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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 29 | 22–26 July 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to add my congratulations to our twelve Graduands from last week.    Pictured above with Professor Lan Fu (HDR Convenor) and Dr Rose Ahlfeldt (Assoc. Honours Convenor) are; Michael Barson, Roisin Boadle, Zhi Hong Cheong, Md. Imran Hasan, Jacob Hughes, Larissa Huston, Romana Lester and Lauren Sarre (absent: Thomas Barnsley, Sonja Panjkov, Layla Steed, Kyle Wright). All the very best for the next stage of your careers.

Last week, Jie “Sophie” Zhao from DQS (Professor Ping Koy Lam’s group) was awarded first prize in the Nature: Light Science and Application 'Rising Stars of Light’ Competition.  Sophie travelled to China to compete with nine other finalists from all over the world (including participants from MIT, Oxford, EPFL Lausanne and Max Planck). Her talk presented original work on quantum cloning and gate operations. Congratulations to Sophie and her collaborators for the recognition of their outstanding research.

Thank you to Professor Hoe Tan for holding the fort last week.

Have a good week,



EoI - AD (R) closes 16 August 2019

The Associate Director (Research) is a significant role in the School, chiefly responsible for the review of research metrics, the development of the research funding opportunities and building an environment that enhances the quality of grant applications from RSPhys (peer review).  Applications should be emailed as a PDF to the School Manager by 5pm on Friday 16th August 2019.

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Colloquium - 25 July

Dr Ling (Lilli) Sun - After the coalescences — searches for the binary neutron star post-merger remnants and ultralight bosons

Dr Vinod Menon - Quantum photonics using 2D materials

Dr Tanja Hinderer - Exploring new frontiers in strong field gravity with gravitational waves


Market Day Reminder

Market Day is fast approaching, have you updated your projects? Are you interested in a display or lab tour? Please see one of the Market Day committee members asap.

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Mental Health First Aid

Registration is now open through HORUS for two mental health first aid refresher courses.

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MAGIC Workshop - Registration Open

Applications are open for the Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop for women and gender diverse early career researchers with a PhD in the disciplines of Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics (or cognate disciplines), awarded within the past 7 years. The workshop will be held from 18 - 22 November 2019, at University House, ANU, Canberra. Registration closes 16 August 2019

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Prejudice vanquished: Championing inclusive and respectful workplaces

Please see details below regarding the talk next week on respectful workplaces by Jessica Halem on the 25th July at Kambri. Jessica is the founding Outreach Director LGBTQ from the Harvard Medical School and she will be speaking about championing inclusive and respectful workplaces.


Indigenous Professional Staff Grants closes 16 August 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 


Building Update

Infrastructure Upgrade Program

Two weeks ahead

Two day program




Vale John Sandeman

John Sandeman came to the ANU in 1965 joining the Department of Physics in the then School of General Studies.  Sadly he passed away on Saturday 13th July 2019.

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July Seminars

25 July
Dr Jocelyn Read
Colloquium: Neutron star matter and gravitational waves
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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.


Wed, 31 July @ 10:00

Oliphant South tea room 10:00-11:30


Do you know who your Admin Support Officer is this week? See below.

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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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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


Department Meetings

There are no departmental meetings scheduled this week.


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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