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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 39 | 26–30 October 2015


Founders' Day 2015

Thank you, friends and colleagues, for making this commemoration of Sir Mark so successful. Tim 

Photo's of the day are available on the RSPE Intranet and Facebook page




Congratulations - ARC College of Experts

Unknown to me at the time of last week’s EV, but an equal pleasure, is to announce that Patrick Kluth will also be joining John Close as a member of the ARC College of Experts.  These are vitally important representative roles are I believe we are very well served by Patrick and John.


ARC Discovery Project Seminar – Three Experts

Thursday 5 November 2015, 2-3 pm China in the World Auditorium

In this one hour seminar three expert speakers will present their experiences to you for crafting your application. Understand how your application is assessed and explore three perspectives on how you can write the best possible application for your audience. 

Presented by Prof Andrew Stuchbery, Prof Craig Moritz and Emeritus Prof Hans Bachor

More information can be found on the Science Intranet.


Early Career Seminars

Understanding research fellowships 5 November, Finkel Theatre JCSMR, 10am – 11am, followed by morning tea
How research is measured and what it means for your career. 10 November, Finkel Theatre JCSMR, 10am – 12 noon, followed by a light lunch


Research Management

Research Management are calling for all potential applicants to lodge their notification of intent for the next round of ARC/NHMRC applications in our online form. NOIs close on 26 October to enable eligibility assessment and in-principal support from your School before you begin writing.


Advancing women in science and engineering: how does Australia compare?

Presenter: Prof. Sharon Bell, Charles Darwin University; Dr. Lisa M. Frehill, National Science Foundation
Event date: 4–6pm 12 November 2015
Venue: Conference Room 1.02 , Sr Roland Wilson Building (#120), McCoy crt, ANU

In November the Gender Institute is bringing to the ANU two distinguished experts on gender equity in science, who will reflect on the current state of knowledge and policy effectiveness in this area. This is a unique opportunity for everybody interested in gender equity in science to get together to debate how far we have yet to go and how to move forward.

Please register online by Tuesday 10 November

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Curious Minds

Curios Minds is a new program for girls in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM).

We are looking for 54 enthusiastic women from STEM backgrounds to join our mentoring program for 2015/2016.

You will be supporting bright Australian female students, from years 8, 9 and 10, with the aim to encourage the continuation of their STEM studies.

Further details are availble from Australian Science Innovations.


Funding Opportunities

ARC Linkage Projects 
Applications for ARC Linkage Projects close 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).




Director's Colloquium - 5 November

Big data in nanoscience - Dr Amanda Barnard

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Departmental seminars

Dr Greg Tredwell - 23 October
convISA: A simple, convoluted method for isotopomer spectral analysis of fatty acids and cholesterol
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Professor Howard E Jackson - 26 October
Optical Investigations of Semiconductor Nanowires: New physics, New Heterostructures, and a New Experimental Probe
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Professor Rob Sang - 29 October
Strong Field Physics with Exotic Atoms
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Staff movements

Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories
Emeritus Prof Steve Buckman will be visiting the IAEA in Vienna 26-30 October 2015 as part of a forum discussion on atomic and molecular data needs and evaluation.


RSPE Building Project Manager

This position has now been advertised.  Further details available on the ANU Jobs Website

For further information please contact Mr Graeme Cornish, Manager, School Facilities & Services, T: (02) 6125 3062,




Training course:

  • Electrical appliance testing refresher (OHSA12) 28 October 2015
  • Ionizing radiation safety (OHSA18) 27 October 2015
  • WHS training for supervisors (OHSG28) 29 October 2015

 Registration via HORUS


2016 ANU Alumni Awards now open

Nomination forms, eligibility and criteria details available here

RSPE nominations contact: Kavitha Robinson

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Quantum Short Story Competition

  • Take inspiration from quantum theory to write flash fiction: a story no longer than 1000 words
  • Deadline: 11:59pm ET on 1 Dec 2015
  • Prizes: US$1,500 (first prize) or US$1,000 (runner up) on top of: An engraved Quantum Shorts trophy; A one-year digital subscription to Scientific American and Original digital artwork to illustrate their story



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