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StaffNews No 215

Friday 21 July 2006

News of interest to University of Melbourne staff



1. Statistics Book 2005
2. International Visitors Reception 2006
3. Student IT training courses
4. Customer Service Network meeting
5. Glass house for sale
6. New short courses at Melbourne University Sport
7. Postgraduate seminar on early career writing and publishing
8. Participants needed for health funding study
9. Staff achievements
10. Seminars for research administrators
11. Travel advice from Environment Health and Safety
12. Staff development opportunities
13. What's on highlights
14. Newsmakers
15. Positions vacant
16. Contributing to StaffNews

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1. Statistics Book 2005

The 2005 Statistics Book compiled by the University Planning Office is
now available to internal users. The book contains data on students,
staff and space utilisation. A selective extract of this data will be
accessible to the general public in the near future.

This year the University will only be providing the Statistics Book
online. The benefits of an online Statistics Book include:
* user access to information earlier than has been previously possible
* user access to trend data that has not been available in hard copy
* access to data in digital format, consistent with increased demand by
users for quantitative data to inform planning

Due to changes in DEST reporting requirements, student load and
enrolments data is reported for the full year and not at 31 March or 31
August as in previous years.

Enquiries: Nathalie Bourgois (bourgois@unimelb.edu.au) or Carol Smith

View the 2005 Statistics Book at:

[Source: Lina Pepe, University Planning Office]


2. International Visitors Reception 2006

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, will host a reception for
international visitors to the University of Melbourne at the Woodward
Conference Centre, Law Building, on Tuesday 5 September from 4-5.30pm.
The reception is a formal acknowledgement of the major contribution
international visitors make to University life, and also provides a
'snapshot' of the backgrounds of international visitors to the

In preparation for the event, the International Relations Office is
gathering details about visiting international scholars and visiting PhD
and Masters students (who are non-enrolled or are conducting short-term
research or project work at the University) and their hosts, for
inclusion in the invitation list.

Departments hosting international visitors are requested to complete the
International Visitors Reception Form at the following web link:
s_reception before Monday 7 August. Invitation cards will be issued from
the second week of August.

Enquiries and more information: Bridget Tee (8344 0464 or

[Source: Bridget Tee, International Relations Office]


3. Student IT training courses

Student IT offers free IT skills training for all undergraduate
students. Staff are invited to advise students of these training

Classes include beginners and intermediate level training in: Microsoft
Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access); Dreamweaver;
Flash; Fireworks; Photoshop; iMovie; scanning and CD-burning; email,
internet and LMS; and introduction to Macs and Windows.

Classes run throughout semester two. Students can register at:

More information: itskills-studentit@unimelb.edu.au.

[Source: Elisa Soerjono, Student IT / Flexible Learning & Training


4. Customer Service Network meeting

The next Customer Service Network meeting will be held on 3 August from
10-11am in the Plaza Conference Centre, and will feature Kathryn Boin
from the Transition Unit, who will discuss the 'First_year@UniMelb' web-
log. Staff working in customer service roles are invited to attend.

Customer Service Network meetings are an opportunity for staff to share
information and experiences of working in customer service roles, with a
focus on providing a high level of customer service to current and
prospective students.

Enquiries: Andrew Devine (adevine@unimelb.edu.au / 8344 6543).

More information: www.services.unimelb.edu.au/csn/

[Source: Andrew Devine, Marketing and Recruitment Onshore]


5. Glass house for sale

The School of Physics has a glass house for sale. The glass house is a
few years old and measures approximately 4x3 metres. Anyone interested
may contact Roland Szymanski (8344 7405 / 0417113985 /

[Source: Cilla Gloger, School of Physics]


6. New short courses at Melbourne University Sport

Melbourne University Sport is offering several new short courses for
second semester including: Chi Ball, Tri-Brick Training, Salsa Dancing,
Kickboxing/Karate, Inyengar Yoga 2 and Ashtanga Yoga.

Popular courses that will also run in second semester include: Cardio
Box, Beginners Pilates, Adult Swimming Lessons, Stroke Correction and
Private Swimming Lessons.

Review courses and make an enrolment at: www.sports.unimelb.edu.au.

More information and enquiries: 8344 5405 / courses-

[Source: Danielle White, Melbourne University Sport]


7. Postgraduate seminar on early career writing and publishing

The highly regarded anthropologist Professor Michael Herzfeld of Harvard
University will hold a postgraduate seminar at the University of
Melbourne next Friday 28 July at 4.15 - 6.15pm in B113 in the SAGES
building, 221 Bouverie Street.

Professor Herzfeld will discuss early career publishing skills, thesis
writing and public speaking. This seminar is open to all postgraduate
students interested in honing their writing and presentation skills, and
students from Arts and Social Science disciplines are particularly
encouraged to attend.

For further information or to register to attend: Fleur Smith

[Source: Fleur Smith, School of Anthropology, Geography and
Environmental Studies]


8. Participants needed for health funding study

Researchers from the Centre for Program Evaluation in the Faculty of
Education are conducting a joint study with colleagues from Monash
University's School of Health Economics on the direction of public
health funding.

Research participants are needed for focus groups examining the
proposition 'Who should we spend the health dollar on - the Boomers,
Generation X or Generation Y?'

All staff and students are invited to participate in this study
examining public perceptions of whether all patients be treated equally
regardless of age.

One hour focus groups will be held on the Parkville campus between 1-2pm
on Friday 4 and Friday 11 August. Lunch will be provided.

Enquiries: Brad Shrimpton (bshrimpt@unimelb.edu.au / 8344 8438)

[Source: Bradley Shrimpton, Centre for Program Evaluation]


9. Staff achievements

Congratulations to Melbourne Law School's Professor Geoff Stapledon who
was appointed to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's
Business Consultative Panel on 7 July. The Panel will provide a forum
for more effective and open dialogue between ASIC and the business
community on current and emerging market issues and risks. The Panel
members are senior business leaders and reflect a wide cross-section of
the Australian business community.


10. Seminars for Research Administrators

The next seminar in the Topics in Research Administration program is "A
General Overview of Research Grants, Contracts, Consultancies and their

This is a general, introductory workshop for faculty or departmental
professional staff who are new or relatively new to the world of
research grants, contracts and consultancies.

The seminar will be held on Friday 28 July at 10am-12noon and is open to
professional staff of all HEW levels. Registration is essential.

More information: www.research.unimelb.edu.au/resadmin/

[Source: Jane Pontikis, Melbourne Research Office]


11. Travel Advice from Environment Health and Safety Unit

Environment Health and Safety advises that DFAT has changed its
information on travelling to: Lebanon, Syria, Israel, the Gaza Strip and
the West Bank, East Timor, Turkey, Jordan, Iran, Oman, Egypt, Yemen,
United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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

More information on the University's Overseas Travel Policy:

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


12. Staff development opportunities

Applications for the following staff development programs are open in
Themis Self Service Training and Development.

* Emotional Intelligence for Effective Leadership - 7 August (2 days).
Apply by 25 July.
* Career Planning - 9 August (3 days). Apply by 28 July.
* Coaching Essentials (formally Communication Strategies for Improving
Performance) - 9 August. Apply by 25 July.
* Performance Linked Communication PDF for Supervisors - 11 August.
Apply by 28 July.
* Principles for Website Management - 11 August. Apply by 27 July.
* Performance Linked Communication PDF for Senior Staff - 15 August.
Apply by 25 July.
* Orientation - 18 August. Apply by 11 August.
* Stress Management: From Theory to Practice - 18 August. Apply by 28

Information on how to apply: www.hr.unimelb.edu.au/training-

A full listing of Staff Development programs is at:

[Source: Sophia Chan, Human Resources]


13. What's on highlights

BIO21 INSTITUTE SEMINAR SERIES: Professor Jenny Stow, University of
Queensland, will present the seminar "Immune efficiency: protein
trafficking in live macrophages" on Thursday 27 July at 4-5pm in the
Bio21 Institute Auditorium. Enquiries: 8344 2220, info-
bio21@unimelb.edu.au. More information:

SEMINAR: The Australian Centre presents a seminar with Dr Richard
Trembath on the topic "Clearing Away the Rubbish: The Brotherhood of St
Laurence and Housing Reform in Victoria" on Wednesday 26 July at 1-2pm
in the Upstairs Seminar Room, The Australian Centre, 149 Barry Street.
More information: nathalie.nguyen@unimelb.edu.au

ASIALINK EVENT: Dato' Seri Rafidah Aziz, Malaysia's Minister of
International Trade and Industry, will present 'Trade Matters: The
Future of the Malaysian Economy' on Monday 31 July at 5.30 - 6.30pm in
the Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre. To reserve a
seat email events@asialink.unimelb.edu.au with "Malaysia Trade" in the
subject line.

ASIALINK EVENT: Anisa Buckley, a PhD Candidate in Islamic Studies,
consultant with LB International Consultants, and a Director of Islamic
Foundation Australia will provide an insight into some of the key
influencers of contemporary Muslim thought in the second of Asialink's
'Soul of Islam' forums. 'Reconstructing Islam in Contemporary Muslim
Thought' will be held on Monday 31 July at 5.45 - 7pm in the Yasuko
Hiraoka Myer Room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre. To reserve a seat email
events@asialink.unimelb.edu.au with "Soul of Islam 2" in the subject

MEDIATION COURSE: The Melbourne University Buddhist Studies Society is
running an eight week 'Introduction Course in Buddhist Meditation' on
Tuesdays at 4.15 - 5.45pm beginning 1 August in the Multi-Function Room
at SGS. For more information: Tharu Bowala (tharu@email.com /

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


14. Newsmakers

Selected University of Melbourne staff in the news:

Rowan Reid, Land and Food Resources, on farmers setting their sights on
10% trees. Stock and Land, 20 July.

Patrick Porter, Cinema Studies, on cult culture. City Weekly, 20 July.

Stuart Barber, Veterinary Science, discusses his study into the rates of
sheep deaths caused by mastitis. ABC Goulburn Murray, 20 July.

Simon Evans and Carolyn Evans, Law, have conducted a study into human
rights and the legislative process, finding that human rights scrutiny
is often applied late or is poorly organised. Herald Sun, 19 July.

Anna Devine, History, on research into migration and settlement of
Italian speakers in Walhalla's gold mining district. ABC Gippsland, 17

Steven Holloway, Veterinary Science, on research into dog DNA to find
clues for cures to human illnesses. Coast FM, 17 July.

[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]


15. Positions vacant


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