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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 20 | 20–24 May 2019



Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to congratulate Lauren Bezzina (Nuclear Physics) on her award of the Janet Elspeth Crawford Postgraduate Leadership Prize.  The College of Science awards this prize to recognise a postgraduate student who has demonstrated significant leadership and outstanding academic achievement.

I encourage all staff and HDR students to attend the CHM/CoS Teaching and Learning Colloquium on the 4th June in the Science Teaching Building (#136). The theme of the Colloquium is Interactive Teaching and Student Engagement. There will also be an associated workshop on “Teaching as Performance”, places are limited so please register here asap

Those considering seeking promotion this year are requested to follow the CoS CV template (here) for their submission.

Today’s picture illustrates what Stage 1 might look like from Parkes Way on completion.

Have a good week,



2019 Market Day Organising Committee

Call for volunteers - Please email Liz Micallef if you are interested in being on the 2019 Market Day organising committee. Physics Market Day will be held on Tuesday 13th August so the committee needs members NOW.


Temporary road closures impacting RSPE South

In the upcoming weeks, there will be three planned road closures. These road closures are likely to impact RSPE staff working in Physics South. Please see below for further details and plan your trip to work in the coming weeks accordingly.

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Congratulations to Adrian Ankiewicz, Optical Sciences Group, RSPE, for the atricle in Physical Review journal.

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Women in STEM Writing Retreat

Falling Walls Lab Australia (NEW)


Tailored Academic Skills Workshops for RSPE Students

The ANU Academic Skills unit is offering RSPE research students tailored workshops from June through to November 2019 on a variety themes useful for different stages of the MPhil or PhD program.

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In response to the Women in STEM Decadal Plan, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has released the strategy document outlining the challenges and concrete steps aiming to increase gender equity in STEM education and careers. While this government is currently in the caretaker mode, it is widely acknowledged that the initiatives summarised in this document are essential for the success of the Decadal Plan.

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meriSTEM at STEM Outreach Day

Science teachers in regional NSW learnt about classroom flipping, blended learning and our meriSTEM program at the STEM Outreach Day at Siding Spring Observatory in April. 

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May Seminars

20 May
Dr Julian Berengut
Searches for new physics with precision spectroscopy of atoms, ions, and nuclei
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24 May
Ms Chandrima Sengupta
Elastic Scattering of 8Li on heavy and medium mass targets with SOLEROO capability
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Further details about School Seminars or Events can be found on the RSPE Intranet and School News and Events Page.


Department Meetings

No meetings scheduled.


PEC Planning day

Save the Date - 12 September 2019

Call for volunteer coordinator and agenda items Please email 


Physics in the Pub on May 28

Searching for water around distant stars, detecting galactic magnetic fields and the role of cheese in innovation - it'll be a night like no other!

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Building Update

Infrastructure Upgrade Program

Two weeks ahead

Two day program


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

CoS Academic Performance Standards



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