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Tuesday 23 April

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

The rundown - information you need at a glance

  • A reminder that this Thursday 25 April is the ANZAC Day public holiday
  • We understand that recent global and national events can have a significant impact on our sense of safety and wellbeing. We want to ensure you that support is available to you through the Student Safety and Wellbeing team.
  • Today, ANU reaffirms its commitment to achieve below-zero emissions – a target we now aspire to reach by 2040. Read the full statement and refer to the FAQs for more information

Photo: Tina Cannistra

Waste not want not: how residential halls are minimising food waste and easing student financial burdens  

A four-week trial is underway, where surplus meals from Bruce Hall and Wright Hall are being packaged and transferred to the Brian Kenyon Student Space for students to eat free of charge. 

The trial will run from 8 April – 3 May. If successful, the university expects to establish this staff-led initiative in a more permanent format. 

The initiative aims to reduce plate waste by a minimum of 6 per cent annually, equating to roughly 576 kilos of waste.  

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Professor Rowena Ball. Photo: Nic Vevers/ANU

Maths has no borders: Professor Rowena Ball brings Indigenous mathematics to ANU

What constitutes mathematical knowledge? What is included in mathematics? Who gets to decide? These are some of the questions being asked in a growing decolonisation movement.

“Mathematics is a universal human phenomenon, and students of under-represented and minority groups and colonised peoples are starting to be more critical about accepting unquestioningly the cultural hegemony of mainstream European-based mathematics,” says Professor Rowena Ball from the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute.

“Mathematics has been gatekept by the West and defined to exclude entire cultures. We would like to enrich the discipline through the inclusion of cross-cultural mathematics.”

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What's on

Free film screening: Adventures of a Mathematician

Thursday 16 May, 6.30-10pm 

The ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute, the ANU Film Group and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra are delighted to present the screening of Adventures of a Mathematician.

After migrating to the US in the late 1930s, Polish-Jewish mathematician Stanislaw ‘Stan’ Ulam is offered an opportunity to work on a top-secret project in New Mexico. Ulam becomes part of a team of brilliant young immigrant scientists whose work leads to the creation of the hydrogen bomb. But despite his success, Ulam finds himself wracked with guilt over the family he left behind in Poland. 

Register now 


Sci-Fi night at Questacon

Saturday May 4, 6pm  

Journey to a galaxy far far away for the ultimate adults-only Sci-Fi night this May the Fourth. Come as your favourite sci-fi character and discover the science behind the fiction as you experience Questacon kid-free after dark. Explore the known universe with ANU astrophysicist, Dr Brad Tucker for his talk Aliens, Teleportation, and Monsters - Oh My! The Impact of Science Fiction on Science.

Sci-Fi night will include live music, themed cocktails, entertainment and science-fiction fandom at its finest.   

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Jazz and contemporary concert

Wednesday 24 April, 12.30 – 1.30pm

Join the ANU School of Music for a relaxing jazz and contemporary lunchtime concert.

The performance will be by Orbit, a group formed by ANU School of Music students with the aim of playing exciting contemporary jazz fusion music.

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Time to get your free flu vaccination

Free flu vaccinations are still available on campus through ANU Medical Centre until 15 May 2024. This service is for ANU students only. Bookings can be made online. On the day of your appointment, please bring the following items: 

- Your ANU student ID 

- Your Medicare card or OSHC number

When booking online (via HotDoc), please select “Dr FLU CLINIC” for flu vaccination bookings.

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New Colombo Plan Scholarship applications open

Need help funding your learning abroad experience? Apply for the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship.There are 120 scholarships valued up to $87,000.

The NCP is a signature initiative of the Australian Government, supporting a diverse group of Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region.

ANU Global Programs is hosting a NCP scholarship workshop this week to provide further details on why and how you can apply for this amazing opportunity.

Applications will close on Friday 31 May.

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Student Giveaway

Brolga: A Queer Koori Wonderland Giveaway

Go find your costume box and get ready to shake your tail feathers for this giveaway. Enter for a chance to win one double pass to Brogla, this year’s iteration of the National Portrait Gallery’s 18+ late-night event.  

On Friday 3 May, 6.30pm – 12.00am the gallery will transform into an explorative wonderland of dance, art, film and performance, inspired by First Nations stories of the dancing brolga.  

For your chance to win, simply follow the instructions in the entry form below to participate in the draw, and you could be one of the fortunate winners. Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of double pass to attend Brolga at the National Portrait Gallery.  

The competition closes at noon AEDT on Monday 29 April.

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Meet the Author Student Giveaway - Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay will be in conversation with Virginia Haussegger on his new book The Way We Are: Lessons from a lifetime of listening.

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of two copies of The Way We Are: Lessons from a lifetime of listening and have the opportunity to have your copy signed on the night by Hugh Mackay. 

The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 3 May.

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The Australian National University, Canberra 

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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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