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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 28 | 13–17 July 2020




Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a warm weekend.  I will be away this week and would like to thank Prof Hoe Tan for stepping in as Acting Director.

This week’s pic announces the new logo for the joint RSAA-RSPhys Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics.  Congratulations to CGA PhD student, Nutsinee Kijbunchoo, for her winning design and for having three creative works in a row in the Event Horizon.

Physics Market Day is a little over a month away and while the exact format for this year is yet to be finalised the project booklet will certainly proceed. Project supervisors and Group leaders might start to refresh their offerings for next year.  One of the many things that working remotely has taught us is that our website and web-based activities are very well noticed.  Maybe contrary to expectations, students globally are much more likely now to tune into a seminar, or to review material from foreign universities.  Our wonderful project resource is guaranteed to get loads more hits this year.  To help promote physical and mathematical sciences more broadly we will enhance related links to other Research Schools in our College.  We will also being promoting to our Masters offerings in step with the ANU increasing marketing around Post-Graduate study options.

The other day when I was requesting a week’s annual leave I happened to notice my excess Long Service Leave (generally something I avoid doing).  After discussion with Kellie Takenaka, Development Manager in College of Science, I discovered that I could easily request to donate some of my excess leave to School endowments! Excellent, I thought.  Within seconds I arrived at Item 9 in the form and chose, “other” and then later entered “The Dunbar Endowment”. It was amazingly easy and felt doubly virtuous in supporting the Dunbar Honours Scholarships and reducing my excess leave.  If you are interested I can recommend going to, select “Workplace Giving Form”.   We have a number of equity, diversity and excellence awards covering staff and students alike that are listed at Physics philanthropic endowments.

Have a good week,



School Seminar Series - 15 July 2020 @ 11:00 am via zoom

Dr Liam McGuinness (LPC) presents: Measuring Frequency better than Atomic Clocks Read more


On Wednesday evening 15th July 2020 ANU and Canberra Times are hosting a meet the author conversation between Julia Gillard and Quentin Bryce, about the book “Women and Leadership” by Gillard and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.  You can register here.

There will be another workshop for Women in STEM on 16th September.  This one is “Communicating effectively and with influence” led by Dr Merryn McKinnon.  If you are interested, please contact

There are also some interesting statistics and thoughts from ANU CoS members about the participation rate of women in grant applications here.


This weeks update includes - Email from DVC (Academic) for teaching staff: Social distancing in teaching spaces – Semester 2  and Return to Campus Teaching Forum - Monday 13 July - register now

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Working towards Re-entry - WHS Pulse Training

Below is a list of WHS online training that should be completed by all staff and students in readiness to return to campus on 27 July.

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July Seminars

16 July - Mr Zi-Min Li 
Hidden Symmetry and Tunnelling Dynamics in Light-Matter Interaction Models
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17 July - Mr Naiyin Wang
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22 July - Energy Conversations: Carbon-neutral fuel for aerospace
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From Last Week

As You See It! photography competition – submissions open now! READ HERE

NECTAR, the Network for Early Career Academics at ANU READ HERE

Data Science Survey READ HERE


COVID-19 return to work

RSPhys COVID-19 return to work protocols (PDF, 2MB)

RSPhys COVID-19 safe work procedure (DOCX, 169kB)

RSPhys COVID-19 risk assessment (DOCX, 105kB)

RSPhys Room / Lab / Workshop Risk Assessment (DOCX, 146kB)

RSPhys admin support during the University remote work and study period

Contact details for Admin staff



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