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Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 39 | 3–7 October 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to congratulate Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish on his induction into the Royal Institute of Engineers as one of only seven international Fellows this year, and the very first from ANU to receive this highly prestigious honour. Please join me in congratulating Jagadish.

The ARC Centre of Excellence, Transformative Meta-Optical Systems was officially launched on Wednesday. Congratulations to the entire TMOS team, it was a truly magnificent event. Below are some images including Prof Lan Fu as MC, Uncle Paul House (Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian) welcoming us to Country, Vice-Chancellor Prof Brian Schmidt, TMOS Director Prof Dragomir Neshev, and ARC COE Judi Zielke. And, the cake was fantastic! On the way out I invited our Chancellor, Hon. Julie Bishop, and VC to pose in front of the homo-polar generator, a timely photo given their next event was to launch a book by Hon. Brett Mason, “The Wizards of Oz”, which celebrates the roles Mark Oliphant and Howard Florey played in three pivotal developments during the Second World War. Below, the VC is seen in conversation with the author.

Finally, really finally, the H1 Stellarator is out the door and a new life begins for this amazing piece of RSPhys engineering. My thanks to Michael Blacksell for coordinating this enormous project.

Martin Conway recorded a two month long timelapse of the whole disassembly of H1 here. The final image shows the signatures of the academic and technical staff involved in the design and construction of H1.

Have a good week,


A Reminder About Reimbursements

When completing the ANU reimbursement form, there are a couple of things to note.

Please don’t send forms directly to Your completed form and receipts need to be sent to a school administrator who will check all correct documents, FBT forms and approvals are attached, and will then send it through to be processed.

On all claims please include all receipts/invoices demonstrating payment was made. Bank statements can also be used. 

If claiming for purchases from approved travel, please include a copy of your Travel Form.

If claiming for functions/events, please include a completed FBT form.

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Making Dark Matter Come to Light - High School Student Art Competition 

Entry is open to students in Years 7, 8 and 9, or Years 10, 11 and 12, with prizes awarded in each category.

Applicants can use what they’ve learnt from the Dark Matter website and any other resources to produce a unique and original artwork to represent their interpretation of a Dark Matter particle.

The competition closes on Dark Matter Day (31st October 2022). 

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CPAS Science Communication PhD Workshop: Open for Registrations for CoS/CHM PhD Candidates

The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) is hosting its annual 2-day Science Communication workshop for PhD candidates from SHM schools.

We are calling for registrations from SHM PhD candidates for this workshop, to be held on 22 and 23 November 2022 from 9am to 5pm each day in STB 2, Science Teaching Building #136.

To express your interest in attending the workshop, please email Places are currently limited to 50 participants.

Please note that workshop attendance is kindly sponsored by the Deputy Dean Science Education. No fee will be incurred unless the PhD candidate does not attend on the day without offering an explanation.

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Nominations for Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Education 2022

A reminder that nominations for the College of Science Dean’s Commendations for Excellence in Education close on Monday, 10 October at 9.00 am.


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


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 




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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

Professor Meera Parish - 6 October
“Light-matter coupled quantum systems in flatland”
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Wei Wen Wong - 11 October
“Epitaxial growth of III-V micro-ring lasers for optoelectronic applications”
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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)


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


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