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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 31 | 8–12 August 2016


The 2016 AIP Women in Physics Lecture Tour - 22 August

The Standard Model of elementary particle physics: how well do we understand the Universe? - Dr Catalina Curceanu

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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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International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - 9 August

‘To create a better, more equitable future, let us commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples.’ Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary General. 

This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education. 

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Wear it Purple: Gender and Sexual Diversity - 26 August

From the RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

Wear it Purple seeks to raise awareness about the issues faced by these yourg people and the need to eradicate bullying based on sexuality and gender diversity. 

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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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Higher Degree Research Student Supervisors

Supervision Development Workshops.  Please register via the links:
8 August - Mentoring your research student into their future career (new session)
27 September - Getting research supervision off to a good start (repeat from Semester 1)
7 October - Keeping students on track and using the ANU milestone system (new session).

HDR Travel Grants.  A reminder to all supervisors: please ensure your HDR students are aware of the VC’s HDR Travel Grants ($1,500 to $5,000).  92 Grants have been awarded so far this year.


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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47th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

The 47th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) was recently hosted by Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The competition took place in Zurich from the 11th until the 18th of July and involved more than six hundred students and leaders from over ninety countries. 

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Congratulations - Prof Susan Scott

Please join me in congratulating Susan Scott on her promotion to Professor, level E2.  


School Seminar Program - 18 August

Many-Body Localisation and Ghost Imaging using Ultracold Atoms - Dr Sean Hodgman

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Departmental seminars

Mr Zhisong Qu - 9 August
Linear property of energetic geodesic acoustic modes and the impact of pressure anisotropy on tokamak plasma
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Director's Colloquium Prof Rob McLaughlin

The August RSPE Directors Colloquium on “Needle Probes: Bringing optics deep inside the body” was delivered by Prof Robert McLaughlin. He provided a fascinating background of optical imaging techniques and how they have the potential to acquire high-resolution images of tissue and provide a new generation of intra-operative guidance tools for surgeons.


Physics Project Market Day : 16 August 2016

11:30am - 2pm 
Melville Hall

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Advance Notice – PEC Planning Day

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


Funding Opportunities

Academic and student funding opportunities.

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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.

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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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Co-lab: Science Meets Street Art 2016

As part of Science in ACTion at the Kingston Bus Depot on 13 August, several students from ANU are collaborating with local street artists to produce murals inspired by their science. Several students from RSPE will be participating so please come and support them whilst checking out the other science week activities at the venue.

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Would the outside world be interested in your experiment?

Questacon Science Circus student Joh Howes wants to live stream science in action. If you have something that might suit about an hour of streaming, explaining what you are doing and answering questions from the audience contact



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