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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 21 | 30 May–3 June 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to National Reconciliation Week and I hope you had an enjoyable holiday yesterday in recognition of Indigenous Australians on our shared path.

Tragically, on Friday morning, David Anderson passed after a long fight with cancer. My sincere condolences to his family and his friends in the School. David’s first appointment with ANU was at RSAA in 1988, and soon moved to Nuclear Physics and then into the Electronics Unit where he remained for almost 30 years. David will be remembered by many for his inventive approach to engineering and electronic solutions throughout the School. He had an overwhelming passion to improve systems and received several School and ANU awards for his impact. I will pass on details of the service as they come to hand.  

Above, two of our finest fellows, Professors Chennupati Jagadish and Jim Williams, celebrating a selfie in front of Jagadish’s newly hung presidential photo at the Shine Dome last Thursday.  Jagadish is the second AAS President from our School, Sir Mark Oliphant being the first and inaugural President. Below, the past President, Professor John Shine with Chief Executive, Anna-Maria Arabia, and new President, Professor Chennupati Jagadish.  In a time of great excitement I am very pleased to see Jagadish leading the Academy.

Many will know Professor Katherine Daniell (Fenner School / 3A Institute) from her work over the years to enhance French-Australian relations and collaborative programs at ANU.  I had the honour and delight to be among those last Thursday to see the French Ambassador in Australia, HE Mr. Jean-Pierre Thébault bestow the insignia of Knight in the “Ordre national du Mérite” to Katherine (see below).

Have a good week, stay warm.



Carers' Career Development Assistance Fund (CCDAF)

Applications for the second round of the CCDAF funding scheme are now invited, with a closing date of Friday 10 June 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.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to contribute to reasonable costs relating to the care of dependants where existing care arrangements are not available. Types of costs covered may include childcare costs, care costs for dependants other than children, and airfares for the dependant to accompany a staff member.

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Academics Wanted! HPO/ASE Project Supervision

We are looking for one or several academics to oversee HPO/ASE student projects within the Physics 2 (PHYS1201) undergrad course (first year, second semester).

These projects often involve simple mechanical experiments (e.g., complex pendulum) and/or numerical simulations in Mathematica or Python. This is a great opportunity to interact with some of our most motivated students at an early stage of their studies. Please contact course convenor Prof Cedric Simenel for more details. 


AIP ACT Branch Photography Competition

The ACT Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) is seeking excellent images and photos to help them demonstrate the beauty of Physics. Please submit photographs or images that capture some aspects of Physics for a chance to win a cash prize. The best image will be featured on the cover of ACT AIP Facebook and Twitter page.

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2022 Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Education

Nominations open now!

It continues to be important that we recognise and celebrate those within our community who have gone above and beyond expectations to provide excellent educational experiences for our students. 

With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that the 2022 College of Science Dean’s Commendations for Excellence in Education are now open for nominations of academic and professional staff. Further information on the awards is available via the link and we encourage you to nominate people or teams whose efforts you think have been exceptional. 


ANU Science, Health and Medicine Colloquium: The Human Face of Teaching

Date: Tuesday, 31 May, 2022
Time: 9.15am – 2.30pm
Place: Marie Reay Teaching Centre, 6th Fl
Registration required: click here

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Women* in Physics to Meet Women* in Astro - Mon 6th June

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is thrilled to invite women* in physics to meet women* in astro. 

Date: Monday, the 6th of June 2022 
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm 
Venue: Mount Stromlo Observatory 
(Transportation provided to and from the Acton campus) 

Please RSVP by 23/05/2022 via email to (RSPhys) or (RSAA). 

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VC’s HDR Travel Grant

The VC’s HDR Travel Grant that was suspended over the past couple of year has now been reinstated, and is now accepting new applications!

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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

Ms Ya Zhang - 2 June
Development and Characterisation of a Fibre Frequency Reference
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Mr Fanlu Zhang - 2 June
Selective Area Epitaxial Growth of In(Ga)As(P)/InP Quantum Well Nanowires for Optoelectronic Device Applications
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Director's Colloquium - 2 June

Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets - Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic

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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)


HDR Update

Development & Training in

31 | Thesis Structure in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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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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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.


From Previous Weeks...

COVID-19 Extension Scholarship

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

Student Representatives Wanted


Physics @ ANU




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