22 March 2020 | General News

Dr Zhang Weina, Senior Lecturer and Assoc Prof Ruth Tan, both from the Dept of Finance at NUS Business School explained that herding behaviour is where people act in the same way or adopt similar behaviours as the people around them and discussed the dangers and benefits of herding behaviour.

The Sunday Times

21 March 2020 | General News

Prof Dale Fisher from the Dept of Medicine at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine commented that Singapore’s strategy against COVID-19 will have to evolve if infections continue to rise and the outbreak shows no signs of abating. He also shared about why children appear to be asymptomatic or less likely to be sick from COVID-19 than adults.

The Straits Times

21 March 2020 | General News

Dr Kelvin Seah, Senior Lecturer from the Dept of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, opined that establishing gender discrimination in the labour market is not easy. However, based on wage data and various experiments that try to tease out attitudes, it would appear that some women do face discrimination in some positions at some stage in the work cycle.

The Straits Times

21 March 2020 | Research

NUS will set up the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions that will focus on how nature can be harnessed to help tackle climate change by the end of 2020. Helmed by conservation scientist Prof Koh Lian Pin, the Centre will have two overarching mandates – investing in policy-relevant research, and building capacity in Singapore and the region to respond to climate change.

The Straits Times, Berita Harian, Lianhe Zaobao

19 March 2020 | General News

Assoc Prof Alexander Cook, Vice-Dean (Research) at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health noted that COVID-19 cases would have soared if Singapore had not initiated measures such as contact tracing and quarantines. He added that for COVID-19 to reach its peak when there is no vaccine available means that half the population, or about 2.9 million people would have been infected.

The Straits Times

19 March 2020 | General News

Assoc Prof Mak Yuen Teen from the Dept of Accounting at NUS Business School opined that in addition to various implementation issues, whether a whistleblowing policy is likely to be effective depends on a number of other factors, the most important of which is the firm’s corporate culture.

The Business Times

19 March 2020 | General News

Assoc Prof Hsu Li Yang, Infectious Diseases Programme Leader and Co-Director of the Leadership Institute for Global Health Transformation at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) and Assoc Prof Natasha Howard from SSHSPH and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine noted that a variety of different combinations of interventions aimed at “flattening the epidemic curve” have popped up around the world, but time is needed for these to bear fruit. They added that Singapore’s current approach appears to be working but we must be prepared to quickly implement more restrictive social distancing measures, should COVID-19 case numbers begin to increase significantly.

CNA Online

18 March 2020 | Research

Assoc Prof Duong Hai-Minh and Prof Nhan Phan-Thien from the Dept of Mechanical Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering have led a research team to develop the world’s first aerogels made from scrap rubber tyres. By upcycling waste rubber into products of a higher commercial value, this new technology promotes a wider use of scrap tyres, and offers an eco-friendly way to recycle used rubber.

The Straits Times Online, The Sunday Times

18 March 2020 | General News

Dr Adrian W J Kuah, Director from the NUS Futures Office opined that in these uncertain times of COVID-19, hope must be the quality that enables us, as individuals and as a collective, to overcome the burden of evidence and to shake off the shackles of predetermined elements in our environment.

TODAY

17 March 2020 | General News

Prof Zheng Yongnian from the East Asian Institute at NUS discussed how countries worldwide manage the COVID-19 pandemic and mentioned several aspects. These included manpower and resources in coping with COVID-19, the authority and power of medical professionals, influence of mass media and the role of society.

Lianhe Zaobao