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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 41 | 30 October–3 November 2017


Acting Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

This week there are some special highlights in Physics to report.

  • Congratulations to Daniel Leykam – formerly of the Nonlinear Physics Centre – for winning the 2017 Australian Institute of Physics Bragg Gold Medal for his thesis titled, “Wave and spectral singularities in photonic lattices”.  Well done Daniel – and best of luck for the future in your new position at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

  • The Physics Makerspace also featured prominently in the news this week, having played a key role in designing and producing the newly unveiled Australian of the Year trophies (see Stuart Hays' photo above).  Congratulations to John Debs, Ella Sayers and the team.

And finally a reminder about two events coming up: 

Best wishes,

Ken Baldwin
Acting Director


Thesis Submission Soiree

High Tea at University House. The ‘Thesis Submission Soiree’ will be held on Thursday 9th November 3:00-4:30 pm.

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2018 Major Equipment Committee Grants Scheme

The 2018 Major Equipment Committee Grants Scheme (MEC) will open in November. The MEC provides funding of up to $500,000 to support the replacement or purchase of large equipment for research.

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ARC and NHMRC Peer Review Process

ARMS ACT presents a workshop on the ARC and NHMRC Peer Review Process. Presented by Prof Stephen Buckman, Dr Mary Gray and Dr Ragini Singh from the ANU. 1 Moore Street, Acton - 5 November 2017

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RIP Robert Jack Ball
1 April 1942 - 11 October 2017

The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium
Monday 30th October 2017 at 1:30.


Departmental seminars

Dr Leonid Golub - 27 October
Nonlinear optical properties of excitons in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers
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Mr Naiyin Wang - 30 October
Morphological control and characterization of InP nanostructures grown by selective area epitaxy
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Mr Vidur Raj - 31 October
p-n Junctionless III-V Heterojunction Solar Cells
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Professor Mikael Kall - 3 November
Plasmonic Nanoparticles and Metasurfaces for Molecular Analysis
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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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Talking Tips by ANU Advisor to Staff - Gail Frank, the University’s Adviser to Staff has recorded a short “Talking Tip” about the impact of courtesy at work and some of the current research  in this area.

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Audit reveals sexism in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science.

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Morning Tea - Wednesday 15th November 2017

Morning Tea in Support of our LGBTI Community and Allies

The result of the marriage equality postal survey will be announced by the Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday 15th November. The school recognizes that this process may have been a stressful time for some members of the school community. A morning tea will be held at 10:30 on Wednesday 15th November to show support for our LGBTI community and ANU allies. All staff, students and visitors are very welcome to attend.



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