VLS Announcements 168 - 2 February 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I hope everyone will join me in the coming weeks to welcome all of our new and returning students, helping them find their feet on campus is an important part of the School’s role. I would also like to wish you all well for your preparations for the coming semester, please email our support teams - or for any assistance that you may require.

There are a couple of items that I would like to bring to your attention:

Staff should be checking their workload allocations to ensure that they are up to date for 2018. If you need any assistance with this, please contact VLSStars

The sharepoint site for 2018 S2 Timetabling is open for update, closing on the 21st March. Assistance can be obtained from the Stars Team

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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  • Safety in Teaching and Research Induction 2018

    Date: Friday, 23 February 2018

    Time: 9:00am – 1:45pm

    Venue: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch Campus

    The SRT Induction is for all new staff, new honours, masters and postgraduate students, and new post-doctoral personnel. Others are welcome and recommended to attend as an information re-fresher on current codes, legislation and Murdoch processes. There is no cost involved. If you supervise someone who has not done this induction please bring it to their attention.

    The morning will run as follows:

    Session 1

    9.00am – 11.30am

    Introduction to RAMP, Fieldwork, Chemical Safety, Biological Safety, Research Ethics and Integrity, Radiation Safety, Safety and Health, Insurance and Travel Safety

    Essential for new staff, new honours and post graduate students and new post-doctoral personnel.

    Morning Tea Meet and Greet

    11:30am – 12:15pm

    Opportunity to meet the presenters and ask any questions


    Session 2

    12:15pm – 1.45pm

    General Lab Safety


    Chemical Safety

    Essential for new staff, new honours and post graduate students and new post-doctoral personnel involved in laboratory work

    Bookings are essential to allow for catering. Please email to confirm your attendance or click on the link below to self-enrol.

    A sign-in sheet will be available on the day to record attendance.


    VLS has been allocated funding for Small Research Grants and for Equipment and Software Grants.

    Points to note:

    These are likely to be extremely competitive as we will have limited funding for each scheme.

    For Small Research Grants, applications that are multi-disciplinary will be looked on favourably.

    For equipment/software applications that have a wider benefit across research groups and/or teaching will also be looked on favourably.

    Further information and application details will be advertised soon.

  • My Unit Readings 2018

    The Library Unit Readings team are in the process of rolling over My Unit Readings digitisations for 2018. Readings which were previously available on lists in 2017 will become available as we complete rolling over digitisations in the next 2 weeks.

    Find out more about Unit Readings

  • Dr Mandy Burrows comments on how pets are a common cause of allergic disease.

    Pets are a wonderful addition to family life, but if you have family members with allergies — especially young children — your beloved pets can become a daily distress.

    Allergies to pets, particularly to cats and dogs, are a common cause of allergic disease, including asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever)," explains says Dr Mandy Burrows, Veterinary Dermatologist and Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine (Dermatology), Murdoch University to read more click here

  • Research led by Dr Fiona Valesini and Dr Chris Hallett investigating the health and management of the estuary on the Swan Coastal Plain

    A new joint project between government and a local environmental council is aiming to bolster the security and protection of our estuary.

    The Australian Research Council Linkage project brings Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, two State Government departments, two local governments and over 20 experts from four universities together to assess the current management of the Swan Coastal Plain.

    Titled 'Balancing estuarine and societal health in a changing environment' the project focuses on the Swan Coastal Plain which accounts for much of our 4000km local waterways and is degraded due to past and present managementpractices in our catchment. For further information see here

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  • ARO Newsletters #4

    Attached is the ARO Newsletter for week beginning 29th January.

  • 2017 Conocophillips Science Experience from December 11th-14th. - Message from Julia Lees

    The Outreach Team recently ran the 2017 Conocophillips Science Experience from December 11th-14th.

    The Science Experience is a fantastic program and I thank you all for your involvement.

    The School of Veterinary and Life Sciences are always eager to be involved and presented a number of incredible workshops that were enjoyed by all of the participants.

    Please see the Impact Report attached.

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  • Supervisors Enhancement Workshops - message from Karen Richardson

    The next Supervisor Enhancement Workshops will be presented on: Tuesday, 13th February 2018 in the Postgraduate Suites, ECL Building 460 Room 2.031 at 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. To register: contact Karen Richardson no later than – 12 noon on Monday, 12th February 2018.

    Time is running out to go onto the supervisors register. If supervisors have not attended an EPS or SEW within the last 4 years they need to register (see attachments). As per the roll-out information in the previously attached document, we require academic staff in your School who fall in to the first cohort for Workshop completion - i.e. all staff who are not eligible to act as a Principal Supervisor, and have not been required to complete the EPS (Enhancing Postgraduate Supervision) program - to attend a workshop session this year if they wish to continue to be eligible to supervise graduate research degree students. We encourage all academic staff who have not completed EPS within the last 4 years (or are not currently undertaking EPS) to attend a workshop as soon as possible so that they are fully informed about current policy, procedures and issues relating to GRD supervision.

    Any further enquiries please ask them to contact me directly; otherwise, I look forward to meeting everyone at the workshop.

  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Infectious Diseases (AMRID) Research Laboratory - message from Geoff Coombs

    Professor Matthew Holden is an Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA) international speaker for the ASA's annual scientific meeting meeting Antimicrobials 2018 (Brisbane 22 - 24 Feb 2018:

    We have arranged for Professor Holden to present some of his research work and have allocated time for discussion and questions from the audience.

    All interested are more than welcome to attend:

    Meeting Details:
    Time: 1400 - 1600
    Date: Monday 19 Feb 2018
    Venue: The McCusker conference Room 390.2.006, IIID Buiding Murdoch University

    Professor Matthew Holden's bio

    Since the first bacterial genome was sequenced in 1995, whole genome sequencing (WGS) has provided unprecedented insights into the genetics and evolution of microbial pathogens. Having worked at the Sanger Institute 13 years on a broad range of bacterial genomes, Professor Holden recently moved to the School of Medicine establishing a pathogenomics group. Research in his group is directed at two main areas: translational genomics, the application of WGS in clinical microbiology; and experimental genomics, using data WGS to investigate the relationship between pathogens’ genotypes and phenotypes.

    The research areas that the group are focused on include: developing rapid WGS to combat hospital-associated infections, the molecular basis of antibiotic resistance and virulence, and epidemiology and evolution of methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA).

  • WA Flyer Crawford Student Awards 2018

    We will offer 2-3 for students to gain some experience working in international agriculture in a developing country. The program will be launched nationally on Friday. I will remind you again at the end of January. Please will you make this information available through your contacts amongst those who might be interested in applying so they can start considering possible projects. Before Christmas I expect to have the latest version of the application form and guidelines. You can read about the experience of recent winners of this award on the Crawford Fund website ( Contact me for further information, but applications should be emailed to Prof Lyn Abbott at UWA ( before the closing date on 29 March 2018. Her contact information will also be on the (see attachments).

  • Graduates – Research Scientists and Field Technicians is Advertising for graduate positions - see website for further information.

  • IIID presentations - Professor Michael Gait

    first of the IIID presentations for the year will be on Wednesday 7 February at 11am by Professor Michael Gait, Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge University, UK. Professor Gait’s talk is titled “Peptide-PMO Conjugates for the Treatment of Neuromuscular Diseases”. Please contact IIID for details.


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