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No. 149 1 Dec 2009
Published on the first & third Tuesday of every month.


Administrative appointments
Professor Roderick Wong Sue-cheun, Chair Professor of Mathematics, assumes the new role as Vice-President (Development and External Relations) to lead fundraising endeavours, and to oversee the University's mainland and external affairs and alumni relations. Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, Chair Professor of Computer Science, serves as the Acting Vice-President (Research and Technology) and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies, to promote university-industry collaborations through knowledge transfer and technology enhancement. Professor Matthew Lee Kwok-on, Chair Professor of Information Systems and E-Commerce, is appointed as Acting Director of Communications and Public Relations, to strengthen internal and external communications and to enhance CityU's image, visibility and public relations. These appointments are effective immediately.


Anniversary Banquet
One of the highlights of CityU's 25th anniversary celebration is the Anniversary Banquet being held on 6 December at the Convention Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The banquet will include a programme that highlights the University's outstanding achievements in its relatively short history of 25 years. The evening will showcase the journey undertaken by CityU students and alumni as they transform into professionals, and present an opportunity to express gratitude to the University's donors and supporters.


Health workshop
The One Health International Workshop will be held on 10 December under the theme "The Importance of Veterinarian Public Health to Human Society". Professor David D Ho, Scientific Director & CEO, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Centre and Dr the Hon York Chow Yat-ngok, GBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health will be the guests of honour. The purpose of the workshop is to promote the concept that animal health and human health are an integrated whole, in response to the World Health Organisation’s advocacy for building high quality veterinary infrastructure in preventing zoonoses and promoting public health at all levels.


Academician conference 
The academician conference "Engineering Science and Technology: Trends and Frontiers", co-hosted by CityU and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, will be held on 14 and 15 December. It will bring together engineers who have played a pivotal role in huge-scale projects in China and other highly regarded scientists to discuss the latest innovations in engineering and the possible frontiers of technological advancement. The conference is the final instalment in the four-conference series, "Science for the Future: A World-class Summit", marking the University's Silver Jubilee.


Anniversary publications
To celebrate its silver jubilee anniversary, the University will release a CityU History Books Box Set in mid-December in recognition of this historical occasion. The unique gift box contains two books that retell the story of CityU's progression from City Polytechnic of Hong Kong to an accredited University in 1994, and onwards to today's world-ranked university. It encompasses the changing social, political and economic environment in Hong Kong over the past few decades. Also included is the commemorative photo album offering visually compelling images of all the significant and remarkable milestones of CityU. An exclusive 30% pre-launch discount will be offered for CityU staff, students and alumni till 11 December. Enquiry hotline: 3442 6818.


Language and computation
The 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC) will be held at CityU from 3-5 December. The PACLIC series of conferences emphasises the synergy of theoretical analysis and processing of language, and provides a meeting forum for researchers in different fields of language study in the Pacific-Asia region. The conference is organised by the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics and the Language Information Sciences Research Centre of CityU, under the auspices of the PACLIC Steering Committee.


Extraordinary dress code
The Extra/ordinary Dress Code: Costuming and the second skin in Asia International Symposium organised by the Department of English will be held from 8-10 December. The symposium will discuss the motivations and mysteries behind dressing up in both everyday clothing and spectacular costume. Together with the conference, an exhibition showcasing photographs of ordinary Hong Kong citizens with extraordinary outfits and local hand-made Cosplay costumes will be held at Videotage, Cattle Depot Artist Village, from 11am-6pm on 11-24 December. An opening cabaret show will be presented on 10 December at 6pm.


Law Lecture 
The School of Law is holding a public lecture entitled "China, the US and the World Economy:  Our Shared Responsibilities," to be delivered by Ambassador Richard N Gardner, Former US Ambassador to Italy and Spain, and Professor of Law and International Organisation at Columbia Law School. The 7 December lecture will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel, Wanchai.


Student winners
Three MA students from the Department of Public and Social Administration in Housing Studies programme received the Best Dissertation Award from the Chartered Institute of Housing (Asia Pacific Branch). The winning project, "What Motivates Property Management Practitioners to Stay in the Market?" was written by Francis Wong Kai-yin, Patrick Lam Chi-lap and Alvin Chau Yau-kong. Ivy Lam Kit-ying, (BA Housing Studies programme) and Brenda Lai Fung-ming (MA Housing Studies programme) received the Best Student Awards jointly presented by the Chartered Institute of Housing (Asia Pacific Branch) and the Hong Kong Institute of Housing.


Research grants
Application are now open for the Synergistic Innovation Scheme for undergraduate students from the College of Science and Engineering. It is a three-stage development grant for student research and development projects. Its objective is to encourage students to exploit novel ideas in scientific innovation that can significantly enhance quality of life. Students can form groups and propose creative yet applicable scientific ideas to compete for the grant. Projects accepted at Stage 1 will receive a $5,000 grant to further develop their research or ideas. Outstanding projects will receive higher grants in the advanced stages. The application deadline is 31 January 2010.


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