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Third ANU Philosopher admitted to the British Academy

By 19 July 2013

The ANU has the intrigying news that Professor Philip Pettit has received a signal honour:
Professor Philip Pettit has joined a long linage of esteemed academics including John Maynard Keynes and CS Lewis following his admission into the British Academy.
Professor Pettit was among 15 fellows from outside the UK to be invited into Britain’s most [...]

More childcare centres in Canberra please!

By 16 July 2013

More of a whinge than anything. I know, shock and horror, a Canberran whinging.
I am looking for just one day a week in a childcare centre for my 12 month old. I have the other four days sorted with in home care but really wanted to have one day for her to socialise with other [...]

Lucy Kirk of Gowrie wins an inaugural Tuckwell Scholarship

By 12 July 2013

The ANU has announced the first recipients of what they hope will become the Rhodes Scholarships of the South, the Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation scholarships:
The scholars will receive $20,000 a year for the length of a single or double undergraduate degree as well as ongoing academic and career mentoring. They will live in [...]

But what about the students who don’t use drugs?

By 8 July 2013
But what about the students who don't use drugs?

This in from John:
Bordering the ANU on Marcus Clarke Street is this sign. Now, far be it for me to accuse uni students of activities outside the mainstream, do we really need a street sign to tell us what they get up to? And why are the old and very young been [...]

Big boost to ANU community arts program

By 5 July 2013

The ACT Government have committed to a three year deal with the ANU’s arts community outreach program starting from January the 1st next year. They are promising $1.6 million in annual funding to the program.
ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch said the ANU School of Music, ANU School of Art, artsACT and Education and Training Directorate [...]

Reasons to go to the library! Heating!

By 4 July 2013

ACT Libraries have found a reason to darken their doors.
They have heating!
“Libraries are a great place to keep warm in winter. During winter last year, over 20,000 people attended programs, events, workshops and training programs at our libraries,” Director of Libraries ACT Vanessa Little said.
“Our activities cater for a variety of people in the Canberra [...]

ANU talks about its budget

By 2 July 2013

Over the first few weeks of July the ANU has executed a rather large consultation program, ranging from online polling, to open face-to-face forums with staff and students.
Apparently over 1,000 people attended these belt-tightening brainstorming sessions forums, and over 300 suggestions were made online.
Today the ANU revealed their packet of measures, detailing their plans over [...]

In defence of the Nanny State.

By 2 July 2013
In defence of the Nanny State.

One hundred and fifty ways the nanny state is good for us
By Simon Chapman
In Australia, anyone who supports rules and regulations that make products safer or improve public health can expect to come under attack from critics arguing they’re restricting freedom and turning the country into a “nanny state”.
These “nanny state” critics are everywhere and [...]

ANU cracks electrical storage?

By 1 July 2013
ANU cracks electrical storage?

The Australian National University is claiming its boffins Ray Withers and Yun Liu have cracked a new material for making capacitors which in theory would allow for storage of renewable energy, putting baseload power out of business:
The new metal oxide dielectric material outperforms current capacitors in many aspects, storing large amounts of energy and [...]

ANU boffins say it wasn’t climate change that did for the megafauna

By 1 July 2013

ANU is having a go at debunking the idea that the mass extinction of large animals in the Australian mainland 50,000 years ago was caused by random climate variations.
Humans with pointy sticks and hunting fires come sharply into the frame although the boffins don’t go that far.

ACT Government needs to lift its game on planning

By 28 June 2013

The Government’s decision to use call-in powers to allow the Brumbies’ development in Griffith to proceed, when it does not comply with the Government’s own planning regulations, has set a dangerous precedent. As the current legislation stands, when the Planning Minister uses his/her call-in powers to approve a development, an appeal to the ACT Civil [...]

Stargazing and family entertainment at Crace this Saturday night

By 27 June 2013

[ 29 June 2013; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] There’ll be plenty of free entertainment at Crace this Saturday night for their ‘Under the Milky Way’ event.

Canberra Astronomical Society members will be there with our telescopes to give you a tour of the night sky. Saturn is at its best right now, straight overhead. And there are a lot of other great night-sky features [...]

ANU moves on teaching standards

By 26 June 2013

The Australian National University has the welcome news that they’re signing up with the UK’s Higher Education Academy to improve the quality of teaching (as opposed to research):
The Australian National University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK-based Higher Education Academy (HEA) today.
It is the first university in Australia to take the step [...]

ANU telegraphs the swinging axe

By 26 June 2013

The Australian National University has announced a meeting to explain the pain of their reduced budget:
A meeting for all staff and students to discuss the budget solutions package is scheduled for next Tuesday.
More than 1,100 staff and students participated in the budget solutions forums over the past month and 327 submissions were made via the [...]

Just can’t get enough of those wasps?

By 26 June 2013
Just can't get enough of those wasps?

TAMS are putting out the call for someone to do a PhD on European Wasps:
Rangers from Parks and Conservation Services are working with researchers at the University of Canberra to investigate the biological impacts of European wasps. To do this, the university has established a PhD scholarship, for which they are seeking applications from prospective [...]

Paid work for artists!

By 25 June 2013

This just in from the Belconnen Community Service:
Belconnen Community Service is seeking artists interested in facilitating community arts workshops, as part of our Spring Sessions Art Taster Program.
Spring Sessions will be a series of six one-off workshops on a fortnightly basis from 2/9/13-21/11/13. The workshops will run on a Monday night from 6:30-8:30. Artists will [...]

Village Building Company hands over land for Jerrabomberra School

By 24 June 2013

The Village Building Company wants you to know about their land donation:
The Village Building Company has delivered on its long held promise of support to the Jerrabomberra community by donating a significant parcel of land to Jerrabomberra Public School.
As part of its ongoing collaboration with the New South Wales Department of Education, Village Building [...]

Geoscience Australia Open Day 2013

By 24 June 2013
Geoscience Australia Open Day 2013

[ 18 August 2013; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]

Geoscience Australia’s Open Day is always wildly popular with our readers.

They’ve sent in some information on this year:

Geoscience Australia will host its annual Open Day on Sunday 18 August 2013 as part of National Science Week.

A range of science talks, tours and activities for all ages throughout the day highlighting Geoscience Australia’s broad [...]

Congratulations to the Educators of the Year!

By 21 June 2013

Joy Burch has announced the winners of the 2013 Public Education Excellence Awards:
The winners of the 2013 Public Education Excellence Awards are:
– Principal of the Year – Murray Bruce, Gordon Primary School
– Early Childhood Teacher of the Year – Karen Wilson, Ainslie School
– Primary Teacher of the Year – Samantha Thornton, Hughes Primary School
– [...]

More trouble at ADFA

By 21 June 2013

The ABC has a story on mass suspensions at ADFA over an unspecified “off-campus incident”:
“It appears that the incident is linked to a group of male cadets and midshipmen that is operating contrary to the values and standards expected of the ADF members and of future leaders,” he said.
“As this investigation is ongoing I [...]

Danielle Dries takes out the first Peter Sharp Scholarship

By 19 June 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a new scholarship recipient:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher, has presented the inaugural Peter Sharp Scholarship to first year Australian National University medical student Danielle Dries.
“I congratulate Danielle Dries on being selected to receive the inaugural Peter Sharp Scholarship and recognise her commitment to working with Indigenous communities [...]

PM’s Literature Awards shortlist announced

By 19 June 2013

The ANU are rather pleased (and quite rightly) that a book written by one of their professors about Australian sex lives has made the PMLA shortlist this year.
Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno’s book The Sex Lives of Australians: A History has been shortlisted for a 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award.
Dr Bongiorno’s book has been described by [...]

Crowd funding for sugar glider research

By 18 June 2013
Crowd funding for sugar glider research

Dr. Clare Holleley from UC is making history by being the first person to use the crowd sourcing phenomenon to gain funds for academic research.
Holleley is hoping to raise funds to research the world most adorable flying mammals, the sugar glider.
With just under half of her $8,200 goal raised and 44 days left to [...]

Libraries ACT wants to teach you how to speak Pirate.

By 17 June 2013

Talk like a Pirate Day isn’t until September, so they’ve timed their announcement quite poorly, but still I’m sure some would like to get an early start learning to speak Pirate which is apparently a real language and not just a funny way of talking.
You can now download an app from the library and start [...]

Become a Fearless Presenter this Week

By 17 June 2013
Become a Fearless Presenter this Week

[ 20 June 2013 to 21 June 2013. ]

What is the number one fear of most people? Well according to research studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking and number two is death, believe it or not. Prompting Jerry Seinfeld to quip that most people at a funeral would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy!

Tom Kelsall, the trainer, [...]

Frank Fenner in bronze

By 15 June 2013

The ANU is putting out word that a copper bust of Professor Frank Fenner has been unveiled at University House:
Master of University House, Professor Lawrence Cram said that the statue goes part of the way to honouring the Fenner’s commitment to the University community.
“One of Frank’s favourite places on campus was Fellow’s Garden, so [...]

UC Book of the year 2014 entries and judges announced

By 14 June 2013

The second annual University of Canberra Book of the Year competition has just announced the shortlist of novels, as well as the panel of judges. Margaret Pomeranz joins the judging panel this year, which is awesome because she is awesome.
The shortlist, announced today, is the following five novels, drawn from books that have been Commonwealth [...]

Free online tutorial service helping ACT students

By 14 June 2013

YourTutor sounds like a pretty clever idea, helping students to connect with qualified tutors for one on one help.
A free online tutorial service,YourTutor, run by Libraries ACT has been used by 1,345 Canberra students in the 2012-2013 financial year so far. As mid-year exam time fast approaches, Libraries ACT encourages students to turn to their [...]

Scholarships help school principals study further

By 12 June 2013

Joy Burch announced today that six ACT public school principals will be receiving scholarships to help them further their studies, both locally and abroad.
The scholarship recipients are Sue Norton, principal of Fraser Primary School, Dr Michael Kindler, principal of Stromlo High School, Kerrie Heath, a senior manager of disability education in the Education and Training [...]

Teenagers don’t play video games or use Facebook?

By 11 June 2013
Teenagers don't play video games or use Facebook?

After a recent UC study into digital technology and its relationship with Australian teenagers, Dr Karen Macpherson has sent out a press release with results that seemingly contradict the stereotype of the game playing, Facebook-obsessed teenager.
Teenagers were asked about their typical after school activities with computer games only just scraping into the top 10 in [...]

Look the part, get the cash

By 10 June 2013

Canberra Times brings word of the latest incident involving one of the ANU’s ressies. Not a trashed function venue or dead seagulls left in beds this time, but a cautionary tale in how not to handle the transfer of large sums of cash, courtesy of Mooseheads. Apparently someone rang up the Moose regarding a preexisting [...]

iANU?

By 7 June 2013

CIO Australia has a moderately interesting story on ANU’s iPhone app intended to help dozy students find their lecture theatre.
In the first of a series of articles on new technology in tertiary education, CIO Australia spoke to Peter Nikoletatos, CIO at the ANU, about the mobile initiatives that are enhancing the services the university offers [...]

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