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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 27 | 11–15 July 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

The memorial service for the late Prof Bob Crompton will be at St John’s Anglican Church, Reid at 1:30pm AEST on Tuesday, 19 July 2022.  

The event will be livestreamed and recorded at this link ( All welcome. I’m still collecting messages for the family so please send any remembrances to me.

Congratulations to our students graduating on Thursday afternoon!

Matthias Wurdack (NLPC/QST) - PhD
Philip Threlfall (DQS) - PhD
Dimitrios Tsifakis (NPAA) - PhD
Shao Qi Lim (EME) - PhD
Murdock  Grewar (AM/MP) - MPhil
Mark Bradshaw (DQS/QST) - PhD
Matthew  Parry (NLPC/EME) - PhD
Matthew Crabb (TP/FTP) - PhD
Mahdi Davoodianidalik (NPAA) - PhD
Mohammad Rashidi Shahgoli (EME) - PhD
Michael Smith (NP/NPAA) - PhD
Peter Vouzas (TP/FTP) - PhD
Yuzhi Hu (AM/MP) - PhD
Patrick Everitt (DQS/QST) - PhD
Rowena Yew (EME) - PhD
Faiza Naseem (TP/FTP) - PhD
Rifat Aoni (NLPC/EME) - PhD
Ryan Husband - Master of Science (Advanced) in Quantum Technology
Monique Cockram - Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement
Jasman Pal Singh - Master of Science in Quantum Technology
Jiafeng Pan - Master of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics
Rowan Hearne - Master of Energy Change 

To celebrate their achievements, we will be holding a morning tea in the foyer of the new building at 10.15am on Thursday 14th July. All are welcome!

Last Thursday the DVC(RI), Prof Keith Nugent, signed a partnership agreement with ANSTO. Present at the signing were representative members from across the ANU community who use ANSTO facilities. The delegates later toured the new building and then the Heavy Ion Accelerator facilities, see photo below, L-R: me, Dr Ed Simpson (NPAA), Dr Ankie Larsson (DMP), Prof Ute Roessner (Director Research Initiatives and Infrastructure ODVC(RI)), Dr Richard Garrett (ANSTO), Prof Andrew Stuchbery (NPAA), Prof Lilia Ferrario (MSI), Dr Andrew Peele (ANSTO), Prof Nanda Dasgupta (NPAA), Prof Patrick Kluth (DMP), (credit: Dale Holland).

My thanks to Julie Arnold and Nikki Azzopardi for organising the milestone celebration last Friday. As more and more of the building comes online we’ll hold similar events. At this stage every card holder in Physics should have general access to the new building and be able to book meeting rooms, including the auditorium. The level 4 meeting rooms are still being finished and I’m hoping we’ll have them before the end of the month (maybe a celebration this time on the terrace). The picture above shows people enjoying the event, including the Dean, Prof Kiaran Kirk, see on the left talking with Prof Ken Baldwin.

Have a good week,



College HR & Finance Hot Desking In Physics

Mornings - HR Team
Afternoons - Finance Team

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Have Your Say on Equity at ANU

The ANU Gender Equity Plan Taskforce, supported by the ANU Equity and Belonging team, are running a series of focus groups to better understand the current state of gender equity at ANU and to inform the development of a University-wide Gender Equity Plan. The topics will include transgender and gender diverse experiences, manager/supervisor experiences of operationalising gender equity, experiences of caregivers and parents at ANU, and experiences of career and study progression at ANU. For more information including dates, and to express your interest as a volunteer participant, please use this form. The form will close on Sunday 24 July 2022.


CoS Representative on the Library Advisory Committee

The College of Science Executive is looking for a volunteer to be the College representative on the Library Advisory Committee.

The time commitment is about 1 hour, two or three times a year.

The Committee’s Terms of Reference and previous meeting papers are provided at the linked webpage, so if you are someone who cares about the types of publications the Library offers and / or issues like open access, we would encourage you to explore this opportunity.

Please send expressions of interest and queries to Nancy Richardson ( by Friday 22 July.


3 Minute Thesis Competition - RSPhys round

A reminder to register your interest to participate in the 3 Minute Thesis competition.

RSPhys 3MT round will be held on Thursday 21 July 2022 at 11am. Students wishing to present in the RSPhys 3 MT round should email to register their interest by 11 July. Everyone is invited to attend! Venue to be confirmed closer to the date. Prizes will be on offer for the winners.

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Call for Applications - Award for Space Plasma, Astronomy & Astrophysics

Closing date 31 July

We are seeking applications for the Award for Space Plasma, Astronomy & Astrophysics. The Award is intended to aid postgraduate and undergraduate students undertaking research in Space Plasma, Astronomy or Astrophysics.

The Award could be used towards travel, acquiring of equipment or collaboration activities as required.

The value of the award is up to $4000.

This award is generously funded by the Boswell Technologies Endowment Fund, established by Prof Rod Boswell.

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2022 STEM Education and Industry Forum - 28 Sep

STEM Education and Industry Forum hosted by the AIP NSW & the Teachers’ Guild of NSW.

Registrations are open and further details are provided on the following link


2022 Annual Presidents’ Dinner - 12 Aug

Join us for the inaugural joint Presidents’ Dinner between the NSW Branches of the AIP and RACI in an evening of celebration, networking and recognition. Our members and guests will be treated to a generous 3-course meals and a line-up of exceptional presenters. 

The RACI and AIP have a growing history of joint events bringing together exceptional speakers providing our members and guests with informative talks and stimulating conversation in a relaxed and social environment. Registrations will open very soon and we do hope you can join us for this special occassion!

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inSTEM Conference – July 20-21 2022

inSTEM is a networking and career development conference for people from marginalised or underrepresented groups in STEM, and their allies. 

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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.




School Seminar Program - 14 July

Searching for Dark Matter with third generation quarks using the ATLAS detector - Dr Peter McNamara

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Finance Report Training - 19 July

RSPhys Oliphant Conference Room, Lv4.415

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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...

Uyen Nguyen -
Finance Team Leader

Sue Berkeley -
Stores/Purchasing 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

12 | Team work to make the dream work
12 | Writing with clarity & purpose (RSES)
13 | How to win the 3MT workshop(face to face)
14 | Teamwork to make the dream work (CASS)

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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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Dolby Australia Scientific Paper Competition

Dolby Australia wishes to encourage and reward novel scientific advances in the areas of signal processing, machine learning and psychoacoustics by young and emerging Australian researchers from the Australian National University.

We are supporting an award for the best published article by an emerging researcher published between 1 January 2021 and 1 May 2022. The submission deadline is 15 July 2022.

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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


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