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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 21 | 27–31 May 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all enjoyed a long weekend and Reconciliation Day.

Congratulations to Professor David McClelland for being elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his career achievements in the detection of Gravitational Waves.

Best wishes for the two Centre of Excellence teams.  We all have our fingers crossed for your upcoming presentations to the ARC.

This is a kind reminder to remember to ensure your travel requests are approved before you travel otherwise your insurance will not be active.

Have a good week,


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Director's Colloquium 
Prof Penny Brothers

4 June 2019, 12:30 -1:30
Leonard Huxley Theatre

Instructing Molecules to do our Bidding: Three Short Stories

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On the 22nd of May, Prof. Otlogetswe Totolo and Prof. Joseph Chuma, the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology  from the Botswana International University of Science and Technology, visited the ANU to discuss bilateral collaborations.  Their visit included tours of CPAS and RSPE, including Makerspace and the Gravitational Wave facility.


Worried about sexual harassment and assault – or false allegations? A team of US researchers argues that too little is done to educate the public regarding the nature and scale of the problem, or the fact that men are far more likely to be victims of these abuses rather than of false allegations related to their perpetration.

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Polly put the kettle on...

May thanks to Craig Young and the School workshop for saving Jo's teapot from landfill. A new teapot lid was manufactured and inscribed...and it was Jo who put the teapot on not Polly.


Women in STEM Writing Retreat

Falling Walls Lab Australia


EME Awards (NEW)

EME is delighted to announce the establishment of two new awards - the Jim Williams Student Award and the Neville Fletcher Early Career Researcher Award.

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June Workshop

Mini-course/workshop on the application of computational mathematics to plasma physics, from June 24- 27. The program is now online, courtesy to the Mini-course / Workshop organiser Dr Zhisong Qu.

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ARC’s Australian Laureate Fellowship

14 June 2019 - The Australian Research Council and the Research Funding and Development Team ANU, will be holding an information session for ANU researchers interested in applying for the ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. 

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Departmental seminars

29 May
Mr Jacob Ross
Metrology and many-body physics with Helium BECs
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31 May
Mr David Shin
Entangled atoms from an ultracold collision
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Further details about School Seminars or Events can be found on the RSPE Intranet and School News and Events Page.


Julie Arnold will be away 31/5-13/6/19. Please contact

Cedric Simenel will be away 3-25 June. Acting HoD during this period is Murray Batchelor 3-10 June and Vanessa Robins 11-25 June.


Department Meetings

Budget meeting - 28 May @ 11am (by invitation only)

Budget meeting - 4 June @ 10am (by invitation only)


Biggest Morning Tea

Many thanks to Roger Buckley (AM), for organising the Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 23 May 2019. Over $450 was raised for the Cancer Council. thank you to everyone for baking or donating to this good cause.


Building Update

Infrastructure Upgrade Program

Two weeks ahead

Two day program


Contacts for RSPE – College Jaeger Hub

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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.



JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

CoS Academic Performance Standards

CV Guidelines


Keep Informed

ANU Events

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin



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