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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 37 | 16–20 September 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

The PEC Planning Day last week was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c!   My thanks go to all those who contributed to the program, skilfully drawn together by Dr Cormac Corr and Ms Siobhan Ryman. We have a magnificent history of teaching excellence and it is always so pleasing to see how many passionately contribute to our teaching programs.  These programs are growing in extent and provide all academics a chance to readily contribute their mandatory 5% minimum to education.  Please see our Associate Director (Education), Prof Joe Hope, our program, year or course convenors directly to engage with tutoring, curriculum development and delivery.  This week’s pic shows six undergraduate students providing valuable feedback and was one of the day’s highlights.

Heads of Department are currently verifying statistics about PDRs.  If you haven’t already please check your PDR status on the list with your Head by the end of tomorrow.  Thank you.

This week I’ve opened a new section that will provide alerts of graduate employment opportunities.  The Australian Safeguards and Non-proliferation Office, within DFAT, knows our graduates well. 

Finally, congratulations to Nuclear Physics on hosting their third international Heavy Ion Accelerator Symposium last week.  It was an excellent and intensive program, and my thanks to Petra Rickman for her thoughtful organisation of the program and events.  I know the delegates were very grateful and thoroughly enjoyed the week.




John Carver Seminar Series 2019

The John Carver Seminar Series will be held on Thursday, 26 September 2019 in the Finkel Theatre, JSCMR Building 131, commencing at 9.30am.

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Joint Colleges Professional Staff Awards

The Joint Colleges Executive Committee invites applications for the Joint Colleges of Science professional staff awards. The program is open to all professional staff within the Joint Colleges of Science.

Applications are due by 31 October 2019.

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26th Canberra International Physics Summer School - registration now open

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Men don't — in the main — take parental leave beyond the two-week cigar break that the Australian culture views as permissible. We know that men are slightly more likely than they were to work flexibly, but nowhere near as likely as women, and that hardly any of them go so far as to work part-time. This is true even for workplaces with flexible work policies that are officially available to both genders. Annabel Crabb's Quarterly Essay "Men at work: Australia's parenthood trap" examines the reasons for this disparity.

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Major Grant Round - Hard Deadline Policy (NEW)

70th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting - closes 27 September

NHMRC and ARC Future Fellowship Workshops - 30 Sept / 3 Oct

2020 Visions in Microscopy Early Bird Nov 2019 


DST Summer Vacation Placements are now open

The Summer Vacation Placement (SVP) is a 12-week paid program targeted at high- performing undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

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Alumni scholarship in physics

This scholarship connects the brightest young physicists or mathematicians to a leading research centre overseas or in Australia. Applications are now open and will close on 29 November 2019.

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Australia- India Strategic Research Fund

NOI: Please notify the College Research Office (CRO) by Tuesday 17 September if you are interested in this opportunity:

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Building Facts

The auditorium has been designed with conferences and public demonstrations in mind.  The full width stage is designed for panel discussions, single presenters and science demonstrations alike.  There are three ceiling hoists each designed to support 110kg and drops of around 6m floor to ceiling, ducted floor vents and speciality extraction for chemistry experiments, great acoustics and a large digital cinema projector.  Back of house there will be storage area and a preparative lab with fume hood.  Behind the stage is full length southern view of Spring Bank Island and a combination of blinds take the room from full daylight to black out.  Seating 250 people this stylish glass rhombus will present a spectacular sight to passers-by on Parkes Way.  I have no doubt it will draw people into Physics.



HR Drop-in Sessions

Every second Wednesday of the month, HR does a drop-in session from 10am-11am in the fishbowl, for anyone who needs advice or guidance on any HR related matters.


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September Seminars

16 September
Dr Dmitry Efimkin

Oliphant Seminar Room
Exciton-polarons in doped semiconductors
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School Seminar

19 September
Dr Johannes Eichholz
Oliphant Seminar Room
Thermal Noise and Gravitational Wave Detection

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Women of Physics Lunch - Join us for lunch, chats and maybe some making* on Thursday 26th September (week 8) in the physics studio (downstairs) at Physics North.

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70 Years of Physics

Founder's Day 
25 October 2019, 9:00 - 2:30
Leonard Huxley Theatre and Oliphant tea room and gardens


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


Director's Office
Sue Wigley will be away 9-27 Sept. Linda Barbour will be covering 8.30-12.30 each day. Please use the for all correspondence.


Department Meetings

EME - Mon 16 Sept 2019

DQS - Thur 10 Oct 2019


As You See It! Photography competition - The College of Science is calling for more entires from Physics, now is your chance - get involved.

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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.


Post-Graduate Job Opportunities

Australian Safeguards and Non Proliferation Office (ASNO)


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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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