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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 55 | 5–9 February 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

My thanks goes out to the enormous School-wide contribution to the National Youth Science Forum this year. Over the past month close to 100 hours of high quality outreach was delivered, as showcased by Andrew Papworth below and pic above.  It’s a great effort and 35 years on we are seeing these graduates in important roles, around the world and the ANU plays prominently in their experience at NYSF.

I draw your attention to a National Meeting for Early- and Mid-Career Researchers run by the Australian Academy of Science.  The School will sponsor a number of places, so if you’re interested please look at the details below.

Expressions of Interest for the headships of Applied Mathematics and Electronic Materials Engineering have now closed. EoIs were received from Professor Adrian Sheppard (for AM) and A/Professor Patrick Kluth (for EME).  The submissions will be discussed by the School Executive  and I expect an announcement to be made for each position within a week.

Next week the VC will welcome the undergraduates to the new year at a Commencement Address.  It’s a great and colourful event, so please wander over to show our undergraduates how diverse ANU is.

All the best for the week,



Director's Distinguished Lecture

Monday, 5 February - Harry A. Atwater
California Institute of Technology
New Horizons and Grand Challenges for Nanophotonics

Schoolwide morning tea to follow in the link tearoom - all welcome.

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Mike Gore Physics Education Precinct Launch

Friday, 9 February 2018
- please register your interest in attending this event.

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ARC Peer Review Scheme

The School Directors of RSAA, RSC, RSES and RSPE have agreed to host a joint peer review for all DE19 proposals (23 Feb).

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RGMS for NHMRC Career Development Fellowships

Proposals are now open in RGMS for NHMRC Career Development Fellowships for funding commencing in 2019.

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RIMS: The first phase is now live

RIMS - familiarise yourself with your dashboard, ensure your information is correct and connect and review your various researcher IDs including ORCID. If you have any issues accessing the system, please contact the RIMS Project Team on ext. 50505 or

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Australian Academy of Science EMCR National Meeting – Science Pathways 2018

Registration is now open for the biennial Australian Academy of Science EMCR National Meeting – Science Pathways 2018: Diversity your Thinking (23-24 April 2018, Brisbane).

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NYSF - by Andrew Papworth

National Youth Science Forum - January is one of our busiest times of the year as the NYSF arrives on the campus. Our program in PEC provides an opportunity to experience experimental physics with activities that include Programming Edison Robots, Fourier Optics and Optical fibres to name but a few. The Physics Magic Show (copyright Ruvi) is always popular and the MAGLEV train never ceases to amaze! Their time finishes with a visit to OZGRAV: Impressive. Thanks go to Lachlan McGinnis, Ruvi Lecamwasam, Aqeel Akber, Mitchell de Vries, Lachlan Whichello and in week two Coffee Grounds.




Departmental Seminars

5 Feb - Dr Samuel Francis
The future of interspacecraft laser interferometry
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6 Feb - Professor Allison Cowin
Principles of wound healing and the development of new technologies and approaches for wound management
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8 Feb - Professor Klaus Bartschat
Electron Collisions – Experiment, Theory, and Applications
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12 Feb - Mr Boris Runov
Summation of instantons in O(3) NLSM and quantum-classical duality
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13 Feb - Mr Milos Rancic
Erbium and the Quantum Internet
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15 Feb - Dr Peter J Riggs
Why Does the Cosmos Exist?
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Electronics Unit
David Anderson will be on leave 1-28 February. Steve Marshall will be acting. Please contact Steve via email for any Electronic Unit matters.



Welcome to Xiaofang Li, a visiting student in Applied Maths for 2018 working in Sean Smith’s advanced materials design group. Cockcroft 4 48


RSPE Equity and Access Committee

Gender bias goes away when grant reviewers focus on the science, but female scientists suffer when their research proposals are judged primarily on the strength of their CVs.

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WHS Courses

Work, Health and Safety Courses available in February/March

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Carpark Closure

Please note the temporary carpark closure to the West of the Leonard Huxley building 5-9 Feb. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Price Rise

Please note that from February there will be a small price rise in the tea, coffee and biscuits available from the tearoom. Please note the pricing list for changes.


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