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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 [...]

ANU strides out onto the Breastfeeding minefield

By 19 August 2013

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 [...]

ANU claiming crack-proof encryption

By 19 August 2013

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 [...]

ANU Three Minute Thesis Final

By 19 August 2013

[ 18 September 2013 at 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 [...]

Visit the ANU Classics Museum

By 18 August 2013

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 [...]

ANU School of Art gathers alumni for exhibition

By 14 August 2013

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 [...]

ANU school of Computer Science gets new chair

By 14 August 2013

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 [...]

Behold the global cream of science communications

By 13 August 2013

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 [...]

Battery chickens better for the environment than backyard chooks?

By 12 August 2013

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 ANU Experience?

By 12 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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!

Steven Bailey set up a tent outside the ANU.

By 8 August 2013

Katter’s Party Candidate Steven Bailey set up a tent outside the ANU today to make a stand about arts and humanities cuts at the ANU.
In Canberra Tonight’s twitter account has posted a nice a photo of Stevens Tent Embassy for Humanities.
Did anyone swing by for a chat/lesson?
[Image courtesy of @InCanbTonight]

ANU Vice-Chancellor on funding

By 7 August 2013

Vice-Chancellor of the ANU Professor Ian Young speaks about the ANU’s funding, and compares it with the funding models of other Universities.
If you’re interested in what’s going on with the whole ANU funding brouhaha, it’s worth hearing the University’s take on it.
In this video, I explain my thoughts on the Australian model, where student [...]

A Tent Embassy for the Arts with Steven Bailey

By 7 August 2013

Political wildcard Steven Bailey is now taking on the ANU, planning to camp out at the ANU and single handedly re-establish the School of Humanities.
Senate Candidate Steven Bailey will be re-establishing a School of Humanities in at the ANU in front of the School of Art, Thursday 8th of August. A tent will be erected [...]

Katy is China bound

By 7 August 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s off the China to shill for students to come to ANU and UC:
The ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has today announced that she will lead a delegation to China in the first week of September on an education mission – with the Australian National University and the University of [...]

ANU links language problems with mental health

By 6 August 2013

ANU researchers have linked childhood language impairments with the development of mental health issues later in life.
Using data sourced from research articles dating back to the 80′s, ANU researchers Shaun Goh and Richard O’Kearney found that young children with specific language impairments (SLI) were over twice as likely to be diagnosed in their later childhood [...]

Book launch: The Rule of Knowledge by Scott Baker

By 3 August 2013

Scott Baker is a Canberra-based film-maker who has recently returned from middle earth, working with Peter Jackson on his epic trilogy – The Hobbit. The Rule of Knowledge is Scott’s first novel, and has been described as ‘an adventure with heart that will keep you guessing until the very last page’.
Scott’s own life [...]

Ian Young on what he’s doing to Humanities

By 2 August 2013

ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young is so happy with how his interview this morning on the ABC went that he’s posted the transcript by way of explanation:
What you start to do is to combine the lecture and the tutorial into a single workshop. So, the lecturer comes along, they actually deliver a broad overview [...]

ANU pay rises rejected by union

By 31 July 2013

Hey remember when the ANU did that massive consultation process and then released all these plans and promises about reducing staff by 230 but making sure their current staff get a 2% pay-rise both this and next year?
The NTEU wasn’t cool with that and would like to see a 7% increase over the next 4 [...]

Open Day at the John Curtin School of Medical Research

By 31 July 2013

[ 2 August 2013 to 3 August 2013. ]

This just in:

The John Curtin School of Medical Research will open its doors to the public from 10am – 3pm on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August as part of our celebrations of the Centenary of Canberra.

The School continues a 65 year tradition of excellence in medical research. Join us on Open Day to [...]

Is this the final nail in the Humanities coffin at ANU?

By 29 July 2013

This in from a reader who wishes to be anonymous:
Following the major restructure of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences in 2010, a final move to disestablish what was left of the humanities has been proposed. Brought to you by the same team that conducted the “major curriculum change” of the School [...]

ANU Exchange car park closed this Friday

By 25 July 2013

Just a quick FYI post for those of you who work/study/park your car at the ANU.
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that ANU Exchange will close the car park next to Street Theatre on Friday 26 July 2013.
The car park will be closed from 7 am to 12 pm for [...]

Royal medal for ex-ANU Mathematician

By 24 July 2013

Professor Rodney Baxter has received a Royal Medal for his work in mathematics, which is a pretty cool thing to happen to a retired mathematician.
Professor Baxter, who retired in 2003 after almost 35 years at ANU, says he was very pleased to receive the news, which he almost mistook for junk mail.
“The news came in [...]

Five things you should know before you enrol in a PhD program

By 20 July 2013

Online event/webcast
Tuesday 30 July, 7-8pm
Thinking of doing a PhD? Then this online session is not to be missed.
Dr Inger Mewburn (aka the Thesis Whisperer), Director of Research Training at ANU and author of How to tame your PhD, will discuss five ways to set yourself up for success in your PhD and beyond. She will [...]

Third ANU Philosopher admitted to the British Academy

By 19 July 2013

The ANU has the intrigying news that Professor Philip Pettit has received a signal honour:
Professor Philip Pettit has joined a long linage of esteemed academics including John Maynard Keynes and CS Lewis following his admission into the British Academy.
Professor Pettit was among 15 fellows from outside the UK to be invited into Britain’s most [...]

Lucy Kirk of Gowrie wins an inaugural Tuckwell Scholarship

By 12 July 2013

The ANU has announced the first recipients of what they hope will become the Rhodes Scholarships of the South, the Graham & Louise Tuckwell Foundation scholarships:
The scholars will receive $20,000 a year for the length of a single or double undergraduate degree as well as ongoing academic and career mentoring. They will live in [...]

But what about the students who don’t use drugs?

By 8 July 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from John:
Bordering the ANU on Marcus Clarke Street is this sign. Now, far be it for me to accuse uni students of activities outside the mainstream, do we really need a street sign to tell us what they get up to? And why are the old and very young been [...]

Where was Canberra 165 million years ago?

By 5 July 2013

A team of researchers at the ANU have been having a second look at the movements of Australian, Indian and Antarctic tectonic plates though out history and have determined that the ideas we had about the shape of Gondwana, and Australia’s position in it, were not entirely correct.
“We used a simple technique of matching [...]

Big boost to ANU community arts program

By 5 July 2013

The ACT Government have committed to a three year deal with the ANU’s arts community outreach program starting from January the 1st next year. They are promising $1.6 million in annual funding to the program.
ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch said the ANU School of Music, ANU School of Art, artsACT and Education and Training Directorate [...]

Canberra Science & Innovation Precinct wants your input

By 3 July 2013

The ANU and CSIRO are working together to create the Canberra Science and Innovation Precinct (CSIP) and are looking for individuals and organisations to lend their perspectives on how it should work with an online survey.
CSIP is a collaboration between ANU and CSIRO, with assistance from the ACT Government under the Strategic Opportunities Funding program.
This [...]

ANU talks about its budget

By 2 July 2013

Over the first few weeks of July the ANU has executed a rather large consultation program, ranging from online polling, to open face-to-face forums with staff and students.
Apparently over 1,000 people attended these belt-tightening brainstorming sessions forums, and over 300 suggestions were made online.
Today the ANU revealed their packet of measures, detailing their plans over [...]

ANU cracks electrical storage?

By 1 July 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Australian National University is claiming its boffins Ray Withers and Yun Liu have cracked a new material for making capacitors which in theory would allow for storage of renewable energy, putting baseload power out of business:
The new metal oxide dielectric material outperforms current capacitors in many aspects, storing large amounts of energy and [...]

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