Tag Archives: ANU

Wasp wranglers of the ANU

By 13 October 2011

ANU have announced success in their efforts to track tiny wasps:
The Research School of Biology researchers published a paper in the latest edition of Agricultural and Forest Entomology outlining a successful new tracking technique, which allows them to study insects that were previously too small to track individually.
Lead researcher Michael Whitehead was working with [...]

The next Defence scandal – Homophobic attack on uni students

By 10 October 2011

It would seem that some young fghting men are not satisfied with just filming women in showers. Some of our country’s fighting men decided it would be fun to wander down to the ANU bar and harass some of the students there. They were observed kicking chairs around the beer garden, which they claimed was [...]

Does Canberra really have no traffic jams?

By 10 October 2011

We are moving to Canberra in December and are just thrilled with the idea that there won’t be heavy traffic.  We’ve moved from Washington DC (nightmarish traffic) to Auckland (much better, but still terrible on an absolute level).  But I wonder how much of the “no traffic” story is a myth?
In particular, would anyone care [...]

Weston Creek’s Brian Schmidt wins one quarter of a Nobel Prize for physics

By 4 October 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that ANU’s Professor Brian Schmidt has taken a share of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for “the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae”.
We extend our hearty congratulations to him.
UPDATE: Apparently he’s also a winemaker of some note with an [...]

Open Source Developers Conference 2011, Examining the role of open source technologies in Canberra

By 28 September 2011

[ 16 November 2011 to 18 November 2011. ] The Open Source Developers Conference (OSDC) is a not-for-profit conference bringing together developers, technologists, & advocates working in various fields leading toward open technology – including software, open data, mobile technologies, visualisation, cloud computing, programming languages, system administration, licensing and open source in government. This year, starting November 16th, the Open Source Developers Conference is [...]

The on again, off again ANU student elections.

By 28 September 2011

Oh no, they’re baaaaack!
Yes, those bloody annoying student elections are on again at the ANU. I still don’t know why we have to have them twice. I don’t really care either. All I know is that the union square at ANU is now full of annoying students trying to get us to vote for crap [...]

ANU confirms the bleeding obvious. As above so below

By 15 September 2011

The Australian National University has announced that the troubled Hayabusa space mission has managed to confirm “an indisputable link between the asteroids we see in space and meteorites that we collect on land”.
While I realise it’s good to confirm that which is suspected; this seems like a lot of trouble to go to.
Much more interesting [...]

The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls, 1914

By 12 September 2011

[ 11 October 2011 at 6:30 pm; ] Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) Public Lecture

The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls, 1914

US – Mexico peace talks during the Mexican Revolution

6:30pm Tuesday 11 October

Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (the Tank), ANU

Speaker and author of The Forgotten Peace
His Excellency Mr Michael Small,
Canadian High Commissioner to Australia.

In the early hours of April 22, 1914, American [...]

The Rig. Local theatre.

By 8 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 12 October 2011 to 22 October 2011. ]

‘Rig’ is the first stage play from Nick Delatovic, who has been active as a songwriter in Canberra with bands like The Missing Lincolns, Big Score and The Last Prom. It’s directed by uber-theatre bod Cameron Thomas, and produced through NUTS, the ANU performance society, who have produced several quality productions this year despite the [...]

ANU’s robocrab makes the BBC

By 8 September 2011

No less an institution than the BBC is taking an interested in ANU’s Sophie Callander and her robocrab!
Ms Callander and her colleagues used a fully adjustable robotic arm – called Robocrab – to determine what female crabs are looking for in a mate.
Dr Callander set up three robotic arms around a female crab, and sat [...]

ANU speed limits

By 5 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Now that everyone is excited about road signs and Australian standards, I though I would submit a photo of my favourites – 3 signs, 3 speeds, all within 15m of each other.
Leading up to the 40km/h sign the speed limit is either 50 or 60km/h (I’m not sure), meaning the speed limit goes 60, [...]

Hate and loathing at the ANU

By 3 September 2011

I was browsing that wonderful source of occasional news of free food and free beer at ANU, the ANU Stalker Space Facebook group the other day in hunt of a rumoured free barbecue. Instead I found some examples of the nasty, un Australian student.
First there was a post that read “To the fool who [...]

Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power

By 30 August 2011

[ 22 September 2011; ] Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) Conference
Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power
Thursday 22 September 2011
All Day Event
H.W. Arndt Lecture Theatre 1
 Australian National University 

Since the introduction of the Monroe Doctrine Latin America has been seen as the preserve of the United States, a region subject to whims of Washington, beholden to the [...]

Canberra’s Michael Mazengarb off to Durban

By 29 August 2011

The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment is letting us know that their Young People Ambassador Michael Mazengarb (currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering and Science at the Australian National University) is going to represent Australia at the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban later this [...]

Colleges at ANU: Burgmann vs John XXIII

By 29 August 2011

I’m looking at studying at ANU next year and trying to decide between applying for Burgmann College or John XXIII College.
Which is better?
Pros/Cons of each?
I’ve heard some bad things about John XXIII but it seemed nice when i toured it.
Are these stereotypes true?

ANU creates super-aluminium.

By 24 August 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

ANU has the exciting news that they’ve created a “super-dense” version of aluminium whcih they hope to use in nano-materials but will have the merchants of death beating a path to their door if I’m any judge.
In a paper published today in Nature Communications, the group has described how they discovered a way to produce [...]

ANU, where the birds get an education. Images of Canberra.

By 22 August 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Graham has sent these in with this note:
Further to the photo of the Cockatoo’s here at the ANU’s School of Culture History and Language, here are a couple of likely fellows who take their education seriously!! This photo was taken by Roald Maliangkay, who’s office the birds are tutoring in.

Got an image of [...]

ANU second best in Australia and 70th in the world?

By 15 August 2011

The Australian brings word of the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities which has seen the departure of a few top researchers cause ANU to drop in the ratings.
While he [Professor Marginson] said ANU’s slide in the world rankings was of concern, he noted the HiCi indicator was the cause of much of the variance [...]

Cultured cockies. Images of Canberra.

By 12 August 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Graham has sent this charming fellow in with this note:
Getting a free feed in this town is always something that is popular. Here is several photos of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo’s getting a free feed of seed outside the ANU’s School of Culture History & Language. Many of the staff like to make sure that the [...]

ANU building solar powered soldiers

By 11 August 2011

Batteries are becoming the bane of the modern soldier’s existence, so there is sure to be considerable interest in ANU’s latest work on light wearable solar panels to rev up all the gadgets the modern soldier on the go is being asked to lug:
“The development of these wearable solar cells will now allow soldiers to [...]

AFFIRM Business Lunch brings you Good Mental Health in the Workplace

By 10 August 2011

[ 6 September 2011 at 12:00 pm; ]

AFFIRM’s Executive Business Luncheon is delighted to have Craig Hamilton as our guest speaker.

Craig Hamilton is a broadcaster with ABC Radio who has worked on National Rugby League games for the last eight seasons.

On the eve of the biggest undertaking of his career – the Sydney Olympics – Craig suffered a mental breakdown which almost [...]

ANU studying the link between alcohol and romance.

By 9 August 2011

The ANU is letting us know that lucky PhD student Sonia Ip has managed to get funding to research the effects of alcohol on dating.
“The idea behind the study is that alcohol will play a role in either enhancing or decreasing intimacy during a date,” says the PhD student. “In general, alcohol relaxes a person [...]

ANU re-inventing the solar hot water system.

By 8 August 2011

The Australian National University has announced they’ve pocketed funding to develop a cunning mixed solar/electric hot water system:
“The aim of this project is to develop and commercialise an improved roof-mounted hybrid solar system that is suitable for installation on millions of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings.
“The key innovation is the use of spectral splitting of [...]

Graeme Samuel moves onto the ANU Council

By 1 August 2011

The ANU is informing the world that former ACCC supremo Graeme Samuel is coming aboard:
Mr Samuel will take his place on the Council as one of the seven members appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee of Council. He replaces Justice Annabelle Bennett AO, who stepped down as a council [...]

ANU boffins feeding News24′s content appetite with “Future Forum

By 28 July 2011

The ANU has announced they’re providing talent to the ABC’s News24 channel for “Future Forum – How Will the Asian Century Shape Australia’s Future?”.
The first in the Future Forum series will be filmed in Darwin with an eight-strong expert panel moderated by ABC Lateline presenter Ali Moore. The ANU panellists are: Dr Katherine Morton, Dr [...]

19th ANU Open Chess Championship 2011 THIS WEEKEND!

By 25 July 2011

[ 30 July 2011 to 31 July 2011. ] The 19th ANU Open Chess Championship 2011 and ANU Minor (U1600) Championship takes place next this weekend at the ANU.

The tournament consists of 7 rounds with a time control of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds from the start.

First prize for the open section is $1000 and $400 for the minor.

Players of all playing stengths and [...]

Stromlo burn

By 15 July 2011

The ACT Rural Fire Service has been advised that the Australian National University will today conduct a hazard reduction burn of several piles of vegetation at Mt Stromlo Observatory.
The burn is expected to be completed by 3pm.
[Courtesy ESA]

Feed the art machine

By 7 July 2011

ANU is spruiking an interesting concept from the School of Art:
Art Machine will see machines transform text, video and photos submitted online into original ‘visual structures’ and digital displays. Exhibition curator Christopher Fulham, from the ANU School of Art, said that Art Machine will present the submitted digital content in a range of ways.
“The [...]

ANU pimping its boffins to Ernst & Young

By 7 July 2011

The Australian National University has announced the signing of an MoU with Ernst & Young to supply great big brains as needed by the corporate services mega corp.
Ernst & Young Canberra Managing Partner, Lucille Halloran said the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at Ernst & Young’s Canberra offices marked the official commencement of [...]

CT the new Woroni while student ineptitude fuels dispute


The dispute over the ANU library mergers continues, reaching farcical highs now that The Canberra Times has run more stories about it than the University’s on campus rag Woroni. Curious though is why the article doesn’t mention why the dispute is continuing. Perhaps in copy and pasting the media release writing the article, CT forgot to [...]

19th ANU Open Chess Championship 2011

By 24 June 2011

[ 30 July 2011 to 31 July 2011. ] Hi everyone,

The 19th ANU Open Chess Championship 2011 and ANU Minor (U1600) Championship takes place next month on 30/31 July at the ANU.

The tournament consists of 7 rounds with a time control of 60 minutes plus 10 seconds from the start.

First prize for the open section is $1000 and $400 for the minor.

Players of all [...]

ANU cracks piezoelectrical battery charging

By 21 June 2011

ANU have announced a fascinating breakthrough to generate electricity through mechanical power without needing magnetic dynamos.
Dr Simon Ruffell from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering and Dr Madhu Bhaskaran and Dr Sharath Sriram from RMIT University have used nanotechnology to convert mechanical pressure into electricity.
The breakthrough was made by combining piezoelectrics, materials [...]

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