VLS Announcements 151 - 18 August 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Next week, on the 1st September, the school is holding the Murdoch Agricultural Research Symposium. For more information and to RSVP please see

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our academics who made time to take part in National Science Week. National Science Week helps to inspire the next generation of scientists, and educates them about the broad range of disciplines that come under science.

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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  • Myer Innovation Fellowships

    The Myer Innovation Fellowships aim to support breakthrough solutions to Australia’s most pressing social and environmental challenges and bring new talent to the social sector.

    Fellows are offered the unique opportunity to take twelve months away from their current role to pursue a big idea that has the potential to achieve positive outcomes in the areas of:

    • Education
    • Poverty and Disadvantage
    • Sustainability and the Environment

    The Myer Innovation Fellowships provide recipients with time and support needed to develop their ground-breaking idea into a sustainable plan for action. Fellows will each receive $100,000 for their twelve month commitment to the program and an additional $30,000 will be available to each Fellow for approved expenses such as work space, rent, travel and contracting of external expertise.

  • Applications open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards (FED)

    Australia’s young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers are being invited to submit their innovative agricultural research project ideas for a chance to receive a share in up to $242,000 in grants to help them become a reality.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the Science and Innovation Awards encouraged 18-35 year old innovators to undertake new and creative research to help agricultural industries to overcome problems and to realise their potential. Australia is a world leader in agricultural innovation, and innovative ideas have allowed Australian agricultural industries to become more competitive, resilient, productive and profitable, and to overcome barriers to growth, Minister Joyce said. See the attached media resease for more information.

  • Applications for the 2017 Paddy Pallin Research Grants are now open

    The Paddy Pallin Foundation, and The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife are offering up to four Science Grants in 2017, worth up to $7,000 each to support field-based, high quality ecological research.

    The objective of the grant program is to provide financial support for conservation‐based research of Australian ecosystems that will ultimately lead to tangible outcomes for management. The scope of the research is open to terrestrial, marine and freshwater research on animals and/or plants and ecological communities.

    The grants are open to postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers (within 3 years of submitting PhD). Funding for 2017 will commence in September. The grant will be administered through the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.

    Further details and application forms can be found here on our website.

  • ARC and NHMRC talks - 6th September 2017

    UWA have extended invitations to Murdoch staff to talks from NHMRC CEO, Anne Kelso and ARC Executive Director, Fiona Cameron at UWA on Wednesday 6th September and that these are open to all WA universities.

    Details of both events are at and and registrations are required.

  • Reminder: ARC Future Fellowship - Expressions of Interest 2017/2018

    This is a reminder that the internal EOI deadline for the ARC Future Fellowship scheme is 10:00am, Monday 21st August 2017 using the appropriate EOI scheme form and submitted to

    For all other ARC and NHMRC EOIs please see below and attached:

    1. Murdoch University runs an internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process for applications to the ARC and NHMRC schemes. The Office of Research and Innovation is now calling for EOIs from researchers who are intending to submit to the ARC: Future Fellowships, Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous and DECRA and to the NHMRC schemes - including Projects and Fellowships.
    2. ARC Future Fellowships. Please note the internal EOI deadline for the ARC Future Fellowship is 10:00am, 21st August 2017 using the appropriate EOI scheme form and submitted to
    3. ARC Discovery Projects - For those submitting to the ARC Discovery Projects please note the much earlier deadlines for submissions to the next round.
    4. PLEASE READ the attached documents (Deadlines for ARC and NHMRC Major Grants Rounds 2017 and 2018 and Submission Guidelines and Deadlines for ARC and NHRMC 2017 and 2018) for important information about this process, policy, when to submit an EOI or IRMA coversheet, deadlines, requirements and the assessment of EOIs.
    5. Applicants should discuss their intention to submit an application with their Associate Dean of Research in the first instance. Applicants who are uncertain whether they are required to submit an EOI or an IRMA coversheet as per the attached guidelines should discuss this with the Grants team.

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  • Office 365 Migration of Staff Mailboxes - Change of Date 27th 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 27th 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, 23rd August between 5am.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 #25

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 14 August.

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  • Murdoch Early Career Researcher Seminar Series: Career Pathways after the PhD

    The Murdoch University Early Career Researcher Committee invite you to a Panel Discussion on “Career Pathways after the PhD”.

    When: Wednesday, 30th August 2017
    Timing: 10.00am – 11.00am (followed by morning tea)
    Where: 513.1.004 (Learning Link - Teaching Space)
    Registration: murdoch-ecr-series-career-pathways-after-the-phd-tickets

    What careers can you consider with a graduate research degree? Hear from a panel of speakers about their career pathway experience following their PhD. This will be followed by an informal discussion amongst the panel with opportunities for questions from the audience and a morning tea.


    Professor Simon McKirdy - is the Director of the Harry Butler Institute at Murdoch University. Simon has worked in biosecurity since 1997 and has held appointments with the WA Dept of Agriculture and Food, AQIS and Plant Health Australia. He was previously, Chief Executive Officer for the Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity and more recently was the Biosecurity Science and Risk Manager for Chevron. Simon is a trained plant pathologist and has published widely in the area of plant virology, addressing a range of crops across horticulture, grains, legumes and viticulture.

    Dr Katie Ellis - is a Senior Research Fellow in the Internet Studies Department at Curtin University. She holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award studying disability and digital television. She has worked with people with disabilities in the community, government, and in academia and has published widely in the area of disability, television, and digital and networked media, extending across both issues of representation and active possibilities for social inclusion. Her most recent book with Gerard Goggin is 'Disability and the Media'

    Dr Rob Edwards - is a Senior Policy Officer at the Department of Lands, Western Australia. He holds a PhD in Australian Cultural History from the University of Queensland. After a few frustrating years trying to find secure work in academia, he found his feet in the Western Australian public sector. He is the author of 5 refereed journal articles/book chapters, a commissioned history of the Sunshine Coast Airport, as well as Ministerial Briefing Notes, Cabinet Submissions, and policy documents. He works in developing knowledge in the Native Title space, and is passionate about delivering positive economic, social, and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal people and their communities, preserving and improving land condition across the rangelands, and enabling economic development to occur in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner.

  • Chasing Coral Screening

    OPutreach are holding a screening of popular Netflix documentary Chasing Coral on Monday 28th August at 6pm. Dr Mike Van Keulen will give an introduction to the documentary and there will be a discussion at the end. RSVP here.

  • 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.