Monash University Biological Society


Newsletter 7.0


1.0 Photo and Drawing Competition Awards

This Wednesday will be the Awards for the the Photo Competition. It is important to to note that the location has been changed to CL_12/L2 (The Law Building, in between Menzies and Bus Loop)

Time: 12pm - 2pm (Awards to start at 12:15pm)

All the photos will be presented and awards given to the best judged photos and then there will be tasty snacks, drinks and conversation to be had afterwards!

2.0 Regent Honeyeater Planting 2014

It's that time of year again to get out your Tree Hugging Pants and Gloves and head up to Benalla for the Tree Planting Weekends!

The society will not be running an official trip to the second tree planting (22nd to 24th of August). Clubs and Society of which the Biological Society is a Part of has changed their requirements for running camps. We now require trained grievance councillors of both sexes to attend camps. Unfortunately we don't have the peoplepower to run the upcoming weekend (It would be so much easier if humans were just hermaphrodites). We plan to officially run the next two (6th-7th September) (20th-21st September). But don't let this stop you from attending the weekends. They are lots of fun and easy to attend. This document has all of the contact details and information.

3.0 Science Industry Night

Expand your knowledge about jobs in science. Each science school is hosting a night featuring employers, industry guests and Monash alumni.


~learn about the diverse range of careers in science

~hear from employers and Monash alumni about science jobs

~ask questions about working in the industry

~network with employers, industry guests and Monash alumni.


Biological Sciences Night (August 26, 5-7pm) Speakers:

~Brett Lane & Associates Pty Ltd

~Department of Environment and Primary Industries

~Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne

~Monarc Environmental Pty ltd

~Ndevr Environmental Consulting


(There is also an Environment night)


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Make sure you sign up via the career gateway!

4.0 BBQ

Science Week BBQ: Monday 25th August
For the commencement of science week the biological society is putting on our second BBQ of semester 2. Come down (12-2pm chemistry lawn/the usual place)  to enjoy sausages, veggie burgers, hash browns, beer, cider, soft drink and some good company. Feel free to ask the Bio Soc committee about upcoming camps and events, such as our annual trivia night and tree planting camps!

5.0 Great Forest National Park

Come join us for an evening to hear about the case for the Great Forest National Park. This is a epoch making undertaken to protect the giants and the dwarfs of our state. This is the environmental campaign of our time, akin to the Franklin river.  With Vic Forest financially on the nose now is the time to push for the Great Fucking National Park. 8 to 10 pm Thursday 21st of August at the Field Naturalist Club of Victoria hall. The hall (1 Gardenia Street, Blackburn) is one street away from Blackburn railway station and only 30 minutes via the 703 bus from Clayton campus. The bus also stops at Blackburn station.

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6.0 AGM

While our AGM is still some time away here is the date for you to put in your calendars. Wednesday the 8th of October Week 10, AGM 12.30-2pm. We need everyone to attend so that we can reach quorum. Food will of course be provided. All committee positions will be open for election on the day. Details about the election process will be sent out closer to the day.

7.0 The Orangutan Project  

Ecologist Dr Ian Singleton works in Sumatra, Indonesia to rehabilitate orangutans and safeguard their threatened habitat.

On 22 August, get down to the Eureka Hotel on Church St for a chance to network with him and his team, as well as learn about the experience of protecting orangutans from extinction.

Tix $5 online, with canapes and raffle prizes!...

Highly recommended!

8.0 Student Placement with Environment Victoria

Environment Victoria (EV) is one of Australia's leading environment groups, an independent NGO and not for profit organization. The organization is interested in protecting Australia’s native environment and investigating climate change, and advocates for the shift to a zero emissions energy and energy efficient economy. In addition, EV advocates for Victoria’s damaged ecosystems to be restored to good health and be properly maintained, with a focus on safeguarding the state’s rivers and wetlands.

- see attached for the application

9.0 Community Bat Projects

The Organ Pipes NP and Wilson Reserve (Ivanhoe) bat box projects are two great community science projects on microbats. Once a month on Saturday for Wilson Reserve and Sunday for Organ Pipes NP, bats are collected from their boxes for counting and measuring. These two projects are your best chance to get acquainted with a variety of Victoria’s adorable microbats. It’s a lot of fun and since they are microbats you will only have to surrender small amounts of blood .

For more information contact Robert Bender

Wilson Reserve bat box, Irvine Rd car park (Melway 31 G11): September Saturday

Next Organ Pipes NP: September Sunday

10.0 Field Naturalist Society of Victoria

The FNCV is one of our partner organisations and at a 134 year old it is Victoria’s premier naturalist organisation. Each of their 8 interest groups (Botany, Fauna, Fungi, Geology, Marine, Microscopy, terrestrial Invertebrates) holds a regular monthly seminar meeting as well as research and collection trips. This is a great organisation for furthering your knowledge of Victoria’s environment, to network with professionals and to gather practical experience. There is lots of choice in what to do, so come on down and join us. The club hall is a street away from Blackburn railway station and only 30 minutes via the 703 bus from Clayton campus. The bus also stops at Blackburn station.

The next event is Wednesday the 20th the Microscopy Group

Don’t miss it.

11.0 Website, Facebook page, and contact details

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