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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 38 | 23–27 September 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to tell you that Professor Nanda Dasgupta (Nuclear Physics) has been elected Fellow of the American Physics Society. The APS recognises Nanda, “For advancing the understanding of nuclear fusion through precision measurements, highlighting the role of quantum superpositions and demonstrating the suppression of fusion for weakly-bound nuclei.”  Less then 0.5% of the membership are elected Fellows each year and this is a significant recognition by Nanda’s peers. The inspiring image of Nanda above was taken from the website.

I draw your attention to the Deputy Director role for the Australian Physics Olympiad below. It’s very worthwhile and rewarding program to join.

Have a good week,



John Carver Seminar Series 2019 - 26 September

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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Women of Physics Lunch - 26 September

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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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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How to banish "manels" and "manferences" from scientific meetings? A Nature analysis finds that several fields of science are moving away from male-dominated conferences and panels — but it’s easy to slip back into old habits.

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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 


26th Canberra International Physics Summer School - registration now open

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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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Scholarship Opportunity: The Ton Noon Memorial Scholarship

APPEA is seeking applications from students intending to study for honours, Masters or PhD degrees at an Australian university for the award of a one-off grant to a maximum value of $3,000.00.

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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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Scholarship Opportunity: 10th Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC)

Organised by the Singapore Management University’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, this biennial competition, named after Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, aims to motivate participants through his legacy of passion and innovation towards building a resilient society. The competition is an excellent opportunity for young minds to design and build solutions for some of the most pressing challenges of this century.

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Building Facts

The new entrance to the School will be on same level as it is currently (Level 3) and integrate an open space (over 340m2) with the School tea room, split between Levels 2 and 3.  The entrance is an ideal space for poster sessions, conference receptions, industry/technical booths and outreach programs. It flows naturally into the auditorium and allows easy public views into the clean room.  As the arrival point it readily connects to the School admin area, a public meeting room, 60 seat seminar room, board room, rooftop terrace and a new courtyard to be formed with the Cockcroft building.



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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October Seminars

1 October 2019
CPF Seminar

Dr Rory Cerbus

Huxley Teaching Room - H4.20
Friction and fluctuations in transitional pipe flows

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School Seminar

10 October Seminar Cancelled


ECI Seminar - Net Zero: the UK’s 2050 emissions target

16 October 2019

Huxley Theatre

6 - 7.30pm

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ECI Event: The ACT Government's new Climate Strategy: an overview and critique - 8 October

The ACT Government launched their 2015-2019 Climate Strategy and Living Infrastructure Plan on 16th September.

Come along and hear Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, explain the new strategy and discuss future directions for ACT climate policy.

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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


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

DQS - Thur 10 Oct 2019


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.


Job Opportunities

An opportunity has arisen to help deliver the Australian Science Olympiads – Physics program as the Deputy Program Director. Closing date: 6 October 2019

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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



Andrew Stuchbery: 20 Sept - 11 October 2019.

Stephen Tims will be acting HOD for the duration.



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