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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 18 | 6–10 May 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

With the glorious weather continuing I hope you had a chance to enjoy your weekend.

I am thrilled to announce the establishment of the Joint College of Science, between the ANU and Shandong University has been formally approved.  We are one of the four Research Schools (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology) to constitute to this joint University College, which will develop a focussed curriculum with Shandong University to recruit their top students directly into our Masters program.  To kick-off this major collaboration, the College of Science welcomed a senior delegation from Shandong University, including the President and Vice-President of Shandong University Weihai.  (Images: left President Liu Jianya and me, and right the joint physics discipline panel aligning curricula on Friday last week).  My thanks go to our Dean, Professor Kiaran Kirk, Deputy Dean Education, A/Professor Anna Cowan and Mr Jay Poria, Manager International Development & Partnerships for their persistent leadership that got this exciting relationship through many challenging hurdles.  My gratitude and thanks also go to Professor John Close and the then Dean, Professor Andrew Roberts who conceived of this program and from the very onset inspired and worked with us to establish the partnership.  My continuing appreciation go to A/Professor Jong Chow and Professor Joe Hope for their expertise in developing the joint curriculum which will make this relationship so valuable to all parties.  In the next few weeks a general call will go out to all interested in contributing to this ANU-Shandong College of Science program.

Have a great week,



EOI - Associate Director (Infrastructure)

Closes 14 May 2019

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ANU Story - Staff Forum - 9 May

We need your help. It is important that we have a strong cross section of staff contributing to the ANU Story project through a staff forum on May 9 and an upcoming all staff survey.

The next step is an upcoming staff forum with our research agency, Pollinate. This will be a highly interactive session where some of the results stemming from focus groups and interviews will be shared, and you will have the opportunity to provide your input. A staff survey will then be sent to all staff to ensure that every staff members gets the opportunity to have their say.  

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Congratulations - Dr. Sergey Kruk

Dr. Sergey Kruk has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 IUPAP C17 Young Scientist Prize on Fundamental Aspect. He will be presented with the award at the Award Ceremony at CLEO-Munich in June 2019


Ancient star-crash detection ushers new dawn for space discovery

An international team of scientists, including from RSPE's Centre for Gravitational Physics, have detected two stars colliding in space about 500 million years ago.

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PhD and MPhil Workshops

#ANUHDR upcoming training and workshops for HDR students

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The role of SLO in a just energy transformation

What role does Social Licence to Operate (SLO) have to play in facilitating the acceptance and adoption of renewables and other technologies necessary to the energy transition?

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Equity and Diversity

Grant reviewers award lower scores to proposals from women than to those from men, even when they don’t know the gender of the applicant. That’s because male and female scientists use different phrases on grant applications, according to the study, published by the US National Bureau of Economic Research.

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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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School Seminar

9 May
Dr Christian Notthoff
Swift heavy ion induced nano porosity in antimony based semiconductors

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May Seminars

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.


Welcome to the first FRT scholars

The ‘Future Research Talent’ (FRT) travel awards are jointly offered by ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine to students from India.

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Mick Craft is away 1-20 May. Please see Keerthi Bettadapura or email



Happy 60th birthday Julie Arnold


Building Update

Infrastructure Upgrade Program

Two weeks ahead

Two day program


Private Room Bldg 60

Reminder: Please be aware that this room has been set aside to support Physics ANU staff and students who may need privacy during working hours. Please do not use this room for study. Other quieter space for study is available, please see reception.

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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.


Contacts for RSPE – College Jaeger Hub

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Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin

JCS Strategic Priorities Plan



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