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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 28 | 18–22 July 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It was a great joy to see our Graduates up on stage last week. My congratulations again to the Graduates, seen above, at our morning tea for them last Thursday. (photo credit: H.Punzmann)

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Susan Scott on her election as Fellow of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation - the first Australian to receive this honour.

One of the international rankings of leading academics has just come out listing Distinguished Professor Yuri Kivshar as the 215th in the world for Physics. Congratulations, Yuri. Looking at the Australian rankings you can see many familiar ANU colleagues in the top 100. I note that the top cited Chemist at ANU is still Em/Professor Barry Ninham (DMP), and remains an inspiration for many.

It was great to inaugurate the auditorium last week with a presentation from Dom English, First Assistant Secretary Higher Education, Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). He presented an exciting proposal to host PhD and EMCRs for 1-12 months in paid internships within DESE learning the machinery of government. For details please contact Karolina Kocimska.

Many will know Dom, seen below, from his pivotal role in the NCRIS program.

Have a good week, 



First Aid and Warden Teams

With all the moves into the new Physics Building we have reviewed our first aid and warden teams.

'Read more' for a list of the areas we need to have some additional assistance. If you are located in and are interested in volunteering for any of these roles (training is provided), please contact our WHS team at

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RSPhys 3 Minute Thesis - Thurs 21st July

Everyone is invited to attend the RSPhys 3 Minute Thesis competition on 21 July (this Thursday).

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Venue: New Auditorium

Light refreshments will be provided after the event.

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ERA 2023 Research Evaluation Committee (REC) Webinar

The ERA Team will be holding a webinar on the ERA 2023 Research Evaluation Committee (REC) recruitment process. Nominations will be opening during August 2022 for a six-week period.

The webinar is designed for Research Offices and any other academic staff who may have an interest in being on an ERA Research Evaluation Committee.

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am (AEST) Friday 22 July. 
Zoom link:

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ANU Physicist Making Waves in Space Joins Top Global Society

A theoretical physicist from The Research School of Phsycis and Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics whose pioneering work has fundamentally altered our understanding of the deepest and darkest parts of the Universe and space-time itself has been recognised among the world's best gravitational scientists.

Distinguished Professor Susan Scott has been newly elected as a Fellow of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) for 2022. Scott is the first Australian to be elected as a Fellow of the Society and she joins an elite club of exceptional scientists including world renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Nobel Laureates Roger Penrose and Kip Thorne.

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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.


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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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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College HR & Finance Hot Desking In Physics

Mornings - HR Team
Afternoons - Finance Team

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2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Oliphant Reception.




Departmental seminars

Ms Kay Song - 18 July
Property characterisation of ion-irradiated steels for fusion reactor applications
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Professor Masaki Oshikawa - 21 July
Unified framework on conductivities as a response to the time-dependent gauge field
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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

21 | How to win the 3MT (online)

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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


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