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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 7 | 17–21 February 2020


Director's Message


Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a pleasant weekend.  First up, my congratulations to Distinguished Professor Jagadish on his election to the US National Academy of Engineering for his “contributions to nanotechnology for optoelectronic devices.” He is only the second academic from ANU to be ever be awarded this international honour. 

More great news, Janet Zhong has been awarded a Fulbright Future Scholarship.  Janet graduated from Honours last year after working with Alexander Poddubny and Yuri Kivshar on "Topology and Interactions in a Qubit Array Coupled to a Waveguide". Congratulations, Janet, you join a very distinguished group from Physics who have become Fulbright Scholars and Fellows.

A reminder to all academics wishing to supervise PhD students that you will have received an email recently from Professor Peter Kanowski, Deputy Dean, Higher Degree Research Supervision.  Please don’t lose track of the new requirement to undertake mandatory training, and read the note below from our HDR Team about the workshop in April.

As the undergraduate teaching term kicks off shortly we are as always in need of contributors to the teaching program.  Please contact either Siobhan Ryman or Prof Joe Hope in PEC to discuss where you can help out, including tutoring, marking and demonstrating.  I remind all academics that a 10% teaching contribution should be detailed in your PDR this year.

If you have an interest in joining a new focus group investigating novel approaches to the rapid early detection and suppression of bushfires please contact Dr Roslyn Prinsley, Executive Officer DVC(RI).

The 2020 Commencement address kicks off at 11am today along University Avenue. Come along and welcome our undergraduate students!

This week’s pic comes from another very successful ICONN Conference in Brisbane last week showing our fabulous Liz Micallef being thanked by conference convenor, Jagadish, for her outstanding efforts. Thank you, Liz, we are all very grateful for the many conferences you made happen through the years.

Have a great week.



Students Marion Halas and Alejandra Alcalde Azuma from Telopia Park School returnd from the RSPhys sponsored Olympiades de physiques with a 3rd place and received positive feedback from the jury. They visited 4 labs in the University Paris Diderot and attended a conference on Google quantum computer.


ARC DECRA applicants and their supervisors are reminded that the College of Science internal peer-review  of applications is running from the 17th to the 21st of February. All supervisors are strongly encouraged to discuss the peer-review feedback with the applicants to ensure that comments and recommendations are implemented before the final submission.


Continuing Position - JCU

James Cook University has the current vacancy advertised - Lecturer, Physics (Level B).  It is a continuing position and the research area is open.

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2020 PhB (Physics) update

Thank-you to everybody who supported the PhB physics students in 2019 by supervising projects and serving on the marking panel. Your time is very much appreciated.Please see details below regarding ASC/ASEs and Mentors.

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To celebrate #BalanceforBetter, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, researchers from Schools within ANU Joint Colleges of Science, Health and Medicine which have the highest, lowest, and most balanced percentages of female academic representation, where asked to reflect on gender equality. Only 22 percent of  academic staff in RSPhys are female: the lowest percentage among research schools in the College of Science.

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HDR Supervision Registration Workshop

The ANU HDR Supervision Development Team presents a workshop to current or prospective HDR supervisors in RSPHys 15 April 2020. Participation meets the requirements for HDR Supervisor Registration.

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Thesis Proposal Review Workshop

The ANU Academic Skills Centre is presenting a Thesis Proposal Review workshop for RSPhys HDR students.
13 March 2020, 10am-12pm - Oliphant Conference Room, Oliphant Building 60 - Please see below for registration details.

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Humboldt Foundation Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities with the Humboldt Foundation that researchers who are partnering with German researchers may be interested in.

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Early Career Researcher Showcase

Tell us in 30 seconds and you could win a trip to Canberra to present your work at Collaborate Innovate 202025-27 May, the annual conference of the Cooperative Research Centres Association. Closes 27 Feb.

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Free February

Morning and afternoon tea is now FREE....for the month of February. Please see DAs for details. Don't forget, come March, pay for your hot drinks and biscuits.


17 February
Energy Change Institute (ECI) Open Day
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17 February
Dr Boon Quan Lee
Dosimetry of targeted radionuclide therapy: the good, the bad and the exciting!
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17 February
Imagining Australia with 100% renewable energy: how do we get there?
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18 February
Professor Albert Polman
Nanoscale (in)-coherent optical excitations in the electron microscope
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19 February
Dr Peter Riggs
Time's Labyrinth: Revealing the Characteristics of Time
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Online WHS Training

It is a University requirement that all staff and students who work in our laboratories undertake the appropriate initial training programs. Local area inductions and specialist training may also be required. See below for details.

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Crompton Award 2020 closes 28 Feb

Applications are being sought for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2020. This prestigious award provides funding for RSPhys research students to undertake part of their research program overseas or make a collaborative visit to an overseas institution, for three to six months.

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Salary Sacrifing e-Bike

Did you know ANU staff can have an e-bike for commuting for roughly the same as paying for an ANU parking permit? Its a similar scheme to the novated lease scheme for cars. HR can be contacted for additional details. Here is a pic of an e-bike recently leased under this scheme by a staff member in Earth Science.

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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.



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