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17 Jun 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are babies that dole out punishments, signals that might come from extraterrestrial civilizations, and repelling mosquitos by chewing catnip.
The surgical face mask and transparent face mask used in this study (Photos: Unicharm Corporation).
17 Jun 2022
Commercially available transparent face masks allow for the perception of facial expressions while suppressing the dispersion of respiratory droplets that spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and thus have a clear advantage over surgical face masks.
26 May 2022
Giants in History: Known as Mr. Natural Rubber, chemist and researcher B. C. Shekhar (17 November 1929 – 6 September 2006) introduced a number of technical innovations that helped put Malaysia’s natural rubber industry on the world map.
06 May 2022
Recent studies have demonstrated that character strengths, including a group of individual characteristics that have moral value and lead to ‘good virtues,’ play a crucial role in students’ participation in society and achievement of success. Kindness, which is a significant aspect of character strength, has been considered essential for school programmes to improve students’ mental health and foster positive well-being. As a key social context, schools influence students’ academic, psychological, and social well-being, providing mastery of knowledge and shaping their whole-person development. Numerous studies have highlighted the social aspects of school functions and recognised the effects of schooling on students’ academic and psychological outcomes.
19 Apr 2022
The academy will develop SUSS students to become ethical and compassionate leaders, and aims to raise another SGD4 million to sustain these efforts and initiatives.
15 Apr 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are a massive comet that will swing by our sun, a chip that can store sunshine, and the influence climate had on human evolution.
Hong Kong’s top boccia athlete Ng Chi-hang will join LU’s Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) programme in the coming academic year. (Photo provided by Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled)
13 Apr 2022
Lingnan University (LU) is delighted to announce the admission of Hong Kong’s top boccia athlete Ng Chi-hang through Lingnan’s new Direct Entry Stream for Top Athletes (DESTA) under the University Grants Committee’s Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme (SALSA). Ng represented Hong Kong in boccia at China’s 10th National Games for Persons with Disabilities and 7th National Special Olympic Games in 2019 and The Asian Para Games at Incheon in 2014. He will be joining LU’s Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) programme in the coming academic year.
Prosthesis
10 Apr 2022
Malaysian and UK medical device and composite materials experts have partnered up to research into using natural fibres for prosthetic limb technology to lower the cost of the prosthesis
Distinguished Professor Hiroki Shirato
04 Apr 2022
Distinguished Professor Hiroki Shirato of Hokkaido University is one of the nine recipients of the Japan Academy Prize in 2022, for his groundbreaking work on “Biomedical and Engineering Research about Real-time Tumor Tracking Radiotherapy/Particle Beam Therapy against Cancer.”
21 Mar 2022
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (16 March 2022) — The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic pushed 4.7 million people in Southeast Asia into extreme poverty in 2021, as 9.3 million jobs disappeared, compared with a baseline no-COVID scenario, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report presented at the Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS).
Crushed can point singularity
14 Mar 2022
Mathematician Yukari Ito was excited at first to work from home. There was no need to commute to her office at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, where she is professor, and she could attend seminars by mathematicians around the world from her living room. But there are also challenges, so she hopes some things will go back to the way they used to be.
The 200-year-old U Bein Bridge, located in Amarapura
09 Mar 2022
Myanmar’s military coup has created new challenges for the country’s researchers.
Social Sciences and Coivd-19: The Southeast Asia Response - Report Cover
26 Feb 2022
Policy-makers should engage more closely with social scientists to understand the socio-economic, cultural and political contexts behind the behaviours we need to change in response to global crises.
25 Feb 2022
Induction into the Hall of Master Academic Clinicians is the highest accolade for clinical faculty at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre. Exemplary clinical faculty members are selected by a special committee for their subject matter mastery, academic excellence and exceptional mentoring for Duke-NUS students.
25 Feb 2022
The tourism industry’s performance was hampered first by the Easter Sunday bomb explosions in 2019 and then the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka saw a decline in tourist arrivals from 1,913,702 in 2019 to 194,495 in 2021. It is estimated that revenue declined from USD 3600 million to USD 261 million during 2019-2021, reflecting a staggering 92.75% reduction due to a fall in arrivals.
22 Feb 2022
• Your chances of getting resuscitated by a bystander in Asia if your heart suddenly stops while in a public place depends on whether you’re a man or a woman. • Across nine Asian communities, in public locations, the bystander CPR rates were 31.2 per cent for females and 36.4 per cent for males. • For women, the chances of receiving bystander CPR when suffering a cardiac arrest in a public out-of-hospital setting is lower than for men; in homes or private places, the likelihood is reversed.
21 Feb 2022
A great deal of discussion is underway on what appears to be the latest wave of migration from Sri Lanka. While the exact scale and nature of youth migration remain unclear, the costs of brain drain dominate these discussions. The brain drain concern is valid, yet focusing on it alone can limit our understanding of the complex implications of migration. This blog argues that apart from its challenges, youth migration can also present some surprising opportunities for socio-economic development if strategically managed.
18 Feb 2022
New research finds the extent of arterial occlusive disease in the popliteal artery correlates with the prognosis of peripheral arterial disease in lower limbs. The study of 31 patients who underwent percutaneous angioplasty of femoropopliteal artery (FPA) proved for the first time that ulcerated plaque observed in the FPA during angioscopy is the source of the thromboembolic mechanism in the popliteal artery.
U Hla Myint
20 Jan 2022
Giants in History: U Hla Myint (1920 – 2017) was a celebrated economist from Myanmar. Considered a prodigy, he was admitted to Rangoon University to study economics when he was just 14 years old.
13 Dec 2021
Following the theme "Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon," the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) once again celebrated its annual National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration virtually last 22-26 November 2021.
13 Dec 2021
The Akira Suzuki Award and the ICReDD Award, both sponsored by the Tosoh Corporation, were established in 2021 by the Akira Suzuki Award Organizing Committee, led by professors at the Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (ICReDD), in commemoration of Professor Akira Suzuki’s winning of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and in celebration of his 90th birthday.
Asia research News - Editor's Choice
09 Dec 2021
Micro-plastics cross blood brain barrier, Stomach cancer atlas, Omicron variant isolated, 120-year-old reaction turned on its head and Reporting through the coup, all in the December Editor's Choice. Plus our latest podcast: Decentralization and Democracy in Myanmar.
29 Nov 2021
Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong will confer honorary doctoral degrees upon four distinguished individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective professions and valuable contributions to the well-being of society.
24 Nov 2021
Researchers from the Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine have shown in patients with early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma who received cancer treatment that eliminating the hepatitis C virus with a direct-acting antiviral treatment reduces the risk of the liver cancer progression and increases overall patient survival.
16 Nov 2021
Scientists are turning to genomics to better understand the epidemiology of malaria and to inform control and elimination interventions and strategies. In the Lake Victoria region of Kenya, malaria burden remains very high despite more than a decade of intense control activities. A team of researchers from Osaka City University, Nagasaki University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Mount Kenya University generated whole Plasmodium falciparum genome sequences from the lake region. Their analyses revealed that malaria parasites from this region appear distinct from other parasites from East Africa, while frequencies of known drug resistance markers were similar to those in other East African parasite populations. Their findings will help to develop improved surveillance tools to determine parasite transmission routes and aid clinical disease management.
11 Nov 2021
Lingnan University (LU) has recently established an off-campus learning hub at the Jao Tsung-I Academy (JTIA) in Lai Chi Kok to enhance academic staff and students’ teaching and learning experience. An opening ceremony was held on Tuesday (9 November) and officiated by Dr Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited and former Council Chairman of LU, President of LU Prof Leonard K Cheng and Mr Mike Y W Lai, Chief Executive Officer, JTIA.
A fictitious soba restaurant website created for the study. The participants were provided images of the website with and without a date of establishment. The establishment year is “大正15年” (Taishō 15, 1926)
10 Nov 2021
Japanese customers have higher expectations of restaurants selling traditional foods more when they display an older year of establishment.
Asia research News - Editor's Choice
05 Nov 2021
Quick seawater test may reveal health of corals, Infectious disease caused by a new nairovirus, Converting CO2 into useful compounds and Automated COVID-19 diagnosis from chest scans all in the November Editor's Choice. Plus our latest podcast: Gender and Conflict in Myanmar.

Events

09 Nov 2010
The 3rd Asia-Pacific and Europe Media Dialogue will be held at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 9th and 10th of November 2009.
12 Aug 2009
SUSTAINABILITY: Our Challenge. Our Future.
09 Aug 2009
The 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific will bring people from various backgrounds in Asia and the Pacific region to meet and share knowledge, skills, ideas, research findings related to HIV and AIDS.
20 Nov 2009
The Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Leuphana University of Lüneburg cordially invite you to participate in the 3rd International Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, which will take place in Penang, Malaysia on 20 – 22 November 2009.
08 Aug 2009
The exhibition aims to represent significant themes and periods in the development of sculptor Duddley Diaz as an artist and as a Filipino working within an Italian setting.
09 Dec 2009
The Mekong Media Forum will gather media professionals from the six countries in the region to discuss the state of media and creative space, learn new skills, and exchange experiences and ideas around media as an actor for social change in their societies.
06 Oct 2009
The main objective of “HR Revolution” is to address the top priorities of today’s HR leaders in a tough economy. It is an excellent arena to learn how leading corporations are maintaining the engagement and morale of their workforce while cutting down cost of operations.
07 Jul 2009
To gather innovative ideas from fellow students around the world to address current issues faced by the international community.
23 Nov 2009
The EAS Congress is a pioneering region-wide platform for capacity building, strategic action and cooperation for the sustainable development of the Seas of East Asia.
26 Jun 2009
The group will talk about the comic book industry in the Philippines, share their insights and embark on the basics of creating comics.
20 Jun 2009
Sharing knowledge on different topics of managment and social sciences
16 Jun 2009
To provide a critical analysis of race relations in the British context and understand their struggles, challenges and achievements. An attempt to draw some parallel lessons
13 Jun 2009
The Asia Pacific region has become more stratified in every sector of life. Gaps are widening between rich and poor countries, between urban and rural areas, in relation to gender, and among classes and ethnic groups.
28 Aug 2009
An excellent opportunity to meet like minded diplomats of all ranks.
05 Jun 2009
Three artists have collaborated with the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and the National Art Gallery to put up an exhibition, themed “The Enchanting World of FRIM on Canvas in the Eyes of Rizlan, Ghani & Rafie” starting 2 June 2009.
21 Jun 2009
It is a three-day program, which consists of three components: study session "women's leadership and empowerment of disadvantaged groups", presentations of submitted papers.
23 Jun 2009
The conference hopes to provide a forum for examining important issues related to language policy, language learning and language teaching in the context of the developing world.
28 May 2009
Please join us for exploring KMD and discussing with our distinct faculty members for your learning opportunity.
15 Nov 2009
The 13th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, in conjunction with the World Bank-KERIS High Level Seminar on ICT in Education, emphasizes the powerful role ICT can play in changing the way we teach and learn.
09 Dec 2009
The impact of globalisation on the environment has reached such an alarming stage that it is vital to create greater awareness of environmental problems and educate the public on environmental issues.
22 May 2009
In his presentation “India, Global Finance and the G-20: What lessons, what agenda?” Bery will discuss India’s economic growth and resiliency in the context of the world economy.
13 May 2009
International Symposium Presented by Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies Research Group “International Cooperation”
20 May 2009
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is collaborating with the Education Ministry and Tetra Pak (M) Sdn. Bhd. to launch a six-month recycling programme themed “Nurture for Nature”.
13 Dec 2009
GHEF 2009 is a fitting platform to critically discuss issues, current trends, future perspectives and work towards global higher education systems that are relevant and sustainable while serving the common cause of humanity.
10 Jun 2009
This biennial conference serves as a platform for knowledge sharing, professional interaction and networking among scholars and practitioners in the field of education from all over the world.
22 Jun 2009
University Putra Malaysia proudly announces that it has won the bid to host this major international event from 22nd -26th June, 2009. This conference will address a range of important disciplines in the various areas of thinking for the benefit of mankind. The conference theme is: “Thinking Minds: Nurturing the Design of a Better Future.”
09 Apr 2009
Stephen P. Cohen is senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, where he conducts research on proliferation and the militaries of India and Pakistan.
06 Apr 2009
On the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Greece and Japan, an exhibition of subway art from Athens will open at the Tokyo National Museum on April 7, preceded by a symposium at Keio University on April 6, 2009.
07 Apr 2009
Larry Diamond, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, both at Stanford University.
26 Mar 2009
Registration is now open for the "Continuity and Change: (Re)conceptualising Power in Southeast Asia Conference" at Cambridge University.

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Giants in history

Vietnamese surgeon Tôn Thất Tùng (10 May 1912 – 7 May 1982) developed a pioneering technique that reduced the risks and mortality rate of liver operations.
Michiaki Takahashi (17 February 1928 – 16 December 2013) was a Japanese virologist who developed the first chickenpox vaccine.
Maggie Lim (5 January 1913 – November 1995) was a Singaporean physician who promoted family planning and expanded the access to clinics to improve the quality of life for mothers and children in Singapore’s early days.
The founder of the Adyar Cancer Institute in India, Muthulakshmi Reddy (30 July 1886 – 22 July 1968), fought to uplift women and girls from impoverished situations.
Through her iconic stories featuring fictional scenes from the history of the Philippines, language teacher and academic Genoveva Matute (3 January 1915 – 21 March 2009) helped strengthen the Filipino identity.
Tsuneko (7 June 1933) and Reiji Okazaki (8 October 1930 – 1 August 1975) were a Japanese couple who discovered Okazaki fragments – short sequences of DNA that are synthesized during DNA replication and linked together to form a continuous strand.
Sir Mokshagundam Srinivasa Shastry Vishveshwarayya (15 September 1860 – 14 April 1962) is widely regarded as India’s most outstanding engineer. In a career that spanned almost his entire life, Vishveshwarayya played a pivotal role in several engineering projects, including designing the Krishnarajasagara dam that is still the source of irrigation and drinking water for parts of Karnataka today.
Indian scientist and physician Upendranath Brahmachari (19 December 1873–6 February 1946) is best known for creating a drug called Urea Stibamine, used to safely and reliably treat visceral leishmaniasis (or Kala-azar), a severe infection caused by the Leishmania parasite.
Ali
Little is known about Ali, a teenager from Sarawak, Malaysia, who was chief assistant to the famous naturalist Alfred Wallace. Most of what is known comes from Wallace’s writings. Ali accompanied Wallace on expeditions throughout the Malay Archipelago from December 1855 to February 1862.
U Hla Myint (1920 – 2017) was a celebrated economist from Myanmar. Considered a prodigy, he was admitted to Rangoon University to study economics when he was just 14 years old. He went on to earn a Ph.D. at the London School of Economics (LSE).
Rajeshwari Chatterjee (24 January 1922 – 3 September 2010) was the first female engineer from Karnataka in India.