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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 40 | 7–11 October 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you had a fabulous long weekend.  It is a great pleasure to see Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish recognised for his service as IEEE Photonics Society President (  This week’s pic shows Jagadish receiving this recognition from Executive Director - IEEE Photonics Society, Douglas Razzano. During his Presidency, the Society seen a 6% increase in membership and started 34 new chapters worldwide.  He has also created Diversity and Globalization Committees, assisted the Society in growing it's mentorship programs for students and young professionals, and fostered a humanitarian initiative to bring solar solutions to remote regions of the world.

Volunteers for the Science and Engineering Challenge are being called for to assist STEM-based activities at Parliament House on 23-24 October.

A reminder to conference and workshop organisers that whether financially supported or not all events must follow the diversity guidelines on the Equity and Diversity website.  The Equity and Diversity Committee are currently discussing a School policy to provide travel support for carers along the lines currently offered by the ANU policy.  If you have thoughts about how this might best serve the School community please let any of the committee members know.

Have a great (short) week,



ACT Government's new Climate Strategy

Tuesday 8 October - Come along and hear Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, explain the new Climate Strategy and Living Infrastructure Plan and discuss future directions for ACT climate policy.

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Conversations Across the Creek

Landscape regeneration: In Australia and beyond
Friday 11 October
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Eucalyptus Room, RN Robertson Bldg

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Nuclear reactions- from the cosmos to the human body

Monday, 4 November
Physics Seminar Room

This workshop proposes to gather experts of the Sub-atomic Physics community to explore nuclear reactions and their applications, from astrophysics to medicine. 

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Net Zero: the UK’s 2050 emissions target

16 October - Leonard Huxley Theatre, 6:00-7:30 pm
Advisor to the UK Govt on Climate Change, Professor Julia King, will discuss how the country plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

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The ANU has been awarded the Athena Swan Bronze award in recognition of commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM. 

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Thank You

Thanks to everyone who supported the Women of Physics lunch last week. We had a great turn out and everyone who came enjoyed the chance to network across the student-academic-professional staff boundaries and learn from each other. 


Outreach - Thank you

25 students and staff from Burnie visited ANU and included Stromlo and Physics North in their schedule. Many thanks to Dige, Habiba, David and Ruvi as we took them on a journey through the Michelson interferometer, relativity, energy and communication. The Bell Photophone was a hit on a sunny day along with the story on the Mad Hatter! (spot the link with Michelson & Morley)


26th Canberra International Physics Summer School closes 25 Oct 2019

Joint College Professional Awards closes 31 Oct

2020 Visions in Microscopy Early Bird Nov 2019 

Alumni Scholarships in Physics closes 29 Nov 2019

DST Summer Vacation Placements now open


Phyllis Montgomerie Commonwealth Award

Applications are invited for the 2020 Royal Commonwealth Society’s Phyllis Montgomerie Commonwealth Award. The award, of up to $5000, is intended to help with expenses, including travel, associated with a research or education project to be conducted in a Commonwealth country, including Australia. Closes 18 October.

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SmartSat CRC Higher Degree Research Scholarships

SmartSat is now inviting expressions of interest for higher degrees by research (Masters & PhD) scholarships, as a means to support this objective and to capture students currently looking to commence in 2020.  

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Training on Research Professional for Funding Opportunities

Friday, November 1
RSD Workshop - This session will focus on showing researchers how to conduct and save searches for their own fields of expertise.

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CSIRO Alumni 2020 Scholarship in Physics

Applications for the CSIRO Alumni 2020 Scholarship in Physics are now open. This year’s travel award has been increased to $6000.  All applications must be received before 29th November 2019.

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Building Facts

The building has been designed to keep electromagnetic interference to a minimum in the laboratories.  To this end the electrical substation is as far as practical from the laboratories, and sits underneath the auditorium.  The eighteen conduits (orange pipes shown in left-hand image) which lead from three 1500kVA substations are shielded along the full length of the central atrium (over 100m long and following the yellow capped reo columns in the righthand image). Running the cables along the atrium floor also provides good physical separation from the stable labs.  Electrical distribution to the labs will be by twisted pairs to reduce 50Hz transmission.  To eliminate earth loops, every laboratory will have a dedicated earth mat.




October Seminars

9 October
Dr Liam McGuinness
Adaptive sensing with single spins
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16 October
Mr Dipankar Chugh
Growth and applications of wafer-scale hexagonal Boron Nitride
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23 October
Prof Stephen Hyde
Tangling: between geometry and topology
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Recycling in the ANU MakerSpace

9 October
Holly White & Katie Ward
This talk will describe the in-depth process we developed to take PLA scraps and create
usable filament.

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Science in the Pub

Maths & Computer Science in the Pub,
15 October 
Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga St Civic

Ecology in the Pub
6 November 
Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga St Civic

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70 Years of Physics

9:00 - 2:30
25 October 2019
Leonard Huxley Theatre and Oliphant tea room and gardens


Department Meetings

DQS - Thur 10 Oct 2019


Staff Movements

Andrew Stuchbery is away 20 Sept - 11 Oct. Stephen Tims will be acting HOD.

David Anderson is away 27th Sept - 28th Oct. Luke Materne will be acting EU Manager.

Prof Mukunda Das will attend the 3rd Global Conference on Condensed matter Physics at Dubai, 7-9 Oct. He will give an inaugural plenary talk on "Surprises, Puzzles and Ongoing Discoveries on Superconductivity in Condensed matter Sciences."


And the winner is

The EH recently ran an article - "As you see it" photographic competition. The winner for the Research School of Physics is Chathura Bandutunga Teaching signal analysis and control theory by building a laser microphone - Physics Teaching Laboratories. See all winning entries below.

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HR Drop-in Sessions

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

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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.



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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