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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 40 | 23–27 October 2017



Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

My thanks again to everyone who made Founder’s Day so special last week.  This week’s image shows one of those happy moments.

Today we commence a new and more inclusive process for appointing Heads of Departments in the School. The process has been discussed with the Heads and DQS will lead in the first trial of this process.  I met with DQS on Wednesday and now call for Expressions of Interest for the next Head of DQS.  At this meeting the DQS members determined the term of the next appointment will be for 5 years.  This EoI will conclude at 5pm on Friday 27th October and Stewart will be the Returning Officer.  Details of the process can be found below. After the trial concludes I would be happy to hear comments on the process as we’ll be running similar EoI’s this year for NP and CPF.
Jagadish will be presenting a public event as part of his membership of the Order of Australia Association next Thursday, 26th October 2017, on Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges.
A reminder about the final Grand Challenges public pitches 5:30-7:30, 31 October 2017 .  I wish all applicants the very best in this final round.  It’s been a grand commitment of time and I think the three finalists all represent the very best elements of the ANU collaborative spirit.
Have a great weekend.

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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

Professor Roman Zagorski - 20 October
Overview of the modelling activities at the Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion
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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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Staff Movements

Director's Office
Tim Senden will be in China from 22-29 October 2017. Ken Baldwin will be acting during this absence. Please continue to use the functional email - for all correspondence for the Director.




Joint Colleges of Science Equity and Diversity Seminar 31 Oct 2017

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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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ARC schemes are now open

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ARC and NHMRC Peer Review Process

Peer review process Workshop 5 November 2017

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