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FoS Pump-priming Research Grant (First Call) Awards

Congratulations to the following individuals on their Pump-Priming Awards: Daniel Seal Developing cultural appropriate interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder in Malaysia (RM, 10,000.00) Marina Ng Application of Internet of Things to create Digitally-adorned Pewter Gifts (RM 9,000.00) Mustafa Al-Shagga Identification of the peripheral targets of Khat (Catha Edulis) action on gravid and non-gravid rat uterus …

Faculty of Science – grant capture

Congratulations to the following individuals on their grant captures: Yap Chiew Lin Title: Effectiveness, selectivity and kinetics of novel biofuel production via ionic liquid catalysed conversion of palm waste to levulinate esters. Grant provider: FRGS, RM 125,750.00 Malaysia produced 19.2 million tonnes of palm oil in 2013 from over 5 million hectares of plantation lands. However, …

Keynote at ICACCI-2014

Dr Lawal Billa has been invited as a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Advances in Computing Communications and Informatics-2014. ICACCI-2014, 28-30 November 2014, Roorkee India. Organised be the COER School of Management and Computer Society of India. He will be giving a talk on the “The Future of Geo-informatics in the Information Age”. …

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The best student paper award at IWGRS 2014

Darshana Wickramasinghe, a first year PhD student in the School of Geography was awarded the  prize for the best student paper l at the IEEE Workshop on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IWGRS) 2014 held in STRIDE, Kajang on 20 November 2014. Darshana’s paper presented his PhD work on “Satellite remote sensing techniques for construction project monitoring” which …

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Protein-based fluorescent metal nanoclusters for small molecular drug screening

Published in Chemical Communication by Dr New Siu Yee and colleagues, the work looks into developing a facile drug screening method based on synthesis of fluorescent gold nanoclusters inside albumin proteins loaded with small molecular drugs and comparing the relative fluorescence intensities of the resultant gold nanoclusters has been developed and successfully applied for the quantitative …

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Faculty of Science – FRGS grant capture

We continue to register successes in external grant submissions. Congratulations to the following individuals on their FRGS grant capture: Dr Suresh Kumar Title: Distinct modulation of PPARs by conjugated linoleic acid isomers as safe substitute for conventional insulin sensitizers Amount: RM 147,000.00 The proposed research will unleash the molecular dynamics of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), …

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‘Smart’ drugs won’t make smart people smarter

It is claimed one in five students have taken the ‘smart’ drug Modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam success. But new research into the effects of Modafinil has shown that healthy students could find their performance impaired by the drug. The study carried out by Dr Ahmed Dahir …

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Expert talk for science students at careers day

The recent UNMC Health Sciences Careers Day, aptly titled ‘Script Your Future’, presented a great opportunity for students to discuss industrial career options with some of the country’s most talented healthcare professionals, all under one roof. The three-hour talk, organised by UNMC Careers Advisory Services, was held at Lecture Hall F3A12 with participation from two …

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Keeps Jumbo at Bay

By Dr. Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, MEME’s PI and Associate Professor, School of Geography “Conflict arises between humans and elephants when villages, farms and plantations close in on wild habitats. Electric fence is one way to avoid the encounters.” … starts a column on thestar that features the activities of the Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) project.

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Staying FRESH

By Prof. Asgar Ali, Professor in Post-harvest Physiology & Technology at University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and the founding director of the ‘Centre of Excellence for Postharvest Biotechnology’   “It is saddening that the current practices are too dependent on the use of synthetic chemicals with little consideration for health implications on consumers. We were therefore delighted …

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