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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 6 | 14–18 February 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It was a great honour to attend conferral last week. My congratulations to all the graduates. Together with recent students, a number from past years were able to defer their award so they might walk across the stage in person. Their patience paid off and Chancellor Julie Bishop gave every student her warmest congratulations. It was a terrific event and I was thrilled to see our first graduate from the Masters of Science (Quantum Technology).

Recent PhD students

  • Brendan Patrick McCormick
  • Paul George Sibley
  • Alexander Ratcliffe 

Returning PhD students

  • Michael Leslie Smith
  • Peter Vouzas
  • Chathura Priyankara Bandutunga
  • Richard Laurie Taylor
  • Sahar Masoudian
  • Maria del Rocio Camacho Morales
  • Muhammad Hassan Iqbal

Master of Science (Advanced) in Quantum Technology

  • Jonathon James Horder

Master of Energy Change

  • Oscar Starmer

Master of Energy Change (Advanced)

  • Matthew Francis Keighley
  • Bennett Schneider
  • Lachlan Thomas Clapin

Over the past 8 years many will have come to know Dr Siva Karuturi (EME/CECS) for his work with Professors Jagadish and Tan on solar energy and hydrogen research. It is my pleasure to congratulate Siva on his recent conversion to an ongoing Senior Lecturer position in CECS. Through recent industry funding and grants, Siva will be growing his group and I am so pleased to see another collaboration with Engineering growing even stronger.

I snapped the picture below to highlight some of the finishing touches on our new building.   

Have a great week,



Masks and Rapid Antigen Tests Now Available

To help keep us all safe, ANU has secured a supply of rapid antigen tests and masks, which will be available for our community from Wednesday 9th.  
Please bring your University ID to one of the distribution hubs at Kambri and the Fulton Muir building and our team will give you a personal, free supply of eight rapid antigen tests and five P2/N95 masks.

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Wifi Blackspots?

IT have some wifi points to roll out in Physics South. If you find ANU-Secure unusable in your office or lab please report it to


Women in STEM Seminar- 15th February, 2022

'My Career Journey'
Professor Valeska Ting - University of Bristol, ANU Alumni

Date: 15th February 2022
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: RSC bldg 138. room 3.105 & Via Zoom

This event is sponsored by Australian Research Council Georgina Sweet Laurate Fellowship Program

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Student Skills and Career Development Workshops Poll

In January the HDR team sent a short poll to HDR students about career development workshops that the Researcher Development team can offer to be held in RSPhys. These workshops offer training in a range of skills, from writing to research translation. The feedback from students who attended these workshops in the past has been overwhelmingly positive.

The poll aims to make a priority list of which of these workshops will be offered this year tailored to Physics HDR students. Unfortunately, the response to the poll has been low so far. The HDR team would encourage students and supervisors to discuss these development opportunities and participate in the poll. The HDR team know everyone is busy but ultimately developing skills in the areas offered can help navigating HDR projects more efficiently and save time for everyone involved.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the HDR team if you have any further questions.

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Ben Grace from the CGA and Lucy Strang from the University of Melbourne, both members of OzGrav working on the detection of sources of continuous gravitational waves, were jointly awarded the Kerr Prize for the best student talk at the 11th Australasian Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation based in Hobart 2-4 February.


COVID-19 Extension Scholarship 

The Graduate Research Office have confirmed that the university will continue to offer the Covid 19 Extension scholarship until 1st September 2022. The eligibility will remain the same, i.e., students need to be between 3 - 3.5 years in their candidature at the point of applying for this scholarship, even if the end date of their 3.5 years falls after 1st September 2022. 

The period of extension will be up to 6 months.

The website has now been updated to reflect the new application period.




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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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Departmental seminars

Mr Patrick McGlynn - 17 February
Mean field study of collective processes in low-energy nuclear reactions
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Mr Bryce Henson - 18 February
Precision Measurement of the Helium 23S1 – 23P/33P Tune-Out Frequency as a Test of QED
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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)


HDR Update

Development & Training in February

14| 2022 ANU Commencement Address
14 | Exploring Learning and Teaching(O week intensive)
21 | Thesis Proposal Review (HASS)
21 | Employer Visit Program: Altaman Solon
21 | Employer Visit Program: Bain & Company

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Careers Fair Opportunity for HDR Students

Quantum Australia 2022 is a conference that will be held in Sydney at the end of this month and that will feature many industry and government attendees. On its last day, the conference will host an online Careers Fair (February 25th). This event will be a valuable opportunity for students about to graduate and looking for future career options. Registration to the Careers Fair only (held virtually) is free.


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 ANU COVID Pathway to 2022

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From Last Week...

AINSE Awards & Scholarships

ARC Linkage Projects - Key Dates in 2022

Publications Portal


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