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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

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

[ 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

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 [...]

And so we present to you the Lyneham High Memorial sandwich gif

By 3 June, 2013

Coming from Lyneham High School’s triumphant bid for national attention via a thrown salami and cheese sandwhich we bring you an animated gif.
Created mostly as a proof of concept for ourselves, feel free to make with it memetically as you please.
Footage via WIN News.

Wanniassa to get Introductory English

By 1 June, 2013

Joy Burch has the thrilling news that Tuggeranong is getting an Introductory English Centre:
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today announced the 2013-14 Budget will allocate $1.8 million for an Introductory English Centre (IEC) at Wanniassa Hills Primary School.
The IEC supports students newly arrived in the ACT with a language and [...]

Australian Academy of Science awards two ANU researchers

By 31 May, 2013

Professor Ken Freeman and Dr Ulrike Mathesius have both received rather prestigious awards this week from the Australian Academy of Science.
The Matthew Flinders Medal is the highest honour that the Academy awards and Duffield Professor of Astronomy Ken Freeman is this year’s recipient.
Dark matter is the subject of Professor Freeman’s study, and there is more [...]

Rebuilding at Stromlo

By 31 May, 2013

The ANU has announced they’re getting $500,000 in Commonwealth moneys to rebuild the old director’s residence at Mount Stromlo:
Perched on top of Canberra’s Mount Stromlo, keeping watch on the city below, the Director’s Residence was long regarded as one of the finest examples of federation architecture in Canberra.
When the firestorm of January 2003 ravaged [...]

Julia cops another sandwich at Lyneham High

By 30 May, 2013

It appears throwing sandwiches at Julia Gillard is now a national sport.
The Courier Mail reports the seemingly doomed PM has caught a second one, this time from Canberra’s own Lyneham High:
Ms Gillard was walking in a crowded foyer at Lyneham High School – where she was announcing the ACT had signed up to her [...]

Signing on the dotted line for Gonski

By 30 May, 2013

If jurisdictions which have neglected their education systems are the big winners in the Gonski reforms one has to wonder at the ACT’s haste to sign up after a decade of Labor rule.
Andrew Barr is letting us know he’s gone and signed us all up to the National Education Reform Agreement:
The agreement incorporates the [...]

Burch drops childcare bung

By 30 May, 2013

The unsavoury practice of pre-announcing budget goodies to massage the media perception continues today with Joy Burch and Andrew Barr doling out $2 million for upgrading community based childcare:
The 2013-14 ACT Budget will deliver an extra $2 million to continue the ACT Government’s successful childcare centre upgrade program, which has supported centres in Government owned [...]

The rich get richer as Terry Snow ponies up the cash for Grammar

By 30 May, 2013

The ABC has the thrilling news that Canberra Grammar is getting, on top of its enormous fees and government top ups, $8 million of Terry Snow’s money to ensure the ruling elite are well placed for the next generation:
Businessman Terry Snow has donated $8 million to his former school Canberra Grammar to build a [...]

Denise Ferris heads up ANU School of Art

By 28 May, 2013

This month local photographer Denise Ferris took up the role of Head of The Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Art.
More information about her photography and current projects can be found here.
Ferris joined the ANU ranks in 1987, teaching photography for what she thought would only be for one semester.
“I taught a course called The [...]

Hanson pins childhood obesity on Skywhale!

By 28 May, 2013

The Liberals Jeremy Hanson is very excited by the defunding of Robert DeCastella’s schoolyard anti-obesity campaign (apparently successful?).
Hanson knows where he would have saved the money:
“Last week, Katy Gallagher said that the increase of Canberrans who were overweight was the most concerning element of the COAG report, and that the Labor government would put more [...]

Entry 29 at Acton for the budding entrepeneurs

By 28 May, 2013

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has blogged about “Canberra’s newest place for start-ups”, Entry 29:
Entry 29 is a community-driven, not-for-profit company, whose aim is to provide a social and inspiring work space, where entrepreneurs can connect, create and collaborate on new and exciting opportunities. It also offers meeting facilities, access to mentors and service [...]

Woroni plays the Islamic cartoon two step

By 27 May, 2013

The ABC has the sad news that ANU’s student rag has gotten itself in trouble with the tired trope of cartoons about Islam.
“Woroni Editors” are defending themselves and detailing the university’s efforts to make them stop being pests.
Five years ago this was cutting edge, today… well Voltaire and all that.

Study Canberra!

By 27 May, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced her Study Canberra plan to keep the student dollars flowing:
The $2.091 million 2013-14 Budget initiative will:
– Provide high-level coordinated leadership from ACT tertiary education providers, business and
– Support a vibrant, attractive living environment for students and their families; and
– Enable consistent and effective marketing and promotion of the [...]

Another tale of bullying from Chisholm

By 27 May, 2013

This came in as a comment to the earlier bullying story but I thought it was worth a run:
Amelia100
2013/05/26 at 11:27 pm
Hi worried_mum,
I created an account purely to respond to you as your story really got to me. I’m only 19 so high school wasn’t too long ago for me and some of what you [...]

ANU academic denounces Dr Who as racist

By 26 May, 2013

This in from the Daily Mail:
The Doctor’s new foes claim that his dismissive attitude towards black companions, his contempt for ‘primitive’ people, and even his passion for cricket are all proof of a reactionary ‘whiteness’ pervading his adventures.
Their concerns are published in a new book, Doctor Who And Race, which [...]

Cancer research gets a Centenary Chair at ANU

By 26 May, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting us know she’s chipped in $1.5 million to get the ANU to name a chair after the Centenary:
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today announced funding in the 2013-14 Budget for the appointment of a Centenary Chair in Cancer Research based at the ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). [...]

$5 million towards new sports precinct at UC

By 24 May, 2013

According to a press release from Andrew Barr the ACT government will be coughing up $5 million to go towards a new sports precinct at UC.
Several community sports organisations will be housed int he new facilities.
The ACT Budget will include a $5m grant over 4 years to accommodate community sport within the new sports precinct [...]

New facility to help teen parents finish education

By 24 May, 2013

$14 Million is being set aside to build a new CCCares Facility at Canberra College in Phillip.
The CCCares facility will support pregnant and parenting students and their children.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch and Treasurer Andrew Barr said the investment will fulfil ACT Labor’s 2012 Election commitment to build a new purpose built [...]

Educators honoured for 40 years of service

By 24 May, 2013

Joy Burch has given awards to three educators to honour their 40 years of service to advancing education in the ACT.
“Today I am pleased to acknowledge three outstanding individuals, each who have dedicated more than 40 years of service to the advancement of education in the ACT,” Ms Burch said.
“I see in school staff the [...]

I need help with a bullying issue?

By 23 May, 2013

Hello fellow rioters. I thought I would throw the question out here to see what knowledge you guys have.
I am not a wordsmith by any means so apologies in advance if this is disjointed and or confusing, I will do my best and apologies for any spelling and or grammar issues.
I have a dilemma on my hands [...]

ANU “bullying” students out of interstate internships

By 22 May, 2013

ANU Medical School graduates are usually guaranteed a first round offer to intern at the Canberra Hospital, however as of this month a new policy will deny them that if they choose to also apply for positions interstate. Outside of the ACT, graduates with multiple offers are given two days to make a decision.
The students [...]

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