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More prizes for ANU researchers

By 16 January 2013

The Australian National University is letting us know they’ve won another swag of prestigious awards:
The Australian Academy of Science announced the 2013 winners of its annual awards for scientific excellence today.

The ANU recipients and their awards are:
– Professor Kenneth Freeman FAA FRS, Career research award– Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture for scientific research of the [...]

Big local impact from bushfire at Siding Springs Observatory

By 16 January 2013
Big local impact from bushfire at Siding Springs Observatory

Although it’s a long way from Canberra, the bushfire that tore through the Warrumbungle Mountains, Coonabarabran, on Sunday night is having a significant effect on a lot of Canberra people. Siding Springs became Australia’s premier visual astronomy observatory site after the decision not to rebuild Mount Stromlo Observatory, destroyed in the January 2003 bushfire.

It appears [...]

Good music venues in Canberra?

By 14 January 2013

Hi.
My name’s Lisa Richards,. I’m a singer-songwriter, and I’ve just moved to Canberra after living overseas for more than 20 years – 7 in New York City and 14 in Austin Texas.  I’d like to find out as much as I can about the local music scene – where to play, how to meet other [...]

ANU links ice to psychosis

By 10 January 2013

The Australian National University is sharing the fruits of their research into methamphetamine:
Dr Rebecca McKetin, of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, and colleagues tracked 278 methamphetamine – commonly known as ice – users over several years and found a clear dose-related [...]

Franklin and Barton centres bring another 208 childcare places

By 9 January 2013

Joy Burch is letting it be known there are more childcare places coming online:
“New childcare centres opening at the Franklin Early Childhood School (120 places) and at Barton (88 places) commencing operation shortly will give Canberra families combined total of 208 new places,” Ms Burch said.
“In addition, investment in existing ACT Government facilities has added [...]

Eyes up Canberra—super bright Space Station passes starting tonight

By 5 January 2013
Eyes up Canberra—super bright Space Station passes starting tonight

It’s that time again when we get to look up and see the only place where humans live other than on Earth zipping across our skies. The International Space Station has a number of very bright passes coming up over the next few days—some at fairly family-friendly times (given it’s school holidays anyway).
For Canberra people [...]

Clear skies, no moon, and a whopping great telescope on Mt Stromlo…

By 4 January 2013
Clear skies, no moon, and a whopping great telescope on Mt Stromlo...

 
One of the great benefits flowing from the $30 annual membership fee of the Canberra Astronomical Society is that you also get free use of the society’s 350mm (14″) telescope up on top of Mount Stromlo. A scope worth more than $10,000, with some gorgeous Nagler eyepieces, in an observatory with a roll-off roof. For [...]

Where to get copy of Holiday Happenings (school holiday program guide)?

By 28 December 2012

Hi everyone, do you know where I can get a copy of the little print booklet that gives a rundown on all the school holiday programs?
Someone told me it was called Holiday Happenings.
I find it maddening that it is so hard to find out about the various school holiday programs. [...]

What to do with “Cruelty Boy”?

By 19 December 2012

The Canberra Times has details of a terrifying case seeking suitable care in the ACT system.
Here are some highlights:
the Education and Training Directorate has said the boy, who has homicidal fantasies quelled by medication, is not welcome back into mainstream schools

The boy spent about eight months on remand after expressing homicidal fantasies after his arrest [...]

UC takes pharmacy undergrad

By 18 December 2012

The University of Canberra has announced they’re opening the study of pharmacy to undergrads.
The new Bachelor of Pharmacy allows high-performing high school students to go straight into a pharmacy program, instead of taking an undergraduate degree then applying for the University’s master’s program.
The popular Master of Pharmacy will continue to be offered to students [...]

Alleged Canberra Pedo Priest nabbed by NSW Police

By 18 December 2012

The ABC has news that the suburb of Cook has had an unexpected visit:
Today detectives have announced another arrest, charging a retired priest with three counts of indecent assault allegedly committed against two victims while he was working at a Marist college in the Hunter Valley in the 1960s and 1970s.
Police say they charged [...]

Gareth Evans gets another three years as Chancellor at ANU

By 18 December 2012

The Australian National University has let it be known that former Labor Foreign Minister Gareth Evans will continue as the Chancellor.
Vice-Chancellor Ian Young AO said:
“I am very pleased that ANU Council has approved the renewed term, and that Professor Evans has agreed to continue to serve us as Chancellor.
“Professor Evans makes an invaluable contribution to [...]

We shouldn’t take NAPLAN too seriously…

By 18 December 2012

Joy Burch is celebrating another win for the ACT’s kids and chalking it up to her education department:
ACT students continue to be among the highest performing in the country, the 2012 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy National Report released today shows.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch welcomed the results, which show [...]

Fossil Farming overlooked for word of the year in favour of green-on-blue

By 18 December 2012

The ANU have announced their Australian National Dictionary Centre “has selected green-on-blue as their 2012 Word of the Year”.
Personally I liked some of the other things on the shortlist more:
The other terms were shortlisted based on their increased profile in the Australian social and cultural landscape throughout the year.
“While an American scientist theorised that a [...]

Want your poem in the bus?

By 17 December 2012

ArtsACT are calling for submissions of poetry to be displayed in ACTION buses in 2013:
Entrants can submit ONE poem with a maximum of 8 lines. Ten poems will be selected by an independent panel to be displayed on ACTION buses. Each winner selected will receive $500, and there will be 10 shortlisted poets who [...]

Nerdy Canberra kids making up for a nation of thickies

By 12 December 2012

Joy Burch is celebrating some top work by Canberra’s kids (and we suspect their parents):
The ACT has topped the country in reading, mathematics and science in two international studies published today.
The 2011 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (which compares mathematics and science results at the stages of years 4 and 8 ) and the [...]

$125k of compulsory student fees taken

By 7 December 2012

The ANU’s Woroni has detailed just how much loot a former ANU student has drained out of student association funds.
The Canberra Times has gone further and apparently the former student’s wealthy family is talking about paying back the bare minimum to make this all go away.
And the higher ups on campus are taking an intriguing [...]

ANU research kicking goals

By 6 December 2012

The Australian National University is revelling in some very good assessments of its all important research work:
The Australian National University has scored the top mark in the Commonwealth Government’s major research quality measure in 63 per cent of fields assessed, up from 52 per cent in 2010.
Over 89 per cent of disciplines assessed for ANU [...]

Bill Gammage wins ACT Book of the Year

By 5 December 2012

Joy Burch has announced that ANU’s Bill Gammage has won ACT Book of the Year for his book The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia.
This must be a relief for all concerned as it has already won The Prime Minister’s Literary Prize for Australian History and the Victorian prize for literature.
“It is my [...]

Library Fines

By 5 December 2012

Hi All,
Have a friend who has managed to get a couple of fines on their library card.
There has been some new fine system brought in via Canberra Connect.
Has anyone had any experience with not paying their fines – what happens?
Thanks!

World’s biggest bookmark* unveiled in Civic Square

By 5 December 2012
World's biggest bookmark* unveiled in Civic Square

The World’s Biggest Bookmark has been a long term project of the ACT Library Service and volunteers.
Today the fruits of their labour was unrolled in Civic Square.
One hopes a good time was had by all.
* Citation needed.

UPDATE 06/12/12 09:14: The media release has now downgraded the achievement to Canberra’s biggest. Which is pretty small beer [...]

ANU offering an extension diploma to the best and brightest year 11 and 12s

By 3 December 2012

The ANU has the big news about their plans for an extension diploma for chosen year 11 and 12 students:
The ACT region’s best and brightest senior secondary students will get a head start on university study with the launch of the ANU Extension Diploma of Advanced Studies today.
Year 11 and 12 students will be [...]

Mrs Claus and Ernest the Elf ride again

By 3 December 2012

The Library Service want you to know they’ve got things to keep the nippers occupied in the leadup to Christmas:
Cake decorating and special Story Times with Mrs Claus or Ernest the Elf are just some of the many activities being held at Libraries ACT branches in the lead up to Christmas.
“Christmas is just around the [...]

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 gets a big bag of Harold Mitchell's money

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

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
Adult science night at Questacon. A review.

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 [...]

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