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StaffNews No 326

Friday 19 September 2008

News of interest to staff of the University of Melbourne

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CONTENTS

1. The 2008 Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Awards and Symposium
2. New Staff Wellbeing Program
3. MDHS Equity and Staff Development Awards
4. 2008 UniSuper Consultative Committee election
5. Reminder for professional staff: Council election ballot
6. Managing difficult conversations
7. UniSuper seminar – An introduction to investing for your future
8. Changed submission dates for Australian Learning and Teaching Council 2009 Grants Scheme
9. People who do not experience headache required for vision research
10. Dreamweaver Template workshop
11. FASTS forum on the National Innovation System Review
12. Catholic Mass on campus
13. Research Office seminars
14. Research participants required
15. First aid training
16. Dean’s Teaching Awards Colloquium, Faculty of Economics and Commerce
17. Travel advice from Environment Health and Safety
18. Staff development opportunities
19. What’s on highlights
20. Career opportunities
21. Contributing to StaffNews

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1. 2008 VC's Knowledge Transfer Awards and Symposium

The 2008 Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Awards and Symposium will be held on Thursday 25 September 2008 at the GM15 Theatre, Melbourne Law School, Pelham Street from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm.

The Vice-Chancellor will present the 2008 Knowledge Transfer Excellence Awards which celebrate the diversity and depth of knowledge transfer at the University. The winners will outline their projects which will be followed by a panel discussion with their project partners. Three parallel sessions will examine the practicalities of establishing and building knowledge transfer projects. For enquiries contact Genevieve Costigan gco@unimelb.edu.au and to view the program and RSVP go to www.knowledgetransfer.unimelb.edu.au

[Source: Genevieve Costigan, Knowledge Transfer Office]

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2. New Staff Wellbeing Program

The University of Melbourne Staff Wellbeing Program has started! Details are online at cms.services.unimelb.edu.au/wellbeing/staff. This website brings together information about a range of wellbeing related activities - involving physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of wellbeing - in and around the University of Melbourne.

Check out the list of current and upcoming events, find information and resources on a range of wellbeing related topics, take a wellbeing test, follow links to other sites on a variety of wellbeing topics, and listen to downloadable audio on meditation and relaxation. You can submit an activity to be included on the website.

This program is coordinated by the Counselling Service within the Department of Wellbeing Services. Enquiries: Jonathan Norton, Manager, Counselling Service, jnorton@vtown.com.au

[Source: Jonathan Norton, Counselling Service]

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3. MDHS Equity and Staff Development Awards

The Call for Nomination for the Inaugural ESD Award in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is now open.

The award recognises Heads of Organisational Units in the Faculty (including Departments, Schools and Centres) who have made a demonstrable commitment to equity and staff development. In particular the Awards recognise those Heads who have ‘gone the extra distance’ in providing leadership and improving the culture of the Faculty in the area of equity and staff development.

Nominations are open from Monday 1 September and close on Friday 3 October 2008. The Awards will be presented during the Annual Faculty ESD forum on Friday 7 November. For information and a copy of the nomination form, contact Brigitte Gramsbergen on bgra@unimelb.edu.au

[Source: Marion Frere, McCaughey Centre, School of Population Health]

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4. 2008 UniSuper Consultative Committee election

Nominations are called for election to the UniSuper Consultative Committee of one representative of the academic staff for the balance of a four-year term ending 31 December 2010. Nominees must be contributing academic staff members of UniSuper.

Nomination forms are available from Steve Halliwell, University Secretary’s Department, Raymond Priestley Building from whom further information is available. Telephone 8344 6398 or email hals@unimelb.edu.au

Completed nominations must reach the office of the University Secretary, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 by MIDDAY on Friday 26 September 2008, by mail or fax on (03) 8344 6897 addressed Returning Officer, or sent electronically as pdf to hals@unimelb.edu.au

[Source: Janet White, University Secretary]

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5. Reminder for professional staff: Council election ballot

An electronic ballot for ONE member of Council elected by and from the professional staff of the University, will be conducted from 9-00am Monday 6 October to 5-00pm Friday 10 October The link will be provided in an email to staff prior to the ballot.

Further details of the ballot, the candidates and their statements, at: www.unimelb.edu.au/abp/elections/Council/

[Source: Janet White, University Secretary]

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6. Managing difficult conversations

One of the most difficult people management skills is that of conducting difficult conversations. Often these conversations are delayed because they are ‘too hard’ or supervisors don’t feel confident to effectively facilitate the conversation to achieve a positive resolution.
This program will support you in your role as a supervisor, develop your skills and confidence, and demonstrate how frameworks such as the PDF framework can help you to manage such situations.
Two workshops, 9am-4pm for supervisors
* November 7 – HEW 5-7 or Level B
* November 20 – HEW 8-10 or Levels C and D

Enrol via THEMIS.

[Amy Bugeja, Human Resources]

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7. UniSuper seminar – An introduction to investing for your future

Human Resources are inviting staff to attend this event to be held on Friday October 3 2008, 12pm – 1pm Parkville Campus, Lyle Theatre, Redmond Barry Building.

This seminar will help you understand investment risk and which investment option best suits your level of risk.

Main topics covered are: understanding risk and return, understanding asset classes, setting your goals, considering your risk appetite, introducing the investment choice range and the need to manage your investments.

Staff can register through the Unisuper website, using the following link: www.unisuper.com.au/members/seminars

[Source: Damien Zanic Department of Human Resources]

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8. Changed submission dates for Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) 2009 Grants Scheme

The ALTC has brought forward the closing dates for expressions of interest and full proposals for the 2009 Grants Scheme to:
* Competitive Grants Program: 27 October 2008.
* Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program: 9 March 2009.
* Priority Projects Program: 30 March 2009.
Guidelines are available at: www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au/resources/grants.html

Applications must be received by the Melbourne Research Office for review of budget and compliance issues before submission to ALTC. Please contact Lyle Daymond (l.daymond@unimelb.edu.au).

The CSHE can assist University of Melbourne staff in the preparation of applications. For further information please contact Claire Jennings (clairej@unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Claire Jennings, Centre for the Study of Higher Education]

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9. People who do not experience headache required for vision research

People aged between 18 to 45 years who do not experience headache are required to form a control group for a research project investigating visual function following migraine headaches. Up to 2 test sessions of 1-2 hours include an abbreviated clinical eye examination and computer based testing of vision at the University’s Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences. Volunteers will be reimbursed $20 per session to assist with travel expenses.

For all enquiries, contact Dr Josephine Battista on 9349 7461 or email: jbat@unimelb.edu.au (Human Research Ethics Committee approved study No. 0721562)

[Source: Josephine Battista, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences]

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10. Dreamweaver Template workshop

The Dreamweaver Template workshop gives an overview of Dreamweaver, and provides the skills to use University web templates using Dreamweaver. If you are a web maintainer, a person who has to update web pages as part of their position description or new to the University, you need to know how the University templates work to ensure that your website meets the branding requirements of the University.

This is a full-day workshop, and costs $120 per attendee charged to their department.

Available dates are: 14October and 11 November. Bookings online through Themis. For information: www.web.unimelb.edu.au/support/training/dreamweaver

[Source: Iseult Blanchard, Information Services]

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11. FASTS forum on the National Innovation System Review

The Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS) – the peak science body representing over 60 scientific societies and around 60,000 Australian scientists and technologists – is seeking your response to the Green Paper on the Review of the National Innovation System VenturousAustralia.

Monday 22 September 2008, Theatrette 2, Ground Floor, Economics & Commerce Building, University of Melbourne, 12.00 pm for 12.30 pm - www.science.unimelb.edu.au/fasts.html

Refreshments will be provided: Bookings/Enquiries: Bradley Smith, fasts@anu.edu.au.

[Source: Lisa Mifsud, Faculty of Science]

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12. Catholic Mass on campus

There will be no lunchtime Catholic Mass on campus during the semester break. It will resume on Tuesday 7 Oct at 1.15pm in Old Physics building, meeting room 2.

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

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13. Research Office seminars

Details and registration - www.research.unimelb.edu.au/infosessions/

* Heart Foundation Research Funding Information Session - Wednesday 24 September, 12.30pm-2pm.

* How to Manage Research Project Funds (Themis Self Service) - Thursday 25 September, 1pm-2pm.

All seminars are in Theatre 2, Alan Gilbert Building.

[Source: Jane Pontikis, Melbourne Research Office]

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14. Research participants required

Healthy adults aged 20 or over are required for a study investigating aspects of memory and attention, and detecting the emotions of others. The testing session will take approximately 90 minutes and involves paper and pencil tasks. The study has full ethical approval from Melbourne Health (MHREC # 2007.32). For further details please contact Christopher O'Halloran at ocj@unimelb.edu.au.

[Source: Christopher O'Halloran, Department of General Practice]

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15. First aid training

Staff can update their First Aid Certificate, and CPR skills through the Level 1, Level 2 and CPR Refresher training sessions:

Level 1 - Wednesday 8 October 2008; Day 1 & 2 for Level 2 -Wednesday 8 October 2008 & Wednesday 15 October 2008.

Venue: Level 7 Conference room, Physics Buildings.

Bookings: Call Anne at First Aid Management and Training on 9894 1013

Staff must have approval from their Department to attend.

Departments will be billed directly through First Aid Management and Training.

[Source: Julie Warden, School of Physics]

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16. Dean’s Teaching Awards Colloquium, Faculty of Economics and Commerce

Tuesday 23 September, 12:30 – 2:00, Executive Lounge, Alan Gilbert Building.

Teaching Award recipients Sean Pinder, Les Coleman (Department of Finance) and Joeri Mol (Department of Management and Marketing) will discuss innovations in teaching. Sean Pinder and Les Coleman will discuss the creation and utilisation of FinanceNow!, a database that provides articles from business periodicals that are accompanied with questions for student discussion. Joeri Mol will discuss the development of the ‘Sony Case Study Competition’ in the subject Managing in Contemporary Organisations, which comprised seven cases that touched upon specific events in the organisational history of Sony

A light lunch will be provided.

Enquiries: Sanchia Draper, sdraper@unimelb.edu.au

[Source: Sanchia Draper, TLU]

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17. Travel advice from Environment Health and Safety

DFAT has changed its information on travelling to: Thailand, Bolivia, Costa Rica, United States of America, India, Cuba, Haiti, Mauritania, Algeria, France, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Colombia and Sri Lanka.

This most recent DFAT advice may be viewed at:
www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/

For further information on the University's Overseas Travel Policy refer to:
www.pb.unimelb.edu.au/ehs/workplace_ehs/travel/

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

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18. Staff development opportunities

FRLP Module 3: Governance and Compliance - for Levels B and C. Friday 26 September (9am-1pm). This must-know information for researchers examines the policy and risk management context in which research operates and the requirements for research practice.

FRLP Module 7: Managing and Leading in a Research Context – Change of date from Thursday 2 to Thursday 30 October.

Enhancing Wellbeing and Managing Stress: Designed for all Academic and Professional staff. This workshop examines the latest ideas for setting up effective long-term structures to enhance wellbeing and manage stress. 9am to 1pm, Friday, 31 October

[Source:Amy Bugeja, Human Resources]

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

SEEING THE LIGHT WITH POLYMERS: Vice-Chancellor's Research Lecture by Professor Andrew Holmes, Bio21 Institute, Monday 22 September, 2008 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre (Bldg 134) www.marcom.unimelb.edu.au/events/vclectures/ or enquiries to 8344 4392.

2009 BUDGET BRIEFING: Staff are invited to attend this briefing by Mr David Percival, Vice-Principal and Chief Financial Officer. September 23 from 1-2pm in the Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building. For information contact pip-pa@unimelb.edu.au.

BOOK LAUNCH: Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule our World by Idan Ben-Barak. Book launch by Professor Peter Doherty, AC. Hosted by Melbourne University Bookshop. Wednesday 24 September: 5.30pm for 6pm, Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library. Free event, RSVP appreciated to s.nanscawen@unimelb.edu.au

PRESENTATION OF A NEW INVENTION: Dr Kim Miller from Melbourne School of Physiotherapy will present the AsTex®, a new device for assessing hand sensation on The New Inventors on Wednesday 24 September at 8pm on the ABC1. The AsTex® was developed in collaboration with Professor Mary Galea (Rehabilitation Sciences Research Centre), Professor Tony Goodwin and Dr Heather Wheat (Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology).

PLANT GENE TECHNOLOGY IN A CLIMATE OF CHANGE FOR FOOD, FEED AND ENERGY: Professor German Spangenberg, Executive Director Biosciences Research Division, Victorian DPI, will discuss the recent development and exploitation of plant gene technologies derived from genomic discoveries. Wednesday 24 September, 5.30pm, Lower Theatre, Building 142, Parkville. Refreshments provided following the lecture. Enquires/Bookings:
www.landfood.unimelb.edu.au/info/seminars/germanspangenberg.html

CHS SEMINAR SERIES: Dr James Bradley, Centre for Health and Society and Lecturer in History of Medicine/Life Science on, "A Question of Priority? The Rise and Fall of Herbert Mayo 1796-1852". Thursday 25 September, 1-2 pm, Room 410, Level 4 207 Bouverie Street, Parkville. Enquiries: omazel@unimelb.edu.au

LAMARCK'S EVOLUTION BOOKSHOP ANTINOMY: Author Ross Honeywill on Lamarck's
Evolution: Two Centuries of Genius and Jealousy, with a Darwinian response by Dr James Bradley. Thursday 25 September: 5.30pm for 6pm, Alan Gilbert Building. Free event, RSVP appreciated to s.nanscawen@unimelb.edu.au

AL-ANDALUS IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: THE LEGACY OF ISLAMIC CERAMICS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY SPAIN. School of Historical Studies free public lecture by Associate Professor Andrew Schulz, University of Oregon. Thursday 25 September at 5:30pm in the Jessie Webb Library, 3rd Floor East Tower, John Medley Building. Enquiries: icoller@unimelb.edu.au

MACGEORGE VISITING SCHOLAR PUBLIC ADDRESS: "Classical Myth and a New Zealand Poet". Professor John Davidson, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ), will discuss the role of myth in the work of James K. Baxter (1926-1972), one of New Zealand's best known poets.
Thurs 2 Oct, Old Arts Theatre A, 5.30-6.30pm. Enquiries: poetry-myth@unimelb.edu.au
Conference website: poetry-myth.blogspot.com

‘REFASHIONING MYTH’ INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONFERENCE: Thurs 2 – Fri 3 October, University of Melbourne. Keynote speakers: Dorothy Porter, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, John Davidson. Program available at poetry-myth.blogspot.com. Email poetry-myth@unimelb.edu.au for registration information.

JEWISH AND CHINESE DIASPORAS IN DIALOGUE. School of Historical Studies symposium convened by Professor Antonia Finnane and Dr Gideon Reuveni. Thursday 2 October from 9:30am-3:30pm in the Jessie Webb Library, 3rd Floor East Tower, John Medley Building. Enquiries: g.reuveni@unimelb.edu.au

UMAR SPRING CONCERT: A free concert by members of the University of Melbourne Artists Register (umar.trinity.unimelb.edu.au) on Friday 3 October at 3.30pm in the Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building. All welcome and complimentary drinks & refreshments provided during interval. Enquiries: umar-info@unimelb.edu.au

MUS BOOT CAMP: Melbourne University Sport's Spring Boot Camp, 27 October to 5 December. Three x 1 hour fully supervised and motivated group sessions will be held each week. Participants will receive MUS merchandise. Enquiries: Unna on 8344 5642 or visit www.sports.unimelb.edu.au/news/Enlistspring.pdf

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

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