VLS Announcements 157 - 29 September 2017

Dear Colleagues,

This is my last announcement as Dean. As I hope you are already aware, Prof Richard Harper (Cluster leader for Agricultural Sciences) will be taking over as the Acting Dean of VLS as of 30th September. I will be retiring from Murdoch after I step down.

I know from experience that it takes some time for a new Dean to “learn the ropes”, but fortunately Richard will be supported by a fabulous group of experienced and talented people. There are far too many individuals or groups to mention and acknowledge by name, but I must include in my thanks the staunch members of the VLS Executive, and our Cluster Leaders. I know that Richard will find that Sarah Grundy is a powerful right arm as PA, and will sort things out with aplomb and good humour. Michelle Paul Davie has been superb in her new role, and continues to burn the midnight oil whilst she grapples with our finances and planning. Then there are all the members of our professional support teams, etc etc!

Finally I want to take the opportunity of thanking all the staff members in our School for making my tenure as Dean interesting and rewarding, and for trusting me to act on your behalf. I got dealt a very good hand of cards with VLS – it is a fine School, with much to be proud of.

I look forward to hearing about all your future successes.

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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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Centre for Fish and Fisheries new publication

    The Centre for Fish and Fisheries had a paper published in Endangered Species Research, "Habitat use and site fidelity of neonate and juvenile green sawfish Pristis zijsron in a nursery area in Western Australia", available here.

  • Dr Jane Chambers Awarded the 2018 ASL Medal at the Australian Society for Limnology conference

    The ASL Medal (formerly the Jolly Award) has become ASL's (and arguably Australia's) most prestigious prize in limnology, considered by members to indicate overall scientific excellence and outstanding achievement.

    It is awarded where an outstanding contribution to Australian limnology can be demonstrated by ANY OR ALL of: Research excellence; Education and/or communication excellence; and/or Management excellence. The society has changed its name at this conference to the Australian Society for Freshwater Sciences, so presumably this will be the first ASFS Medal. Jane is invited to accept her award and give the Hilary Jolly Address at the 2018 congress in Adelaide.

  • $1.8m for lab robots to control antimicrobial resistance on farms

    Dr Sam Abraham and Dr Mark O'Dea are partnering with industry to investigate the application of laboratory robots to accurately test for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among farmed pigs and chickens, more here.

  • Murdoch University Strategic Partnership Scholarship (MUSPS) & ECR engagement with Industry seminar

    Murdoch University Strategic Partnership Scholarship (MUSPS) Murdoch University will award up to 20 MUSPS doctoral degree scholarships each year to support new and on-going research collaborations with industry.

    Prospective supervisors are encouraged to approach relevant granting agencies, businesses, government and community organisations, as appropriate, to obtain the industry support required for application to this scholarship program. Applications which meet the eligibility criteria as set out below may be lodged with Graduate Research by supervisors at any time, and will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Schools will be advised if/when funding for the current year is fully expended. Graduate Research will pay 50% of the base Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate (i.e. 50% of $26,682 p.a. in 2017) where supervisors/schools are able to obtain matching funds from an external source. Graduate Research will contribute towards the stipend only (i.e. will not cover fees, relocation, maintenance funding). The maximum period of half stipend scholarship support from Graduate Research (GRO) will be 3 years with a possible 6 month extension. International students may be considered for ITFS coverage. 

    Prof David Morrison has offered to give a seminar to ECRs about the best way to engage with Industry partners (** Date to be confirmed). For those interested in attending this seminar, please email your interest to Dr Charlotte Oskam (ECR academic rep**

  • School Curriculum and Standards Authority examining panel positions available 2018

    Please see the attached letter from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority regarding the development of ATAR course examinations.

  • Seeking Project Proposals for National PhD Program in Horticulture

    Please find attached a flyer with contact details and web address for interested proponents and candidates to find out more and apply.

  • SciFinder-n - Trial and Training

    The University Library will be conducting a trial of the Scifinder-n database. The trial is scheduled to run from the 2/10/17 – 31/10/17 (with the possibility of a further 2-week extension).

    Andrew McKay the Regional Market Manager for CAS will be visiting on the 3rd of October at 10am to provide training on SciFinder-n – academic staff are welcome to attend this training session, no RSVP necessary.

    The venue for this training session is Library South Wing (Building 354), Level 4, room 4.007.

    This database will be particularly relevant to academic staff with an interest in biochemistry.

    More information on Scifinder-n on the CAS website -

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  • Murdoch Support Portal and HR Emails phase out - message from Cecilia Leung-Scholz, Senior HR Advisor

    I thought I would flag with you that the People and Culture Office will begin to phase out the use of generic HR emails – e.g. hrhelpdesk; hrcasualquery; hrsalpack; and hrsuper mailboxes in the coming weeks.

    The People and Culture Office went live with a P&C page on the Murdoch Support Portal in July, since then, we have made some further improvements including:

    • Developed a suite of Salary Packaging online forms which can now be accessed and submitted via the Portal
    • Continually develop and upload new Knowledge Articles based on your feedback
    • As part of a system upgrade, we have also created a new tile in each category where PDF HR forms can be submitted. This function will be available on the Murdoch Support Portal on Tuesday, 26 September 2017.

    For more information please review the relevant knowledge article.

  • Seeking Canine Community Blood Donors

    Does your dog have what it takes to be a TAHMU Superstar Blood Donor?

    Canine Blood Donors are required to meet the following criteria:

    • Between 3-8 years old
    • 25kg, or greater (lean body weight)
    • Healthy with a calm quiet nature – would be happy laying still for 10 minutes during collection
    • Current on flea preventative, ideally on heartworm preventative
    • Current on vaccinations
    • Good temperament
    • Not on a raw food diet

    Please contact Michelle Rouffignac with any questions you may have and also your preferred contact details.

    Many thanks for providing this community service to the patients of The Animal Hospital At Murdoch University.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #34

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 25 September.

Seminars, Conferences and Workshops [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • Kings Park Seminar - Thursday 5th October - Ashleigh Wolfe - Urban-adapted reptiles in Perth (and what we can do to ensure they stick around)

    See the attached flyer for the Kings Park Seminar "Urban-adapted reptiles in Perth (and what we can do to ensure they stick around)".

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  • Work Experience Opportunity

    The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Pest and Disease Information Services) are looking for students to collect information through collaboration with community groups, local government, members of the public, etc., and develop communications material for the European wasp surveillance program (see attached information flyer for project description).

    Fieldwork may also be available. Please see the attached EOI form if you may have an interested ISC student. The Murdoch contact is: Alex Collins, WIL Support Officer, Work Integrated Learning | Centre for University Teaching and Learning | Office of the DVC Education (

    The contact at Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is Catherine Webb.
    Catherine Webb | Supervisor, European wasp Activity Leader
    Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
    Biosecurity and Regulation
    Agriculture and Food
    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
    3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth WA 6151
    t +61 (0)8 9368 3116 | f +61 9474 2405 | w
    PaDIS +61 (0)8 9368 3080 | m +61 (0)427 994 546