News in brief - education
A bold, cold trip
Three undergraduates from City University will embark on an expedition to Antarctica in mid-December to explore extreme environments. Organised by the university's School of Creative Media, the 21-day trip will see artists, researchers and scientists collect and interpret environmental data using creative visualisation methods. Students will measure changes in the body temperature of penguins using thermal imaging cameras, study how Antarctic plants survive acute exposure to ultraviolet radiation in extreme environments and examine the physical properties of icebergs and the Southern Lights.
Lab share agreement
Hong Kong Baptist University has entered into an agreement with Hunan University to set up a BaptistU branch of the mainland university's State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics. Both institutions will conduct joint research at the lab in molecular, biomedical and translational sciences with an emphasis on the fields of systems biology and drug discovery in Chinese medicine.
A social experiment
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has received a US$500,000 donation from the Tongyi Industrial Group for its Centre for Electronic Commerce at its Business School. The centre plans to conduct a longitudinal study on social networking, establish a databank of best practices of e-commerce and social media, and organise an annual forum on electronic commerce and social media.
Volunteers sign up
Sixty students have joined a training scheme run by the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Association to achieve excellence in voluntary work. Over the past decade, 500 volunteers have been trained by the association. With more than 900 members, the association was founded in 1987 by the awardees and finalists of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Award. It is dedicated to educating students in all aspects of society and developing their leadership skills and sense of social conscience. Linda Yeung