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Time to lay off the teens if you’re in a position of authority. Also get rid of your tablet press

By 29 November, 2012

Generally speaking it’s a fairly bad idea to have sex with teenagers unless you are one yourself.
But Simon Corbell is legislating to make sure teachers, coaches, and care givers need to take especial care if the objects of their affections are under 18:
“This is an important piece of legislation that will bring the ACT into [...]

No sunscreen, please, we’re Canberran.

By 26 November, 2012

My wife was telling me that our prospective pre-school won’t apply sunscreen on children.  The reason is that if they did, they would be required to wash their hands after each child (so it’s not about allergies).  I didn’t find out why they have to wash their hands after each child,  kid cooties being the [...]

Gas rupture at UC

By 22 November, 2012

ACT Fire & Rescue are on scene at Monana Street, Bruce, at the University of Canberra following a gas line rupture.
Three fire pumpers are on scene and have isolated the gas leak from a 50mm gas line wearing Breathing Apparatus.
Adjacent building has been evacuated as a precaution.
Update to follow.
3:54 PM

Gas line was ruptured by workmen [...]

ANU gets a big bag of Harold Mitchell’s money

By 22 November, 2012

ANU is celebrating a $2.5 million donation to their Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School of Public Policy.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young said the generous gift from the Harold Mitchell Foundation would allow the Centre to continue its important work, and announced that the University would match the gift, bringing the total value of [...]

Federales cough up another $26 million for UC

By 20 November, 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has the news that the Commonwealth is spending up on developing the University of Canberra’s capacity to attract students:
“The announcement of an additional $26 million made today by Minister Evans represent a significant investment and vote of confidence in the University of Canberra and in the ACT Government’s plans to develop Canberra’s [...]

How many schools in Canberra need Chubb to come collect their money?

By 20 November, 2012

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous sent this one in and we thought it had a place as a conversation starter.
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Sara Burke the Australian Apprentice of the Year

By 19 November, 2012

Andrew Leigh is celebrating the victory of Canberra’s Sara Burke at the Australian Training Awards:
Aranda resident Sara Burke was on Friday 16 November announced as the Australian Apprentice of the Year at the 2012 Australian Training Awards.
The La Bimbi Hairdresser recently completed a Certificate III in Hairdressing through the Canberra Institute of Technology. Now [...]

Adult science night at Questacon. A review.

By 17 November, 2012

We popped along to the Beach Party promised at Questacon last night and can now share of the experience.
Perhaps as I should have expected; it’s a lot more Questacon without kids than it was beach party.
The slinky drop (pictured) will apparently be brilliant when the high speed video is published, but at the time was [...]

ACT kids kicking goals

By 14 November, 2012

Joy Burch is celebrating the numeracy and literacy achievements of the ACT’s children:
The ACT remains the highest performing jurisdiction in Australia for reading and numeracy among students in Year 3 to 9, a COAG Reform Council report issued today shows.
ACT Minister for Education Joy Burch welcomed the results of the National Education Agreement (NEA) Education [...]

Australia’s most powerful supercomputer at ANU

By 13 November, 2012

The Australian National University is celebrating their new big iron sweeping to the top of the Australian charts:
The National Computational Infrastructure’s new Fujitsu Primergy Supercomputer has debuted at number one in Australia, and number 24 in the world on the TOP500 list of best supercomputers, released overnight.
The result, announced at SC12, an annual Supercomputing Conference [...]

Women in science: from high school expectations to academic career

By 13 November, 2012

It may appear that women have reached parity with or even surpassed men with regard to their engagement in science education and employment. However, recent research, which the speakers will present and discuss, documents persistent gender differences not only in academic science careers but also in high school science subject choices and science-related adolescent career [...]

Meanwhile at the Australian National University

By 6 November, 2012

Big thanks to Dr_na for taking this one from Union Court.
You really think they’d be careful about dropping that apostrophe by now.
Customers certainly be glad of the chips and salad!
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4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane

By 5 November, 2012

[ 15 November, 2012 to 21 November, 2012. ] “They will love me for that which will destroy me.”

ANU’s Ken Freeman wins the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

By 1 November, 2012

The Department of Science has the news that the ANU’s Professor Ken Freeman has won the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science:
In April 2010, an unusual party was held under the clear skies of the Namibian desert. It was an international science conference to celebrate the 70th birthday of Professor Ken Freeman, the Duffield Professor [...]

View the Solar Eclipse at Mt Stromlo

By 31 October, 2012

[ 14 November, 2012; 7:00 am to 9:00 am. ]

Are you looking for a place to safely observe the upcoming partial solar eclipse? Mt Stromlo Observatory will have several telescopes available for the Canberra community to view through. The partial eclipse will be visible in Canberra from 7am -9am on Wednesday 14 November 2012.

The event is free and bookings are not required. [...]

School enrolment help in Canberra?

By 30 October, 2012

We have moved from another state to Canberra.  We enrolled our child at a catholic high school.  
Now this is not a session on bagging the school but due to some bullying issues we need to find our child a new school.  
Most private schools I have contacted are full.  
I have nothing against public [...]

Pre-school enrolment shenanigans

By 29 October, 2012

I enrolled young Master Cholet at Isabella Pre-School earlier this year. Thankfully the little tyke has been accepted and is very much looking forward to being a big boy at big school. At this stage he attends a fabulous long daycare facility that does also provide pre-school education for his age group – but at [...]

Australian Academy of Science’s public lecture – Rural policy, people and place: sustainability in an uncertain future

By 26 October, 2012

By Professor Margaret Alston OAM
Director of Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability research unit, Monash University
This lecture will explore the changes and uncertainties relating to climate, policy, population movements and socio-economic factors on Australia’s rural heartland.
Tuesday 6 November 2012
Lecture and live streaming from 6pm, Refreshments from 5:30 pm (gold coin donation)
Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
Free entry [...]

Australian Academy of Science Selby Lecture – Out and about in the Universe

By 25 October, 2012

By Professor Richard de Grijs
Professor of Astrophysics at the Kavli Institute, Peking University, China
Distances in the Universe, even those in our solar system, are beyond the comprehension of most people. This lecture aims at leading the audience through the cosmic distance scale, from our own Earth to the neighbouring planets, the nearest stars, our own [...]

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Club supports swimming education being mandatory in ACT Schools

By 24 October, 2012

Members of the Tuggeranong Vikings Masters Swimming Club fully support the proposal by the Royal Life Saving Society for swimming to be a mandatory part of the primary school curriculum in the ACT. In its 2012 National Drowning Report, the Royal Lifesaving Society has identified that there has been a 25% increase in the 5-year [...]

UC charmers pay ANU a stone week visit

By 23 October, 2012

c_c has pointed me at an interesting post on the ANU Stalkerspace:
Was anyone else abused by these fugly fat moles today at ANU? Their t-shirts read “old ressies” and “old res boys 2012”. I will not tolerate the sexually explicit and abusive language directed at me today while i was walking to class with [...]

ANU bemoans the mini budget

By 22 October, 2012

ANU’s Ian Young is letting it be known where they’re losing money in the wake of the mid-year economic forecast (MYEFO).
the promised growth in ‘Sustainable Research Excellence’ (SRE) funding, which supports the indirect costs of research, will be significantly slowed. The expected uplift in SRE funds will not take place in 2013 as promised, [...]

At UC you can only get contraceptives to stop you being gay

By 17 October, 2012

An interesting yarn in Crikey today about UC student James Kent and Dr Rehana Dutton:
In August 2011 Kent visited Dr Rehana Dutton at the university’s Health and Counselling Centre, after hearing from other students that Dutton refused to prescribe contraception. ”I went in primarily just to find out what the Billings and rhythm methods were,” [...]

Bill Gammage wins the Victorian Prize for Literature

By 17 October, 2012

ANU is letting us know their Professor Bill Gammage from the College of Arts and Social Sciences has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature.
Professor Gammage, from the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, also took home the Premier’s Non-Fiction Prize – which includes $25,000 prize money – for his book The Biggest [...]

Book launch: A beginner’s guide to climate change

By 17 October, 2012

A Short Introduction to Climate Change by Tony Eggleton
A Short Introduction to Climate Change was written to explain climate change – one of the most important issues of our time – to everyday people with enquiring minds. It covers developments in climate science over the past 250 years and shows that recent climate change is [...]

First fall of the fluff yesterday?

By 16 October, 2012

I saw it yesterday.
Am I late?
Or was yesterday really first fluff fall day?

What price can the ANU peddle at?

By 16 October, 2012

Pure gold from Gareth Evans (with a little help from CT?):
”It is a competitive environment … The ANU cannot afford to continue to peddle at the same pace.”
Read more: online

Public Lecture: The nature of time

By 6 October, 2012

When: Thursday 11 October, 6-7pm
Where: The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, The Australian National University
Free and open to the public
We exist in a temporal universe. On a day-to-day basis, time is a concept familiar to us for it affects all aspects of everybody’s life. Despite this, and [...]

A Green education policy

By 4 October, 2012

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter has held forth on education:
To increase learning opportunities in the ACT, the Greens will:
– Increase funding to students with English as an Additional Language/Dialect to increase language proficiency standards;
– New Student Assistance Teams, to improve student engagement and better support schools and families;
– More professional development opportunities, for over 100 Learning [...]

ANU thrilled with latest rankings results

By 4 October, 2012

The Australian National University is making sure we all know they’ve done well in the Time Higher Education World University Rankings:
ANU has continued to perform strongly against universities around the world rising one place from last year to 37th in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings released overnight.
The result confirms the University’s [...]

Free talk by 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Martin Pugh

By 1 October, 2012

It’s World Space Week 4 to 10 October, and here’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in astrophotography. A free presentation in Canberra by the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Martin Pugh.
You can check his award-winning photograph of the Whirlpool Galaxy M51 on my blog or better still click through to the high-resolution version for all [...]

Public Lecture: Planetary Geology for Begineers

By 1 October, 2012

To celebrate World Space Week, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Mars Society Australia proudly presents…
PLANETARY GEOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS
Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Clarke – Australian Centre for Astrobiology & President, Mars Society Australia
Date: Thursday 4 October 2012 at 6:30pm
Location: RSPE Seminar Room, Oliphant Building #60, Research School of Physics & Engineering, Mills Road, The [...]

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