Remembering Dr Ong Bee Lian with the “Dr Ong Bee Lian – Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Bursary Award” (raising funds by 15th Mar 2019)

Very happy they have initiated this bursary in memory of a very caring educator.

The Biodiversity Crew @ NUS

OBL memorial photoWhen we shared the passing of Dr Ong Bee Lian, former students from over three decades at NUS shared their memories of her inspiring figure, her days in lectures and practicals, and strikingly, her nurturing mentorship and kindness in her various roles as lecturer, administrator, mentor and friend [link].

Now, I am happy to share that Friends of Dr Ong Bee Lian at the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) & Food Science and Technology Programme (FST), NUS have announced the initiation of a bursary in her name, and invite contributions very fittingly to help needy students in DBS & FST.

Their deadline is 15 Mar 2019.

“The Department of Biological Sciences together with Food Science and Technology Programme are initiating a bursary award for the late Dr Ong Bee Lian. Dr Ong was an exemplary and dedicated educator who was passionate about teaching. She was well liked by…

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Conservation job vacancy: Asian Species Action Partnership Coordinator (apply by 28 Feb 2019)

https://www.speciesonthebrink.org/news/job-vacancy-asap-coordinator/

“ASAP is an inter-institutional Partnership convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), which focuses attention on a region that, without more serious conservation intervention, will see the demise of much of its unique diversity. ASAP was established to address the extinction risk among the most threatened land and freshwater vertebrates of Southeast Asia.

We are seeking a self-driven and motivated individual to support the ASAP Partnership. The successful candidate will be passionate about and committed to conservation, flexible and with personal drive and initiative. They will be expected to have knowledge and understanding of conservation issues in Southeast Asia, and enthusiasm for conserving species, building capacity, and engaging with diverse stakeholders across the global conservation community. They will need excellent communication and relationship skills.”

For more details, visit the ASAP webpage.

Are you a Nature Newbie who wants to contribute? Sign up with the Biodiversity Challenge 2019!

BFF2019

Empower: Attend the BFF Seminar & Workshop on Sat 23 Feb 2019 [sign up here: link]

Equip: Attend five curated field trips offered by mentors, log your experience in a field journal and attend a reflection session.

Engage: Attend a Festival of Biodiversity (FoB) 2019 preparation workshop (in May) and engage the public at FoB on 25 & 26 May 2019.

Enable: Conduct Acts of Nature to contribute towards Singapore as a more enlightened space for Human-Wildlife Coexistence.

From the Biodiversity Friends Forum team.

A multiple clipboard app like Flycut is an indispensable tool for keyboard warriors

A multiple-clipboard app records text you copy or cut, and recalls this text when needed with a keystroke or from your menubar. It is indispensable when recruiting scattered text into a single page. Or when assembling several disjointed bits of text into a single sentence, typically with citations, such as this list of media articles featuring ICCS.

Flycut 1.8.2

Right now I use Flycut ver 1.8.2 (DRM-free) which you can download here on Github (21 Dec 2016). There is a version on Apple Store, but it is older (1.5). I love the simple, clean interface. When I install it, I turn n a few options in preferences – start at login, no sticky bezels (on my laptop), ignore passwords, change the hotkey and increase saved clips to 50.

Copy Paste X

A multiple clipboard is critical. In the 90’s, I eventually settled on Script Software’s CopyPaste (OS8 to OSX) and switched to the free Jumpcut by 2006. When macOS Mojave complained about JumpCut, I discovered an update had existed for awhile, as Flycut.

Several options are available on AppStore which I have not tried. And other power apps such as Keyboard Maestro and the Alfred Powerpack include the capability for multiple clipboards.

What do friends on Windows or Unix use? 

Franz – one app to view them all: What’s App, Telegram, Messenger, Twitter, LinkedIn, GCal etc

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I started using an application called Franz recently to help me view an unwieldy load of messages on several platforms for multiple projects. I had used Adium before but it died in 2017 with macOS High Sierra, I think.

Note that this is a desktop application only. 

I love that Franz includes GCal, because scheduling meetings are critical with working groups, volunteers, committees, and recently, reunions. Technology and a soft, persuasive touch help get busy people together, and switching to a person’s favoured platform helps. After all its to help protect the environment and promote harmony!

Switching between services is a keystroke away – I’ve arranged it as Cmd-1 (What’s App), Cmd-2 (Telegram), Cmd-3 (Facebook Messenger), Cmd-4 (Twitter) etc.  Franz can handle emails too but those are much more scary so I restrict those to mail programs. 

Franz is available on multiple platforms at meetfranz.com. 

Franz is multi-platform

 

Free exhibition at SBG: “Beneath Tide, Running Forest” – an art and science exploration of Singapore’s marine biodiversity

“Beneath tide, Running forest” is an art and science exploration of Singapore’s marine biodiversity. Curated by Dr. Ruobing Wang, this is a group exhibition by four local artists: Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Shirly Koh, Henry Lee & Wang Ruobing.

Exhibition details: 24 Nov 2018 – 14 Apr 2019: 9:00am – 6:00pm @ Singapore Botanic Gardens: CDL Green Gallery @ SBG Heritage Museum, free entry. For details, visit the NParks webpage.  

Catch artist Henry Lee live in action at the gallery from 2.00pm – 3.00pm on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd Dec 2018

ArtScience exhibition

 

Turning off Office Intelligent Services to prevent data access (macOS)

Microsoft Office 365 introduced Office Intelligent Services at least as far back as 2016, These are cloud-enhanced features on the Office applications Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint meant to aid the user. I only noticed this last month, i.e. September 2018, when Office 365 updates on my Macintosh each flashed a window about turning on “Intelligent Services”. I dismissed those but went on to check.

With the Office Intelligent Services option turned on, it appears that document content would be accessed by Microsoft. Even if it is Microsoft policy to not use this data for other purposes, this poses a problem for confidential data. I have kept that data off any cloud service, including the ones provided by NUS. This option, however, circumvents that control of privacy with any Office document.

Happily, Office Intelligent Services can be turned off within the preferences settings of each of the Office applications. Just go to Preferences > Privacy (in earlier versions this is “Security & Privacy”) > unselect Enable services, like so:

Word preferences

Office Intelligent Services

I process student data intermittently, so I keep this option turned off. After checking in on colleagues, a couple of Mac users had this option turned on, without them being aware of having opted in or of its significance. This is a problem, so I’ve suggested to NUS IT that they explain this to users.

It was suggested that I might be prompted every now and then by Office 365 to turn Office Intelligent Services back on. That would be terrible, but it’s been two months since, and not word from the suite!