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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 81 | 6–10 August 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a pleasant weekend.

The ARC announcement last week saw three awards to the School.  My congratulations to Prof Knackstedt for leading a successful Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Multiscale 3D Imaging, Modelling and Manufacturing. Joining him on this $4M, fifteen partner grant are Dr Mohammad Saadatfar, Dr Anna Herring, Dr Andrew Kingston, Prof Adrian Sheppard, Mr Levi Beeching and Dr Rob Sok, all from Applied Maths.  A fantastic win!  Also, announced was the award of two Future Fellowships associated with Physics. Congratulations to Dr Liam McGuiness who will work on a Single Spin Molecular Microscope and Dr Hongjie An for research on nanobubbles.

Congratulations to Mr Kia Wang, a PhD Student working with Prof Kivshar for the award of SPIE Education Outreach Grant to support the SPIE Student Chapter’s “World of Resonances: Nanophotonics Boot Camp.”

Hindmarsh are expected to complete all internal works to enable decanting by 20th August. If you are relocating please prepare as best you can up to this date so that removalists can complete the recanting process over the successive fortnight. Simon Foxcroft will be discussing further details with HoDs and DAs in next the next few days.

Parking?  Don’t mention parking.  The construction of the building over the next 2 years will see the removal of almost 100 parking spaces.  If you are likely to be catching ACT buses then you will be interested in preserving Route #3.  Please have your say and complete the ACT Government survey. The map showing the proposed new bus routes (excluding the #3).  Passenger statistics that show it is the 3rd most popular bus route in Canberra with around 48,000 boardings by month . If you are likely to be driving over this time then parking stations are the only real option.  While the ANU is currently developing a Master Campus Plan, which includes a strategy for traffic and parking, this is unlikely to have an immediate short-term impact on our precinct.

This week’s pic shows delegates from the National Applied Research Laboratories, Taiwan with their ANU hosts last Friday.  Many thanks to Prof Tan for coordinating this high-level visit and to all our colleagues who presented their research.




ANU Physics Market Day 14th August 2018

Inportant information:

For anyone who wants to print a new poster for Market Day, please have these to the School Computer Unit by Thursday 9th August, to ensure they are able to be printed in time for the day.

Please contact the market day team on with any questions

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JCS Gender Equity Seminars

Each year the JCS host two gender equity seminars featuring speakers who provide a perspective on gender equity issues in STEM. 9 August and 27 August, read more for details.

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Conversations Across the Creek

Conversations Across the Creek - 17 August 2018.
An initiative by the Humanities Research Centre (HRC) and the Research School of Chemistry (RSC) to provide a space for continuing dialogue among scientists, social scientists, and humanities scholars.

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Science Writing

Engagement with science relies on good communication. Join Professor Joan Leach from CPAS, ANU on 13 August 2018 as she discusses approaches that work.

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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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Departmental Seminars

6 August 2018
A/Prof Jacob Krich
Intermediate band materials for high efficiency solar cells: overview and future directions
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RSPE School Seminar - 16 August 2018

Dr Mark Lockrey
Cathodoluminescence – Probing luminescence on the nanoscale

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Director's Colloquium - 21 August 2018

Prof Matthew England, UNSW 
Dispelling climate change myths – how ocean physics can help explain surprises in the modern-day climate record.

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Patrick Kluth will be away 6-17 August 2018,  Lan Fu will be Acting HOD.


Meeting Room changes

The Oliphant level 3 meeting room will be migrating to the Reception Fishbowl over the next week.
Current bookings have been migrated.

  • The Huxley Level 4 Meeting room will be closed indefinitely as of 6th August.
  • The new Cockcroft Atrium (Level 4) meeting space will be available from the 27th August for bookings.

All meeting rooms are bookable via the Intranet booking page


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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