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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 37 | 19–23 September 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

We received some excellent news late last week, Dr Kaitlin Cook (NPAA) has been awarded an ARC DECRA and Dr Sean Hodgman (QST) awarded an ARC Future Fellowship. Kaitlin’s project will revolve around the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facilities exploring energy dissipation in heavy element fusion on the zeptosecond timescale. Sean’s project will use his helium Bose-Einstein Condensate apparatus to develop tests of quantum entanglement at the nano-Kelvin scale. My congratulations to Sean and Kaitlin as they push the very limits of Physics.

One of the most successful spin-out companies from ANU, Liquid Instruments (LI), announced the closure of another successful funding round, securing $28.5 million in Series B funding led by Acorn Capital. The funding enables Liquid Instruments to accelerate its growth plans, expand its product line and introduce novel services that connect lab measurements directly to the cloud, and brings Liquid Instruments' total funding to more than $50 million. It’s an enormous pleasure to see Prof Daniel Shaddock and the whole LI team continue to do so well.

This week’s top pic comes from NPAA when Prof Nanda Dasgupta hosted the Minister for Industry and Science, Hon. Ed Husic. The College Dean, Prof Kiaran Kirk (left) and the Director of Research Initiatives and Infrastructure, Prof Ute Roessner (right) joined the hour-long tour of the Heavy Ion Accelerator. My thanks to all those who lined the halls and greeted the Minister. By all accounts he was highly engaged. Below are some pictures from the visit (first one courtesy Prof. David Hinde, the remainder are courtesy David Grover, DISR).

Don’t forget to consider coming to the Wizards of Oz event the VC has personally invited us to (see below).

Have a good (short) week,


Founder's Day Art Display

The Admin Team is looking for volunteers to help coordinate the Founder's Day Art Display!

If you would like to volunteer for this year's Founder's Day, please contact the Admin Team with your interest.


End of Year Purchasing Schedule

Please note the end of year purchasing schedule – for an easy and smooth book keeping for 2022. 

Sept-Oct........Purchase of goods 

November.....Delivery and the invoicing of goods

December........Payment of goods

All goods purchased on Purchase Cards also need to be paid in November to be reconciled in December. 

If goods are delivered/invoiced in December, they will not be paid until January, creating issues.  

An additional reminder that central finance will pause processes during December, so they can complete end of year checks and balances before the Christmas break. 

Thank you,
The Purchasing/Stores Team 


The Ralph Slatyer Medal Presentation & Public Lecture

Forest Responses to a Warming Climate - Professor Belinda Medlyn

When: Tuesday 27 September 2022, 5:00pm
Where: Robertson Lecture Theatre, RN Robertson Building 46, 46 Sullivans Creek Road, Canberra

Register here

RSVP by 20 September 2022

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Wizards of Oz: How Oliphant and Florey Helped Win the War and Shape the Modern World

The Hon Julie Bishop Chancellor with Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS Vice-Chancellor invite you to attend the Canberra book launch of the Wizards of Oz: How Oliphant and Florey helped win the war and shape the modern world, hosted at The Australian National University (ANU).

When: 6-7pm, Wednesday 28 September 2022 
Where: Manning Clark Hall, Cultural Centre, Kambri 153 University Ave ANU campus

Please RSVP by Friday 23 September via Eventbrite

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ANU Costing and Pricing Approvals Tool

Reminder to all ANU Costing and Pricing Approvals tool (CPA) users to update your Department within the tool to ensure the CPA approvals process goes smoothly next time you apply for or receive funding.

Once logged into the CPA tool, select Location on the left-hand side of the page and ensure your current Department is correct.

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Women* in Physics Present

Physics for Kids: An Interactive Book Reading with Chris Ferrie
Friday 23 Sep, 10am - Physics Auditorium (bldg. 160)
RSVP By 21st September to Noemie Bastidon

The Cat In The Box
Friday 23 Sep, 1pm - Physics Auditorium (bldg. 160)

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Data Science Review 2022 Survey

AMSI is collaborating with the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) on a national Review of the role of Data Science in Australian universities. 

To help them understand the needs of academia and industry, they invite you to complete our 10-minute survey and share your Data Science experiences. 

They are looking for a wide range of students, academics, university and industry professionals to share feedback. The confidentiality of all responses is assured, with only collated summary information to be released as part of the final report in the new year.

Take the Survey


2022 Innovation Forum

The 2022 Innovation Forum brings together forward thinking collaborative innovation advocates to discuss, plan, collaborate and innovate.

Date: Wed 28 Sep 2022
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm AEST
Location: Canberra Innovation Network, Level 5, 1 Moore Street

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Canberra Innovation ACT Competition

Got an idea that could potentially change the world? Want to explore what entrepreneurship is all about? Form a team, develop a highly impactful, scalable business concept over 2 weeks and pitch for your share of the $10000 grant pool and in-kind support from our ecosystem.

Innovation ACT Intensive is a program for ANU students that provides skills, tools and networks to those who are looking to begin their entrepreneurial journey. Over two weeks in September, teams will learn how to test and evolve ideas with support of mentors, build a sustainable business model and develop a pitch to deliver to a panel of judges for funds and more support. 

Register here:

Participation will earn CDS points towards completion of the College of Science, Health & Medicine Career Development Framework.




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Returning to Campus

Updated Process and Mask Protocols

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College Hot Desking In Physics

Mornings - HR Team
Afternoons - Finance Team

Mornings - RM Team

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2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Oliphant Reception.




School Seminar Program - 21 September

Generation of quantum entangled photons from nonlinear metasurfaces - Dr Jinyong Ma

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John Carver Seminar Series - 26 September

Physics Auditorium

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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

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Statistical Support for HDR students

A reminder to researchers across the University that the services of the Statistical Support Network are available to Masters and PhD students for their research projects. Statistical support is available for design of experiments and surveys, data management, exploratory data analysis, statistical modelling and data presentation.

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As You See It! - Voting Now Open!

Voting for the As You See It! Photography Campaign is now live!

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ANU Community Connect

ANU Community Connect provides a safe and welcoming space for all ANU students. We offer no-cost essential items through our food pantry, Share the Dignity vending machine, access to our friendly and knowledgeable team to support students build connections, navigate university services and actively engage with programs and events to improve student experience at ANU.

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29 January - 2 February 2023

Registration and abstract submission are due to open very soon, and details of pre- and post- conference workshops will be announced within a couple of weeks.

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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


Physics @ ANU






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