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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 32 | 28 August–1 September 2017


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues and members of the new College of Science,

With the change of College name please remember to change your signature block, business cards and most importantly the address on your publications.  Our new Dean, Professor Kiaran Kirk, will be joining us on Wednesday at School Forum.  A reminder for anyone who would like their reps to present agenda items at the School Forum to send these to Sue asap.  I'll be speaking a little about Figtree and our need to monitor near misses. 

You’ve got to love a School that can raise almost $600 from a cupcake day.  Many thanks to all the talented bakers who donated their time and tasty cakes.  This week’s pic shows Pietro Toto, a visiting academic from University of Brescia who won the cupcake auction.  That monster cupcake was the creation from Nikki Azzopardi at reception. 

Founder’s Day is only 6 weeks away.  It’s a great public show of our research so please have a discussion in your Departments about your presentation.  Also have a think about who you would like to nominate for Staff awards this year.  I'll send out the details shortly.  

Speaking of public shows, ANU Open Day is tomorrow.  If you have a chance please pop into the PEC Teaching Space, near DQS. 

Looks like a great weekend ahead, enjoy the break.


RSPE MAJOR Network Outage Notice

26-27 August 2017 - Reminder - RSPE Network Outage - South Precinct. 

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ANU Family Friendly Group

Congratulations to Andrea Butler and the ANU Family Friendly Committee for receiving full funding for the Supporting Breastfeeding at ANU project.

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ARC Linkage Projects Round 2 2017

The ARC Linkage Projects 2017 Round 2 – NOI open 21/08/2017 – 11/09/2017.

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ANU 3MT Finals

6 September 2017 - see Jacob Ross, Laser Physics Centre at Llewellyn Hall.

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John Carver Seminar Series 2017

Nominations close - 15 September 2017.

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RSPE Equity and Access Committee

Public Lecture - Gillian Trigg: Sexual Assault and Harassment on University Campuses: Changing the course.

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Director's Colloquium - 5 September

MECHANOBIOLOGY OF LIFE - Elucidating, emulating and engineering nature’s emergent properties at the interface of mechanics and biology - Professor Melissa Knothe Tate

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School Forum

Reminder - School Forum, Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 10:00-11:30 RSPE tearoom. College of Science Dean, Professor Kiaran Kirk will be in attendance.


Departmental Seminars

Mr Tom Shiell - 1 September
Understanding new structures of carbon at extreme pressures
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Staff Movements

Uyen Ngyuen will be away until 1 September, Kathy Hicks will by covering.
Benjamin Parker-Brown is away until 28th August
Goran Randovanovic will be away until 25th August

PRL/CPF/TP Administration
Gaye Carney currently is on leave 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.

Centre for Plasma an Fluids
Robert Dewar will be attending a Conference in Indonesia 1-25 September.


IT News

NCI (HPC) training sessions in September.

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RSPE Health & Safety upcoming courses

WHS courses - book through Horus.

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School Facilities and Services

For any general building issues: lights not working, plumbing problems, doors not locking and so on, please use the school’s work request system to notify problems. 

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