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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 39 | 3–7 October 2016


Vale Prof John Newton

Professor John Newton FAA, past Head for 18 years of the Department of Nuclear Physics, RSPE, passed away on Monday, 26 September 2016. 

John Newton was recruited to the ANU in 1970 by Sir Ernest Titterton, to be Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Physics. He continued as Head until 1988, when he stepped down due to health reasons, retiring at the end of 1989. 

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2016 Reunion for Physics Alumni and Friends from the 1950s to 1980s

The reunion will allow alumni and friends of the School to visit some of the School's facilities, hear about the School's past, present and future plans, reconnect with friends and share treasured memories.  We will be launching a School Photo Album to capture the wonderful times.

All alumni and staff, past and present, from 1950s to 1980s are invited to attend. 

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Diversity and Equity Culture Survey

On Monday 19 September we launched the Diversity and Equity Culture Survey for our school. The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback from staff and students on engagement inclusion and diversity. This will help us to both understand and improve our local work environment.

Please note that the survey is sent from “ANU Student Evaluations

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ANU Innovation Symposium

The Symposium is being held on Wednesday 5 October 2016 and is aimed at engaging and empowering students to succeed in the innovation industry.

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School Holiday activities at Mount Stromlo

Now the Visitors Centre and Café at Stromlo is open, we’re trialling some kids activities in the school holidays, and we’d love your kids to be test pilots! (You can test drive the café) 

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Early Career Academic Workshops

Higher Degree Research Student Supervisors


Funding Opportunities

Academic and student funding opportunities.

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Equity and Access

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

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Founder's Day 2016

Friday 14 October 2016

Founder's Day is the annual celebration honouring the vision of Sir Mark Oliphant, and the way we see ourselves today. It is the most significant event on our calendar, and a chance to announce the School and Endowment award winners.

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Departmental seminars

Professor Rick F. Casten - 4 October
Partial Dynamical Symmetries and Rotation-Vibration Interactions in Deformed Nuclei
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Staff movements

Director's Office
Mrs Tania Maxwell (EA) will be on leave 1-10 October 2016. Ms Martina Landsmann will be assisting on a part-time basis during this period.

Applied Mathematics (AM)
A/Prof Adrian Sheppard will be on leave 4–7 October 2016.  Dr Andrew Kingston will be acting HoD during this period.

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids (CPF)
Prof Michael Shats will be travelling 3-9 October 2016. A/Prof Matthew Hole will be acting HOD during this period.

Department of Quantum Science (DQS)
Prof Craig Savage will be away 3-28 October 2016. Prof Ping Koy Lam will be acting HOD during this period.

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Prof Hoe Tan will be travelling 21 September - 16 October 2016. A/Prof Patrick Kluth will be acting HOD 3-16 October.

Physics Education Centre (PEC)
Prof Joe Hope (DDE) will be on leave 23 September - 21 October 2016. Prof Paul Francis will be acting DDE during this period.

Plasma Research Laboratory (PRL)
A/Prof James Sullivan 
will be away 4-7 October 2016.  Dr Cormac Corr will be acting HOD during this period.

Emeritus Prof John Howard will be travelling to the ITER organisation (IO) site in Cadarache France 25 September - 4 October 2016. Prof Howard will be attending the signing of the ANSTO-IO collaboration agreement and reporting progress on the conceptual design of the ANU imaging system for ITER.



Training courses:

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