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Tuesday 5 March

All the important campus news, events and opportunities for ANU students. In your inbox every Tuesday.

The rundown - information you need at a glance

  • Are you new to ANU? Want to get some free merch? Reminder the ANU Welcome Survey closes tomorrow Wednesday 6 March at 11.30pmRead the full message below.
  • A reminder that the due date for payment of tuition fees and up-front HECS for Semester 1 is Friday 8 March.
  • Please note that on Thursday 7 March there will be restricted access around the Kambri Cultural Centre and on University Avenue. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Welcome to our 2024 International Women's Day edition


ANU celebrates women every day and particularly on International Women's Day (IWD).

To mark International Women's Day this year, come along to the Susan Ryan Oration, our flagship IWD event, on Monday 25 March and hear from Padma Raman PSM, Executive Director of the Office for Women at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

In this week's edition, we are also sharing the work and stories of our community's commitment to female empowerment, gender equity and the issues facing women in all walks of life.

Read more stories and events on our IWD page

Elizabeth Blower. Image: ANU 

Elizabeth Blower’s oar-inspiring effort to raise money for women’s rowing

Rowing for 24 hours straight on Lake Burley Griffin isn’t how most of us would choose to spend our Saturday, but ANU staffer Elizabeth Blower is ready to get her boat in the water and make her own waves. 

On 9 March, Blower will launch her single scull from Sullivan’s Creek and row continuously across the Canberra lake until 9am the following morning.

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Image: Bessie Rischbieth and Ruby Rich attending the 12th Congress of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in Istanbul, Turkey, 1935. Photo: Australian Information Service. National Library of Australia digitised item

Here's three history-making Australian women you may not have heard of but should know

Women not getting credit when credit’s due? Sounds familiar. That’s why you should meet the Australian women who have helped to shape our nation’s history and improve the lives of women everywhere. 

Despite leaving an incredible mark on both the development of feminism in Australia and our nation, Bessie Rischbieth, Olive Zakharov and Ruby Hammond aren’t widely known household names.  

One ANU researcher thinks they should be – and is working hard to make sure the three trailblazers of get the attention they deserve. 

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Brains and bellies: In menopause, bigger can sometimes mean better

As part of his doctoral research at the Neuroimaging and Brain Lab with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Dr Ananthan Ambikairajah found that women can't actually blame menopause for weight gain.

Instead, he finds that you can blame ageing for weight gain. Menopause is likely only responsible for weight redistribution.

"I definitely get that it may not seem like an empowering message," he says. "But actually, it is, because it emphasises the need to focus on preventative strategies for women’s health."

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University's first Gender Equity Strategy

International Women's Day serves as a poignant reminder that there is an ongoing global struggle for gender equity and a need for concerted efforts to break down barriers, and to celebrate, acknowledge, and empower women and gender diverse people in all spheres of life.

This week marks the official launch of the University's first Gender Equity Strategy. The Strategy is the University’s solid commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable environment for staff, students and the community we serve. 

The Strategy's development was led by Professor Fiona Jenkins, Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute and Chair of the Gender Equity Working Group along with the ANU Gender Equity Plan taskforce, who researched cultural change, reviewed good practice and undertook extensive consultation with our community to develop the strategy.

Read the Strategy

What's on

Susan Ryan Oration

Monday 25 March, 6-7pm

The 2024 Susan Ryan Oration will be delivered by Padma Raman PSM, Executive Director of the Office for Women (OFW) at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

The Susan Ryan Oration stands as the University's flagship International Women's Day celebration, dedicated to honouring the late Susan Ryan, one of our community's greatest advocates for age and gender equality. 
This annual event provides a platform to commemorate Susan's remarkable legacy of advocacy and her profound contributions that have positively impacted Australia and the global community. 

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International Women’s Day panel discussion: Inspire inclusion

Friday 8 March, 12-2pm  

Hosted by the ANU College of Business and Economics, engage in an enlightening conversation on International Women’s Day as the College celebrates the achievements of women and explores pathways to inclusion.

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2024 Pamela Denoon Lecture

Wednesday 27 March, 6-7.30pm  

Hosted by the ANU Gender Institute, Ambassador Stephanie Copus Campbell AM, an influential advocate for gender equality, will be delivering the 2024 Pamela Denoon Lecture. 

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Between Manual Labour and Contemporary Art

Thursday 7 March, 4-5.30pm 

This talk will present a nuanced examination of contemporary Chinese artworks and the artists' personal narratives. 

The ANU China Seminar Series is supported by the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

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The Tau of Ramanujan

Thursday 7 March, 5.30-6.30pm 

The sequence of numbers 1, -24, 252, -1472, 4830, ... was extensively studied by the great Indian mathematician Ramanujan almost a century ago. These numbers - the values of Ramanujan's tau-function - have been the guiding force behind several themes in Number Theory.  Mathematical Sciences Research Visitor Eknath Ghate (from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India) will explore this topic and more at this public lecture.

This event is hosted by the ANU College of Science.

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Closing tomorrow - ANU Welcome Survey

Are you new to ANU this semester?

All commencing coursework students are invited to respond to the ANU Welcome Survey. Check your ANU email for your invitation from ANU Institutional Research.

Free ANU merchandise is up for grabs for those who participate.

The survey closes tomorrow (Wednesday 6 March) at 11.30pm. 

Information Security Office | Firewall Upgrade

Following an issue identified during out pre-change checks, and in consultation with our firewall partner (Palo Alto) and our valued ANU technical stakeholders, we elected not to proceed with the migration of our firewalls over the weekend.

As the network outage did not take place, no systems have been impacted.

We thank you for your patience as we work to keep ANU safe. We will work to migrate our Firewalls in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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