Frost and leaf-size gradients in forests: global patterns and experimental evidenceBy: Lusk, Christopher H., Michael J. Clearwater, Daniel C. Laughlin, Sandy P. Harrison, Iain Colin Prentice, Marisa Nordenstahl, and Benjamin Smith. New Phytologist (2018). | Find with Google Scholar »
A fairly quiet week around the Department with many taking the break in teaching as an opportunity to take some leave, attend a conference or knock over some fieldwork. However, please do check out the calendar as there are a number of important activities taking place in the next couple of weeks including our industry collaboration session on Monday with a former chair of the CRC board, preparatory workshops and lab inductions for those teaching in S2, and G2G outlook the week after next.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy this beautiful sunny weather.
Save the Date
This coming week 16th – 20th July
Mon 16th: Department Research workshop – Linking with Industry for Research; 1.00-3.30pm; 14EAR (E8A) 280 Biology Tea Room.
Tue 17th: Department L&T workshop – iLearn Workshop – Engaging Software for S2 with Kath McClellan; 10.00am -12.00pm; 6WW(E8C) 212.
Tue 17th: MQ Staff Town Hall meeting on Curriculum Architecture program; 12-1pm, Macquarie Theatre. Register here
Wed 18th: 6WW (E8C) Teaching Labs Induction; 9.00am – 11.30am; 6WW (E8C) 106.
Fri 20th: 4WW (F7B) Teaching Labs Induction; 10.00am – 12.00pm; 4WW (F7B) 105.
Following week 23rd – 27th July
Tue 24th: 14EAR (E8A) Teaching Labs Induction; 9.00am – 12.00pm; 14EAR (E8A) 120.
Tue/Wed 24-25th: Research Enrichment Program – Outlook Conference “The Future of the Human Landscape”; Incubator Building, MQU.
Thu 26th: R-Users Group Meeting; 3.00pm – 5.00pm; 14EAR (E8A) 280 Biology Tea Room.
Thu 26th: Thursday Drinks – all welcome; 5.00pm – 6.00pm; 14EAR (E8A) 280 Biology Tea Room.
Save the Date
Sep 19th: Biological Sciences Graduation Ceremony; 2.30pm; Great Hall, MQU.
General News and Announcements
All Staff Town Hall on Tuesday 17 July where feedback received through the Curriculum Architecture survey will be discussed.
Can You Help? Larissa Krey, a visiting student from Hamburg University (Germany), is looking for accommodation between the 2nd of August and the 15th of September 2018. Larissa is a volunteering student working with PhD candidate René Heim and Professor Ian Wright. Please let Larissa <email@example.com> or René <firstname.lastname@example.org> know if you have something available.
New HDR Student Social Group – The Macquarie Student Group is a new social group for all HDR and other students from all Faculties and Departments across Macquarie University. The group focuses on creating a healthy student culture, improving student wellbeing, and providing support for each other however we can, sharing thoughts and ideas, planning social events and for having fun at the same time! The Macquarie Students Group meets in person every Tuesday at 12 pm near the lake for a chat, to meet other students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, throw around a frisbee and take a bit of a break from the computer/lab, so please feel free to come and say hi. There is a Facebook Group you can join <https://www.facebook.com/groups/2058880210996438/> for discussions and sharing ideas and social events, as well as a Google Group. Please contact April Foote <email@example.com> for access to the Google Group and for more information.
Funding opportunity for PhD and ECRs – The department is now accepting applications for the Milthorpe Memorial Award (up to $2500). Applicants must be either PhD candidates or Level A-B ECRs. These funds can be spent on travel or research expenses for any research topic related directly OR indirectly to plants (this includes plant biology/ecology, plant-insect interactions, plants as habitat, etc), and must be spent this year. Please fill out the attached application form and email to HoD by 31 July 2018. Milthorpe Award Application_2018
2018-19 Fisheries Scientific Committee Student Research Grant round now open – Visit the FSC website to access the online application form. Applications close 11.59 pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 31 July 2018.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
- 6WW (E8C) teaching labs – Wednesday 18th July, 2018, 9.00am – 11.30am
- 4WW (F7B) teaching labs – Friday 20th July, 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm.
- 14EAR (E8A) teaching labs – Tuesday 24th July, 2018, 9am – 12.00pm.
Need help with unit development or anything L&T? Talk to our friendly Faculty L&T team contact – Natalie Spence (x1943, <firstname.lastname@example.org>).
BLOGS AND OTHER THINGS OF INTEREST
Plant of the Week
This week’s story has been written by Dick Frankham:
And now for something bizarre: Leucopogon juniperinus, a sexually reproducing triploid plant from Australia.
- Introduction to the diversity of identities within the LGBTIQ+ community
- Gain an understanding of discrimination and bias that affect people in the LGBTIQ+ community
- Know what the Ally Network is and what it takes to be an active and effective Ally.
- Develop your skills to actively speak out against Homophobia, Transphobia and prejudice
- Learn to refer people to appropriate local resources, support services & assistance
If you’d like to attend Ally training please complete this poll so that we can find an appropriate time. https://doodle.com/poll/qpzsmvaq4enu5n45 Each session will run for approximately 2 hours. For more information or if you have any questions please contact <email@example.com>.
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
Mathematics Colloquium Seminar
Date/Time/Venue: Friday, 27th July, 2018, 3 – 4pm, 14SCO (E7B) 146 ACE room. Speaker: Dr Ross Moore, Macquarie University. Title: Authoring accessible tagged PDF documents unsing LaTeX. For more information visit – https://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/faculty-of-science-and-engineering/departments-and-centres/department-of-mathematics/news-and-events/Colloquium
MolSci Special Seminar
Date/Time/Venue: Monday, 23rd July, 2018, 12pm – 1pm, 4WW (F7B) 322 seminar room. Speaker: Professor R. Sowdhamini, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Bioinformatics, National Centre for Biological Sciences (India). Title: Evolutionary studies of honeybee and few insect olfactory receptors. For more information visit – https://goto.mq.edu.au/6s
Research Enrichment Program – Outlook Conference
July 24-25, Incubator Building, Macquarie University – “The Future of the Human Landscape”
The Outlook Conference (Research Enrichment Program Outlook Program) will bring together leading thinkers in diverse disciplines, spanning molecules to landscapes, and from scientific, historical and social viewpoints. Speakers at 2018 Outlook conference include Professor Tim Flannery (Writer and Social Commentator), Professor Angela Moles (UNSW), Associate Professor Greg Downey (MQ) and Professor Rob Brooks (UNSW). The objective of Outlook is to immerse participants in the frontiers of adjacent, and more distant disciplines. Speakers will present their vision for humanity’s future. These talks will not recount personal research findings, but will be future-scoping exercises. Our goal is to identify promising areas for high level trans-disciplinary collaboration, for novel applications, and to expose postgraduate students and early career researchers
aaRgh (ask an Rgeek for help) – Second Thursday of every month 3 – 4pm, Biology Tearoom – 14EAR (E8A) 280. Frustrated? Having an R-related problem? We will also run regular afternoon tea sessions where you can get one-on-one help, or just introduce yourself and chat. Snacks provided!
Peer Writing Assistance Session – Are you a HDR? Need help with your writing? Unsure how to structure your argument? Want advice on how to handle HDR life? If you answered yes to any of these questions then come along to a Peer Writing Assistance session! Peer Writing Assistants are current PhD students and HDR Mentors at Macquarie University that are a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ to look over your work and provide constructive advice. We are also available to talk about any aspect of the HDR experience. Sessions can be booked on the HDR workshops page.
Sustainability Proposals – Feedback Wanted
(Draft) Statement of Commitment: We are a diverse, vibrant community, united by our interest in, and curiosity for, living systems. We create a better future through collaboration, accountability and sharing of knowledge and resources.
At the last meeting of the Sustainability Working Group, the following proposals were put forward for development and adoption.
Feedback is sought by Monday 23 July to Samantha Newton, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
What sort of feedback?
- How you can contribute
- Suggestions for development and implementation
- BioTree (like Gumtree): an intranet-based inventory for equipment, consumables and knowledge
- Buddy system: extending the current buddy system beyond new academics to all new staff and HDRs
- Develop ways of making department events more inclusive and enhance cross-collaboration between lab and professional groups
- Plant workshop: on care and maintenance of office-based plants
- Electronic exams: moving away from paper-based exams
- Plate your PhD: personalise your plate with your PhD topic – reduce waste and start a conversation at department events.
- Have a sustainability statement and target for each biology course
- Skill sharing: what skills do you have to share with other department members? (Links to BioTree)
OUTREACH ACTIVITIES – Have you participated in an activity for Biology recently? Don’t forget to fill in the super-quick form here – ACCESS OUTREACH FORM HERE
Location-W (Fauna Park) Admin Support – Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10am – 1pm in W19F.
Deliveries – You will notice that we have placed a red “transfer Box” in W19F, put anything in this box that needs to be delivered to the E8 area location. We also have a red “Transfer Box” in E8B Level 2 location, which is for goods to betaken to the W location. These boxes will be emptied every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am. Deliveries from the main “MQ” store will be delivered daily. Any questions please contact Sharyon O’Donnell.
Building Name Changes – Cheat Sheet – If you are trying to identify buildings on campus with new names or old names, please use this link to convert them from old to new or vice versa.
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In the Media
Chris Reid provided comment to Quanta Magazine
Dr Chris Reid from the Department of Biological Sciences provided comment to Quanta Magazine about slime moulds’ ability to learn.
Linda Beaumont contributed to The Conversation
Dr Linda Beaumont from the Department of Biological Sciences contributed the article ‘Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change’ to The Conversation.
Martin Whiting was featured in Australasian Science
Associate Professor Martin Whiting from the Department of Biological Sciences featured in Australasian Science regarding research into the colour of the blue tongue lizard’s tongue.
Lesley Hughes was interviewed on ABC Radio Australia Pacific Beat and ABC Radio Sydney The World Today
Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes from the Department of Biological Sciences was interviewed on ABC Radio Australia Pacific Beat, ABC Radio Sydney The World Today and Buzzfeed about coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef. See pages 8 and 11 of the report.