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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 22 | 3–7 June 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

My congratulations to Jackson Dowie (Nuclear Physics) on being the latest recipient on the Bob and Helen Crompton award. For two decades this generous gift of Helen and Bob has helped dozens of students to enhance their career opportunities.

Please join us on Tuesday as part of our welcome to the newest Director in the College of Science, Professor Penny Brothers.

This week’s pic was taken by Jonathan De Puit (Hindmarsh) from the lower reaches of the excavation for Stage 1. If all goes to plan we are only weeks away from finishing the major earth moving.

Have a good week, stay warm.




Congratulations to Jackson Dowie for receiving the Crompton Award for 2019. The Robert and Helen Crompton Award is available each year to assist a postgraduate research student to undertake part of their research  overseas or make a collaborative visit to an overseas institution for up to 6 months.  The intention of the Award is to enhance the career opportunities and experience for the successful applicant. Well done Jackson.


Maintaining your sanity as a supervisor: simple stress management strategies

3 June - Being a supervisor can be stressful and it is only one of the many tasks in your academic life! Managing multiple demands can impact on your psychological wellbeing and your ability to be an effective supervisor. This workshop focusses on practical strategies to enable you to manage stress and maintain positive psychological functioning in your supervisory life.

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Simple strategies for supporting HDR students’ mental health

3 June - Maintaining positive psychological wellbeing is a challenge for many HDR students at some point in their program. This workshop will focus on key practical issues in this context: recognising signs of mental health difficulties; responding and suggesting support; promoting positive psychological wellbeing.

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For the first time ever, the annual Leiden Ranking  — which assesses universities’ scientific performance on the basis of bibliometrics —includes a measure of gender balance. Universities in Eastern Europe and South America have topped a global ranking of gender diversity in research.

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Health & Wellness E-Bulletin

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CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) NEW


Women in STEM Writing Retreat

Falling Walls Lab Australia

ARC’s Australian Laureate Fellowship

Tailored Academic Skills Workshops for RSPE


Take One, Leave One: The Winter Coat Project

Got a spare winter coat for men at the moment ? Donate a coat today in the Law foyer - look out for the neon green and white bin!

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Keep Informed

ANU Events

ANU Reporter NEW

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin




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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June Seminars

7 June
Mr Vidur Raj
InP-based Thin Film and Nanowire Solar Cells Using Carrier Selective Contacts
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17 June
Prof Xiao Wei Sun
Quantum rod displays
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School Seminar

13 June
Mr Jean-Baptiste Gorce
Self-organization of active particles in liquid metamaterials

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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

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


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

Kath Hicks will be away 30 May - 4 June. Please email  with anything urgent.

James Sullivan will be away 10-14 June, Cormac Corr will be acting HoD.

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.


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.



JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

CoS Academic Performance Standards

CV Guidelines


Contacts for RSPE – College Jaeger Hub

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