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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 20 | 5–9 June 2017


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

In the very early hours of this morning, Friday 2 June, LIGO announced its third gravitational wave detection. The infographic above was provided by Professor Susan Scott and shows the two previous detections. Please keep the great pics coming.

Please keep the positive feedback coming in around supporting our new administration teams. They deserve our support in transition and I greatly appreciate your comments

Wishing you a relaxing weekend,



ANU/UNSW(Kensington)/UniSydney 2U cubesat

On the 26th of May 2017 the ANU/UNSW(Kensington)/UniSydney 2U cubesat was deployed into orbit from the International Space Station while it was passing over London. AO03 is 10cm x 10cm x 20cm, weighs 2kG and contains experiments on radiation counting, GPS and spectral imaging. The RSPE group SP3 provided funding for most of the satellite and installed a tracking ground station on top the Weigold Building. The photo shows a bunch of 3 cubesats on the mid left about 3 seconds after deployment.


Equity and Access

From the RSPE Equity and Access Committee

'Dark Emu', a book by award winning indigenous author Bruce Pascoe, challenges modern re-tellings of early Aboriginal history.....

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Name Our Workshops!

The competition is on to find a name for our workshop that sings its praises to not only the whole campus and other University science departments, but also to the Industry and Tech sectors. Entries extended to next Friday 9 June 2017 - be quick!


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Upcoming innovation skills development

There are a range of skills development opportunities in and around ANU for those looking to develop their skills around innovation, commercialisation or entrepreneurship. 

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Media Skills Workshop

Free Media Skills Workshop for ANU staff and postgraduate (research) students on Friday 2 June, 9am - 12.30pm. 

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Capstone Editing's Available Scholarships and Grants

Capstone Editing small grants for women, postgraduate and undergraduate students (Many of these opportunities are closing soon!)

Please contact if you are interested in applying for any of the following grants.

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ARC Linkage Projects 2017 Round 1

The Joint Colleges of Science is calling for expression of interest for the ARC Linkage Projects 2017 Round 1.

Please contact the College Research Office (CRO, by 12 June 2017 if you are planning to submit a proposal in or before September 2017, see Linkage Projects

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Director's Colloqium

The first Director’s Colloquium of the year was delivered by Dr. Evan Franklin. He spoke about the requirements for a stable power grid as we transition away from synchronous generators to non-synchronous wind and solar energy sources. He explained how this is a complex issue that will require coordination of technology, engineering and policy if we want to keep the lights on. It was great to see a mix of people from RSPE, CECS and local government attending. In a win for twitter, there were also a couple of people from the Clean Energy Council in Melbourne, who happened to be in town for the day.


Dr Ross Stephens Celebratory morning tea

To celebrate Dr Ross Stephens great achievements and for all his contributions to the ANU we will host a School morning tea on Friday 9 June at 10.30am in the tea room.

All Welcome!


Staff Movements

Nuclear Physics (NP)

Prof Andrew Stuchbery will be overseas 4 - 25 June 2017.  Prof David Hinde will be Acting HoD in this time


Departmental seminars

Ms Andrea Hadley - 2 June
Etched ion tracks characterised by small angle x-ray scattering
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RSPE Health & Safety upcoming courses

 1 June - Electrical Appliance Testing - Refresher (WHHR09)

21 June - Electrical Design Standards Forum (WHHR11)

28 June - Ionizing Radiation Safety - Refresher (WHHR23) On-line module

12 July - WHS and Fieldwork Safety (WHHR30)

19 July - Chemical Safety (WHHR02) On-line module

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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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Research Skills and Training Opportunities for Students

Upcoming pograms from the Research Skills and Training Centre

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