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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 40 | 10–14 October 2016


Founder's Day 2016

Friday 14 October 2016

Friends – don’t forget Founder’s Day is next week.  This is one of the key dates in our School calendar, and there’s that sumptuous free lunch!  Come to the talks, see this year’s highlights and awards. Tim

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

And, the day after Founder’s Day we’ll host the School’s first reunion for all staff and students during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  Please make sure you rsvp and let others not still in RSPE to come along.

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Congratuations to Emeritus Prof Steve Buckman

Appointed last week as the new ARC Executive Director (ED) for Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences.  It’s excellent to have Steve represent the sector in this role, one we all know he’ll bring a rich experience to.  Nice one, Steve! 

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Cooperation Agreement between ITER and ANSTO

ANSTO’s CEO has signed an agreement with the Director-General of the ITER International Fusion Energy Organisation to join an international consortium of countries that will lend expertise on the ground-breaking ITER fusion project in southern France.

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Early Career Academic Workshops

Higher Degree Research Student Supervisors


Funding Opportunities

ARC Important Dates and Messages

Academic and student funding opportunities.

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Equity and Access

Research finds gender bias in Australian media

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Departmental seminars

Mr Haofeng Lu - 12 October
Final PhD Seminar-InGaAs/GaAs Quantum Dot Solar Cells by Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition
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Ms Huda Alkhaldi - 13 October
Final PhD Seminar-Porosity Induced by Ion Irradiation in Ge and Si1-xGex Alloys
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Ms Kun Peng - 13 October
Final PhD Seminar-III-V Compound Semiconductor Nanowire Terahertz Detectors
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Mr Tim Burgess - 13 October
Final PhD Seminar-From dopant to source: The use of zinc as an enabler in the synthesis of nanostructures by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy
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Staff movements

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.

School Services (SS)
Mr Graeme Cornish 
will be on leave 1-28 October 2016.  Mr Craig Young will be acting Facilities and Service Manaager during this period.


2016-17 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards!

Nominations are now open for the 2016-17 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards!

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Training courses:

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"Do You Know Physics?" Quiz for RSPE students

The quiz is open to all RSPE PhD and Honours students. It contains 10 undergraduate level physics problems of various complexity.

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