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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 17 | 29 April–3 May 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back from a glorious break.

It is my pleasure to congratulate Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish on being appointed Distinguished Research Chair Professor at the Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics (GIPO), Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University. This is very prestigious honour and Jagadish is only 6th such appointment since the establishment of GIPO in 1992.

Congratulations also go the ANU Rocketry Club who, on their inaugural entry this year landed second in the National competition last week.  The image above shows the ANU entry launching from Westmar, Queensland, where the team managed to place second in the flight performance, only 1 ft behind competition winners UQ at 10,130 ft. The team was sponsored by RSEEME, RSC and RSPE together with support from staff across the three Schools.  If you’d like to know more about the club and how to participate see their Facebook page.

The census date for PDRs is looming; 1st May.  Please look at the School intranet for guidelines on how to incorporate your 3-6-9 (, and the newly released CoS Academic Performance Guidelines below. These guidelines will also be an important part of preparing for promotions this year.

Later today I'll be emailing the School with details about testing our cybersecurity.  There are some important actions to attend to on this issue and I thank you in advance for working with the School Computer Unit in putting in place safeguards.

Finally, please note the EoI for the Associate Director (Infrastructure).  It is open to all Level C academics and above.

Have a great week.



Last Chance - Science Meets Parliament

Opportunity to Attend STA’s Science Meets Parliament  (Apply by April 30th!) - Science and Technology Australia has opened nominations for Science Meets Parliament 2019. This event is to promote interaction between government and scientists and was started in part by our own Prof. Ken Baldwin. 

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EOI - Associate Director (Infrastructure)

Closes 14 May 2019

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CoS Academic Performance Standards Guidelines

The CoS Executive Committee, has endorsed the newly-developed College of Science Academic Performance Standards Guidelines. The document is intended to guide Academic staff and their supervisors in the annual Performance Development Review (PDR) discussions and in the process of applying for promotion. 

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Woman in Science: beating imposter syndrome

Gender inequality is a complex and insidious problem with Women only accounting for 16% of science (STEM) qualified Australians. Superstars of STEM are empowering women to share their stories.

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Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP)

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

May - Partnership Development Funds

May - Funding Opportunity: UA- DAAD Funding Now Open

July - The State-of-Energy-Research Conference

August - ANSTO Access Proposals now open




May Seminars

2 May
Mr Alex Bennet
Low pressure plasmas in magnetic nozzles
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3 May
Mr Matthew Crabb
Periodic solutions to the infinite extension of the NLS equation
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9 May
Ms Lauren Bezzina
Examining thermalisation in heavy ion fusion using precision cross section measurements of the compound nucleus 220Th
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13 May
Dr Jacinda Ginges
Atomic parity violation and the role of the hyperfine structure
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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


August: 2019 Market Day in RSPE

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


Contacts for RSPE – College Jaeger Hub

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Physics in the Pub for May 28

Physics in the Pub - Call for presenters: May is Physics month - come to the pub with your latest discovery, most thought-provoking theory or phunnest physics phact.

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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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