I hope you had a chance to enjoy the fabulous weather this weekend.
Congratulation to Tim Hume (Nuclear Physics) on winning entry into the prestigious Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme at ETH Zurich. The scholarship will cover Tim’s full study and living costs during his Masters, complete with access to mentorship and the ETH Foundation. Well done, Tim.
You will have all seen the important email from the VC on Friday afternoon about the ANU response to COVID-19. Please read it as it contains the most up-to-date guidance and all future local advice will stem from VC communications. I have had a few questions about group meetings and whether these could continue. At this stage in the development, and guided by the VC’s advice, I feel small group meetings less that 50 people present a small risk and could proceed, in particular if everyone observes the personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines. Of course, people can always choose to avoid these meetings but if you do please let the convenor of the meeting know so they can decide whether to postpone the meeting or not. I’d ask the convenors to observe meeting etiquette and communicate frequently about status of group meetings so people don’t unnecessarily turn up to postponed meetings. For smaller gatherings Zoom and teleconferences are very effective for colleagues who know each other well. Advice on COVID-19 is constantly being reviewed and the VC’s communications represent the best ANU source of guidance.
Our SciComm guru, Dr Phil Dooley, is designing our construction banners to go on Parkes Way. With tens of thousands Canberrans driving past each day it’s a great chance to get our stories out there over the next 18 months. Apart from some static descriptions of the building purpose we will be adding a dynamic element that will change each month. In a similar vein to the amusing road-side one-liners that a local turf company displays we would like to have catchy RSPhys head-lines to entertain and invite local drivers to our website (physics.anu.edu.au). Phil has created some examples to guide you. The idea is to have these head-lines relate to existing stories on our web, noting that Phil is continually writing new stories. I invite everything from witty and tongue-in-cheek to intriguing statements or factoids.
- Think Canberra winter’s cold? Our quantum experiments are 100,000 times colder
- Inventing new materials to make your lightweight carbon fibre bike obsolete.
- Electric cars? Try a plasma-powered nanosatellite!
- We watch black holes collide – even more rowdy than question time.
Prizes will be awarded to head-lines that appear on Parkes Way and I'll be ensuring each Department is well represented. Send your suggestions, together with the link to the existing story or a story to be written, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I mentioned at the School Forum another EoI will open up for the HDR Convenor this week. I will send a School-wide email to detail requirements for the EoI, which will remain open for 2 weeks. My many thanks go to Professor Elena Ostrovskaya, who has set high standards for the role and has helped so many students over the past 5 years. Elena is vacating this role to join the School Executive as our new AD(R). The AD(HDR) and HDR Convenor from a crucial partnership in the pursuit of excellence in HDR pastoral care, in supervision and in recruitment. Those who have already submitted an EoI for the AD(HDR) are very welcome to indicate if they would also like to be considered for the Convenor position.
Our monthly College Executive meeting with the Dean and Directors of Science is on Wednesday. If, at any stage, there are any topics you would like me to table please send them through. The minutes for past meetings are available at; https://intranet.science.anu.edu.au/about/committees
This week’s pic is one for all the crane enthusiasts, like me. Have a great week,