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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 21 | 22–26 June 2015


Departmental seminars

Associate Professor A. B. Khanikaev - 23 June
Topologically nontrivial states of light and sound
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The SCU would like to welcome Benny Mackney who will be helping out for at least the next couple of months.


Building maintenance

If you see or experience any building maintenance problems please let School Facilities and Services know. These can include leaking toilets and taps, leaking roofs, heating not operating correctly or any other general maintenance issues. Please submit a job request via a Technical services work request and we will endeavour to have the problem rectified



The following OH&S training courses will be running soon

  • WHS training for supervisors (OHSG28) 26 June



Funding opportunities

Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2015
Nominations are being sought for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2015. This Award provides funding of up to $15,000 to assist postgraduate research students enrolled at the Research School of Physics and Engineering to undertake part of their research program overseas or make a collaborative visit to an overseas institution, for three to six months. Applications open 1 June and close 5pm 30 June 2015.
Further information is available at

SIEF John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowships
A grant of $92,000 p.a. for three years targeting projects in natural or applied science with high potential for scientific achievement and benefits to Australia. Applications close 31 July. For internal review and submission please submit completed applications to the research office by 10 July.




Building Update

We have just completed the tender process and will be engaging an architect, Hassell Studio, to undertake the Site Master Plan and subsequent $50M Stage 1 of the RSPE building upgrade. Hassell have extensive experience in the university and research sectors in Australia and internationally. See their website for info on recent work. An email update will be forwarded next week with details of the next stages.

Thanks to Graeme Cornish, Rob Elliman and Michael Wright (F&S) for their work in the tender process.


Staff movements

Directors Office
Mr Rana Ganguly
is on long service leave 17 June - 6 July 2015. Mr Graeme Cornish will be looking after School Manager duties during this period.

Laser Physics
A/Prof Matthew Sellars
will be absent 15 - 28 June 2015.  Prof Andrei Rode will be Acting HoD during this period.

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Prof Hoe Tan
will be absent 20 June - 5 July and 9-10 July 2015.  A/Prof Jodie Bradby will be Acting HoD during these periods.

Student Administration (HDR)
Ms Luda Mangos will be on leave 1 June – 2 July 2015. Enquiries to Ms Karen Nulty x55195 or

Applied Maths (AM)
Ms Martina Landsmann (DA) will be on leave 1 June to 3 July 2015



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