VLS Announcements 154 - 8 September 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to congratulate the fantastic presenters who attended the Agricultural Research Symposium last week. We had a good turnout with almost 50% of the attendees being external to the University. Well done to Sarah Blumer, and all of the staff and students who assisted in the lead up and on the day, the event was a great success

I would also like to congratulate our team at the Staff Games who were in first place for both mixed netball and leaderball, well done.

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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  • Changes to Thesis Submission

    The University Library now accepts Murdoch theses in digital format only.

    Each candidate needs to upload an original corrected thesis to the Research Repository (see for instructions). The Library no longer assists with thesis binding. Candidates should consult their supervisors regarding their schools’ requirements to submit a bound copy, and may seek assistance with thesis binding from Murdoch Print.

    The Graduate Research & Honours policies have been updated to reflect this change:

  • Date change of November SEW Workshop List of supervisors in VLS and SEW and EPS completions - message from the Graduate Research Office

    Please note that the November workshop has been pushed back a week until the 14th November (from the 7th November).

    I can confirm the next series of Supervisor Enhancement Workshops will be presented on:
    Tuesday, 14th November 2017 in the Postgraduate Suites, ECL Building 460 Room 2.031 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. (Supervisors only need to attend one.)

    To register contact myself, Karen Richardson ( no later than –
    14th November SEW workshop by 12 noon on Monday, 13th November 2017; and
    7th December SEW workshop by 12 noon on Wednesday, 6th December 2017.

    If supervisors have any further questions please ask them to contact me directly, otherwise I look forward to meeting them at the workshop.

    Attached is a list of VLS supervisors and SEW and EPS completions, yellow highlighted supervisors need to attend a refresher

    Please see the attached Supervisor Enhancement Workshop Policy.

  • Opportunities for local ecological fieldwork in research or teaching

    Two local groups have been in touch seeking to explore collaborations in research or teaching within areas they administer; Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group and Lightnign Swamp, City of Bayswater.

    1. Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group – this group is responsible for over 20 sites. They employ two people and have experience in applying for grants. They are particularly interested in work at Roley Pools Reserve (, where there are opportunities to compare restored and unrestored areas and to evaluate local ecosystem health. Contacts are the secretary Andrea Downsborough (0400 518 098) and the president Ken ? (0417 928 886). They initially contacted Mike Calver and asked him to pass on details of the opportunity.
    2. Lightning Swamp, City of Bayswater – Rebecca Cooper, the Natural Area Officer from the City of Bayswater, is keen to have students working in the Lightning Swamp reserve and another wetland site within the city. This seems a good opportunity for student projects. The contact is Rebecca Cooper
  • Fulbright Specialist Program - Applications Accepted 1st July - 30 September

    This is a reminder that this year's application round for Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) grants has been open from 1 July and will close on 30 of September 2017.

    The FSP is a field-driven initiative in which Australian awarded institutions conceptualise and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organisations. These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions. Participating Australian awarded institutions benefit by:

    • Gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals;
    • Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges; and
    • Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.

    To find more information about these grants and/or apply please visit:

  • New Colombo Plan Grants for a Semester in Indonesia

    Applications close on the 15th September to study Agriculture at Bogor Agricultural University, more information here.

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  • Postgraduate Coursework Options in Environmental and Conservation Sciences Information Session

    Halina Kobryn is holding an information session for third year students looking to study postgraduate environmental science (Grad Certificate, Diploma and Masters)

    Date and Time: Thursday 14th September at 12.30pm
    Location: Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre

  • Mock Evacuation Fire Drills – Wednesday 13th September 2017

    In the interest of safety for students, staff and visitors to the University, Murdoch University will be conducting Mock Evacuations at the South Street Campus on Wednesday, 13th September 2017. Building by building evacuations will commence from 08:30 AM and finalising at 4:00 PM. During the evacuation, please follow fire warden(s) instructions promptly.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #27

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 4 September.

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  • AMSI Summer School 2018 | Apply for a travel or carer grant!

    AMSI Summer School 2018 is a four-week residential program hosted by Monash University, Clayton Campus. It offers eight exciting subjects by specialist lecturers from around Australia and students can study one or two subject areas including one subject for credit.

    Two types of funding are available to support students attending AMSI Summer School 2018:

    AMSI Travel Grants
    AMSI offer a travel grant to support student travel to AMSI Summer School 2018. These grants also help cover the cost of accommodation while attending the residential school. Accommodation for students who are successful with their grant application will be located at Mannix College, which is a residential college situated in the grounds of Monash University.

    The CHOOSEMATHS Grants are designed to provide full or partial support for Australian female mathematical sciences students and early career researchers to participate in the AMSI Flagship programs. The grants support women to build and extend their skills and professional networks by providing financial support to attend and/or assist with caring responsibilities.

    Grant applications close on Sunday 29 October 2017. Apply for a travel or carer grant.


    • Iterative methods for sparse matrices
    • Low-dimensional topology
    • Mathematical relativity and Lorentzian geometry
    • Mathematics of extensional flows
    • Probabilistic methods and random graphs
    • Probability, complex analysis and lattice models
    • Statistical machine learning
    • Topological data analysis
    More information

    The closest transport hubs to Monash University, Clayton are listed below:

    • Airport: Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (47 km)
    • Train Station: Huntingdale Station. Three train lines stop at the station (Dandenong, Pakenham and Cranbourne)
    • Bus: the 601, 630 and 900 travel from Huntingdale to campus (five-minute journey)
    More information
  • The Changing Research Environment Q&A and Panel Discussion

    Please see the attached flyer for the "Changing Research Environment" W&A and Panel Discussion on Friday 10 November.