Education (776 Stories)

O Week 2013 at ANU

By 11 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 11 February 2013 to 17 February 2013. ]

The ANU Students Association have tweeted at us to let us know about their rather slick music video promoting their O-Week activities.

For more detail they’ve got a page.

Sod turning for UC super clinic

By 11 February 2013

The University of Canberra is letting it be known it’s celebrity hard hat day for their new medical facility:
Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher turn the first sod at the Super Clinic site this morning at 10am. They will be joined by University of Canberra [...]

Three cheers for a swimming policy

By 7 February 2013

Joy Burch has announced that the ACT now has a “Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities policy”.
Ms Burch said the revised policy struck a balance to allow these events to take place in a fun, relaxed environment, while also making sure that all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure student safety.
“The policy [...]

The hallmarks of cancer at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. Public lecture

By 7 February 2013

This has come across my desk and will no doubt be of interest to some.
Douglas Hanahan, PhD, is Director of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (Suisse de Recherche Expérimentale sur le Cancer, ISREC), and Professor of Molecular Oncology in the School of Life Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Ecole [...]

ANU gets the Tuckwell Scholarship program

By 5 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ANU have published a video explaining their new scholarship program:
The Tuckwell Scholarship program at The Australian National University (ANU) is the most transformational undergraduate program in Australia.
Launched in February 2013, the Scholarship program is funded by a landmark $50-million gift to ANU by alumnus Graham Tuckwell and his wife Louise.
Each year, 25 new [...]

What can I do about a constantly changing uni course?

By 5 February 2013

How do unis keep getting away with it? In any other business, if the seller promised you one thing and then repeatedly delivered something different (or nothing at all), it would be breach of contract.

Meredith Hunter joins the faculty of the luvvies at UC

By 5 February 2013

The University of Canberra has announced they’re providing a soft landing for failed Greens leader Meredith Hunter:
Former ACT Greens leader Meredith Hunter joined the University of Canberra today in a role that we see her help the newly-formed Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Maths engage more effectively with the community.
Ms Hunter will be [...]

ANU’s quantum microscope

By 4 February 2013

The Australian National University is letting us know about their latest achievement:
A team of Australian scientists has developed a powerful microscope using the laws of quantum mechanics to probe the inner workings of living cells.
The team, a collaboration between The University of Queensland and the Australian National University, believe their microscope could lead to a [...]

Michelle Grattan migrates to UC

By 4 February 2013

Mumbrella have a piece on the Queen of the Press Gallery moving to semi-retirement.
One of Australia’s leading political reporters Michelle Grattan has resigned from The Age to a position of professorial fellow with the University of Canberra.
In her new role she will continue to operate as a journalist, writing for The Conversation as the [...]

A big city girl spends nine years living in the Sumatran jungle with the rainforest people and founds schools, winning a host of international awards. This is her book launch …

By 1 February 2013

[ 1 March 2013 at 5:30 pm; ] Book Launch: The Jungle School by Butet Manurung
Bogong Theatre, Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon

The Jungle School, adapted from the personal diaries kept during her first year in the jungles of Sumatra, tells of Butet Manurung’s journey from outsider, to trusted teacher, friend and advocate of the hunter gatherer Orang Rimba (People of the Forest) and [...]

ANU and CIT coming together

By 31 January 2013

In the wake of the failed CIT UC merger push the ANU has announced they’re stepping up cooperation with the tafe:
ANU and CIT already collaborate in the fields of engineering and science, whereby CIT students who have successfully completed CIT Associate Degrees have continued into internationally recognised degree programs offered by ANU.
Under the new [...]

Schools kids bonus handouts in Canberra?

By 31 January 2013

School kids bonus… Paid twice in a year to help cover the costs in sending our precious kids to school in a hope they gain a respectable education and not be on the dole system when they leave and enter the adulthood.
So, I received mine for two of my precious angels, one starting year 7 [...]

An end to UC’s mad Melbourne dreams

By 24 January 2013

The Canberra Times reports that efforts by the University of Canberra to have a Melbourne campus have been scuppered by the Government:
The university unveiled last year its national aspirations, announcing a partnership with the Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne, creating the University of Canberra Melbourne.
As part of the plan, UC was to offer 11 degrees directly [...]

Professor Ken Freeman wins the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship

By 24 January 2013

ANU is celebrating another astronomical win:
Professor Ken Freeman from The Australian National University has been awarded the American Astronomical Society’s top prize.
The prestigious Henry Norris Russell Lectureship was awarded to Professor Freeman in recognition of a lifetime of seminal contributions to astronomy, including his work on the structure and dynamics of our Galaxy and [...]

50 Shades relegated to number 4 by ACT Library borrowers

By 23 January 2013

Shane Rattenbury has announced the most requested books in the ACT from the ACT Library service last year:
The most requested books (fiction and non-fiction) in 2012 were:
1. Speechless: a year in my father’s business by James Button;
2. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton;
3. 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver;
4. The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L [...]

96 interns hit the hospital

By 23 January 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is welcoming a big group of 96 medical interns:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has welcomed 96 new medical interns who have commenced their clinical work at Canberra Hospital after a week of orientation.
“This is the biggest intake of intern doctors to ever join the ACT healthcare system, and [...]

Who wants to be the SKA Project Director?

By 19 January 2013

Government News has the exciting word that the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education is hunting around for a supremo to run the huge Square Kilometre Array radio telescope.
According to the tender documents the SKA Project director will be required to “work with and advise Australian federal and state governments and [...]

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

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

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

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