This in from a reader who wishes to be anonymous:
Following the major restructure of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences in 2010, a final move to disestablish what was left of the humanities has been proposed. Brought to you by the same team that conducted the “major curriculum change” of the School [...]
The University of Canberra has announced they’re setting aside some big bucks to lure big names to help them make the charts of world university rankings:
A new international recruitment campaign will bring 10 top researchers to Canberra to mark the capital’s centenary. The University’s strategic plan includes the goal of being world-ranked by the time [...]
Professor Rodney Baxter has received a Royal Medal for his work in mathematics, which is a pretty cool thing to happen to a retired mathematician.
Professor Baxter, who retired in 2003 after almost 35 years at ANU, says he was very pleased to receive the news, which he almost mistook for junk mail.
“The news came in [...]
Katy Gallagher is calling on students to enter the 2014 ANZAC Spirit Prize, the winners of which will revieved two fully-fuinded trips to trips to Gallipoli where they will be able to research the ANZAC story firsthand.
“The 2014 ANZAC Spirit Prize is a special opportunity for two students in the ACT to experience a tour [...]
A set of booklets about Canberra’s early history have been released and considering the popularity of the “then and now” Canberra photos we’ve been showing on this site, I assume more than a few of you will be interested in them.
A set of high-quality booklets about Canberra’s fascinating early history is now complete, with the [...]
Tuesday 30 July, 7-8pm
Thinking of doing a PhD? Then this online session is not to be missed.
Dr Inger Mewburn (aka the Thesis Whisperer), Director of Research Training at ANU and author of How to tame your PhD, will discuss five ways to set yourself up for success in your PhD and beyond. She will [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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.
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 [...]
[ 29 June 2013 at 6:30 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 18 August 2013 at 10:00 am; ]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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, [...]
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 [...]