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StaffNews No 269

Friday 10 August 2007

News of interest to staff of the University of Melbourne

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CONTENTS

1. Security Control Room move 11 August
2. Global Opportunities Fair
3. Primary Industries Research Opportunities Day
4. SGS Postgraduate Coordinator Forum on advice and pastoral care
5. Resumption of lunchtime mass (Catholic)
6. Greening the University workshop
7. Nominations for Macgeorge Fellowships and Honorary Fellowships
8. Chinese Language Programs open for registration
9. New website launched for study into students, community and place-making
10. Some things you'll wish you had known earlier about compliance
11. 2008 Postgraduate Scholarships: training sessions and key dates
12. Postgraduate Scholarships: IPRS closing date
13. Soft contact lens wearers needed for study
14. Study into organisational climate and performance
15. Older volunteers required for vision science research
16. Themis Research training: Grants and Contracts for Administrators
17. Research Office seminars
18. Travel advice from Environment Health and Safety
19. What’s on highlights
20. Newsmakers
21. Career opportunities
22. Contributing to StaffNews

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1. Security Control Room move 11 August

The University’s new Security Control Room at 213 Grattan Street will become fully operational this Saturday 11 August.

The new Security Control Room is the culmination of two years work involving several major projects, most notably the upgrade and integration of access control and intruder detection systems, the upgrade and extension of the ‘help phone’ network, and the renovation of 213-215 Grattan street to house all of the University's Security, Traffic and Parking units.

The Gate 4 Control Room will be closed from 11 August, but all contact phone numbers will remain the same.

Critical staff involved in managing the issue and return of keys have been notified separately, but staff are asked to be aware that key collection and return will now be managed from 213 Grattan Street.

Enquiries: Security Control Room (8344 4674).

[Source: Tim Thornton, Property and Campus Services]

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2. Global Opportunities Fair

The University’s Careers and Employment service has organised a Global Opportunities Fair, to be held Wednesday 15 August from 12noon-4pm in the Grand Buffet Hall, Union House.

With 44 participating organisations offering international employment opportunities, and local and international vacation or voluntary work experience, the fair is a chance for staff to interact with employers and explore opportunities available to students and graduates.

More information: careersonline.acs.unimelb.edu.au/cae/studentscae/

Enquiries: Maureen Hardwick (8344 6554).

NOTE: Attendees should use the rear outside entrance and will be asked to show their staff identification card on entry.

[Source: Christine Enker, Careers and Employment]

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3. Primary Industries Research Opportunities Day

The DVC (Research) is hosting a Primary Industries Research Opportunities Day on Friday 14 September at 9.30am-2pm in the Woodward Conference Centre, Level 10, Law Building. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Representatives from key funding bodies in the Primary Industry sector (Research Development Corporations) will explain how researchers can interact most effectively with their organisations and answer any questions. Participating organisations include: Dairy Australia, Meat and Livestock Grains Research and Development Corporation, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Land and Water and the Australian Center for International Agriculture Research.

Experienced academic colleagues will also share how they have benefited from engaging with these funding systems.

Registration and program at: www.research.unimelb.edu.au/infosessions/

Enquiries: Stefan Delfgou (sdelfgou@unimelb.edu.au / 8344 2013)

[Source: Jane Pontikis, Melbourne Research Office]

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4. SGS Postgraduate Coordinator Forum on advice and pastoral care

The School of Graduate Studies invites all postgraduate coordinators to a forum on ‘Advice and Pastoral Care’ to be held Friday 17 August at 11am–1pm in the Multifunction Room, Graduate Centre (morning tea provided).

The forum will include presentations from the Counselling Service, UMPA and SGS, and will explore a range of topics, including:
* Psychological issues that can arise during the course of PhD candidature
* Responding to students in immediate distress
* Effective referral to appropriate support services
* Creating an environment of pastoral care.

More information: www.gradstudies.unimelb.edu.au/unistaff/Coords_fora/index.htm.

RSVP essential by Wednesday 15 August to Angela Woods (amwoods@unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Dr Angela Woods, School of Graduate Studies]

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5. Resumption of lunchtime mass (Catholic)

The University’s Catholic Chaplin Fr Michael McKenna advises that lunchtime mass on campus has resumed. Next week there will be Mass at 1.15pm on Tuesday 14 August in the Mary Cooke Room, Union House.

[Source: Michael McKenna, Catholic Chaplain to the University of Melbourne]

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6. Greening the University workshop

The Postgraduate Environment Network will host its first ‘Greening the University’ workshop on Tuesday 14 August at 6-8pm in the Gryphon Gallery, Graduate Centre.

Staff are invited to join postgraduate students in helping to make the University a more environmentally friendly place.

Speakers include: Dr Sarah Bekessey from RMIT School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning; Stefan Delaney, General Manager for Environment Health and Safety at the University of Melbourne; and a speaker from a corporate institution. The facilitator is Tony Overman from Sinclair Knight Merz environmental consultants.

This event will be an opportunity for staff to learn about ‘greening’, and to contribute in practical ways as the University faces the challenges of environmental sustainability.

More information: www.pen.net.au

Enquiries: email greenuni@pen.net.au

[Source: Jonathan Schultz, Political, Science, Criminology and Sociology]

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7. Nominations for Macgeorge Fellowships and Honorary Fellowships

Nominations for Macgeorge Fellowships and Honorary Fellowships close on Friday 24 August.

Successful Macgeorge Fellows and Macgeorge Honorary Fellows will be given accommodation at historic 'Ballangeich' for 4-8 weeks to undertake an uninterrupted period of research, writing or creative endeavour. Macgeorge Fellows also receive a contribution to travel and living expenses, and will be invited to deliver a public lecture or performance at the University.

More Information: www.unimelb.edu.au/unisec/Macgeorge/fellowship.html

Macgeorge Visiting Speaker/Performer Award Nominations can be submitted throughout the year until Friday 7 December.

[Source: Mary Tsaousis, University Secretary's Department]

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8. Chinese Language Programs open for registration

The Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne provides language and cross-cultural programs, and its Business Chinese Programs, Tiger 1–3 are now open for registration.

* Tiger 1 is held Mondays from 20 August–17 September at 6–8pm
* Tiger 2 is held Tuesdays from 21 August–18 September at 6–8pm
* Tiger 3 is held Wednesdays from 22 August–19 September at 6–8pm.

The cost for each module is $250 inclusive of GST and textbook and 10% discount is available to University staff and students.

Enquiries: Vicki Zhang, Business Programs Manager (9347 8462 / vzhang@unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Vicki Zhang, Confucius Institute]

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9. New website launched for study into students, community and place-making

Staff may recall the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning’s project Transnational and Temporary: students, community and place-making in central Melbourne and its primary objective to understand how students’ social interactions are affected by place.

The project now has a fully operational interactive website, staff and students are invited to visit. Staff are asked to encourage students to post photographs and comments.

The website is at: www.transnationalandtemporary.com.au

[Source: Vrushti Mawani, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning]

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10. Some things you'll wish you had known earlier about compliance

Staff are invited to attend an upcoming Information Management Compliance Forum to be held Tuesday 28 August at 1-2pm in Theatre 1, Alan Gilbert Building.

This one hour session will help staff learn more about important University compliance issues including when examination script books may be legally destroyed, information about copyright and printed subject course packs, the new Crimes Act and how it may affect staff, and some timely information that may be of use from Internal Audit. Each speaker will have 10 minutes and there will be room for questions at the conclusion.

This session is tailored specifically for staff working in Faculties and academic departments, but all staff are welcome.

Enquiries and RSVP: Catherine Nicholls (cvn@unimelb.edu.au) by Monday 27 August.

[Source: Catherine Nicholls, Information Services]

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11. 2008 Postgraduate Scholarships: training sessions and key dates

The Postgraduate Scholarships Committee (PGSC) will hold two information sessions for University departmental and faculty staff about scholarship scoring on Friday 19 October at 12noon-1.15pm, with a repeat session on Thursday 15 November at 1-2.15pm. Both sessions will be held in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Theatre, Ground Floor, Building 185. Pre-registration is not required.

More information for departmental and faculty staff about the award of 2008 postgraduate scholarships, including departmental assessment of local and international scholarship applications, issue of scholarship offers, student response to scholarship offer due dates, and submission of applications is at:
www.services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/pgrad/department/

[Source: Rebecca Evans, Melbourne Scholarships Office]

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12. Postgraduate Scholarships: IPRS closing date

The closing date for the 2008 Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRSs) is 31 August.

To be considered for the greatest number of research higher degree (RHD) scholarships, international students who have not applied for admission to the course for which they seek a scholarship should apply by 31 August.

Applications received after 31 August will only be considered for any Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRSs) and Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarships (MIFRSs) that remain at the time the application is assessed for scholarship. Staff are asked to encourage applicants to submit their application form and all required documents well before 31 August.

Students who have commenced the RHD for which they seek a scholarship should apply by 31 October.

More information: www.services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/pgrad/international/index.html

[Source: Edwina Buckley, Melbourne Scholarships Office]

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13. Soft contact lens wearers needed for study

Clinical Vision Research Australia (CVRA) at the Victorian College of Optometry is conducting a research project to evaluate the clinical performance of an antimicrobial contact lens.

Participants who are current soft contact lens wearers aged 18-45 are sought to join this study. Researchers will require permisison to consult with each participants’ current eyecare practitioner.

Enquiries: Call 9349 7410 and ask for information regarding the SALSA 2 study or email CVRA (cvra@optometry.unimelb.edu.au).

NVRI/DOVS/VCO Human Research Ethics Committee approved study No: H07-003

[Source: Stephen Vincent, Clinical Vision Research Australia]

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14. Study into organisational climate and performance

A study is currently being undertaken in the School of Behavioural Sciences to investigate the relationships between organisational climate, workplace relations and performance.

Professional employees of the university are needed to participate in this research. Participation involves completion of a short questionnaire. As a token of appreciation all participants will receive a coffee voucher.

More information: www.researchdatasolutions.com.au/Org_survey.htm

Enquiries: Anna Machlin (a.machlin@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au).

This is Human Research Ethics Committee approved study No: 060455X.

[Source: Anna Machlin, School of Behavioural Sciences]

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15. Older volunteers required for vision science research

Older volunteers between the ages of 60 and 77 are required to participate in a research study assessing changes in visual function with age. The study will involve one test session that will take up to two hours. During this session participants will undergo an eye examination to assess eligibility and computer based vision testing. Volunteers will be reimbursed $10 to assist with travel expenses.

Enquiries: Dr Allison McKendrick, Optometry and Vision Science (93497407 / allisonm@unimelb.edu.au).

Human Research Ethics Committee approved study No: 0713101.

[Source: Allison McKendrick, Optometry and Vision Science]

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16. Themis Research training: Grants and Contracts for Administrators

Two-part training for Themis Research Training: Grants and Contracts for Administrators is scheduled as follows:

* Part 1: Submissions and Proposals Modules (Grants only) will be held Tuesday 14 August at 9.30-11am. (Enquiries: Gerard Corkeron (gcorkeron@unimelb.edu.au / 8344-2050).

* Part 2: Agreements Module (Grants and Contracts) will be held Thursday 16 August at 9am-12 noon. Enquiries: Brigitte Cucinelli (bcuci@unimelb.edu.au / 8344-2972).

To register, log in to Themis Staff Self Service, click on the link to Training and Development and search for Themis Grants. Part 1 and Part 2 are listed as one course.

[Source: Gerard Corkeron, Melbourne Research Office]

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17. Research Office seminars

Details and registration for the following seminars are at:
www.research.unimelb.edu.au/infosessions/

* How to negotiate a research contract - Tuesday 14 August at 1-2pm, Theatre 4, Alan Gilbert Building.

* ARC Linkage Project information session - Tuesday 14 August at 3-5pm, The Atrium, Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute.

* How to use University research-related Standard Agreements and why you should - Tuesday 21 August at 1-2pm, Theatre 4, Alan Gilbert Building.

* How to calculate budgets for grants and contracts - Tuesday 28 August at 1-2pm, Theatre 4, Alan Gilbert Building.

* How to promote research integrity and the responsible conduct of research - Wednesday 5 September at 1-2pm, Theatre 2, Alan Gilbert Building.

* How to start preparing for the next major ARC grants rounds - Wednesday 12 September at 1-2pm, Theatre 2, Alan Gilbert Building.

* Research Administration seminars for professional (administrative) staff - details here

[Source: Jane Pontikis, Melbourne Research Office]

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18. Travel advice from Environment Health and Safety

Environment Health and Safety advises staff that DFAT has changed its information on traveling to: Norway, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Guatemala, Turkmenistan, Czech Republic, Denmark, Iran, East Timor, India, Nepal, Qatar, Laos, Bangladesh, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Lebanon, Cyprus, United States of America, Belgium, Sweden, France, Canada, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Yemen, Mexico, Honduras and New Zealand.

View the most recent DFAT advice at:
www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/

More information on the University's Overseas Travel Policy:
www.pb.unimelb.edu.au/ehs/travel/index.html3

[Source: Belinda Rule, Environment Health and Safety Unit]

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19. What’s on highlights
events.unimelb.edu.au/

AUSTRALIAN CENTRE SEMINAR: Dr Nikki Henningham will present a paper on ‘The Virtual Exhibition: She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History’ on Wednesday 15 August at 1-2pm in the First Floor Seminar Room, The Australian Centre, 149 Barry Street. Enquiries: glennt@unimelb.edu.au

LUNCHTIME SEMINAR ON CRIMINOLOGY: Monash doctoral student Vicky Sentas (who is also a member of the Federation of Community Legal Centre’s of Victoria’s Counter-terrorism Laws Working Group) will give a talk on ‘Homogenising Nation: Terrorist Organisation Offences and the Criminalisation Of Communities’ for the School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology on Thursday 16 August at 1-2pm in the Staff Common Room, Level 4, 234 Queensberry Street. More information: www.criminology.unimelb.edu.au/events/

RICHARD PRATT ORATION 2007: Professor Michael B Oren from the Shalem Centre in Jerusalem will give a public lecture on ‘Jews, Statehood and Power - Israel and the Challenge to Jewish Morality’ for the School of Languages & Linguistics on Thursday 16 August at 6.30pm in the Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building. More information: www.hebrew.unimelb.edu.au/info/events/oration/index.html.

CLIMATE CHANGE MYTHS FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: Professor David Karoly, Professor Ian Enting and Associate Professor Kevin Walsh, three of the University’s leading climate change experts will give a lecture for the Climate Adaptation Science and Policy Initiative on ‘Dispelling the Myths about Climate Change Science’ on Friday 17 August at 12.30-2pm in the Harold White Theatre, Arts Centre Building. Topics to be addressed are: causes of climate change, lies and statistics, extreme weather events and emissions. More information: www.caspi.unimelb.edu.au.

BOOK LAUNCH: Literary identity Don Watson will launch the book 'Against the Grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian History and Politics', edited by Sheila Fitzpatrick and Stuart Macintyre, for the School of Historical Studies on Wednesday 22 August at 6.15 for 6.30pm in the Fifth Floor Function Room, John Medley Building. 'Against the Grain' examines the careers of Fitzpatrick and Clark as activists and historians during the Cold War, and shows the political and personal difficulties that beset both men. RSVP: Caroline Hamilton (8344 7235 / hamc@unimelb.edu.au).

ASIALINK EVENT: Dr Peter Christoff and Dr Graeme Pearman (chaired by Professor Ross Garnaut) will present ‘Five Minutes to Midnight: Climate Change’ on Thursday 23 August at 6.30–8pm in the Carrillo Gantner Lecture Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre. To reserve a seat send an email to: events@asialink.unimelb.edu.au with “Climate Change” in the subject line.

RADICAL WINE TASTING: Professor Carl Schiesser from the Department of Chemistry will talk about the ‘healthy’ antioxidants in wine and their effect on free radicals, as well as other issues in the chemistry of wine at a special ‘Free Radical’ event on Wednesday 22 August at 5.30-7pm at BMW Edge, Federation Square. This is a free event, open to the public, but RSVP is necessary to felicity@freeradical.org.au.

[Events taking place in the week following each edition are prioritised. Other events will be included where there is sufficient space].

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20. Newsmakers

Selected University of Melbourne staff in the news:

Caroline O'Neill (Social Work) has commented on her study into grandparents who are primary carers for their grandchildren. Brimbank Leader, 7 August.

Jason Monty (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) has commented on a project in New Mexico where he is researching aerodynamics in a wind tunnel. Las Cruces Sun-News, 6 August.

Dallas English (Population Health) has commented that more research is needed in common cancers that are not as well known as some others. West Australian, 6 August.

Marcia Devlin (Education) has written an article about ways of involving more students in tutorials. The Age (Education), 6 August.

Priyan Mendis (Civil and Environmental Engineering) has commented on the structural integrity of the Westgate Bridge following the Mississippi bridge collapse. Channel 2 (ABC News), 4 August, and widely reported in the national print and broadcast media.

[Newsmakers is a small, representative selection of University staff comment reported in the news media. Daily media monitoring reports may be obtained from the Media Unit by emailing: news@media.unimelb.edu.au]

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21. Career opportunities
www.hr.unimelb.edu.au/careers/

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This week’s StaffNews was edited by Katherine Smith.


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