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Research School of Physics and Engineering


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 48 | 18–22 December 2017


Director's Message

Corrected version

Congratulations again to Andrea Butler for her lead role involving improving breast feeding facilities on campus.  Our School will be donating the annual subscription to the Australian Breast-feeding Association each year so we can be part of a growing group of accredited organisations.

Last night in Melbourne Dr. John Debs was awarded a 2017 Australian Award for Teaching Excellence. There were 17 individual National awards, and the award is for a combination of teaching students to “think like a physicist” as well as learning space design and the makerspace.  Nationally, there were 4 awards in the physical sciences, but John was the only physicist. Nice one, John!

It’s a week for happy photos. Also, below is a photo from Sweden where we see our David McClelland standing with this year’s Nobel Laureates at the award ceremony.  This is a wonderful exemplar of how close we are to ground breaking research.

Congratulations goes out to all our graduands this year including our Honours cohort - see below with James Sullivan.

And finally, there is a special gift for the first person who sees me today and can pick the normal identity our School Santa Claus shown in this week’s pic.

As people drift of on holidays over the next week I would like to thank you all for making this School one of the best in so many aspects.  Have a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to working with you next year.

Best wishes,





Summer Shutdown

The Vice-Chancellor has confirmed that the University will be closed from close of business Friday 22 December until Monday 1 January 2018, reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Admin Team
Andrea Butler will be on leave from Friday 15 Dec returning Monday 15 January. Sonia Padrun will be acting as Senior School Administrator (General Team) for these dates and contactable on

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Departmental seminars

Professor Greg Sun - 15 December
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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Professor Albert Polman - 18 December
Time-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy of optical metasurfaces
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Professor Albert Polman - 19 December
RSPE, Australian Optical Society, ECI & The Academy of Science present 2017 Frew Fellowship recipient Seminar-Light management in photovoltaic materials
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School Manager

Change of email address - pls use 


Important Notices


Hard internal deadlines for the upcoming major grant round

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Energy Change Institute members shine at ANU Media and Outreach Awards

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Early career researches in RSPE - call for applications for the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program.

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Important dates for ES Financials processing by FSS and staffing levels in Jaeger finance.

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