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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 1 | 11–15 January 2016


Happy New Year and welcome to 2016

To those who have returned to work, welcome back, and for those still enjoying the break we look forward to your safe return.

2016 promises to be an exciting year and one that we look forward to sharing with colleagues.



Dr Marcus Doherty (Laser Physics Centre) runner-up to the 2015 Early Career Researcher Award of the New Journal of Physics.


A/Prof Andrey Sukhorukov (Nonlinear Physics Centre) elected as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society (OSA)

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Canberra scientists on board first all-female expedition to Antarctica

Happy New Year to all from the RSPE Access and Equity Committee!


ANU science student Nina McLean and CSIRO scientist Deborah O'Connell will be among nine ACT women to take part in the first all-female trip to Antarctica. 

Canberra scientists are set to be at the heart of a global project that aims to bolster the role of women in leadership positions and help tackle climate change. 

Photo: Jay Cronan

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RSPE Seminar - 11 January

Readout and control techniques for GaAs spin qubits - James Colless

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Staff movements

Applied Maths
A/Prof Adrian Sheppard 
will be absent 8-15 January 2016.  Prof Vince Craig will be acting HOD during this period.

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids
Prof Michael Shats 
will be on annual leave 21 December 2015 - 15 January 2016.  Prof Christine Charles will be acting HOD during this period.

Laser Physics Centre
Dr Matthew Sellars 
will be absent for the period 21 December 2015 - 31 January 2016.  Dr Steve Madden will be acting HOD during this period.

Physics Education Centre
Professor John Close
 will be on leave 4-15 January 2016.  Prof Joe Hope will be acting Deputy Director (Education) during this period.

Plasma Research Laboratory
Professor John Howard 
will be on annual leave 23 December 2015 - 25 January 2016. A/Prof James Sullivan will be acting Head of Department during this period


Major Equipment Grants (MEC)

Strategic funds are provided annually by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) to support the purchase of major equipment for research and to leverage external funds for major equipment. Proposals that are eligible for the ARC-LIEF Program are encouraged to apply for ARC-LIEF funding initially.

MEC applications for the current round are to be received by the CPMS Research Office COB Monday 11 January 2016.

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Seeking Tutors/Demonstrators

We are looking for research students to do lab demonstrating and tutoring in the 1st year undergraduate physics classes. This is a good opportunity to get some teaching experience, and even get paid for it.

If you are interested, please e-mail Paul Francis ( Please advise if you have a preference for lab demonstrating or tutoring, and if you have any previous teaching training or experience.

First semester tutoring/demonstrating 2016 runs from 22 February - 24 March, and then from 18 April - 27 May. It doesn’t matter if you are away for a week or two (other tutors can cover for you), but it would be an issue if you were gone for a larger time over this period.

The topics taught in the tutorials are Newtonian mechanics, Maxwell’s equations and waves/optics. The labs primarily teach plotting data, uncertainties and basic electronics.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 7 February 2016, and positions will be announced after that.



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