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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 16 | 18–22 May 2015


School Seminar Program - 21 May

The potential of uranium-236 as an environmental tracer - Dr Michaela Fröhlich

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Public Lecture - 27 May

What is Reality: Physics or Metaphysics? - Dr Peter J. Riggs

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Physics Education Centre (PEC)

Emeritus Professor John Love is partaking in the "Scientist in a School" program with Lake Ginninderra College Science Department. The program is administered by CSIRO. Emeritus Prof Love will give occasional talks and participate in various student projects.


ECA/MCA meeting

3pm Tuesday 19 May 2015
RSPE Seminar Room

RSPE early-career/mid-career researchers are invited to attend a meeting / presentation to discuss - HDR students (PhDs & MPhils) admission process ahead of the upcoming School Forum.


NECTAR Early Career Retreat

10-11 June
Open to all ANU early career academics and final year PhD students, the retreat includes workshops and speakers on issues that matter to early career academics. Free, with catering.

Register by 2 June 2015 on Eventbrite




Staff movements

Department of Quantum Science

Prof David McClelland, HoD DQS is travelling to the USA 18-22 May 2015.  Prof Craig Savage will be Acting HoD during this period.


Nepal Earthquake Appeal

12noon-Monday 18 May 2015

RSPE Tea Room

Soup for a cause

$5 per cup including bread roll.
Help those who have been devastated by the recent earthquake tragedy in Nepal.

Contributions of making soup will be greatly, please contact Tania (52476) or Julie (50020).


Departmental seminars

Kaitlin Cook - 18 May
Reaction dynamics of 7Li interacting with light nuclei
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Dr Brian Robson - 20 May
Dark Energy, Dark Matter and Gravity
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Dr Dirk König - 4 June
Active Impurity Doping of Silicon Nanovolumes: Failure and Alternatives
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The following OH&S training courses will be running soon

  • Flammable liquids (OHSA13) 27 May
  • Electrical safety & low voltage rescue (OHSA29) 28 May
  • Electrical appliance testing refresher (OHSA12) 3 June
  • Confined spaces refresher (OHSA06) 10 June
  • Cranes and lifting tackle (OHSA08) 18 June

LASERS - Class 3B, and 4 licence conditions

A reminder that if intending to purchase, relocate, loan, or dispose of a laser, you need to advise the School's Coordinating Radiation Safety Office (RSO) and WHS Manager.   Any changes to the RSPE /ANU inventory is required to be reported to ARPANSA. Some matters require prior approval.


Funding opportunities

Ben Williams Student Support Grant
The Ben Williams Student Support Grant is now available for all undergraduate and post­graduate physics students enrolled at the Research School of Physics and Engineering. The fund will provide financial assistance to students who are experiencing health and well-being difficulties that are preventing them from completing their program.

Applications are accepted all year round.

Ian Potter Foundation Grants, Round 2
Applications are now open for Science, Travel and Conference grants, closing 23 June. Applications need to be ranked internally and sent to the Foundation in hard copy before the due date. If you’re interested in applying, please send your Expression of Interest to by Friday 15 May for further information. Final drafts will be due to the research office by Monday 9 June 2015.

International Climate Initiative
Supports projects in developing countries and emerging economies, and countries in transition. Areas of support relate to mitigating greenhouse gases, adapting climate change, conserving carbon sinks and conserving biological diversity. First stage closes 1 June 2015.

ARENA R&D Programme
Supporting industry and research partnerships that seek to develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies, and to provide a broader range of energy options to reduce future energy costs. Expressions of Interest close 19 June 2015.

SIEF John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowships
A grant of $92,000 p.a. for three years targeting projects in natural or applied science with high potential for scientific achievement and benefits to Australia. Applications close 31 July.

Group of Eight DAAD Australia-Germany Joint Co-operation scheme
This scheme aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from participating Australian universities and German researchers from German universities, research institutes and Fachhochschulen.  The support of early career researchers is a significant focus.

Applications will be ranked prior to submission, with this in mind the Research Office internal deadline is 2nd June 2015.  Applications received on this date will receive a strategic review.

Please contact for the application pack.

DAAD-UA Australia-Germany Exchanges
Supports travel and living costs for short-term exchanges to work on joint research projects in Germany, up to a maximum $25,000. The support of early career researchers is a significant focus (Research Office internal deadline 2 June).



ICRAR Visiting Fellowship for Senior Women in Astronomy
ICRAR is committed to supporting women in astronomical sciences and technology. This fellowship is aimed at providing an opportunity for senior women astronomers (having more than 5 years research work experience post PhD) to visit ICRAR for 3 months and interact with ICRAR researchers and graduate students. Applications close 31 May 2015


ACT Scientist of the Year Award

Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents up to 10 years post PhD, the Award recognizes the achievements of an ‘up and coming’ scientist with significant potential to continue to achieve. Nominations close 9 June 2015.



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