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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 30 | 1–5 August 2016


Director's Colloquium - 2 August

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

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China’s launch of a quantum-enabled satellite could spark a new global space race

Prof Ping Koy Lam from the ANU’s Department of Quantum Science says aside from being a potential step towards a quantum internet, China’s satellite project is a “pioneering experiment” that will also tell us more about quantum physics and gravity.

“In physics we are trying, and we have demonstrated some encryption techniques that rely on the law of physics rather than the mathematical complexity and we call this quantum key distribution,” he told

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Social Values Survey

As part of the next phase for our building program, Facilities and Services are undertaking a Social Survey.

On behalf of our Building Project Coordinator, Mr Michael Wright, I’d like to invite you to submit a response to the Social Survey

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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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Call for nominations/applications: CMBE/CPMS Excellence in Education Awards

The ANU Colleges of Science offer annual awards, citations and special commendations for excellence in education. All CMBE/CPMS staff involved in teaching or supporting learning are encouraged to apply on the basis of:

  • sustained teaching quality, including supervision or tutoring; 
  • successful innovation in any aspect of education; and/or
  • other contributions to educational excellence in teaching or learning support, at the level of course, program, School or College. 

Nominations close: Monday 19 September
Applications close: Monday 10 October

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Professional Staff Scholarship Scheme and Endowment Fund - applications now open

The University recognises that the contributions of highly skilled and dedicated professional staff are critical to the success and future of the University. 

Professional staff are encouraged to continue their growth and development through attendance at a range of career development initiatives.

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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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Funding Opportunities

Westpac Research Fellowships
Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

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

Dr Jong Chow - 5 August
3D imaging of Diamonds using Optical Coherence Tomography
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Ms Wenjie Yang - 5 August
Enhanced sub-band gap absorption in Au hyperdoped Si fabricated by ion implantation and pulsed laser melting
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Staff movements

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

Thanks to the generosity of RSPE Staff and Students approx $400 was raised for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

Donation envelopes are still available from reception.


Advance Notice – PEC Planning Day: Thursday 15 September 2016

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


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:

Self-Service access via PULSE:

  • Incident Reporting

  • OSLO Training Online Course


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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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



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