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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 34 | 21–25 September 2015


Head of Department - DQS

After 8 years of dedicated service as Head of DQS (and another 3 years previously), Prof David McClelland will be stepping down from this role.  No doubt David will enjoy having more time to focus on his research in gravity wave detection. On behalf of myself, Steve Buckman and Jim Williams, I thank him for his considerable service to the School and his Department.

Congratulations and welcome to Prof Craig Savage as the new Head of Department DQS.



Andychristyite : PbCu(II)Te(VI)O5.H2O

A fabulously rare mineral known only from a single mine in California has ben named in honour of Dr Andy Christy (Applied Maths) for his services and dedication to mineralogy.

Mineralogical Magazine, 79, 941-947 (2015)


John Carver Seminar Series 2015

The John Carver Seminar Series student competition for 2015 will be held on Wednesday 23 September 2015 in the Finkel Theatre (JSCMR building 131). The event commences at 9.25am and concludes at 1.50pm including morning tea (Finkel theatre foyer) and a light lunch (Oliphant Tea Room).

Thirteen (13) RSPE PhD students will be competing for the following prizes: The John Carver Prize, The Deans Prize, The Directors Prize or The People’s Choice.

Please come and support your fellow students.

Further information:


ICONN 2016

2016 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2016) will be held in Canberra during 7-11 February 2016.  This is a great opportunity to showcase the School’s research in nanoscience and nanotechnology to the Australian and international nanotechnology community.

ICONN2016 will feature an impressive list of plenary speakers (eight) including 2014 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Professor William Moerner, Stanford University and Dr. Heike Riel, Director of Physical Sciences, IBM Zurich.

Abstract submission deadline is: 20 September 2015. 

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Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art

This Saturday 19 September 2015 come and see a Science and Art fusion at Westside Acton Park

Come and support our own Larissa Huston (EME) and Lyle Roberts (DQS).


Would you wear your research?

Enchanting, captivating, thought-provoking; we think modern methods of scientific visualisation have the power to captivate any audience, but how often do we see this represented in everyday life?

Blushift is an aspiring fashion label envisioning the printing of aesthetically pleasing scientific results onto fabric in order to fashion them into trendy clothes (not just prints on a t-shirt!), with hope to provide with an alternative platform upon which scientists can make their work accessible to a broader audience and possibly become part of popular culture.

Blushift are a bunch of creative students studying astrophysics, science communication, art and law who are starting up a fashion label (currently being developed in the InnovationACT start-up competition).

Blushift believe that for many young people, the way one presents onesself and the clothing one wears in public are very important aspects of one’s identity, serving as communicators of one’s quirks and personality. Thus in presenting science as wearable, loud and fashionable, we hope to integrate science as a ‘cool’ aspect of everyday life which hopefully encourages unashamed curiosity in customers and youths.

If you thus have some crazy cool results crying to be appreciated by the mass population, please come talk to us over a slice of cake and coffee!

When: Thursday 24 September 3:30pm
Where: RSPE Tea-room

Hope to see you there and to soon materialise your work into ART!

Blushift are entrants in the current Innovation ACT program for young entrepreneurs ( - Please come and support our local team. - Tim




School Seminar Program - 24 September

Ultra-Precision Machining: The science and technology of diamond-cut optics - Dr Geoff Campbell

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ECI Seminar - Managing the growing energy cost of the Internet

Professor Rod Tucker
Tuesday 29 September 2015
Leonard Huxley Theatre, Leonard Huxley Building (#56), Mills Road, ANU, Acton ACT 2601

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2015 Directors Awards

Nominations are now open.

The Director’s Awards recognise outstanding service to our School by a team and/or individual staff member. All members of the RSPE community are eligible, as are our colleagues from the local College administration group based in The Huxley Building. The Awards will be presented at this years RSPE Founders Day - Friday 16 October 2015.

Further information is available here or by contacting Tania Maxwell, EA to the Director 

Closing date for nominations is Friday 2 October 2015.

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Staff movements

Laser Physics
Ms Sonia Padrun will be on leave 26 August - 6 October 2015.  For assistance during this period please contact Ms Uyen Nguyen (DA PRL, CPF & AMPL) Ext 52480/52403 or Ms Julie Arnold (DA EME) Ext 50020

School Services
Ms Susie Radovanovic will be on leave 22-23 September 2015.  Ms Jo Ivanic will be assisting reception during this period


2016 ANU Alumni Awards now open

Nomination forms, eligibility and criteria details available here

RSPE nominations contact: Kavitha Robinson

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Funding Opportunities

ARC Linkage Projects 
Applications for ARC Linkage Projects may open in mid-September and close in mid-November. If you are interested in applying (both ANU-led and externally-led bids) please notify

ANU – COST Travel Grant Scheme
ANU has exclusively partnered with the Australian Academy of Science to deliver support of up to $7,000 for ANU researchers to participate in EU COST Actions. Participation in COST can lead to engagement in major projects and initiatives such as Horizon 2020 and the European Research Council. Further information is available here (ANU login).



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