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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 8 | 28 February–4 March 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you had a relaxing weekend.

This week I wanted to highlight some elements of our WHS objectives for this year and call for volunteers to trial a new phone app for afterhours work.

The Work Environment Group (WEG) have just released a new version of the ANUOK app, our official campus safety app and the only app that integrates with ANU's safety and security systems. ANUSA, PARSA, and ANU Security has worked together to develop a unique app that provides students, faculty and staff with added safety on the ANU campus. The app will also send you important safety alerts and provide instant access to campus safety resources. As a new function, the app now accommodates afterhours working, allowing people to register with security or with a buddy. I would like to trial this feature within the School and am calling for volunteers for March. If you would like to register for this trial please let our RSPhys WHS Team know (Rick Walsh or Sonia Padrun). 

The annual School WHS workplan has just been published on the WHS Sharepoint and I invite your comments ahead of it going live at the end of March. The annual WHS workplan covers two parts; the high-level RSPhys annual objectives for the implementation of the WHS Management System Workbook, and a detailed schedule of monitoring, training and certification of facilities, activities and personnel. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing details of training courses and inductions for all RSPhys personnel. This forms part of record keeping program and will integrate with our cardax system, risk and asset management systems. Tying our hazard management systems together forms the largest part of the 2022 annual workplan and I welcome your comments. Alternatively, you may also feed comments through your elected Health and Safety Representatives (Ilya Shadrivov and Huma Latif).

I draw your attention to notices about the PhD Mentor program and Professional Staff Endowment Fund, below.

Have a good week,


Masks and Rapid Antigen Tests Now Available

Monday 28th of February is the last day to collect packs from Kambri.

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PhB Mentors Needed

This year we have 15 first-year Physics students in the PhB program, some of the smartest high-school graduates from across the country.

Each student is to be assigned an academic mentor for their time at ANU, and we would like to make a call for people willing to take on this role.

This typically involves 1-2 meetings per semester to provide advice regarding their degree. All students should do research projects and also enter the Honours Program, so this is an excellent opportunity to expand your research groups with extra hands. 

Please contact Prof Yuri Kivshar ( to express your interest. For further details 'read more'.

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Maria del Rocio Camacho Morales on being awarded a 2022 Science Meets Parliament scholarship.

Science & Technology Australia have awarded this scholarship to 12 brilliant and diverse emerging STEM leaders. The scholarships include access to the full Science meets Parliament event program from February 28, a meeting with a Parliamentarian, and the national gala dinner on June 2.


Jabra Speak 750 Available

The School Computer Unit now has a Jabra Speak 750 for loan. This wireless microphone and speaker is a big improvement over using your laptop audio for hybrid meetings.


2022 Professional Staff Scholarships Scheme (PSSS) & Professional Staff Development Endowment Fund (PSDEF)

Applications are now invited for the first 2022 round of the Professional Staff Scholarships Scheme (PSSS) and the Professional Staff Development Endowment Fund (PSDEF)

Applications for the first round of the PSSS and the PSDEF are now invited, with a closing date of Friday 25 March 2022 at 5:00pm.

The University recognises that the contribution of highly skilled and dedicated professional staff are critical to the success and future of the University. Professional staff are encouraged to continue their growth and development through participation in a range of career development initiatives. To support this goal, the University provides financial support to successful applicants through the PSSS and the PSDEF.

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L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australian & New Zealand Fellowships 2022

Applications are now open for L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australian & New Zealand Fellowships – 2022.

Applications can be done through the new website.

Applications close 11.59pm Monday 7th March, 2022

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2022 Carers' Career Development Assistance Fund (CCDAF)

Applications are now invited for the first 2022 round of the Carers' Career Development Assistance Fund (CCDAF)

Applications for the third round of the CCDAF funding scheme are now invited, with a closing date of Friday 18 March 2022 at 5:00pm.

The CCDAF is for individual academic and professional staff with caring responsibilities who require support to participate in significant development opportunities such as conferences, workshops or symposia that contribute to their careers.

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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 Carl (Qiheng) Yang - 2 March
Quantitative X-ray computed tomography? - Three perspectives and an epilogue
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Dr Magdalena Zych - 3 March
Composite quantum particles at the interface with gravity - Foundations and new insights
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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 (Thurs 8:30-4pm)

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


HDR Update

Development & Training in March

1 | NVivo Intermediate webinar
1 | Introduction to Library research webinar
1 | Employer Visit Program: Clean energy regulator
2 | Employer Visit Program: Lockheed Martin
2 | Introducing Postac: a tool to help you design a career post-PhD
2 | Word: Maintaining consistency in your thesis
2 | Employer Visit Program: Akuna Capital

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 ANU COVID Pathway to 2022

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From Previous Weeks...

ARC Linkage Projects - Key Dates in 2022

Publications Portal

COVID-19 Extension Scholarship


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