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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 17 | 2–6 May 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Easy! The world's most popular and powerful online random number generator, ANU Quantum Numbers (AQN). For over a decade now Professor Ping Koy Lam’s group have literally (actually!) served billions of strings of testably random numbers to the world through their open access website, ANU QRNG. While they will continue this public service they announced on Friday that they have joined the AWS Marketplace to serve commercial quantities of their random numbers through a custom API. My congratulations to Syed Assad, Aaron Tranter and Ping Koy Lam (seen above) on this exciting new venture. And the connection to our new auditorium? Nature played an important part both in the choice of fabric colours, drawn from the bushland on Black Mountain, and their arrangement which flows from the quantum noise harvested by the QRNG. Undoubtedly a world first.

At present the students enrolled in the Joint Science College (JSC) with Shandong University and ANU are considering the next stage of their program in Canberra, commencing second semester. To help the students video introductions to ANU courses across the four discipline areas have been produced (see: Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics). In the Physics video you’ll see our Associate Director (Education), Professor Joe Hope, speak with ever-present passion to the new students. Thank you, Joe, you’re an inspiration!

All the best for the week,

PS. Don’t forget international “Star Wars Day” on Wednesday.


May the 4th (be with you!)
Please join Darth Vader in the Oliphant tearoom on Wednesday at 10:30am for an imperial rally.

Star Wars regalia is strongly encouraged – masks are COVID19 protocol after all. Prizes for the top 3 best dressed! Refreshments are supplied but bring your own coffee mug. 


The Rise of Mie-tronicsĀ 

A new field of subwavelength photonics has been created and developed during the last few years by researchers and students of Nonlinear Physics Center. An invited Viewpoint article reflecting main achievements and foreseeing future developments of the field has just been published in Nano Letters (Impact Factor=11.189). 

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JDRF Australia 2022 PhD Top-up Scholarships

JDRF Australia is inviting applications for 2022 PhD Top-up Scholarships. 

PhD Top-up Scholarships are designed to support and encourage PhD students pursuing research in the field of type 1 diabetes. The Scholarship will provide successful candidates with additional funding, on top of their PhD stipend, full-time or pro-rated part-time, contingent to satisfactory progress.

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ANU College of Science is offering our alumni an opportunity to win 2 VIP tickets to an ANU Med Revue "Scooby-Rural-Doo!".

ANU Med Revue is a musical comedy extravaganza entirely written, produced, directed, choreographed, managed and performed by medical students from the ANU Medical School.

To enter, like the post, tag the friend you plan on taking and send us a DM with your email address.

Our team will enter your name into a poll where we will randomly select a winner.

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New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program  provides funding to support participation by undergraduate students in study, internships, mentorships, practicums, and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region. 

NCP is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the defined region. Funding is provided for both short-term (minimum of 14 continuous days) and semester length programs, with grant amounts of between $1500 - $7000 (depending on the duration and type of the program) available per student participating in the program/project. 

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What To Do If You Test Positive For COVID-19

If you test positive to COVID-19, please:

  1. Register your positive result with ACT Health using this online form, or with the state/territory health authority where you are located.
  2. Alert the University through this online form.
  3. Apply for personal leave.
  4. Isolate for at least seven days after the day you test positive.




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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 Oliphant Reception.




Departmental seminars

Mr Neuton Li - 5 May
Algorithm Designed Metasurfaces for Novel Light Control and Enhanced Non-Linear Interactions
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Distinguished Lecture - 5 May

Infrared Detector Applications for Safe and Healthy Living - Professor A. G. Unil Perera

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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  

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)


Free Flu Vaccinations

To provide flexibility for our staff in 2022, the ANU are offering three options for receiving your free flu vaccination:

1. On campus at the ANU Medical Centre 

2. On campus at the University Pharmacy 

3. Off campus by accessing a voucher code to be used at a Terry White Chemist in Canberra

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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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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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From Previous Weeks...

COVID-19 Extension Scholarship

Mandatory Training Courses for School Induction and Building Access - All Persons


Physics @ ANU



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