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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 28 | 31 July–4 August 2017


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks to all those involved in the working groups for the new building this week.  Many of the technical details are being well tested and debated. I appreciate the due diligence being undertaken.  As one of most technical buildings on campus I’m glad to see such care taken over the details.   

At a special School afternoon tea on Monday we’ll be thanking our retiring Dean, Professor Andrew Roberts, for his valued support of RSPE and the College over these past 5 years.   Please come along and join me in wishing Andrew every success in his next venture.

The VC invites us to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the ANU on Wednesday 2nd August, ( He is using this opportunity to announce several exciting new initiatives for the ANU, and I have a sneaking suspicion that there’ll be something in his speech for the physics community. I encourage you to join in Foundation Day (not to be confused with our Founder’s Day - October 13th) on Fellows Oval.  The day will also feature a scavenger hunt, with some very fine prizes. See you there.

Stay warm this weekend,



From the RSPE Equity and Access Committee

Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests

Common stereotypes associate high-level intellectual ability (brilliance, genius, etc.) with men more than women. These stereotypes discourage women’s pursuit of many prestigious careers; that is, women are underrepresented in fields whose members cherish brilliance (such as physics and philosophy).

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How can your school or college benefit from Westpac Scholarships at ANU?

I invite you for a short information session to discover how your college or school can benefit from these programs and how you can support your outstanding students and ECRs to apply.

Westpac Future Leaders and Research Fellow Information Session

Tuesday 1 August 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Building 26C, CBE, Room 253 ANU

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Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC)

The first Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop will be held from 13-17 November in Canberra.  Applications are invited from women and diverse gender researchers with a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences, who are within 7 years after the award of their PhD. Up to 35 successful applicants will receive financial support for airfare and accommodation costs to attend the workshop.  Applications are due 13 August.

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Call for Participants – RSPE 3 Minute Thesis Competition 2017

The 3MT international research student competition is on again for 2017 and The Australian National University is currently preparing for the School and College heats followed by the 3MT ANU final. This event is for higher degree research students to showcase their research. The School encourages student participation from all departments.

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Science in the Pub: Physics

It’s Physics in the Pub time, so prepare to get the brain warmed up with phar-out physics from local researchers. You’ll be thrown into a black hole, launched into space, and subject to radiation. But it won’t be dangerous, just fun!

Ed Simpson ( Nuclear) Rod Boswell (satellites) and Matthew Hole (Fusion)  ( and me) are performing at this event:


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International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions

Prof. Anatoli Kheifets, the Chair of the International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions, has officially opened the Conference in Cairns on July 26th. The conference has attracted 500 participants from all over the world with the most active participation from the Asia-Pacific region. The RSPE and CPM have been generous supporters and sponsors of the conference. The ANU logo featured prominently in all conference venues.


Media Training

Brian Schmidt in conversation with Robyn Williams - Wednesday 2 August 12pm - 2pm

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Funding Opportunity: Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-Ps) now open

The call for applications to the Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-Ps) are now open.

The Programme is open to all industry sectors and research disciplines and funding is available to organisations from all industry, research and community sectors.

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Departmental seminars

Mr Harry-Dean Kenchington Goldsmith - 31 July
Chalcogenide glass photonic chips for exoplanet hunting in the mid-infrared
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Dr Daniel A. Horke - 2 August
Controlling the motion of very large molecules and particles
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Mr Xin Chen - 9 August
All-optical ferroelectric domain engineering by infrared femtosecond pulses
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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

Benjamin Parker-Brown is away until 10th August and Goran Randovanovic will be away from 19th July – 25th August. All purchasing requests should be sent to store or via email to


RSPE Health & Safety upcoming courses

WHS courses book through Horus

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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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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School Truck

The keys and log book for the School Truck are now located in stores.



A play about women and research - Ms Anita Zieher

Wednesday 9 August

The Research School of Physics & Engineering at The Australian National University together with the Austrian Embassy, Canberra, proudly presents Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible by the ‘portraittheater’ from Vienna, Austria.

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