VLS Announcements 155 - 15 September 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to congratulate all of our students who graduated on Thursday evening and wish you all the best of luck in your career.

Thursday was ‘R U Ok?’ day. ‘R U Ok’ is a suicide prevention charity in Australia encouraging people to stay connected through conversation. You don’t need to be an expert to connect, just a good listener. The charity’s website provides great tips on how to start a conversation when you get a feeling that someone you know and/or care about does not appear to be their usual self -

A reminder that Murdoch University provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through the provider ‘PeopleSense’ to all employees and their immediate family members. This is a fee and confidential counselling service contactable on 1300 887 724.

Earlier this week it was communicated that a single case of whooping cough had been diagnosed in VLS. While the individual is no longer infectious, there is a possibility that some staff and students within the school may have been exposed. The disease can be severe in babies and infants, and can cause milder but chronic respiratory infections in adults. A vaccine is available and is widely used, but immunity wanes in adults unless they have had a boosting vaccination.

While there is no reason for alarm, all staff and students should take a moment to check the symptoms of whooping cough detailed on the attached information sheet from the Department of Health.

Should you develop any of the symptoms described (essentially unwell with a persistent cough), please see your GP. If you do have whooping cough, it is important to catch the infection early, treat it with antibiotics, and avoid contact with unvaccinated infants and children.

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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  • 2018 Science and Innovation Awards - 11 industry Science Award categories on offer

    Grant applications are now open!Applications are now open for the 2018 Science Awards. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 (inc GST) to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

    There’s 11 industry Science Award categories on offer, including cotton; dairy; established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; grains; health and biosecurity; meat and livestock; pork; read meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

    Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 13 October 2017

    More information available here.

  • DVM projects 2017-2019

    Staff across the School are reminded of the opportunity to get a talented veterinary student onto your project team by putting it up for selection by the current DVM year 3’s. Note that projects do not need to be clinically or disease-focused. Cross-disciplinary projects are very welcome.

    Nominations are due on Friday 15 September, and are done by completing a simple online form at

    Other relevant dates:

  • 22 September 2017: List of projects opened up to students
  • 6 October 1.30pm: Supervisors introduction session (Note change of date from earlier notice)
  • End October: Students to submit a project title with supervisors’ approval
  • Enquiries may be directed to Pete Irons.

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  • Save The Date: Poster Session for Honours and Coursework Masters Students - 23rd October

    Please see the attached flyer for the VLS683 Poster Session.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #32

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 11 September.

  • CareerConnect Newsletter - September 2017

    Please see the attached CareerConnect Newsletter for September 2017.

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  • JAX Immunodeficient Mouse Models - 20th September - message from the Animal Resource Centre

    I would like to bring to your attention a really exciting talk “JAX Immunodeficient Mouse Models” by a prominent speaker from JAX. Immunodeficient mouse models will be discussed, highlighting some of the newer, more exciting models.

    Date: Wednesday 20th September 2017
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Economics Commerce & Law (ECL) 4 Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University (Building 460.3.028)
    Title: JAX Immunodeficient Mouse Models
    Speaker: Professor Marjorie C. Strobel, Scientific Director, Animal Resources. JAX Mice and Clinical Research Services. The Jackson Laboratory Bar Harbor, ME USA
    Cost: Free
    Parking: Murdoch University Carpark 3. Visitor parking (ticketed). Please see campus map in link. Lecture venue is H4

    All welcome. Please direct enquiries to Dr Patrick Sharp:

  • AMSA WA Marine Snapchat

    Registrations are due today for the Marine Snapchat being held on the 27th September, so please remember to RSVP if you intend on presenting or attending to watch. Presentation slides are due on the 22nd September, so you still have time to send those in.

    Please find the Marine Snapchat flyer and registration form attached, and please feel free to distribute among your colleagues. The event is free for AMSA members, or $10 for non-members, and some food and drinks will be provided.

  • Kings Park Festival Seminar - 21st September

    Please see the attached flyer for the Kings Park Festival Seminar on 21st September at 4pm.

  • Kings Park Festival Seminar - 28th September

    Please see the attached flyer for the Kings Park Festival Seminar on 28th September at 4pm.

  • Marine Futures - Public Lecture - Tuesday 19th September

    Please see the attached flyer for the Kings Park Festival Seminar on 28th September at 4pm.