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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 17 | 15–19 May 2017


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

The call is now out for the Frontiers.  It's likely we will need to finesse the review process as we go, but I will keep you posted after the next HoDs meeting.  Over the next few months we will also refresh the Departmental 3-6-9's.

The beautiful images we've been using above have largely been stock images from pixabay. I’d like to open this space to exhibit your beautiful images.  

To find out how and for information on Frontiers, 3-6-9's see 'read more'

Have a good weekend


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As part of our ongoing budget savings, we will be disposing of the School Golf at the end of June.  The transport options available to RSPE staff and students are available on the RSPE intranet transport webpage.


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Final Australian plasma in H1

To celebrate the last 25 years of the Stellarator's operation at the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility, the Facility held an event on Monday 8 May 2017 for its last cycle of plasma

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Equity and Access

From the RSPE Equity and Access Committee

Diversity in physics: Are you part of the problem?

Commentary from Ann Nelson, University of Washington, Seattle

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Research Skills and Training Opportunities for Students

Upcoming pograms from the Research Skills and Training Centre

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Opportunity for internship in the Academy's National Committees

The National Committees team is excited to announce that we’re looking for an intern to undertake a 3-month project related to Australia’s involvement with the International Council for Science. The ad may be found at the link below. Please pass this on to any students or colleagues that may be interested in working with the Academy and our wider community on this project.

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Superstars of STEM Program

Superstars of STEM will smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public
visibility of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017

This international forum promotes interdisciplinary connections between aspiring academics, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals, known for their excellent work.

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Staff movements

Director's Office (DO)
Ms Petra Rickman will be acting EA RSPE (part-time) until a replacement appointed.


Departmental seminars

Dr Lindsey Bignell - 15 May
Experimental neutrino physics
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Dr Konstantin Bliokh - 18 May
Extraordinary momentum and spin in structured light
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RSPE Health & Safety upcoming courses

16 May - Workshop and Trade Safety (WHHR32)

18 May - Flammable Liquids Safety (WHHR17)

1 June - Electrical Appliance Testing - Refresher (WHHR09)

21 June - Electrical Design Standards Forum (WHHR11)

28 June - Ionizing Radiation Safety - Refresher (WHHR23)

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Joint ANU/CQU Workshop on Computational Quantum Many-Body Physics

Joint ANU/CQU Workshop on Computational Quantum Many-Body Physics

Location: TP Seminar Room

Monday May 15, 11:00-12:00: H-Q Zhou Duality and fidelity mechanics: XYZ model

Monday May 15, 12:00-13:00: G Brennen (Macquarie) Holographic spin networks from tensor network states

Tuesday May 16, 9:30-10:30: V Mangazeev CTMRG method and scaling function of the 2D Ising model in a magnetic field

Tuesday May 16, 11:00-12:00: V Bazhanov To be advised

Wednesday May 17, 11:00-11:30: Y-W Dai Kosterlitz-thouless transitions in the antiferromagnetic three-state quantum chiral clock model: infinite matrix product state approach

Wednesday May 17, 11:30-12:00: X-H Chen Quantifying non-local order parameters in the extended quantum compass model


Next HoD Meeting - 18 May

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Funding Opportunities

Academic and student funding opportunities

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Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2017

Nominations are being sought for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2017. This Award provides funding of up to $15,000 to assist postgraduate research students.

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