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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 57 | 19–23 February 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to congratulate, Professor Stephen Hyde (Applied Maths), on his award of the Camurus Lipid Research Foundation Prize Laureate for his contributions to the science of lipid self-assembly, structures and functions.

Please welcome Associate Professor Patrick Kluth as the new Head of Electronic Materials Engineering.  I would like to thank Professor Hoe Tan for his leadership of EME over the past 3 years, as well as his valued contributions to the School community in that time.  I am pleased to announce that Professor Adrian Sheppard has renewed his headship of Applied Mathematics for a second term.

Over the next few weeks your Heads will start the discussion around the 3-6-9 presentations.  These will form an important part of our preparation for the School review in September and I'll be sending out guidelines after Heads of Department meeting this Thursday.

This weeks pic is from the Mike Gore dedication of the PEC teaching space and workshops.

I hope the Year of the Dog brings you all the best.





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

Friday 23rd February - The School Directros of RSAA, RSC, RSES and RSPE have agreed to host a joint peer review for all DE19 proposals.

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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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Equity & Access Cttee

Female athletes race towards gender equality at Winter Olympics

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Counselling Centre Group Programs for staff and students, Semester 1 program is now available.

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WHS Courses

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

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Reminder to address packages to the RSPE stores so they are signed for and keep safe until collected.  Deliveries to reception will be placed in departmental pigeon holes which are not secure.


Distinguished Lecture - 7 March 2018 - China in the World Auditorium

Innovation and the Translation of Research to Industry - Professor Paul Sanberg, Fulbright Specialist and ANU Alumnus

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Wednesday, 28th Feb 2018
10:00-11:30 School forum and morning tea, RSPE link tearoom.


School Seminars

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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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.

Andrea Butler will be away on leave Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd February. Please contact for any items needing immediate attention.


Welcome to Caroline Milliotte a visitor to Applied Mathematics

Welcome Sebastian Lavin Varela a new PhD student with Andrei Rode to Laser Physics Centre


Dr Phil Dooley, Media and Communications Project Manager has left RSPE to pursue a freelance communications career. For RSPE related questions please contact school manager 

For media office-related enquiries please call the ANU media hotline 02 6125 7979, or email


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.

Booking the link tearoom for school functions can now be done via the meeting room booking system. Please see reception for further details.


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