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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 19 | 8–12 June 2015


School Seminar Program - 18 June

Engineering the surface and waveguide properties of nanowires - Dr Sudha Mokkapati

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Plasma Research Laboratories (PRL) welcomes visiting students Mr Romaric Le Goff and Ms Hannah Willett. Romaric is a Master student from Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Cimie Industielles de la Ville de Paris. Romaric will be working with A/Prof. Matthew Hole to 25 August 2015. Hannah is a PhD student from York University. Hannah will be working with Dr Cormac Corr to 24 July 2015

Nonlinear Physics Centre (NLPC) welcomes Prof Alex Khanikaev, City University of New York, USA


Departmental seminars

Dr Helmut G. Katzgraber - 12 June
Seeking Quantum Speedup Through Spin Glasses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Abstract
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Honours Mid-Year Workshop

Thursday 11 June 2015 - Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre.

This is a great opportunity to get a taste for the research being done around the School, whilst supporting our Honours students as they give their presentations. I’d encourage everyone to join us for the day, morning tea and lunch will be provided. The talk schedule will be circulated early next week. Academics, please RSVP ( for catering purposes.


2015 Physics Project Market Day

18 August 2015 - Melville Hall

Physics Project Market Day for 2015 is fast approaching and we are now accepting applications for travel support scholarships. Scholarships are designed to encourage non-ACT students to attend Market Day and hopefully move to ANU for honours or a PhD.

So if you know of a student or a group of students who may be interested then please strongly encourage them to apply for this travel scholarship.

Further information:

RSPE Staff - We need your help in promoting these scholarships through your networks. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the amazing work we do at RSPE to potential students. Please consider sending at least one email to an Australian contact outside ANU to assist us in getting the word out.




Staff movements

Directors Office
Prof Steve Buckman is travelling to KL for the period 27 May – 11 June 2015.  During his absence Prof John Close is acting Director RSPE

Mr Rana Ganguly will be on long service leave 17 June - 6 July 2015. Mr Graeme Cornish will be looking after School Manager duties during this period.

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Ms Julie Arnold (DA) will be on leave 20 May - 12 June 2015

Student Administration (HDR)
Ms Luda Mangos will be on leave 1 June – 2 July 2015. Enquiries to Ms Karen Nulty x55195 or

Applied Maths (AM)
Ms Martina Landsmann (DA) will be on leave 1 June to 3 July 2015



The following OH&S training courses will be running soon

  • Cranes and lifting tackle (OHSA08) 18 June
  • WHS training for supervisors (OHSG28) 26 June



Funding opportunities

Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2015
Nominations are being sought for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2015. This Award provides funding of up to $15,000 to assist postgraduate research students enrolled at the Research School of Physics and Engineering to undertake part of their research program overseas or make a collaborative visit to an overseas institution, for three to six months. Applications open 1 June and close 5pm 30 June 2015.
Further information is available at

Ben Williams Student Support Grant
The Ben Williams Student Support Grant is now available for all undergraduate and post­graduate physics students enrolled at the Research School of Physics and Engineering. The fund will provide financial assistance to students who are experiencing health and well-being difficulties that are preventing them from completing their program.

Applications are accepted all year round.

ARENA R&D Programme
Supporting industry and research partnerships that seek to develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies, and to provide a broader range of energy options to reduce future energy costs. Expressions of Interest close 19 June 2015.

SIEF John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowships
A grant of $92,000 p.a. for three years targeting projects in natural or applied science with high potential for scientific achievement and benefits to Australia. Applications close 31 July. For internal review and submission please submit completed applications to the research office by 10 July.



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