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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 59 | 5–9 March 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a pleasant weekend.  After the flurry of the last few weeks this one seems comparatively quiet-ish.

The Electronic Unit is temporarily closed while we investigate the presence of a hazardous material.  I’m expecting that the Unit will re-open shortly, but until it does please be accommodating of our EU staff who would dearly love to get back working with you.

This week’s pic is of renowned alumnus, Professor Paul Sanberg, who will give a Distinguished Lecture on 'Innovation and the Translation of Research to Industry', Wednesday 7th March 2-3pm, at the China in the World Auditorium. 

On the theme of engagement I also draw your attention to a workshop targeted on how to go about building external connection hosted by Dr Shannon Notley (see below, “Making Connections”)

Best regards,




Carpark closure - storm water blockages around the Nuclear Physics Building...

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RSPE Emergency Procedures

All staff and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the school emergency procedures. Please see the intranet for complete details.

RSPE Guide to safety


HDR Survey

Friday 9 March 2018 deadline - The Australian Commonwealth Department of Education requires information about HDR student involvement with formal and informal non-university individuals/organisations who they engage with during the course of their research.

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Ally Training

We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive campus where all people can safely work and study free of harassment or discrimination. In support of this we have 5 sessions on Ally Training in 2018, with spaces available in the upcoming session on Wednesday 7 March.

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Equity and Access Commitee

Music festivals pledge 50/50 gender equality
The days of male-dominated music festivals could be drawing to a close, after 45 events pledged to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2022.

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Funding opportunities and prizes

Closing Soon

L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowships
Prime Minister’s Prize for Science (AUD $250,000)
Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science (AUD $300,000)

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Workshop with Shannon Notley - 14 March

A workshop about developing relationships with government and industry, please register your interest with Sue Wigley (

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School Seminars

5 March - Dr Kaushik Banerjee
Fission dynamics in the Super Heavy Nuclei
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5 March - Prof Nader Engheta
2018 SPIE Visiting Lecture - Extreme Photonics
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6-7 March - Nanophotonics 2018 The Next Frontier
Refer to the Program for Speaker details
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8 March - Ms Bijun Zhao
Epitaxial growth, optical properties and structural studies of GaN nanorods and related heterostructures
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8 March - Mr Bryce Henson
Experiments in He* BEC’s:Cherenkov Radiation in an Atom Laser and Optimal Transport With Machine Learning
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Staff Movements

While we undertake the recruitment process to replace Laura’s position in the Student Administration area, Karen Nulty will be assisting PEC with student related matters. Karen will be located in Laura’s office in building 38a on Monday, Wednesday (full days 9.30am to 5pm) and Friday afternoon (2pm – 5 pm). Karen can be contact via email

Welcome to Nikki Azzopardi who joins the general stream as a School Administrative Assistant and will continue to maintain reception along with other School administration tasks.



Building Security

Our cleaning staff have bought to our attention that a number of offices and external windows are being left unlocked overnight.  Can everyone please ensure that our laboratories, offices, external doors and windows are secure when leaving in the evenings.


Reminder Please address packages and deliveries to RSPE STORE – Bld 58 West End of Garran Road, 2601 ACTON. Canberra. Deliveries will be signed for and kept safe for your collection.

Please do not use Bld 60 or 59, these numbers cause confusion for the couriers.



WHS Courses

Information about promoting and ensuring health and safety in the university workplace can be found at the ANU Health and Safety site.

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

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