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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 47 | 28 November–2 December 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is a tremendous pleasure to congratulate all those promoted in the 2022 round.

Level B - Andrei Komar (EME), Sam Legge (QST), Qingbo Sun (DMP), Taiki Tanaka (NPAA), Yulai Zhang (DMP)
Level C - Daria Smirnova (EME)
Level D - Andrew Kingston (DMP)
Level E - Steve Madden (QST)

Please join me and congratulate our colleagues when you see them next.

I was lucky to be among those gathered at Parliament House last Wednesday to celebrate the largest intake of new Academy Fellows on record, and most impressively gender balanced. Six-eight of Australia’s top researcher leaders were officially inducted into the Academy of Science after a three year gap in face-to-face activities. It was a truly uplifting evening and I’ve included a few images above Distinguished Prof and Academy President Jagadish with Prof Lynn Beazley, Academy Executive; and below Minister for Industry and Science, Hon Ed Husic with Kalie Noon, Indigenous Astronomer RSAA.

My thanks to Dr Nikolai Lobanov (NPAA) who walked some of our retired technical staff with other retired Canberra “techos” through the Heavy Ion Accelerator on Friday. I’ve included some pictures from the tour below. I’m very grateful to Tony Cullen for arranging the group visit and I welcome all friends and alumni to visit anytime.

I can highly recommend a podcast on lessons learnt in spinning out companies in which Dr Victor Pantano is interviewed in two parts. Victor is a familiar face in our School, working with many over the years to help us translate successfully our discoveries.

Director’s Prize nominations close this Friday (see EH #45). They are a great way for us to thank our valued colleagues. There are three categories for recognition of service to the School; individual staff member, a team award within Physics and an award for teams outside Physics who have contributed to the School. Nominations should include a citation of no more than 200 words. A diverse School committee will be selected to judge the nominations, which should be sent to James Irwin, the School Manager by Friday.

Have a good 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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Save The Dates - Dec 7th & 8th

We are excited to welcome a very special guest to the school next week - Nobel Laureate Professor Donna Strickland.

Save the dates for these two events:

Dec 7th - Afternoon Tea - Meet and Chat with Nobel Prof Donna Strickland

Dec 8th - Panel Discussion and Morning Tea with Prof Brian Schmidt and Prof Donna Strickland

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Creating a Better Work Environment

Women physicists from across the campus came together last week to change the culture and create a better work environment for the women-identifying members of the school. 

Sixty-one women joined the full-day event, undergraduates and PhD students up to distinguished professors, from the Research School of Physics, and the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, for networking, prizes, jobs and community-building.

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Physics North is in need of more First Aid Officers. If you are a first aider, or would like to be, please contact Christian Notthoff for more information.


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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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.


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. 




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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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Panel Discussion & Morning Tea - 8 December

with Prof Brian Schmidt and Prof Donna Strickland

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Afternoon Tea - Meet & Chat - 7 December

with Nobel Prof Donna Strickland

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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

28 | Working with Word to format your thesis
29 | PARSA- Visa Information Session
30 | EndNote 20

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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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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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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


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