Submarine Volcanoes of the Western Pacific
The way the sea floor is mapped has been revolutionised in the last decade by high resolution, multi-beam sonar systems, with follow-ups by manned and remotely-operated submersibles. Using these techniques, research groups from Australia, Germany, New Zealand and the USA are discovering much more about chains of underwater volcanoes in zones of tectonic plate convergence, known as 'arcs'. Researchers have found that up to 40 per cent of these underwater volcanoes in the southwest Pacific Ocean a
The Beginning of Earth History
Earth formed over 4.5 billion years ago with its initial condition greatly affected by the trauma of giant impacts. In this lecture, Professor David Stevenson discusses how this trauma affects the similarities and differences between Earth and Moon, the core, possible initial layering of the mantle and the conditions for the early evolution, including timing for the origin of life. This lecture was presented by The Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU College of Science.
Powering the Planet: The Challenge for Science in the 21st Century
The supply of secure, clean, sustainable energy is arguably the most important scientific and technical challenge facing humanity in the 21st century. Rising living standards of a growing world population will cause global energy consumption to increase dramatically over the next half century. Within our lifetimes, energy consumption will increase at least two-fold. This additional energy needed is not attainable from long discussed sources, the global appetite for energy is simply too much. Pet
Former undergraduate Michael
Crouch discusses his life with Pamela
Former undergraduate Michael Crouch discusses his life with Pamela Jane Smith. Michael was a member of the Department of Archaeology's expedition to Libya under the direction of Dr C.R. McBurney in 1955; he discusses memories of McBurney as well as a long life in service to the British Government.
Public Goods: Some inter-temporal considerations
This lecture reviews the literature on the voluntary contributions to public goods by repeatedly-interacting contributors and discusses how the economic theory of choice of sequences of actions sheds light on the outcomes of voluntarism. Professor Long will draw attention to abstract public goods, such as the stock of mutual trust in a community, and the building up of a spirit of cooperation. Game-strategic aspects of voluntary contributions are also discussed, including the role of behavioural
Why Consciousness does not Extend Outside the Brain
There are good reasons for thinking that the physical basis of cognition can be reasonably taken to extend outside the brain to the body and the world. But not so for consciousness. This lecture goes into the logic of experiments that show that even if cognition is extended, consciousness is not. Smart was right: if consciousness is physical, it is a brain process. JACK SMART LECTURE Professor J J C Smart was Professor and Head of Philosophy at the Research School of Soc
The co-design of scenarios for a didactic-based E-learning system viewed as an adaptive virtual docu
The design and engineering of E-learning systems must be considered as a transdisciplinary problem requiring the integration of different scientific approaches. The design process of E-learning systems needs to consider several theories, models and artifacts the e-learning system. We claim it is essential to ensure the traceability and the interpretation of phenomena related to the use of artifacts in studying precisely the relationships between theories, models and artifacts. Consequently, w
Preventing the depressed state
Depression is expected to be the disorder with the highest burden in western countries by 2030. Treating the disease has limited impact, but can prevention of depression help in reducing this burden? Evidence suggests it is possible to prevent the onset of depressive disorders in high-risk groups. So what is prevention and why is it important? Can depression among the population be reduced by using this technique? Professor Cuijpers will answer these questions and provide an overview of the rese
National Health Reform Series No.2
Professor Ian Chubb, Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, and the Honourable Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery, launched the National Health Reform Series in Committee Room 2s1, Parliament House, Canberra on 19 November at 10.30am. The topic of the launch event was, 'Can we fix the health system without reforming the workforce?' The series is being presented by ANU and supported by the Australian Primary
Unravelling the mysteries of chromsomes
The DNA in our cells is tightly packed into structures called chromosomes. The role of the physical structure of chromosomes in diseases and genetics is being explored thanks to recent advances in technology that allow scientists to look at how the DNA is packaged into chromatin- the structures that form chromosomes. In this lecture Dr Grigoryev will discuss current models of chromosome organisation, several examples of cutting edge research aimed at understanding role of chromatin in cell diffe
Bruce Sacerdote - When the Saints Come Marching In: Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Studen
Bruce Sacerdote (Dartmouth College) talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about his research entitled When the Saints Come Marching In: Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Student Evacuees
Students form expert engineering teams working for the (fictional) alternative energy consulting firm, Greenewables, Inc. Each team specializes in a form of renewable energy used to generate electrical power: passive solar, solar photovoltaic, wind power, low-impact hydropower, biomass, geothermal and (for more advanced students) hydrogen fuel cells. Teams produce poster presentations making a case for their technology and produce an accompanying PDF document using Adobe Acrobat that summarizes
Sarah Smith - In Search of the Public Service Ethos
Research by Sarah Smith and colleagues finds evidence that there is a public service ethos and it makes a real difference in the delivery of public services.
The Missing Dimension of Stateness
While Professor Francis Fukuyama’s changing evaluation of the arguments of his one-time Neocon colleagues has illuminated major issues about American policy and the war in Iraq, his general thinking about weak states and foreign intervention has received less attention in Australia. In this lecture he continues his review of policies and practices on international aid and the rebuilding of weak, failing and failed states. As Professor Fukuyama has argued, “state-building is one
Noshua Watson from IDS speaks on Perspectives on Business Strategy and Development
Noshua Watson, Research Fellow in the Globalisation team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), speaks on Perspectives on Business Strategy and Development 19 October 2010
Noshua Watson discussed the different motivations for corporate engagement with development and levers of influence on corporate decision making in this respect. These motivations explain some of the different forms that business strategies take with respect to development, such as corporate social respons
Paul Collier and Andy Sumner in discussion on the IDS paper, 'The New Bottom Billion'.
Paul Collier (Professor of Economics, Oxford University, Economics Department and author of 'The Bottom Billion' and 'The Plundered Planet') and Andy Sumner (Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies) discuss Andy's new paper 'The New Bottom Billion and the MDGs: A Plan of Action' published by IDS.
Full story at: http://www.ids.ac.u
Karen Ellis from ODI speaks on Measuring the Impact of Business on Development
Karen Ellis, Research Fellow and Programme Leader from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), speaks on Measuring the Impact of Business on Development. 12 October 2010
Why have both business and the development community become increasingly interested in developing tools to measure the impact of business on development? What approaches have been used or proposed, and what are the limitations of existing tools and the conceptual and practical challenges associated with measureme
Seminar 10 International Policy and Law
This seminar, convened by Professor Bradbrook, will discuss the current state of the law and legal research that is taking place to give impetus to energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and other climate-friendly solutions to the world community.
Seminar 7 Public Health
Dr Peng Bi will provide an overview of research currently taking place to explore the likely nature of these impacts.
What use is research in international trade policy and economic development?
In his presentation on "What use is research on international trade policy and economic development?" Professor Pomfret will discuss the value of supporting research in these areas at an Australian university.