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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 32 | 12–16 August 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

A chilly weekend indeed, but it was exciting to see some snow flurries in the suburbs.

The construction of Stage 1 is about to take a major step with the installation of a tower crane over 24th and 25th August.  The diagram below illustrates the crane boom radius over the entire site. While the boom will transit neighbouring buildings, no loads will be carried over any occupied buildings.  As erecting the crane is a highly specialised and hazardous process I ask that all staff and students avoid working in Oliphant or Cockcroft buildings over the weekend of 24th/25th. 

As mentioned at Forum, the process for initiating the working parties who will detail our response to the School review will kick-off on 27th August with a lunchtime presentation by Emeritus Professor Lawrence Cram on university ranking metrics.  Lawrence has published widely on this topic and has agreed to provide a survey of what each of the main rankings indicate, with a focus on physics.  My hope is that this will seed the discussion the Research working party will coordinate in response not only to the Review, but also our VC’s challenge to see ourselves in the world’s top 25 Physics schools.  The new Associate Director (Research) will lead this working party and one of their first tasks will be to invite interested people to constitute this group. Ahead of his presentation, Lawrence’s report will be sent to all academic staff via email this week.

If you have an interest in the AD(R) role please speak to your Head of Department.  Applications close this Friday.  I am very grateful to Professors Penny Brothers and Steve Eggins, Directors of RSC and RSES, respectively for joining me on the selection panel.

Have a good week and see you at Market Day,



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AIP Women in Physics Lecturer for 2019

Dr Helen Maynard-Casely from ANSTO
Exploring the materials of the solar system with Australia’s central facilities
Monday August 12th @ 4pm - Oliphant Seminar Room

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Energy Change Institute Event - 27 August

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

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As You See It! Science, Health and Medicine photography competition

This is the second year of the competition in which we ask alumni, staff and students to submit photos that show how they see Science, Health and Medicine.

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New APS award open to PhD students from all countries and backgrounds - closes 30 August 2019

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NHMRC and ARC Future Fellowship Workshops - Registration now open

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Updates to HDR milestone schedule for Physics students

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"How to publish" event series

ANU Library are running an event series on publishing tailored to ECAs, including PhD candidates, in the HASS and STEM disciplines. Come along to these free events and learn more about the process of academic publishing.

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In Australia, most employees are in an industry dominated by one gender. This high level of gender segregation is one barrier to the transfer of family-friendly policies across the entire workforce because there is not as much pressure to pick them up in male-dominated areas of the workforce. It is also one reason why the gender pay gap has been so persistent.

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Indigenous Professional Staff Grants closes 16 August 2019

MAGIC Workshop - Registration closes 16 August

meriSTEM volunteers - 21 August 2019

ANU Global Research Partnerships Scheme closes 23 August 2019 

Global Young Scientist Summit closes 23 August 2019

Westpac Research Fellowship closes 26 August 2019

NHMRC Peer Review Panel closes 28 August 2019

Carers' Career Development Assistance closes 30 August

Policy Greenhouse Fund closes 13 September

2020 Visions in Microscopy Early Bird Nov 2019 




EoI - AD(R)

Associate Dir (Research) EoI closes Friday.

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Departmental Seminars

16 August
Mr Kai Wang
Multidimensional photonics in synthetic lattices
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16 August
Dr Thomas Li
Image Machine Learning – Outlining a 'Needle' in a 3D 'Haystack'
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Further details about School Seminars or Events can be found on the RSPE Intranet and School News and Events Page.


Physics Market Day 13 August 2019

More than 100 student research projects on offer.

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2019 John Carver Seminar Series

Nominations are being called for the John Carver Seminar Series 2019. This is the annual Research School of Physics annual competition that enables our students to showcase their research to their fellow students.

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Roger Buckley (AM) will be away 8-26 August. Please email for any urgent matters.

Kath Hick (NLPC) will be awy 26/8 - 22/11. Julie Arnold will be acting team leader during this period. and Linda Barbour will be cover NLPC.

Sonia Padrun is acting WHS project officer. Please email


WHS Policy Review

Fitness for work (ANUP_014609)
Including reference to reasonable adjustments and specific needs for people with disability.

Smoke-free (ANUP_011807)
Including updating the description of a Designated Outdoor Smoking Areas (DOSA).


Department Meetings

There are no departmental meetings scheduled this week.


Physics South 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.


Building Update

Infrastructure Upgrade Program

Two weeks ahead

Two day program



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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