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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 71 | 28 May–1 June 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had an enjoyable Reconciliation Day yesterday.

We have a School Forum this week and key items are to introduce our builders, Hindmarsh, and to discuss the decanting process.  If you have other topics you would like raised please notify your representatives or contact Sue.

This week’s pic was taken at the Australian Launch Party for Grace Follow-on mission, Wednesday 23rd May 0530 (AEST), on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (inset).  A/Professor Paul Tregoning (RSES, shown left next to Professor Kiaran Kirk) organised the early morning event where he and Professor Daniel Shaddock (DQS/Liquid Instruments) presented the highlights of their first mission, Grace, and their contributions to the follow-on mission (  Daniel reflected on the origins of Liquid Instruments in technologies developed for first Grace mission. It’s a great story of research translation. Almost a week on and all is on track for Grace-FO.

Have a good (short) week,



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The University’s new Indigenous cultural awareness program, Core Cultural Learning, is now available on Pulse for all ANU Staff.

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Linkage Program Funding Agreement 2018-2019 - We are writing to notify you of a significant change in the ARC newly released Funding Agreement for Linkage Program (particularly relevant for Linkage Projects applied for in 2018).

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IOP have just released a new report, "Why Not Physics?" regarding girls' uptake of Physics at the senior level of high school. See link for the full article.

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DST is currently recruiting early career and post doctoral researchers. More information is available on our Early Career Research Opportunities and Post-Doctorate Opportunities web pages.

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2018 Bridging Grants opens 4 June - The Global Connections Fund (GCF) aims to provide funding support to promote Australian Researchers and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) collaboration.

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Visualise Your Thesis competition - training is available in May and June.

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School Forum

Wednesday 30 May 2018
Physics South tea room



Departmental Seminars

1 June 2018
Mr Zhe (Rex) Li
Lattice-Boltzmann Modelling of Immiscible Fluid Displacement in Complex Porous Media
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7 June 2018
A/Prof Sabetta Matsumoto
Non-Euclidean virtual reality
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Tuesday 19 June 2018
The Energy Change Institute - Open Day
The ECI Open Day will showcase the latest energy research from ANU and provides a platform for exchanging ideas for ANU researchers, industry, government agencies and other energy stakeholders.

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Head of Depatment John Close is on leave until 6 June. Joe Hope is acting HoD.

Kath Hicks will be acting Senior School Administrator during Andrea Butlers secondment to CECS. Kath can be contacted on

James Irwin is acting School Manager and can be contacted on


Two minutes now will save hours during your reporting  /promotion periods...

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There have been some recent changes to the eForm milestones, please read below for more details.

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RSPE Orientation

Every Monday at 10:00am all new starters are invited to meet at reception to have a short tour of the School’s central areas and receive a welcome pack.

Bookings are not required.


Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan



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