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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 46 | 21–25 November 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Last week was so jammed full of events and good things I think it’s best to tell it in pictures.

The ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre, M3D officially opened on Friday. Above, (left) Prof Mark Knackstedt (DMP, Director of M3D Training Centre), Dr Marie-Luise Wille (QUT, Deputy Director), Richard Johnston (Deputy CEO, ARC) and H/Prof Dick Henley (DMP, Chair of Centre Board). Below, Marie-Luise and Ellie, Dr Levi Beeching (DMP, CTLab Manager), Mark holding a replica femur used in a assessing a clinical application, our Dean, Prof Kiaran Kirk.

Our AIP award winners; (left) Kate Curtis (TH Laby Medal), Prof Jim Williams (Harrie Massey Medal), Dist Prof Susan Scott (Walter Boas Medal) and Dr John Debs (Education Medal). Congratulations again!!

The CoS Research Expo last wednesday was a huge success and I’d like to thank those who put up booths and brochures. I can’t oversell the benefits of mingling with colleagues from across campus. Well done to Prof Penny King (RSES) our Deputy Dean Research for all her efforts in getting the Expo going. A photo of the top level of Marie Raey buzzing, the ANFF and the MakerSpace booths. Photo credit: Prof Francis Bennet (RSAA, Deputy Dean Innovation)

It’s great to see the Women in Physics Annual Gala last Friday was a huge success with over 60 people attending from RSAA and RSPhys. Some photos from Dr Noemie Bastidon (DMP) can be seen below. My congratulations to Shiyu Wei, who won the best poster competition, and Dige Wang won the Women in Physics logo competition.

And lastly, but in no way least.  A brush with Royalty. Dist Prof Jagadish is inducted by HRH Princess Royal Anne as International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering earlier this month. Jagadish is the first RAE Fellow from ANU.   

Some reminders:

  • Reminder about Director’s awards (see last EH)
  • Kinetic is kicking off this week (see below)
  • ARPANSA inspection is next week

Have a great week,


Purchasing, Stores & Finance Holiday Break Calendar

Please do not wait till the last minute to think about your purchases and invoices that need payment. There are lots of things that need doing at the end the year. Please also keep in mind that Concur transations have been taking up to 7 days to appear.

Please 'read more' for the purchasing, stores and finance holiday break calendar for 2022.

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ANU Library Academic Skills - Editing Your Thesis Workshops

Tuesday 22 November 2022

  • Editing for narrative, 10.00am-12.00pm
  • Editing for style and voice, 1.00pm-3.00pm

Workshops will be run in B160, Research School of Physics, R4.03, Conference Room.

Registration is required. To register and for more information, please see the Eventbrite page.

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Applications Open - JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023.

The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers provides opportunities for Australian postdoctoral researchers to conduct, under the guidance of their Japanese hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions.

The program aims to help such researchers advance their own work, while contributing to the advancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries.

Application deadline is 4pm (AEDT) Monday 12 December 2022.

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Take A Break - HDR Workshop

November 25th 
This workshop is part of the Resilient Researcher program which is designed to support HDR candidates and ECR's throughout their research by building and maintaining psychological wellbeing, enhancing communication and relationship skills and developing career confidence.

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Australia Awards Fellowships Application - Now Open

Please note that applications for the Australia Awards Fellowships are now open, closing 22nd of January 2023. The maximum amount available per fellow is $30,000. ANU can submit 5 applications, with each application having a maximum of 15 fellowships. 

Fellowships can be for short-term study/training, professional development and related activities, with a minimum duration of 2 weeks (up to 52 weeks) and 70% of the activities taking place in Australia. Priority areas are Climate change and resilience (including green energy transition), Health and health security, Gender equality and social inclusion, Digital economy (including cyber and critical technology engagement), Maritime and the blue economy, and, Infrastructure and connectivity.  

See here for further details.

If you have any interest in applying for this round please contact the Research Management team a soon as possible as application limits apply. 

Please reach out to if you have any queries. 


Andrew Papworth Prize Endowment - Open for Donations

We are currently in the process of establishing the Andrew Papworth Prize Endowment Fund to commemorate the outstanding contribution Andrew Papworth made to undergraduate physics at the ANU. The fund will primarily be used to award prizes to physics undergraduates for outstanding laboratory work.

If you wish to make a donation either by cashing out long service or annual leave or in cash you can do so now by contacting Kellie Takenaka. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Vince Craig.


DIN Internship Scheme Extended - Opportunity for Domestic HDR Students

Please see the link for information regarding the STEM Defence-related company internship opportunities with the Defence Innovations Network.

This opportunity is open to domestic students – apply through this link.


Over the summer, ANU Physics and the ANU MakerSpace will be facilitating Kinetic, a funding opportunity aimed to help teams of ANU students, staff and alumni expand ideas into successful projects. This opportunity is open to all disciplines and provides up to $50k worth of funding and support to each successful team.

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College Hot Desking In Physics

Mornings (10-12) - HR Team
Afternoons - Finance Team

Mornings - RM Team

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

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PEC Seminar - 21 November

Three personal barriers to teaching transformation - Dr Christine Lindstrøm and Prof Adam Micolich

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Departmental seminars

Dr Yulai Zhang - 24 November
The coupling between rock texture and breakage: A case study on a porphyry copper ore sample using X-ray microCT
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School Seminar Program - 25 November

Topological Data Analysis: Introduction and Application - Associate Professor Vanessa Robins

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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 

Mim Ellen-Barwell - 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 | Extra! Extra! Read all about it! From research to newspapers and magazines 
22 | Writing in company value+
22 | NVivo Advanced
22 | Write like an Olympian: (Self) Coaching and feedback
23 | Word: Formatting your document
24 | Live and Work in Canada Information Session
24 | Research Data Management

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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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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. Inform your supervisor or course convenor.

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From Previous Weeks...

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


Physics @ ANU


M3D Launch






AIP Awards



Research Expo



WiP Gala



HRH Princess Royal Anne and Jagadish




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