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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 80 | 30 July–3 August 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope your weekend was relaxing.

My congratulations to Professor Jagadish on the recent announcement that he is to be awarded the prestigious honour from the city of Shanghai, “The Magnolia Award of Shanghai”.  I'll follow up with more details later in the year, closer to the award ceremony.

This year ANU is well represented in the Australian Museum Eureka Prize finals. One of the five is our very own, Dr Mohsen Rahmani, a finalist for the 2018 Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.  We wish him and the other ANU finalists all the best on 29th August.  Fingers crossed.

Last Wednesday our HDR Team ran the local RSPE 3MT heat, one of the largest ever.  Sixteen presenters from all Departments entertained the audience and judges with a 3 minute rendition of their thesis. Congratulations to David McManus (DQS), the RSPE heat winner for “The music of gravity”, with People’s choice being awarded to Timothy Gray (NP) for “Nuclear physics between models”.  Left to right, the photo above shows Daniel Higginbottom (judge), Timothy Gray, David McManus, Uyen Nguyen (judge) and Ilya Shadrivov (Judge).  Many thanks go to all presenters, Karen Nulty and the HDR student representatives, Lauren Bezzina and Jia Yang for coordinating the wonderful event, and to the judges for their contributions. 

Please ensure your ORCID number has been registered and you have checked the validity of your Insights data (

Also, don’t forget to update your password by the end of July.

Have a good week,




ANU Physics Market Day 14th August 2018

Inportant information: Register your intent to display a poster at the upcoming Market Day or volunteer to lead School or lab tours. Please contact the market day team asap on

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Science Writing

Engagement with science relies on good communication. Join Professor Joan Leach from the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science as she discusses approaches that work.

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Equity and Diversity

There are many reasons for which women are discouraged from entering STEM professions or from staying in them. The new annual Nature award recognises inspirational women in science, who combat the trend by leading initiatives to support increased access to, or interest in STEM for girls and young women around the world. (image Getty)

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Then and now with Ken Baldwin....

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MAGIC Workshop

Applications close 6 August 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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Global Young Scientist Summit

Nominations are now open for the 2019 prestigious Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) in Singapore - the theme for GYSS 2019 is “Advancing Science, Creating Technologies for a Better World”.

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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. 

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Departmental Seminars

30 July
Mr Alexander Bray
Does the attoclock provide evidence of a tunnelling time?
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31 July
Professor Mukunda Das
Bose, Bosons and Boson Condensation-Part 2
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6 August
A/Prof Jacob Krich
Intermediate band materials for high efficiency solar cells: overview and future directions
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Distinguished Lecture

AIP Women in Physics Lecture
Dr Ceri Brenner
Laser-driven beams: the next generation of accelerator technology
Monday 13th August 2018
2:00 - 3:00
Finkle Lecture Theatre, JCSMR, Bldg # 131

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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”.



Mailroom Services

Changes to the University’s mail and courier services - Australia Post has been selected as the University’s Preferred Supplier for the provision of Mailroom Services from 25 July 2018.

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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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