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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 23 | 13–17 June 2016


Director's Colloquium - 14 June

Climate adaptation in Australia: successes, failures and some lessons learnt - Professor Mark Howden

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Congratulations - Prof Susan Scott

Professor Susan Scott (DQS) has been named a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society.


ANU Carshare Launched

ANU Carshare has launched as is now available to staff and HDR students. The scheme provides an innovative corporate fleet solution that aims to nurture a sustainable transport culture amongst staff and students.

Watch the video to find out more.

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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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Lean Startup Workshops

The ANU Technology Transfer Office is teaming up with KILN Incubator to show you how to apply lean startup methodology to your research project.

Lean startup methods enable you to:

  • Test an idea's commercial potential
  • Find a viable market opportunity
  • Create a successful business model
  • Build the right prototype faster
  • Effectively deal with risk and uncertainty
  • Increase the impact of your ideas and innovations

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2016 John Love and John Love Physics Scholarship

Emeritus Professor John Love met the 2016 John Love and John Love Physics Scholarship recipients last week. Tenzin Norzin received the John Love Physics Scholarship which was sponsored by RSPE. 


Matthew Goh and Emeritus Professor John Love with Tenzin Norzin and Jharna Chamlagai


The RSPE 3MT Final will be held 19 July. Please contact for further details


The Three Minute Thesis is an international competition for higher degree research students to showcase their research. Students have to talk about what their research is and why it is important in plain language for three minutes, with only a single PowerPoint slide. The winner of the ANU 3MT final will go on to compete in the Asia Pacific final, held at the University of Queensland on 30th of September.

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The outreach team recently completed a session for the “Gifted and Talented” forum at Kingsford Smith School in Holt. The activities were based on lenses, diffraction gratings and light emitting diodes. Felicity and Ruvi were part of the team and enjoyed a challenging encounter with the group of very excited children!




School Seminar Program - 16 June

Nuclear structure towards the neutron drip line: Progress and possibilities with radioactive ion-beams - Dr AJ Mitchell

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Departmental seminars

Mr Guangyao (Leo) Li - 14 June
PHD FINAL SEMINAR Nonlinear dynamics of exciton-polariton Bose-Einstein condensate
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Dr Ulf Garbe - 17 June
Neutron imaging capabilities at ANSTO
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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.

Laser Physics Centre (LPC)
Dr Stephen Gibson and Ben Laws (PhD student) will be away 13-28 June attending the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Champaign-Urbana IL, USA, June 20-24, with pre-conference collaborative research visits to Yale, MIT, Wellesley College, and post-conference, UC Berkeley.

Plasma Research Laboratory (PRL)
Prof John Howard will be away 2-28 June 2016.  A/Prof James Sullivan will be acting HoD 6-28 June.


Congratulations Baby

Congratulations to Andrea and Andrew Butler on the birth of their son, William James.  We wish them all the best at this happy time.


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:

  • Chemical Safety (OHSA03) 27 July (9am-12.30pm)

Registration via HORUS


Vehicle Disposal

We are in the process of selling our 2003 Mitsubishi Magna as we move to the new Car Share scheme.  As per all the ANU fleet sales these cars are available to staff before auction.  Please see the Pre-sale webpage for details if you are interested.


Labour to appoint a shadow minister for neurodiversity

From the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

Monique Craine, a blogger with autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia, suggested the post and was surprised to be taken seriously.

The Shadow chancellor, John McDonnell said: “We want to represent the whole of society fairly. At the moment we are focusing on LGBT, we’re focusing on women, we’re focusing on race, etc. But what about neurological diversity as well? And I think that’s come on to the agenda.”

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