Introduction of invasive alien species (IAS) resulting from anthropogenic removal or bypassing of natural dispersal barriers is a global issue with far-reaching environmental, economic, and human health impacts. In aquatic environments, the frequency and extent of IAS introduction and establishment can often be exacerbated by the intensification of socio-economic activities, particularly introduction pathways that are associated with international trade.
The Aquatic Invasive Alien Species in Southeast Asia (AIASSEA) 2017 symposium brings together leading international and regional researchers with the overall goal of disseminating and sharing current knowledge, ongoing research, and expertise on aquatic invasive alien species in Southeast Asia.
This symposium is open to public, and is free. Read more and register here.
Year 1 students at Ridge View Residential College at NUS read GEQ1917 Understanding and Critiquing Sustainability which I am part of undertake group projects in sustainability in their second semester. We emphasise realism, consultation, experimentation and quantification as they attempt simple problem-solving solutions to daily challenges in sustainability.
Project meetings are conducted between just the 4-5 students in a group, and their academic advisor (aka lecturer). With the college emphasis on an integrated approach, we cross-reference their lessons from their communication and personal and team effectiveness modules to prompt immediate application of methods learnt. So they run the meeting – or at least, get used to doing so.
Projects are subject to scrutiny at every meeting, which I think they are lucky to experience in their first year – at that specific moment though, they might not share the sentiment! Again this is something they gradually get more comfortable with, and hopefully learn to welcome. It’s tough to find a good critic to help you improve your ideas.
Well, finally we are just about done this semester – some fifty-nine projects were attempted and will be showcased as posters at the annual college symposium and networking session, “Action for Sustainability“. Six project groups have the pleasure of oral presentations and you can see all the project abstracts at https://blog.nus.edu.sg/geq1917.
Torpidity will ruin us so here we go again!
In an effort to get some baseline walking done, and in particular, to help other lethargic NUS staff members, Kenneth, Weiting and I met to discuss possibilities. We had led some walks last year, and had always meant to restart the series.
Two lunch time chats later, and after roping in Joleen and Airani, we decided we can begin with five Friday evening walks, just one a month, on the following dates:
- Fri 24 Mar 2017: 5.30pm
- Fri 28 Apr 2017: 5.30pm
- Fri 19 May 2017: 5.30pm
- Fri 30 Jun 2017: 5.30pm
- Fri 28 Jul 2017: 5.30pm
To register, visit the Eventbrite page.
An upcoming symposium on citizen science at Yale-NUS College, 3-4 March 2017 which will feature a mixture of talks and workshops, with the goal of increasing understanding of citizen science both locally and internationally. Anticipated topics are the role of technology in citizen science, and bridging citizen science with pedagogy.
All are invited to register to attend (free) at the registration page.
Nice to see my colleagues from Ridge View Residential College shopping for our herb garden. I’ve asked them to create a forest patch, vegetable garden and fruit orchard too!
Photos by Lim Cheng Puay.
With each version of OS X, it is necessary to update NUS VPN to access certain university sites remotely. This prevented me from using the macOS Sierra beta version as the VPN software would not be updated until stable release.
The Pulse Secure version that works in macOS sierra is 5.2r5.0-b869, which is available from NUS Computer Centre at https://comcen.nus.edu.sg/eguides/
If you have updated your OS, you should go ahead and download this latest version.
Nice gesture by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum for Nurses Day – the museum in NUS is offering free admission for nurses with staff card and valid practising certificate on the 30/31 July 2016 weekend. Normal adult rates for entry are $16 (Singapore Resident).