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.

22 October 2019

Prof John Wong elected to National Academy of Medicine

NUS Senior Vice President (Health Affairs) Professor John Eu-Li Wong has been elected to the prestigious US National Academy of Medicine. Regarded as one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine, election to the academy recognises outstanding individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare and public health.

Prof Wong, who is also Chief Executive at the National University Health System (NUHS) and the Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences at NUS, is a renowned medical oncologist-haematologist. Deeply involved in the development of Singapore’s health and biomedical sciences, he serves as a member of the National Health and Biomedical Sciences Executive Committee. He has held many key leadership roles locally and internationally, including being the Past President of the World Health Summit and helming the expanded NUHS through excellence in care, research and education.

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Dr Toh (far left) at the award ceremony in Siem Reap, Cambodia
22 October 2019

Environmentalist wins ASEAN Youth Eco-Champions Award

Dr Toh Tai Chong, Lecturer and Academic Director at the NUS College of Alice & Peter Tan, has been conferred the inaugural ASEAN Youth Eco-Champions Award. This prestigious award recognises the efforts of youth in promoting environmental education and sustainable development towards a clean and green community.

Dr Toh was commended for his contributions to environmental education through three major areas, namely, education, research and service. As an educator, he is active in developing modules related to conservation and sustainability. By integrating experiential learning in his modules, his students were able to evaluate environmental issues in multidisciplinary settings. As a marine biologist, his research focuses on coral reef conservation and his integration of social sciences to biological conservation was crucial in developing novel approaches to environmental education.

Dr Toh Tai Chong, Lecturer and Academic Director at the NUS College of Alice & Peter Tan, has been conferred the inaugural ASEAN Youth Eco-Champions Award. This prestigious award recognises the efforts of youth in promoting environmental education and sustainable development towards a clean and green community.

Dr Toh was commended for his contributions to environmental education through three major areas, namely, education, research and service. As an educator, he is active in developing modules related to conservation and sustainability. By integrating experiential learning in his modules, his students were able to evaluate environmental issues in multidisciplinary settings. As a marine biologist, his research focuses on coral reef conservation and his integration of social sciences to biological conservation was crucial in developing novel approaches to environmental education.

Dr Toh has also collaborated extensively with local agencies and overseas institutions to enhance environmental education efforts. Many of the ASEAN youth whom he mentored went on to develop award winning environmental projects and offered Fullbright Scholarships.

In addition, the passionate environmentalist co-founded Our Singapore Reefs, a community initiative that galvanises support from the public, businesses and government agencies to remove Singapore’s underwater marine debris. To date, the collective effort by the volunteers has removed more than 8,500 pieces of trash in the last two years. For his impactful work, he won the EcoFriend Award 2018 (Non-Governmental Organisations and Grassroots Volunteers) presented by the National Environment Agency of Singapore.

18 October 2019

Researchers honoured with science and tech awards

NUS scientists have been recognised with the President’s Science and Technology Awards, Singapore’s highest research and innovation accolades. These researchers and engineers are honoured for their outstanding work and contributions that have resulted in significant scientific, technological or economic benefits for the country. Recipients of the President’s Science Award are Professor Toh Kim Chuan from NUS Mathematics; and Singapore Eye Research Institute team comprising Duke-NUS Medical School faculty – Associate Professor Audrey Chia, Professor Saw Seang Mei, Professor Roger Beuerman and Adjunct Professor Donald Tan. Recipients of the Young Scientist Award are Dr Charles Lim from NUS Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Centre for Quantum Technologies at NUS; and Dr Shao Huilin from NUS Biomedical Engineering and Principal Investigator at NUS Institute for Health Innovation & Technology.

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17 October 2019

Business prof honoured as INFORMS fellow

Professor Teo Chung Piaw, Provost’s Chair and Director of the Institute of Operations Research and Analytics at NUS Business School, has been honoured by The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) as a fellow, one of a mere dozen selected worldwide annually. He is also the only fellow ever named from an Asian institution in the fellowship’s 17-year history.

Professor Teo Chung Piaw, Provost’s Chair and Director of the Institute of Operations Research and Analytics at NUS Business School, has been honoured by The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) as a fellow, one of a mere dozen selected worldwide annually. He is also the only fellow ever named from an Asian institution in the fellowship’s 17-year history.

Prof Teo is recognised for his exceptional contributions in optimising business processes particularly in inventory, logistics and supply chain management, as well as for outstanding leadership and service to the profession.

He has developed methods to understand and manage business risks and optimise efficiency in operations and supply chains. His work has been used in designing vessel-berthing schedules in ports, managing risk exposure of gaming products and in pricing and assortment optimisation.

INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to and promoting best practices and advances in operations research, management science and analytics to improve operational processes, decision-making and outcomes. Recipients of its fellowship include Nobel Prize winners Harry Markowitz and John Nash who were recognised in 2002.

Assoc Prof Ang (second from left) with the Artemis Award
16 October 2019

Young ophthalmologist honoured with Artemis Award

Associate Professor Marcus Ang of Duke-NUS Medical School has been awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2019 Artemis Award for his work in creating free vision care for people across Asia, particularly the elderly in Singapore. The Artemis Award honours a young ophthalmologist in recognition of the tremendous work he or she has done to help disadvantaged communities obtain vision care. It is named after the Greek goddess Artemis, who was the protector and nurturer of the vulnerable and suffering.

Associate Professor Marcus Ang of Duke-NUS Medical School has been awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2019 Artemis Award for his work in creating free vision care for people across Asia, particularly the elderly in Singapore. 

Since 2006, Assoc Prof Ang has served as Founding Director of Global Clinic Ltd, a non-profit organisation registered in Singapore that provides free eye care and surgeries in developing countries in Asia. He has organised and led programmes in many countries including Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar Thailand and Vietnam.

Assoc Prof Ang initiated the Mobile Eye Clinic Project in 2013, under the auspices of the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology. This programme provides free eye care to the elderly in underprivileged communities in Singapore, who regularly receive free eye care and appropriate cataract surgery or other basic procedures such as laser treatment or injections. Since its inception, more than 5,000 people have benefited from the Project.

The Artemis Award honours a young ophthalmologist in recognition of the tremendous work he or she has done to help disadvantaged communities obtain vision care. It is named after the Greek goddess Artemis, who was the protector and nurturer of the vulnerable and suffering.

Prof Hew at the award ceremony
04 October 2019

Prof Hew Choy Leong conferred SFU Outstanding Alumni Award

NUS Emeritus Professor Hew Choy Leong has received the prestigious Outstanding Alumni Award presented by Simon Fraser University for his academic achievement and distinguished career as a scientist, professor, innovator, administrator and humanitarian. Prof Hew graduated as a chartered student (MSc) from the university, which ranks as the top comprehensive University in Canada for the past 11 years.

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