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Weekly newsletter | vol 43 no 96 | 19–23 November 2018


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me and congratulate Dr Andrew Kingston (Applied Maths) for winning the “Outstanding Partnership of the Year” award from ACT Education.  The image above shows Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Ms Yvette Berry MLA (left), Andrew and the ACT Education Directorate Director-General, Natalie Howson last Thursday at the awards ceremony. Kids Hope is a mentoring program aimed at developing emotional and social resilience in children, thereby enhancing their capacity to learn. Andrew has been coordinating this program at Isabella Plains Early Childhood School and C3 Monash since 2010 with more than 25 children mentored, and many for over several years each. The team of mentors make a difference to children with each visit - spending time together guided by the child's needs and interests be that solar robots, Lego launchers, or teddy habitats. This gives mentors time to chat with the child, helping to build confidence and resilience. The mentors also build relationships with families. Kids Hope has become an integral school community partnership.

I am delighted to let you know that Chathura Bandutunga, our John Carver Prize winner this year, was awarded the Australian Institute of Physics Postgraduate Presentation for 2018 for his talk on  "Encoding Light: Digital Interferometry for High Precision Optical Metrology". Chathura received the 2018 Crystal Postgraduate figurine, and a $500 award from the Australian Institute of Physics (shown below).

With the ARC results hopefully due out any day now the College Research Office is starting to plan for the next round.  In the next few days guidelines for the upcoming round, including a schedule for peer review and compliance checking will come out on a School-wide email.  Please note the opportunity to reduce the excessive checking the Costing and Pricing Tool requires for those who submit a 1-page summary of their proposal ahead of the game.  The aim is to help you focus on the important task of writing and validating your application.

Have a great week and keep your fingers crossed that the ARC results come soon.




Public Lecture - 19 November

Proton Therapy: Precision Cancer Therapy for our Region - Michael Penniment

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HIA Symposium on Fundamental and Applied Science

HIAS 2018 will be held from 19 – 21 November 2018 by the Department of Nuclear Physics. The Symposium program will include both invited talks and contributed presentations on Applications of Accelerated Ions.

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URGENT Overseas Travel Advice

We have experienced some issues with ANZ purchase card use while overseas – transactions are being blocked due to suspicion of fraud. If you are planning to go overseas please ensure you have contacted ANZ to inform them of your travel plans.

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Equity and Diversity

Physics is a career that is unwelcoming to women in the first place, and isolating for many of those who do make it. A special report published in New Scientist on the 10th of November looks at the steps we can take to improve things. (image Miguel Montaner)

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Apply for ARC and NHMRC schemes

The Joint Colleges of Science Research Office (CRO) is now inviting Notices of Intent to submit applications for the following schemes...

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RSPE School Forum - 28 Nov 10:00-11:30


Departmental Seminars

19 Nov
Prof Anupam Madhukar
Spectrally-uniform quantum dot single photon emitter arrays integrable on-chip with multifunctional dielectric light manipulation units: A new paradigm for scalable quantum optical circuits.
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26 Nov
Dr Maxim Gorlach
NLPC Seminar: Interaction-induced topological states of photon pairs.
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29 Nov
Dr Howard Hanley
Maxwell’s Demon: a real experiment.
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29 Nov
Dr Arunava Mukherjee
Neutron stars in the era of gravitational wave astronomy.
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Director's Office
Tim Senden will be away in India and then on field work during the summer. The acting Director will be as follows:

19 - 21 Nov : Patrick Kluth
22 - 23 Nov : Lan Fu
26 - 29 Nov : in town
30 Nov – 18 Jan : Ken Baldwin
21 - 25 Jan : Cedric Simenel
28 Jan - 1 Feb : Lan Fu

Prof Mukunda Das will be away in India 21 Nov to 25 Dec. During this period he will visit SN Bose Centre, Kolkata, Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He will give Colloquia and seminars at these Institutes.


Two Weeks Ahead

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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.


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