Dr Robert Wellington, Lecturer in Art History and Art Theory, was chosen to deliver the 2017 Last Lecture. The event is not a University award decided by a committee – students decide whom they would like to hear speaking at a 'red velvet' event in October, as a symbolic end to the academic year. Here is an edited extract of Dr Wellington’s lecture.
Elizabeth Lee LLB ’03, B Asian Studies ’03 reflects on the responsibilities of her role as lawyer-turned-politician.
Professor Ann McGrath AM says Captain Cook was not always popular with the Australian public.
The Australian National University’s big new initiative in the 21st century cyber domain has a surprising resonance with the nation’s military history of a century ago.
Captivating objects from the nation’s history are the focus of an innovative project, as Paris Lord reports.
ANU researchers have uncovered a possible new tool to help better understand the mechanisms of pest invasions, and even predict them. Rosemary Schmedding reports.
The Gyuto monks of Tibet perform amazing sounds in their harmonic chants – they produce several notes at the same time. Evana Ho reports.
A major research project aims to improve Australian food production by better understanding the complex life of wild bees. James Grubel reports.
Why does ANU have a research station and staff in the middle of the Australian desert, and what does it have to do with nuclear weapons? Tabitha Carvan travelled to the Northern Territory to discover that if you want to hear something very loud – nuclear explosion loud – you have to go somewhere very, very quiet.
Liz Coats has devoted decades to researching the interaction of paint colours and how people perceive them. Simon Jenkins reports.
An expedition involving ANU has helped to solve the mysteries of Zealandia, an underwater continent to the east of Australia, and of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ which is a hotspot for volcanoes and earthquakes. Will Wright reports.
Does the push by ISIS into the southern Philippines pose a danger for regional nations such as Australia? Ross Peake reports.
Dr Samuel Furphy examines the office of Protector of Aborigines, in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
In the recent Uluru Statement from the Heart, the First Nations National Constitutional Convention called for a Makarrata Commission, as Australian National Dictionary editor Dr Amanda Laugesen, BA (Hons) ’97, PhD ’01 explains.
The central theme of A Bark But No Bite explores the puzzle as to how and why social and economic inequality affected the campaign and outcome of the 2014 general election in New Zealand.
ANU has announced a 10-year plan to drive the expansion of its program in engineering and computer science. The expansion in part will be led by one of the world's top technologists, Professor Genevieve Bell, who will be based within the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. Professor Bell recently joined the University from Intel, and will lead a new Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute, to be known as the 3A Institute, co-founded with CSIRO's Data61, Australia's largest data innovation network. The 3A Institute will bring together the best researchers from around the world and a range of disciplines to build a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data and technology and of their impact on humanity. Here is an edited extract of a speech in which Professor Bell detailed her vision.
ANU academics Frances Morphy, MA Linguistics ’77, and Howard Morphy, PhD ’78, have devoted their professional lives to studying Aboriginal language, society and art.
Emerita Professor Anna Wierzbicka’s book is the product of a program of extensive research into ways of simplifying language to make it clear, understandable and cross-translatable.
Director of the ANU North American Liaison Office, Paul Harris, BA (Hons) ’98, M International Affairs ’07, discusses his significant new role.
Dr Jenny Davis is concerned about fake news, a term that has found its way into the public lexicon over the past 12 months.
Francesca Maclean, BSc ’13, BEng (Hons) ’13, PhD ’17, argues for an end to gender stereotypes that prevent women from entering this field.
Jeremy Liew, BSc (Hons) ’93, BA (Hons) ’94, is a venture capitalist who made headlines earlier this year when his prescient early investment in Snapchat reaped billions in profits for his company, Lightspeed Venture Partners. But a long time before Jeremy made history as one of the world’s most visionary investors, he was a gifted maths student at ANU not averse to champagne-inspired escapades. Eva Medcalf reports.