VLS Announcements 170 - 2nd March 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The new semester has begun and the Campus is buzzing with students. Thank you to all of the staff that have supported the Wearing it Red campaign and have made the new students feel welcome.

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 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.

    Small research grant application and Equipment grant application

  • Space Utilisation Survey, Murdoch Campus - Message from Jacquie Ing

    In accordance with the Space Management Policy, we will conduct a space utilisation survey in Murdoch teaching venues from March 12-23.

    During this time student casuals will be asked to enter teaching venues once every hour to count the number of people in the room, from 8:30 to 5:30. Please ensure teaching staff are aware of the requirement for our casuals to enter a room once each hour (they are not aware of the teaching timetable, so will not be aware if the same class will be in the space for more than an hour).

    This data will provide insight into the way in which spaces are actually used, and inform future planning.

    Please contact us as soon as possible if you have any concerns regarding students entering a space during class time so that we can discuss appropriate protocols or adjust the room list where necessary.

    We will not survey a room during a supplementary exam, but Schools will need to alert us if they have scheduled a test within normal class times in this period, as these will not be visible to the survey planning team.

    If you would like room use data collected for common spaces or other spaces , please let me know and we’ll incorporate them in the room list where possible. Jacqui Ing Manager, Resource Scheduling | Property, Development and Commercial Services Office T: +618 9360 2582 | E:

  • Fieldwork Safety Form

    This is a reminder for Supervisors to include their digital signature, as approval for the students planned fieldwork.

    "Under the declaration section, the inclusion of a digital signature for the Line Manager/Supervisor Signature. Under reviewer guidelines (form submission section), it advises that if fieldwork is part of a student’s project (PhD, Masters, Honours), the form must be signed by their Supervisor. Please see the updated FSF.

  • Researcher Development Program 2018

    Throughout 2018, the Office of Research and Innovation will be hosting a series of workshops as part of our Researcher Development Program to assist individuals in the development of knowledge and skills central to developing a successful research career. All are welcome to attend.

    The series will be of particular benefit to early and mid-career researchers and those developing their research focus, seeking opportunities for strategic career planning and skill development, or simply wish to update their knowledge base. We encourage participants to attend all workshops to derive maximum benefit.

    Program details and registration information can be found on the Office of Research and Innovation workshops and iniatives link  below

    The following workshops will be running in April 2018: Strategic Planning for Career Effectiveness - 10th and 12th April 2018 Selling Your Accomplishments - 11th and 13th April 2018  Research Funding Opportunities - 26th April 2018

    ARC Linkage Projects – register here – workshop will also be held on the 10th April. 2018

    Office of Research and Innovation workshops and initiatives

    The Office of Research and Innovation will also be running workshops and initiatives throughout 2018 including:

    · Research Leaders Workshop

    · Research grant application reviewing sessions for Murdoch staff

    · Specific funders and their schemes, including the ARC and NHMRC (Linkage, Discovery, DECRA, Ideas, Fellowships, etc.)

    · 1:1 sessions for Murdoch staff with Professor Alan Johnson to discuss career strategy and planning, funding opportunities, and other research career related issues.

    · Commercialisation and Intellectual Property delivered via Schools

    · Entry level entrepreneurial training program

    · Animal Ethics, Human Ethics and Research Integrity and Risk Assessment for Murdoch Processes through the GREAT program

    · Safety in Research and Teaching Induction and Lab Safety Workshop

    · Supporting the Murdoch Annual Research Symposium

    If you have any queries or are interested in booking a grant review or 1:1 session please contact me on the details below:
    Jane Crier
    Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services Research and Innovation Office Tel: (+618) 9360 2970 Email:

  • Temporary extended access

    This form should be used by people whose enrolment or employment status with the University has, or is about to cease and special circumstances require their temporary continued access to these systems: workstation login, email access, file/folder access, remote access through dialup or VPN and Library search catalogue. This will not work for Callista and LMS.

    An extension may be granted for a maximum of thirty (30) days beyond the current expiry date for the applicant’s user account, or from the date this form is signed if the applicant’s account is already expired. If access is required beyond 30 days, the applicant should seek to update their enrolment or employment status with the appropriate University office. Online application form link

  • ECU animal ethics committee

    ECU is looking for a member for our animal ethics committee in the category B researcher/teacher category. Most of our projects are wildlife based, so somebody with a focus on wildlife/fish would be perfect for the position. It’s not a paid position, but the committee sits approx. 5-6 times per year and we provide a nice lunch at each meeting. I have attached the advert – please can you pass this on to anybody at Murdoch who has experience in Wildlife teaching/research.

  • Sue McDonald, Research Ethics Support Officer, 34.341, Office of Research & Innovation, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, WA 6027 Email: Tel: +61 08 6304 2784

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  • ARO Newsletters #7 and #8

    Attached is the ARO Newsletters for weeks beginning 19th February and 26th February.

  • People and Culture Contacts

    Please see attached from People and Culture regarding contacts for VLS.

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  • Walk With Rangers

    Walk With Rangers do an annual trek through Kenya where participants come from all over the world to walk and camp with a group of Kenyan Wildlife Service rangers over a period of about 11 days. This year it is at the end of July and has a limit of 30 people.

    Walk With Rangers was established a few years ago to help raise awareness about the importance of rangers in protecting wildlife. The organisation works closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service and they provide funding, training and support. Please find attached some information about the trek and the organisation. Any interested students can get in touch with me or contact the group at their website

  • Contemporary tensions in the economics of Australian health care

    Is the Australian health care system in crisis? Certainly, costs are increasing. In this lecture, Professor Duckett will discuss the sustainability of the Australian health care system and outline some of the economic challenges facing the system. He will also review contemporary system issues including the future of the primary care system, hospital funding and quality of care in hospitals.

    About Dr Stephen Duckett

    Dr Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. As economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

    Event details

    Date Tuesday 20th March 2018

    Location Lecture Theatre 3.023 Building 250, Perth Campus – Murdoch University

    Time 2.00pm - 3.00pm

    Cost FREE


    Places for this event are strictly limited and registrations are essential.

  • Call for Presenters CONSTAWA conference 26 May

    CONSTAWA is the Science Teachers' Association of Western Australia's oldest Conference and caters for both Primary and Secondary teachers of science.

    STAWA is calling for presenters who have Science research, skills and experiences to share that will enrich the teaching and learning of school science. Please complete the online form

    You are invited to offer a 60 minute workshop (hands on/ interactive preferred) for Saturday 26 May 2018 at North Metropolitan TAFE, 140 Royal St, East Perth. We also welcome and encourage joint or team presentation. Please pass this invitation on to colleagues who you believe have a presentation that should be shared with our states science teachers.

    Call for Presenters - Closing Date 16 March 2018 - Presenters will receive notification shortly after the closing date.
  • The Batterham Medal and The ICM Agrifood Awards meassage from Anthea Batsakis, the communications officer for the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)

    The Batterham Medal is for early-career engineers under 40 who have made significant contributions to their engineering field. The ICM Agrifood Awardsis also for early-career innovators under 40 who have made significant contributions to the agrifood sector.

    This year we hope to at least double the number of nominations, broadening the spectrum of winners. The winners are announced alongside the prestigious Clunies Ross Awards in June, giving your university an opportunity to be represented on a highly coveted stage.

    To alert your community of the awards - and to make the process as easy as possible - I’ve attached media kits with a few resources.

    They include graphics you can post on social media, a publish-ready article you can edit and include on your website, an infographic and photos of last year’s winners. Explanation on how to use the kit is also attached.

    We would be grateful for any help spreading the word. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions: 03 9864 0925.

    For more information about each award, please visit our website.

    Batterham Medal:

    ICM Agrifood Award:

  • Training courses in Understanding GCMS (6-7 March) and LCMS (8-9 March)

    The Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory has upcoming training courses in Understanding GCMS (6-7 March) and LCMS (8-9 March). We still have a few places available for each of the courses – flyers attached with more info. There is a 10% discount for students.

  • Wise Women Showcase 28th March

    Are you aiming to inspire and encourage your female students or daughter in years 8 - 10 to pursue science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? Join us to learn how STEM provides girls with a platform of skills to launch a wide range of rewarding careers in research, education, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Students will also participate in exciting activities, while one of Murdoch’s leading researchers will hold a focus group session with teachers and parents.