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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 43 | 23–27 November 2015



Katie Chong (PhD student, Nonlinear Physics Centre) on winning the Australian Institute of Physics NSW Postgraduate Award at the AIP NSW Postgraduate Awards Day this Tuesday, 17 November 2015. 

Katie presented a talk “Shaping Light with Optics v2.0” which was deemed as outstanding by the judging panel.

Congratulations to Katie on this fantastic achievement!



Assoc Prof Andrey Sukhorukov (NLPC) - Integrated nonlinear circuits for broadband quantum photonics; and
Assoc Prof Patrick Kluth (EME) - Development of Si compatible nanopore membrane technologies

On receiving funding under the 2015-2016 Universities Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme DAAD.



Centre for Plasmas and Fluids (CPF)
Summer Vacation students Jason Butt and James Denier. Jason will be looking at Lorentz forces on a tokamak during disruption, while James will simulate a plasma wakefield accelerator.

Department of Quantum Science (DQS)
Professor Rana Adhikari (Caltech) visiting the Centre for Gravitational Physics for four weeks

Nonlinear Physics Centre (NLPC)
Mr Nicolo Bontempi (University of Brescia, Italy), visiting student  for a six months.
Mr Yun Heng (Edward) Chen commencing a vacation scholarship.


White Ribbon Day: 25 November 2015

White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women.

From the RSPE Access and Equity Committee

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Student funding opportunitites

We would like to draw your attention to this funding opportunity for student travel - ANU-IARU Travel Grants These grants are separate to the ANU Travel Grants (formerly known as the VC Travel Grants).  Please have a look at the details on the website. 

RSPE Student Office



“His most revolutionary contribution to science was his demonstration that carefully run experiments can yield profound insights” From Science Matters by Hazen and Trefil on Galileo.  It’s worth reflecting on the value of the experimental program for students; and although the format has been established for many years it still ticks many of the “educational” boxes for best practice.  We have to thank the 80 demonstrators that looked after 500 plus experiments during the year and the 25 projects run in Life Science. In addition the PhB program continues to flourish and many students take on a project as part of their undergraduate course. Again thank you to those staff members that gave up their time. The choice of experiments in the program is greatly appreciated by students and a credit to the School as a whole.




Department Vision Presentations

Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre: 12noon - 1pm

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

Past presentations are available via hyperlinks above.


Departmental seminars

Ms Diana Antonosyan - 25 November
PHD FINAL SEMINAR Non-Hermitian Quantum and Classical Integrated Nonlinear Photonics
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Professor André de Lustrac - 3 December
The French University of Paris Saclay : the new model of the french university
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Dr Nawaz Burokur - 4 December
Metamaterials and metasurfaces at microwave frequencies - Applications
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Professor Albert Wang - 16 December
IEEE EDS/Photonics Society Distinguished Lecture & EME Department Seminar
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Staff movements

Atomic and Melecular Physics Laboratories
Prof Steve Buckman
will be visiting and presenting colloquia at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, and The Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, between 9-28 November 2015.

Physics Eductiona Centre
Professor John Close
 will be absent from 15 November - 4 December 2015.  A/Prof Joe Hope will be Deputy Director Education during his absence

Theoretical Physics
Professor Mukunda Das
will be overseas from 24 November - 22 December 2015. He will visit S N Bose National Centre and Saha Institute in Kolkata; Institute of Physics in Bhubaneswar and National Physical Laboratory In New Delhi where he will deliver a number of seminars and Colloquia.


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.


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).



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