VLS Announcements 156 - 22 September 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The Perth Royal Show starts on Saturday. I wish good luck to the Animal Science and Veterinary students who have entered cattle into the judging. The parasitology team also have worked with outreach to create activities that they will be running at the Murdoch stall. If you are going to the show make sure to go into the Jubilee Pavilion and pose as a giant flea at the exit of the ‘Parasites: Life Undercover’ exhibition.

Dr James Tweedley and the Centre for Fish and Fisheries have once again been in the media with a goldfish story. While conducting fish population surveys in the Vasse and Wibberup estuaries they came across goldfish, prompting a renewed plea for members of the public not to flush goldfish down the toilet or to release unwanted pets. The story has been shared across multiple news outlets including PerthNow, Mashable and Yahoo 7.

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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  • NHMRC consultation on peer review for new grant program - Perth Seminar 21st November 2017

    The NHMRC will be holding seminar in Perth on the 21st November as part of the new grant program consultation on peer review. Registrations are currently being accepted and places are limited. The public consultation paper will accompany the seminar and will be available on NHMRC’s website shortly.

  • Pawsey Supercomputer Centre Roadshow - message from Jane Crier

    The Pawsey Supercomputer Centre will be running drop in clinics and roadshows at Murdoch on October 6 (details below). There is also a user forum planned for that day at 12.00 – 1.30 pm.

    I would like to invite you to attend one or more of these activities to find out about the resources available at Pawsey, and how Murdoch researchers are making use of these resources in their work. If you are interested in attending then please register using the link provided below.

    Please also encourage your post-graduate students to register and attend the drop-in clinic or any of the other activities on the day.

    The program for the event:
    9.00am Drop in Clinics, a one-on-one session for researchers to meet with Pawsey experts and discuss opportunities, seek for technical advice on how Pawsey can help with a scientific project or get help with code issues.
    10.00am Welcome by Pawsey staff
    10.05am Researcher presentation (TBA)
    10.30am Pawsey Supercomputing Staff presenting about Supercomputing, Data and Visualisation services
    11.30am Q&A and networking session. Light lunch will be provided.

    More details and how to register can be found in the link below:

  • PebblePad Users Group Perth

    The Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) and PebblePad are pleased to be hosting the meeting of the PebblePad Users Group Perth at Murdoch University on Tuesday, October 10 (9:30am – 1pm, followed by lunch).

    This event has been scheduled to coincide with a visit to Australia by the PebblePad CEO Shane Sutherland and two lead developers, Aaron Kenny and Brad Rushton.

    There will be presentations from ECU, Curtin and Murdoch on their creative use of PebblePad. There will also be a presentation and Q&A from the PebblePad team.

    Academic/program leaders in VLS who are planning to incorporate ePortfolio into the course or who are currently using PebblePad are welcome to attend this event. As many of you will know, PebblePad is used at the program level is Nursing at Murdoch.

    The program and RSVP link are available on Please RSVP by October 4.

  • Sheep Industry Scholarships - Honours, Maters or PhD

    Please see the attached Sheep Industry Scholarship information flyer and application form.

  • EOIs being accepted for PhD stipend

    Expressions of Interest are being sought from potential PhD students to undertake studies on the use of eDNA as a marine biosecurity surveillance tool. Please see the attachment for more information.

  • Forrest Research Scholarships 2018

    The Forrest Research Scholarship application round which is now open, and which closes on 31 October 2017.

    There have been five Forrest Scholarship application rounds to date, running at roughly 6-monthly intervals, and fourteen awards have been made. The scheme is highly competitive, with a success rate for applicants of 2%. This is about the same success rate as Gates Cambridge and Rhodes scholarship schemes.

    The academic quality of successful candidates is very high – the average GPA of current scholars is above 3.95, and more than half have a perfect GPA of 4.0. The aim of the Forrest Foundation is to attract outstanding young intellects from around the world to conduct research at one of WA’s five universities, and to retain in WA the brightest of our own graduates. Of the fourteen awards to date, twelve have gone to nationals of other countries. Four of the current Forrest Scholars have undergraduate degrees from Australia, while the rest undertook their prior university education outside Australia.

    The 2018 scholarship round is now open; an electronic copy of the Murdoch flyer is attached. Please circulate this information to prospective supervisors and to your Graduate Research Office so that they can bring the Forrest Scholarship opportunity to the attention of your outstanding PhD applicants.

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  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing : Safety Alert - Risk Workshops coming - New MUIRS reporting system coming soon

    An Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer within Physical Science exploded inside a Laboratory Tuesday – please see attached alert document ‘Safety Alert- Spectrophotometer Sep 2017v3’ and notify HSW if your School or Area have a Spectrophotometer of this sort.

    HSW are in the process of organising Risk Workshops for all Schools and Professional services area. Please see attached document ‘Risk Workshop Information Preparationv1’ for a brief overview of the upcoming process.

    HSW has completed and is currently testing our updated version of MUIRS reporting which we are hoping to roll out in October. Please see attached document ‘MUIRS Version 2’ for a brief overview of the new MUIRS version and the changes to the reporting system.

    If you have feedback in relation to the Risk Workshop and/or the New MUIRS Incident Reporting, please provide to Brad McKell, by Friday, 6th October.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #33

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 18 September. Also see the attached acupuncture flyer references.

  • School of Business and Governance Newsletter - September

    Please see the attached SBG Newsletter for September.

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  • Limited Abstract Deadline Extension EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium

    The European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL) Australia Postgraduate Symposium (EAPS) is organised to provide students from a range of scientific backgrounds with an opportunity to present their research and participate in academic discussion.

    This year’s symposium will be held at the Garvan Institute in Sydney from the 29th of November to the 1st of December, and we are running a last call for abstracts promotion and entries to our science communication infographic competition. We would greatly appreciate if you could distribute the EAPS 2017 flyer and details below via email or social media to anyone that might be interested in applying for this event, which is open to Honours, Masters, PhD students as well as early career researchers in their first five years of graduating.

    EAPS17 DEADLINE EXTENSION: lightning talk and poster abstracts
    Due Sept 29th Register here.

    Calling all Honours, Masters and PhD students: lighting talk and poster positions still available; abstracts for the EMBL Australia Postgraduate Symposium in Sydney will be accepted until September 29th! A range of travel and accommodation grants are available to attend EAPS17 + the opportunity to speak!

    See attached flyer.