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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 79 | 23–27 July 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all had a great weekend.

Heartfelt congratulations go to Dr Nian (Jenny) Jiang (far left in pic) on being awarded the highest PhD award at the ANU, the JG Crawford Prize for her 2016 EME thesis on the Growth and Characterisation of GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure nanowires in optoelectronic device applications. The prize, now in its 45th year, is awarded annually to the top thesis, one in the sciences and one in the humanities.  It is an outstanding achievement, please congratulate Jenny when you see her next in the College Research Office.

There’s a lot happening in the next few weeks, please take a second or two to scan down the events below.  Some of the important activities are focussed around the one year anniversary of the Australian Human Rights Commission survey into sexual assault and harassment at universities.  Please follow the link on Respectful relationships to see how ANU communities are supporting initiatives to make this a safe and inclusive university for all.

Please don’t forget to change your password well before 31st July or you will be locked out of your account. To do this just visit, sign in with your current password, navigate to “My Information” and navigate to the “Change Password” section.




Physics for Future Leaders

We would like to announce a new Physics course for second semester 2018 – PHYS2205/6205 Physics for Future Leaders – first lecture – 3pm on Monday 23rd July.

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3 Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) international research student competition is on again - 11.00am Wednesday 25 July, Finkle Theatre, JCSMR.

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ANU Foundation Day Lecture

Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC, Vice-Chancellor, warmly invites all staff and students to attend the inaugural Foundation Day Lecture 31 July 2018 to celebrate the University's birthday.

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Change Your Password

All ANU staff, students and affiliates need to change their passwords by 31 July 2018. To enhance protection of the University and in line with best practice industry standards, we are asking all ANU staff, students and members of our community with a log-in to our systems to reset their password. 

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MAGIC Workshop

Applications are open for the second Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop for women and gender diverse early career researchers with a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences, awarded within the past 7 years.

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Carers Development Fund

Applications for Round 2 2018 Carers’ Career Development Assistance Fund (CCDAF) are now open and CCDAF applications are invited from eligible academic and professional staff.

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Staff Training and Development

We encourage you to review the ANU staff training and development opportunities that will support your professional and career development needs in 2018. Please access the refreshed ANU Staff Training and Development website to find out more information about the range of face-to-face training and online training opportunities.

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Have Your Say by 12th of August

Do you use the number 3 or number 81 buses to get to uni? The ACT government is proposing to scrap the number 3 route through ANU campus and the number 81 route along Clunies Ross Street from 2019. The free city loop bus service will also be discontinued.

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2019 Westpac Research Fellowships

The Westpac Foundation is now accepting applications for 2019 Westpac Research Fellowships. This unique fellowship supports outstanding early career researchers whose ground-breaking work has the potential to make a difference in one of the Foundation's focus areas. 6 August 2018 internal deadline.

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ANU Physics Market Day

Over 60 ANU physics academics will present posters detailing their research with more than 100 student projects at all levels on offer. Market Day, Tuesday 14th August 2018, 11.30am-2.00pm, Oliphant Bldg, #60.

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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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Departmental seminars

20 July 2018
Dr Sasitharan Balasubramaniam
Wireless Optogenetic Nanonetworks for Brain Stimulation
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24 July 2018
Professor Mukunda Das
Bose, Bosons and Boson Condensation-Part1
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26 July 2018
Dr Thinh Le
Self-consistent tomography
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27 July 2018
Mr Jia Yang
Self-propelling Particles with Designed Geometry in Turbulence
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30 July 2018
Mr Alexander Bray
Does the attoclock provide evidence of a tunnelling time?
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31 July 2018
Professor Mukunda Das
Bose, Bosons and Boson Condensation-Part 2
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Staff and students are reminded that all RSPE room bookings must be made via the meeting room booking system found on the intranet. When accessing the private room in the Oliphant building please check the booking and knock before entering.


Jaegar Hub

Samantha Donohue, JH research officer will be away 23 July - 20 Aug 2018. Please use the email during this period. Thu Roberts will be the RSPE contact via the functional email.

Andrew Stuchbery will be away from the 24 July until 13 Aug 2018. He is going to Vietnam and the USA.  David Hinde has kindly agreed to be Acting HoD during this period.

Nail Akhmediev will be away from 20 Aug to 16 Sept 2018. As a Visiting Professor, he will give a series of lectures on rogue waves and extreme events at the University of Lille 1 - Science and Technology. He will also attend the workshop "Emerging Trends in Nonlinear Optics" and give an invited talk “Rogue waves: mathematical approach”.



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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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