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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 56 | 12–16 February 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you had a great weekend. 

Last Friday our School joined the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) in dedicating the PEC teaching spaces, Makerspace and workshops in Building 38a to Mike Gore, celebrated member of Department of Physics and founder of Questacon, the Science Circus and CPAS. It was a splendid event with over 100 friends and alumni in attendance.  My thanks go to Kellie Takenaka and her philanthropy team from the College of Science for organising the event.  The Circus and Questacon team provided tribute demonstrations and our Kyle Hardman (DQS) launched a ping pong ball at 250 m/s through a drink can for an impressed audience.  It was all a great tribute to one of our most significant educators.

The EoI for the new Head of Laser Physics Centre opens today and will remain open until Friday 23rd February 2018.  After consultation with the Department the terms of appointment is 3 years. Please refer to guidelines and selection criteria found at 

An early notice that 3-6-9’s will start in the next few months.  Please take the opportunity at your Department meetings to discuss these presentations as they will form important elements in our External School Review later this year.  More about the review at the next School Forum.

The VC’s University Commencement this arvo!  See you there.

Thanks to Greg Lane who has added a nice LEGO set to the collection of toys in the School Privacy Room. All the best for the week.


Above image from ANU Media


Music on the Meadow - Monday 12 Feb, 6:00-8:00pm: Music on the Meadow is an annual celebration of culture and community held by the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre.

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ICONN 2018 - The International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology was held at the University of Wollongong Campus and hosted by the Australian Nanotechnology Network last week...

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ICONN2018 was held in Wollongong 29 Jan - 2 Feb 2018. Oral and Burster session prize winners include Helen Stewart (Poster Prize), Inseok Yang (Poster Prize), Rowena Yew (Best Oral Presentation).


Manju Prasad, DQS, was awarded the prize for Best Presenter at the International Conference on Quantum and Nonlinear Optics (QNO2018). This was Manju’s first international conference, making the achievement even more impressive. 


Farewell to Laura Walmsley - 10:30 am Friday 23rd February. The School will farewell Laura who is taking early retirement after a long and successful career a in RSPE. Laura will be presented with the RSPE plate at a special morning tea in the link tearoom. Card and collection jar at reception...


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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Research Internship Opportunities - available from APR Intern for PhD students

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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 - Diversity your Thinking (23-24 April 2018, Brisbane).

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School Seminars

12 Feb - Dr Mark Ho
Nuclear Reactor Design
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13 Feb - Mr Milos Rancic
Erbium and the Quantum Internet
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13 Feb - Mr Boris Runov
Summation of instantons in O(3) NLSM and quantum-classical duality
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15 Feb - Dr Peter J Riggs
Why Does the Cosmos Exist?
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16 Feb - Professor David W Snoke
Superfluids of light
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22 Feb - Mr Kai Wang
Manipulation and measurement of photon states in synthetic photonic lattices
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23 Feb - Mr Lei Wang
Advanced Wavefront Control Based with Linear and Nonlinear Metasurfaces
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26 Feb - Dr Natalie Holmes
EME & IEEE Nanotechnology Council (ACT) present: Green Solvent Processed Polymer Solar Cells
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Save the date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018 10:00-11:30 School forum and morning tea, RSPE link tearoom.



Electronics Unit
David Anderson will be on leave 1-28 Feb. Steve Marshall will be acting. Please contact Steve via email for any Electronic Unit matters.

Nuclear Physics
Petra will be on leave from 15 28 Feb. NP staff and students are asked to contact for any urgent enquireis or help.


Equity & Access Cttee

Will women be equal to men in 100 years?

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WHS Courses

Work, Health and Safety Courses available in February/March. Register via HORUS.

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RSPE Link Tearoom

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


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