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Tag Archives: ANU

ANU’s Ian Young to chair the Group of 8

By 26 November 2013

ANU Vice-Chancellor Ian Young is letting it be known he’s going to be heading up the Group of Eight (AKA the Real Universities as opposed to jumped up TAFEs):
Professor Young says he is looking forward to taking up the post in January.
“The Go8 plays an incredibly important role in influencing national polices for high [...]

Research School of Population Health launching today

By 25 November 2013

Hey avid research school watchers,
You probably don’t exist but if you do the new Research School of Population Health will be launching tonight, so grab your cameras and Research School Bingo cards and have a blast.
The Australian National University’s Research School of Population Health (RSPH) will be officially launched at Parliament House this evening.
The formation [...]

ANU lecturer wins excellent award

By 20 November 2013

Dr Carol Hayes is a senior lecturer from the ANU College of Asia and Pacific, and she just won an award for Teaching Excellence at the Australian Awards for University Teaching, which is all sorts of great.
The citation for the award praised Dr Hayes’ leadership in Japanese studies across Asia and the Pacific.
Hayes has been [...]

Sex and death at the ANU

By 20 November 2013

Today’s pre-made attention grabbing headline is courtesy of Dr Charles Lineweaver, an Associate Professor with the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences who tonight will be giving a lecture about the “linkages between the origins of multi-cellularity, sex and death” and “where we’ve come from and how the evolution of gender differences has shaped [...]

Competitive robot being assembled at ANU

By 19 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ANU students Shanae King, Matt Shadwell and Jessica Evers, along with their as yet unnamed robot (I suggest “The Subjugator 5000″) hope to compete in a tournament of robots.
Sadly this tournament is some sort of obstacle course instead of a frenzy of robots tearing into each other with hammers and saws like a real robot [...]

Super quantum clusters from ANU

By 18 November 2013

In a big day of news out of the ANU science department we’ve got a great leap forward in quantum computing:
ANU PhD student Seiji Armstrong has made a quantum leap towards next-generation computing.
Working with a team in Tokyo, Seiji has created the largest cluster of quantum systems ever – a milestone on the way to [...]

ANU makes better lasers!

By 18 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

At first glance it’s disappointing to see ANU has been working on making lasers smaller. We want great big honking lasers thankyou very much.
But when you read a bit more it’s very exciting:
Faster, smaller electronics are one step closer with researchers from The Australian National University successfully making the first room temperature lasers from [...]

Mystery Donor is Canberra’s newest hero

By 15 November 2013

One single super awesome and presumably amazingly good looking donor just donated $1 million to the ANU to improve language studies there.
So is our donor a believer in shared language breaking down the barriers between race and has given this money as part of a goal to bring people together and end all war, or [...]

Boediono comes back to ANU for a gong

By 13 November 2013

ANU is letting people know that their former staff member and current Vice President of Indonesia is picking up an honorary doctorate today.
Combined with yesterday’s tree planting at the arboretum it’s a far cry from the otherwise difficult period of indo-australian relations we’re going through.

Aung San Suu Kyi to accept an honorary doctorate at ANU

By 6 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ANU has the rather splendid news that inspiration Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is coming to Canberra to collect a hat!
The Australian National University will award an Honorary Doctorate to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi late in November.
Vice-Chancellor of ANU, Professor Ian Young AO, said that he was delighted when he heard [...]

ANU’s Brad Tucker finds a mission for the crippled Kepler telescope

By 5 November 2013

The Register has a story about ANU’s Dr Brad Tucker and his plans to get the broken Kepler space telescope doing something useful:
Dr Tucker outlined the proposed new science mission to The Register, explaining that if NASA okays the project, a large chunk of Kepler’s future will be helping to unravel the mysteries of [...]

Ian Young clocks the motion of the ocean

By 5 November 2013

The ANU media team, one imagines with some white knuckles, are getting word out about Vice Chancellor Ian Young’s own research into ocean swells:
Research led by the Vice-Chancellor will allow oceanographers and meteorologists to better predict the rate at which ocean swells decay, or deteriorate, as they travel across the globe.
“Ocean cargo shipping, offshore [...]

Want to suggest a word for word of the year?

By 1 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

So the Australian National Dictionary Centre (ANDC) are looking to crown Australia’s “word of the year” and would like suggestions to help them along the way. It’s not a vote as they will make the final call, but they’re looking for you to make the shortlist.
I discovered this fact because the ANU have written a [...]

The Future of ANU and its role in Canberra

By 31 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

It’s a big subject and YouTube gives us an hour and seven minutes of Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt giving it the works:
ANU was established in 1946 as a national university. With a mission focussed on research, its role and funding models were fundamentally different to the nation’s existing universities. Despite this formula, rapidly creating Australia’s [...]

Peace in our time at ANU

By 31 October 2013

The NTEU has announced they’re happy with what ANU is offering:
I am pleased to advise that, after intense negotiations with ANU management over the last two weeks, we now have a draft enterprise agreement that we are likely to recommend that members accept: one which provides for decent salaries, decent workloads, and important improvements in [...]

ANU’s got a laser tripod

By 30 October 2013

The Australian National University has the intriguing news that they’ve taken to levitating mirrors like milking stools on three legged lasers:
Physicists from The Australian National University have shown that three lasers are better than one when it comes to levitating small but visible objects on light, designing an extremely precise sensor by floating a [...]

ANU makes the global top 20 for employability

By 29 October 2013

ANU has tweeted a New York Times story on the Global Employability Survey and Canberra’s own ANU has made the top 20.
Beating Cornell, McGill, and the LSE. Nice.

Unbelievers showing at ANU and not many other places

By 23 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 5 November 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]

ACT science lovers and fans of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss are in for a treat, the ANU is hosting a screening of The Unbelievers, the rock and roll styled documentary on the atheist duo’s adventures.

The screening will also feature an introduction and post-show questions and answer session with co-star Lawrence Krauss, and Directors Gus [...]

Brian the ANU bus driver gets appreciated

By 16 October 2013

Here’s a cute story on the ANU site.
I imagine some of you dear Rioters may have been given a lift by Brian at some point in your life.
Well if you ever felt the need to let him know you appreciated it, now’s the time.
It started out as a “temporary job” that was supposed to last [...]

Single layer capacitors at ANU

By 14 October 2013

ANU has announced a major advance in the world of electronics coming out of Acton:
The Single Layer Capacitor (SLC) is a small conductor of energy inside electronic devices. Its main benefit is its thermo stability: it doesn’t heat up as much as standard Multi-Layer Capacitors.
One of the project’s key architects, the Research School of [...]

Win a double pass to the Canberra Latin Dance Festival

By 14 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 18 October 2013 to 20 October 2013. ]

Hey Rioters!

It’s Monday and to start your week off right we’d like to hook you up with some tickets to Canberra’s Latin dancing event of the year, Canberra Latin Dance Festival.

The event will be held at the ANU’s Sports and Recreational Centre, and will run from the evening of Friday the 18th though to the [...]

Which horror movie is ANU sending its researchers into? [With Poll]

By 9 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

It sure as hell sounds like the start to a horror movie over at ANU:
Something massive is going on in East Antarctica’s Enderby Land and a team of researchers from the Research School of Earth Sciences are on their way to investigate.
The first hint of mystery came from the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate [...]

ANU goes for socially responsible investment

By 4 October 2013

The Australian National University has announced that after much student agitation they’re going to be socially responsible in future:
The Council of The Australian National University today approved a Socially Responsible Investment Policy.
The policy says the University will aim to “avoid investment opportunities considered to be likely to cause substantial social injury”, and “positively promote [...]

Gigantic Plant Cell Bouncy Castle is the best idea ever

By 4 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Scientists have improved our lives immeasurably throughout human history. Through furthering our understanding of the world, to more practical discoveries like penicillin and refrigeration.
This is science’s latest contribution to the world, and it’s a doozy. Say hello to Bio-Bounce the gigantic replica of a planet cell that you can jump on!
My word it’s beautiful.
One for [...]

The ritual dance of university rankings

By 4 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Gwilym Croucher, University of Melbourne
Whenever an unfavourable political opinion poll comes out, you can count on one thing: at least one politician saying they never pay attention to polls. And so it goes for university leaders when the results are in from world university rankings.
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2013-14 released [...]

Wake up call for universities

By 3 October 2013

The ABC has a story about Australia’s top universities, including ANU, falling down the world rankings.
ANU’s dropped 11 places in the Times Higher Education world rankings index down to 48.
We’re going to have to start trying much harder if we want to keep the foreign student rivers of gold flowing.

ANU hosting a node of new Australia – Indonesia Centre

By 1 October 2013

The Federal Government just announced that it is funding a new Australian Centre for Indonesia Studies that will be based in Monash University.
While the main centre will be at Monash, “nodes” will positioned at the University of Melbourne, CSIRO, and at the ANU.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO said ANU academics will provide invaluable expertise [...]

Tutorials to survive at ANU Humanities

By 27 September 2013

The ANU has announced they never had a plan to cease offering tutorials as part of the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
A review of teaching forums in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) has found there was no proposal to abolish tutorials across the College or compel schools or staff to [...]

ANU staff heading to the barricades

By 26 September 2013

The ACT Branch of the NTEU has announced its ANU members have voted for industrial action:
The ANU NTEU Branch Committee will now consider what industrial strategies will best further members’ claims for decent workloads, decent salaries and job security in the new ANU Enterprise Agreement. We will send members full advice on the next [...]

ANU rings the changes in humanities

By 25 September 2013

ANU has announced another restructure in those pesky humanities:
The ANU College of Arts and Social Science today announced that it will establish a new School through a merger of the School of Language Studies and the School of Cultural Inquiry, it will expand the School of Art to strengthen Art History and Art Theory, [...]

Hunting the dark matter in three minutes

By 16 September 2013

ANU has just posted this for our edification:
Did you know we can only see 15% of the universe? The other 85% is known as dark matter and cannot be observed directly. So how do we study something we can’t see?
In this video, Suryashree Aniyan condenses her PhD down to three minutes for the Three [...]

You cannot live without chemicals. Lecture at the ANU

By 12 September 2013

[ 13 September 2013 to 14 September 2013. ] One of my favourite pieces of stupidity is people who try and live “chemical free”.

It’s by far the most wonderfully ridiculous of all the ‘new age’ nonsense that people like to sprout.

Short of ejecting their consciousness from their bodies and floating around some astral plane, I really don’t see it happening.

Peter Wothers is presenting a [...]

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