Summer 2017
Sydney School of Veterinary Science
Research Newsletter
Welcome to the first research newsletter for the Sydney School of Veterinary Science!

At this stage it is business as usual for the Faculty of Science Associate Deans, with current arrangements in place until June 30th, so your ADR’s are Jacqueline Matthews, Margaret Barbour and I. This actually makes the lines of authority a little clearer for the SSVS. When you need to have an RPCF, HoS checklist or grant signed by the head of school, you should send it to me if you are in SSVS via the Vetsci ADR email; and to Iain Young if you are in SOLES via the SOLES Executive Assistant email. If you use these externally monitored email addresses, there is a better chance of your email being dealt with in a timely fashion. Looking to the future, there is also now a Faculty ADR email.  This will eventually be the main Associate Dean (Research) email address.

I know some of you will be awaiting the release of the 2017 round of bequest funding. The governance of these funds is being re-evaluated to incorporate our new school structure and as soon as we are able to, we will announce them for funding. As usual, there will be a quick turnaround on both the applications and the spending money, so if you normally do apply for a bequest and you have a spare minute, start thinking about your application now.
It has come to my attention that many researchers don’t understand what indirect costs are and are not including them in their research budgets until it is too late. Indirect costs are the costs to the University of running your research projects, and the University is legally required to recoup as many of these costs as possible. They are currently calculated at 35% on top of your research costs. The reason many of you are not aware of them is because category 1 grants are currently exempt from charging this; however, all other research, service and consultancy activities should have an additional 35% included in the budget. The University has not been very strict on this in the past; but will be enforcing this policy from now on. The research office has produced a spreadsheet to help you provide a budget incorporating these costs; so when you are contacting them for help with your proposals make sure you ask them for this. They advise incorporating the 35% into each item (ie don’t include an extra line in the budget called indirect costs). Unfortunately myself, the other ADRs, and the Heads of Schools do not have the authority to waive or reduce these costs, so please don’t ask us too!

The ARC is about to open nominations for a number of roles throughout the ERA 2018 process. If you are interested in any of these as outlines below, please let me know via the Faculty ADR email. In late February the ARC will call for nominations of Chairs and Committee members for:

(a) Research Evaluation Committees (REC) for ERA 2018, and

(b) the Engagement and Impact (EI) Panels. 

Please note that this is a separate nomination process to that undertaken in December last year for the ARC 2017 engagement and impact assessment pilot (EIAP). We have still not heard from the ARC the results of our nominations for this pilot project.

It is important that, as a leading research-intensive institution, that we are strongly represented on all the panels. Being selected to represent your discipline area on one of the Committees brings distinction to the institution as well as significant recognition of the individual scholar. To be considered for these panels it is expected that you will have had previous ARC success and be a leader of your field.

We anticipate that the following supporting material will be required by the ARC:
  1. A brief two-page CV for each researcher addressing the selection criteria of the information pack (any CV that exceeds the two pages will be excluded from the nomination process).
  2. Scanned copies of a signed nomination form, one for each researcher.
Please let me know if you would like any further information about this process or you would like to see the selection criteria.

We will also be looking for volunteers (some of you may remember being called ‘champions’- because you are J) to check the Universities allocation of papers to each FoR code. This is the process that has resulted in the SSVS being recognised with a 5/5 ERA rank (well above world standard) for the 0707 Veterinary Science code.  We are also looking for champions for 0702 (animal production) and potentially some input into 0604 genetics.

 I would like to highlight some amazing awards and recognition to SSVS members:

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Chis Maxwell for being awarded the Member (AM) in the general Division in the Australia Day awards. This was in recognition of his significant services to Veterinary Science in the field of animal reproductive biology. Congratulations Chis!


A/Prof Robyn Alders was awarded the inaugural Mitchell Humanitarian award for her work in global food security and animal health. This is a wonderful example of how Veterinary Science can serve the wider (human) community

Happy researching!

Tash Hamilton


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In the Media
February 2017
  • Australian Geographic interviewed Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska about a world-first study by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and the University of Alaska Southeast that trialled a custom-made non-invasive camera to capture the social behaviours of dolphins. The website republished video footage courtesy of the University.
  • International Business Times (UK), Yahoo! Finance (US), Digital Trends (US), El Español (Spain) and Vocativ (US) reported on a world-first study by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and the University of Alaska Southeast that trialled a custom-made non-invasive camera to capture the social behaviours of dolphins. The websites republished video footage courtesy of the University.
  • UPI (US), Europa Press (Spain) and Science Daily (US) reported experts from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre trialled custom-made non-invasive cameras with suction cups to capture and analyse footage of dolphins. Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska was quoted.
  • Centralquoted Professor Vanessa Barrs from the School of Veterinary Science on an outbreak of the feline panleukopenia virus in the cat population.
  • Channel 7 (Sydney, Perth) and ABC (24, News Breakfast, Sydney, Canberra, Radio Australia) reported on a world-first study involving a team of researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre and the University of Alaska Southeast that trialled a custom-made non-invasive camera to capture the social behaviours of dolphins. Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska from the Charles Perkins Centre and Dr Peter Jones from the School of Electrical and Information Engineering were interviewed about the multi-disciplinary research.ABC Online,Adelaide Advertiserand Business Insiderreported on the study and published video footage of the dolphins courtesy of the University.Dr Machovsky-Capuska was also interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney about the study.
  • The Inner West Courier quoted Professor Vanessa Barrs from the School of Veterinary Science on an outbreak of the feline panleukopenia virus in the cat population.
  • Associate Professor Robyn Alders from the School of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC Radio Canberra about being awarded the Mitchell Humanitarian Award at the Australian National University for her research into vaccinating chickens.
  • 2UE Sydney mentioned research by Professor Vanessa Barrs from the School of Veterinary Science on an outbreak of the feline panleukopenia virus in the cat population. The Liverpool Leader and other local newspapers also reported on the research and quoted Professor Barrs.
  • Blacktown Sun and other regional newspapers quoted Professor Vanessa Barrs from the School of Veterinary Science about an outbreak of the feline panleukopenia virus in the cat population.
  • MSN (US) referenced work by Professor David Raubenheimer from the Charles Perkins Centre into the ‘protein leverage hypothesis’, a theory that may hold clues to why people are collectively gaining weight.
  • Medical Daily (US) referenced work by Professor David Raubenheimer from the Charles Perkins Centre into the ‘protein leverage hypothesis’, a theory that may hold clues to why people are collectively gaining weight.
  • 2UE and Huffington Post interviewed Professor Vanessa Barrs from the School of Veterinary Science about the recent feline panleukopenia outbreak in cats in the Blacktown region of Sydney
  • The Daily Telegraph, ABC Radio Sydney, Channel 7 Sydney, Business Insider Australia and 2SM Sydney interviewed Professor Vanessa Barrs from the School of Veterinary Science about the recent feline panleukopenia outbreak in cats in the Blacktown region of Sydney.
January 2017
  • Marie Claire featured a portrait of Dr Angela Crean from the Faculty of Science covering her fight to change common perceptions of infertility.
  • Prime 7 News (Albury, Orange, North Coast, Wagga Wagga) reported University of Sydney researchers are investigating alarming numbers of the parvovirus in country NSW. Dr Anne Fawcett and Dr Mark Kelman from the School of Veterinary Science were interviewed.
  • Dr Matt Landos from the Faculty of Veterinary Science discussed the growing number of carps causing issues in the state's waterways on ABC Newcastle
  • Dr Carolyn Hogg from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted in The New Scientist about antelopes being revived in the Sahara years after their extinction in the wild.
  • The Conversation published an article co-authored by Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science and Professor Phil McManus from the School of Geosciences breaches of the whip rules in thoroughbred horseracing.
  •  Central Sydney, the Wentworth Courier and other local papers published an article by Dr Anne Fawcett from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about patting dogs safely.
  • A syndicated column written by the Faculty of Veterinary Science’s Dr Anne Fawcett on how to approach strange dogs was published in the Inner West Courier and other suburban papers in the greater Sydney region. 
  • Unilad (UK) quoted Honorary Associate Professor Max Zuber from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about an upsurge in the number of people buying flat-faced dogs and the associated health problems of these dog breeds.
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Current Funding Opportunites
Closing Soon
Researcher Exchange, Travel and Training and JD Smyth Postgraduate Student Travel Awards  Closing date 17 Mar 17
The Ramaciotti Foundations invites applications for its biomedical research award. Closing date 17 Mar 17
The Zoological Parks and Gardens Board invites applications for its collaborative research programme. Closing Date  21 Mar 17
The International Development Research Centre invites proposals for its innovations to improve livestock vaccines call. Closing Date  21 Mar 17
The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science invites applications for its cooperative research centres projects.
Closing date 22 Mar 17

The Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping invites applications for the Des Spittall keeper development scholarship. Closing Date 30 Mar 17
Equity Trustees, under the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, invites applications for its postgraduate research grant. Closing Date 31 Mar 17
BirdLife Australia invites applications for the Stuart Leslie bird research awards. Closing Date 31 Mar 17
The South Australian Research and Development Institute, under the AW Howard Memorial Trust, invites applications for its pastoral industry extension study awards. Closing Date 31 Mar 17
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its industrial partnership awards. Industrial partnership awards and Stand-alone LINK programme. Closing Date   27 Apr 17
The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour invites applications for its research grants. Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, GB . Closing Date 01 Jun 17

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2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Eureka Prize now open
Entries and nominations are now open for the 2017 Eureka Prizes.

For more information, including the full prize line-up, FAQs and tips Australian Museum Eureka Prizes,


Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 5 May 2017.


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Is your Academic Profle up to date?
Online Profiles
Academic profiles showcase your work, raise your professional standing, and encourage collaboration. ?  Not too sure how to update your online profile, access this information?


ORCID ID - are you compliant?
The University is encouraging researchers to sign up for an ORCID ID. This unique persistent identifier ensures academics receive the credit for their research activity.

To register for an ORCID

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Research Data Management Training
Training available at the Library
The Research Data team in the Library have made training dates for the first half of 2017 available at this link.
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 awards
Research Awards
The award for research that has made a significant impact in the field?  Dr Catherine Gruber 

Highly Commended Certificates:- 

Dr Siobhan Mor
Dr Camilla Whittington
The award for publishing an article with maximum number of citations in the past five years (1 Jan 2011 to 31 Dec 2016)? Associate Professor Jaime Gongora. 
Sequencing three crocodilian genomes to illuminate the evolution of archosaurs and amniotes, Genome Biology 201213:415  DOI: 10.1186/gb-2012-13-1-415 

Highly Commended Certificate: Dr Bianca Waud & Prof Claire Wade
Genome-Wide Analysis Reveals Selection for Important Traits in Domestic Horse Breeds, PLoS Genetics Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2013, Article number e1003211, doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1003211

A certificate for recognising publication of a paper in a high impact journal?

Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska - David Raubenheimer Impact  16.735
The Multi-dimensional Nutritional Niche Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31:355-365. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.02.00





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