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Tag Archives: ANU

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

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

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

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 [...]

Taiwanese animators take an interest in ANU research

By 10 April 2013

Following up from yesterday’s bombshell research out of ANU the Taiwanese news animators from NMAtv have taken a predictable interest (last time we recall them picking up Canberra news was for Joel Monaghan).

ANU studies penises, decides bigger is better

By 9 April 2013

ANU researchers have been doing research on penis sizes.
Like as a real thing, not just as a hobby. This is what they do.
Through rigid methodology, many hard and long days of work, and despite stiff opposition, the ANU has finally probed the depths of this topic and hit the metaphorical g-spot of knowledge.
What they discovered [...]

CSIRO and the ANU launch biodiversity research centre

By 2 April 2013

The CSIRO and ANU will announce an initiative to help better our understanding of our environment at the official launch of the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis tomorrow.
“The Centre is drawing on CSIRO and ANU’s world class expertise, and harnessing new and emerging technologies in biodiversity science to improve our knowledge of Australia’s biodiversity and enable [...]

Students seek review into ANU Fossil Fuel investments

By 2 April 2013

Last month students were begging ANU to follow through on its promise to sell its shares in Metagasco.
This month they want the ANU to be more transparent in letting the public know what is going on.
Following ANU’s decision to refuse public access to 54 documents about ANU’s investments in coal, oil and gas—including ANU’s ill-fated [...]

ANU’s four new science fellows

By 27 March 2013

Four academics from the ANU have been elected to the Australian Academy of Science Fellows for 2013.
22 new scientists were elected this year so four of them being from the ANU is noteworthy. The new fellows will be fully admitted into the fellowship during a three day celebration later this month
The Academy annually honours [...]

Gascoigne’s art collection donated to ANU

By 22 March 2013

The personal collection of the late Canberran artist Rosalie Gascoigne AM, and her husband Ben Gascoigne AO, has been donated to the ANU by the couple’s children.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young officially accepted the donation to the ANU art collection at a reception at the Drill Hall Gallery last week.
The 12-piece collection includes some of the [...]

New sculpture at ANU lets you explore the stars

By 22 March 2013

Renowned artist, and candidate for the best name ever, Wolfgang Buttress has put the finishing touched on the ANU Science Precinct with a new sculpture called UNA. I see what he did there.
The magic of the sculpture is revealed once you look inside, peering through the hole of a single ‘star’. The highly polished [...]

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra v Simon Crean

By 15 March 2013

We’ve just been sent a highly unusual open letter expressing the CSO’s displeasure with recent comments made by the Commonwealth Arts Minister Simon Crean.
It finishes thusly:
I believe the CSO does more than enough to warrant recognition of our unique place as the professional orchestra of the nation’s capital. To confuse us with the ANU or [...]

Oh good, more stuff to do in March

By 8 March 2013

Furthering my belief that this March is Canberra’s retort to the ridiculous claim that nothing interesting ever happens here, the ANU have just sent me some info on a little thing they like to call Thinking Spaces.
Running nightly from 15-27 March, Thinking Spaces features large-scale light projections of archival photographs and films on many of [...]

Tours of ANU

By 8 March 2013

The Australian National University is letting it be knows that they’re running heritage tours of their labyrinthine campus.
The ANU Heritage Office has compiled the fascinating history of the University’s heritage-listed buildings and surrounds for four new tours to mark the Centenary of Canberra celebrations.
The tours have been designed to cover a range of themes, [...]

Happy 50th Menzies Library

By 8 March 2013

The Menzies Library will be holding a series of anniversary day events on the 13th this month to celebrate the big old buildings 50th birthday. Celebrations include tours, lectures, tea, and an exhibition that will be open until the 15th. Check out the website for a full timetable of event.
Celebratory events will include special heritage [...]

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