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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 26 | 4–8 July 2016


Distinguished Lecture - 11 July

Quantum Gravity: Problems, Puzzles and Perspectives - Professor Hermann Nicolai

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School Forum Agenda - Friday 8 July 2016

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

  1. Welcome
  2. School Executive Items
  3. School Representative Items
    • Chemical System (WHS)
    • Professional Staff Conference
  4. Other Business

Morning tea will be provided.



Applied Maths (AM)
Dr Jing Lu Post Doc fellow collaborating with Prof Tim Senden and Dr Gavin Young on "evolution of early vertebrates".

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Ms Sue Berkeley administrator within ANFF working part-time Monday to Thursday.

School Administration
Dr Phil Dooley Project Manager (Media & Communications). Phil has a great deal of experience and RSPE is very fortunate to have secured his assistance. Join me in welcoming Phil on board who will be with us Mondays and Wednesdays.


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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Westpac Research Fellowship 2017

The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is partnering with Australia’s leading research universities (ANU, UMelb, UQ and USyd) to offer up to six Westpac Research Fellowships in 2016 each valued at up to $460,000 over 3 years commencing no later than 30 June 2017. These Fellowships offer early career researchers a unique opportunity to support their ground breaking research, provide access to networks, open career pathways and global experiences.

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Funding Opportunities

Sir Robert Menzies memorial scholarship in engineering
Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, AU

This supports Australians in undertaking a postgraduate course in engineering at a university overseas. The award will be tenable for either one, two or three academic years and provides emoluments of up to AU$75,000 per year to meet compulsory university fees and charges and contributes substantially towards the cost of books, equipment, personal living allowance and travel.

Maximum award: $225,000
Closing date: 31 Jul 16 (recurring)

Women in mathematics special interest group Cheryl E Praeger travel awards
Australian Mathematical Society, AU

These support Australian female mathematicians in attending conferences or to visit collaborators. The awards are worth up to AU$1,000 for a domestic trip and up to AU$3,000 for an international trip.

Maximum award: $3,000
Closing date: 1 Oct 16 (recurring)

Development and validation of alternative methodologies for predicting bioaccumulation of surfactants
European Chemical Industry Council, BE

This aims to generate new datasets and coefficients to improve environmental risk assessment of surfactants in inter-industry context. The budget is €400,000 over three years.

Maximum award: Not known
Closing date: 31 Aug 16


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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Indigenous Australians 3-10 July NAIDOC week

From the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and recognises the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

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Student work experience programs are an important part of our operation and over the last week we had assistance from Matthew in the undergraduate labs. If anyone wants to know how to revive a dead LEGO robot we have the answer!




School Seminar Program - 21 July

Nanoscale crystal growth: controlled synthesis of semiconductors for device application - Dr Philippe Caroff

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Departmental seminars

Mr Daniel Schauries - 8 July
Ion track in apatite and quartz and their behaviour with temperature and pressure
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John Love Memorial

John Love’s Memorial Service will be held 17 August 2016, details will be available closer to the date.


Staff movements

Director's Office 
Prof Tim Senden will be away 7 July 2016. He can be contacted via during this period.

Mrs Tania Maxwell (EA) will be on leave 4-11 July 2016. Ms Martina Landsman will assist with administrative enquiries

Applied Maths (AM)
A/Prof Adrian Sheppard will be away 1-24 July 2016. Prof Vince Craig will be acting HOD 4-8 July.

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Prof Hoe Tan will be away 1 July - 5 August 2016. A/Prof Jodie Bradby will be acting HOD 1-17 July, A/Prof will be acting HOD 22 July - 5 August.

Nonlinear Physics Centre (NLPC)
Ms Kathy Hicks will be on annual leave 20 June - 15 July 2016. Ms Gaye Carney will be acting DA NLPC 20 June - 8 July, with Ms Julie Arnold assisting with urgent enquiries 11-15 July.


3 Minute thesis competition

The 3MT international research student competition is on again for 2016 and the Australian National University is currently preparing for the school and college heats and ANU final.

The School’s 3MT heat will be held on 19 July 2016 in the Leonard Huxley Theatre. The School heat will be followed by the College heat on 26 July ready for the ANU 3MT final on 14 September 2016. In regard to prizes on offer, for ANU college 3MT winners will receive $1,000 research support grant and up to $4,000 on offer for ANU final 3MT winners.

Further information:

Students please come and support your fellow students.


Transport news

With the new ANU Carshare scheme up and running please review the transport options available for RSPE staff and students.  Details on how to access these vehicles and bicycles can be found on the RSPE Intranet bookings” section.



Emergency Procedures

Please take some time to review the emergency procedures and evacuation plans for your building which can be in the corridors.  Take particular note of what to do in an emergency and the external assembly areas.  More information can be found in the RSPE Guide to Safety Emergency Procedures chapter.



Training course:

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

Registration via HORUS


Physics Project Market Day

Tuesday 16 August 2016, 11:30 - 2pm 
Melville Hall - The Australian National University

  1. Upload available student projects by 22 July
  2. RSVP for Market Day ( by 1 August
  3.  By August 10th - Print poster 
  4. Join us at the Physics Project Market Day,Melville Hall - 16 August


The 8th National Higher Education Women's Leadership Summit 2016

Key Strategies and Practical Insights for Women’s Leadership and Career Development within Higher Education

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