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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 39 | 16–20 October 2017


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that A/Prof Matthew Sellars will be our first Deputy Director (Infrastructure). I’d like to thank the other applicants who all demonstrated their passion for the technical excellence and facilities in our School. My gratitude goes to A/Prof Penny King from RSES and Mr Graeme Cornish for their contribution to the selection process. Matt will lead initiatives that will support our technical capability and knowhow that makes the ANU a distinctly different research university.

Congratulations go to the three proposals, shortlisted to progress to Stage 4 of the ANU Grand Challenges scheme.  It is notable that RSPE is represented in all three GC’s!  An excellent outcome for all.

  • Your Health in your Hands: Future Personalised Medical Technologies for a Sustainable and Effective Healthcare
    Antonio Tricoli, Robyn Lucas, Matthew Cook, Hanna Suomi, Dragomir Neshev
  • Living Fluids: Understanding collective behaviour for bio-inspired engineering
    Hua Xia, Steve Lee, Gaetan Burgio, Lexing Xie, Michael Shats 
  • Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific
    Ken Baldwin, Paul Burke, Kylie Catchpole, Alex Hewitt, Yun Liu

For those who missed the notice, the Voluntary Early Retirement Scheme has commenced and eligible staff have been provided with the closing date of Wednesday 11 October 2017 to register for the Scheme.  Please see Director HR’s email for details.

Above is a photo of our late dear friend, Professor Neville Fletcher, entertaining us with his witty poetry.  This was taken at the EME farewell for him in early April.  If you would like to pay your respects there is a condolence book at the Front Desk, and the funeral will be held from 10:30 am on Tuesday, 10th October, at Norwood Park, 65 Sandford Street, Mitchell.

I hope you have a restful weekend.




Regulators have been calling for equal representation of men and women in health research for nearly 25 years. So why are women still underrepresented?

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Disability & Carers’ Market Day Expo on Wednesday 18 October 2017. 

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Opportunities Closing Soon

Clunies Ross Awards. Nominations for 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, Knowledge Commercialisation Award and Innovation Award are now open, closing 27 October.

The Dan David Prize provides prizes (USD $1 million each) in the selected fields of History of Science, Bioethics and Personalised. Nominations close 30 November.

The Kavli Prize (USD $1 million each) is awarded by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, for outstanding scientific achievements in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience. Nominations close 1 December.

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. Any female student that will have completed a full time equivalent of first year subjects by the end of December 2017 is eligible to apply. The student should have an interest in nuclear science and engineering. Contact Dr Anton Wallner for further information

The LUI Che Woo Prize (AUD $3.2 million) aims to address ever-evolving global needs and challenges. The areas of focus for 2018 are: Development of Renewable Energy, Reduction of the Impacts of Natural Disasters and Elimination of Illiteracy. Nominations close 31 January 2018.




Departmental seminars

Associate Professor Tian Jiang - 16 October
Ultrafast Spectroscopic Studies of Charge and Energy Transfer in CsPbBr3 Quantum Dots/Monolayer WS2 Heterostructure
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Dr Marie Jehannin - 26 October
Nanobubbles: what are they doing here?
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Mr Vidur Raj - 31 October
p-n Junctionless III-V Heterojunction Solar Cells
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Dr Rama K. Vasudevan - 6 November
Practical use of machine learning and data science practices in the big-data age of microscopy
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24th Canberra International Physics Summer School

Registration closes 16 October 2017 - The Canberra International Physics Summer School invites Australian and international students to learn about cutting edge research in physical sciences. 

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Staff Movements

Applied Maths
Martina Landsmann will be away from 22 September - 23 October 2017. All enquiries should be directed to



Senior First Aid Training - register through HORUS

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HR - What's On? Leadership and Staff Development

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Emergency Warden Training - register through HORUS

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