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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 5 | 7–11 February 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is a huge pleasure to congratulate Dr Tim Gray (NPAA) on winning the 2021 Bragg Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Physics, announced last week. This annual medal recognises the most outstanding physics PhD thesis by an Australian University student. The award is named after Sir Lawrence Bragg and his father Sir William Bragg, who jointly won the Nobel Prize for their work in x-ray crystallography. Notably, Tim’s thesis, “Electromagnetic Moments and Emerging Nuclear Collectivity near Z=50“ was also awarded the 2021 Jagadishwar Mahanty Award (see EH #34, 2021). Tim is currently on a postdoc with the Low Energy Nuclear Physics Experimental Program, Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Lab, Tennessee, USA. My congratulations to the other recipients of AIP Medals this year; 2021 TH Laby Medal - Ethan Payne (Monash University) and 2021 Walter Boas Medal – Professor Howard Wiseman (Griffith University).

Last Friday, Prof Elena Ostrovskaya (ADR/QST) posted to all academic staff notice of an ARC debriefing session to be run tomorrow, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Zoom link). Elena will report on the detailed analysis from RSD and Assoc Dean (Research), Prof Penny King. I have invited three external guests, all with deep experience of Govt to discuss their insights into the recent direction the Govt is taking with grants. All staff and students are welcome.

At the end of 2021, to conclude the College of Science Recovery Plan I wrote to all academic staff to confirm the new Department structure. In that letter I outlined four cultural elements that will enact the change (a copy found here). Over the next few weeks the School Executive will be discussing these elements as a basis for starting to implement the Working Party reports. Last year we had too many discontinuities to permit the serious focus these reports deserve. My aim this year is to renew our collective consideration of the Working Party deliberations and I will be developing a schedule with the Executive to achieve this.  

Unfortunately, the final stages of the new building have been hindered by COVID-related delays. It is now unlikely we will be moving offices this month, and labs may be equally delayed. I'll let you know as the program develops. Below are some stunning images recently taken by the project photographer, Adam McGrath.

Hope you have a great week,


ARC Linkage Projects - Key Dates in 2022

The ARC has released key dates for Linkage Projects for funding commencing in 2022 and the scheme will have two rounds only.

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New Publications Portal

The ANU Research Office has advised that the publications portal is now ‘live’. The publications portal is your one-stop shop for publications, FAQs, information and help. The site is intended primarily to replace the 2018 publications collections user guide, with updated information regarding ERA 2023. It also provides easy reference for the varied and complex tasks required to create, categories and maintain publication records.

The Portal should now be the ‘source of truth’ for publications information which the RO would like you to start using.

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HDR Update

Development & Training in February

10 | Network your way into a job using PostAc
14| 2022 ANU Commencement Address
14 | Exploring Learning and Teaching(O week intensive)

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CartoGIS Services

CartoGIS Services is a team of cartographic and geographic information system specialists working at ANU. They offer training on the creation, analysis, management and promotion of maps and spatial data!

Training is free for ANU staff, HDR, and Postgraduate students. 

For more information, visit the CartoGIS training webpage


Applications are now open for:

Closing on 15 April 2022

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Returning to Campus

Updated Process and Mask Protocols

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2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Store.


Maisie & Mark 

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Women in Physics (WiP) Seminar - 22 February

The Inaugural Seminar of the Women in Physics (WiP) Series - Professor Céline d’Orgeville

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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)


 ANU COVID Pathway to 2022

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Are you an ANU PhD candidate with teaching, tutoring and/or academic mentoring experience? Does helping your fellow students with their academic writing sound like your idea of fulfilling work? 

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