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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 38 | 26–30 September 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

The John Carver Seminar Series yesterday was simply fantastic! For me, this event is one of our annual highlights and celebrates the enormous contributions our HDR students make throughout the year. My congratulations to all the speakers, and after a tough deliberation with my fellow judges Kaitlin Cook and Shridhar Manjunath, it was a pleasure to award;

  • John Carver Prize: Shankar Dutt (DMP)
  • Dean’s Prize: Emily Rees (CGA)
  • Director’s Prize and People’s choice: Raghda Abdel Khaleq (FTP)

My thanks to Luda Mangos and Siobhán Ryman for organising the event, and Ash Pascale for MC’ing. Photo Credit: Luda Mangos.

Last week I had the pure joy of seeing our new auditorium host children from local childcare facilities, as well as some staff families, to see Prof Chris Ferrie read several of his science books. The engagement by the children was wonderful and in seeing the enthusiasm for the topics I took the opportunity to donate several of his books to our local childcare centres. My thanks to the Women* in Physics group for arranging this event, and in particular to Prof Jodie Bradby (Head DMP) and Dr Noemi Bastidon (DMP) for much of the organisation. Chris later presented a more adult seminar on his motivations to write early childhood science literature (see below, photo credit Jodie Bradby).  

Just advance notice of another chance to meet some authors. On Wednesday, 19th October we will host a “Celebration of Optics” to commemorate the third edition of the “Guide to Experiments in Quantum Optics”, by Hans Bachor and Tim Ralph. We will hear from the authors for 10 min and adjourn to the Level 4 Terrace for drinks and nibbles. All are welcome.

Have a good week,



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. 

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Music On The Greens

Music on the Greens is free local live music. Every Saturday from 12:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm, local musicians perform live sets on the central Kambri Lawns.

From up-and-coming to established artists that include DJs, bands, singers and everything in between – each week will provide a new soundtrack for your weekend!

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Dark Matter In The Pub

Is Sponge Bob a good dark matter detector? How can we hide from radioactive monsters like Godzilla? Why is dark matter a miracle? Why is a detector like a dog park? These questions and much more were answered at “Dark Matter in the Pub”, which took place at Canberra’s Smith’s Alternative as part of Science Week, organised by the Research School of Physics' Lindsey Bignell and Zuzana Slavkovska. About 130 enthusiastic participants learned about the mysterious dark matter that composes 85% of the mass in the universe. It was an evening full of fun, including a demonstration of the Doppler effect using a phone in a sock, dark matter songs, radioactive banana giveaways, and physicists attempting jokes. After such success, this event will be back again next year. 

In case you missed it, you can watch the whole event here.

This event was supported by the ACT National Science Week event grant, the Australian Institute of Physics, and the Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics.


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

Register via Eventbrite

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CDM Vacation Studentships 2022/2023

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics (CDM) accepts applications for Vacation Studentships from enthusiastic university students with excellent scholastic records who are in the last, or second last, year of their undergraduate or Honours/Masters degree in a relevant field. Applications are strongly encouraged from underrepresented groups in STEM, and those that have experienced uncommon hardship and will be assessed relative to opportunity.

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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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ANU - Optiver PG/Honours Careers Workshop

Thinking about your next career move? Come and learn about all the opportunities out there in industry for ANU Science graduates.
The ANU-Optiver Careers Workshop is a half-day event open to Postgraduate and Honours students in quantitative fields such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc. Students will learn all about the incredible careers awaiting them in industry along with how to gain the knowledge and skills to get employment.

There will also be an opportunity to network with Optiver staff and students over lunch.

WHEN: Monday 10 October, 11am - 1:30pm
WHERE: Seminar Room 1.33, Hanna Neumann Building #145, Science Road

Register here




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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.


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.

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Departmental seminars

Sujan Das - 28 September
V3O5 as a Potential Material for Oscillator-based Solid-State Neurons
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Mr Bryte Hagan - 29 September
Corner Transfer Matrix Approach to the Yang-Lee Singularity in the 2D Ising Model
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Mr Justin Wong - 30 September
Digitally Enhanced Molecular Dispersion Spectroscopy
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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

26 | Writing in company
27 | Word for academic writing: Putting your thesis all together
27 | Translating your research skills for non-academic employers (RSES)
28 | Editing for style and voice (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
28 | Advanced research: Using ANU Library Databases

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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.


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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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...

Mandatory Training Courses for School Induction and Building Access - All Persons


Physics @ ANU



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