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Weekly newsletter | vol 48 no 5 | 6–10 February 2023


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

While Saturday, 11th February might be the actual International Day of Women and Girls in Science there is every reason to celebrate this by wearing purple at any time this or next week.   I'll be dressing for STEM on Friday. Luda Mango, Siobhan Ryman and Ellen Zheng (DQST) got in early (above), with thanks to Em/Prof Neil Manson for his encouragement.  Keep your eyes peeled for Women in Physics events.

A reminder that two opportunities exist to attend free workshops;
•    Pitch training for the Kinetic competition. Just 90 min of professional training with the Crompton School, might win your great idea real cash to develop it.  
•    Australian Science Communicators will be running an intensive Science Communication workshop for EMCRs on 18th Feb 2023 (8 hours in our auditorium and then 2 hours at the Badger & Co).  Physics will get FIVE free places. 

Below, a farewell and a welcome.  Steph Morrison (ANU Enterprise) stands with some of the LIGO Coatings Team, who won a multi-million pound contract to coat the beam splitter used in the next development of LIGO.  Steph is thanked by the team for her amazing project management and contracting skills. She will depart for a new position with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.  And a welcome to Dr Tom McGoran who has joined as the Chief Operating Office for the NCRIS funded Heavy Ion Accelerator program.  Tom graduated from Nuclear Physics in the early 2000’s and then moved into a career in the Australian Public Service, including several significant positions in Defence.  He brings a wealth of experience to the Facility and will play an important part in growing our this National capability.

Finally, cyber security continues to be a strong focus and could you please review the message below.

Have a great week,


Windows 8.1 End Of Life

It is that time again. Windows 8.1 has now reached end of life and is no longer getting security updates from Microsoft. We need to work to remove all Windows 8.1 (and earlier) machines from our network, either through upgrading to Windows 10 or locking out the network ports.

If you know of any Windows 8.1 machines in the school please let us know at so that we can assist you with the process.


RSB Director’s Seminar Series - Mon 13th Feb

Blood and Guts: Malaria Parasite Entry and Transmission
Professor Wai-Hong Tham

Date: Mon 13 Feb 2023
Time: 12.30pm 
Location: Eucalyptus Seminar Room, Level 2, RN Robertson Building 46 or Join the Webinar

Register here

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AISRF (Round 15) Scheme - Now Open

Please contact the Research Office by 13 February 2023 if you have an interest in applying. Notifying the Research Office of your intention to apply is essential, as there is a cap of two applications per institution, and a ranking process will need to be put in place.

For further information please see here.


Oxford PhD Exchange - 2023-2024 Round

The Australian National University (ANU) has been invited to nominate up to three Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates for the 2023-2024 round of the Oxford PhD Exchange (ANU to Oxford University).

The Oxford PhD Exchange is a graduate candidate exchange program between Oxford University and the ANU. The exchange aims to enable excellent PhD scholars to enrich their research in an international setting. 

Applicants can apply for an exchange period of one academic year, or one or two academic terms. 

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WiPAE 'The Leadership' - Film Screening

Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2023
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm (movie starts at 6pm) 
Venue: Kambri Cinema
Link: Eventbrite

Please register by Friday 10th February

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NHMRC Investigator Grants Scheme

The Grant Guidelines for funding in 2024 for the NHMRC Investigator Grants scheme have been released. This scheme provides the highest-performing health and medical researchers (biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research) at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a research support package (RSP) for five years.

If you are interested in applying to this scheme and have not submitted an NoI previously, please contact us as soon as possible at so that that we can provide you with access to support and resources as soon as they become available. 

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EMCR SciComm Workshop 2023

Want to improve your science communication skills? Join us for an intensive training day, taught by the some of the best in Aussie SciComm!

Date: Sat 18th Feb 2023
Time: 9AM - 7.30 PM
Venue: ANU Physics Physics Building 160 Mills Road Acton 2601
Register here

*All RSPhys Registered Attendees Ticket Price: $50*


Lift-off: New Thruster System In Orbit

At 2 am on the 2nd of January, technology developed at the Research School of Physics lifted off aboard a Spacex rocket and was placed in orbit.

The Bogong naphthalene-based thruster has been installed in a nanosatellite, or cubesat, about the size of a loaf of bread.

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Creating A Roadmap For Perovskite Nanophotonics

Halide perovskites are the most recent addition to the dielectric nanophotonic platforms, they are well suited for a variety of nanofabrication techniques and possess refractive indices high enough to efficiently support optical resonances when nanostructured. Perovskites gain novel nonlinear properties from structuring as observed experimentally, said a PhD student of Nonlinear Physics Center Mr. Pavel Tonkaev, one of the key authors of the invited roadmap paper published in Science Direct.


Singapore NRF Fellowship - Class Of 2024

The Singapore NRF Fellowship scheme provides opportunities for early career researchers from all over the world to lead impactful research in Singapore. The scheme offers a research grant of up to SGD 2.5 million over 5 years (in addition to 30% general overheads), with freedom to lead ground-breaking research in a host institution of choice in Singapore.

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2023 Wall Planners

2023 wall planners are available now at the Physics Store.


Need to Edit a Requistion?

If you are new or old to the RSPhys online requisition system, 'read more' for time saving tips when editing a requisition with a mistake.

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Departmental seminars

Mr Patrick McGlynn - 13 February
Microscopic Models of Nuclear Reactions Near the Coulomb Barrier
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Dr Neil Robinson - 14 February
Nuclear spin dynamics in porous engineering systems
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Dr Richard Henley - 14 February
X-ray CT applications to the tracking of chemical transformations in natural materials
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Ms Theresa Fruth - 16 February
Searching for Dark Matter with the LZ experiment
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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)


Know your school team...

Phil Dooley -
Manager, Marketing and Communications (part time)
0414 945 577


W*iPAE Dress for STEM - Photo Competition

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
To show support for Women* in Science the WiPAE group want to see you working (it) in your purple! A $200 prize will be awarded for the best group photo of you and your purple crew hard at work. Open to all CECS, RSPhys, and RSAA

Please submit entries by 3pm, 10th February.


L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Fellowships

Applications for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australian & New Zealand Fellowships are now OPEN, closing on Monday 6 March 2023. Five $25,000 fellowships will be awarded, please 'read more' for further infomation. 

Please contact the college research office ASAP if you intend to apply.

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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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