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Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 2 | 18–22 January 2016


Holiday fun at Kioloa

As part of the ANU outreach program our School contributed to Open Week at the Kioloa Coastal Campus last week.  While it was a wet week members of our School delighted in presenting public science spanning laser technology, palaeontology and the physics of sand. Many thanks to all contributors to the program, and I welcome other contributors for next year.



Pic’s:  Hans Bachor (DQS), Gavin Young (AM), Tim Senden (AM/Director)


College Research Office


Disparity Down Under

From the RSPE Access and Equity Committee!

The dearth of women in science - both in academia and in industry - is profound in Australia.  The nation has had gender parity at the BSc graduate level since the mid-1980's, and there are now more women in BSc graduates (60 percent) than men. Yet only around percent of women transition to independent group leader and, worse still, only 10-15 percent of women achieve the highest academic level of professor, some medical research institutes have no women professors at all. This is a global is that crosses disciplines and professional sectors emphasising the extend of change that is needed.

More information can be found on the Women in Science in Australia website.

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Departmental seminars

Professor Alexander V Babanin - 21 January
Nonlinear Waves at the Ocean Interface
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Professor Heinrich Hora - 10 February
Environmentally Clean and Economic Energy by Boron Fusion with Peta-Exawatt Laser Pulses
» read more


Staff movements

Director's Office
Mr Graeme Cornish 
will be on annual leave 18-29 January 2016.  Mr James Irwin will be acting School Manager 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.

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.

RSPE Student Office
The office will be closed 19-20 January 2016. Reduced staffing will operate  22-25 January 2016.  Emails will be periodically monitored to track urgent queries.



Training course:

  • Chemical Safety (OHSAO3)
    8 February 2016
  • WHS training for supervisors and Fieldwork (OHSG35)
    25 February 2016

Registration via HORUS


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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