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Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 43 | 1–5 November 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is my very great pleasure to congratulate our colleagues gaining promotion this year;

Level B
Eliezer (Eli) Estrecho (QST)
Giovani Guccione (QST)
Stefan Pavetich (NPAA)
Matt Thompson (MP)

Level C
Rose Ahlefeldt (QST)
Michaela Froehlich (NPAA) 
Simon Haine (QST)
Sean Hodgman (QST)
Sergey Kruk (FTP)
AJ Mitchel (NPAA)

Level D
Vanessa Robins (FTP/MP)

The Level E promotion round is still in progress.

This week’s pic shows Alex Shanahan from the Technical Workshops holding an almost completed 1200-mm long piece of aluminium for a new light-ion (L-ION) detector system, designed by Ben Tranter (NPAA). The detector chamber was milled during the COVID shutdown and will be used for a new research program at HIAF to study the structure and properties of nuclei.

With the easing of restrictions please remember to wear your mask when working at the School, unless it interferes with the equipment you’re using. I’m hoping to have some guidance about travel in the next few days, which I will share with your Heads.

Have a good week,


November is... Academic Writing Month - #AcWriMo

Need to get some writing done before the end of the year? November is academic writing month! Join the Researcher Development community online for a festival of writing, set your writing goals and have some company along the way. We will provide online writing sessions, a register for recording your output, and lots of writing workshops to help you reach your goals.

Brought to you by ANU Researcher Development team: Professor Inger Mewburn (@thesiswhisperer), Dr Cally Guerin and Dr Derek Panchuk.

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  1. Call for Proposals at ANSTO’s Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS), National Deuteration Facility (NDF), and other Lucas Heights facilities – Round 2022-1
  2. International Conference on Food Analysis (ICFA) 2021 – 16-18 November 2021
  3. ANSTO User Meeting 2021 – 24-26 November 2021
  4. ANSTO Small Angle Scattering Workshop 2021 (Honours and PhD students) – 1-3 December 2021
  5. Mercury Australia Symposium 2021 – 14-15 December 2021
  6. ANSTO offer to donate equipment to an AINSE University Member 

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RSB Director's Seminar - Monday, 8th November

"Interdisciplinary Adventures in Language Evolution: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Language Diversity"

Professor Lindell Bromham 
Monday, 8th November
12:30 – 1:30pm
Zoom Link

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CGA PhD student, Disha Kapasi, has been selected to represent ANU students in the 10th Anniversary edition of the Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) which will take place virtually on 17 – 21 January 2022 (5 days). This year, the selection process was very competitive with over 1,700 nominations and applications around the world. Disha will have the opportunity to listen to and interact with Nobel Laureates and world-renowned scientists during the five days of the summit. 


Job Opportunity for HDR Students

Applications now open

NCI is looking for Associate Training Officers to join the training team. These are casual positions at the ANU5 level. Associate Training Officers will be responsible for jointly running workshops with NCI staff on various topics such as parallel computing, programming and debugging, data analysis, ML applications on HPC, and GPUs. We strongly encourage applications from PhD and postdoctoral students and early career researchers with knowledge and expertise in computational domains.

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Need to Schedule a Meeting with the Director?

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Tim will reply to any meeting requests ASAP


RSPhys Store

Stores will be physically staffed, though operating at reduced capacity with no face to face interactions. 

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ANU Libraries

The JB Chifley Library will remain open 24/7 through the lockdown. Students and staff will need to swipe in. They will be able to use collection material, print, use the computers, record lectures in the One button studio, study rooms on level 4 equipped with ECHO recording software and use the Flex labs to give or record lectures.

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School Seminar Program - 4 November

Scalable and effective use of virtual reality for physics education - Dr John Debs

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Know your administrators...

L-R: Belinda Barbour, Sonia Padrun, Petra Rickman, Nikki Azzopardi, & Julie Arnold

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Know your School team...

Sue Berkeley -
Finance Team Leader

Goran Radovanovic -
Stores Services  

Hannah Phan - Purchasing/Finance Services 

Patrick Romero - Stores/Purchasing Services


Know your student admin...

Liudmila (Luda) Mangos -
Higher Degree Research admin
C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Mon-Fri 9.30-5pm)

Siobhan Ryman -
Physics Education Centre admin and HDR
1.05, Bldg 38A (Mon-Tues 8.30-4pm) ; C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Wed-Fri 8.30-4pm)


Matthias Wurdack (he/him)

Disha Kapasi (she/her)

Shridhar Manjunath (he/him)

Elizaveta Melik-Gaykazyan (she/her)

Ben Swinton-Bland (he/him)

Mahdi Davoodianidalik (he/him)


HDR Progress Milestones

Students and supervisors can access information on HDR progress milestone requirements on the School Intranet.


ANZCOP21 - November 18-19, 2021

ANZCOP 2021 is a special event of the Australian and New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics presented on behalf of ANZOS - the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society. 

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From Previous Weeks...

2021 College of Science Awards for Service Nominations

2021 Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor's Annual Awards Nominations

PhD Top-up Scholarships for Ocean and Sea Ice Modelling


Physics @ ANU



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