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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 29 | 25–29 July 2016


Director's Colloquium - 2 August

Needle probes: bringing optics deep inside the body - Professor Robert McLaughlin

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Congratulations - Prof Hoe Tan

Awarded a Distinguished Professorship with Hefei University, China, commencing July 2016.


NAIDOC Week 25-28 July

NAIDOC Week is not only for Indigenous communities, but welcomes everyone to come together to help celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. All members of the ANU community are invited to attend.

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3 Minute thesis competition

The 2016 3MT international research student competition will commence from next week at the Australian National University with the first heat at the College level followed by the ANU final.

We encourage supervisors and students to come and support your 3MT participants: Harry Kenchington-Goldsmith (LPC), Dipankar Chugh (EME) and Matt Thompson (PRL) at the ANU Science College heat on 26 July 2016 at 2pm in the Finkel Theatre, JCSMR Bldg 131.

Prizes on offer, for the ANU Science College 3MT, winners will receive $1,000 research support grant and up to $4,000 for ANU final 3MT winners.

Further information:

Students please come and support your fellow students.


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


Performance and Development Supervisor Modules

The University is offering four performance and development modules in the coming months.

With the exception of the ‘Coaching for Excellence Masterclass’ all courses can be booked via HORUS and they will also appear on the University’sperform and develop’ webpage

Course summaries as below (refer weblinks for full document):

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2016 ANU Staff Excellence Awards - Nominations are Now Open

The Staff Excellence Awards are an annual celebration to honour staff across the ANU who demonstrate excellence in achievement and contributions that advance the University's strategic goals.

This is an opportunity for you to nominate another staff member, a team or yourself for outstanding contributions to the University and for these achievements to be formally recognised.

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Funding Opportunities

Westpac Research Fellowships
Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

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

Atlas PhD grants - extended deadline
CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), CH

Travel awards
CASS Foundation, AU

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

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

Research grant
Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine, AU

Experiment – in search of bold research ideas
VolkswagenStiftung – Volkswagen Foundation, DE

Horizon prize for CO2 reuse
Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges, EU

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Departmental seminars

Professor George Cellar - 22 July
Laser annealing of semiconductors: what we learned 35 years ago and why it still matters today
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Dr Charles Magee - 25 July
Basics, History and Importance of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry: “Don’t Leave Home Without it!”
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Dr Dick Henley - 29 July
X-ray µ-CT tracking of chemical reactions in composite materials: high temperature experiments with Carrara Marble
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Staff movements

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids
Prof Michael Shats will be away 8-29 July 2016, attending several conferences in Europe.  Prof Christine Charles will the the acting HoD during this period.

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

Nuclear Physics (NP)
Prof Andrew Stuchbery will be away 21 July - 6 August 2016. Prof David Hinde will be acting HOD during this period.


Soup for a cause

12noon-Monday 25 July 2016

RSPE Tea Room

$5 per cup including bread roll.

Help Australians access new treatments through world-class clinical trials this year. All profits will be donated to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

Contributions of making soup will be greatly appreciated, please contact Kathy (53423) or Susie (50000).

Can't make it on the day? -Donation envelopes are available from reception.


RSPE Changes to Petty Cash

As part of aligning RSPE’s processes with the ANU's, from 16 September the school will discontinue petty cash in favour of the reimbursement and purchase card processes.

Reimbursement forms available here.

For further information on purchase cards please refer here.


Changes to the University's Mail and Courier functions through DHL

Based on the positive feedback and the savings that can be achieved, UPCO have sought and obtained approval to proceed with the proposed mailroom changes. It is anticipated that the changes will take effect from 1 August 2016.

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Training courses:

Registration via HORUS

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

Self-Service access via PULSE:

  • Incident Reporting

  • OSLO Training Online Course


Canberra Careers Xpo

The CPMS/CMBE Science Marketing and Recruitment team will be present at the upcoming Canberra Careers Xpo 3-4 August 2016. This is a very important event in terms of engaging students from local and regional high schools and allows us to encourage students to come and see us at Open Day.

A number of science student ambassadors will provide support on the day.  Academic involvement is also welcomed for the full day or for a specific amount of time.

Please contact Dr Cormac Corr for more details.


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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Outreach with AIP - AIP Physics in the Pub ACT

The night that took Sydney by storm has finally come to Canberra!

Physics in the Pub is made of eight snappy Physics Acts, each of a mere eight minutes - and YOU are invited to take part. 

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