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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 60 | 12–16 March 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you enjoyed a warm and relaxing Canberra Day.

The QS World Rankings are just out!  The excellent news is that we’re now equal with Melbourne University at 28th worldwide for the Natural Sciences category overall.  At a finer level, Earth and Marine Sciences is 9th, Environmental Science 21st, Mathematics is 22nd and Physics and Astronomy is 44th in the world. This is a dramatic jump and reflects the global impact of our research. 

It is my pleasure to announce Professor Andrew Truscott as the new head of the Laser Physics Centre for the next 3 years. Please join me and thank A/Professor Matt Sellars for his excellent skills and dedication to the role.  I’m pleased to add that the School Executive will now benefit from his wisdom as he joins as Deputy Director (Infrastructure).

This week’s pic is from the late and dearly remembered, Dr Roger Heady (SEM of a radiolarian).  His work is part of the Imag(in)ing art exhibition running currently in Sydney.  Artists and scientists from USyd and ANU have produced jointly inspired works under the direction of Sydney-based artist, Jane Theau, all with imaging at the heart of their work.

Have a great (short) week,



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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PhB mentors required

We have 12 new Physics PhB first year students who all need a Physics academic mentor. Please contact Jodie Bradby if you are willing to mentor one of these students. All academics are welcome to participate in this important aspect of the PhB program. 


Carers' Assisstance

Applications for the current round of the Carers’ Career Development Assistance Fund (CCDAF) close on 19 March 2018. Successful applications will be advised in early April.

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Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2018

Nominations are being sought for this generous Award which provides funding of up to $15,000 to assist postgraduate research students enrolled in RSPE.

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Funding opportunities and prizes

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
PHC FASIC 2018 Program: 3 calls for applications are now open!

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Award for Space Plasma, Astronomy and Astrophysics

The scholarship is intended to aid postgraduate and research students undertaking a project in Space Plasma, Astronomy or Astrophysics and in exceptional circumstances to an undergraduate.

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Equity and Access Committee

Gender matters - Evidence shows that patterns of inequity in physics drive talented women out of the field. Here’s what physicists can do to overcome them.

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CAM Workshops

Introduction to Quantitative Microprobe Analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy.

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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 April.

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Nanophotonics 2018 – The Next Frontier




School Seminar

15 March - Dr Stefan Pavetich
Single-atom counting for modelling stellar nucleosynthesis
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Staff Movements

Benjamin Parker-Brown from Purchasing/Store will be on annual leave from 19 March- 6 April. All work requests should be sent to to be processed.

Facilities and Service
Graeme Cornish will be on annual leave from 13 March - 9 April 2018. Tim Sawkins will be acting during this period. Please contact Tim on

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

Research Office
Welcome to Katherine Hammersley, Assistant Manager (Research Management). Dr Mary Gray will be taking up a new role in the College of Health and Medicine (Grant Specialist) from 15 March.


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.


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


Building Services

For any general building issues: lights not working, plumbing problems, doors not locking and so on, please use the school’s work request system to log a job

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Deliveries to RSPE Store

Please address all packages and deliveries to RSPE STORE c/- 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.



Stationary Available at Oliphant’s Reception

To assist with making things easily accessible across the School, basic stationary is now available at the Oliphant Building’s Reception. Please see Nikki for assistance.


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