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No. 180 4 October 2011
Published on the first Tuesday of every month.


Grand Opening
The Grand Opening of the much-anticipated Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (CMC) will be held on 28 October to be followed by a six-month festival to celebrate the inauguration of Hong Kong・s newest architectural wonder. Officiating guests will include Mr Kenneth Chen Wei-on, Under Secretary for Education, Dr Norman Leung Nai-pang, Pro-Chancellor of CityU, The Hon Leung Chun-ying, Council Chairman, Professor Way Kuo, University President, and Mr Daniel Libeskind, Architect of CMC. A series of world-class events, performances, exhibitions and symposia will link the University with academics, professionals and the wider community during the festival.


Distinguished Alumni Award
The winners of this year・s Distinguished Alumni Award will be announced at a ceremony on 13 October. The award, now in its second year, honours outstanding alumni who have demonstrated remarkable personal achievements and significant contributions in their profession/career and for the University and community. Organised in conjunction with the ceremony is a Leader Forum featuring The Hon Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, President of the Legislative Council of HKSAR, and Dr The Hon Allan Zeman, Chairman of the Ocean Park Corporation. They will share with the audience their thoughts on leadership, careers and community service.


Information Day
The central focus for this year・s Information Day will be the theme :Discover & Innovate @CityU; in preparation for the transition to the new 4-year curriculum in Hong Kong. Schools and colleges at CityU will spend the weekend of 15V16 October promoting to prospective students our portfolio of undergraduate programmes as well as new inter-disciplinary programmes and Gateway Education courses that emphasise discovery, innovation and creativity.


Distinguished Lecture
Professor Jay F Nunamaker, Regents・ and Soldwedel Professor of MIS, Computer Science and Communication, and Director of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration at the University of Arizona, will introduce a multi-disciplinary deception detection model consisting of automated methods for detecting linguistic, vocalic, kinesic and psychometric cues in his talk :Going the Last Mile in Research and the Development of an AVATAR for Automated Screening for Truth or Deception; on 4 October at the latest in the City University Distinguished Lecture Series.


Talk by CityU・s Founding Director
Professor David Johns, the Founding Director of City University of Hong Kong, will offer some reflections on his distinguished career as an aerospace engineer and university administrator at a talk titled :Travels of an Engineer; on 12 October. Professor Johns led CityU for six years and was later appointed as Vice Chancellor at Bradford University where he was in charge of the education and training of health professionals in nine discipline areas.


Visiting writer・s talks
Mr Liu Ke-shiang, a Taiwanese writer and naturalist, will discuss his reflections on Taiwan・s culture, travel, Hong Kong・s natural environment, and food in three talks titled :Jiufen, Tamsui and PingxiXLiterary Experience in Taiwan Travel;, “Eggs, Peanuts and TofuXLiterary Thoughts on the Three Tastes of Life; and :Removed Islands, Deserted Villages and Fung Shui WoodsXPortraying Hong Kong Landscape;, which will be held on 7 October, 21 October and 4 November, respectively. These talks have been organised by the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics. For details please visit: http://ctl.cityu.edu.hk/natwrite/.


Art exhibition
The Chinese Civilisation Centre (CCIV) is holding an exhibition titled :The Spirit of Flowers: Chinese Paintings of Shen Mo and Shum Hon Shui; at the CityU Gallery from 29 September to 6 November. To mark the occasion, there was an opening ceremony on 28 September attended by the two artists, Mr Shen Mo and Mr Shum Hon Shui, plus Dr Sze Chi-ching, President of the Calligraphy and Painting Study Association Hong Kong Fukienese, Dr Sun Li-chuan, Deputy Chief Editor of Cosmos Books, and Professor Cheng Pei-kai, Director of CCIV.


A low cost mobile radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader developed by Professor Andrew Lim Leong Chye, Professor of the Department of Management Sciences, and Mr Shylesh Karuvath, Research Fellow of the Department of Management Sciences, won a gold award in the category of :Most Innovative EPC/RFID Products; at the HK RFID Awards 2011 organised by GS1 Hong Kong. They also won the Most Innovative Award in the first Guangdong-Hong Kong RFID Awards organised by GS1 Hong Kong and Guangdong RFID Public Service Centre.

Three CityU students, Zhang Niantong (Department of Computer Science), Zhang Hao (Department of Computer Science) and He Zhe (Department of Electronic Engineering), won the first runner-up in the 2011 Schneider Electric Energy Efficiency Cup for their energy-saving proposal entitled :Smart Phone Lift;. A cash prize of HK$20,000 was awarded to the winning students. Dr Jason Xue Chun, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, was the coach for the team.


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