Visit the NUS DBS webpage for details.
Kent Ridge is a lovely backyard to have in NUS, and we have conducted many natural history and heritage walks there. Being part of the Southern Ridges, a walk of some 9km walk will take you from NUS to Harbour Front. So we also have a landscape for a work out!
But we are all so busy. And many of our fellow NUS staffers are in the same boat. A number of NUS staff are able to make it at the official knock off time of 5.30pm on Fridays, so a few of us – Kenneth, Airani, Weiting, Joleen and myself, began rousing some away from their desks in 2016. Last semester’s plans fell apart, due to many deadlines, volunteer and stakeholder appointments. This semester, we are making a valiant effort too reinitiate this.
And so we are offering these Friday briskwalks:
- Fri 6 Sep 2019 (YIH to Hort Park; ~5km)
- Fri 27 Sep 2019 (YIH to Harbourfront MRT; ~8km)
- Fri 18 Oct 2019 (YIH to Hort Park; ~5km)
- Fri 8 Nov 2019 (YIH to Hort Park; ~5km)
- Fri 15 Nov 2019 (YIH to Harbourfront MRT; ~8km)
All are welcome. Just check the NUS Toddycats Eventbrite page for details and registration.
This Wednesday, The Deck canteen (Arts Canteen) is hosting a zero waste roadshow – learn how to reduce disposables, and be inspired about leading a zero waste lifestyle by outreach partners, retailers and video screenings (11am-2pm).
This initiative of Tingkat Heroes Singapore is conducted in collaboration with NUS SAVE and in support of NUS Goes Lite 2018. Visit the Facebook page to learn more and get connected.
Staff were rolling up their sleeves to tackle the onslaught of students returning on the first day of semester. Well, we received some great news and it was about nBox, a 1TB cloud service for NUS staff.
This provides a secure service which Dropbox users were trying to work around and also relieved us of OneDrive which has restrictive name formatting issues. nBox has them too, but is slightly less fussy.
nBox has “team folders” which have independent storage allocation and adjust permissions per folder.
Even as @mammal_gram Marcus Chua was raving about the service over in Washington DC, I shifted over the teaching folders I share with the FTTAs.
That’s a relief – now to take it through its paces!
When looking over the Faculty of Science from the Science Library, my former classmates from 30 years ago looked over the faculty against their mental images and remarked, “It’s become so crowded”.
Our BSc class year graduated in 1990 and One Historical Map has street maps from 2017, 2007, 1995, 1984, 1975 and 1966. The webpage allows a side by side comparison and I picked the 2017 and 1995 maps. Yes, it has become crowded indeed.
Street map comparison of Faculty of Science in 2017 (top) and 1995 (below); screenshot from One Historical Map
In addition to building density, student numbers have increased too, especially amongst grad students. There were 4,977 students (4,594 u’grads + 383 grads) in 1994/5 and this had increased to 6,675 students by 2016/17 (5,126 u’grads + 1,549 grad students).
Oh well, during this time, the population density in Singapore increased from 4,814/sq. km to 7,796/sq. km. These are different times indeed.
Details at the LKCNHM webpage.
The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) of the National University of Singapore invites applications to two Museum Officer positions. The successful candidates must be highly motivated and passionate about specimen-based research on Southeast Asian biodiversity as well as educating NUS students about Singapore and regional biodiversity.
As such, we are looking for candidates with a strong research CV, good communicators who can multi-task and are effective team players. Salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Details at the RVRC webpage.
RVRC seeks to appoint a Lecturer able to adopt an integrated, interdisciplinary approach in their pedagogy. Working with a highly motivated teaching team, they would be required to develop and implement interdisciplinary teaching content and explore innovative ways of facilitation. Lecturers will be employed as full-time RVRC faculty on the Educator track and appointments commence in Semester 2 AY 2017/18.
Position 1 – Sustainability
Applicants must have a strong interest in environmental sustainability and mentoring wide-ranging student projects in the local context of Singapore. Applicants should have a relevant PhD and some undergraduate teaching experience. Applicants from a humanities and social sciences background will be given preference, to complement the existing teaching team.
Ridge View Residential College at NUS is seeking to appoint two Educator-track Lecturers who would be able to adopt an integrated, interdisciplinary approach in curriculum development and enjoy an experiential learning approach and close mentoring of students.
Lecturers will be employed as full-time RVRC faculty and appointments commence on Jan 2018 (Semester 2 of AY 2017/18).
Details at the RVRC Webpage.
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.
Another seeking gig, with great company!
Symposium on Marine Pollution in Singapore and South East Asia Symposium
Initiated by the LKYSPP, an overview on the current state of things around the topic of marine pollution in Singapore and South East Asia has been organized by a group of young local and regional scientists to introduce Boyan Slat and symposium participants to these important topics that affect our marine life and well being.
Boyan Slat is a young Dutch entrepreneur whose ambitious plans on cleaning plastic waste from the world’s oceans brought him to the public eye worldwide.
South East Asia is a region with important and growing economic activities that can affect the marine environment regionally and globally. It is also a very important region for plastic waste production. A symposium was organized with the goal of presenting the fields of expertise of young scientists in different institutions in Singapore and the region, with a particular focus on plastic waste.
The following are the main themes to be discussed:
- Introduction to regional geography and physical features
- Trace metals in the region as traceable sources of anthropogenic pollution
- Microbiological implications of trace metals and microplastics
- Coral reefs and Plastics
- Harmful Algal Blooms around Singapore
- Singapore’s marine ecosystem overview
- Plastic waste on Singapore shores: profiles, trash removal and recycling efforts
Dr. Gonzalo Carrasco
Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, Singapore