Billionaire philanthropists Graham and Louise Tuckwell have announced a commitment to the ANU worth about $200 million over 30 years to fund a major expansion of the Tuckwell Scholarship program through the building of two new halls of residence on campus, possibly on the site of Bruce Hall, at a cost of $100 million over [...]
Will the new free City Loop bus, which commenced operations today, attract sufficient users to make it worth running?
The smart-looking loop bus will be whizzing around town till October at least, reminding us all of the benefits of convenient public transport (like trams) ahead of the ACT Legislative Assembly election that month. But will it [...]
As we head into the final days of an election campaign, new research from the ANU has found negative political advertising is driving people to vote for minor parties and independents.
Political marketing researcher Dr Andrew Hughes of the ANU Research School of Management has studied political advertising, based on measuring people’s reactions to ads [...]
Former RiotACT regular and blogger at The Political ACT Richard Fox has this week joined the staff of ACT Transport and Municipal Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris.
While The Political ACT blog was still live this morning and remained active on Twitter until ten days ago, the site disappeared from public view this afternoon.
Fox started as [...]
University precincts are known for their profusion of cheap eats. And the Australian National University’s The Food Co-op Café delivers on affordable and ethical food.
A bowl of chia coconut and banana porridge with an almond milk chai latte
Have you had that experience of buying a packet of plastic-wrapped rice, lugging it home, pouring it into [...]
The Australian National University has lodged a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alleging anti-competitive behaviour by state-based university admissions centres.
ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes Warrington said the University has raised anti-competition concerns with the ACCC after being denied membership of three state-based university admissions centres.
As Australia’s national university, around half [...]
An ANU scientist has led the Australian team within a global scientific collaboration that has proven the existence of gravitational waves, 100 years after their existence was predicted by Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
The confirmed observation of a gravitational wave, ripples in space caused by the collision of two black holes, is a major [...]
One month after succeeding Professor Ian Young as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt AC has announced a comprehensive community consultation on the ANU School of Music with the aim of reinvigorating it by 2017.
Professor Schmidt said the consultations would involve discussions with a wide range of interested parties and would be [...]
“Come and have lunch with me in the New Year,” said a contact, met professionally yet also morphing into a friend. “There is a new place at the Australian National University near the Sports Hall called The Coffee Grounds.”
I didn’t want to be a spoil sport and say that I can’t drink coffee. And as [...]
Sharing economy v. An economic system based on sharing of access to goods, resources, and services, typically by means of the Internet.
You knew the arrival of ridesharing service Uber had disrupted the taxi business, but did you also know it has disrupted the very language we speak, inspiring rapid uptake of 2015′s word of the [...]
The decision by the ACT Heritage Council to heritage list 17 of the Northbourne housing precinct does confuse the developments being proposed for the gateway to Canberra.
While the government has agreed to leave the 17 listed buildings, it will promptly go ahead with the demolition of other Northbourne buildings identified to be sold and the [...]
[ 20 November 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Little attention is being paid to the works of Xavier Herbert, one of Australia’s outstanding novelists. So why are they so rarely recommended in school text lists? His best-known novels, Capricornia (1938) and Poor Fellow My Country (1975) were judged as highly significant, winning major awards. So, are his novels forgotten or repressed?
In this Keynote lecture and panel, it [...]
Welcome to the hay fever capital, where we’re dealing with a record pollen count, so high that an asthma reliever may be a lifesaver for someone who has never had asthma till now.
According to ANU researcher Professor Simon Haberle pollen levels here are twice as high in 2015 compared to last season. And last season [...]
As the world prepares for Marty McFly to come Back to the Future today, an ANU scientist has this morning demonstrated a prototype hoverboard.
In the 1989 movie Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward to October 21, 2015 and experience amazing technologies including a levitating skateboard.
Dr Graham Walker from the [...]
Who said young people are not engaged with politics? Whoever it was clearly hasn’t attended a uni Politics in the Pub night in Canberra.
Clashing events at UC and the ANU last night attracted capacity crowds. The ANU Labor Club pub talk featuring Federal Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten was a completely full house, with [...]
Canberra, prepare yourselves for a battle between two universities, two pubs, two uni Labor Clubs and the two most senior members of the Australian Labor Party.
It’s a Politics in the Pub-off and we can’t wait to find out who wins.
Tomorrow night the ANU Labor Club will host Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten at the [...]
Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it to the place we love and call home.
It was impossible. The lack of suitable venues, coupled with an inflexible attitude from government-funded arts bureaucrats, [...]
[ 19 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Come to Westside Acton Park this Saturday to see what happens when science meets street art.
Co-Lab is a creative collaboration between Canberran street artists and early career scientists.
Five local street artists have paired up with five PhD Science students from ANU to take inspiration from their research, discoveries and concepts integral to their field.
From this collaboration street [...]
The ANU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition final
An 80,000 word research project would take nine hours to present. Their time limit . . . three minutes!
Join us for an evening of education and entertainment. Come along to the Australian National University (ANU) and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on [...]
Hi fellow Canberrans!
We are three ANU engineering graduates who would like to share with you our invention!
In 2014, Dr Steve Lee from the Australian National University was awarded the ANSTO Eureka prize for most innovative use of technology. We spent the next 12 months designing a device that can make his plastic lenses in the [...]
Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU).
He will take up the position on 1 January 2016 at the conclusion of the term of current Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO
ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC said the University Council was delighted the renowned astrophysicist [...]
For a city designed around cars, Canberra has some pretty great urban walks.
I set out this week to put together the city’s best urban walks for tourists and locals alike. You can easily knock over each of these walks in no more than an hour, and you’ll find plenty of hidden gems along the way.
1. Lonsdale [...]
I’m conducting an online study that examines how body weight, eating habits and physical activity can impact sleep.
So I’m looking for Australian residents age 18 years and older to take my quick 20-minute survey. If you are not convinced, all participants go in the draw to win one of three $100 Coles vouchers!
If you are [...]
[ 29 April 2015 7:30 pm to 2 May 2015 7:30 pm. ]
“If you touch someone, do your fingerprints stay on their skin?
If you drag someone really hard, do your nails stay in them?
Does their skin come off on you? Does it? Mum? Does it?”
In a bleak, remote town, a small child is murdered. Suspicion falls on 9-year-old Lizzie. Convinced her daughter is guilty, Lizzie’s young mother, [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses who can assist in the investigation of an indecent assault which took place on campus at the University of Canberra last week.
On Wednesday 18 March, a woman was walking along a footpath at UC (on Kirinari Street, towards College Street) when a man approached, dragged her into the bushes and indecently [...]
[ 18 March 2015 to 3 April 2015. ]
This is a must-see exhibition for those with an interest in photography.
What may not be known is that during the 1950s and 1960s there were many very talented photographers at work in Taiwan.
This exhibition brings together a small selection of these Taiwanese photographs from this interesting period in Taiwan’s history.
The exhibition is of 44 beautiful black [...]
Looking for those mildly crazy people who have run in the ANU’s Inward Bound Event over the years….
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a great record of who ran, where end point was or who won each year. I would like to put together a nice history of the race with any stories and results you might [...]
Researchers from the Australian National University are seeking Australians aged 18 years and older to participate in an online study investigating how the tendency to reflect, ruminate, or be mindful contributes to the development of stress, anxiety, depression or sleep difficulties.
Upon the completion of two 20-minute surveys, participants can enter a prize draw to win [...]
[ 26 November 2014 at 1:00 pm; ] Want to hear about a rainbow band-aid that can diagnose skin cancer and how ecstasy causes brain hypothermia? Come along!
Despite hundreds of years of advances, the highly complex workings of the human body are still largely a mystery. A group of researchers at a new ARC Centre of Excellence are aiming to change all that.
It’s not everyday that you get to interview a rocket scientist whose invention is helping to make interplanetary travel a reality.
Dr Christine Charles is head of the Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Laboratory at the Australian National University. For the past decade and a half her research has been focused on finding new, more efficient [...]