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Tag Archives: ANU

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 [...]

ANU boffins say it wasn’t climate change that did for the megafauna

By 1 July 2013

ANU is having a go at debunking the idea that the mass extinction of large animals in the Australian mainland 50,000 years ago was caused by random climate variations.
Humans with pointy sticks and hunting fires come sharply into the frame although the boffins don’t go that far.

ANU moves on teaching standards

By 26 June 2013

The Australian National University has the welcome news that they’re signing up with the UK’s Higher Education Academy to improve the quality of teaching (as opposed to research):
The Australian National University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK-based Higher Education Academy (HEA) today.
It is the first university in Australia to take the step [...]

ANU telegraphs the swinging axe

By 26 June 2013

The Australian National University has announced a meeting to explain the pain of their reduced budget:
A meeting for all staff and students to discuss the budget solutions package is scheduled for next Tuesday.
More than 1,100 staff and students participated in the budget solutions forums over the past month and 327 submissions were made via the [...]

Danielle Dries takes out the first Peter Sharp Scholarship

By 19 June 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a new scholarship recipient:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher, has presented the inaugural Peter Sharp Scholarship to first year Australian National University medical student Danielle Dries.
“I congratulate Danielle Dries on being selected to receive the inaugural Peter Sharp Scholarship and recognise her commitment to working with Indigenous communities [...]

PM’s Literature Awards shortlist announced

By 19 June 2013

The ANU are rather pleased (and quite rightly) that a book written by one of their professors about Australian sex lives has made the PMLA shortlist this year.
Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno’s book The Sex Lives of Australians: A History has been shortlisted for a 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award.
Dr Bongiorno’s book has been described by [...]

Frank Fenner in bronze

By 15 June 2013

The ANU is putting out word that a copper bust of Professor Frank Fenner has been unveiled at University House:
Master of University House, Professor Lawrence Cram said that the statue goes part of the way to honouring the Fenner’s commitment to the University community.
“One of Frank’s favourite places on campus was Fellow’s Garden, so [...]

Look the part, get the cash

By 10 June 2013

Canberra Times brings word of the latest incident involving one of the ANU’s ressies. Not a trashed function venue or dead seagulls left in beds this time, but a cautionary tale in how not to handle the transfer of large sums of cash, courtesy of Mooseheads. Apparently someone rang up the Moose regarding a preexisting [...]

iANU?

By 7 June 2013

CIO Australia has a moderately interesting story on ANU’s iPhone app intended to help dozy students find their lecture theatre.
In the first of a series of articles on new technology in tertiary education, CIO Australia spoke to Peter Nikoletatos, CIO at the ANU, about the mobile initiatives that are enhancing the services the university offers [...]

Rebuilding at Stromlo

By 31 May 2013

The ANU has announced they’re getting $500,000 in Commonwealth moneys to rebuild the old director’s residence at Mount Stromlo:
Perched on top of Canberra’s Mount Stromlo, keeping watch on the city below, the Director’s Residence was long regarded as one of the finest examples of federation architecture in Canberra.
When the firestorm of January 2003 ravaged [...]

Denise Ferris heads up ANU School of Art

By 28 May 2013

This month local photographer Denise Ferris took up the role of Head of The Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Art.
More information about her photography and current projects can be found here.
Ferris joined the ANU ranks in 1987, teaching photography for what she thought would only be for one semester.
“I taught a course called The [...]

Wild ride ends in ANU gun bust

By 28 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A 21-year-old Braddon man will face court this morning after leading police on a chase through Canberra yesterday afternoon (Monday, May 27).
About 1pm ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations detectives attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on the driver of a silver Subaru Impreza.
The driver fled from police, travelling from Weston to Daley Road in Acton, [...]

Woroni plays the Islamic cartoon two step

By 27 May 2013

The ABC has the sad news that ANU’s student rag has gotten itself in trouble with the tired trope of cartoons about Islam.
“Woroni Editors” are defending themselves and detailing the university’s efforts to make them stop being pests.
Five years ago this was cutting edge, today… well Voltaire and all that.

ANU academic denounces Dr Who as racist

By 26 May 2013

This in from the Daily Mail:
The Doctor’s new foes claim that his dismissive attitude towards black companions, his contempt for ‘primitive’ people, and even his passion for cricket are all proof of a reactionary ‘whiteness’ pervading his adventures.
Their concerns are published in a new book, Doctor Who And Race, which [...]

Cancer research gets a Centenary Chair at ANU

By 26 May 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting us know she’s chipped in $1.5 million to get the ANU to name a chair after the Centenary:
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today announced funding in the 2013-14 Budget for the appointment of a Centenary Chair in Cancer Research based at the ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). [...]

ANU investments in fossil fuels exposed in FOI documents

By 13 May 2013

In a tale that’s been slowly unfolding over the past few months, we’ve gone from ANU promising to stop investing in one gas company, to refusing to share info on its other investments, to being forced to release those documents under the freedom of information act.
What have the students behind the Fossil Free ANU movement [...]

ANU subjects ranking quite well

By 8 May 2013

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks Universities around the world in several popular subject areas.
The ANU has come off looking rather spiffy in the 2013 findings.
ANU has nine top-ranked subjects in the country, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by subject for 2013.
ANU subjects leading the way in Australia include: [...]

Cranky Liberal is cranky at Sheikh

By 3 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Coalition Shadow Minister for Universities and Research, Senator Brett Mason has kicked up a bit of a stink over the fact that Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh brought some pamphlets with him during a guest lecture at the Australian National University.
Rioter c_c™ actually wrote up an article on this, so I’ve included it here:
Word [...]

Hey remember that ANU penis study? Well here is a fantastic write up on it.

By 1 May 2013

You probably will recall the ANU study we reported on last month. The one where they determined that women in general found broad-shouldered tall men with well proportioned genitals more attractive.
We cracked some jokes about it and had a good time of it, as did most media outlets.
However Leigh Cowart of nsfwcorp.com didn’t quite like [...]

The Human Rights and Arts Film Festival 2013

By 1 May 2013

[ 3 June 2013 to 5 June 2013. ] Word reaches us that the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival is coming back:

The sixth Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will open in Canberra on Monday 3 June with the highly anticipated documentary In the Shadow of the Sun – the debut feature by British filmmaker Harry Freeland which looks at the harrowing [...]

ANU an elitist prison… says two elitist law students

By 1 May 2013

ANU law students Uma Patel (wannabe journo) and Olivia Clarke (ANUSA Social Officer) are in today’s Australian, spouting some woefully bad hyperbole.
“ANU is a fate you chose but you cannot escape” they write, also complaining about the cost of airfares, the lack of beautiful buildings and historic graffiti and that nobody knew what Brian [...]

Sir David Butler looking back at The Canberra Model

By 11 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ANU has posted a 40 minute slab of interview with Sir David Butler 40 years after his book “The Canberra Model” attempted to explain our system of power and Government:
Professor John Uhr sits down with Sir David Butler to discuss his 1973 book, The Canberra Model, and David’s history with Australia and Canberra.
This year [...]

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