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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 22 | 6–10 June 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back. Much of the notable news over the past week and upcoming events are detailed below. My thanks to Professor Nanda Dasgupta (Director HIAF, NPAA) for providing this week’s top pic (see Australian Space Agency visit to NPAA below).  

Last week we moved the first 16 people into the new building as a test of systems and processes. I have to say it’s great to see the space starting to become alive. This week an additional 30 people will move, and with each week numbers will steadily increase. Once the AV in the auditorium is operational I will open the non-lab parts of the building to all members of the School. At that stage your Cardax will be activated to give regular access and meeting rooms will be available for booking. I’m greatly looking forward to the time when we can hold School seminars there, and transition to the new School tea room. The new coffee machine arrives next week!

The next episode of Megavolts is out and can be found on our webpage. PhD student, Lauren Bezzina, (NPAA) explains to Dr Phil Dooley about her search for new understanding of how heavy elements are formed.

Hope you have a good week,


E-Waste Disposal

Please consider the environment by disposing of all E-Waste responsibly through The Stores’ E-Waste disposal facility.

The E-Waste’s TAG’s Number is to be noted and given to the Stores' staff and/or a picture of the Tag sent to with the subject ‘Appliance Disposal’.

Where to find the TAG’s number is pictured with the number for the appliance in the picture being: - “COS868”

This request is to ensure the appliance Test and Tag database is kept uncluttered with appliances no longer in our school’s environs and to aid in the Testing and Tagging processes as the Test and Tag crew return to areas already Tested and Tagged.

Staff cooperation with this request is greatly appreciated.


High-profile Visitors to the Heavy Ion Accelerators at the ANU

Staff and student users of the ANU Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility and Australian Facility for Advanced Ion Implantation Research have recently hosted a wealth of visitors from a range of existing and potentially new government and industry partners. These two facilities, together with a third node at the University of Melbourne, form the Heavy Ion Accelerators (HIA) capability of the Federal Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). 

These visits, highlighting the national role played by HIA, have been coordinated to inform the forthcoming Research Infrastructure Investment Plan and to engage with the Federal government as they develop their response to the AUKUS agreement, with a particular focus on the Nuclear-powered Submarine Taskforce. 

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Nominations for the ARC College of Experts 2023 - Now Open

Please see below ARC network message on nominations for the ARC College of Experts in 2023, now open on RMS and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 6 July 2022.

Kindly note the ARC will host an Information Webinar for potential ARC College of Experts nominees and further details will be disseminated next week.

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Defence Export Controls Seminar + Q&A sessions

Senior representatives from the Department of Defence will deliver a training seminar (approx 90min) on Defence Trade Control regulations and their application in the University context. A light lunch will be provided after the seminar, followed by small group meetings/workshops on specific topics with the relevant area technical assessors.

Date Monday 27th June, 10:00am (for a 10.10am start)
Location Building #46E RN Robertson Lecture Theatre
Registration To assist with organising catering for a light lunch and for contact tracing purposes, please use this form to register your attendance to this session

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Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) - 17 to 20 January 2023

HDR candidates, exceptional coursework students and Early Career Researchers are encouraged to apply to participate in the Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) in Singapore, on 17 to 20 January 2023.  

Applications are to be sent directly to GRO by 10 June 2022.

The GYSS is aimed mainly at scientists but some cross-disciplinary applications have been successful in the past. 

The ANU has been invited to participate in the prestigious Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) 2023 to be held as follows:

  • Date: 17 – 20 January 2023.
  • Time: 0800h-1800h (Singapore time).
  • Venue: Singapore (tentatively at Matrix at Biopolis), with an Online segment.

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Tech Central Research and Innovation Infrastructure Fund - Now Open

The Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer (OCSE), within the Investment NSW agency, has now launched the Tech Central Research and Innovation Infrastructure Fund. This program aims to address the research and innovation ecosystem within and aligned to the Tech Central district.

The $8 million fund is now open and calling for expressions of interest (EoI) from universities, research organisations, industry, consortiums and NSW-based NCRIS (National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy) facilities for open-access projects to be supported by the fund.

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3 Minute Thesis Competition 2022

The College of Science and College of Health and Medicine are hosting a 3MT Final on Thursday 04 August from 1pm-4pm and you are invited to attend. The event will be held in the Finkel Lecture Theatre, JCSMR Bldg 131 and will be followed by afternoon tea in the foyer.

Everyone is invited to attend and support their candidates and colleagues; it’s a great opportunity to learn about the incredible research being undertaken in CoS and CHM. We had a great event in 2021 with 17 participants and an engaged audience and it would be excellent to have another successful event this year. Attendance is free but you must register through Eventbrite.

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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. 




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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 Joshua Soo - 7 June
Enabling III-V Semiconductor Photoelectrodes for Stand-Alone Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting
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Professor Nigel Goldenfeld - 9 June
AIP Theoretical Physics Seminar Series: The Life and Death of Turbulence
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Women* in Physics to Meet Women* in Astro - Mon 6th June

Date: Monday, the 6th of June 2022 
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm 
Venue: Mount Stromlo Observatory 

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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)


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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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).

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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


NPAA students are endeavouring to make the end of the week more fun by dressing fancy on Fridays. This week the theme was Old-timey train.



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