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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 49 | 19–23 December 2016


Director's Christmas Message from Antarctica

It has been a great pleasure to work with you over 2016, and in particular share in many of your successes. The RSPE community has had a great year and we can all be proud of our contributions to our excellent teaching and research ethos.

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Departmental seminars

Mr Dhruv Saxena - 16 December
Title: Design and demonstration of III-V semiconductor nanowire lasers
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Mr Zhe (Rex) Li - 16 December
Pore-scale discretisation limits of multiphase lattice-Boltzmann methods
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Professor Mikhail Noginov - 16 December
Plasmonic lasers in strong coupling environments
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Congratulations to Profs Susan Scott & David McClelland

ANU Media and Outreach award for Reach and Influence

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Congratulations - Dr Alexander Solntsev

Dr Alexander Solntsev (NLPC) for his appointment as a University House Early Career Academic Fellow from 1 January 2017, following a competitive selection process.


Campus Security

With the holiday period now upon us it is important to be extra vigalent with personal and building security. Further details available here.


Funding Opportunities

ARC Important Dates and Messages

2017 Major Equipment Grants Scheme (MEC)

Academic and student funding opportunities.

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Equity and Access

Gender gaps and gendered action in a first-year physics laboratory

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I am an ANU Ally

If you have completed the training and registered to be an ANU Ally, display stickers are now available for collection from Tania Maxwell, EA to Director RSPE.

Further information, including courses next year, avaiable here.


Chemical users in RSPE labs

A new mandatory ANU requirement is for all chemical users to complete a 30 minute GHS on-line training module in PULSE.

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Chennupati and Vidya Jagadish Scholarships

Are now available for student interns from any developing countries for up to 3 months to undertake research study in any department at RSPE. 

Applications close: 23 December 2016.

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Staff movements

Director's Office (DO)
Prof Tim Senden 
will be overseas 3 December 2016 - 13 January 2017. Prof Hoe Tan will be acting Director during this period.

Mrs Tania Maxwell (EA), will be on leave 20 December 2016 - 2 January 2017. Urgent matters should be directed to during this period. All other matters will be responded to following this period.

Centre for Plasmas & Fluids (CPF) and Plasma Research Laboratory (PRL)
Ms Uyen Nguyen 
will be on leave 15 December 2016 - 23 January 2017. Mrs Tania Maxwell, EA to Director, will be assisting during this period.

Laser Physics (LP)
Ms Sonia Padrun will be on leave 23 December 2016 - 30 January 2017. Urgent enquries can be forwarded to HOD LPC or DA EME during this period.

Nonlinear Physics Centre (NLPC)
Ms Kathy Hick will be on leave 21 December 2016 - 30 January 2017. Urgent enquries can be forwarded to DA AM during this period.

Nuclear Physics (NP)
Ms Petra Rickman will be on leave 23 December 2016 - 23 January 2017. Urgent enquries can be forwarded to DA EME during this period.

School Services (SS)
Mr Graeme Cornish will be on leave 12 December 2016 - 13 January 2017. Acting F&SM 12 December - 2 January will be Mr Craig Young, and Mr Tim Sawkins 3-13 January 2017.


RSPE Stores

Please note that the Store will be closed Friday 16 December 12.30-2.30pm.  Any requests should be made outside of these hours.

Thank you for your consideration.


RSPE Student Office

The RSPE Student Office will be closed from 23 December 2016 - 3 January 2017 inclusive for the holiday season.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday.


The Licenced Grocer on Balmain

Holiday closure:

23 December 2016 - 23 January 2017


Vanilla Bean Cafe

Holiday closure:

22 December 2016 - 23 January 2017



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