Staff Awards

Staff Awards

Welcome to the Staff Awards website, where we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our faculty and staff. If you wish to share any prizes or awards received, new appointments or memberships in prestigious boards or societies, and other notable achievements in the last six months, we would love to hear from you.

12 December 2019

MBI principal investigator to join inaugural class of EMBO Global Investigators

Assistant Professor Timothy Saunders, Principal Investigator at the Mechanobiology Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, NUS has been selected to join the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Global Investigator Network.

This new EMBO programme, launched in 2019, aims to identify and support the next generation of scientific leaders who have started their laboratories in EMBC (“European Molecular Biology Conference”) Associate Member States (currently India and Singapore), or in a country or territory covered by a cooperation agreement with EMBC (currently Chile and Taiwan). This inaugural class of nine EMBO Global Investigators are distributed across all four of these countries or territories.

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04 December 2019

NUS accorded joint PEP Best Suggestion Award

NUS was presented with the PEP Best Suggestion Award at the Pro-Enterprise Panel – Singapore Business Federation (PEP-SBF) Awards 2019 ceremony on 26 Nov 2019. 

This accolade recognises the collaborative work between NUS, Nanyang Technological University, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, and National Environment Agency, in reviewing the licensing requirements for users of confocal microscopes.

NUS was presented with the PEP Best Suggestion Award at the Pro-Enterprise Panel – Singapore Business Federation (PEP-SBF) Awards 2019 ceremony on 26 Nov 2019. 

This accolade recognises the collaborative work between NUS, Nanyang Technological University, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, and National Environment Agency, in reviewing the licensing requirements for users of confocal microscopes. Confocal microscopes are special microscopes that use a laser for illumination instead of visible light. Some of these microscopes contain high powered lasers which require users to be licensed. While the microscopes have high powered lasers, laser emission level at the point where the user may be exposed to is below the regulatory limit. After establishing a series of safeguards, users no longer need to apply for user licence, resulting in cost-savings of more than $100,000 annually and time-savings.

The PEP Best Suggestion Award honours private sector individuals and businesses which have contributed feedback and suggestions to the PEP, leading to significant improvements in the business operating environment.

Photo: Dr Peck Thian Guan, Director of OSHE (third from left) with Mr Leo Yip, Chairman, PEP and Head of Civil Service (centre); Dr Felix Margadant, Senior Research Fellow, MBI (third from right); Ms Zhou Qian, Safety & Health Manager, OSHE (second from right); and Mr Jedison Ong, Associate Director, OSHE (extreme right)   

 

 

Prof Jochen Wirtz (centre) with the Christopher Lovelock Career Contributions Award
03 December 2019

Business prof wins the Christopher Lovelock Career Contributions Award

Professor Jochen Wirtz from NUS Business School was presented with the “Christopher Lovelock Career Contributions to the Services Discipline Award” recently by the American Marketing Association Services Special Interest Group (SERVSIG). The award, which is presented annually by SERVSIG, recognises the individual whose teaching, research and service have had the greatest long-term impact on the development of the services discipline. Contributions to the services discipline should be significant, frequent, and include recent contributions.

02 December 2019

NUS RRT receives Outstanding CERT Award 2019

The NUS Rapid Response Team (RRT) had a rare moment of stepping into the limelight when they received the Outstanding Company Emergency Response Team (CERT) Award from Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs at the annual Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) parade on 23 Nov 2019.

The team was accorded the award in recognition for their swift response to a fire outbreak at a laboratory building on campus in March 2019, where over 1,000 people were evacuated.

The NUS Rapid Response Team (RRT) had a rare moment of stepping into the limelight when they received the Outstanding Company Emergency Response Team (CERT) Award from Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs at the annual Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) parade on 23 Nov 2019.

The team was accorded the award in recognition for their swift response to a fire outbreak at a laboratory building on campus in March 2019, where over 1,000 people were evacuated.

NUS was among 12 companies including Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts, Singapore Expo, PSA Singapore (Pasir Panjang Container Terminal Building), PSA Corporation Limited (Keppel Distripark and PSA Keppel Terminal), Shell Eastern Petroleum and ExxonMobile Asia Pacific, which received the 2019 CERT Award.

NUS RRT was established in 2015 under the Office of Campus Security to provide quick response to fire incidents within NUS. The RRT was subsequently moved to the Emergency Management Division at the Office of Safety, Health and Environment in 2018.

Photo (from left): Yam Guan Shyh (Deputy Director/Head, Emergency Management Division, OSHE), Wong Kwok Yew (Manager), Sa'Aid Bin Abdul Rahman Bahajj (RRT member), Muhammad Shakeel Bin Mohamed I (RRT member), Mohammed Khoirul Bin Mohd Noor (Assistant Manager), Mohammad Fazulee Bin Abdul Rahman (Associate Director), Ravindran s/o Sockalingam (Senior Associate Director)

21 November 2019

Winner of 2020 Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory

Assistant Professor Bao Huanchen from the Department of Mathematics at NUS Faculty of Science, has been jointly accorded the 2020 Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory of the American Mathematical Society with Professor Wang Weiqiang from the University of Virginia, US, for their fundamental contributions to the theory of quantum symmetric pairs.

Asst Prof Bao and Prof Wang were recognised for extending completely the known theory of canonical bases from the case of quantized enveloping algebras to the case of quantum symmetric pairs.

The Chevalley Prize is awarded in even-numbered years for notable work in Lie Theory published during the preceding six years. It was established in 2014 by George Lusztig to honor Claude Chevalley (1909-1984), a founding member of the Bourbaki group.

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Dr Tay (second from right) receiving the medal
15 November 2019

Young engineer awarded Yamaguchi Medal

Dr Andy Tay, Senior Tutor from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at NUS Engineering, received the Yamaguchi Medal during the recent 2019 Asian Pacific Association of Biomechanics meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan. He was awarded the medal in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics for his research in developing novel nano and micro tools for the study of mechano-sensitive ion channels.

During the meeting, Dr Tay also gave a talk on designing bioresorbable magnetic hydrogels as tissue-machine interfaces and regenerative medicine. 

The Yamaguchi Medal aims to encourage promising young researchers at the early stage of their career in the field of biomechanics and is named in honour of the founding president, Professor Takami Yamaguchi.