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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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, [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
Sandra Binning and Dominique Roche are building fish gyms to see if humans are the only species stupid enough to buy into that CrossFit nonsense.
That’s not actually why they are doing this.
The husband and wife duo, from the Research School of Biology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, work on exercise [...]
Vice Chancellor Young is celebrating ANU’s ongoing place at the top of the QS World University Rankings:
The QS World University Rankings 2013/2014 released this morning show that ANU remains among the top 30 universities in the world, ranked 27th globally.
While rankings are imperfect measures and jump around year-to-year (we ranked 24th in 2012 and [...]
A PhD student at the ANU is looking to make Australia known as the producer of the finest eucalyptus oil in all the lands.
It is rather interesting to hear we are not the biggest producer of eucalyptus oils.
Australia is being beaten at its own game.
The emblematic eucalyptus is grown in enormous quantities overseas, meaning Australia [...]
In episode one of Radio National’s The Science Show, hosted by Robyn Williams AM, the publisher of Scientific American said there was a stampede away from science. Was there? On 31 August 2013, almost two thousand episodes later, The Science Show celebrated its 38th birthday, and is still going strong.
Robyn has witnessed firsthand how [...]
For anyone with a little background in Vietnamese, basic study or equivalent, Centre for Continuing Education at ANU are running Beginning Vietnamese 2 starting early October. One night a week for 9 weeks $269. Minimum class size to proceed, register your interest ASAP. If class size doesn’t meet the minimum no charge! Get [...]
ANU students continue to show their dissatisfaction with the ANU administration.
Upset with what they view as a failure on behalf of the administration to fund tutorials, provide decent conditions for staff, and hold “genuine consolation” with concerned parties, the students of ANU decided to crash Deputy Vice Chancellor Marnie Hughes Warrington’s opening address at the [...]
This just in:
On Wednesday the 28th of August at the Student Forum, the ANU Education Action Group presented a list of demands to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Marnie Hughes Warrington and the Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences Toni Makkai.
With School Staff being excluded from [...]
As the Australian National University makes does away with pesky messy humanities it’s good to hear the focus is turning to a place with a vanishingly small presence of messy meatbags, space:
A multimillion dollar Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership, to be headquartered at Mount Stromlo, will create industry growth and jobs.
Federal funding was announced [...]
The Australian National University is proudly announcing that its journal Britain and the World is bringing them much credit:
Thousands of history journals hit the press every year, but ANU proudly hosts the top journal in the field in Australia: Britain and the World.
This journal, now six years old, has been ranked in the Thomson [...]
Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has produced a video in an effort to educate people on how the ANU makes and spends its money. Worth a look if you’ve been following this whole budget saga unfold.
In this video the Vice-Chancellor explains the University’s budget model. Budgets are allocated across the University using a formula where colleges receive [...]
The ANU members of the National Tertiary Education Union unanimously endorsed a protected action ballot yesterday to further their claims for decent salaries and workloads in response to the new ANU Enterprise Agreement.
The application for this ballot will be lodged today for the bans and stoppages endorsed by the meeting. On the advice [...]
ACT Policing is reminding construction businesses to secure their work sites after building materials were stolen from an ANU site.
A large quantity of aluminium window frame material, measuring 7.8 metres long, was stolen from the ‘China in the World’ building construction site on Fellows Road, Acton. The aluminium box section framework was coated in a [...]
A new industry sponsored chair was announced today at the ANU.
The Sirtex chair (funded by Sirtex Medical Limited) will be held by Professor Ross Stephens will focus on research into localised cancer treatments.
Sirtex has made a commitment to sponsor the Chair for a total of up to three million dollars over three years.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor [...]
There can be few places where angels fear so much to tread as the subject of breastfeeding.
But fresh from declaring their encryption unbeatable this morning the ANU is continuing down the path of nigh insane courage by going to that scariest of places:
“Time demands on exclusively breastfeeding mothers are particularly high. Exclusively breastfeeding mothers spent [...]
Courageous ANU Researchers are claiming to have perfected encryption:
Current encryption systems have flaws – as ASIO and Sony can no doubt tell you. But QuintessenceLabs – a cyber security company developed by ANU researchers – has invented a crack-proof encryption system that has been attracting attention from some of the world’s largest organisations.
Secret codes [...]
[ 18 September, 2013; 6:30 pm; ] The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: 80,000 word research projects presented in just three minutes!
Join us for an evening of education and entertainment.
Come along to ANU for an hour and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on the campus by PhD students.
On the night, watch eleven [...]
Take this rare opportunity to visit the ANU Classics Museum on a weekend and enjoy free parking.
The Classics Museum was established in 1962 by Professor Richard Johnson, Professor of Classics at ANU. Amongst its first acquisitions were an Attic wine bowl, a gold lion’s head earring, and some coins. From those [...]
The ANU Art School Gallery is currently hosting a collection of works curated from the school of arts own alumni.
The exhibition is called but mostly air and has been curated by Jason Smith.
“The title came to me when I was sifting through the many artists that had been shortlisted for this exhibition,” he said.
“I was [...]
Pascal Van Hentenryck has been appointed a chair in Data Intensive Computing within the Research School of Computer Science as a part of Professor Ian Young’s plans to reform the research base of the ANU.
Professor John Hosking, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said he is delighted that Van Hentenryck will be [...]
Elise Andrews of I f***ing love science* was at ANU on Friday night.
For reasons passing understanding this prompted one Casey Hamilton to generate a storify from the tweets and today it was posted onto the ANU website.
Shortly after a grownup appears to have looked at it and it was swiftly removed.
But on the basis that [...]
ANU is throwing the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons with research showing backyard chicken keeping is less sustainable than leaving it to the big boys:
Two ingredients from the humble chicken salad sandwich gave Cluster member Dr Martyn Kirk from NCEPH, an insight into how the production of food may impact our climate future.
“We compared [...]
The Australian National University has just added a fascinating promo video titled “The ANU Experience”.
Find out what makes ANU the ideal environment for higher learning.
Students living in B&G, reading at the Chifley Library, and getting lectured in the Haydon-Allen building might not recognise it!