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Tag Archives: ANU

The Future of ANU and its role in Canberra

By 31 October 2013

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

[ 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

[ 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

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

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

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 [...]

ANU researches are building elaborate fish torture chambers

By 10 September 2013

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 [...]

ANU still in the top 30

By 10 September 2013

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 [...]

ANU researcher looking to take back eucalyptus oil crown

By 9 September 2013

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 [...]

Robyn Williams presents: Promise of miracles? The popularity, politics and future of science

By 8 September 2013

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 [...]

Vietnamese language #2

By 7 September 2013

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 pile up bodies to protest dying tutorials

By 2 September 2013

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 [...]

Revolting ANU Arts Students

By 30 August 2013

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 [...]

ANU abandoning humanities for space

By 29 August 2013

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 [...]

Greater Britannia Rules and lifts ANU with it

By 26 August 2013

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 [...]

ANU on where it gets its money from

By 22 August 2013

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 [...]

NTEU unanimously endorse action industrial action against ANU

By 21 August 2013

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 [...]

Pssst… Wanna buy some cheap window frame material?

By 21 August 2013

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 [...]

ANU establishes new chair

By 21 August 2013

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 [...]

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