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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 13 | 4–8 April 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you had a nice weekend and the transition Eastern Standard Time went smoothly. 

Some of the senior HDR students in NPAA, notably Lauren Bezzina, Patrick McGlynn, Ben Swinton-Bland and Lachlan McKie, hosted a student led exposé of their Departments research activities last week. Combining Honours and PhD students, fourteen attendees across the Nuclear Reactions, Nuclear Structure, Dark Matter, Positron and Theory groups participated in tours of each other's lab spaces, entertained with informal student talks (no slides - talking and a whiteboard marker only!) and social lunch afterwards. I’ve heard glowing reports from the day, motivated in part by a keen willingness to shake away the remoteness the past few years have brought. For me, the elegance of this program is that it is student led and I’m hoping it might act as a template for other Departments, for the School as a whole and who knows, maybe across Schools. I would be very pleased to offer assistance with catering if other groups were keen to follow the NPAA example. Photos from the day above and below. Seen above is Honours student, Martha Reece, explaining the CAESAR detector array, a collection of high-purity Germanium detectors used to measure gamma rays from excited nuclei, providing information on the energy level structure of a nucleus, and also information about the shape of the nucleus (and so much more!). Image credit Raghda Abdel Khaleq.

The April School Executive meeting will be held on Thursday morning. Please speak to your Heads or other representatives if you have matters you’d like to raise.

Have a good week,


Reminder About Reimbursements

A reminder to only use the new ANU reimbursement form found here.

This new form needs to be processed by your local administrator to make sure that all relevant documents are attached. 

For travel reimbursements, an approved travel eform needs to be included.

Please note evidence that the items being claimed have been paid for, either a tax invoice with a zero balance, receipt or bank statement are required.


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.

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NSQN Webinar

The National Space Qualification Network: Space Qualification Facilities in Australia

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Marco Petasecca
Date: Wednesday 6th April 
Time: 5pm AEDT (9am Zurich time)
Location: Via Zoom


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Discovery Projects 2023

Applications for Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2023 are now open in the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS). If you did not previously submit an NoI but in the interim have decided to apply (including as part of an external application submitted by another university), please contact us as soon as possible at

Those who’ve notified us will receive direct email communication containing important information for applicants.


HDR Supervisor Survey

The Science, Health & Medicine Career Development Framework has been available for HDR candidates in the ANU College of Science, and the ANU College of Health and Medicine for over two years now and they would like to seek your feedback regarding future development and participation of the framework into 2022.

Please can you spend a few minutes answering the following short survey so that we can better provide resources and support to HDR candidates within our Colleges.

If you can complete the anonymous survey by Friday 15th April – that would be appreciated.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the HDR School Administrator or the HDR Career Development Team.


Nicolas Baudin Interships and Travel Grants to France

Applications for the 2022 Nicolas Baudin Program are now open!

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Call for 2022 VinFuture Prize Nominations

The VinFuture Prize, a global science and technology prize originating from Vietnam, is set up to honor breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations that create meaningful change in the everyday lives of millions of people. Any research or technological innovation is eligible to be nominated for the Prize if it addresses everyday issues of people, by being aligned with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To be considered for the Selection Process, research or technological innovations must be nominated by the VinFuture Prize Nominators. 

If you have would like to put forward a nomination, please contact Prof Ping Koy Lam.

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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 Zain Mehdi - 7 April
Mutual friction and diffusion of two-dimensional quantum vortices
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Dr Dirk K├Ânig - 8 April
The Nanoscopic Electronic Structure Shift Induced by Anions at Surfaces (NESSIAS) effect: Theory, Experimental Evidence, Materials, Applications
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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 April

4-8 | HDR Candidate Induction to ANU
7 | Network your way into a job using PostAc
8 | Editing for style and voice (HASS)

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Physics World Careers 2022 Guide

Making decisions about your career can be an exciting process, but for most people it’s also a tricky one. It can be hard enough to find out what jobs even exist, let alone whether they would be a good match for your skills and interests.

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Tweet Series

The Researcher Development team are starting a new tweet series for @ANUresearcher! This tweet series is intended to be fun AND rewarding – a collaborative storytelling about the highs and lows of HDR student life – Hannah Carle, a RD casual is creating graphic mosaics based on different themes each week. 

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From Previous Weeks...

COVID-19 Extension Scholarship

Salary Packaging - Attend a Webinar or Book a One-on-one Appointment Today!


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