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🌳 Experiencing hayfever for the first time ever, or worse than ever?

With the grass pollen count in the ACT the highest it’s been in years our ANU experts are providing the advice you need to stop the sniffles (oh, and some antihistamines!).

» Relieve your hayfever by having a read.

💡 Our top picks

Celebrating our shining stars at the VC's Annual Awards

The 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards were held on Zoom last week, recognising and celebrating staff contributions to campus, and our long-service awards.

» Read about the awards.


Celebrating International Day for People with Disability

On 3 December, we're celebrating International Day for People with Disability. This important date gives us pause to reflect on how our community fosters inclusion.

» Learn about our progress

The 2020 Word of the Year crowned

In a year dominated by COVID-19 the Australian National Dictionary Centre has chosen iso as its Word of the Year from a very long list of pandemic-related terms.

» Who were the other contenders? Check it out.


Finding the sweet spot as we live with COVID-19

ANU Medical School Infectious Diseases Physician and expert, Peter Collignon AM, explains the potential roadblocks to the roll out of a COVID-19 vaccine.

» Read now

😷 COVID-19 campus updates

ACT residents are now able to enter every Australian state (yay!). If you do travel, remember the ACT Health 'ABCs' of COVID-safe travel: avoid COVID-affected areas, behave in a COVID-safe way, and check back when you're home.

The On Campus team sat down with a few students to talk about their experiences of COVID-19, 2020 and their positive takeaways from the year.


🌏 Community updates

The Special Industry Project (SIP), a work-integrated learning course at CBE, has contributed to solving business cases presented by organisations across Australia. Mimicking the real-world consulting environment, 27 ANU students in Semester 1 worked on a case for Twofold Aboriginal Corporation.

CBE alum Harry Hoang, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tailored Accounts, was recently recognised as a recipient of the prestigious 2020 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards. In this interview, Harry recounts his steps from starting out as a 22-year-old international student to becoming a successful company founder.

The Fellows@Law Café has opened at the pop-up Location at ANU College of Law. The Café is open Monday to Friday, 10am until 2pm.

As we start warming up for summer, ANU Sport has a new membership on the cards! They are excited to help you get moving and feeling good this summer! Starting on 23 November and running until 14 February, this 12-week program will help you supercharge your way into 2021!

CBE Associate Professors Chung Tran and Tim Kam have recently been recognised by the Australian Research Council (ARC) with the prestigious Discovery Projects funding.

How do you space-shift a conference with attendees from all over the world, into a dynamic virtual event? Professor Alex Zafiroglu, Deputy Director at the 3A Institute and Co-chair of EPIC2020, can tell you.


📆 Mark your calendar

Missed our NAIDOC concert? You can watch it at your leisure via our YouTube channel.

25 Nov (LAST CHANCE!): Join the Coral Bell School and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for a conversation on addressing Sexual Violence.

25 Nov: Join ANU Professor Frank Bongiorno in conversation with Australian National Dictionary Centre director Associate Professor Amanda Laugesen about her new book Rooted: An Australian History of Bad Language. This book tells the story of bad language in Australia from invasion through to today.

28 Nov: Join Jazz musician’s Miroslav Bukovsky, Hugh Barrett, John Mackey and Brendan Clarke at the Drill Hall Gallery as they respond to the colour and form of the Lightworks exhibition. Book your tickets now.

2 Dec: Multiple public-health measures indicate that Australia and New Zealand have had a successful response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Join Adrian Orr, the Governor of New Zealand’s Central Bank – the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) – at the 2020 Sir Leslie Melville Lecture.

2 Dec: Will machine intelligence surpass human intelligence within the next few decades? Join a panel of leading interdisciplinary experts as they explore the complex legal and ethical challenges AI and automated decision-making present to industry, government and the legal profession.


📚 Brain bites

Lightning never strikes twice, so the saying goes, but new technology may allow us to control where it hits the ground, reducing the risk of catastrophic bushfires.

The report on the alleged war crimes by special operation members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Afghanistan is the most significant modern inquiry, an ANU international law expert says.

Almost three-in-five Australians (58.5 per cent) say they will definitely get a COVID vaccine once it is available, but six per cent of the population say they definitely won't. The analysis, led by the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, examined COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and resistance and builds on a survey of 3,000 adult Australians.

An international team of scientists, led by ANU and RMIT University, has defied nature to make diamonds in minutes in a laboratory at room temperature - a process that normally requires billions of years, huge amounts of pressure and super-hot temperatures.


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