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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 88 | 24–28 September 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

The winners of this year’s Grand Challenges have just been announced, and my congratulations go to Prof Ken Baldwin for leading the team on “Delivering zero-carbon energy to Asia Pacific”. It is wonderful to see physics again a key part of this fantastic cross-campus program.

This week’s picture shows Michael Blacksell in France presenting the Director General of the ITER Organization with a boomerang. ITER is one of the most ambitious energy projects even undertaken and Michael is in the middle of it for the next 4 months, where he’ll contribute his engineering expertise to an ANU-lead project employing diagnostics developed by Em/Prof John Howard’s group.

Founder’s Day Director's awards close this Friday.  Please submit a brief nomination for your favourite person or team, at RSPE or on campus, who work above and beyond by the end of this week.

The biennial Voice Survey is under way.  You will have received a personalised email to complete this survey, please use only the link within that email. To help you search for the email it will have come from “Voice Project on behalf of ANU <>" on or around Monday 17th September.  This is an important survey and many universities now rely on it for comparisons around the sector.  Our VC is very keen to have our feedback back the end of this week.

Have a great week,



Shower and Bike Locations

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Homeless Bikes

Do you have an unused unloved bike tied up around RSPE? Please take it home. F&S will be working with Security to remove all unclaimed bikes in the near future. 


HDR Mentoring Program

The HDR student representatives are starting a mentoring program for HDR students across RSPE! We hope this mentoring program will give HDR candidates the opportunity to provide support for each other, develop skills and expand student networks across the research school. For anyone interested in participating, please respond to the below google forms survey by 28th September.

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TTO Drop in Sessions

Do you have a question about the commercialisation of your research? Not sure where or how to get started? Come and chat to a specialist from the Technology Transfer Office.

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Equity and Diversity

Thought by many to have been snubbed for a Nobel prize for the discovery of pulsars, astrophysicist Bell Burnell has been awarded an $3-million Breakthrough Prize. She plans to spend the prize money — awarded 50 years after the discovery — on increasing diversity in science.

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Mentors Wanted

We are seeking women from STEM backgrounds who are keen to make a difference by coaching/mentoring a high school student who has enrolled in the Curious Minds program. 

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JCS Internal Hard Deadlines 2018/2019 Major Grant Rounds

The Joint College Executives have approved the introduction and implementation of ‘hard internal deadlines’ for the upcoming 2018/2019 major grants round.

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Opening dates of ARC Laureates and Future Fellowships 2019

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Now OPEN: NoIs for ARC and NHMRC schemes

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Founders Day 12 Oct

Don't forget to register

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Departmental Seminars

2 Oct 2018
Amol Choudhary
On-chip light-sound interactions for microwave and optical communications
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See below for the various absences.

Patrick Kluth will be away 21 Sept - 3 Oct, Lan fu will be acting HoD.

Andrew Stuchberry will be away 25 Set-1 Oct, David Hinde will be acting HoD.


Return Keys

With all the recent movement of offices, please ensure that any keys (office, lockers, filing cabinets etc) you no longer require are returned to the collection box at the Oliphant reception  If you have any unknown keys in your office drawers please return these too.


Senior School Administrator
Ext: 57100

Ext: 52847

Ext: 52480

Ext: 54244
Sonia Padrum on leave till 19 Oct

Ext: 50020
Julie Arnold on leave till 31 Oct

Ext: 52847
Nikki on leave till 17 Oct

Ext: 53423
Kath Hicks on leave till 2 Nov

NP Ms Lucia LU
Ext: 52083
Petra on leave till 19 Oct

Ext: 52480 

Ext: 52480 



Miss the Town Hall meeting?

Watch the construction annimation or live construction feed.


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

RSPE Building Updates



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