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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 10 | 27–31 March 2017


Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks for your feedback on the Frontiers, it’s great to see the ideas developing.  If you’re considering going up for promotion this year please leave plenty of time to have discussions with your supervisor and Head.  Those going for C, D or E should also talk with and Dean and me.  The next promotion round will be opening in July.

Lastly, I’m been having discussions with some Early and Mid-career researchers about building professional skills outside those you naturally develop within your role.  If you have any thoughts about courses you would like to do please drop me an email or speak with me.

Have a great weekend,




Plasma Research Laboratory (PRL)
Prof Xingqiang Lu, Prof Dong Xiang, Prof Dan Du and Prof Xinxia Li from University of South China, and Prof Xianming Song from Southwestern Institute of Physics in China to collaborate with PRL staff on H1 Facility 21-31 March.

We also welcome Dr Yang Zhai from China Academy of Science. Dr Yang is visiting us for one year until March 2018.


Science Early Career Academic Development Scheme

Aims to provide support, mentoring and training for early career academic staff in the STEM Colleges.

CPMS is seeking mid-career and more senior staff willing to act as a mentor for a more junior colleague.

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Media skills workshop

SCAPA will be holding a free media skills workshop for ANU staff and postgraduate (research) students on Thursday 30 March, 9am – 12.30pm.

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TPR Toolkit and Thesis Boot Camp

Research Skills Training offers a two day intensive workshop to support your TPR twice a year. Be immersed in an intensive ‘writing studio’ where you will learn the secrets of highly productive academic writers. Along the way, you’ll pick up a range of tactics and strategies to help you succeed with the rest of your PhD.

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Scholarship for Space Plasma, Astronomy and Astrophysics

The scholarship is intended to aid postgraduate and research students undertaking a project in Space Plasma, Astronomy or Astrophysics and in exceptional circumstances to an undergraduate. 

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Funding Opportunities

Academic and student funding opportunities.

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Departmental seminars

Dr Emma Sherratt - 30 March
The shape of nature: using cutting-edge imaging techniques and geometric morphometrics to study biological forms
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Staff movements

Department of Quantum Science (DQS)
Prof John Close is acting HOD DQS.

Electronic Material Engineering (EME)
Prof Hoe Tan is away 20-30 March 2017.  A/Prof Patrick Kluth is acting HOD during this period.

Nuclear Physics (NP)
Prof Andrew Stuchbery is overseas 27 March - 11 April 2017.  Dr Greg Lane will be acting HOD during this period.

School Services (SS)
Mr David Anderson is on leave 27 March - 10 April.  Mr Steven Huynh will be acting EU Manager during this period.


Searching for Alumni with interesting careers

Motivated by both the response to the RSPE Cultural survey and continued feedback from students and staff we are working to put together a quick series of short alumni profiles of Physics ANU graduates.

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Join the ANU Climate Change Institute or the ANU Energy Change Institute

If you’re involved in research on climate and/or energy at ANU, either as a staff member or PhD student, you’re invited to join either or both of the following cross campus Institutes:

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Equity and Access

Sex segregation set to get worse, says RBA chief economist

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The RSPE Autumn BBQ was a great success as we raised over $700 to donate to the Kokoda Water Tank Project, this will fund the purchase, delivery and installation of about half a water tank.

This is a fantastic result!

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WHS Training Courses

  • Compressed Gas & Cryogenic Safety (WHHR05) - 6 April
  • Laser Safety (WHHR26) - 28 April



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