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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 76 | 2–6 July 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Our thoughts go out to Josephine Ivanic and her family on the sad loss of Drago, Jo’s husband.  Flowers have been sent to the family and a condolences card will be available at the front desk for your messages.

My thanks go to all those who contributed so much to first semester teaching. It was a huge effort and the School is very grateful. We are still critically short on contributions for next semester, and in particular for 2019.  As there is now a requirement that all academic staff will contribute to the education program please contact Professor Joe Hope to register your intent.  There are many tasks to choose from, including tutoring, curriculum review and design.

To align our School structure better with College nomenclature, the title of Deputy Director has been replaced by Associate Director.  This will also incorporate the role of HDR Convenor held by A/Professor Lan Fu, now Associate Director (HDR).

Market Day is to be held on August 14th in Physics South.  Please update your projects for this year.  While doing this, could you please ensure your Insight details are correct.

This week’s pic captures a moment in the admin team, with Michael Blacksell wearing a tie!! Michael will be acting School Manger for the next 3 weeks.

Stay warm, have a good week.



LAST CHANCE - buy a raffle ticket for a chace to win...the winning ticket will be drawn by Keira Joyce at a School Morning Tea - Wednesday 4 July 10:30am - Physcis South tea room.  

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3 July 2018 - Early Career Transitions in STEM Employment: Processes Shaping Retention and Satisfaction
A distinguished public lecture presented with funding support from ANU Gender Institute, ANU School of Demography and ANU Research School of Social Sciences.

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Hurry, last chance - Change the World with Research - 6 July 2018 - As a scientist who became an entrepreneur I believe that researchers have ideas and skills that can change the world beyond academia but they often don't reach this potential. 

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10 July 2018 - The inaugural 'Australia and the World' Annual Lecture 'Australia in the World: Raising our Sights' , Presented by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA.

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Call for volunteers (any gender!) to come and meet students at the Girls in STEM breakfast at 7am on Tuesday 14th August 2018. Please contact Jodie Bradby if you are able to assist.

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Redefining the ANU PhD Forum - The ANU Strategic Plan represents an opportunity to reimagine the ANU PhD, and better understand how we might better articulate our investment in and commitment to higher degree research programs.

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“Prickly Women” -- the women who don’t let things go, who stand up for themselves and others, and who question the status-quo of structural inequities and outdated institutional practices. They stick out decidedly among the “bro-hood” of academic administration. They have exactly the kind of insight and persistence that higher education needs today.

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The Schmidt Science Fellows Program has just launched the nomination and application process for the next round of Fellows for commencement in 2019-2020.

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Is physics your superpower? Help contribute question ideas for the next Asian Physics Olympiad happening in Adelaide next year. Share your ideas today and learn more.

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APR.Intern is innovating Australia and accelerating women in STEM through short-term PhD industry internships. We encourage both women and men to apply.

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Heads-up about quite a generous offer/exciting opportunity from one of our global clients Merck are very keen that as many Australian and New Zealand researchers as possible. Applications close 15 August 2018. 

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Youth Leading in STEM is an outreach program funded by ANU and led by students. As one of the activities we offer a session on optical fibre communication and digital coding. Mitchell provides support to students working with the Photonics minilab.


Keep Updated

Building plans and timelines are available via the intranet Infrastructure upgrade program.
Stroll through the foyer or the auditorium
Dont know where you will be sitting? See your HoD or DA.




School Seminar

19 July 2018 3:00-4:00
Mr Alex Bennet
Lab to Launch

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Departmental Seminars

24 July 2018
Professor Mukunda Das
Bose, Bosons and Boson Condensation
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30 July 2018
Mr Alexander Bray
Does the attoclock provide evidence of a tunnelling time?
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Distinguished Lecture

AIP Women in Physics Lecture - Dr Ceri Brenner
Monday 13th August 2018, 2:00-3:00
Finkle Lecture Theatre, JCSMR, Bldg # 131

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) international research student competition is on again for 2018 and the ANU is currently preparing for the School and College heats.

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Mr Michael Blacksell will be acting School Manager 25 June - 25 July 2018. Please contact the School Manager through

Mr Lee Phillip will continue to be acting F&S Manager during Graeme's absence.  Please contact Lee via

Welcome to Hannah Phan who starts in Store and Purchase team from this week. Hannah can be contacted on

Lucia Lu from Purchasing/Store will be on annual leave from 2 July to 20 July. Please contact while Lucia is away.

Patrick Kluth will be absent 26 June - 17 August 2018. During this period Jodie Bradby will be acting HOD 26/6-13/7/18 and Lan Fu is acting HOD 16-27/7/18 and  6-17/8/18

Coordinators Karen Nulty and Liudmila Mangos will be out of the office between 25/6/2018 to 6/7/2018 inclusive. During this period Siobhan Ryman and Petra Rickman will be managing the RSPE functional email account Please ensure you send official communications to this account during this time.


New cleaning contract

In the following weeks you will be able to see the first changes – the cleaners will be around the offices across campus until 10am every work day, your under-desk bins (for general rubbish) will not be serviced anymore, and the buildings will receive centralised bins to provide better opportunities for recycling.

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ANZ Purchase Card Rollout
ANU is in the process of changing banks, from the NAB to ANZ. This means that all ANU purchase cards (NAB) will need to be exchanged for ANZ cards during July 2018.

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The ANU recently entered into a contract with a number of suppliers to provide consolidated monthly invoices. Purchase cards should not be used for any order through these suppliers.

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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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