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ANU Staff Newsletter

Tuesday 18 July

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

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice: A Dialogue for Students

Wednesday 2 August, 5pm 

Join us for a special livestreamed event connecting students and the general public from across Australia to engage in an in-depth dialogue encompassing diverse perspectives on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice Referendum. This unique opportunity, held both online and in-person at Llewellyn Hall in Canberra on Ngambri and Ngunnawal land, allows us to hear from our national student body as our nation prepares for one of the most significant referendums in our history. 

The Dialogue has been developed by the ANU First Nations Portfolio and will feature a live panel of Indigenous leaders on the Voice and political representatives and will be moderated by Professor Mark Kenny. We hope to facilitate a vibrant, inclusive and respectful public discussion covering off on the tough questions that students from around Australia want to ask.   

Seating is limited for staff, so register now to secure your spot and join the students and the general public in this meaningful dialogue about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice Referendum. Additionally, staff members are encouraged to participate by tuning in to the livestream for those unable to attend in person.

ANU signs a MoU with DCCEEW  

On 5 July 2023 ANU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) to partner in achieving better public good outcomes on policies that affect Australians in their daily lives. 

In signing the MoU, ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and DCCEEW Secretary David Fredericks commit to the two organisations working together to design projects that align with their shared priorities. ANU is a significant partner organisation for a range of DCCEEW business areas, including on climate science, clean energy and emissions reductions, biodiversity, water science, science into policy, and computing and data sciences. 

The University’s partnership agreement with DCCEEW will also build on the strength of existing relationships between ANU experts and the Department. 

“The ANU is in a unique position as both a federal agency (Commonwealth authority) and a research institution to partner with DCCEEW,” Secretary Fredericks said. 

The MoU provides an overarching framework for collaborative activities such as coordinating and managing the delivery of research and development projects, providing expert advice, and professional development. 

Staff Spotlight: Oral history research explores women's pill perspectives  

Dr Natasha Szuhan, an early career researcher at the ANU School of Sociology, is conducting groundbreaking research on the history of contraceptive science. Her project focuses on women's experiences with the pill, aiming to challenge prevailing narratives and provide a deeper understanding of its impact on gender, sexuality, and societal structures during the era of women's liberation. 

Read more  

We hope to tell many more staff stories in upcoming editions. If you know someone who deserves a spotlight get in touch with the On Campus team. 

Plastic Free July - an opportunity to consider plastic alternatives 

Hot tip: Bring a reusable cup for your morning coffee – the plastic top of disposable cups is not recyclable in the ACT. Planet Ark estimated that 1 billion disposable coffee cups end up in landfill every year in Australia, equating to about 60,000 tonnes of plastic. 

The ANU Environmental Management Plan and the Below Zero Program include a focus on establishing circular economy programs to reduce waste and its associated emissions. Get involved by using plastic alternatives at home and work. You can also join the ANU Green Network, an online resource to get involved with environmental sustainability at ANU and help us build a community around positive environmental change. 

You can find more information including more tips and tricks on the Below Zero website

Events & activities

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Convict Lives: Biography in a Digital Age Symposium

Thursday 20 July, 8.30am-4.30pm 

Australia’s convicts are the subject of enduring fascination. How we research and understand these lives is undergoing a profound transformation. Digitised records, online databases, innovative archaeological techniques and methods of digital history, DNA and AI technology and more are all contributing to this change. Join us on this one-day symposium to explore what it means to research the lives and biographies of Australia’s convicts, and how this might change in the future. 

Register now

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The 2023 Student Exhibition of the Exquisite Corpse

Thursday 20 July, 5-7pm

Join us for the opening of Exquisite Corpse - Insight Into The Human Body a collaboration with the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology and the ANU School of Art & Design.

The structure and function of the body are explored and put in context using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and processes including live and anatomical models and cadaveric specimens.

Exhibition continues 20 July until 4 August 2023.

Register now

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Coercion and Conversion: Time Management in Colonial Korea  

Wednesday 26 July, 6-7.30pm 

Professor Roald Maliangkaij explores the introduction of time management systems in Korea under Japanese colonial rule (1910–1945) and examines the impact of new holidays, hourly pay, and punctuality on workers, the general public, and tourists. 

Register here

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Meet the Author - Ryan Cropp

Monday 31 July, 6pm 

Ryan Cropp delves into the life of Donald Horne in his new biography, Donald Horne: A Life in the Lucky Country. Discover the profound impact of Horne's influential work, The Lucky Country, as he reshaped Australia's perception of itself, and explore the fascinating journey of a remarkable writer who left an indelible mark on our nation's intellectual life. 

Register here

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Meet the Author - Anna Funder

Wednesday 2 August, 6pm 

Anna Funder will be discussing her groundbreaking book, Wifedom, unraveling the untold story of Eileen O'Shaughnessy, the forgotten wife of George Orwell, shedding light on the unsung work of women and offering a captivating view into one of the 20th century's most significant literary marriages. A compelling masterpiece that transcends time, touching on the essence of being a writer and a wife, Wifedom speaks to the present while illuminating the past, promising an unforgettable experience for all literature enthusiasts. 

Register here

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Assessing International Adjudication: The World Court at 100

Wednesday 2 August, 5-6.30pm

Join us for the Inaugural Myint Zan Law and Philosophy Lecture with special guest speaker Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Judge of the International Court of Justice. In this special public lecture, Professor Charlesworth will examine the history and contemporary significance of the International Court of Justice, by exploring various strands of criticism concerning the Court’s structure and approach to international law.

Register here

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Meet the author - Megan Davis and George Williams

Monday 7 August, 6pm

Join co-author Megan Davis, a Cobble Cobble woman and key figure behind the Uluru Statement from the Heart, along with constitutional expert George Williams, as they delve into their essential book, Everything You Need to Know about the Voice. This updated edition charts the journey of this nation-building reform from the earliest stages of Indigenous advocacy, explores myths and misconceptions and, importantly, explains how the Voice offers change that will benefit the whole nation. 

Register here


Information Technology Services | Transition to OneDrive Project 

Your Home Drive (or personal ANU Drive) will soon be replaced with a much easier, more secure, and more accessible app to save and share files.  

Read more about the transition to OneDrive.


Collaborative Practice Lab Program – Phase 2 Call for Expressions of Interest 

Are you working on a collaborative project? The Collaborative Practice Labs Program supports participants to embrace the opportunities and better navigate the challenges they encounter within their collaborations, through a series of five peer-learning 'Practice Labs’ from August to November 2023. Open to academics, professionals and HDR candidates from across ANU. 

For the EOI document or more info please contact Dr Julie Monro-Allison

EOIs due Monday 31 July 2023. 


Taiyang and Loong PhD scholarships in Computational Biology 

We are seeking candidates to join the Talo PhD program at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU, to apply knowledge and research skills from computer science to address biomedical problems. Talo PhD scholarships offer a PhD stipend of 44,000 AUD per year in a top biomedical research school with the opportunity to work at the forefront of computational biology.  

Applications for international candidates close on Thursday 31 August 2023 and domestic applications will close on Tuesday 31 October 2023 for commencement in 2024. 

Apply now


Call for applications for 2023 ANU College of Science Brooke Bushfire Research Fund Support  

In memory of Peter Brabazon Brooke, who died in the 2003 Canberra bushfires, and all the victims of bushfires in Australia, the ANU College of Science Brooke Bushfire Research Fund are generously offering a number of research grants up to $100,000 to support bushfire research.  

The purpose of this fund is to provide a broad scope of support for bushfire research. This includes but is not limited to any related activities which support or enable bushfire research.  

Applications from all areas of the University are encouraged. The ANU College of Science Brooke Bushfire Fund welcomes proposals bringing together two or more groups within the University and would consider requests for larger grants if a collaborative, interdisciplinary project was approved.  

For further information, please refer to the Brooke Bushfire Research Fund found here.  

Applications close: Monday 31 July 2023. 

We would like to acknowledge that in the 4 July edition of On Campus there was a misspelling of Peter Brabazon Brooke’s name, this was due to an error in the information supplied. You can find an updated version of both the staff and student editions on our website. 


Would you like to use Poll Everywhere in your teaching? | Centre for Learning & Teaching 

Wednesday 19 July, 9.30-11am  

Tuesday 8 August, 10-11.30am  

Join in these interactive workshops as the latest updates and improvements to the Poll Everywhere platform are shared after the visual revamp due on 17 July.  

Be prepared to engage in real time demonstrations of ways you can use Poll Everywhere in your teaching. The sessions are open to beginners and advanced users of Poll Everywhere. 

Register now


Shine-Dalgarno Centre Scholarships

Are you interested in pursuing a PhD in RNA research? The Shine-Dalgarno Centre for RNA Innovation is offering scholarships for exceptional candidates interested in studying RNA biology. These PhD scholarships offer a PhD stipend of $44,000 per year in a top biomedical research school.

Applications for international candidates close on Thursday 31 August 2023 and domestic applicants will close on Tuesday 31 October 2023 for commencement in 2024.

Apply now

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