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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 12 | 23–27 March 2020


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

My thanks to James Irwin for compiling the advice to the School on revising our working behaviours here and at home.  The advice is copied to the right with refreshed web-links to the various resources you may need.  Please study this advice and most of all talk to your supervisor and come up with an agreeable plan.

Last Wednesday I sent a School-wide email which contained the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Working Parties, notice about new mandatory requirements for academic PDRs and a call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the HDR Convenor role.  The consultancy period for the ToR will remain open until 31st March.  While I announced the EoI would close on the same day I will leave this open for an additional week, now closing 7th April.  Finally, the PDR changes for academics should not be overly affected but our changing working habits.  Please look at these mandatory minimum objectives as they will help your Head prepare for their 3-6-9.

This week’s pic was taken recently from the open terrace on level 4 of the new building.  The terrace has a near 180 degree view of Lake Griffin, from Parliament House to the National Arboretum.  The 60 seat seminar room and board room will share this elevation. 

I hope the next week proves productive as you embrace new working habits.  Please let me know if there is anything you can think of that might benefits others as they prepare for the next phase.  And, talk to your supervisor.




Stability is always relative. It depends on how the system is perturbed. The recent rigorous study by the international team lead by Prof. Akhmediev and published in Phys. Rev. A, 101, 023843 (2020) has shown that basic knowledge  in this regard is far from being complete. 

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The recent paper published on March 5, 2020 in Physical Review Letters  [J. Zhong et al, Phys. Rev Lett.124, 093604 (2020)] is largely based on the results of the Honours thesis of Ms. Janet Zhong (currently a new PhD student of the School). 

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COVID-19 Grant Management/Variations

As research plans may have to change in response to COVID-19 disruptions, please keep the College Research Office (CRO) updated on any required formal variations to your funding agreements.

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Evaluation of the ARC Discovery Projects scheme

The ARC is conducting an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Discovery Projects scheme in supporting excellent basic and applied research and research training, enhancing research collaboration, expanding Australia’s research capability and supporting research that benefits Australia the appropriateness of the Discovery Projects scheme and its role within the Australian Government’s overall investment in research and innovation.

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COVID-19 Immediate Local School Actions

Dear Physics Community,

With the rapidly changing advice on response to COVID-19, the University’s website on the subject should be the first point of information in relation to work and study precautions.

In enacting the next stage of these precautions, the following links are the local actions that we as a School have taken or are taking effective immediately in accordance with our local response plan

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HDR Supervision Workshop participants

Please see the below email regarding the HDR workshops.

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Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

Nominations are open for the 2020 Australian Institute of Policy and Science Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. The Tall Poppy Campaign recognises the achievements of Australian scientists through the prestigious annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. Winners of Young Tall Poppy Science Awards (‘Tall Poppies’) engage in activities to promote interest in science among school students and teachers, as well as an understanding and appreciation of science in the broader community. Applications close 15 April.

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