    The study will involve your dog coming in for an appointment on a set day in August or the start of September for a physical examination and a 16mL blood collection. Blood will be collected from a vein in the neck or in the leg. Once the blood sample has been collected, your dog's involvement in the study will end.

    If you are interested please:

    • Email Michelle Rouffignac ( to sign up - she will arrange a date and time for you to come in with your dog.
    • Michelle will email you a health history sheet and a consent form for you to complete and either email back or bring on your appointment day.

    Please contact Michelle Rouffignac, Claire Sharp (, or Melissa Claus ( with any questions.

  • MyHR Compatibility Enhancement & Chrome

    MyHR should now be compatible with the Chrome browser. If you still have issues with MyHR when using Chrome please contact the IT Service desk.

  • 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 #24

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 7 August.

  • School of Business and Governance Newsletter - August

    See the attached School of Business and Governance Newsletter for August.

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  • Global Microbiome 2017 - Perth, 18th August 2017

    Please find attached the flyer for the Global Microbiome 2017 event.

    Global Microbiome is a premier event that will be attended by scientists, postdoctoral researchers and students in a broad range of research disciplines such as medicine, ecology, biotechnology, agriculture, and mine-site rehabilitation. The one-day meeting will serve as a platform for presenting state-of-the-art microbiome research as well as to encourage discussion and share knowledge about the methods and resources that researchers in these fields have in common, for example, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and cloud computing.

    This event follows on from the successful First Annual West Coast Microbiome Network (WCMN) Symposium held in Perth in March 2016. Fast track to 2017, the symposium has extended into a joint effort with the Microbiome Consortium of Western Australia (MiCWA). Together, this meeting will connect more health experts and industry leaders of microbiome research!

    The overarching theme for this year revolves around our view of the microbiome as globally integrated system and resonates with the One Health initiative.

    The meeting will take place on 18th August 2017, in Perth at The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research encompassing research topics such as:

    • Clinical microbiome
    • Environmental microbiome
    • Veterinary microbiome
    • Mine site rehabilitation
    • Microbiome WGS data analyses (Potential workshop)
    • Technical seminars /Q&A sessions

    For more info, please contact Dr Andrea Paparini (Murdoch University representative in the symposium organising committee and WCMN) at:, or visit:

  • 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.