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Tuesday 16 April

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

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Jack Miller (ANU student) Photo: Christopher Jackson

ANU undergraduate student's journey to academic publication through cyclone research  

As a child growing up in Cairns, Jack Miller was exposed to more cyclones than most Australians. Years later, this increased exposure and interest enabled an opportunity for the ANU undergraduate student to lead author a paper reviewing research into ways to weaken or even stop cyclones.  

As a research assistant with the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions, Jack investigated cyclone interventions, something he originally thought was “a bit of a wacky idea straight out of the 1960s space race”. Some digging demonstrated that it might not be as impossible as it appeared. 

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Earth Day 2024

This Monday 22 April is Earth Day, an opportunity for us to celebrate sustainability and consider more ways we can take action. Wondering how you can get involved with sustainability at ANU?  

Reduce your carbon footprint by taking One Small Step 

One Small Step is an app that helps users choose sustainable options simply and easy by assisting them in making a big impact by taking small steps towards larger goals. A public version of the app has been helping people worldwide for years. Now, ANU staff and students can access a unique version of this app for free with ANU and Canberra-specific resources, making change even easier. 

Get involved with initiatives on and off campus like ANU Green 

ANU Green is the University’s operational program that seeks to embed sustainability into the fabric of the campus. Two programs work towards these goals: Dhaagun Environmental Management Plan 2022-2025 and ANU Below Zero. Want to get involved? Join the ANU Green Network, sign up for volunteer opportunities and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.  

ANU as a living lab 

If you are interested in environmental sustainability, there are courses and student projects across most disciplines at ANU. Start by enrolling in climate adaptation and energy courses offered at ANU or asking your course convenors about incorporating ANU Green content into your current program. 

Want more? We’ve compiled a list of several opportunities that can help to reduce your carbon footprint and get involved in community initiatives where you can work with others to generate lasting, positive change.

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Keep reading for a chance to win an ANU Green reusable cutlery set. 

First Generation Connections

Wednesday 24 April, 2-5pm 

Research shows almost half of Australia’s university student population are ‘first in family’ or first-generation students. The ANU First Generation Connections Event will be a chance to celebrate the stories and journeys of ANU students, alumni and staff just like Dr Fiona Scotney, Director of the Tuckwell Scholarship Program. Fiona was the first person in her family to attend university, encountering more challenges and barriers than most throughout her higher education journey.  

“For me going to university was like travelling to a country by yourself, not knowing anyone, not being able to speak the language, and then your phone battery dies. It was exciting and terrifying and there were some colourful mishaps, but once I learnt the language, I stayed for 12 years because I knew I had found my place,” Dr Fiona Scotney – speaker at the ANU Generation Connections Event. 

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What's on

ANU New Year Water Festival

Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 April, 4-6pm

The ANU School of Culture, History & Language is proud to host this culmination of the three-day ANU New Year Water Festival in celebration of the Myanmar New Year in April. The Water Festival occasion originated from old Hinduism but is now widely recognised as a culture of Theravada Buddhism countries. The festival events include: 

- Wednesday 17 April - Mediating Monasticism: Faith and Devotion in Contemporary Thailand

- Thursday 18 April - Book Party: Silver Screens and Golden Dreams 

- Friday 19 April - ANU Water Festival: Grand Finale

Mt Stromlo public astronomy nights

Friday 19 April, 7-9pm

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite you to attend their monthly public observing nights of 2024.

Come and see the craters of the moon, planets and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. Object visibility will vary depending on the night. Bookings are essential.

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2024 Choose Tourism Jobs Expo

Thursday 18 April, 10am - 4pm

ANU Careers and Employability, in partnership with the ACT Government, is hosting the Choose Tourism Jobs Expo on University Ave.

This expo aims to raise awareness about jobs in the local tourism industry. A number of participating employers will also be actively recruiting. 

Students will have the opportunity to 'meet and greet' representatives from tourism businesses, including hotels, attractions and venues. The event will feature over 12 employers, including Visit CBR, Events ACT, and the Canberra Convention Bureau.

ANU Digital Master Plan: New bi-monthly bulletin

The ANU Digital Master Plan (DMP) is a 10-year vision to modernise the digital environment to improve the student experience. The DMP Bulletin will share key updates and upcoming priorities with the University community. The first edition has some of the initiatives on the horizon, including Research Portal Plus which will showcase the amazing research undertaken by ANU academics.

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Seeking student feedback: ANU Mental Health Strategy

The Mental Health Strategy Review Taskforce, led by Professor Lyndall Strazdins has an open call for student feedback on the ANU Mental Health Strategy. The University is committed to adopting a culture of openness, collaboration, and support around mental health, and your input is key in achieving this vision. 

The Taskforce is calling for students to discuss what you think is working, what else is needed, and what the top priorities need to be. All feedback and submissions will be kept confidential and deidentified, and carefully considered in the strategy development process. 

Make a submission through the online feedback form, or by emailing inclusive.communities@anu.edu.au.  

Submissions close 30 April. 

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The Harmful Behaviours Disclosure Tool is now available

The ANU values the diversity of its student community and wants everybody to feel included, safe and respected. The student codes of conduct outline a set of behaviours that guide how we work, study, research and engage together. 

If you experience behaviours that are not aligned to the codes of conduct, you can now submit a disclosure using the ANU Harmful Behaviour Disclosure Tool. A disclosure of harmful behaviour is not a formal report or complaint but is a mechanism for the ANU to provide you with information and support through the Student Safety and Wellbeing for student support. The form provides an identified or de-identified disclosure option.  

ANU+ Compulsory Workshop

Join ANU+ for the final upcoming ANU+ Compulsory Workshop for semester one. Learn about the ANU+ program, meet and build connections with other students, and find out about volunteering opportunities. 

During the workshop, you'll explore your motivations for volunteering and learn about the ANU+ workflow and program impact. Identify your skills, values, and interests and how they align with volunteer opportunities. Discover barriers to volunteering and resources to overcome them.

Tuesday 23 April, 10am - 12pm

Please email anuplus@anu.edu.au if you have any questions or visit the ANU+ webpage to learn more about the program.

Student Giveaway

Meet the Author Student Giveaway - James Bradley

James Bradley will be in conversation with Beejay Silcox on his new book Deep water: The World in the Ocean, which through the lens and narratives of the ocean, offers vital new ways of understanding and being in the world, and how we anticipate our climate future. 

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of two copies of Deep water: The World in the Ocean and have the opportunity to have your copy signed on the night by James Bradley. 

The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 26 April.

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ANU Green reusable cutlery giveaway

Celebrate this Earth Day with a chance to win one of ten ANU Green reusable cutlery sets. 

For your chance to win, simply follow the instructions in the entry form to participate in the draw, and you could be one of the fortunate winners. Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of ten ANU Green reusable cutlery sets. 

The competition closes at noon AEDT on Tuesday 23 April.

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The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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