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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 25 | 10–14 July 2017


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce that Sue Wigley has accepted the offer to join us in the role of Executive Assistant.  Sue will join us from the Dean’s office where she is currently the EA to Professor Andrew Roberts.  Some may even remember her from her time helping to run the PhB program with Associate Professor Paula Newitt, now Dean of Students.  I couldn’t be happier to have Sue join our School community and greatly look forward to welcoming her in August.

There are some great student profiles and a few new discoveries announced on the School website. I draw your attention to recent work from the Nonlinear Physics Centre.

The inviting picture above comes from Dr John Debs - The island of Ambrym in Vanuatu is an active volcanic with one of just five lava lakes in the world.  Nice warm thoughts for the cold weekend ahead.

I’m away next week and Professor Rob Elliman has kindly offered to stand in for me.

Have a restful weekend.



From the RSPE Equity and Access Committee

#LearnActImpact: 14 NEW courses designed to help you change the world

  • Learn about the issues you care about.
  • Use the skills you build to take action.
  • Make an impact in your community. 

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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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RSPE Projects Market Day - 15 August

RSPE Projects Market Day

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Departmental seminars

Dr Dylan Saunders - 12 July
A room-temperature noise-free quantum memory
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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
Professor Tim Senden will be on leave 10-16 July.  Professor Rob Elliman will be acting Director during this time.

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

Quantum Science
Quantum Science would like to welcome Dr Karl Wette who joined us as a Research Fellow, working in GW data analysis and new PhD student, Nutsinee Kijbunchoo, also working in Gravity Waves.


RSPE Health & Safety upcoming courses

WHS courses book through Horus

Thursday 20 July - Laser Safety Refresher (WHHR27)

Friday 21 July - Ionizing Radiation Safety – Machines (WHHR24)

Friday 28 July - Ionizing Radiation Safety (WHHR22)

Wednesday 9 August - Hazardous Waste Safety Officer Training (WHHR19)

Thursday 10 August - Ionizing Radiation Safety - Machines Refresher (WHHR25)

Wednesday 30 August - Corrosives Safety (WHHR06)

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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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The primary access for vehicles is the use of ANU Carshare.  Details on how to access this facility are on the CarShare website

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Electrical Safety

All staff and students are reminded not to repair, modify or interfere with electrical equipment in anyway.

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RSPE Concur support

Monday 10 July 10:00-12:00 (RSPE Seminar Room, Oliphant Link)

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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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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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School Seminar Program - 20 July

Self-organization in Chaotic and living fluids - Dr Hua Xia

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