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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 27 | 8–12 July 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a good weekend as we step into ACT School Holidays. 

This week’s image celebrates the School’s first woman graduate, Dr Elizabeth Bradford, who is recognised in a wonderful article written by Tabitha Cravan, CoS Marketting Team.  Dr Bradford is seen here at her graduation in 1962 with Sir Mark Oliphant (Director 1950-1963). The full story can be found here, and I’m very grateful to Honorary Professor Brian Robson for his contribution.  This story is part of the remarkable 70 year history of this School.

After a decade and a half, Professor Ken Baldwin is to step down as AD(R) to focus on his Grand Challenge and Energy Change Institute. Ken has been a member of the School Executive since 2005, serving as Deputy Director for most of that time, and over the past two years his role has morphed into one of four Associate Director positions.  I know the past two directors, Profs Jim Williams and Steve Buckman, would join me in thanking Ken for his valuable contribution to the School leadership. Indeed, I am indebted to Ken’s stewardship of all aspects of research assessment, ARC submissions with peer review and his influence on ANU research policy landscape.  He has helped the School to come to terms with enormous changes in the funding environment over the past 15 years.  Ken will continue to have beneficial impact for the physics at Senior ANU levels and in National fora.  This week, by email, I will invite expressions of interest for the Associate Director (Research).  Ken has indicated that he would be pleased to talk to prospective applicants about the role. 

Have a good week and please take a look at the NAIDOC program below,



Get involved with NAIDOC Week 7-14 July 2019.

The College of Health and Medicine is holding a Symposium on 11 July, 12-2 pm in the Finkel Theatre, see link for further details.


Companies have long relied on diversity training to reduce bias on the job, hiring tests and performance ratings to limit it in recruitment and promotions, and grievance systems to give employees a way to challenge managers. Yet laboratory studies show that this kind of force-feeding can activate bias rather than stamp it out. The good news is that we know what does work—we just need to do more of it.

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Equity and Diversity Training

ANU LGBTI Ally Training (EDHR05) and Indigenous Cultural Awareness (EDHR06) - courses available in August.

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RSPE LGBTI morning tea - thank you

Last Friday we acknowledged LGBTI Day, many thanks to all who contibuted.

The below editorial is from Nature - Pride in STEM, just one of the latest grass-roots-led campaigns for a higher profile and better rights for LGBT+ scientists.

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Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) closes 16 August

2019 ANU Global Research Partnerships Scheme 23 August 2019 

Westpac Research Fellowship 26 August 2019


2020 Visions in Microscopy

The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society invite you to the 26th Australian Conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) from Sunday 16 February to Thursday 20 February 2020 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. Registration is now open.


Women in STEM Writing Retreat

Want to improve your scientific writing and critical thinking? Applications are open for the Australian National University’s Women in STEM Early Career Grant and Paper Writing Retreat....closes soon.


Schmidt Science Fellows-nominations open

Nominations for the Schmidt Science Fellowships are now open. The eligible fields are Natural Sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences), Engineering, Mathematics and Computing.) 

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July Seminars

16 July
Mr Christian Gow
Current capabilities and possible future extensions of the Bruker ICON AFM in EME
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31 July
Dr Jukka Kuva
X-ray tomography – 3D targeted analysis for better 2D results
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Further details about School Seminars or Events can be found on the RSPE Intranet and School News and Events Page.


Warning. Thieves are at work around Physics South. Bikes have been stolen from the locked cage under Weigold. Please see reception for access to the bike cage in Oliphant a more secure option.


Petra Rickman will be away 8 July to 13 August 2019.  Sonia Padrun will be covering.

James Sullivan will be away from the 15 July- 13 Sept, Cormac Corr will be acting HoD.


HR Drop in Session - 10th July Physics South

Bel Smith, HR Consultant, will be in the Oliphant (Fishbowl) meeting room Wednesday, 10 July from 10-11am for any HR related questions.

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Department Meetings

No meetings have been scheduled this week.


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


Keep Informed

ANU Events

ANU Reporter

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin

Jaeger Hub Contacts



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