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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 31 | 21–25 August 2017


Director's Message

Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Market Day was simply fantastic!  I was so pleased to see our RSAA and RSES colleagues help pull in the crowds.  The venue had a great vibe and my thanks go to all poster presenters.  Above is a rare photo of Liz Micallef and Laura Walmsley actually sitting down!  At so many of these functions their supreme efforts are always greatly appreciated and we all know how much they do in the background, as well as on the day. Thanks go to the three Honours students Felicity Lee, Declan Pratt and Edward Smith Roberts for their excellent assistance. Masters of the Demo, Andrew Papworth and John Debs are gratefully acknowledged for providing the hands-on entertainment. While there are many Champions of Market Day I’d like to acknowledge sustained efforts from Jodie Bradby, Cormac Corr, Martin Conway, Patrick Kluth, James Sullivan and Matt Thompson.

Today you’ll see an email from James Irwin, our School IT Manager.  It details the serious assault suffered by our School servers last weekend. My heartfelt thanks go to James and his team who have worked so hard to recover our system.  Assessment of the attack is underway and will necessarily lead to some School-wide discussion on improving our resilience to these ever more frequent attacks.

Today is the last day of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, next week we’re in the College of Science.

Stay warm this weekend.



Market Day


TODAY - Mathematics Market Day

Mathematics Market day today! This event will be held at ANU Commons from 1-3pm, Friday 18 August.

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Distinguished Lecture - Dr Catalina Curceanu

Strangeness in the Universe and quantum mechanics with radiation detectors: from exotic atoms studies to impossible atoms hunting

11:00-12:00 Monday 21 August
Seminar Room

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Congratulations – 2017 3MT Joint College of Sciences

Congratulations to Maryam Boozarjmehr Bakhshayesh, Haitao Chen, Mitchell de Vries, Bryce Henson and Jacob Ross who represented the School in the Joint Colleges of Science 3MT Final on Monday 14 August 2017.

We are pleased to announce Jacob Ross from Laser Physics Centre came runner-up and will progress through to the ANU 3MT final on Wednesday 6 September 2017 in Llewellyn Hall.

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John Carver Seminar Series 2017 - call for nominations

Nominations are being called for the John Carver Seminar Series 2017. This is a fantastic annual competition that enables our students to showcase their research to the fellow students.

The Seminar Series will be held on Thursday 28 September 2017 from 9.30am in Finkel Theatre, JSCMR Building 131.

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Mechanical Design Engineering Support Opportunity

Seeking short-term Mechanical Design Engineering support

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics is looking for a technical officer for a 6 month secondment to work on an exciting Space project. 

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From the RSPE Equity and Access Committee

A leading sports administrator says skills development is needed more than quotas to achieve gender diversity on boards and committees.

Bronwyn Fagan, a special counsel at Russell Kennedy Lawyers who serves on the Canberra Raiders board, says diversity is important but governance, structure and skills "must be in good shape first”. 

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AINSE has funding to invite a female student from each of its 35 Australian University members to attend a school at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Lucas Heights.

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Science Week

Science week was a very busy time for many of us as we engaged with schools and members of the public. Khu is a regular performer in this arena and visited Arawang school in Weston Creek to tell year one students about light. 

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Departmental Seminars

Mr Artur Malaqius - 22 August
Experimental investigation on the role of external actuators in the success of AC discharges in the ISTTOK Tokamak
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Dr Arkady Fedorov - 24 August
A photonic quantum diode using superconducting qubits
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Mr Hervé Guillard - 24 August
Fast waves and incompressible models
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Staff Movements

Benjamin Parker-Brown is away until 28th August
Goran Randovanovic will be away until 25th August

PRL/CPF/TP Administration
Gaye Carney will be on leave from Tuesday 22 August, returning Thursday 7 September. Please continue to email for support. Please contact Andrea Butler if there are any issues.

Electronic Materials Engineering Administration
Julie Arnold is on leave 21/8-1/9. Please contact or see Lucia Liu (stores) for backup admin.


RSPCA Cupcake Day

RSPE will be hosting an RSPCA cupcake day to raise funds for the RSPCA of Canberra.

10am Monday 21st August in the Oliphant tearoom.

Our Team - RSPEct - is hoping to increase our donation from last year to $800.

If you are able to donate your time to bring some cupcakes please contact, otherwise please come along on the day with plenty of cash to buy up big on cupcakes for yourself, family and friends.


Professional Staff Development grants

Professional staff are encouraged to continue their growth and development through attendance at a range of career development initiatives. Financial support is available through the Professional Staff Scholarship Scheme (PSSS) and the Professional Staff Development Endowment Fund (PSDEF). 

Applications for round two close at 5.00pm on Friday 25 August 2017.

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School Forum

10:00-11:30am Wednesday 30th August from 10am. The new Dean of the College of Science, Professor Kiaran Kirk, will be in attendance.


RSPE Health & Safety upcoming courses

WHS courses book through Horus

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 Seminar Program - 24 August

Reaching high data storage densities in quantum memories - Dr Rose Ahlefeldt

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