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Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 40 | 2–6 November 2015


Director's Colloquium - 5 November

Big data in nanoscience - Dr Amanda Barnard

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Department Vision Presentations

Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre: 12noon - 1pm

  • Wednesday 4 November:
        Electronic Materials Engineering 
  • Tuesday 10 November:
        Theoretical Physics AND Nuclear Physics
  • Tuesday 17 November:
        Nonlinear Physics Centre AND Department Quantum
  • Tuesday 24 November:
        Applied Maths AND Plasma Research Laboratories
  • Thursday 26 November:
        Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories AND Laser
  • Monday 30 November:
        Centre for Plasmas and Fluids

All RSPE staff, students and vistors are welcome and encouraged to attend these lunchtime presentations.


Honours end of year workshop: 5-6 November 2015

These workshops provide Students the opportunity to present about their research projects.

Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre

  • Thursday 5 November: 9.00–11.00am and 1.30–3.00pm
  • Friday 6 November: 9.00am-1.00pm.

Everybody is encouraged to come along and get some insight into the breadth of research throughout the School. Please RSVP to James Sullivan ( by Tuesday for catering purposes.


RSPE Access and Equity Committee

The RSPE Access and Equity Committee is charged with improving practices within RSPE to ensure equality of opportunity, fair policies and working practices that comply with the University’s equal opportunity policies. The committee members are: 

To raise awareness of equality and diversity issues within the School, the committee is hoping to add an equity and access item in each Event Horizon. This week’s item is a link to the ANU Diversity Calendar.

The purpose of this calendar is to celebrate and raise awareness and understanding of significant events for people who may identify with different diversity groups.


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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Departmental seminars

Dr Mikhail M. Glazov - 3 November
Nonlinear optical and transport effects in graphene
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Mr Ruixing (Andy) Feng - 3 November
Final PhD Seminar - Structural and electrical properties of In and C + In implanted Ge, Si and Si1-xGex
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Dr Mikhail M. Glazov - 6 November
Exciton optics of transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers
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Staff movements

Applied Maths
Nearly all staff and students from the Department of Applied Maths will be attending the Materials and Complexity 10 Meeting, ANU Coastal Campus, Kioloa from 2-5 November 2015.


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).


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


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


Curious Minds

Curious 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.



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