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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 49 | 25–29 December 2017


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It’s my pleasure to congratulate both Professors Andrew Stuchbery and Michael Shats on their renewals as respective Heads of the Department of Nuclear Physics (5 year term) and Centre for Plasmas and Fluids (3 year term).  The EoIs for the new Heads of Department of Applied Mathematics and Electronic Materials Engineering open today and will remain open until Friday 2nd February 2018.  After consultation with the Department the terms of appointments for Applied Maths will be 4 years, and for EME 3 years. Please refer to guidelines and selection criteria found at 

Something for the break when your surfing the web.; why not take a virtual tour of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility (see:  This is an outstandingly informative and engaging tour and I’d like to thank all the contributors to the content, in particular Ed Simpson and Phil Dooley for realising this project.

This week’s pic was taken at Jagadish’s 60th celebration and shows (left to right) Professors Jim Williams, Ian Chubb, Jagadish and Graham Farquhar.  It was a great evening with many wonderful tributes to one of ANU’s valued leaders.  From the Directors Office, we wishing you all the best for the New Year,

Tim and Sue


Farewell and congratulations to all - more pics from December 2017...




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. Have a fabulous holiday everyone.

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

Julie Arnold will be on leave 21 Dec - 5 Jan returning on Monday Jan 8th.

Gaye Carney will be on leave 2-5 Jan returning on Monday Jan 8th.

Kath Hicks will be on leave 20 Dec to 5 Jan returning on Monday Jan 8th.

Sonia Padrum will be away 15-19 Jan retuning on Monday Jan 22nd.

For all admin inquiries during these periods please email

Student Office
The student office will be unattended on 2 January. 

Applied Maths
Adrian Sheppard will be on leave 2-12 Jan and Stephen Hyde will be acting AM HoD during this period.

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Important Notices


ANU Explains Australia's Gender Pay Gap

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

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Honorary and Emeritus Professor Parking -  2018

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British Academy Visiting Fellowships

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