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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 15 | 18–22 April 2016


Distinguished Lecture - 18 April

Time-resolved Imaging with Electrons and X-rays - Professor John Spence

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School Seminar Program - 21 April

Unravelling the physics of magnetically confined plasmas for fusion energy through advanced, detailed measurements - Dr Clive Michael

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Prof Hoe Tan, HOD EME, for receiving IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award.  This is a highly competitive award. 

Well done Hoe, a very well deserved recognition.



School Services
Mr Simon Foxcroft, Building Project Manager, commenced at RSPE this week.  Simon joins us from RSB and has a wealth of experience with science building projects.  He will help facilitate the Master Planning and build of the new Physics precinct.

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids (CPF)
Mr Jia Yang and Mr Jacob Ross. Jia and Jacob started their PhD journey last week with Dr Hua Xia and A/Prof Matthew Hole.


Publication Collection Process - ANU Insight meetings

Research Services Division and Planning and Performance Measurement will again be running the publication collection process using the methodology developed for the HERDC and ERA collections in previous years. This means that ANU Insight will be used to coordinate and validate the research publication collection. This is an important exercise which contributes directly to the Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 assessment, and publications collected will also feed into the Statement of Academic Activity process.

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Performance and Development Supervisor Familiarisation Sessions : May 2016

In September 2015 the University introduced a new on-line Performance Development Review (PDR) form for both Academic and Professional staff to replace the existing paper based process.   

This process has automated the workflow and is supported by data integration with a number of our key systems including ANU Insight (Statement of Academic Activity) and the Human Resources Management System (HRMS).

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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.

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Research Supervision Development

Strictly limited places are available for two sessions for supervisors of research students. These sessions will be run again in Semester 2, so please join the waitlist if full.


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.


Opportunity for PhD student or Early Career Academic to join Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program

The Australia Indonesia Centre, of which ANU is a member, is offering sponsorship for an ANU PhD student or early career academic to join the 2016 Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program (18-27 May 2016).

Applicants should be working on topics relevant to the program themes.

Applications close 21 April 2016.

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The United Uranium Scholarship

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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As a cullmination of the first Australian-Japanese workshop on making micro-satellites, the team will be dropping a CanSat from the top of 14UD tower at 2pm this Friday 15 April.

Spectators welcome.  Viewing in the carpark near the 14UD control room.

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Departmental seminars

Dr Nicholas Robins - 21 April
Dynamical Instability of internally excited localised BEC in an anti-trapping waveguide
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Professor Udo Schwingenschlöegl - 26 April
Silicene: A functional material for future electronics?
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Staff movements

Director's Office 
Prof Tim Senden 
will be on leave 11-25 April 2016. Acting Director RSPE will be A/Prof James Sullivan 11-18 April and Prof John Howard 19-22 April.

Applied Maths (AM)
A/Prof Adrian Sheppard 
will be on leave 18-22 April 2016. Prof Vince Craig with be Acting HOD during this time.

Nuclear Physics (NP)
Emeritus Prof Keith Fifield will vist Singapore and India 14-25 April 2016. Discussing ongoing collaborations at the National University of Singapore, and will give a seminar. In New Delhi he will give a series of lectures to potential users of the AMS facility at the Inter University Accelerator Centre.

Theoretical Physics (TP)
Prof Mukunda Das is invited as keynote speaker in the Nanotech 2016 Dubai during 20-23 April 2016.


Student Admin Office

Will be closed Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 April 2016 and will reopen on Wednesday 20 April 2016.



A temporary farewell to Ms Andrea Butler who commences maternity leave today.  We wish Andrea and her family all the very best.



Wednesday 27th April 2016, from 12.30pm

Oliphant Link BBQ Area

All RSPE staff, students & visitors welcome!

Cost ~ $10 RSVP required.

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ANU Hazard Alert (WEG April 2016): Hand Injury: Puncture Wound

A borrowed Lab Coat had un-protected tweezers inside and the wearer suffered a puncture wound. Recommendations: Don't place sharp objects in lab coats, carefully pat down pockets for objects, have spare coats available for general users.


2016 Dunlap Institute Summer School

Less than 3 weeks to apply to Dunlap Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School.

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Some of the students from the January NYSF returned for a closer look at ANU and spent the day in several different areas of the university. The session we gave was on “Einstein & Relativity” and included a range of activities from the “locked” Michelson Interferometer (thankyou Perry) to the Real Time Relativity Simulation and a new experiment to almost demonstrate the Doppler Effect!  Andrew Papworth


Lab girl: one woman’s fight to overcome sexism and save the world

From the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

Botanist Hope Jahren’s new memoir tells how a lifelong passion for science sustained her in the male-dominated world of the research laboratory.

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