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Tag Archives: ANU

Fire on Science Road

By 19 December 2011

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

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

[ 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

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

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 images@the-riotact.com .

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; 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 [...]

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; 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 [...]

Latin America and China: Beyond Trade and Investments?

By 24 October 2011

[ 3 November 2011; 6:31 pm; ] Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:
“Latin America and China: Beyond Trade and Investments?”
Public Lecture

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, [...]

Not just the lungs of the world: Lessons from Yasuni ITT

By 22 October 2011

[ 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’s medical grant recipients

By 21 October 2011

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 [...]

ANU Boffins warn flouros hurt eyes

By 21 October 2011

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 [...]

Parking ANU style

By 18 October 2011

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!
And [...]

Wasp wranglers of the ANU

By 13 October 2011

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 [...]

The next Defence scandal – Homophobic attack on uni students

By 10 October 2011

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 [...]

Does Canberra really have no traffic jams?

By 10 October 2011

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 [...]

Weston Creek’s Brian Schmidt wins one quarter of a Nobel Prize for physics

By 4 October 2011

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 [...]

Open Source Developers Conference 2011, Examining the role of open source technologies in Canberra

By 28 September 2011

[ 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 [...]

The on again, off again ANU student elections.

By 28 September 2011

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 [...]

ANU confirms the bleeding obvious. As above so below

By 15 September 2011

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 [...]

The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls, 1914

By 12 September 2011

[ 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 [...]

The Rig. Local theatre.

By 8 September 2011

[ 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 [...]

ANU’s robocrab makes the BBC

By 8 September 2011

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 [...]

ANU speed limits

By 5 September 2011

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, [...]

Hate and loathing at the ANU

By 3 September 2011

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 [...]

Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power

By 30 August 2011

[ 22 September 2011; ] Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) Conference
Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power
 
Thursday 22 September 2011
All Day Event
H.W. Arndt Lecture Theatre 1
 Australian National University 

Since the introduction of the Monroe Doctrine Latin America has been seen as the preserve of the United States, a region subject to whims of Washington, beholden to the [...]

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