27 March 2017 | Research

An online “calculator” developed by PhD candidate Mr Sreemanee Raaj Dorajoo and supervised by Assoc Prof Alexandre Chan, who are both from the Dept of Pharmacy at NUS Faculty of Science, can help healthcare teams reduce readmission cases by identifying high-risk patients for targeted intervention, either during admission or after they are discharged.

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27 March 2017 | Research

“The Singapore Report on Shareholder Meetings: Dawn of Activism” co-authored by Assoc Prof Mak Yuan Teen of NUS Business School and active investor Mr Chew Yi Hong has found that listed companies are continuing to cluster their annual general meetings (AGMs) around the same handful of days a year – in particular the last two business days of April. The authors noted that the situation is very likely going to get worse going forward, with new requirements – which could involve more board deliberations pushing back the AGM dates – kicking in.

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27 March 2017 | Community

Project Infinitude, a collaboration between social initiative Superhero Me, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at NUS and local conductor Mr Wong Kah Chun, gave children with disabilities and children from low-income families opportunities to experiment with instruments and singing.

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26 March 2017 | General News

Associate Professor Simon Poh from the Department of Accounting at NUS Business School explained the terms “tax avoidance” and “tax evasion”, which refer to arrangements seeking to minimise tax liabilities that are not acceptable to tax authorities. He mentioned that when reporting taxable income, extra caution must be exercised to ensure no tax evasion or tax avoidance activities are involved.

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25 March 2017 | General News

Visiting Prof Vinod Thomas from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS discussed how governments and external financiers can get more out of development spending by forging ‘productive connections’ across countries and savvy investments. He opined that better knowledge dissemination through data and information sharing on the possibilities for making useful linkages is one part of the solution. The other part is encouraging teamwork across sectors and collaboration across boundaries, rather than going solo and doing things in isolation.

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25 March 2017 | General News

Mr Hawyee Auyong from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS examined the practice of dynamic pricing for taxi rides booked through the Grab app, as well as possible unintended consequences. He noted how surge pricing could result in cabbies shunning passengers on the streets and that if the practice eventually adds to commuter frustration or leaves behind disadvantaged segments of the population, including those unable to use booking apps, there may be public pressure for regulators to step in once again in setting taxi fares or to limit how ‘dynamic’ taxi fares are allowed to be.

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24 March 2017 | Education

Harvard University President Prof Drew Faust shared her thoughts on leadership, diversity and change during her recent visit to Singapore. She said she had a great conversation with NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan on 21 March 2017, and was struck by how alike their challenges as well as their thoughts are on so many same issues even though they are 9,000 miles (14,500km) apart. These issues included lifelong education, data science, what undergraduates expect of grading and in general, what students should know to thrive in a future with robots and other forms of pervasive technology. 

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24 March 2017 | General News

Assoc Prof Hsu Li Yang, Programme Leader of the Antimicrobial Resistance Programme at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Dr Loh Kah Seng, a historian and co-founder of Chronicles Research and Education noted that tuberculosis (TB) remains an epidemic in the majority of countries in the world, including Singapore, and it still exerts a ruinous toll on the health and economy of individuals and society. The authors opined that it is imperative Singapore utilises its international collaborative links, in conjunction with its national links and community capacities, to deal with the persisting threat of TB, as it had done throughout its history. Such commitment and focus must be decades-long, beyond the cycles of government leaders and business.

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24 March 2017 | General News

Dr Ronojoy Sen, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at NUS discussed the election result in India’s largest and most populous state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), which saw the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win three quarters of the seats in the UP Assembly. The result confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s star shines as brightly as it did in 2014 when he was elected India’s Prime Minister, and underscored the party’s dominance in a pivotal state. 

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24 March 2017 | Research

Researchers from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS found that a natural compound found in mangosteens – xanthones, with its anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, could be effective in inhibiting and killing Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for causing tuberculosis. The study began three years ago and was published in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

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