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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 18 | 9–13 May 2016



Prof Dan Shaddock (DQS) on being awarded the G’Day USA Award for Innovation; ANU innovation was on stage also with Tom Wood, ANU alumnus and CEO of company Nexus Water receiving the G’Day USA Emerging Innovator Award.

A/Prof Shannon Notley (AM) received a 2016 TechConnect Innovation Award, for 'Graphene and 2D materials production and applications’.


Our LIGO team win, win, win

Yesterday I congratulated the team for their sharing of the Breakthrough Prize, but I missed another remarkable award, the Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize!!  The 2016 Prize has just honoured Ronald Drever, Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss, and the entire Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) discovery team for the first observation of gravitational waves. 

And, to top it all off for an award winning week was a winning performance by Susan, Daniel and Robert last night in front of an enthusiastic audience of 800 at Llewellyn Hall.

Well done to all the DQS staff involved in this landmark discovery.


School Forum Agenda - Friday 13 May 2016

10-11.30am : RSPE Tea Room (all welcome)

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Director's Report
    • Building Master Update
    • Performance Development Reviews/Statement of Academic Activity
  3. Deputy Director (Research) Report
  4. Deputy Director (Education) Report
  5. Deputy Director (Technology Development) Report
  6. School Representative Items
    • Federal Budget impact
    • ANU Strategic Vision Forums
    • Professional Staff Development Programs
    • Parking - Building Master Plan
    • She Leads Conference 2016
  7. Other Business

Morning tea will be provided.


May Director's Colloquium

The Colloquium presented by Dr Andrew Cole this week gave a fascinating insight into the history of Pluto, right up to the most recent data from the New Horizons space mission. The combination of ground based imaging and the satellite mission observations proved to be a powerful combination for enlightening us all on the mysteries of this "dwarf planet".


ANU Strategic vision forums

ANU is embarking on a journey to build a new vision and strategic plan for the University. 

A series of forums to shape the new strategic vision for the University have commenced, you are encouraged to have your say.

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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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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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Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation

From the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

Five of Australia's most booked male conference speakers will boycott panels that don't include women, criticising organisers for taking the lazy way out by opting for "dude fests". Last week, the international payments company PayPal was attacked for organising an all-male panel to discuss "gender equality and inclusion in the workplace".

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School Seminar Program - 19 May

Unconventional computed tomography: material discrimination and time-evolving samples - Dr Glenn Myers

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Departmental seminars

Dr Vladimir Mangazeev - 6 May
Stochastic dynamics of random growth and exclusion processes: theory and experiment
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Dr Robert Burne - 13 May
Morphogenesis and Diagenesis of Microbialites - insights from Self-organisation, Quorum Sensing and Quantum Mechanics
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Staff movements

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids (CPF)
Prof Christine Charles will be away 17 May - July 2016 giving plenary lectures and invited talks at APCPST 2016 in Shanghai, SFP 2016 in Nancy and ICPP in Taiwan and working with collaborators at University College London and French Universities.


Advance Notice – PEC Planning Day 2016

Please note that the 2016 PEC Planning Day is scheduled for Thursday 15 September, at Mount Stromlo.  Further details to follow in due course.


Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2016

Nominations are being sought for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2016. This Award provides funding of up to $15,000 to assist postgraduate research students enrolled at the Research School of Physics and Engineering to undertake part of their research program overseas or make a collaborative visit to an overseas institution, for three to six months.

Applications will open 9 May 2016 and close 5pm 9 June 2016.

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Training course:

  • Workshop and Trade safety (OHSA22) 17 May
  • Flammables Safety (OHSA13) 24 May

Registration via HORUS

WEG Training room has moved from Liversidge St to the Chancelry Building 10B (Lower Ground Floor).


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.


Building maintenance

If you see or experience any building maintenance problems please let School Facilities and Services know. These can include leaking toilets and taps, leaking roofs, heating not operating correctly or any other general maintenance issues. Please submit a job request via Technical services work request and we will endeavour to have the problem rectified


Global Connections Fund

The Global Connections Fund (GCF) is a new project of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and is supported by the Australian Government.

The GCF aims to provide initial support specifically to promote Australian Researchers and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) collaboration thereby: 

  • increasing linkages and collaborations with key global economies 
  • promoting researcher-industry engagement and knowledge transfer
  • fostering end use development and commercialisation outcomes

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