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Weekly newsletter | vol 45 no 36 | 7–11 September 2020


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy a lovely weekend and to celebrate Father’s day.

Speaking of celebrating… it has definitely been a great year for Nutsinee Kijbunchoo (CGA). Wow. Last Friday, Nutsinee won the ANU 3MT competition!!!  And, Prof David McClelland got “Best Supervisor”.  Well done, Team CGA.  If you’re curious, Nutsinee gives tips on making a great presentation at home.  We wish her all the best for the Asia Pacific finals.

Anthony Leung (DQS), also a finalist last Friday, won Visualise Your Thesis competition which is part of the 3MT festival.  Well done, Anthony, you’re on a roll.  Past 3MT finalist presentations are curated here.  In early October the 2020 ANU presentations will be posted.

Finally, the biggest bang for last, Prof Susan Scott was part of world-wide press release last Thursday announcing by far the largest black hole collision detected to date. Watch Susan present this discovery. Credit to the images above, LIGO / Caltech / MIT / R.Hurt(IPAC)) and below, Mark Meyers (OzGrav).

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you this week at your Dept meetings. 

Have a great week.



Impossible' black hole causes biggest collision ever detected by gravitational waves - This detection was really special because we got a few firsts that we hadn't known about before," said ANU's Susan Scott, chief investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).

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This weeks update includes: Research Highlight, Information Sessions on ARC grants and InCites – new functionalities.

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Message from EDC

The quest for diversity in Australian STEM faces some big challenges in the coming years. An understanding of the challenges facing students when pursuing STEM careers should help structure teaching to remove bias and barriers to increase diversity across the STEM fields.

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CSIRO Postgraduate Top-up Scholarships

Our scholarship and postgraduate programs provide the future generation of scientists with the opportunity to launch their scientific careers working alongside leading scientists in world class facilities to deliver real world solutions. 

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ANU Student Research Conference 2020

The ANU Student Research Conference is an annual event which centres around the presentation of high achieving research by ANU undergraduate (including Honours) and Masters students. We are currently calling for Conference judges. 

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School Seminar

9 September @ 11:00
Bridges, wires, and a chameleon: Crossing the membrane’s fortifications
Professor Sean Smith
Zoom Event

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The School will  farewell Roger Buckley (AM) on Thurs, 10 Sept 2020. Thank you Roger for the great service you have provided to Applied Maths and the school. Nikki Azzopardi will be providing admin support to AM from Mon, 14 Sept.


September Events

7 September
Paul Sibley
Scaling Optical Phased Arrays
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8 September
How do we certify the amount of carbon embedded in hydrogen fuels?
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9 September
Mr Mohammad Rashidi
III-V nanowire-based random laser in the Anderson Localization regime
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17 September
Mr Shimul Nath
Filamentary Threshold Switching in Niobium Oxides-Final PhD Seminar
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23 September
Mr Matthias Wurdack
Towards polariton condensation in atomically-thin semiconductors
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24 September
Public forum: Australia, the global renewable energy pathfinder
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Congratulations to Nutsinee Kijbunchoo  @Gmv2_c4r for winning the first prize at #ANU3MT. Her #3MT is titled: ‘Catching the Waves in the Sea of Noise’. 


Congratulations to Anthony Leung from @PhysicsANU for winning the Visualise your Thesis #ANUVT 2020 competition with "Keeping you safe with quantum physics". Well done @Anthony_lge.


From Last Week

AINSE 2020 WISE School

Writing Workshop

Women in STEM Workshop



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