VLS Announcements 173 - 16 April 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to congratulate Brendan Chapman and the following current and past students from the Master of forensic science course: Danielle Wornes, Beau Shankland and Emily Wellington who have all been awarded the WA Branch symposium award ($1500 each). This award will allow them to attend the 24th International Symposium on Forensic Sciences to be held in Perth in September 2018.

In addition, undergraduate Forensic Biology and Toxicology student, Philip Day has been awarded the national ANZFSS Symposium Award to attend the same event.

The awards are in recognition of the quality of research and teaching offered by the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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

  • The Animal Hospital MRI

    For those that missed the Today Tonight MRI story on Thursday evening, here is the link to the 4 minute segment. Our story was the lead story so an even better result for TAHMU.

  • Researchers urged to sign up for service

    Are you involved with research in the WA health system? Then be sure to sign up to the Research Governance Service (RGS). The RGS is a collaborative, one-stop information technology system for both researchers and research administrators.

    As a registered user you will be able to:
    • network
    • approve research projects
    • hear about research-related events, training and information
    • receive quarterly newsletters with research-related updates.

    As an RGS-registered researcher you will also be able to add your profile to the publicly-available Investigator Speciality List, enabling potential sponsors and collaborators to get in touch with you. If you are already an RGS user and need assistance email

    You can also use the Project Search function to find other research projects in your area of expertise or track down particular researchers working at specific hospital sites.

    For more information or to join the other 2500 registered users, visit the RGS.
  • Database Trial

    The University Library currently has the following database on trial until the 7th of May 2018:

    Sage Research Methods Video

    A collection of streaming videos on the SAGE Research Methods platform covering all aspects of the research process. SRM video includes hundreds of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods videos. Key areas such as writinga research proposal, planning and designing a research project and securing ethical approval are explicitly covered. Practical Research and Academic Skills is a smaller subset of videos on practical research methods such as project management, writing for publication, presenting work, and building networks

    If you would like to support the purchase of this database, please give us your feedback.

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  • ARO Newsletters #13 and #14

    Attached are the ARO Newsletters 13 and 14

  • 4WD Course

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

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  • Premiers Science Awards

    For information regarding the Premiers Sciences Awards see the flyer here

  • Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory

    Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory will be hosting training courses this year for Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

    Training Schedule for 2018

    Understanding GC-MS Operation - for beginners to intermediate users - 2 day intensive course (A$500 + GST)
    Monday 14th May to Tuesday 15th May
    Monday 13th August to Tuesday 14th August
    Monday 15th October to Tuesday 16th October
    Understanding LC-MS Operation - for beginners to intermediate users - 2 day intensive course (A$500 + GST)
    Wednesday 16th May to Thursday 17th May
    Wednesday 15th August to Thursday 16th August
    Wednesday 17th October to Thursday 18th October
    Katherine Roussety
    Project Officer
    Separation Science and Metabolomics
    Murdoch University
    0404 091 030
    In office: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

  • The Serventy Memorial Lecture - Synergies: Living in a Land that Demands Movement
  • Dr Noel Nannup from ECU will be our very interesting speaker. His topic is Synergies: Living in a Land that Demands Movement It is on Tuesday 24th April at the Social Science LT UWA, at 7.30pm Tickets $20, Students $15

    The Serventy Memorial Lecture is the main source of funding for the Serventy Memorial Prizes of $500 for students awarded annually at WA’s four public universities

  • NEW Fulbright Scholarship: Australia-United States Alliance Studies

    In June 2017, Australian government minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop, together with the U.S. department of state, announced the creation of four new one-time Fulbright scholarships to commemorate the next 100 years of Australia-American mateship.

    The exchanges are for both Australians and U.S. citizens and aim to advance scholarship in the priority fields of strategic studies, technology and innovation and will promote the exchange of ideas, research collaboration, and cultural understanding between American and Australian scholars as well as the institutions that host them.

    Two scholarships will be available for Australians and two for Americans. The scholarships will include funding for 3-4 months research. As a result of the scholarship, recipients will produce a tangible contribution to contemporary debate in his or her area of speciality in the format of a report, which can be used, and published with an appropriate accreditation.

    Applications are currently open and will close on July 15 2018 (for Australians) and August 1 2018 (for Americans).

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Rebecca Combs-Sullivan Scholarships Assistant Australian-American Fulbright Commission PO Box 9541, Deakin, ACT, 2600, Australia T: +61 2 6260 4460 E: W:

  • PALRC News: 2018 scholarship applications open

    PALRC is proud today to launch the new round of scholarships for students undertaking study in 2018. Applications for this round close 30 April 2018. Apply now

    The PALRC scholarship program aims to support professional development, exchange of knowledge and experience, networking and collaboration to further our recipients career paths in protected area management.

    The PALRC Scholarship program seeks capable, high-achieving students and/or emerging leaders in Australia, Asia and the Pacific who have a career ambition to advance the protection, sound governance and effective management of protected areas in their country/region, and especially those who would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend such a course. We also seek applicants who can demonstrate productive engagement with indigenous and/ or local communities associated with protected areas.

    In its first year of funding, PALRC has provided scholarships to students across Australia, Asia and the Pacific including students from the Philippines, Kiribati, Madagascar and the Solomon Islands. As far as possible, PALRC will seek to offer scholarships over time to a spread of recipients across the regions and with equality of opportunity for all. For any program enquiries, please contact

  • National Postgraduate Training Workshop in Systematics: University of Adelaide 8-13 July 2018

    This workshop for PhD students will include advanced level training in phylogenetic methods, imaging techniques, DNA barcoding, NGS-based systematics, systematics theory, nomenclature and the taxonomic process, collection management, databases, publishing results, finding a job, and much more. There is a maximum of 30 places – available only to students enrolled in Australian and New Zealand Universities, on a first come basis. The registration fee is $400 but this will be reduced when we know the amount of sponsorship received. Further details are on the attached flyer.

  • International One Health Fellowship awarded

    Riley lab member Dr Dan Knight was recently awarded an International One Health Fellowship to attend and present aspects of his PhD research on Clostridium difficile at the 5th International One Health Congress in Saskatoon, Canada, 22-25 June 2018.

    The 5th International One Health Congress is a co-organization of the One Health Platform Foundation and the University of Saskatchewan. It will bring together academic researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are working towards integrated approaches and effective responses to complex global health challenges. This meeting is co-organised by WA’s own Professor John Mackenzie and will feature a Keynote address by Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty. This year the fellowship fund received over 350 applications worldwide.

    To capture the multifaceted One Health paradigm, the 5th International One Health Congress will have three distinct program tracks in a unique congress concept. In the One Health Science program track, world experts will showcase recent advances in pathogen discovery, diagnostics, drivers for emerging infections, vaccinology and political and social science. In response to WHO's warning that antimicrobial resistance is a global societal challenge and threat, the conference will have a separate program track dedicated to this urgent issue. And next to these highly science-focussed sessions, the conference will also have a tailor-made program for public health officials and government representatives in order to integrate science and health policy. A series of plenary sessions will provide an overarching platform for trans-disciplinary interaction, exchange of ideas and networking, in a true One Health spirit.

    Dan’s talk is entitled ‘Genomic and evolutionary analysis of Clostridium difficile sequence type 11: a genetically diverse lineage of significant One Health importance’

    More details here

  • AgEd Symposium

    The AgEd Symposium aims to bring together the academic community in agriculture & related disciplines at Australian tertiary and VET institutions.Themes include developing curriculum to meet industry needs, work integrated learning, entrepreneurship skills, inquiry-oriented approaches for interdisciplinary learning, online & flipped learning.

    Keynote speakers include:
    Professor Beverley Oliver (Deakin, Assuring Graduate Outcomes)
    Professor Morgan Miles (CSU, Developing Entrepreneurship Skills)
    Dr Peter Sale (LTU, Flipping First Year) Abstracts and registrations are now open

  • 2017 David Syme Research Prize

    A reminder that nominations for the 2017 David Syme Research Prize are now open. The award recognises the best original research in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology produced in Australia by a mid-career researcher during the past two years (1 January 2016 - 31 December 2017). Value: approx. $8,000 Closing date: Friday 27 April 2018

    Key conditions are:

    The prize is made by nomination only. Senior members of the academic or research community such as co-authors or co-researchers, heads of department or deputy vice-chancellors (research) are invited to nominate eligible colleagues.

    Researchers associated with any Australian university and researchers without university connections are eligible for nomination.

    The following are not eligible for nomination: - Professors or researchers who will have attained the position of professor at the time the award is made; - Researchers outside universities who will have attained a level of seniority comparable to a university professor at the time the award is made (LEVEL E); - Researchers who have not spent the equivalent of at least 5 full years of the last 7 in Australia. The award is made on the basis of the research quality within the discipline and its likely impact and value in the industrial and commercial interests of Australia.

    Nomination requirements and cover sheet are attached above. Please also see the Faculty of Science Awards website: Open for Application, and select ‘David Syme Research Prize’.

    Nominations and enquiries should be directed to: Linda Richardson; T: 8344 5949; E: We would be grateful for your assistance distributing information to eligible colleagues.

  • RSWA Symposium

    The RSWA is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the landmark symposium for 2018: "Landscapes, Seascapes & Biota: Unique WA — Past, Present & Future" to be held at University Club, UWA 27–28 July 2018 also including registrations for the inaugral President's Dinner and RSWA Medal presentation 6.30pm, Saturday July 28 University Club at conclusion of Symposium

    Please see website for more details The symposium program contains 25 keynote talks on a broad variety of topics, with 71 confirmed national and international authors.

    There is also a free public lecture "Assembling the Human Body Plan: A Tale Told by Fossils" by John Long (Flinders University) 6.30 - 7.30 pm, Friday 27th July UWA Club Auditorium This event is free but please rsvp via EventBrite or email: Register now! early bird registration closes on 20th April 2018 get in quickly to ensure your place

    Registration Fees: Registration includes access to both days of the conference and the conference volume; morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, tea and coffee included, plus access to the bar and cafe at the University Club)
    RSWA Ordinary member or non-student contributor (author of keynote paper or poster): $230 prior to April 20th; $280 after April 20th
    RSWA Student member or student contributor (author of keynote paper or poster) $140 prior to April 20th; $170 after April 20th
    Public ordinary member (non-member, non-contributor; includes $95 RSWA annual membership) $325 prior to April 20th; $375 after April 20th
    Public Student member (student, non-member, non-contributor; includes $55 RSWA annual student membership) $195 prior to April 20th; $225 after April 20th President's Dinner: $130 per person. Register here.

  • Science Pathways.

    Science Pathways is Australia’s premier conference focused purely on career development of EMCRs. The highly interactive 2018 program focuses on teaching EMCRs how to achieve equity in STEM; how to access funding from non-traditional sources; and the key considerations for interdisciplinary research.

    This conference, run in conjunction with EMCRs, will provide your researchers with the skills necessary for thriving in an academic environment. Your EMCRs will build on existing knowledge and learn new skills essential for future success in their fields. In addition, this event provides them with the opportunity to meet like-minded EMCRs and network amongst their peers.

    The grant includes attendance at two full days of the conference, including a networking evening with Fellows of the Academy and senior science leaders. Delegates will also attend a workshop by ThinkWell on ‘Maximising Research Productivity (and still having a life)’.