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Tag Archives: ANU

Rule of Law, Democracy, and the Ombudsman

By 19 November 2012

[ 22 November 2012; 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] The origins and development of the ombudsman institution are outlined and the significance of the ombudsman is addressed from the perspective of two parameters, democracy and rule of law, that form and shape both the context in which the institution  functions and its ability to serve citizens effectively. The contribution of the ombudsman institution to [...]

Australia’s most powerful supercomputer at ANU

By 13 November 2012

The Australian National University is celebrating their new big iron sweeping to the top of the Australian charts:
The National Computational Infrastructure’s new Fujitsu Primergy Supercomputer has debuted at number one in Australia, and number 24 in the world on the TOP500 list of best supercomputers, released overnight.
The result, announced at SC12, an annual Supercomputing Conference [...]

Women in science: from high school expectations to academic career

By 13 November 2012

It may appear that women have reached parity with or even surpassed men with regard to their engagement in science education and employment. However, recent research, which the speakers will present and discuss, documents persistent gender differences not only in academic science careers but also in high school science subject choices and science-related adolescent career [...]

Public Lecture: 100 years of Antarctic science: Scott’s tragic race for the South Pole

By 12 November 2012

100 years ago Thomas Griffith Taylor sat on the verandah of the Bachelor’s Quarters on Acton Peninsula (now the ANU Heritage Early Childhood Centre), writing a letter to his Antarctic Expedition leader, Captain Robert Falconer Scott. He had no idea that the team had perished eight months earlier; he had returned home early to continue [...]

ANU desperate for green cred?

By 11 November 2012

We were walking our ill-allsorted collection of mutts down by the lake, at the Lindsey Prior arboretum this morning,  and watching all the fitties doing their rowing. It made for a lovely walk, and a very pleasant morning. We stopped off at the new benches which have been installed there. Very nicely done, and they [...]

Public Lecture: Fifty shades of brown

By 11 November 2012

The daughter of an Aboriginal man and a ten pound pom, Alison talks about her own identity and family, which is not defined by black, white, brown, or any colour. She talks about pride where there once wasn’t any. Passionate about the living definition of culture, Alison unpacks the values at the heart of Aboriginal [...]

AIAA Aerospace Research Symposium

By 9 November 2012

The Sydney Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) proudly presents the…
AEROSPACE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012
Time: 6:00pm till 7:30pm
Location: Engineering Lecture Theatre, Building #32, Faulty of Engineering, Off North Road, Australian National University, Canberra
Join us for the annual AIAA Aerospace Research Symposium and find out about the latest aerospace research [...]

Meanwhile at the Australian National University

By 6 November 2012

Big thanks to Dr_na for taking this one from Union Court.
You really think they’d be careful about dropping that apostrophe by now.
Customers certainly be glad of the chips and salad!
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Public Lecture: For Love…

By 3 November 2012

Building on the rich legacy of Clare Burton’s research and advocacy for women in the workforce, Jane Caro and Catherine Fox will bring their own take on the idea of “for love…”. As authors of The F Word: How we learnt to swear by feminism, their approach blends decades of experience as workers, mothers and commentators [...]

ANU’s Ken Freeman wins the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

By 1 November 2012

The Department of Science has the news that the ANU’s Professor Ken Freeman has won the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science:
In April 2010, an unusual party was held under the clear skies of the Namibian desert. It was an international science conference to celebrate the 70th birthday of Professor Ken Freeman, the Duffield Professor [...]

Meet Ian Rankin the world famous crime writer

By 23 October 2012

Meet Ian Rankin, one of the world’s most famous crime fiction writers, in conversation with Colin Steele.
Ian’s new book, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, sees the return of his detective, John Rebus, five years after Rebus’s retirement. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin’s latest [...]

UC charmers pay ANU a stone week visit

By 23 October 2012

c_c has pointed me at an interesting post on the ANU Stalkerspace:
Was anyone else abused by these fugly fat moles today at ANU? Their t-shirts read “old ressies” and “old res boys 2012”. I will not tolerate the sexually explicit and abusive language directed at me today while i was walking to class with [...]

Public Lecture: Diplomatic protection of Australians abroad

By 23 October 2012

Since the 2001 detention of David Hicks in Afghanistan, increasing attention has been given to the plight of Australian citizens detained overseas and the legal and policy issues that confront the Australian Government in responding to their plight. Successive Australian Foreign Ministers during this period have acknowledged the increasing workload associated with these consular cases, [...]

ANU bemoans the mini budget

By 22 October 2012

ANU’s Ian Young is letting it be known where they’re losing money in the wake of the mid-year economic forecast (MYEFO).
the promised growth in ‘Sustainable Research Excellence’ (SRE) funding, which supports the indirect costs of research, will be significantly slowed. The expected uplift in SRE funds will not take place in 2013 as promised, [...]

Book launch: Canberra by Paul Daley

By 21 October 2012

Paul Daley will be in conversation with Chris Hammer on Daley’s new book, Canberra, part of the critically acclaimed City Series.
“Canberra is a city of orphans. People arrive temporarily for work, but stay on because they discover unanticipated promise and opportunity in a city that the rest of the country loathes but can’t really do without,” says [...]

The Holocaust as a unique event in history

By 20 October 2012

The Holocaust is a water shed event in the history of the 20th century for both Jews and non-Jews. It forces us as human beings to look at ourselves and ask the eternal question: how was this humanly possible? The universal dimensions of this particular story can and do speak to us all. This presentation [...]

Bill Gammage wins the Victorian Prize for Literature

By 17 October 2012

ANU is letting us know their Professor Bill Gammage from the College of Arts and Social Sciences has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature.
Professor Gammage, from the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, also took home the Premier’s Non-Fiction Prize – which includes $25,000 prize money – for his book The Biggest [...]

Book launch: A beginner’s guide to climate change

By 17 October 2012

A Short Introduction to Climate Change by Tony Eggleton
A Short Introduction to Climate Change was written to explain climate change – one of the most important issues of our time – to everyday people with enquiring minds. It covers developments in climate science over the past 250 years and shows that recent climate change is [...]

Australia and Europe in Conversation – 31 October 2012

By 16 October 2012

Australia and Europe in Conversation at the ANU Centre for European Studies 31 October 2012

By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life

By 16 October 2012

Meet “Australia’s literary microphone mistress”. Times Literary Supplement.
Former presenter of ABC’s Radio National The Book Show, Ramona Koval, will speak about By the Book, a story about reading and living, and of the authors that have written themselves into her life: from Oliver Sacks to Oscar Wilde, Christina Stead to Grace Paley.
In it, Koval discusses her [...]

What price can the ANU peddle at?

By 16 October 2012

Pure gold from Gareth Evans (with a little help from CT?):
”It is a competitive environment … The ANU cannot afford to continue to peddle at the same pace.”
Read more: online

Australia-China at forty: a stretch of the imagination

By 14 October 2012

[ 1 November 2012; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Dr Stephen FitzGerald will discuss issues for Australia within the over-arching Australia-China relationship: the leadership of ideas, strategic views, public policy debate and decision-making, including decisions about the US that affect Australia’s relations with China. He suggests it will take a stretch of the imagination for Australia to have a real view of political China [...]

Public Lecture: Give Me Excess of It by Richard Gill

By 7 October 2012

When: Thursday 1 November 2012, 6-7pm
Where: Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, The Australian National University
Free and open to the public
Richard Gill is one of Australia’s best-known – and best-loved – musical figures. His career has taken him from music teacher in Sydney’s western suburbs to Music Director of the Victorian Opera. Along the [...]

Public Lecture: The nature of time

By 6 October 2012

When: Thursday 11 October, 6-7pm
Where: The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, The Australian National University
Free and open to the public
We exist in a temporal universe. On a day-to-day basis, time is a concept familiar to us for it affects all aspects of everybody’s life. Despite this, and [...]

A Swedish Affair at the School of music

By 5 October 2012

[ 11 October 2012; 7:30 pm; ] A Swedish Affair – featuring The Song Company and the ANU School of Music Chamber Choir.

Music by Grieg, Grainger, Nysted, Rautavaara, Jennefelt, Wikander and others.

As part of the 2012 HC Coombs Fellowship, The Song Company joins forces with the ANU School of Music Chamber Choir in presenting an exquisite selection of music from a continent [...]

ANU thrilled with latest rankings results

By 4 October 2012

The Australian National University is making sure we all know they’ve done well in the Time Higher Education World University Rankings:
ANU has continued to perform strongly against universities around the world rising one place from last year to 37th in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings released overnight.
The result confirms the University’s [...]

Public Lecture: Planetary Geology for Begineers

By 1 October 2012

To celebrate World Space Week, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Mars Society Australia proudly presents…
PLANETARY GEOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS
Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Clarke – Australian Centre for Astrobiology & President, Mars Society Australia
Date: Thursday 4 October 2012 at 6:30pm
Location: RSPE Seminar Room, Oliphant Building #60, Research School of Physics & Engineering, Mills Road, The [...]

Public Lecture – The changing face of the Himalayas: Finding opportunities amidst uncertainties

By 1 October 2012

When: Friday 5 October 2012, 12-1pm
Where: Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 1, Building 130, corner Liversidge Street and Garran Road, The Australian National University, Canberra
Rapid changes present development challenges in the Himalayan region. The frequency of floods and droughts seems to be on the rise, as is the demand for water, food and energy. In the [...]

Parking ANU style

By 28 September 2012

Chris ensured ANU is not neglected in our study of the parking habits of Canberrans:
After having a little giggle viewing recent “Parking ….. Style” pictures, i decided to share one that i came across in student parking at the ANU.
If there was one requirement of entrance for study at the ANU, it should be the [...]

Katy promises more cancer treatment and reserach

By 24 September 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced another bung for cancer issues:
If re-elected ACT Labor will invest almost $20 million to provide more cancer outpatient services, employ more doctors and nurses, expand lymphoedema services and support ANU cancer research.

ANU number one in Australia in latest rankings

By 14 September 2012

The Australian National University is celebrating the lastest QS World University rankings:
ANU continues to climb through the ranks of global universities, rising to 24th in the world according to the QS World University rankings released this week.
Two places up from last year, and the best result for an Australian university, the ranking is the [...]

Katy’s plan for cancer research

By 12 September 2012

Another day, another aspirational policy from Chief Minister Gallagher.
Today we’re going to tackle cancer:
if re-elected ACT Labor will partner with the ANU to provide $1.5 million to support the establishment of high profile Centenary Chair in Cancer Research at JCSMR [John Curtin School of Medical Research].
The Chair will be closely linked with the Canberra Region [...]

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