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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 24 | 3–7 July 2017


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks for the active discussion at Forum this week.  Important stuff and good for me to hear. 

Your Heads will be discussing 3-6-9’s with you shortly with the aim to present them over the next 2 months.  Please refer to the links from this section in the 17th Event Horizon (19th May) for details.  I’m hoping to see where Grand Challenges proposals and Frontiers might span across several 3-6-9s.

This week’s happy picture comes from Cormac Corr and shows Cormac with a bunch of his friends playing soccer beside the castle he rented for his recent 40th birthday party. The castle dates from 1280 and is located in South West Ireland.

Enjoy the weekend.


PS. Don’t forget to review your projects for the Market Day Booklet. See below.


RSPE Concur support

RSPE will be running sessions in early July to support purchase card holders to submit their first reports. Purchase card holders can bring their laptops, mobile devices and receipts to these sessions and receive support from RSPE staff.

The current sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday 5 July 10:30-12:30 (RSPE Conference Room, Oliphant Link)
  • Friday 7 July 10:00-11:30am (Physics North)
  • Monday 10 July 10:00-12:00 (RSPE Seminar Room, Oliphant Link)

These sessions will have a central ANU concur person in attendance along with local RSPE administrators.


To quota or not to quota

from Women on Boards 

The release earlier this month of the AICD’s most recent gender diversity report indicates that their PR campaign to increase female representation on ASX 200 boards to achieve 30% is far from over. which again is hardly surprising as, to realise this modest target, well-qualified and credentialled men are going to have to get off boards for equally qualified and credentialled women to get a gig. 

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ON Prime:Defence

DST Group would like to bring to your attention the opportunity to participate in the next ON Prime:Defence program. ON Prime:Defence is a part-time pre-accelerator experience designed for innovative science and technology that has the potential to deliver real impact for Australia's national security and defence.

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Call for Expression of Interest for RSPE Summer Research Scholarship Coordinator

The School welcomes expression of interests from RSPE mid-career researchers to take on the role as the RSPE 201­7-2018 Summer Research Scholarship (SRS) Coordinator.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 31 July 2017.

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Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Please encourage your best students to apply for a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship at ANU

Applications are now open for the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. Colleges, schools, centres and supervisors play a key role in cultivating talent at ANU and I urge you to seek out your exceptional students who have the potential to make a difference to Australia’s future and encourage them to apply.

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Call for RSPE Student Representatives for student event coordination

The RSPE Student Admin team welcomes up to two student volunteers as representatives from each department to assist with planning and management of student events (RSPE Student Barbecue in July and Student Retreat in November 2017).

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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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RSPE Projects Market Day - 15 August

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Departmental seminars

Dr Daniel Braak - 5 July
Theoretical Physics @ ANU Seminar
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Mr Song Cheng - 6 July
Department of Theoretical Physics Seminar
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Professor Ross Stephens - 21 July
Cancer as Mutation Driven Deregulated Growth and Dedifferentiation
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Dr Daniel A. Horke - 2 August
Controlling the motion of very large molecules and particles
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Professor Peter Gill - 11 August
Accurate solutions of the Schrödinger equation for electrons on spheres
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Staff Movements

Director's Office
Mrs Andrea Butler will be covering the EA role until the role is filled.

School Manager
Stewart Hilton will be on leave 1-10 July. James Irwin will be acting School Manager during this time.

Electronics Materials Enginering (EME)
Prof Hoe Tan is away 17 June to  4  July. A/Prof Lan Fu will be Acting HOD in this time.

Applied Mathematics
Adrian Sheppard will be on leave from 3 to 14 July.  Vince Craig will be acting HoD during this period.

A/Prof. Matthew Hole of CPF will be away from 29/06/2017 - 17/07/2017 inclusive, representing Australia at the International Fusion Research Council meeting of the IAEA in Vienna, and on research collaboration at ITER  and UKAEA


RSPE Health & Safety upcoming courses

12 July - WHS and Fieldwork Safety (WHHR30)

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

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Figtree Training

Supervisors - HRFIG4 – Figtree Training for ANU Supervisors

The University's new workplace safety incident and hazard reporting tool, Figtree, will go live on 1 July 2017.

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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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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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ANU encourages all researchers, including PhD students, academic staff and research-active professional staff, to register for an ORCID identifier and share your iD with us to assist in your research career.

This is a way to ensure that research information is attributed to the correct person and will eventually help with things like HERDC returns. Many publishers are also putting ORCID numbers into authorship lists of papers, so registering is really a no-brainer.

Training sessions

Training is available from the ANU Library including tailored presentations and general sessions.

» upcoming sessions

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Director's Colloquium - 4 July

Making Darkness Visible - Associate Professor Alan Duffy

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