The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at NUS has commissioned a book, titled 'Of Whales and Dinosaur-'The Story of Singapore's Natural History Museum', which looks at how the new museum came into being.
Local historian Mr Han Tan Juan tracks the events that led to the merger of University of Singapore and Nanyang University in April 1980 to form the National University of Singapore.
A team led by Asst Prof Ren Hongliang from the NUS Dept of Biomedical Engineering has developed a tubular robotic system for minimally invasive surgical procedures. This robotic system is among the 23 innovations which are featured at the NUS Science & Technology exhibition at the University Cultural Centre.
NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said in his speech at the launch on 9 April that visitors will get to view many innovative technologies and inventions at the exhibition, and that the University is proud that many of these have effectively addressed problems.
Prof Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, used the metaphor of a cathedral to describe where Singapore is in the process of its nation-building. He opined that if we are going to continue succeeding in building a great Singapore nation over the next 50 years, we have to give No. 1 priority to injecting more beauty into Singapore.
Prof Asit K. Biswas, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, and Mr Julian Kirchherr, doctoral researcher from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford discussed the absence of professors from shaping public debates and policies and how the problem seems to have exacerbated in recent years, particularly in social sciences.
Prof Tazeen Jafar from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, led a study on 500 local university students which revealed that the more often one eats out, the higher the chances of developing high blood pressure, as food cooked outside is often higher in fat and salt.
Mr Ho Kwon Ping, NUS Institute of Policy Study's first S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, observed that Singapore in the next 50 years will be increasingly diverse in ways that run up against rigid expectations of racial and social attitudes. Mr Ho noted that Singapore's challenge is to embrace this diversity as its strength and as an integral part of itself.
The Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) at NUS has embarked on a study since December 2014 to identify microalgae species found in Singapore waters and the findings could help reduce the impact of algae blooms on fish stocks.
The Institute of Policy Studies at NUS appointed Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the 2015/16 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. Mr Kausikan will pursue research related to public policy and governance in Singapore, and give a series of IPS-Nathan Lectures over the course of the 2015/2016 academic year.
The Governance Evaluation for Mid and Small Caps (Gems), a new rating benchmark for Singapore-listed SMEs, is a collaboration between Sias and Saicsa, together with governance expert Assoc Prof Mak Yuen Teen from NUS Business School as the project advisor.