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Weekly newsletter | vol 44 no 45 | 11–15 November 2019


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure to congratulate Dr Virginia Mazzini (Applied Maths) on being awarded the 2018 J G Crawford Prize for her PhD thesis, “Specific ion effects in non-aqueous solutions”.  This is the top PhD prize at ANU and tremendous recognition of her work.  Each year, two J.G. Crawford Prizes are awarded to PhD students - one in the natural sciences and one in the social sciences/humanities. A third prize is available for a PhD graduate whose research crosses interdisciplinary boundaries. Many may remember that our last recipient was Dr Nian (Jenny) Jiang (EME) in 2016.

The good news continues, and my congratulations to Dr Lindsey Bignell (NP), Dr Robert Ward (DQS), Dr Vanessa Robins (AM) and A/Prof Steve Tims (NP) on their successful application for promotion this year.  The Level E promotion process in ongoing and I hope to bring you news in the next few weeks.

I am pleased to congratulate Distinguished Professor Jagadish (EM) on becoming the new Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Reviews. Jagadish succeeds Professor Bill R. Appleton and Dr. John M. Poate, both of whom contributed much to the success of this important AIP journal. Very many of us contribute different forms of editorship to learned journals.  I would like to refresh our School-wide list of active editors would appreciate if you could flag with your Head which journals you contribute to.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with NARLabs in Tiawan last week went extremely well with a number of concrete areas in which we can collaborate.  This is a substantial new relationship and I would be pleased to discuss opportunities around instrument development, space and remote sensing, and nanofabrication.

Today is Remembrance Day, an occasion to commemorate and remember all those who have died as a result of war.  Traditionally, people around the World pause at 11am for a minute silence.  I encourage you to reflect in your own way on how has war has affected us all.  This week’s poignant image comes from the Australian War Memorial after they discovered why poppies left on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Solider were going missing (, photo by Ian Roach).

Have a good week.



International Outreach

College of Science academics and Canberra high school teachers recently teamed up to deliver an education capacity-building program in a remote area of Timor Leste.

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Nominations for the Australian Plenary speaker at the IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics to be held in Melbourne in July 2020 are now open.

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ANU - Australian Studies Institute presents

Wednesday 13 November 2019, 6-8 pm
Theatrette (2.02), Sir Roland Wilson Building, Acton
Inspiting Women Reflect: Hon Dame Annette King and Hon Ros Kelly AO

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WE ARE!Proud - diversity celebration, Fri 15 Nov

Please join us at the big pride party on Friday the 15th Nov. It is one of those rare events PARSA are opening for everyone: students, staff and community; queer and allies. Free entrance, free food, queer+ performers and DJ.

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Early Career Academic Fellows - applications open

University House is seeking to appoint its next cohort of Early Career Academic Fellows, broadly representative of ANU’s academic areas and its diversity in other respects, to contribute to the academic life of University and Graduate Houses - see further nformation below.

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HDR administration information session

All HDR supervisors are invited to attend an information and Q&A session on Thursday, 28 November at 2 pm in Physics Studio, building 38A (Physics North).

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Notice of Intent (NoI) Form for ARC and NHMRC Schemes (including DP21, DECRA21, LIEF21, LP20, IN21)

The College Research Office (CRO) is now inviting Notices of Intent (NoI) to submit applications for ARC and NHMRC schemes. Please fill in this short form by 22 November 2019 if you are considering applying through ANU or another institution (‘externally-led’). Candidates who put an NoI in will be provided detailed timelines for each of the schemes separately.

For queries, please contact your College Research Office.


National Science Foundation – Artificial Intelligence - New funding opportunity anticipates $200 million in long-term investments in AI research and education over the next 6 years

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International Space Investment - Expand Capability Grants

This grant provides Australian companies and research organisations with funding of between $100,000 to $4 million for up to two years to unlock international opportunities for the Australian space sector. 

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2020 Major Equipment (MEC) Grants Scheme - Opens June 2020

The next Major Equipment (MEC) Grants round will open on Monday 1 June 2020 and close Monday 27 July 2020. It is anticipated that interviews will commence in mid-August.

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School Seminar

Thursday 14 November
Michael Barson
Quantum Microscopy using the NV centre in diamond

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November Seminars

12 November
Mr Peter Vouzas
Extreme Waves in Dissipative Systems
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22 November
A/ Prof Matthew Weyland
Quantitative Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy; “State of the Art” and where to next?
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25-27 November
Frontiers in Quantum Matter Workshop: Electric Dipole Moments
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25 November
Dr Anastasia Borschevsky
Theoretical investigations of atomic properties of the heaviest elements
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27 November
Dr Joris van Heijningen
Particle physics keeps old bridgeps, tunnels and buildings from collapsing!
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2 December
ANU Energy Update
Keynote Address by Ms Audrey Zibelman, CEO, The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

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2 December
ANU and ACT Government
Solar Oration 2019
Fleur Yaxley
Shane Rattenbury, MLA
Prof Andrew Blakers

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Monday 9 December 2019
China in the World
Join some of Australia’s foremost creative thinkers and entrepreneurs as they explore the power of repurposing ideas for radical innovation.

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HR Drop-in Sessions

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. 

Wednesday 13/11/2019
Wednesday 11/12/2019


Department Meetings

There are no department meetings scheduled.

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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

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ANU Reporter

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