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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 4 | 28 January–1 February 2019


Acting Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all enjoyed a great long weekend with lots of fun celebrating Australia Day!

Last week the School hosted the last group of 28 NYSF students who visited the department of Nuclear Physics and Electronic Materials Engineering. Overall, RSPE welcomed four groups of NYSF students and a group of secondary school teachers. Thank you to all students and staff who contributed their time to host the students and teachers as it is a wonderful outreach opportunity for the School and the University that has proven to be fostering a new generation of science enthusiasts! See the happy faces in the picture above.

This was also the last week for most of our Summer Research Scholars and interns who presented their final talks on Thursday 24 January. A lot of the students talked about the great experience they have had while working at RSPE. We wish them all the best and hope to see some of them return to us as Honours and PhD students!

The Summer School on the Invisible Universe is now over. Thank you to the lecturers who dedicated their time in the middle of the summer to make this school a success.

The below picture was taken at the Physics in the Pub in the Pop Up Village organised by Phil Dooley. Thank you to those who shared their passion about Physics and Astronomy with the 200 persons who attended.

Finally, if you would like to have your ARC DP or DECRA application peer reviewed, you need to meet the Research Office’s standard review deadline of Wednesday Jan 30; If any of you would like to OPT OUT of the peer review process (even if you plan to submit by Jan 30), please let Ken Baldwin and Elena Ostrovskaya know by COB Wednesday 30 Jan.

Have a great (short) week!




Aust & NZ fellowships - Applications open 28 Jan

You may be aware of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australian & New Zealand Fellowships. The FWIS program was founded in 1998 with a simple aim; to ensure that women are fairly represented at all levels in science.

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Workshop on the quantum Rabi model - 29 Jan

This one-day workshop is focussed on recent and ongoing mathematical developments related to the quantum Rabi model. The quantum Rabi model describes the fundamental interaction between a two-level atom (a qubit) and a light field. As such it is of central importance to the physics of quantum devices.

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PhB Mentors

10-15 new academic mentors are needed for the RSPE PhB program. See details below regarding projects and responsibilities.

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ECI Open Day - 12 Feb

The Energy Change Institute Open Day showcases the latest energy research from ANU and provides a platform for exchanging ideas for ANU researchers, industry, government agencies and other energy stakeholders.

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Thesis Boot Camp

EOI for the 2019 Thesis Boot Camp is now open and closes on 15 February. RST will only be hosting two Boot Camps this year the next opportunity will be 8-10 November.

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Writing Coaches for our new Writing Centre

Seeking talented PhD students with a passion for writing and teaching, who enjoy helping their fellow students.

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ARC LIEF 2020: Grant Guidelines and Key Dates

The ARC has released the Grant Guidelines and key dates for Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) 2020 (LE20).

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Research Contracts New Process

In 2018, the Science based research contracts team transitioned to a university-based research contracts team. To ensure consistency across the Colleges, ‘in-principle’ school approval will be required to commence the review of research contracts (non- ARC/NHRMC agreements) and to proceed with negotiation on behalf of the university.

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Director's Office
Tim Senden will be away on field work during the summer. The acting Director will be Lan Fu 28 Jan - 1 Feb 2019.

Uyen Nguyen is acting Senior School Administrator 14-31 Jan 2019.

Patrick Kluth is on leave, Jodie Bradby is acting HoD 21 Jan - 1 Feb 2019.

Andrew Stuchbery will be travelling 26 Jan - 8 Feb 2019 Nanda Dasgupta will be acting HoD.


Recruitment and Selection Training

Staff within the ANU who supervise an individual or team (or who may do so in the future), are required to have undertaken Recruitment & Selection of Staff Training (RMHR02) to be able to act as Chair on a Selection Committee.

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Kambri Concert - Monday 11 February, 12-2pm: Join us to celebrate the opening of Canberra's newest precinct and meeting place, Kambri, at ANU. 

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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.


Finance Team Notifications

Note that it is mandatory to purchase stationery, office supplies and furniture from WINC. 

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RSPE Contacts

Jaeger Hub

Jaeger HR Team


RSPE Social Media

Just a reminder that RSPE has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

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Building Update

Two Weeks Ahead


Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin 

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

RSPE Building Updates



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