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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 9 | 7–11 March 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is with enormous pleasure to congratulate Distinguished Professor Yuri Kivshar on being awarded the 2022 Max Born award from Optica, formally OSA. One of the top awards in the field, this award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to physical optics, theoretical or experimental. This international endowed award was established in 1982 on the centenary of Born’s birth. A wonderful recognition for an outstanding member of our community.

Today is International Women's Day, celebrating the rights of women and girls. This year’s campaign focusses on breaking down bias, stereotypes and discrimination. As part of this annual event the Women in Physics (WiP) board outside my office will be updated. It showcases some of our significant publications over the past year. If you’re walking past please take a look. Also, Prof Céline D’Orgeville (AITC/RSAA) will be the guest at the WiP morning tea on Wednesday (see right for details).

Dr Ed Simpson (NPAA) has just let me know that applications for the 2022-23 Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program are now open until 21 March 2022. The Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Office of the Chief Scientist, and provides a pathway for early-to-mid career scientists to become skilled policy practitioners so that they can be conduits for bringing scientific expertise into government. Fellows are employed as policy officers by participating Australian Government host departments for 12 months. Click here for more details and application information. Ed took a year away from ANU to join the inaugural intake and will return in the middle of this year. He has kindly offered to share his experience with others considering this program, just email him at his ANU address. From his account it is a fabulous experience, and gives fellows a profitable (and timely) insight into government engagement.  

The annual Canberra Innovation Network’s (CBRIN) investor showcase is on again. It’s a great way to see the new start-ups and established high-tech companies from the Canberra region. See below for details of this event, spaces are limited.

Finally, another safety alert. The images at the bottom show yet another dangerous power board. This one, like the previous, was actually tagged that it is defective in 2012 and was still being used! A red sticker on any electrical appliance is a clear warning. Defective equipment can be repaired or replaced at the Electronics Unit. I remind everyone that ignoring notices put you and your colleagues at risk. Please ensure electrical equipment is safe before use. My thanks to Graeme Clemow and his team for all they are doing to keep us safe.



Investor Showcase 25 March 11:00am - 1:00pm
At the Canberra Innovation Network we engage with 500+ local startups per year. We provide workshop programs, one on one coaching, mentor connections, the Griffin Accelerator and more to empower entrepreneurs to make more progress. On 25 March we are showcasing 15 of the most promising startups at seed and series A stages, including several with patents/deep technology advantages. All of the presenting teams have some investor traction already. Canberra companies like Instaclustr, Quantum Brilliance, Liquid Instruments, MCI, Penten and more are generating spectacular growth and returns, don’t miss out on the next opportunities.

Registration is essential due to Covid requirements:


WHS Notice - Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) and RCDs

While much of the equipment in the school has been tested and tagged several UPSs have been found which do not have RCD protection installed on their outlet side. This is a safety requirement for UPS use in the university.

The University Issued a Safety Awareness on this topic back in 2020 which can be found here.

All users of UPSs need to examine them and determine if they have appropriate RCD protection on the outlet side. Where they do not, external RCDs need to be installed.

Where external RCD are required, appropriate ones can be obtained from element14 or similar vendors.

Where you do have a UPS Inform the WHS Office.


Distinguished Professor Susan Scott, a pioneering physicist at CGA, is the first Australian to be appointed as editor-in-chief of the international journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. 

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Invitation to Nominate Candidates for the 2023 Schmidt Science Fellows Award

Please send your nominations to the Physics HDR team by COB Tuesday 05 April 2022.

Interested candidates should provide a CV plus a letter of recommendation from the HDR Program Convenor (Prof Patrick Kluth). They should also provide their PhD topic ('read more' for eligibility criteria).

In addition, the HDR Program Convenor must provide confirmation (via email) that the nominee is of ‘good academic standing’.

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Internship Projects

An internship is an opportunity for a student to work in an organisation on an agreed project for approximately 1–2 days a week for a semester. There are also opportunities for intensive internships during semester breaks. Internship projects are available at different levels, to undergraduates and postgraduates students. 

If you work with or know of any organisations who would like to host an intern for Winter/Semester 2 or beyond, could you please contact Cormac Corr at

  • Winter, 2022 – intensive 3 week period (90 contact hours) between 1 July - 22 July
  • Semester 2, 2022 – 1 day a week over a 12-week semester (90 contact hours) between 25 July - 28 Oct


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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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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WiP Morning Tea - 9 March

Morning Tea 10am to 11:30am with Celine d’Orgeville

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School Colloquium - 10 March

Dark Energy: a type of repulsive gravity - Professor Bruce M. Law

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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 9:30-5pm)

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

8 | NVivo Advanced webinar
9 | Advanced Research: Using ANU Library Databases
9 | Word: Putting your thesis together
9 | Employer Visit Program: ABS
10 | Introduction to GIS Analysis for research
10 | EndNote 20 webinar for Windows

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PhB Mentors for First-year Physics Students 

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.

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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.


 ANU COVID Pathway to 2022

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From Previous Weeks...

ARC Linkage Projects - Key Dates in 2022

COVID-19 Extension Scholarship

PhB Mentors Needed


Physics @ ANU






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