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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 84 | 27–31 August 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks to all those who contributed to Open Day on Saturday.

It is a pleasure to call for nominations for the 2018 Joint Colleges of Science Excellence in Education Awards. Further information is detailed on the intranet. Nominations of an individual or team need to be made before Wednesday, 12th September 2018, with final applications from individuals or teams due 14th October 2018.

As part of contributing to the discussion on the Reimagining Engineering at ANU Project, your Heads are collecting early thoughts on how and where our research and teaching directions might potentially overlap with CECS. Please speak with them about opportunities you can imagine for new areas or improved opportunities for existing overlap.

A new University policy on working with vulnerable people or minors is being developed. In the interim, the School will reimburse the cost of any staff seeking their WWVP Card with ACT Government. It is a great pleasure to host young people in our School and I would be pleased to support staff who contribute their time to this important outreach function.

Please refer to my email on Friday about changes to parking if you happened to miss it.  In the difficult period ahead of us I kindly ask staff and students to be respectful towards those tasked with cleaning, moving, building and negotiating our way towards a new precinct. This is a period of great change and it impacts on everyone. Keeping a sense of humour can be a great attribute.  We will get there, and the final result will be fabulous.

This week’s pic shows Bryce Henson (LPC) showing three of the five Australian Physics Olympiad team around his lab on Open Day. From left to right; Stephen Catsamas (Marcellin College, VIC - Bronze medal), Hugo McCahon-Boersma (Sydney Grammar School, NSW – Gold medal), Boris Deletic (John Monash Science School, VIC - Honourable Mention). Alicia Lieng (Meriden School, NSW - Honourable Mention) and Vladimir Mikho (John Monash Science School, VIC – Bronze medal) were also part of a hugely successful event in Lisbon, Portugal last month.  Our congratulations go out to all the Australian Science Olympians who recently returned with 15 medals and 2 Honourable Mentions after successfully competing at the International Science Olympiads for biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. The UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads are the world’s toughest competition for some of the smartest students in the world. I am very proud our School hosts Australian Science Innovations, who runs this and many other science programs across Australia.  Olympiad team selection for the 2019 International Science Olympiads is well underway with over 6,000 students sitting the Australian Science Olympiad exams this month.

Have a good week,



Honour from the American Physical Society

This year Physical Review E celebrates its 25th anniversary by presenting a series of milestone papers on its web site. A paper by Nail Akhmediev, Adrian Ankiewicz and J. M. Soto-Crespo has been chosen as the most significant contribution of the year 2009.

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CCI - Lecture

Cleaning up our carbon dioxide waste: Technologies to achieve global climate targets
Speakers: Professor Klaus Lackner (Arizona State University)
Thursday, 6 September, 6-7:30pm
Copland Lecture Theatre, 25a Kingsley Street, ANU

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Pathfinder: The Journey to Now

Science alumni, join us for breakfast on Tuesday, 11 September from 7.30am-9.30am at the ANU China in the World Auditorium as we host Pathfinder: The Journey to Now – a panel discussion followed by a networking session.

Science as You See It

The first Science at ANU photography competition will showcase the 12 Science research schools through your photographs. Science as You See It! Winners will form the ANU College of Health and Medicine and College of Science annual calendar.


Linkage Projects 2018

Reminder: Linkage Project 2018 Round 3 - Aiming to submit by 15 October

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Professional Staff Development Scholarships

I am pleased to announce that applications for the Professional Staff Scholarship Scheme (PSSS) and the Professional Staff Development Endowment Fund (PSDEF) are now open with a closing date of Friday, 14 September 2018 at 5:00pm.

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CPAS Workshop for HDR Students

The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science will be holding a short workshop for HDR students of the Colleges of Science from Monday 26 November to Wednesday 28 November, 2018.

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Gendered Labour Roles and Rewards in Science - TODAY

In the Finkel this afternoon there will be an impressive panel discussing the topic of “Gendered Labour Roles and Rewards in Science”.  After her keynote, Associate Professor Sugimoto (Indiana University) will be joined by panellists Professor Therese Jefferson, Executive Director for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences at the Australian Research Council, Anna-Maria Arabia, CEO of the Australian Academy of Science, and Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia. It will be great afternoon, but hurry there are only a few tickets left.

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Departmental Seminars

27 August 2018
Mr Guillaume Gauthier
Superfluid transport in a tuneable atomtronic circuit
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CCI Panel Discussion - TODAY

Talanoa Dialogue: Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement
Monday, 27 August, 6-7:30pm
Australian Centre on China in the World Lecture Theatre, 188 Fellows Lane, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2601

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A fleet of new centrally managed printers have been installed around Physics South (excluding Nuclear). These new printers will use YSoft SafeQ to provide a flexible managed secure printing solution.

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Ms Julie Arnold will be on long service leave from 29 August - 5 November. Ms Sue Berkeley will be looking after EME and can be contacted via Sue will be located in Julie's office 1.30-4.30 daily.

Ms Sonia Padrun is away from 8 Sept - 20 Oct. Sareh Rajabi will be helping out in DQS from her current office and via email

Petra Rickman is currently away.  For urgent administrative matters please email


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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