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No. 190 7 August 2012
Published on the first Tuesday of every month.


Honorary awards
The University will confer honorary doctoral degrees on Professor Bai Chunli, Mr Hu Fa-kuang and Dr Allan Zeman in recognition of their significant contributions to education and the well-being of society. The ceremony will be held on 13 November during the University's Congregation. Professor Bai, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science. Mr Hu, Honorary Chairman of Ryoden Development Limited, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Social Science. Dr Zeman, Chairman of the Ocean Park Corporation and Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Holdings Limited, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration.


New appointments
Professor Wang Xunli has been appointed the Head of Department of Physics and Materials Science. He will assume duty on 13 August.  Professor Wang received his PhD from Iowa State University and is currently a Distinguished Research Staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. Professor Wang is a recognised leader in neutron and synchrotron scattering studies.

Professor Woo Chung-ho has been appointed Chair Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Physics and Materials Science. Professor Woo assumed duty on 1 August. He received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in Canada. His research interests include thin films, electronics and kinetics of defects in solids, and radiation damage.

Professor Yang Tong has been appointed the Head of Department of Mathematics with effect from 1 August. Professor Yang has served the University for almost 18 years and is currently Chair Professor of Mathematics in the Department. He has a PhD from the University of California, Davis.


Sexual harassment policy and procedures
The Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) has launched a website containing information about the new policies and procedures about sexual harassment. The website is located at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/cash and can be accessed here. Posters, flyers and booklets have also been distributed around campus to publicise the new policies.


KTO forum
Technology transfer is a crucial component of the University's strategic development, communicating our research results to industry and the general public for the benefit of society. The Emerging Technologies Forum, titled "Advances in Printed Electronics", will feature presentations by CityU's Dr Victor Lau Chor-yue, Technology Transfer Officer, Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO), who will talk about flexible electronics, and Dr Roy Vellaisamy, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Materials Science, who will discuss printable materials for memories, sensors and photovoltaic devices. Additionally, Professor Xu Haisheng, Department of Physics, East China University of Science and Technology, and Chairman and President, Kunshan Hisense Electronics Co Ltd, will present on the emerging industry of printed electronics in China. The KTO forum will take place on 17 August in the Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room.


Designing a CityU logo
All CityU students, staff and alumni are welcome to participate in our pursuit of a fresh visual identity (University logo), one that encompasses our aspirations to become a global university excelling in research and professional education. The University Logo Design Competition is open for entries until 21 September. Details are available here.


Painting exhibition
The Chinese Civilisation Centre is holding an exhibition titled "Bird-and-Flower Paintings of Zhong Yu Chun" from now until 16 September at the CityU Gallery.


An article by Dr Antonio Ruotolo of the Department of Physics and Materials Science and nine other collaborators from Belgium and France has been accepted for publication in Nature Physics, the world's no.1 journal for pure and applied research in all areas of physics. The title of the article is "Commensurability and chaos in magnetic vortex oscillations". Dr Ruotolo and his collaborators have engineered tunable nanoscale radiofrequency electrical oscillators that can be driven in commensurate phase-locked and incommensurate chaotic states by changing the driving current, resulting in Devil's staircases. This system provides a novel testbed for probing strong nonlinear dynamics on the nanoscale.

Dr Gabriel Wu Yeow-chong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, was invited to attend "Approaches to Reading Fiction: The 2nd International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Literature" jointly organised by Harvard University and Remin University from 9–10 July at Renmin University as a representative expert in the field. The discussions at the two-day forum focused on ways of approaching Chinese fiction.

Mok Ho-leung, a student from the Department of Computer Science (CS), has won the Gold Award in the 2012 Amway Pan-Pearl River Delta Region Universities IT Project Competition. His project titled "Mobile Live Broadcasting Application" beat over 500 entries from 277 universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. He was coached by Dr Ted Chow Chi-yin, Assistant Professor in CS.

Raymond Lee Kui-yuen, studying for a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, won a merit award in the 3rd CUC Cup National Student Architectural Design Competition. Under the theme "Old Community, New Life", the contest attracted 873 entries from 128 institutions in 28 provinces and cities in China. The jury panel comprised deans and top architects in China, headed by Academician Professor He Jingtang, the designer of the China Pavilion at the World Expo. Raymond's project was supervised by Dr Charlie Xue Qiuli, Assistant Professor, and Mr John Cheng Chiu-fong, Adjunct Professor, in the Division of Building Science and Technology. CityU students won two awards at the 2nd CUC Cup Competition in 2011.

Leung Ka-ming, a Year 2 applied social studies student, narrowly missed out on a place in the last 16 in the men's individual épée competition at the London Olympics. He was beaten by the Italian champion Paolo Pizzo, 14-15. Leung Ka-ming is the first épée fencer to represent Hong Kong in the Olympics.

The CityU women's tennis team won the 17th National University Students Tennis Championship cum National Higher Education Institution "President's Cup" Tennis Competition organised by Kunming University of Science and Technology.


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