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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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.
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 [...]
Martin has sent in some great HDR pictures of the sky over the shipping crate accommodation at ANU.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 [...]
[ 23 November 2011; 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 http://campusmap.anu.edu.au/) followed by a wine reception.
The lecture is free, but for catering [...]
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 [...]
[ 9 November 2011; 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 [...]
[ 3 November 2011; 6:31 pm; ] Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:
“Latin America and China: Beyond Trade and Investments?”
Professor Enrique Dussel
6:30pm Thursday 3 November
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 5, ANU
The China-Latin American trade and investment relationship has deepened significantly.
But does this relationship extend beyond economic considerations? This presentation will look at the bilateral relationship from a socioeconomic perspective, [...]
[ 26 October 2011; 6:00 pm; ] Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and School of Archaeology and Anthropology present:
Not just the lungs of the world: Lessons from Yasuni ITT
26 October 2011 – 6pm – 8pmManning Clark Centre Theatre 3, ANU
This seminar focuses on the global common good embodied in the Yasuni National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Although much of [...]
ANU has congratulated their winners of National Health and Medical Research grants:
– Professor Emily Banks $1,727,460
Longitudinal investigation of health outcomes in urban Aboriginal children: SEARCH follow-up
– Professor Emily Banks $577,181
High risk prescribing in older Australians: prevalence, outcomes and potential for intervention
– Dr David Nisbet $543,675
Regulating astrocytosis for appropriate defence and repair of the brain after [...]
The ANU has the disturbing news blaming flourescent lighting on a rise in eye disease.
Published today in the American Journal of Public Health, the new study has found that fluorescent lighting may cause a 12 per cent rise in UV-related eye diseases plus an extra 3000 cataract cases and 7500 cases of pterygia in [...]
MR has sent this picture in with this note:
Couldn’t resist sharing this great piece of parking on Hutton St near the ANU yesterday. This car is parked smack bang in the middle of 2 car spaces.
With the very limited parking around the ANU precinct, parking like this is an atrocity!
ANU have announced success in their efforts to track tiny wasps:
The Research School of Biology researchers published a paper in the latest edition of Agricultural and Forest Entomology outlining a successful new tracking technique, which allows them to study insects that were previously too small to track individually.
Lead researcher Michael Whitehead was working with [...]
It would seem that some young fghting men are not satisfied with just filming women in showers. Some of our country’s fighting men decided it would be fun to wander down to the ANU bar and harass some of the students there. They were observed kicking chairs around the beer garden, which they claimed was [...]
We are moving to Canberra in December and are just thrilled with the idea that there won’t be heavy traffic. We’ve moved from Washington DC (nightmarish traffic) to Auckland (much better, but still terrible on an absolute level). But I wonder how much of the “no traffic” story is a myth?
In particular, would anyone care [...]
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that ANU’s Professor Brian Schmidt has taken a share of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for “the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae”.
We extend our hearty congratulations to him.
UPDATE: Apparently he’s also a winemaker of some note with an [...]
[ 16 November 2011 to 18 November 2011. ] The Open Source Developers Conference (OSDC) is a not-for-profit conference bringing together developers, technologists, & advocates working in various fields leading toward open technology – including software, open data, mobile technologies, visualisation, cloud computing, programming languages, system administration, licensing and open source in government. This year, starting November 16th, the Open Source Developers Conference is [...]
Oh no, they’re baaaaack!
Yes, those bloody annoying student elections are on again at the ANU. I still don’t know why we have to have them twice. I don’t really care either. All I know is that the union square at ANU is now full of annoying students trying to get us to vote for crap [...]
The Australian National University has announced that the troubled Hayabusa space mission has managed to confirm “an indisputable link between the asteroids we see in space and meteorites that we collect on land”.
While I realise it’s good to confirm that which is suspected; this seems like a lot of trouble to go to.
Much more interesting [...]
[ 11 October 2011; 6:30 pm; ] Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) Public Lecture
The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls, 1914
US – Mexico peace talks during the Mexican Revolution
6:30pm Tuesday 11 October
Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (the Tank), ANU
Speaker and author of The Forgotten Peace
His Excellency Mr Michael Small,
Canadian High Commissioner to Australia.
In the early hours of April 22, 1914, American [...]
[ 12 October 2011 to 22 October 2011. ]
‘Rig’ is the first stage play from Nick Delatovic, who has been active as a songwriter in Canberra with bands like The Missing Lincolns, Big Score and The Last Prom. It’s directed by uber-theatre bod Cameron Thomas, and produced through NUTS, the ANU performance society, who have produced several quality productions this year despite the [...]
No less an institution than the BBC is taking an interested in ANU’s Sophie Callander and her robocrab!
Ms Callander and her colleagues used a fully adjustable robotic arm – called Robocrab – to determine what female crabs are looking for in a mate.
Dr Callander set up three robotic arms around a female crab, and sat [...]
Now that everyone is excited about road signs and Australian standards, I though I would submit a photo of my favourites – 3 signs, 3 speeds, all within 15m of each other.
Leading up to the 40km/h sign the speed limit is either 50 or 60km/h (I’m not sure), meaning the speed limit goes 60, [...]
I was browsing that wonderful source of occasional news of free food and free beer at ANU, the ANU Stalker Space Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/pages/ANU-Stalkerspace/192078840839006 the other day in hunt of a rumoured free barbecue. Instead I found some examples of the nasty, un Australian student.
First there was a post that read “To the fool who [...]