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What the big brains are up to at ANU

By johnboy - 1 June 2011 5

The Australian National University has congratulated its boffins who have won second round Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage Projects funding.

The winners are:

– Socio-psychological factors and compliance with work health and safety regulation – theory, policy and practice – Professor Valerie A Braithwaite

– From prehistory to history: landscape and cultural change on the South Alligator River, Kakadu National Park – Dr Celia J Brockwell

– Identifying and controlling the source of Campylobacter and Salmonella in Australia – Associate Professor Gillian V Hall

– Robust numerical solution of partial differential equations on petascale computer systems with applications to tsunami modelling and plasma physics – Dr Markus Hegland

– Development, implementation and private and public sector adoption of Standard Business Reporting in Australia – Dr Christine A Jubb

– A high-speed light-weight embedded vision system for robotics and computer vision applications – Professor Robert E Mahony

– Alive with the Dreaming! Songlines of the Western Desert – Professor Howard Morphy

– Rescuing Carl Strehlow’s Indigenous cultural heritage legacy: the neglected German tradition of Arandic ethnography – Professor Nicolas Peterson

– Towards improving the yield of Canola and other Brassicas during drought – Professor Barry J Pogson

– The Australian historic shipwreck protection project: the in situ preservation and reburial of a colonial trader – Clarence (1850) – Professor Peter M Veth

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What the big brains are up to at ANU
alaninoz 4:06 pm 02 Jun 11

astrojax said :

i went down the list to find the four to which you may be referring, alan [how’s the wiz doing these days, btw?] and got to the end before i foud one that isn’t intrinsically worthwhile – which four do you mean? and why shouldn’t the others attract funding, given that this is the system in which tertiary research now operates – sadly…

My picks are 4, 5, 7 & 10. Might give 2 & 8 some dough too. Not complaining about the people – they’ve got to eat – so much as the system that provides funding for such stuff.

The wizz is doing good, though he doesn’t get many outings these days.

breda 1:08 pm 02 Jun 11

Yep, Ian Warden’s Schools of Inconsequential Studies are still powering at the ANU, it seems. And, if the ANU wants to keep funding them, that is their call.

It seems a pity to waste rare and precious ARC research dollars on things like shipwrecks, more money for serial grantee Bruce Chapman to do work that is already being done all over the world, and financial reporting, though. Hard to see how this kind of stuff is going to put Australia at the cutting edge of international research.

Mysteryman 1:02 pm 02 Jun 11

So what? They don’t have Kangaroos and water fountains at the ANU.

astrojax 12:24 pm 02 Jun 11

i went down the list to find the four to which you may be referring, alan [how’s the wiz doing these days, btw?] and got to the end before i foud one that isn’t intrinsically worthwhile – which four do you mean? and why shouldn’t the others attract funding, given that this is the system in which tertiary research now operates – sadly…

alaninoz 2:55 pm 01 Jun 11

Well, at least four of them are worth funding. I’m amazed that the other”big brains” can’t find something better to do with their time.

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