VLS Announcements 167 - 25 January 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to welcome you all back to work for for 2018. I hope that you are all refreshed after the Christmas break and ready to tackle the new year.

Kind regards,

Richard Harper
Acting Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Emma Thorp COB each Tuesday for publication Thursday

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  • VLS Casual Academic Contract Requests - Semester 1 2018 for action

    Please find attached the VLS Casual Academic Contract Request Form. Please fill in one of these for each of your casual academics.

    Academic staff should ensure that they have discussed their unit casual academic requirements with their Cluster Leader and received approval prior to making a request to the Operations team.

    Please complete the VLS Casual Academic Contract Request Form (pay rates on page 3) and email it to as soon as possible and no later than COB Friday, 16 February 2018 or at least 2 weeks before the contract starts.

    Please ensure that all details required on the form are provided and are correct for data entry on the online system. It is the schools preference that tenured or fixed term academic staff should teach OUA and External units wherever possible.

    Please note – Due to audit requirements the Office of People and Culture are now requiring additional information for all employees, details are on the VLS Casual Academic Request Form.

    With regards to the Casual Academic Contract process please note the following:

    • All recruitment must be approved by the Cluster Leader and within budget.
    • Retrospective requests will not be accepted without a valid reason, include the reason on the request form.
    • For insurance purposes all employees will need to have a contract in place in the HR system before they start their teaching.
    • If required all payroll forms are available from VLS Operations either via email or from LB3.036. The Tax File Number Declaration form can be printed from the ATO website. Employees who have been employed within the last 12 months will not need to resubmit these forms unless they need to make amendments to their details. Previous Employees who haven’t been employed within the last 12 months, will need to complete a new Tax Declaration Form and provide an email confirming all other payroll details (bank & superannuation) remain unchanged.
    • New employees to Murdoch will need to supply a current CV and complete the Employee Details Form (attached).
    • All Employee’s (New & Existing) will need to supply their current Working Rights and Qualifications (Details outlined on the Casual Academic Contract Request Form).

    If you have any queries about the process, please contact

  • Process and Application Form for Adjunct, Honorary and Emeriti Appointments 2018

    Please see information below for staff wanting to nominate someone for an Honorary/Adjunct Position with Murdoch University and the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

    Attached here is the ‘Application Form for Adjunct, Honorary and Emeriti Appointments 2018’ as well as links to the three formal policy documents that support this process.

    Honorary Titles and Appointments Guidelines

    Honorary Titles and Appointments Policy

    Honorary Titles and Appointments Procedure

    Staff need to ensure they complete the attached application form (just up to the section where the Dean must sign) then the form needs to be sent back to Sarah Grundy (details below) in word format, along with a full CV for the person they are nominating (please ensure the CV includes all publications if relevant). The process is the same if staff want to nominate someone for their first Adjunct Appointment or if this is a reapplication for a further term as an Adjunct (standard term is three years for most appointments).

    One the completed form and CV are received; the Dean will then review the application. Once approved it will then be sent to the DVC R&I Professor David Morrison for final review or to the VC if it is a ‘Professor’ Level appointment. If authorised it will then be forwarded to the Office of People and Culture, where the application will be processed and offer/appointment documentation will be sent via email to the person who was nominated.

    This process takes approximately four weeks from the time the application is received, so please bear this in mind when completing the application form. Contact for Adjunct queries in the School is: Sarah Grundy

  • Process and Application Form for Visiting Appointments 2018 - (Visiting Students & Academics to Murdoch University)

    Please see important information below for staff wanting to facilitate ‘Visitor/s’ to Murdoch University and the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

    • Visiting Research Associate (Minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 2 years) This title is normally used for visiting students
    • Visiting Fellow (Minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 2 years) This title is normally used for visiting academics
    • Visiting Professor (Minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 2 years) This title is only used for visiting academics employed as a Professor, Level E or equivalent at their home institution

    <Attached here is the ‘Application Form for Visiting Appointments 2018’ and some more information below to support this process.

    Staff need to ensure they complete all required details on the attached application form (just up to the section where the Dean must sign) then the form needs to be sent back to Sarah Grundy (details below) in word format,along with a full CV for the person they are nominating. One the completed form and CV are received; the Dean will then review the application. Once approved it will then be forwarded to the Office of People and Culture, where the application will be processed.

    If all documentation is in order Teegan Kirk from the Office of People and Culture will prepare the visitor’s invitation letter and provide any necessary documents, such as Murdoch’s ‘sponsorship approval notice’, which the visitor will need for a 408 visa application.

    Contact for Visiting Appointment queries in the School is: Sarah Grundy

  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development - DPIRD - Message from Sarah Grundy

    Most of you would now be aware that the Fisheries changed their name last year from Department of Fisheries – to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development or DPIRD.

    As part of this process Karen Santoro from DPIRD has sent through the updated version of the Exemption Application form.

    Anyone wanting to submit an exemption application in 2018 should ensure that they use this new form. Please note there is a change in the email address as well.

    For those not aware of the process, if you complete your exemption application form, and email to Sarah Grundy, I will then arrange the Dean’s signature on the form and will then email to DPIRD on your behalf.

  • Young Aussie meat judging team excels during US tour, By Beef Central, 11 January 2018

    For the first time since 2001, the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team has been triumphant at a US competition, winning the Southwest Invitational, hosted by Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas recently.

    For further information see the Beef Central website

  • 2018 Procedure for ordering Wall Planners

    All staff that would like to order a 2018 Wall Planner, please email Kiara with the details of how many you would like to order and an account code. Kiara will then email you when they arrive.

  • A black cockatoo's journey back to the wild

    Professor Kris Warren and Bec Donaldson’s research collaboration with Perth Zoo and DBCA in tracking black cockatoos to aid their conservation has been highlighted in an article this week. The article is available to read here.

  • Octopus Chokes Dolphin to Death in First-Ever Discovery

    National Geographic has featured an article on Gilligan the greedy dolphin who choked on an octopus, based on research by Dr Kate Sprogis and Dr Nahiid Stephens. The full article is available here.

  • Higher crop yields for barley in WA

    Professor Chengdao Li on breakthrough genetic research that will result in higher crop yields for barley in WA.

  • Communicate your research competition

    Read about VLS student Cameron Steele coming 3rd place in the 2017 Australian Lot Feeders Association’s Communicate Your Research competition.

  • Maddison Corlett selected as Student Fellow to attend the 2018 International Livestock Congress

    Maddison Corlett has been selected as a Student Fellow to attend the 2018 International Livestock Congress during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, in Houston, Texas, on February 26 – March 3, 2018.

    This is a ‘unique global event that brings leaders from the livestock and meat industry together to discuss issues of international importance that affect the future of animal agriculture’. Maddison has been selected as 1 of the 6 student fellows from around the world to attend a student career workshop, the International Livestock Congress USA, and tour area plants, feedlots and ranches.

    The criteria for this fellowship requires scholastic achievement, leadership experiences and professional references.

  • David Pethick awarded a Clermont Auvergne Project 20-25 Visiting Scholar Fellowship

    The Clermont Auvergne Project 20-25 Visiting Scholar Fellowship will allow David to undertake scientific and industry collaboration on beef quality in France from 20th May to 9th June 2018.

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  • PDCSO works notification attached for Tuesday 23rd January between 7am and 1pm and affecting B240

    Please find attached the notification of works.

  • ARO Newsletters #1 and #2 and #3

    Attached are the ARO Newsletters for weeks beginning 8th January and for the 15th January and the 22nd January

  • The Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence (Professional Services) 2017

    The Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence (Professional Services) recognises outstanding performance and contribution by a member or members of the University's professional services teams up until the end of 2017. Nominations

    Professional staff can be nominated individually or as a group by their colleagues, supervisor or other members of the University community. Nominations must be received by COB Friday 6 April 2018 and are to be sent by email to Sue Senior, using the nomination form. The Vice Chancellor will select a winner(s) for the Award with the assistance of a small panel of professional staff.


    The overall winner will receive a professional development grant of $2,000 and presentation of the award at an appropriate ceremony. The grant can be used for conference attendance and travel, or other professional development activities.

    Potential areas for recognition

    The University is committed to recognising outstanding performance and contribution in supporting the University, wider community and commercial environment.

    Submit the nomination form and explain why you believe the nominee/s should be recognised for their excellence and how they have shown this by addressing all of the following numbered points (the total submission should not exceed two pages):

    1. Enhancing the image and reputation of the University through academic, environmental, commercial and community endeavours;

    2. Producing distinctive solutions/results that show leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship positively improving organisational performance;

    3. Fostering of a team environment that promotes talent, communication, cooperation and respect of differences;

    4. Establishing successful collaborative relationships within the University that promote sharing of knowledge, inspiring motivation and shared problem solving;

    5. Advancing the University’s vision towards internationalisation via the three core priorities of research, learning and teaching and engagement. For further information

    Please contact Organisational Development for further details.

  • Baby Announcement - Message from Natalie Warburton

    The Anatomy team is thrilled to pass on the happy news that Khama Kelman is now the very proud mum of baby Harriet, born just in time for Christmas on the 23rd of December. Harriet’s favourite pastime is listening to cricket with Dad, Richard, and all are doing very well.

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  • Workshop for RNA-seq analysis with R

    COMBINE Workshop 2018-01-19 - Perth RNA-Seq Workshop

    Date: 22nd - 23rd February 2018 (Thurs - Fri)

    Time: 9am - 5pm on Thurs; 9am to 3pm on Fri

    Venue: Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington WA 6151)

    Cost: ABACBS member: $74; non-ABACBS member: $105 (Visit ABACBS to become a member)

    Instructors: Matt Ritchie and Shian Su from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

    Registration: Register here

    In February we are running an Introduction to RNA-seq workshop in Perth. In this workshop, you will be learning how to analyse RNA-seq count data, using R. This will include reading the data into R, quality control and performing differential expression analysis and gene set testing, with a focus on the limma-voom analysis workflow. You will learn how to generate common plots for analysis and visualisation of gene expression data, such as boxplots and heatmaps. This workshop is aimed at biologists interested in learning how to perform differential expression analysis of RNA-seq data when reference genomes are available.

    See here for more details of the course materials


    Some basic R knowledge is assumed. If you are not familiar with the R statistical programming language we strongly encourage you to work through an introductory R course before attempting these materials. We recommend the Software Carpentry R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis lessons up to and including vectorisation. ResBaz Perth is having an Introduction to R workshop on 23rd - 25th January. Please bring your own laptop with pre-installed R and RStudio. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

    A tour of Pawsey Supercomputing Centre will take place during one of the lunch breaks. All attendees are welcome to "Pawsey Friday" with a seminar about wave power follow by sundowner and posters by Pawsey interns (starting at 3 pm on Friday).

    Any enquires please contact the organiser, Su Chen (

  • Scholarship applications open for university students interested in Agriculture

    Applications for the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship are now open. First year students studying an agriculture-related degree, and senior students studying financial services with an interest in agriculture are encouraged to apply.

    The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of AgriFutures Australia (formerly the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation), in partnership with industry sponsors, provides a $5,000 bursary and professional development opportunities for eligible university students. Applications close 5.00pm AEDT Friday, 23 February 2018.

    The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship also offers students annual industry work placements, access to industry leaders, professional development assistance, and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

    In 2018 there are some small but important changes to the program;

    The scholarship will be awarded for the first two years of the successful student’s degree (previously for the duration of their degree). If a student’s degree is more than three years, they will have opportunity to apply fora second scholarship for the remainder of their degree.

    Eligible agricultural-related degrees include Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) degrees with major studies and subject selections relevant and aligned to agriculture. Students studying more traditional agriculture degrees such as Rural Science, Animal Science and Agribusiness are also eligible.

    In addition to industry scholarships, there are three additional and unique scholarships on offer, available for students in their final two years of study within a banking or financial planning services discipline, with a keen interest in agriculture. This scholarship is the 2018 AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship, sponsored by Westpac.

    AgriFutures Australia Managing Director John Harvey, says that in order to build prosperous and sustainable rural industries, it is important to focus on the next generation of leaders.

    “The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship attracts students who are collaborative, dynamic, passionate and want to be future leaders. Agriculture is a tremendous growth industry in our country, and this scholarship elevates student’s exposure and understanding of rural industries, and provides access to networks and industry knowledge, elevating them above their peers. We look forward to welcoming more of these students into the 2018 program,”

    Students must be entering their first year of university to be eligible for the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship, or final two years of study to be eligible for the Westpac sponsored scholarship. All applicants must have commenced their tertiary studies no longer than two years after leaving high school.

    The online application form and terms and conditions can be found here

    Applications close at 5.00pm AEDT Friday, 23 February 2018. Shortlisted applicants must be available for a telephone interview in March 2018, and scholarship winners will be announced in May 2018.

    Current sponsors of the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship: Australian Eggs, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Dairy Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited, McCaughey Memorial Institute, Meat & Livestock Australia, AgriFutures Australia (Rice and Chicken Meat research programs) and Westpac.

  • Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

    Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for

    Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

    Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

    Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

    New York City San Francisco Bay Area Seattle Boston Washington, DC.

    Dates: All sections will be from 2018-03-26 to 2018-05-18.

    Application Link

    Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

    Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.