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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 23 | 13–17 June 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you had a chance to enjoy the long weekend.   

A week from now, on Monday 20th June at 10:30am, the Women in Physics group in collaboration with the Physics Equity and Diversity committee will be opening the new Physics Parents' Room (Cockcroft 4.36). It has been a pleasure to see this space being redeveloped over the past month and I would like to thank all those who have contributed so keenly to the design and fit-out of this room. Everyone is invited to a morning tea in the Oliphant tea room, at 10:30am on the 20th, to celebrate the opening and afterwards join a tour of the facilities, which include;

  • Facilities and space for baby care
  • Option for three people to feed/pump in private (cubicles with curtains for privacy)
  • Comfortable seating and a pleasant environment
  • A desk and a couch
  • A highchair
  • Lockers for storing equipment
  • Toys and books to help entertain young children
  • Hot & cold water & facilities for handwashing and cleaning pumping equipment
  • Fridge, hot water, and a microwave.
  • Place to change nappies
  • Is stocked with consumables such as nappies, breast pads, creams
  • Power point access for breast pumps or charging mobile phone or laptop

For those familiar with the Cockcroft building, the room is near the eastern lift (or the stack machine, which might be more familiar!)

The Woman in Physics excursion to RSAA last week was a great success, as can be seen in the photo above. All told, around 40 women attended ranging from Masters to Professor, and including professional staff. My thanks to all the organisers, in particular Dr Julie Tournet (EME/SoEng), and our hosts at Mt Stromlo. I believe there are plans for similar future events, stay tuned.

Last Thursday, Professor Jagadish and I visited Professor Bob Crompton on his 96th birthday. It was lovely to see him so well. Bob has now been a valued member of our School community for over 60 years, a fact visitors to his room at Goodwin House are reminded of from the many photos of esteemed colleagues and unique experimental equipment around the walls. The student travel fund established by Helen and Bob is one of their lasting gifts to the School (see below). It closes in one month.

Have a nice short week,


Student Representatives Wanted!

We are seeking expressions of interest from HDR students to become student representatives for our School. As a student rep, you will have an opportunity to be the voice for the HDR students at the School, College and University forums. Student reps are leadership roles that can help improve the student experience at our School by contributing to the running of various student activities and building a diverse and vibrant student community at RSPhys. These appointments are usually for 2 years.

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Call For Applications For The Robert and Helen Crompton Award

Applications closing date 10 July 2022

We are seeking applications for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award, valued up to $15,000.

This generous award is funded by The Robert and Helen Crompton Endowment Fund. Emeritus Professor Robert Crompton, an ANU physicist for over 40 years, and his wife Helen established this Endowment to provide support for outstanding physics students. It is the intention of the Research School and the Crompton family that the fund is used to enhance career opportunities and experience of students.

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Martha Reece, Honours NPAA, for being awarded the Priscilla Fairfield Bok Prize for 2021. This award is granted to the female student with the highest marks in third year courses in Science.


CGA Winter Research Program

The ANU Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics will be running a Winter Research Program from 20 June until 22 July 2022.  The program is suitable for third-year and Honours students in Physics, Astrophysics and Engineering, currently enrolled at all universities across the country.There is a generous weekly allowance on offer, in addition, students currently enrolled at interstate universities will receive travel and accommodation assistance. 

For more information and to apply, see here.

An information session will be held on 14 June 12:00-14:00 at Physics Studio (bldg 38A, G floor) 


ANU-CSIRO Collaboration Grant in Agri-Food


Over the past several months, the ANU-CSIRO Collaborations Steering Committee has been working with CEAT and members of CSIRO Ag & Food to develop a pilot program designed to kick start collaborations between ANU and CSIRO in the agri-food domain.  The initiative has the approval/support of the DVCR and Deans of the College of Science and CECS. You can find out more here.  

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Aussie Teenager Wins Asian Physics Olympiad

Year 12 student Fredy Yip won overall first at the 2022 Asian Physics Olympiad in India with a score of 47.6 out of 50—the first Australian student to ever achieve the highest score. Fredy visited ANU for an intensive training session in April before competing in the Asian Physics Olympiad remotely. Australian Science Innovations partner with ANU to support and train talented science students to explore their interest in STEM and compete the International Science Olympiads.

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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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BIG Science of Gen IV Power Reactors

When: Tues 21 June 7pm-8pm
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre Lucas Heights NSW & Online

Join Mark Ho, Vice President of the Australia Nuclear Association, as he provides an update on these cutting-edge advanced reactor designs that have unprecedented versatility, can be paired with renewable generating sources and can be less expensive than previous reactors.

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The John Carver Seminar Series 2022

An annual student event aimed at showcasing the amazing research done by our students and celebrating the wealth of talent in our School.

The John Carver Seminar Series 2022 will be held on Monday 26 September at 10am. We are hoping to hold this event in the new Auditorium, but will confirm the venue closer to the date.

Students wishing to participate in the John Carver Seminar Series will need to present a 15-minute talk on their research to the audience of fellow students and RSPhys colleagues. The talks are not followed by questions.

The talks are judged by a panel of three judges (two academics and a student).

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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.




Defence Export Controls Seminar + Q&A sessions

Date Monday 27th June, 10:00am (for a 10.10am start)
Location Building #46E RN Robertson Lecture Theatre

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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

14| 500 useful words everyday
14| NVivo Intermediate webinar
14| Productivity series : Pushing
15| Introduction to library research webinar
15| What do thesis examiners(really)want?
16| Writing in company
16| Translating your research skills for non academic employers (CASS)
17| HDR: Presenting your research

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2022 Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Education

Nominations open now!

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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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ICPS 2022 - 27-30 June 2022

2 weeks to register for ICPS 2022! 

Tickets available from A$350. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this global event and REGISTER NOW!


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


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