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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 30 | 29 July–2 August 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all enjoyed the glorious Canberra sun over the weekend. 

After the ANU Council meeting last Friday I hope to confirm by School-wide email the details of our School name change later this week.  For most people, it should be a pretty facile process although back-of-house there is a fair bit to do and I greatly appreciate the efforts of James Irwin, Sue Wigley and Martin Conway to affect the myriad changes necessary.

It is just over two weeks before applications for the Associate Director (Research) position close.  If you have an interest in this role now, or in the future, and are Level C academic or above please discuss with your supervisor and Head of Department.

I took this week’s pic when I visited the workshop in Physics North last week. Standing in front of their handy work, Neil Devlin (left) and Tom Cave are assembling components of a new torsion pendulum being designed by Dr Bram Slagmolen (OzGrav/DQS).  Feel free to send any interesting photos you take around the School or while you’re travelling to Sue.

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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Janet Zhong and Tim Hume with the Australian delegation at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany earlier this month. It was a meeting that invited 39 Nobel laureates and 580 young scientists from 89 countries across the world to, to discuss the emerging topics in physics and how science can address important global challenges.



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 earlier this month. Sophie travelled to China to compete with nine other finalists from all over the world.


Market Day Reminder - 13 August

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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meriSTEM Volunteers - 21 August

Please join us for the second meriSTEM’s volunteering hour from 5:30pm on Wednesday 21 August. Our goal is to achieve edited transcripts for 93 short (2 to 5 minute) physics videos, resulting in the entirety of meriSTEM’s Semester 2 physics course being available with captions.

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Energy Change Institute Event - 27 August

This event will outline several exciting technologies currently under development to transition from the currently dominant steelmaking technology, the blast furnace and basic oxygen furnace, to new approaches that are no longer dependent on the combustion of fossil fuels.

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Policy Greenhouse Fund - closes 13 September

Round two for the Collaboration Initiatives of the Policy Greenhouse Fund is now open and will close on 13th September. The Collaboration Initiatives is a $5,000 scheme aimed at workshopping and developing policy ideas with policy community.

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MAGIC Workshop - Registration closes 16 August

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. Registration closes 16 August 2019

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Diversity Council Australia (DCA) with Google and Deloitte have released a new report which sets out an innovative framework to achieve diversity and inclusion change that works.

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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 


College Guidelines for External Funding

Reminder - see the below link for details regarding the College Research Office (CRO) guidelines when applying for external funding.

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Carers’ Career Development Assistance Fund - close 30 August

Applications are now invited for the second 2019 round of grants under the Carers’ Career Development Assistance Fund (CCDAF).

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Wed, 31 July @ 10:00

Oliphant tea room
Physics South


Departmental Seminars

31 July
Dr Jukka Kuva
X-ray tomography – 3D targeted analysis for better 2D results
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1 August
Mr David McManus
Dual Torsion Pendulum Sensor for Measurement of Terrestrial Gravitational Forces
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School Seminar

8 August 2019
Dr Richard Henley
The Simple Physics of the World’s Most Deadly Volcanoes

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Further details about School Seminars or Events can be found on the RSPE Intranet and School News and Events Page.


There have been multiple incidents of theft and break-ins across campus in the past few weeks, including on weekends, where laptop computers, bikes, smart phones and other attractive portable items have been stolen.

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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


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

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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


Building Update

Infrastructure Upgrade Program

Two weeks ahead

Two day program


Keep Informed

ANU Events

ANU Reporter

(CHM/CoS) Deans' Bulletin

Jaeger Hub Contacts



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