Tag Archives: ANU

Crawford School under Ken Henry playing pacman at ANU

By 12 April 2012

The Australian National University has announced Dr Ken Henry (formerly of Treasury) is going to be the go-to guy for public policy at ANU:
In a major new boost to ANU’s longstanding role in national public policy research, teaching and outreach, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young announced today that a renamed and expanded Crawford School of Public [...]

In My Eyes Photography Exhibition

By 11 April 2012

[ 2 May 2012 12:00 pm to 16 May 2012 12:00 pm. ] The Australian National University (ANU) is holding a photography exhibition at The Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre that will showcase images that represent what Canberra means to its students. All photographic submissions that are in line with the theme will be accepted, with all photographs being shown on the exhibition website and on a slideshow during [...]

ANU providing random numbers from the quantum vacuum noise


ANU has some very exciting news about the generation of random numbers. Which does effect your life in everything from credit card transaction security to how we pick the winners of competitions and which local artists we put in the rugby podcast:
Professor Lam said vacuum was once thought to be completely empty, dark, and [...]

How late do you want your coffee?


c_c has sent in this shot of the coffee van gracing the ANU Law School.
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ANU plays with lego pirates to demonstrate rogue waves


They that go down to the sea in ships have never doubted the existence of rogue waves.
But scientists are often resistant to observations which don’t conform to their existing models.
Fortunately the ANU is letting us know they’ve figured out how it happens with the help of a fish tank and a lego pirate.
Using [...]

Wielding the axe at ANU. $25 million in job cuts!

By 26 March 2012

ANU’s Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has announced he’s planning to trim his budget by $40 million (or 5% of revenue):
We are not alone in having global and national financial circumstances cut into our bottom line.
Investment returns have declined in recent years. The 2012 budget indicates investment returns will be $30 million less than in 2011. This [...]

Where to park at University House, ANU?

By 20 March 2012

I have a meeting at University House for about an hour at 1pm next Thursday.  I won’t have much time to look for a car park and parking’s always been difficult on the few occasions I’ve been to ANU before.  I know there is parking at University House, but what are the chances there’ll be a space available [...]

A new ANU presidential election as Fleur Hawes gets the boot

By 7 March 2012

Woroni bringsa new wrinkle to the storied saga of the ANU Student Association presidency as Fleur Hawes has had to resign following losing her appeal against academic exclusion, a proceeding she’d neglected to mention to her colleagues.
As per the ANUSA constitution, Vice-President Alice McAvoy is currently acting President whilst Education Officer Tom Barrington-Smith is [...]

Lena Karmel Lodge opens at ANU

By 6 March 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the official opening of the vast 550 domicile Lena Karmel Lodge at ANU:
“Just last week I was pleased to open Weeden Lodge – which is already home to up to 220 University of Canberra students in the refurbished Cameron Offices in Belconnen. It is great to follow that this week [...]

Ian Young not pleased by his rafting students

By 2 March 2012

A great number of readers are sending in the all staff email going around ANU in reaction to yesterdays’ rafting excitement
From: [] On Behalf Of VC
Sent: Friday, 2 March 2012 3:17 PM
To: ‘’
Subject: [Staff.all] Sullivans Creek
Good afternoon
Yesterday ANU Security attended Sullivans Creek to ask a number of people to immediately stop ‘rafting’ down the [...]

Rafting sullies style


It’s an ill wind that blows no good.
While the rains have been a huge inconvenience to many, and crushed the dreams of others, a surprising number of ANU students were able to grab rubber rafts and make merry on Sullivans Creek.
Thanks to Gus929 for the tip.

ANU significantly upgrading their signage

By 22 February 2012

It used to be you had to look pretty hard to find evidence you’d entered the ANU campus.
It’s nice to think the signage could be discrete because the achievements of those within spoke so loudly for themselves.
But times change, and the new Exchange building on Barry Drive sports a sign no one will ever [...]

Scooter giveaway for St Paddy’s bash. What could possibly go wrong

By 20 February 2012

[ 15 March 2012 at 12:00 pm; ] Undaunted by an Octoberfest linked to a fatality the ANU Bar is pushing for an early St Patricks day party at which they’ll be giving away a real working motor scooter:

Come celebrate St Patrick’s Day with us at ANU Bar on March 15th. The event kicks off at 12 noon and runs well into the [...]

What’s the laziest course offered at ANU?

By 13 February 2012

A friend posted this on facebook but I thought you lot could have some fun with it:
i need your help everyone! what is the laziest course offered within the ANU with no pre-req’s?
I’m sure some of you have some ideas.
While we’re at it what fits the bill at UC?

Curtains for UAC? Ian Young on university admissions

By 8 February 2012

Students and parents would do well to note a new post on the new blog of the new ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young talking about how the end to Government mandated university places will change admissions:
I believe the demand driven system will, however, ultimately change the way many students enter university. At present, the vast [...] coming back to Canberra!

By 24 January 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

What better way for the nerds of Canberra to celebrate the Centenary than gathering at ANU for!
Canberra turns 100 next year. That’s pretty old, but we’re pretty sure that she still knows how to party. All of Canberra will have their party shoes on during 2013, including the geeks. And what better way [...]

ANU to bring a high performance culture to the Public Service?

By 4 January 2012

ANU are claiming to have the answers to transforming the Public Service!
The ANU Crawford School, the University of Canberra and the University of New South Wales have joined forces with the Australian Public Service Commission in a new project which will strengthen staff performance.
Together they will develop a strategy to build a high performance culture, [...]

ANU finds diabetes fighting sugar

By 20 December 2011

The ANU is announcing they’ve isolated a complex sugar, heparan sulphate, needed to sustain the pancreas’ beta cells which die off in Type-1 diabetes:
Dr Simeonovic said that their research has shown that beta cells found in the pancreas need heparan sulphate for their survival and without it they die.
“We’ve discovered that replacement of heparan [...]

Fire on Science Road

By 19 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Fire & Rescue on scene at a structure fire in a building at the Australian National University on Science Road, Acton.
Crews investigating the building to find the source of the smoke.
Building has heavy smoke logging.
People have been evacuated from the building as a precaution.
1:29pm Monday 19 December 2011

Building is the Birch Building on [...]

Practical architecture planned for Uni

By 17 December 2011

It’s not uncommon to hear of on-campus residents stumbling back from Civic early in the morning, well watered and having a little trouble finding their way. Finally the ANU is addressing this with a development application submitted for the finishing touches of the new lodge on Barry Dr.
The centrepiece, huge ANU logos, 2.5 and [...]

ANU stays the boss of Australian English?

By 15 December 2011

The ANU has announced that they’ve reached an agreement with the Oxford University Press to let our local uni be the Oxford English Dicstionary’s final arbiter of our vernacular.
The agreement will see OUP continue to provide funding to the Australian National Dictionary Centre in the ANU College of Arts of Social Sciences, which conducts [...]

Old Bones – New Insights Exhibition – A Review

By 13 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

A new exhibition showcasing rare ANU fossils and 3-D modelling techniques opened at the Canberra Museum and Gallery on the third of December, and I wandered over today to have a quick look.
It’s a small but fascinating gallery, a collection of rare 400-million-year-old fish fossils showing the evolution of various features in both humans and [...]

ANU flexes its mighty philosophers

By 13 December 2011

The Australian National University is very excited that a ranking of the reputation of its philosophers has put it in the lead in Australia and ahead of all but one UK university:
ANU took out the top ranking in Australia, ahead of the University of Sydney’s philosophy department, the only other Australian institution in the [...]

ANU finds (potential for) life on Mars

By 12 December 2011

ANU scientists have found areas on the sub-surface of Mars that could contain water at the right temperatures for microbe life.
“We found that about three per cent of the volume of present-day Mars has the potential to be habitable to terrestrial-like life,” said Dr Lineweaver. “This is compared to only about one per cent [...]

Imagine Team new Website and new ANU Mobile App!

By 9 December 2011

Hi guys,
Firstly, we just wanted to thank everyone for the support and help that we have been given in getting the GTFS data, and in supporting our MyBus 2.0 app.
We have been hard at work working on other apps that help the community, and consolidating our image such that we can further help the community [...]

Rare ANU fossils to be displayed at CMAG

By 2 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 3 December 2011 to 26 February 2012. ]

The ANU is letting us know a collection of their rare fossils will be on display at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

The fossils come from the ANU’s collection and were gathered from the Wee Jasper area.

The exhibition will run from 3 December to 26 February next year.

Online therapy for depression?

By 1 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

ANU has announced some success with their MoodGYM and BluePages online programs treating depression:
Dr Lou Farrer, from the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR), trialled the effectiveness of online programs MoodGYM and BluePages when used in conjunction with telephone counselling services provided by Lifeline.
Dr Farrer said there was an immediate drop in symptoms of [...]

Skyscape at ANU. Images of Canberra

By 30 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Martin has sent in some great HDR pictures of the sky over the shipping crate accommodation at ANU.
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Women more daring around other women?

By 29 November 2011

ANU has flagged research being done on Essex Girls by their Professor Alison Booth.
Professor Booth said the results showed risk-taking in women came down to social learning and environmental factors, rather than inherent gender traits.
“We designed a controlled experiment using first-year university students who made choices over real-stakes lotteries at two different dates. Students [...]

Renowned globalisation expert Saskia Sassen giving a Public Lecture at ANU on 23 November

By 21 November 2011

[ 23 November 2011 at 6:00 pm; ] Come and hear one of the most eminent thinkers of our time talk about the implications that radical changes to the nation state have for our ways of life.

Wednesday 23 November 6-7.30pm at Theatre 3 Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU (building 26A followed by a wine reception.

The lecture is free, but for catering [...]

Nanofabrication comes to ANU

By 2 November 2011

ANU is letting us know they’ve opened a nanofabrication facility:
The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) links eight university-based nodes to provide researchers and industry with access to multi-million dollar nanofabrication facilities.
ACT Node director Professor Chennupati Jagadish said that the state of the art facility supports research in semiconductors widely used in communication systems, solid [...]

Inka Studies: 100 years since the discovery of Machu Picchu Conference

By 25 October 2011

[ 9 November 2011 at 8:00 am; ] School of Archaeology & Anthropology and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

Inka Studies: 100 years since the discovery of Machu Picchu Conference

Wed 9 November 08:00am – Thu 10 November 13:00pm
2 day event
L.J Hume Centre, 1st floor Room 1771,
Copland Building, ANU
An international symposium that will feature the latest research from Peru. Invited speakers from Australia [...]

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