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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 20 | 15–19 June 2015


School Seminar Program - 18 June

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

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Security matters

We have experienced two break and enters and a number of bicycle thefts in the last couple of weeks. Please ensure that all areas of the School, offices and laboratories are secure when leaving in the evening.

Also ensure that your personal belongings are safe and secure and take care with your personal safety.

More information on security is available at:

The School has a couple of swipe access bicycle parking areas around our School, if you wish to utilise these please contact your Departmental Administrator or These bike sheds are located at the Northern end of Weigold Building and in the basement of the Oliphant Building.

Internet Security

The University is currently receiving emails containing malicious software from internal ANU addresses. This is a major security issue. If you receive an email with an attachment named '' or similar, it is important that you do not open the attachment under any circumstances.  Should you have any concerns please contact ITS Service Desk on x54321 


RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee

The RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee has been established to assist in determining priorities for the advancement of an inclusive, fair and engaged School community.  The committee will review ANU access and equity plans and policies and make recommendation to the Director RSPE for communicating/implementing these plans within the school.  It will also identify current and evolving access and equity issues, and invite comments and engagement from RSPE staff, and support the promotion of equity and access within ANU and RSPE. 

RSPE Equity and Diversity Committee Members:
A/Prof Jodie Bradby (co-Chair EME)
Prof Vince Craig (co-Chair Applied Maths)
Dr Hua Xia (Plasma)
A/Prof Patrick Kluth (EME)
A/Prof Matthew Hole (Plasma)
Ms Martina Landsmann (Applied Maths DA)
Ms Kaitlin Cook (PhD Student – Nuclear Physics)
Mr Craig Young (Workshop manager)
Dr Elena Ostrovskaya (Non-linear)
A/Prof Joe Hope (DQS)




Staff movements

Directors Office
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.

Laser Physics
A/Prof Matthew Sellars
will be absent 15 - 28 June 2015.  Prof Andrei Rode will be Acting HoD during this period.

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



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.


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

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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