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No. 117 5 August 2008


Applied Research Grant
Eight applied research projects have secured $3m in internal funds from CityU's Applied Research Grant 2007-08. The projects, based in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, Department of Building and Construction, Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, Department of Physics and Materials Science and Library, have attracted a further $810,000 in industrial sponsorship.

New appointments
Dr Su Xijia has been appointed as Acting Head of the Department of Accountancy from 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2009, while Professor (Chair) Lai Kin-keung has been appointed as Acting Head of the Department of Management Sciences from 1 August 2008 until further notice. In addition, Professor Yang Yeong-bin assumed duty on 1 August as Professor (Chair) of Building and Construction.


Sculpture opening
To welcome new students, members of CityU donated hundreds of memorabilia items and had them encased in colourful wax and incorporated into a large sculpture by international artist Ms Tan Yuk-king. A launch ceremony of the sculpture will be held at the University Concourse on 19 August with Ms Tan, Professor Way Kuo, University President, Mr Patrick Lee Chung-wah, Chairman of CityU Convocation and Mr Andy Chu Ka-kit, President of the Students' Union, in attendance. The guests will write their reflections or welcoming words for new students on the decorated pillars.

Translation conference
The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS) has organised the 2nd HCLS Conference on Translation, Language Contact and Multilingual Communication, to be held from 13 August to 15 August. The conference will explore translation modelling, relate it to other forms of communication in the context of multilingualism and suggest ways in which translation as a process and product may contribute to language contact. Academics from around the world will participate in the conference. The conference will be opened on 13 August by Professor M A K Halliday, Advisor to HCLS; Professor Yang Deyan, Executive Vice President, The Publishers Association of China; Professor Erich Steiner, University of Saarland, Germany and Guest Convenor; and Professor Jonathan Webster, Head of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics (CTL) and Director of HCLS.

Linguistics Fun Days
The Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics (CTL) has for two consecutive years organised the Linguistics Fun Days commissioned by the Support Measures for the Exceptionally Gifted Students Scheme of the Education Bureau, HKSAR. The programme held from 29 July to 31 July provided an opportunity for students to develop their analytical skills, with special reference to language, through a series of activities, including problem-solving tasks appropriate to the needs and attributes of gifted students. The tasks were designed to arouse their interest in the academic/systemic study of language and to enhance their awareness of the importance of language and its role in the contemporary world. Thirty secondary students were introduced to various aspects of linguistics and university life through lectures, problem-solving tasks, group activities and a sharing session with CTL's graduate students.


Dr Chiu Leung, a PhD fresh graduate supervised by Associate Professor Dr Xue Quan, Department of Electronic Engineering, has received the First Prize of the IEEE Region 10 Student Paper Contest (Postgraduate Category) for his paper "Performance Enhancement of Microwave Circuitries Using Parallel Strip Line". Dr Chiu was awarded the Second Prize in the same contest last year.

A team of four CityU students won the Consolation Prize in the University Student Category of the SCMP/IFPHK Financial Planner Awards 2008. They were Chan Shuk-ning from the Department of Marketing, and Cheung Long-kwan, Kwok Kin-tak and Li Wing-yuen from the Department of Economics and Finance. Organised by the Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong and the South China Morning Post, the award recognises financial planners and university students with excellent professional knowledge, who can demonstrate financial planning skills at the highest level and uphold best practices in financial planning in Hong Kong.


External appointment
Professor (Chair) Andrew Leung Yee-tak, Department of Building and Construction, has been appointed by the Education Bureau, HKSAR, as a member of the Research Grant Council (RGC) from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2010. Professor Leung has been serving the RGC Engineering Panel for six years. This new appointment is recognition of his expertise in the engineering field, both in Hong Kong and overseas.


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