Tag Archives: ANU

ANU combining Masters with Bachelor degrees for “vertical” double degrees

By 8 August, 2012

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 [...]

John Curtin School of Medical Research Open Day

By 7 August, 2012

[ 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 [...]

ANU’s Howard Morphy wins the Huxley Medal

By 1 August, 2012

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 [...]

Historic Dance @ANU

By 1 August, 2012

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 [...]

Cultural History of Climate Change conference at ANU – 27-28 August 2012

By 29 July, 2012

[ 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 [...]

Peter Tregear takes up the poisoned challice at the School of Music

By 20 July, 2012

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 [...]

Oxygen thief or future Canberra Art Prize winner?

By 16 July, 2012

Saw this at the ANU. I hope the tax payer is not footing the bill for this degree…
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ANU disappoints on Universe Discovery

By 10 July, 2012

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 [...]

ANU’s Xi Yang takes a Google Fellowship

By 10 July, 2012

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 [...]

MoodGYM and Bluepages good for more than just depression

By 2 July, 2012

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 [...]

Ross Taylor gets lunar award!

By 26 June, 2012

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 [...]

Ian Young caught on camera having his way with the school of music

By 19 June, 2012

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!

The Influence of Mood on Self Report Questionnaires

By 15 June, 2012

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, [...]

Petascale supercomputing coming to ANU

By 15 June, 2012

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 [...]

School of Music announcement

By 15 June, 2012

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:

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RETRACTED – NUS gets heavy with alleged ANUSA fraud

By 7 June, 2012

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 [...]

The fuzz called in over ANU association funds

By 7 June, 2012

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 [...]

Kurt Lambeck and Greg Stuart amongst Australia’s most influential researchers

By 5 June, 2012

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 [...]

Manhattan School of Music unleashes the truth of ANU School of Music plans

By 27 May, 2012

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 [...]

ANU Council fires up the SoM chainsaw

By 25 May, 2012

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 [...]

The great and the good line up to lobby for the School of Music

By 23 May, 2012

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 [...]

You are the raw material. Images of Canberra

By 23 May, 2012

As seen at ANU today by a friend.
I AM A DEGREE FACTORY YOU ARE THE RAW MATERIAL
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Canberra Times report “patently untrue” according to the CSO

By 22 May, 2012

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 [...]

Quantum computing at ANU. Already knowing the answer helps

By 18 May, 2012

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, [...]

Your day-to-day life in the ACT – Online survey with great prizes

By 18 May, 2012

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.

Threatening to knife the baby pays off for the ANU as the business wallets open for the school of music

By 18 May, 2012

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 [...]

A letter from the CSO. Re: The School of Music

By 17 May, 2012

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 [...]

Ian Young holds forth once more on the School of Music

By 16 May, 2012

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 [...]

Pictures from the School of Music protest

By 14 May, 2012

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 [...]

Adrian Walter off on stress leave from the School of Music

By 10 May, 2012

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 [...]

Analysis of the School of Music funding cuts

By 7 May, 2012

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 [...]

School of Music knifing complete on YouTube

By 4 May, 2012

If you’ve got a spare half hour you can enjoy the complete spin package surrounding sacking all the staff at the School of Music. ANU’s posted the press conference to YouTube with this note:
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington and Head of the ANU School of Music Professor Adrian Walter give this press conference on [...]

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