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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]