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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 14 | 8–12 April 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Recognition of our strength in Category 2/3 funding has been an ongoing highlight these past few weeks, and not least with the recent announcement of the Defence Next Generation Technology round on Quantum Technologies in which Physics won 3 of the 11 National wide projects.  Congratulations go to the groups of A/Professor Matt Sellars (LPC) and Professors Ping Koy Lam and John Close (DQS) on their award of this important funding round totalling almost $3M. Quintessence Lab, a spin-off from DQS was also awarded a project.  

My sincere thanks go to A/Professor Matt Sellars for his service as our inaugural Associate Director (Infrastructure).  Matt is soon to step down from this role and an Expression of Interest will open to seek his replacement. As the first in this position, he has helped to define this important part of the School Executive and has been a constant and strong voice for the technical capability in our School.  I greatly appreciate all he has done.

A reminder for all those who wish to work with vulnerable people that while the University is currently implementing a process that will facilitate this registration with the ACT Govt, the School will reimburse you for the cost of registration.  Please bring your receipt to Sue Wigley.

This week’s pic by Martin Conway at the presentation of the new-look John Carver Prize for the two top Honours students each year.  From left to right; Kay Song (2018 awardee), Professor John Carver (son of the late John Carver), Dr Andrew Horsley (grandson) and Lachlan Oberg (2018 awardee).

Have a good week,



2019 Market Day in RSPE

Save the Date - 13th August, 11:30-2:00, Physics South


Staff Flu Vaccinations – Appointments open

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Congratulations to visiting NLPC student, Liza Melik-Gaykazyan, has been just been listed on the Russian Forbes list “30 under 30” for her contributions to science and technology.

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15 April - RSPE Distinguished Lecture - Prof Molly Shoichet

15 April @ 12:00 Finkel Theatre

Tools of the Trade: Engineering the Cellular Microenvironment with 3D Culture and Protein Affinity Release.

This is a jointly sponsored event with the Research School of Engineering

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15/16 April - ASD - Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag (CTF) is a friendly competition consisting of assorted cyber security and cryptography problems and puzzles run by the Australian Signals Directorate.

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17 April - Thesis Proposal Review

HDR students are invited to attend a workshop on Thesis Proposal Review offered by the Academic Skills and Learning Centre and tailored to STEM students needs.

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29 April deadline - APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education

The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award which recognises young scientists from APEC economies who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research.

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30 April - Australian Academy of Science

The Academy is seeking nominations from existing Fellows of the Academy for diversity candidates, especially female scientists, for consideration for election into the Academy. Diversity candidates may be suggested via the Fellowship Director, Karen Holt (by email to au), by 30 April 2019. Please include the proposed candidate’s full name, email address, field/s of science and a brief statement (up to 150 words) on their scientific achievements.

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16 May - Review of ARC’s Implementation of National Science and Research Priorities

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Equity and Diversity

On Monday The Hon Karen Andrew, Minister for Science and Industry launched the Women in STEM Decadal Plan at Parliament House. The decadal plan outlines six opportunities to strengthen gender equity in STEM in Australia over the next 10 years, including establishing a national evaluation framework to guide decision making and drive investment and effort into STEM measures that work.

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Director's Colloquium

9 April
Prof Graham Farquhar
Using simple mathematics to explore the plant-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide, oxygen and water vapour.

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Departmental Seminars

10 April
Mr Lachlan Deakin
Mid Term Review
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11 April
A/Prof Conrad Burden
Branching processes in Population Genetics: Most recent common ancestors and genetic mutations
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12 April
Prof Hyeon K. Park
Newly uncovered physics of critical MHD and Alfvénic instabilities with 2-D imaging diagnostics in tokamak plasmas
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12 April
Ms Andrea Hadley
Development of Novel Nanopore Membrane Technologies
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Further details about School Seminars or Events can be found on the RSPE Intranet and School News and Events Page.


Building Update

Infrastructure Upgrade Program

Two weeks ahead

Two day program


Julie Arnold is away 17-26th April
Patrick is away 23-26/4 there will be no acting HoD

Cedric Simenel is away 8-26 April, Vladimir Bazhanov will be acting HoD


Contacts for RSPE – College Jaeger Hub

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WHS Courses

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Bin liners

With the changes to the ANU’s cleaning contract with ISS, office bins are no longer serviced. Staff are expected to maintain their own bin and liners are now available from stores. 


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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



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