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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 11 | 21–25 March 2016


Nick Holonyak Jr Award goes to Jagadish

Please join me and pass on your congratulations to Prof Chennupati Jagadish AC, recently awarded the prestigious 2016 Optical Society of America Nick Holonyak Jr Award.  The award celebrates the Holonyak's distinguished contributions to the field of optics through the development of semiconductor-based light emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers.


The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials, including basic science and technological  applications. Jagadish will receive his award for “…pioneering and sustained contributions to quantum-well, quantum-dot and nanowire optoelectronic devices and their integration”, later in this year.



ANU Carshare scheme

A new ANU Carshare scheme will be launching in the coming months. This scheme provides an innovative, exciting transport option to University personnel with its easy, convenient booking system and keyless entry to vehicles.

University personnel will gain access to booked vehicles using their University issued identification (ID) cards. These cards comprise of a Card Serial Number (CSN) which creates the link between online bookings and the vehicle card reader.

The University is currently not capturing CSNs in its Cardax system when issuing ID cards, therefore the manual collection of these numbers will be required prior to University personnel registering to access the scheme.

This will be conducted through portable CSN collection stalls staffed by Carshare project staff.

A collection stall will therefore be set up in the RSPE Tea Room area to collect this information on Tuesday 22 March, between 10–10.30am and 4-4.30pm

This scheme will be replacing the current system we use in RSPE in the coming months, so to make the transition to the new system as seamless as possible, can staff make sure they present their ID cards to the Carshare representative.


ARC Future Fellowships

ARC Future Fellowships are now open. If your PhD was conferred between March 2001 and March 2011 you may be eligibilble to apply. Please contact to notify the College Research Office your intent to apply so we can confirm your eligibility and provide you with support for your application. The internal deadline for complete applications is Monday 18 April.


Online Performance Development - Supervisor Familiarisation Information Sessions

Performance and Development (PDP) Supervisor Familiarisation Sessions – March 2016

  • Thursday 24 March, 1-2.30pm - Academic Supervisors, Room 1.04A, Coombs Extension Building

Please note these sessions are not college specific. Please register via HORUS for any of these PDP supervisor familiarisation sessions.

Please use training code PDP01 to register.


Call for Applications: Scholarship for Space Plasma, Astronomy and Astrophysics

The scholarship is intended to aid postgraduate research students undertaking a project in Space Plasma, Astronomy or Astrophysics and in exceptional circumstances to an undergraduate. Up to four scholarships may be awarded for use towards travel, acquiring of equipment or collaboration activities as required. Further details including eligibility and conditions of the award can be found online. Applicants need to present a case outlining the intended use of funds and how it will assist their current research. A brief supervisor's support statement is also required. No formal application form is required.

Applications open 1 March 2016 and close 5pm, 31 March 2016. The application should be submitted to the RSPE Student Administration office via


2016 Dunlap Institute Summer School

14-19 August 2016 

Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation

  • Learn basic principles of radio, infrared, optical, x-ray and gamma-ray instrumentation
  • Learn how detectors and spectrographs work
  • Learn in lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions
  • Learn about a career in instrumentation
  • Work with students from around the world
  • Learn from international leaders in the field of astronomical instrumentation
  • Attend a professional development/ mentoring session

Registration Fee: $500 Travel subsidies and registration fee waivers available Application and Travel Subsidy Deadline: 15 April 2016

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Supervisor training course

ANU HDR supervisors have the opportunity to take up the following professional development activities offered by the research training team in the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) and you are encouraged to attend if you can.  The professional development being offered is specific to your needs as a supervisor of HDR students. Come along and learn from experienced peers and share your own knowledge of supervision.  This is also an opportunity to build collegial networks across the ANU.

Research on supervision shows that supervisors perform five key roles for their students: keeping the research on track, helping students integrate with their community, challenging student's thinking, acting as a mentor and supporting students emotionally through the PhD journey.  Each session is geared around these key roles and restricted to HDR supervisors only.

Click on the links below to see details of each session and book your place. If you have missed out on the sessions of most interest several of them will be run again in semester two but places are limited. 




Departmental seminars

Dr Paul Stevenson - 21 March
Simulating Fast Fission
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Dr Adam Garnsworthy - 24 March
Beta-Decay studies at TRIUMF-ISAC using the GRIFFIN spectrometer
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Dr Jenny Feige - 30 March
Detecting and unveiling remnants from 2-3 Myr old supernovae on Earth
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Science Collaborative Workshop

Nonlinear Physics - Laser Physics - Quantum Science Collaborative Workshop -

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RSB Director’s Seminar Series - 21 March

How robust is species detection using environmental DNA? - Dr Dianne Gleeson

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She wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings’

From the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee:

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Student Admin Office

Will be closed Monday 21 March 2016  and will reopen on Tuesday 22 March 2016.


Research Skills and Training Opportunities for HDR Students




Training course:

  • First aid: Mental health (OHSG33) 4 April
  • Compressed gas and Cryogenic safety (OHSA04)   7 April

Registration via HORUS


The United Uranium Scholarship

The United Uranium Trust Fund was established in 1966 for ‘the promotion and encouragement of scientific research and education in the field of atomic energy’. In accordance with the Deed, the United Uranium Scholarship is awarded to ‘promising young scientists’ from any Australian organisation or institution whose research or work is in the field of nuclear energy. The applicant must also be an Australian citizen.

The recipient of the scholarship will receive up to AUS$6,000.  For further informartion please refer the website.

Closing date: 2 May 2016

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Call for applications to participate in Australia's first Falling Walls Lab

The Academy invites applications from Australian researchers, Postdocs and students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators to attend Australia’s first Falling Walls Lab in 2016.

Up to 25 contestants will be invited to participate in this challenge with each required to give a 3 minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the “Which walls will fall next” concept.

Candidates should be research active in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine as well as social sciences and humanities.

Deadline for applications is 5pm (AEST) 23 May 2016.

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Special Help for Fiji

1 Spade, 1 Hammer and 1 Handsaw for Fijiian Families

On 20 February a category 5 cyclone cut a path of destruction through the centre of Fiji. Thousands of people now struggle to pick up the pieces as homes were obliterated by 350 km winds and 12m tidal waves.

It is culturally accepted for every Fijian man to own a machete (cane-knife). Owning a hammer, saw and spade in most cases were tools for the village carpenter only.

In order for a man to be able to build temporary shelter for himself, his wife and children we can provide him with the most basic of tools. 1 spade, 1 hammer & 1 hand saw is a gift for life and will empower Fijian men to be who they need to be at this time of need.

This project hopes to provide 83 homes of Nataleira village a set.

What can you do to help?

Please look through your garden sheds and tool boxes to see if there is a spare(s) to donate. 

If you are interested in supporting this worthy cause, donations (tools or monetary [to purchase new tools]) can be dropped off to the Directors Office and we are happy to deliver them on behalf of the school.

Your assistance and generosity is appreciated.



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