Biodiversity and teaching/outreach experience? Check out this job at NParks! (By 24 May 2015)

Assistant Director/ Biodiversity (Biodiversity Information & Policy): Community in Nature (see Careers@Gov)

‘Join the Biodiversity Information and Policy Branch, National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board and will supervise, facilitate and promote collaboration and partnerships in conserving Singapore’s natural heritage.

The person will guide a team of enthusiastic Managers in developing and implementing a variety of nature outreach and citizen science programmes to encourage understanding, appreciation and conservation of Singapore’s biodiversity and fostering various groups in their nature conservation efforts.’

They are looking for relevant degree holders with at least 5 years working experience; postgraduate degree an advantage. Applications close on 24 May 2015. See details at Careers@Gov.

Nepal Earthquake disaster relief – donate via Mercy Relief and Singapore Red Cross

To donate via Singapore Red Cross

Singapore Red Cross
  • Cash – SRC will be accepting walk-in donations starting Monday 27 April 2015. Please visit the Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 236486, from 9am to 7.45pm (extended fro 28 Apr 2015) on Mondays to Fridays, and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Cheque – Please make your cheque payable to ‘Singapore Red Cross Society’, indicate ‘Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund’, donor’s name, contact number and address at the back, and post it to Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 236486.
  • Online Donation – Donate via SG Gives or Simplygiving
  • DBS Internet Banking (from Wed 29 April 2015) – DBS iBanking > Payment Services > Bill Payment > “Nepal Earthquake Relief”; select deposit account and enter telephone number as the Consumer Reference Number and donation amount
  • DBS / POSB ATM – ATM > English > enter PIN> “iBanking, Cashcard and More Services” > “Credit Card/Bill Payment” > “Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund”; enter telephone number (Bill Reference No), select account type, enter donation amount and press “Confirm”
  • For enquiries, please call the Singapore Red Cross hotlines at 6664 0501 or 6334 9154 from 9am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays or email
  • The appeal will end on 31 May 2015.

Source: SRC Press release, 26 Apr 2015, Channel News Asia, 26 Apr 2015 and SRC Facebook page, 28 Apr 2015. Please check the Singapore Red Cross webpage for the latest press release.

To donate via Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief
  1. Cross cheque to Mercy Relief Limited with ‘Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015’ written on the reverse, and mail to Blk 160, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, S310160
  2. Cash donations at Block 160 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, S310160
  3. Funds transfer to Mercy Relief’s DBS Current Account 054-900741-2
  4. Credit Card donation via (GIVE page, click on ‘Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015’)
  5. Tele-Mercy: 1900-112-1010 ($10 donation), 1900-112-1050 ($50 donation)

Source: “Mercy Relief to deploy disaster response team, launch nationwide fundraising for Nepal earthquake.” Channel News Asia, 26 Apr 2015. For updates, please check the Mercy Relief webpage for the latest press release.

Learn more

  1. Google News – link
  2. BBC – link
  3. New York Times – link

Bucket Science Symposium 2015 – “Science is Magic!”

The MW5202 class of 2015 present their projects at the Singapore Science Centre in a bucket science symposium, which is a tradition of the module – 2014 [webpage, photos], 2013 [webpage, photos].

This year the class used weekly for their symposium webpage, as it provides a better webpage feel. You can see the programme there:

The MW5202-2015 class began preparation on 18 Mar 2015, and had carried out a Wired Symposium exercise by then, and would develop their personal demos over the next few weeks. Andreas Dewanto and myself will observe and grade this final assessment of the class.

It’s a long way since preparations and the chatter on What’s App was voluminous! They have begubn to turn away registrants as the Mendel Auditorium is full. I am looking forward to an entertaining day at the Science Centre for the audience!

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Recalling a wonderful thing which happened last year – students wow the audience at the Evening of Biodiversity II

The mammal seniors of Otterman Holt did well that evening and the crowd amazed us – 400 turned up (we maxed out parking) within a week of the announcement and enjoyed heartening talks of great clarity and pace.

When I ended the Evening of Biodiversity II with a “Aren’t they lovely?”, Prab Nathan positioned behind the table, caught the audience applauding, nice work!

While searching for photos of teaching, I finally really examined this photo. Wow, we did this last April?

Adrian Loo aka Lekowala was front and centre, of course, just in front of the projector. He gave each one of them his palm guidebook, a lovely gesture and a hat tip to a 14-year old idea of the Toddycat and the Palm Leaf.

That logo was prepared for when we launched the Public Gallery of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research on 15th June 2001. Fourteen years later and its soon time to launch the new building of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum!

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The Evening of Biodiversity II (16 Apr 2014) featured talks by Amanda Tan, Chloe Tan, Marcus Chua, Meryl Theng, Fung Tze Kwan & Xu Weiting of the Otterman Holt, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS. Hosted by N. Sivasothi aka Otterman.

Announcement on Otterman speaks. Storify by Ivan Kwan. Photos by Prhabagaran s/o Ramanathan.

The first session in 2010 featured Andie Ang, Marcus Chua, Xu Weiting and Chua Yi Teng. Photos from the Evening of Biodiversity I (16 Apr 2010) are on Flickr.

I guess we’ll do this once in four years? 2018 then!

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