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Weekly newsletter | vol 46 no 50 | 20–24 December 2021


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the School Community I would like to congratulate all our PhD and Honours graduates this year. I wish you all the best for your careers and I would love for you to stay in touch.

It is wonderful to see Nuclear Physics in the news as the Government starts to strengthen key National (physics-focussed) capabilities. This includes funding places in our MSc in Nuclear Science and opening five jobs across agencies (job advertisement). Please do let undergraduate and post-graduate colleagues know about these opportunities.

Further to the notice about the laser incident I'd like to draw your attention to the Intermediate Laser Safety Officer course running on 21st January. This course, designed and delivered by Dr Vincent Daria, has been approved as the mandatory ANU laser safety training module and is also offered externally to Commonwealth agencies. The usual $900 fee will be waived for all RSPhys attendees. If you are new to the School, or would like to have this new program on your training record please enrol as soon as possible as positions are limited.

And, the final picture for the year captures Dr Joshua Machacek (NPAA) showing the positron beamline to the six Australian representatives attending the International Junior Science Olympiad online exam in Canberra last week.

And, to farewell the year that was 2021, the new School website is now live. The new-look site shines a better light on our research teams, and recognises the new Department structure. My gratitude to Mr Martin Conway (School Computer Unit) and Dr Phil Dooley (our resident science journalist) for constructing and filling the site with illuminating content. Thank you both!

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable break. See you in 2022.

Best regards,


Congratulations Graduating Students

Congratulations to students who will be graduating in the upcoming graduation ceremony:

Thibault Michel
Shao Qi Lim
Brendan Patrick McCormick
Mark Bradshaw
Choon Kong Lai
Paul George Sibley
Alexander Ratcliffe

We would also like to congratulate the students who graduated in absentia in the second half of 2021:

Sergii Koval
Muhammad Hassan Iqbal
Rowena Yew
Yuzhi Hu
Zimin Li


Congratulations to the winners of the EME/DMP Materials ECR and Materials student awards for 2021.

Neville Fletcher Early Career Researcher Award
Dr Julie Tournet (EME)
"For outstanding achievements in both research and outreach, in particular: for innovative epitaxial growth of III-V metamorphic structures and their fabrication into solar cells; and for her exceptional mentoring of students as well as leadership in Equity and Diversity and Women in Physics initiatives"

Jim Williams Student Award
Ms Xingshuo Huang (DMP) 
"For outstanding performance in both education and research, in particular: for her first-rate tutoring and support of students across multiple courses, including the successful delivery of a joint course initiative between ANU and China; and for her exceptional achievements in the search for new diamond-like phases of carbon through high pressure studies"


Hazard Alert About Laser Light Projector

An ANU staff member brought personal party lights for a Christmas party on campus. This light is classified as the ‘Laser’ product. According to the Australian Standard AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014 the indoor laser light should be a class 1M or 2M laser product. However, this particular light is classified as class 3B, which is a regulated item as per the ANU radiation license. The laser class is clearly written on the label (yellow label below).

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Notice of Intent (NoI) Form for ARC and NHMRC Schemes Opening in 2021/22

The College of Science Research Office is now inviting notices of intent (NoI) to submit applications for the following schemes:

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Science Communication PhD Workshop: Open for Registrations for CoS/CHM PhD Students

The Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) has historically offered an annual 2-day Science Communication workshop for PhD candidates from SHM schools. Due to Covid-19, they have not been able to offer this workshop in person since 2019.

They are now calling for registrations from SHM PhD candidates for their 2022 workshop, to be held on 1 and 2 February 2022, from 9am to 5pm each day, in the Marie Reay Building in Kambri.

Please send your expression of interest in attending the workshop, by email to: Places are currently limited to 60 attendees.

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University Shut Down

The University shutdown period is 23rd December 2021 COB, re-opening 4th January 2022.


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Returning to Campus

Updated Process and Mask Protocols

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Goran Radovanovic will be away 13/12/21 – 10/1/22

Adrian Sheppard will be acting Head in DMP from 13/12/21 – 27/1/22

Tim Senden will be away 24/12/21 – 1/2/2022


2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Store.


The RSPhys Store

Stores and Purchasing will be closed from Thursday 23/12/21 COB, and will re-open Tuesday 4/1/22 – no deliveries will be accepted during this time.

For information on building mail (letters, journals, magazines), 'read more'.

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EOY Finance Processing Cut-offs

EOY Systems & Processing Timetable

For more information contact the Purchasing Team.

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Reminder to Clear Your Purchase Card

All purchases need to be submitted and approved in Concur by Thursday 23rd December.


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 Student Reps - Seeking Expressions of Interest to Join our HDR Student Reps in 2022

Do you want to become a HDR Student Rep, 'Read more' ?

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ANU COVID Pathway to 2022

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