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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 62 | 26–30 March 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Vale Helen Mary Crompton: 18 July 1924 – 22 March 2018

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the loss of a dear member of our School community, Helen Crompton.  From the early 1960’s, Helen was a central figure in the growing School community, after she and Bob relocated their family from Adelaide to Canberra as part of Vice Chancellor Leonard Huxley’s new Electron and Ion Diffusion Unit.   Ever since, Helen has fostered and supported students, establishing with her husband the celebrated Robert and Helen Crompton Award.  For almost 2 decades, this highly valued award has helped dozens of students pursue collaborative opportunities and develop academic careers for extended periods overseas.  The award reflects the thoughtfulness and caring nature that Bob and Helen have always held for the students of our School. Helen is an inspiration and she will be missed by many.

The funeral service will be held in the Anglican Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Reid on Wednesday at 11am. The family has asked for garden grown flowers only. I invite you to contribute flowers or colourful foliage to a School basket at the School reception by 9:30 on the day.  Please sign the condolences card which will be at the reception from today.

Kind regards,



Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2018

Aplications close 8 April: 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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Physicists see electrons outside their normal orbits for the first time

For the first time, a pair of electrons have been detected temporarily inhabiting higher orbital states than normal.

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General Relativity - An Introduction to Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Cosmology
Michael Hall’s up-to-date textbook on general relativity has just appeared, covering topics ranging from gravitational wave detection to our accelerating universe.

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2018 ANU Education Grants Scheme, Round 2

Applications are now open for the next round of ANU Education Grants.

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Job opportunity in the Joint College of Sciences Research Office

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PhB mentors  and projects required

There are 12 new PhB first year students in Physics requiring an academic mentor this year and PhB students are always on the lookout for projects. Please contact Jodie Bradby if you are willing to be a mentor or project instructor for one of our students. 

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Develop skills to make connections, identify new opportunities and create possible collaborations with key industry stakeholders.
The ANU Technology Transfer Office is hosting an intensive, full-day workshop for ANU researchers interested in developing their industry engagement skills to better foster these relationships.

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Where are the female first and last authors?

Women remain under-represented in many areas of science, but they are especially scarce in the pages of high-impact journals, according to an analysis published in bioRxiv.

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Call for nominations and applications for Australian Academy of Science 2019 Awards.

The closing date for honorific award nominations is 1 May 2018 and 1 June 2018 for research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships. 

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Fundraising Morning Tea Wednesday 28 March 2018 @ 10.30 - Physics South

School Morning Tea - gold coin donation for a hot coss bun.
All funds raised will be donated to the Mayoral Appeal fund hosted by the Bega Valley Shire Council.

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School Seminars

28 March - Prof. Masayuki YOKOYAMA
“Status of the Large Helical Device (LHD) deuterium experiment, and call for mutual interaction between the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) and ANU”
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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.

Petra Rickman will be away 23-27 March. Please send urgent requests to

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.

Theoretical Physics
Prof Mukunda Das has been invited to give a series of lectures in the 125th Birth Anniversary Workshop on Bose-Einstein Condensation and related phenomena at the S N Bose National Centre, Kolkata (India) and will be away 26-28 March 2018.



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.


WHS Courses and Asbestos Awareness Training - online training - mandatory WHS KPIs

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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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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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


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