The Shanghai Ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities is out and it’s not pretty reading for Australia.
The US and UK dominate with Japan, Switzerland, Canada and France getting smattering of entries in the top 40.
Melbourne University get in at 57, and then our ANU makes 64.
Barely scraping into the top 100 are the Universities of [...]
ANU’s Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has blogged an explanation of new “vertical” degrees:
The new degree will mean students can get a bachelor and masters degree in reduced time, complete several masters subjects in a bachelor degree, and graduate from two degrees that will set them up for life.
Forty per cent of ANU students already take [...]
[ 25 August, 2012; 12:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]
This just in:
The John Curtin School of Medical Research will open its doors to the public from 12noon – 4pm on Saturday 25 August as part of ANU Open Day.
The School continues a 60 year tradition of excellence in fields of medical research.
Join us on Open Day to see displays & demonstrations set up in [...]
The ANU has announced their Professor Howard Morphy has won the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Huxley Medal:
The international award is the highest honour bestowed by the prestigious British institute. The award was established in 1900 in memory of Thomas Henry Huxley – the celebrated English biologist and advocate of Darwinian evolution theory – and is [...]
Not many things go down in price these days, but our Saturday afternoon ANU Sport and Recreation Centre’s ‘Dancing Through The Ages’ has! Even though its 2½ hours of entertainment, the fee for the upcoming semester has gone down to match the fees for the SRC’s 1 hour courses … making it just fantastic [...]
[ 27 August, 2012 to 28 August, 2012. ] Here’s the stonking line-up:
Timothy Morton, This Is Not My Beautiful Biosphere
Nick Mansfield, Deconstructing the Sovereignty of the Earth: Bataille, Derrida and the Natural Politics of Climate Change
Elaine Kelly, Dwelling in the Future
Linda Williams, The ‘Little Ice Age’ and the 18th Century European concept of the Sublime
Angi Buettner, From Climate Change to Cultural Change: How to [...]
ANU Vice Chancellor Young has announced that Dr Peter Tregear is going to take over as head of the troubled School of Music.
Dr Tregear has extensive international experience as a researcher, teacher, and academic administrator in music education, both in the UK and Australia. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, and King’s [...]
Saw this at the ANU. I hope the tax payer is not footing the bill for this degree…
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When I saw ANU running the headline “Researcher on cloud nine over universe discovery” I was pretty excited.
Had the quantum researchers discovered a universe? Or the astronomers?
Either way it would have trumped the Higgs Boson malarky coming out of Switzerland quite handily.
Sadly it turns out they’ve been looking at dwarf galaxies which, like a [...]
The ANU is proudly reporting that the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Xi Yang has been awarded a Google PhD Fellowship:
Research student Xi Yang has received a Google PhD Fellowship, one of only three awarded in Australia and 40 worldwide.
Mr Yang, of the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), is working in [...]
ANU is letting it be known that their MoodGYM and BluePages depression treatment websites are actually working and also help with drinking.
Dr Lou Farrer, from the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research, part of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, trialled the effectiveness of online programs MoodGYM and BluePages with users of Lifeline’s [...]
ANU is celebrating the awarding of NASA’s Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award to their Professor Ross Taylor.
Professor Taylor of the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) said he was delighted to receive the award.
“What it tells you is that you’re actually on the right track. I’m particularly honoured because I knew Gene Shoemaker quite [...]
Every now and then YouTube throws up a gem which must be shared.
Here in the Eagle’s Nest we feel the video could have been further improved with 5 litres of petrol and a match!
Feeling blue? Call for people experiencing depressed mood to partake in research project
Researchers at the Australian National University are examining the reliability of assessment methods commonly used in clinical and research settings. This research specifically focuses on self-report questionnaires. Although these questionnaires are relatively easy to administer there is no research examining how variables, [...]
The Australian National University has announced they’re building a new supercomputer:
The door to the petascale era is being opened for critical Australian research in climate change, the environment, and a host of other areas. This transformational change comes with ANU signing an agreement with Fujitsu to build and install a 1.2 Petaflop supercomputer—the most [...]
The troops have been summonsed to hear what ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young is going to do to the School of Music.
Here’s what’s coming out of the meeting on Twitter:
title: ‘Ian Young’,
subject: ‘ANU Vice Chancellor’,
The National Union of Students ACT Branch is looking very concerned by this morning’s allegations of missing funds from the ANU Student Association.
The National Union of Students ACT Branch has demanded the ANU Students’ Association call a crisis general meeting after its funds were allegedly stolen.
Up to $60,000 is known to be missing from the [...]
News has come to light about an “incident” involving the theft of student association funds at ANU. A joint statement from ANU Students’ Association and ANU Student Media has stated the matter has been referred to Police for investigation but offered no further comment.
The Canberra Times though is reporting an amount up to $60,000 [...]
ANU are very excited that two of their own have been listed amongst the most influential researchers in Australia:
Professor Kurt Lambeck of the Research School of Earth Sciences and Professor Greg Stuart, Head of the Department of Neuroscience at The John Curtain School of Medical Research, were announced as recipients of the 2012 Thomson [...]
Enjoy the following:
To whom it may concern,
I would like to bring to your attention an email recently received in response to an ANU student’s recent query to the Manhattan School of Music, regarding the proposed changes to the ANU School of Music. Please find below a very interesting reply received from Ms Majorie Merryman, Vice [...]
The ANU’s Chancellor Gareth Evans has announced he’s all for the gutting of the School of Music but would be keen on getting his hands on some loot if anyone wants to pony it up.
ANU Council today fully discussed the proposed changes at the ANU School of Music.
Council expressed its full support for the [...]
We’ve been sent an open letter by eminent Australians to the Chancellor of the Australian National University Gareth Evans.
The purpose of this letter is to express support for the continuation of the current School of Music at the ANU, one of Australia’s most highly regarded conservatoriums and musicological institutions.
As you are aware, the university proposes [...]
As seen at ANU today by a friend.
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The Canberra Symphony Orchestra is mightily displeased with Canberra’s dead tree daily:
On Friday 18 May 2012, an article appeared in The Canberra Times (“Music School thrown a life-line”, p1) that implied the CSO is seeking to be part of a consortium with the ANU and the Chamber of Commerce to support the ANU’s deficient new [...]
The ANU informs us of progress by Dr André Carvalho, from the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and the Research School of Physics and Engineering, in the terrifying world of quantum computing by embracing noise.
“Most people have experienced some kind of computer error in their life – a file that doesn’t open, [...]
On-line survey about Canberrans’ daily lives is open 16th-31st May. It is funded by ACT Health and has a big prize draw of 3 iPads and 43 gift vouchers.
The ABC reports that the Chamber of Commerce is having a whip around to fund the School of Music.
The Australian National University has now announced a reversal of its decision to cut in half one-on-one tuition, though it is sticking by its plan to cut 10 jobs.
Vice-chancellor Ian Young says discussions are underway with the [...]
This in from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra:
Within the cultural circles of Canberra and beyond, the current crisis between the ANU and the School of Music has raised intense emotions which reflect the deep passion held for music and cultural engagement in our nation’s capital. Throughout these past two weeks (which embraced the rehearsals and performances [...]
ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young has stuck his head over the parapet to make the case again for what they’re trying to do at the School of Music.
A lot has been said and written about the proposed changes to the ANU School of Music over past weeks.
Much of the talk has revealed the passion our [...]
Orangedrummaboy has sent in pictures from today’s protest in defence of the School of Music and these words:
The usual quiet of the ANU campus was intruded upon by a large, loud though peaceful march, protesting the cuts proposed for the School of Music.
After meeting in Union Court for music and speeches of solidarity, the [...]
The ABC reports that Professor Adrian Walter, presiding over the stricken ANU School of Music, has gone on indefinite leave but ominously has the Vice-Chancellor’s “full support”.
Professor Young says the decision for Professor Walter to take indefinite leave was unexpected.
“Adrian Walter has been under enormous pressure,” he said.
“At a meeting not with me, but [...]
We’ve had these thoughts sent in by an informed reader who chooses to remain anonymous. The potential concern about the audit performance of the School of Music is certainly food for thought.
The announcement of job cuts and program changes at the ANU School of Music last week was viewed as a drastic turn of events [...]