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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 28 | 15–19 July 2019


From the Director's Office

Dear Colleagues,

Tim Senden is on leave this week and Professor Hoe Tan will be acting Director.

Graduation for the College of Science is Thursday 18 July 2019. Congratulations go to all our mid-year graduands:

Roisin Boadle - PRL
Imran Hasan - TP
Jacob  Hughes - PRL
Larissa  Huston - EME
Romana  Lester - PRL
Kyle Wright - TP

On behalf of Tim and Hoe I hope you all have a fab week.

Cheers Sue


Indigenous Professional Staff Grants

Round 2 Applications now open - The grants round will provide up to $50,000 (to be matched by local areas) for initiatives that support the growth of ANU career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professional staff. Applications are currently open, with a closing date of Friday 16 August at 5pm.

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RSPE need more First Aiders!

RSPE South need more First Aid officers. If you are interested in becoming a First Aid Officer and want to know more about it, feel free to talk to one of our current RSPE First Aid officers.

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Save the Date

RSPE and RSAA joint Womens Only Faculty position presentations.

Thursday 25th July, RSPE Colloquium, Finkel Theatre

Dr Jocelyn Read from California State University Fullerton (11:00 am)
Neutron star matter and gravitational waves.

Dr Ling (Lilli) Sun from Caltech (1:00pm)
After the coalescences — searches for the binary neutron star post-merger remnants and
ultralight bosons.

Dr Tanja Hinderer from University of Amsterdam (4:00 pm)
Exploring new frontiers in strong field gravity with gravitational waves.

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A recent survey conducted in UK revealed that many physical scientists from sexual and gender minorities experience exclusion or harassment at work, and have considered leaving their jobs because of their workplace climate. Science-specific training that effectively supports LGBT+ staff and covers inclusive language is essential, says the report.

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Schmidt Science Fellows closes 19 July 2019

ANU Global Research Partnerships Scheme closes 23 August 2019 

Westpac Research Fellowship closes 26 August 2019

2020 Visions in Microscopy Early Bird Nov 2019


Keep Informed

ANU Events

ANU Reporter

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin

Jaeger Hub Contacts



JCS Strategic Priorities Plan

CoS Academic Performance Standards

CV Guidelines




July Seminars

16 July
Mr Christian Gow
Current capabilities and possible future extensions of the Bruker ICON AFM in EME
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19 July
Prof Andrei Rode
Optical focusing a stream of particles for X-ray free electron laser experiments
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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.


Due to a number of staff changes and leave, please see below for details on who is covering your department this week.

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Tim Senden will be away 15-19 July. Hoe Tan is acting Director. Please remember to amend delegations.

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.

Sonia Padrun is acting WHS project officer. Please email


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.


Department Meetings

There are no departmental meetings 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.



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