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💖 We’re in this together

In this edition of On Campus, we bring you stories of how our students and staff have responded to the pandemic.  

When confronted with the transition to online learning, the Physics Education Centre innovated. Their idea: home experiment kits!  

» Learn more about the Physics Education Centre’s response

🏆 Meet some Heroes of ANU – students and staff going above and beyond during COVID-19

Lucy Kirk: medical student by day, COVID-19 researcher by night

Lucy has been working as part of the ANU College of Health and Medicine COVID-19 Evidence Team. Her work has been used to inform local healthcare systems as well as State and Federal Government COVID-19 responses.

» Learn more about Lucy


Facilities and Services Client Services: mobilising to keep out campus safe

When COVID-19 struck, more than 480 events had to be deferred or cancelled. Geraldine Schmid, Client and Administrative Services Manager, reflects on how the pandemic affected her team and how they rapidly mobilised to respond.

» Learn more about Geraldine and her team

Garden & Grounds: giving our campus some Tender Love & Care

2020 has seen bushfires, hail and COVID-19. Mick Kelly, Manager of ANU Gardens & Grounds, discusses the silver lining of COVID-19; an opportunity for our campus to replenish.

» Learn more about Mick and the team


Tracy Smart: blogging to spark important conversations about COVID-19

Professor of Military and Aerospace Medicine, Tracy Smart AO, has been blogging throughout COVID-19. Read her latest blog contribution – an exploration of how we have responded to COVID-19 through the prism of grief.

» Read more

🔎 Campus Updates

On Friday 31 July, the ANU community participated in a Respectful Relationships Summit. The Vice-Chancellor has provided an update. Read the update.

ANU students in Shanghai gathered last Friday night to celebrate the opening of the university's first offshore Study Hub in the city, which will run throughout Semester 2, 2020.

Join us on Friday 28 August in wearing purple for “Wear It Purple Day”, a day to recognise and celebrate LGBTIQ+ inclusion, and foster supportive, safe, and empowering environments for rainbow young people. Struggling to find something to wear? Download the Wear It Purple Day Zoom background instead, and show your support.

The Safe Passage Student Return pilot program has been delayed. We will continue to work with the ACT Government on this program and we will provide an update as soon as we know when it might resume.

The ANU Tax Clinic has reopened. The ANU Tax Clinic provides free tax information and guidance to taxpayers with income below A$60,000. Clients will receive information from ANU accounting students, under the supervision of experienced tax practitioners. The Clinic will be open from 12 August 2020 to 23 October 2020.


👀 Keep an eye out for these events

Thinking of changing degrees? Find out what Australia’s #1 university has to offer you in 2021 at our Virtual Open Week.

ANU Career’s is hosting Australia’s first Diversity & Inclusion Careers Fair on Thursday 20 August. This fair is all about connecting students with employers who embrace diversity and have concrete practices to support inclusion in the workplace.

Time is running out to take part in the Satellite Selfie! Head to your favourite spot on campus, or your nearest oval, carpark or backyard to display large designs, flags, logos or personal messages.

Join an ANU College of Law panel of experts, Dr Jonathan Liljeblad, Yun Jiang, Helen Zhang and Dr Graeme Smith (moderator) as they explore China's rule-of-law project under Xi Jinping's rule. This event is part of the ANU College of Law’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

This year, the Indonesia Update Conference has gone online. Join the ANU Indonesia Project’s four-day virtual conference unpacking the theme ‘Economic of COVID-19 in Indonesia: responding to the crisis.’


📚 Brain Bites - read the latest ANU research 

Supercomputer simulations could show us how to stop COVID-19. Read about how ANU researcher Associate Professor Megan O’Mara is using the Southern Hemisphere’s most powerful and fastest supercomputer to understand how coronavirus invades human cells.

ANU Archaeologists have found the earliest evidence of Indigenous communities cultivating bananas more than 2,000 years ago. The evidence of cultivation and plant management dates back 2,145 years and was found at Wagadagam on the tiny island of Mabuyag in the western Torres Strait.

Researchers have found a way to help one of Australia's rarest birds 'self-fumigate' or safeguard their nests, to protect their young from deadly parasites.


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