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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 21 | 30 May–3 June 2016


Congratulations - Prof Susan Scott

On her admission to the Australian Academy of Science. This recognizes Susan's outstanding and ongoing contribution to her field, as well as to the broader community.

Prof Scott has made ground-breaking discoveries in the fields of general relativity and gravitational wave science. Her theoretical work includes advancing our understanding of both singularities and the global structure of space-time. Prof Scott has also been a pioneer in the analysis of astrophysical signatures in gravitational wave experiments.

Membership of the Academy is a recognition of an individual's role for social and scientific advocacy. Please congratulate Prof Scott as our newest Academician.



Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Mr Emeric Celier, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, visiting student, until 16 August. Emeric is working on the project ‘pn junctionless solar cells’ with Dr Sudha Mokkapati and Prof Chennupati Jagadish AC. 


Cooperative Research Centres Announcement

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program is an Australian Government Initiative administered by AusIndustry, a division within the Department of Industry.

The CRC program supports industry-driven research partnerships between publicly funded researchers, business and the community to address major long term challenges. The program supports research collaborations across all disciplines and industry sectors. It has a long history, developing real world solutions improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries across all sectors. CRCs:

  • develop new technologies and products;
  • create new markets and export opportunities;
  • build capability and capacity for industry through targeted education and training activities. 

The CRC program guidelines cover all aspects of the program, including selection round requirements.

Timing for the next funding round for the Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and the next three rounds of CRC-Project funding.

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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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Departmental seminars

Dr Daniel Whittenbury - 30 May
Hybrid stars using the quark-meson coupling and proper-time Nambu-Jona-Lasinio models
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Professor John Molony - 3 June
Fascist Italy and the making of modern Europe
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Staff movements

Applied Maths (AM)
Ms Martina Landsmann will be on annual leave 23 May - 26 June 2016.

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids (CPF)
Professor Michael Shats will be on annual leave 30 May - 24 June 2016. A/Prof Matthew Hole will acting HOD during this period.

Prof Christine Charles will be away 17 May - 2 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.

Nuclear Physics (NP)
Prof Andrew Stuchbery will be overseas 16 May - 2 June 2016 visiting CSNSM Orsay, France to participate in a Workshop on the physics to be addressed by the ALTO nu-ball hybrid spectrometer and for continued collaborations and research.  Also as a follow-up to the Invited Professor position he held in July 2015 at Universite Paris Sud (CSNSM Orsay).  
Dr Greg Lane will be Acting HoD 28 May - 2 June. 


Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics & Researchers (NECTAR)

ANU NECTAR warmly invites all ANU Early Career Academics and final year PhD students to the 5th Annual NECTAR ANU Early Career Academic Retreat on 7-8 June, 2016.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite by Tuesday 31 May

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A 10-point guide to not offending transgender people

From the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

"Society is moving very quickly." said musician Joseph Tawadros on the ABC's Q&A program. "There's still a lot of people who don't understand transgender — I don't understand all the aspects of transgender people," he said. "But I just have to respect that."

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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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