VLS Announcements 171 - 16 March 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Dr Ihab Habib and Dr Mark Newman were recently awarded tenure. Congratulations to them both.

The Murdoch booth and sponsorship at GRDC Research Updates held between the 26-27 Feb attracted a lot of interest. Seven researchers, students and academics staffed the booth during the 2 days and fielded may questions. This is the first time Murdoch has had such visibility at Research Updates. We are grateful to Kirsty Bayliss and Emma Downsborough who prepared and assembled a lot of the material for display, and to the research groups of ProfsChengdao Li, John Howieson, Wujun Ma and Yonglin Ren who made the sponsorship possible.

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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  • Behaviours of wild juvenile lemon sharks

    Murdoch University researchers have used Fitbit-like accelerometer technology and an algorithm to understand more about the behaviours of wild juvenile lemon sharks. For more information, see the article.

  • Whale injuries caused by vessel strikes higher than reported

    Death or injury to whales from vessel strike is one of the top threats to whale populations worldwide. Research by Dr Joshua Smith, Dr David Peel and Dr Simon Childerhouse shows that vessel strikes of large whales in Australian waters may be higher than previously reported.

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  • Dog N Jog

    Register now for the annual Murdoch University Dog n Jog!

    Murdoch University Dog n Jog
    Sunday 25 March 2018
    90 South Street, Murdoch
    Registration from 8:00am for a 9:00am start

    Come and enjoy a morning of fitness and fresh air with your four legged friends. There will be activities and treats for your dog, freebies, prizes and so much more!

    Join hundreds of participants to complete a 3.5km walk, a 3.5km run or a 10km run - with or without your furry friend. Dogs are welcome, but not compulsory.

    After your energising morning run or walk around the Murdoch campus, enjoy some time relaxing under the trees of beautiful Bush Court. There will be music and a selection of refreshments, including hot coffee, fresh fruit andjuice, dog-friendly popsicles and more available for purchase. Plus, all doggy friends will receive a small gift at the end of the race.

    This is a free, family friendly event to support The Veterinary Trust. We welcome donations. For more information

  • ARO Newsletters #9 and #10

    Attached is the ARO Newsletters for weeks beginning5 March and 13 March.

  • New Industries WA Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest New Industries WA newsletter

  • Prism Alliance Newsletter

    Please see attached for the Prism Alliance Newsletter.

  • 4WD Course

    4 Wheel Drive Training is being held in April, see the attached information for more details.

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  • 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 Awards are 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.

  • Feline Health Research Fund

    Applications are now open for the next round of the Feline Health Research Fund, closing on 31 March 2018. Applications from researchers, veterinarians and post graduate students interested in any aspect of feline health are welcomed. We also encourage applications in the areas of Feline Infectious Peritonitis and Renal Health.

    An application form is attached. For more information about the Fund and the grant process, please visit our website

    Helen Radoslovich,Secretary, Feline Health Research Fund - email

  • Invite for Horizon 2020 Info Day

    Find out how to fund your research with partners from the EU: Attend an info day in Perth

    The European Union (EU) invites you to attend a free 1-day seminar to learn more about Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest research and innovation program ever with nearly € 80 billion in funding available over 7 years.

    Key topics are:

    • Horizon 2020 – Open to the world & opportunities for Australian participation
    • Rules for participation in H2020 and Legal and financial issues
    • Thematic Sessions on Health, Agriculture & Food
    • Evaluation procedure
    • Proposal preparation and submission
    • Sources of information on Horizon 2020
    • Examples of Good Practice: Regional success stories

    When? 19 March 2018
    Where? Mercure Hotel, Perth
    Click here to register

  • ICM Agrifood Award - for excellence in Agrifood

    Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2018 award and close 12.00pm AEST Friday 13 April. Two of Australia’s best young food and agriculture professionals will win the 2018 ICM Agrifood Award, which will be awarded by the Academy of Technology of Engineering alongside the prestigious Clunies Ross Awards in June 2018.

  • Australian Kennel Council Grant Applications

    Please find attached an application form together with the guidelines for grant applications.

    All applications must be submitted by COB 31 May 2018 to: Ms Tracey Barry at email

  • The Genome Project Life Cycle: Not an aim, but a tool - Seminar

    Dr Alexie Papanicolaou is a senior lecture in Genomics and Bioinformatics from Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in Western Sydney University. His research blends the frontiers of molecular biology and computer science to secure Australia's agricultural and natural ecosystems in the face of a changing climate. We have arranged for Dr Papanicolaou 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:
    Seminar Details:
    Title: The Genome Project Life Cycle: Not an aim, but a tool
    Room: Biological Science Building Lecture Theatre 240.2.051
    Date(s): Monday, 26/03/2018
    Time: 13:30-15:00