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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 39 | 30 September–4 October 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

You may remember, three Event Horizons back, I announced the great news about one of our star undergraduates, Marika Niihori, making the Highly Commended list for the Global Undergraduate Awards.  It has just been announced she won overall regional winner for Mathematics and Physics section for her 2018 second semester ASC report titled ’Nanowire Light Emitting Diodes'.  I am so pleased to see our undergraduates internationally recognised. Marika will now travel to Dublin to attend the international summit in November.

This week's pic shows the John Carver Prize speakers from last Friday.  Congratulations to all the presenters and winners (see below).

A gentle reminder to speak with your supervisor about your PDR.  Regrettably, fewer than 40% of staff have active PDRs.  You can find out about your PDR, and others whom you supervise via ANU Insight.   Or, ask your Head as they have recent status lists of PDRs.  If you are a supervisor, go to eForms to initiate a new PDR for your staff.  I remind all academic staff that 5% contribution to Education is now a required minimum, and will be increasing to 10% in 2020.

I would like to thank Linda Barbour for standing in so ably for Sue over the past three weeks.

Have a good week,



John Carver Seminar Series 2019

John Carver Seminar Series 2019 was held on Thursday 26 September 2019 and was a great success! It was wonderful to see such an array of talent we have in our School and the amazing research that is being done.

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2019 ACT Science Experience - Thank you

The ACT Science Experience is a 3 day program of science and engineering based activities for Year 9/10 students. For the last two years this program has been run out of RSPhys, specifically in Nuclear Physics by Greg Lane and AJ Mitchell, ably helped by Petra Rickman. 

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Women have come a long way in enriching the scientific community - yet there's still more to be achieved. Nature's Women in Science collection features over 50 inspiring stories from female authors and editors, who share with their journeys in the different areas of practice, and how they have flourished.

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Major Grant Round - Hard Deadline Policy 

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

26th Canberra International Physics Summer School closes 25 Oct 2019

2020 Visions in Microscopy Early Bird Nov 2019 

Alumni Scholarships in Physics closes 29 Nov 2019

DST Summer Vacation Placements now open


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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Building Facts

The new building has been designed with collaboration in mind with over 40 different types of meeting and collaborations spaces ranging from numerous dozens of quiet two-person spaces, zoom rooms, conference and Board rooms, the split-level tea room all the way to the 250 seat auditorium. The image shows a typical office area in which eight workstations and four offices form a grouping.  Similar spaces connect via a corridor which runs along the southern window expanse and the central three storey atrium.


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/Public Lectures and Events


1 - 2 October: Workshop on strongly coupled light-matter interactions: models and applications

This workshop aims to bring together researchers on theoretical and experimental aspects of strongly coupled light-matter interactions. Venue: Oliphant Seminar Room.

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1 October: CPF Seminar

Dr Rory Cerbus

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

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2 October: ANU Public Lecture - Black Holes & Wormholes

Dr Peter J. Riggs

Wednesday, 2 October 6.00-7.00pm

Finkel Lecture Theatre, JCSMR

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

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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10 October: School Seminar

Seminar Cancelled


15 October: Maths and Computer Science in the Pub

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

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25 October: Founder's Day - 70 Years of Physics

9:00 - 2:30
Leonard Huxley Theatre and Oliphant tea room and gardens


Staff Movements

Andrew Stuchbery: 20 Sept - 11 October 2019. Stephen Tims will be acting HOD for the duration.

David Anderson (Manager Electronics Unit): 27th September - 28th October. Luke Materne will be acting for the duration. Please use or call into EU for assistance.”


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



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