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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 91 | 15–19 October 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks for an outstandingly entertaining Founder’s Day.  I’m very grateful to the presenters, and all the many and various contributors over the past few months leading up to the day.  Next year is going the biggest yet as we celebrate our 70th anniversary.  

It’s going to be another big week for many of us with the School Review kicking off on Tuesday for 3 days.  In advance, a heartfelt thank you to all those presenting to the review panel.  It’s a chance to speak strongly about where you feel we need to go as an individual.  Principally, don’t forget to build on the strength of your own stellar research and teaching.  The Self-Assessment report could not present the enthusiasm you feel for your work, and in the ways illustrated so positively as we saw in Founder’s Day last week.  Take every opportunity to spell out your aspirations that might lead RSPE into the top 25 physics schools in the world. A review is one of those great opportunities the University gives us to identify and build on our strengths.

All the best to the Honours students, deep in the final stages of a very busy year.

Have a great week,




Congratulations to all the award recipients at Founders Day 2018.

The Directors' awards went to:

Ethan Barden (DQS)
For his dedication and initiative in delivering the MeriSTEM project, including teaching, design, and outreach, as well as project, resource and volunteer management. 

Jodie Bradby (EME)
For her leadership of Physics equity.

Andrea Butler (School Admin)
For her family friendly initiatives at the Australian National University

Shane Latham (AM)
For being the unsung hero of research translation in Applied Maths

Ed Simpson (NP)
For outstanding contribution to Science communication and promotion of RSPE and HIAF

For their selfless commitment to the School and broader communities in translating their research ideas into actual devices

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Founders Day - Thank You

To all the artists: Dige,Jessica, John, Larissa, Martin, Sue and Yuzhi, thank you for sharing your great artworks! Many thanks to Ilya and Huma who helped arrange the display area.


Thesis Boot Camp of 2018

Our final Thesis Boot Camp of 2018 are closing soon. The program, facilitated by Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, the Thesis Whisperer is free, accessible and open to candidates from all schools and colleges.

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How did they win the $10 million Grand Challenges? 8 Nov 2018

For the first time, the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Grand Challenges will share their experiences of working across disciplines - from idea formation to project implementation.

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Equity and Diversity

Two Nobels for women - why so slow? Women in science still don’t get what they deserve, explains Virginia Valian, 20 years on from her landmark book on bias.


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School Seminar

18 October
Anna Herring
Breaking the ‘Black Box’: Using 3D X-ray Imaging to Understand and Optimize Fluid Transport in Porous Materials
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The Jaeger Hub HR Team

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ARC Application Prep Workshops

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29 November - The ANU Energy Update is the ECI's annual flagship event - a one-day summit that brings together energy researchers, policymakers, industry and the public to provide an overview of the latest world energy trends.

29 November - ANU Solar Oration 2018: Can we make a 100% renewable electricity system?


Who is looking after your department this week?

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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

RSPE Building Updates



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