School of Physics update
5 August 2016
School of Physics update
August 2016
Kay Philip is welcomed as a member of La Confrérie des Chevalier du Tastevin
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Staff News
The School of Physics welcomes the following new staff members:
  • Dr Shari Breen, USyd Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SIfA
  • Dr John Hedditch, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Plasma Physics
  • Dr James Henderson, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brain Dynamics Group
  • Dr André Kyme, Discovery Early Career Research Associate, Medical Physics
We say farewell and offer our thanks and best wishes to the following staff:
  • A/Professor Chris Chaston (returning to UC Berkeley)
  • Dr Nick Cvetojevic
  • Dr Darren Hudson (now at Macquarie University)
  • Kate Jones (now at the School of Civil Engineering)
  • Joseph Zheng (now studying at the University of Technology, Sydney)
Awards and Prizes
2016 Laureate of S. Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics
Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Don Melrose on being awarded the Association of Asia-Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS), Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) Subramayan Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics for his sustained original contributions to the theory of coherent emission processes in astrophysical and space plasmas, and for his seminal contributions to the theory of quantum plasmas.

Peter McGregor Prize for Astronomical Instrumentation
Congratulations to Professors Scott Croom and Joss Bland-Hawthorn, and Drs Julia Bryant and Sergio Leon-Saval, and other members of the SAMI team, on being awarded the inaugural Peter McGregor Prize. The SAMI (Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral-field) Instrument Team developed the 'hexabundle' technology, a primary enabler for the SAMI instrument, which represents a significant leap in capability for multi-object spectroscopy.

The 'hexabundle' technology was developed and tested in the Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Lab (SAIL) in the School of Physics.

66th Meeting of Nobel Laureates

Congratulations to PhD student Joe Callingham on being selected as one of eight young Australian physicists that attended the 2016 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The delegation also enjoyed a study tour of Hannover visiting the quantum laboratory at Hannover University, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), GWO Gravitational Wave Detector and Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Germany’s national meteorology institute).

Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) Annual Scientific Meeting
Congratulations to Rebecca McElroy who won best student talk award at the 2016 ASA Annual Scientific Meeting for her presentation titled “The Close AGN Reference Survey: Mrk 1018 returns to the shadows after 30 years as a Seyfert 1”.
News and Events
Donation to Robotic Observatory
Dr David Wyllie, alumnus of the School, has made a generous donation to support the foundation of a new automated observatory for the testing and commissioning of novel instrumentation for modern optical telescopes. Professor Peter Tuthill, Dr Sergio Leon-Saval, Dr Chris Betters, Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn and Dr Barnaby Norris proposed a commercial automated telescope be installed in the rooftop dome observatory located on the Sydney Nanoscience Hub building. The robotic observatory will provide the School with further opportunities for outreach, including school classes which may observe remotely with their teachers.

La Confrérie des Chevalier du Tastevin

Congratulations to Kay Philip (pictured in the masthead), who recently joined the "Tastevin" - an ancient fraternity which honours courage, personal endeavour, scientific intelligence, the love of France and fulfilment of human values.

European Journal of Physics: Highlights of 2015 collection
A/Professor Rod Cross has been selected by the editors of European Journal of Physics for inclusion in the exclusive Highlights of 2015 collection. His paper titled "Effects of surface roughness on rolling friction" has been chosen for its quality and contribution to the community.

AIP Accreditation
The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) formal report on our undergraduate teaching program will soon be finalised and become available to any interested parties. Please contact Eve Teran, School Administration Manager, to be added to the distribution list.

Safety Committee - Ergonomic Initiatives
For School members who spend long hours travelling, there are a number of videos available to view on plane travel, beating jetlag and spending time in hotels. Please contact Elizabeth Starkey, Physics Health and Safety Representative, for more information.

Remember to stand up and walk around at least 3 minutes in every hour.

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