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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 46 | 4–8 December 2017


Director's Message


Dear Colleagues,

This week’s pic shows one of our longest serving technical staff members, our WHS Officer Anthony Hyde, receiving his 40 year service recognition from the Vice Chancellor.  Please congratulate Anthony when you see him next.

On Monday 11th the ANU Family Friendly Committee will be launching an initiative to better support breast-feeding mothers on campus.  Our Andrea Bulter has played an enormous role is getting this started and you are invited to the launch (please RVSP via this link

My congratulations go to Dr. Dhruv Saxena from EME, in winning the Springer Thesis Award for his work titled ‘Design and Characterisation of III-V Semiconductor Nanowire Lasers’.

As many will know some of our long serving staff will leave the School on the Voluntary Early Retirement Scheme.  Although local areas will be farewelling their staff, the School will also honour their commitment with a traditional School plate, this year skilfully turned by Ilya Shadrivov.  This special School morning tea will be held on Wednesday 13th December.

All the best for the weekend,




Expressions of Interest

We are looking for new casual teaching staff for Foundations of Physics (PHYS1001) in 2018, semester 1.

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Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers

The ANU Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers (NECTAR) will hold its annual end of year event of 7 December. See below for registration details.

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Women leaders tackle gender equality at Iceland summit

Over 400 women political leaders from around the world met in Iceland on Wednesday for an annual summit aimed at promoting gender equality inside and outside of the political sphere.

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SAGE Webinar Series

SAGE is pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in a series of 4 webinars, delivered by Maureen Frank, Chief Disruption Officer at emberin.

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New ANU Family Friendly email group

The ANU Family Friendly committee is a new group of people across campus that are joining together to improve the ANU campus for all ANU parents

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Funtions on Campus eform

The new user-friendly eForm will replace the manual Application to Hold a Function on Campus form. The eForm will also guide the Function Organiser through the Functions on Campus application process.

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RIMS is now live

RIMS is now live. Visit and login using your standard ANU login credentials.

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Link Building Tea Room Costs

Could all users of the Link Building Tea Room please ensure that they pay for all items they consume.  Prices for coffee, tea and biscuits are clearly displayed. This service works on an honour-system so please keep track of your consumption and contributions. Thank you


Departmental seminars

1 December
Mr Shuai (Jack) Li
Threshold Switching and Self-Oscillation in Niobium Oxide
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5 December
Prof Oleg Lisovyi -
“Painlevé functions, conformal blocks and combinatorics”
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6 December
Dr Barry Green
RSPE & ECI present: The Status of ITER – the fusion reactor development project
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11 December
Prof Artur Malaquias
"Experimental investigation of equilibrium relevant profiles during AC transition in the ISTTOK tokamak."
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14 December
Mr Michael Barson
The mechanical and thermal properties of the Nitrogen-vacancy centre in diamond and their use in nanoscale metrology
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14 December
Prof Demetrios Christodoulides
SPIE 2017 Visiting Lecture - Parity-Time Symmetry in Optics and Photonics
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14 December
A/Prof Mercedeh Khajavikhan
SPIE 2017 Visiting Lecture - Coherence and Collective Properties of Metallic Nanolasers
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15 December
Prof Greg Sun
Joint Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, IEEE Nanotechnology Council & Photonics Society Seminar: Why size matters and how it alters plasmonic field enhancement?
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18 December
Profr Albert Polman
Time-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy of optical metasurfaces
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19 December
Prof Albert Polman
RSPE & The Academy of Science 2017 Frew Fellowship recipient presents-Light management in photovoltaic materials
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Applied Maths
Martina Landsmann is currently on leave and will work on handover on her return on Monday, 4/12.
For assistance with financial/purchasing matters, please see Lucia Lu in the RSPE Store – – x52433
For assistance with general departmental support and HR matters, please see Andrea Butler – – x57100 – Room Oliphant 4.05

Laser Physics Centre
Sonia Padrun has moved across permanently to Quantum Science to cover for Laura Walmsley.
Sonia will continue to monitor emails and process electronic requests for purchasing and finance
For assistance with general departmental support, please see Andrea Butler – – X57100 – Room Oliphant 4.05


Joint Colleges of Science, end of year celebration

Monday 11th December 2017 from 3:00-5:00pm

The lawns @ Science Central – Peter Baume Building #42

Register your intension to attend via eventbrite.



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