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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 8 | 24–28 February 2020


Director's Message

Namaste Colleagues,

I hope you had a pleasant weekend.  I’m off enjoying New Delhi and Mumbai this week as I join in Minister Birmingham’s Trade delegation looking to enhance, amongst other things, our research collaborations in India. I’m looking forward to learning more about where we can expand relations with Australia’s 4th largest trade partner, particularly around technology development and our usual solid research partnerships.

All the best to our educators as this term gets into full swing.  I would be very grateful to people not normally engaged at this early stage if they could lend a helping hand.  This year has been an extremely challenging time and I’m sure all those running courses would welcome any volunteers.  Please jump in. Thanks.

Professor Lan Fu has indicated that she would like to step back as Associate Director (HDR) by the middle of this year, in time for the new Centre of Excellent to kickoff.  I am incredibly grateful to Lan for her skilful stewardship of the role. Together with our HDR Team and as the inaugural AD(HDR) she has helped develop a strong and inclusive ethic.  I look forward to thanking her in the usual fashion and for now she has kindly offered to overlap with the incoming AD(HDR).  To this end I open a call for Expressions of Interest in the role.  Details can be found HERE and any academic staff member, Level C and above is welcome to apply.  The EoI will close 9am 23rd March and our School Manager will act as Returning Officer.

And to end on a highlight, this week’s picie comes from the Multicultural Festival where, on behalf of the Canberra India Council, left to right, Labour MLA Deepak-Raj Gupta, Minister for Cultural Affairs Chris Steel and Chief Minister Andrew Barr celebrated our Distinguished Professor Jagadish for his “outstanding contribution to science, education and service to humanity through science” with the 2020 CIC Service Excellence Award. Well done, Jagadish.

Have a good week,




Congratulations to Huyen Pham (EME). Huyen was awarded the John Farrant Prize at ACMM 26. The prize is awarded for a scientifically significant student presentation given at the ACMM in the area of the Physical Sciences. Well done Huyen. 

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PhB - mentors needed

16 new PhB Mentors are needed. Thank-you to everybody who supported the PhB physics students in 2019 by supervising projects and serving on the marking panel. Your time is always appreciated. This year we need 16 mentors. Please see below for further details and contact Jodie Bradby.

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Applications are now being called for the Space Plasma, Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020 award. This award is intended to aid graduate research or undergraduate students. Applications Close 24 March 2020.

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Diversity Council Australia has launched Australia’s first online platform collaborating with a variety of service providers in the diversity and inclusion (D&I) space. The new Inclusion Directory Network is the only comprehensive directory of D&I service providers in Australia and is a great place to find specialised expertise.

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Addressing Unconscious Bias

Despite organisational and individual commitment to fair and equitable practice, all people have unconscious biases.  These exist outside of our awareness and can influence our decision making at an unconscious level, while we consciously believe we are being transparent and fair. There are still 8 places available for the March class.

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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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Job opportunity - Wattle Support team

Wattle Support team is seeking a “Learning Management Systems Support Officer” (Level 4 IT position) on a casual basis to assist during busy times, and/or when staff are on extended leave.

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Looking for advice on your future career? Join us for Pathfinder!

The Science, Health and Alumni team will be holding a breakfast mentoring event on Thursday 5 March for our alumni and students. The event will have around 20 mentors from a wide range of SHM industries, and some who have moved into new dicsciplines.

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Tuesday 3 March 2020
10:00 -11:30
Oliphant Tea Room


Free February

Last week. Please enjoy a cuppa on the Management. Morning and afternoon tea is free for the month of February.

DQS are having a special morning tea on Monday 24th Feb, all welcome.


Director's Office
Tim will be travelling in India 24-28 February. He will retain all delegations during this period. Lan Fu will be acting School Director during his absence.

Luda Mangos will be on secondment part-time in the College Office from 17 Feb to mid-May. She will be available in the School on Thurs and Fri during this time. Please continue to use for all enquiries.


24 February
Mr Sergii Koval
On the scaling behaviour of the alternating spin chain
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26 February
Mr Matthew Parry
Reconfiguring multiple high-Q resonances in non-linear metasurfaces
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26 February
Dr Daniel Sigg
LIGO: The Current Observation Run and Future Upgrades
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26 February
Mr Yao
Diatomic metasurfaces for full-Stokes polarization perfect absorption
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27 February
Mr Nathan Holland
Low Frequency Control and Automation for Suspended, Interferometric Gravitational Sensors
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28 February
Mr Mahdi Davoodianidalik
Two-dimensional turbulent flow inside an open channel
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As most of you will notice, there are now numerous hand santizers located around RSPhys. This is to combat the threat of Coronavirus (COVID 19) and to improve hygiene within the school.

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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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