A Clarion Call To Women Scientists To Share Their Stories

Are women scientists discriminated in the workplace? Are there successful women scientists whose stories are waiting to be told?

Studying the role of gender in science is the mission of Dr. Debalina Dutta, visiting fellow at the Department of Communications and New Media of the National University of Singapore.

When it comes to the topic of women in science, history throws up no surprises. Women have long been underrepresented in the upper echelons of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – so far, only five percent of all Nobel prizes have ever been awarded to a woman.

Read the full article here

Source: AsianScientist (Jul. 1, 2015), www.asianscientist.com

Appreciation Dinner for Class Champions 2015

An appreciation dinner was organised on 25 June 2015 at the Bumbu Restaurant for Class Champions 2015, to recognise their efforts in inspiring their peers to contribute towards the FASS Student Advancement Bursary Fund. The fund supports FASS students through provision of bursaries and financial aid. The dinner was organised by the External Relations and Student Life team of the Dean’s Office.

Class champions from the various FASS departments attended the dinner and shared their experience of the Class Giving initiative. Also present were staff representing the different departments. The CNM department was represented by Class Champions Lee Kai Shun, Loh Sze Ming and Louis Puah. Alumnus Kenneth Kang who was Class Champion of 2014 was also present.

The dinner was an opportunity to bond with students and alumni in a casual setting and also provided a platform for the students to voice their feedback and thoughts on the whole journey of being a Class Champions. The Class Champions also gave suggestions that could be implemented in the next round of Class Giving.

As they graduate from NUS, we wish all our Class Champions the very best as they embark on new journeys and that they continue to be champions make a difference to society.

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Class Champions 2015 and staff at the Appreciation Dinner


CNM Welcomes new staff – Munirah Bashil & Azeemah Mustafa

CNM welcomes Munirah Bashil & Azeemah Mustafa who join us as full-time research staff.

munirah IC picMunirah will be part of the CARE lab. In her own words, “I worked at the National Gallery for a few months as a research assistant dealing mainly with copyright issues and a project that would be launched when the museum opens! Currently, I’m working on the Malay Heart Health Project and I’m excited to be part of other projects in CARE that will benefit the society. My interests lie in seeking knowledge; basically anything that requires me to learn something new and imparting it another person. And for this reason, learning new languages, travelling, cultural exchanges and art with a spiritual aspect such as calligraphy, are the things l look forward to during my free time “ .


AzeemahAzeemah Mustafa will be part of Assoc Prof Zhang Weiyu’s project team.

Azeemah’s research interest include the following ; organizational communication, culture & communication, media ethics, law and policies in Southeast Asia, media management and media effect. In her free time Azeemah enjoys travelling.

Respect Our Food Rights Campaign Launch

11116439_1597614427189265_9133017994635859645_oThe Centre for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) together with ‘HealthServe’ launched the ‘Respect Our Food Rights’, campaign which advocates  for better food access to migrant construction workers. The month long campaign raises awareness about food issues through a television commercial, bus and MRT advertisements as well as a ten minute documentary.

The campaign is the result of a two year research and included interviews, focus-group discussions and surveys with migrant construction workers.

The campaign was reported in The Straits Times as well as TODAY newspapers:

More than 9 in 10 Bangladeshi foreign workers say they are given unclean and unhygenic food: NUS survey

Catered food for workers needs more regulation, urge researchers

CNM Welcomes Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde

Svenja_headshot photoCNM Welcomes Svenja  Ottovordemgentschenfelde. Svenja is is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her primary research interests are journalism studies, news innovation and the future of journalism. Svenja’s doctoral work focuses on the influences on and conditions of political journalists’ engagement with Twitter.

Svenja’s research is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She is also a researcher in the Parenting for a Digital Future project which is funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of the Connected Learning Research Network (CLRN).Svenja is visiting CNM through the Academic Partnership Doctoral Exchange program between NUS and the LSE and will be here until end June 2015.

‘Young people and communication technologies: Emerging challenges in generational analysis’

Assoc. Prof Lim Sun Sun presented her paper on ‘Young people and communication technologies: Emerging challenges in generational analysis’ at the opening plenary of the 65th ICA Annual Conference. Read more here

Assoc Prof Lim Sun Sun presenting her paper at the ICA Annual Conference 2015

Assoc Prof Lim Sun Sun presenting her paper at the ICA Annual Conference 2015

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Assoc Prof Lim Sun Sun with other delegates at the ICA Annual Conference 2015


Heart2Climb – Appeal for donations to raise funds for Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF)

1622129_1400487330226946_6487300517264641011_nCNM Student Ashik Ashokan and his friend who are behind Heart2Climb –  an effort to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF), will be scaling Asia’s Highest Volcano, Mt Damavand in Iran. In doing so, they hope to “to create awareness and raise funds for these brave children who are battling cancer and conquering ‘their own mountains’.” Ashik would like to appeal to the CNM family to come forward and donate to make a difference to the lives of children battling cancer.

In Ashik’s own words: ” In 2014, together with a friend from SIM, I trekked 220km in the Himalayas without the aid of porters and guides to raise over $50 000 for Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). We were humbled by receiving  the Silent Heroes Role Model Award from Minister Indranee Rajah and NUS Student Achievement Award after the campaign’s completion.

This year in 2015, together with the same friend, I aim to climb Asia’s Highest Volcano, Mt Damavand in Iran, without the aid of porters or guides , to raise funds for Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).

I understand that everyone at CNM Department is proud of me and grace me with well wishes. However the ideal way to show support to me and motivate me as I undertake a highly risky expedition would be donate to children with cancer. No amount of donation is small; even $5 would be able to cover the transport cost of a child who needs chemo. I sincerely do hope and wish that all would donate generously. The children at CCF and I would be ever grateful for your contribution.

The easiest way to donate would be to go to www.heart2climb.com and click on “Donate Now”. You may also read more about us and the campaign there. You may keep your donations coming in till July 14th. Every dollar that you donate benefits a child with cancer and donations are also 300% tax deductible (kindly key in your NRIC and Full Name in the donation portal).”



CNM welcomes Dr. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI)

Taberez Ahmed NeyaziCNM welcomes Dr. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi, India. Dr. Neyazi is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance at JMI.

Before JMI, he held numerous fellowships including: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto University; Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellow at Erfurt University.

His research focuses on political communication, journalism and comparative media, campaigns, digital media, political marketing, survey research and content analysis. He has contributed to several edited volumes and his articles have appeared in International Journal of Press/Politics, Media, Culture and Society, Asian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly among others. He co-edited Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India (Routledge, London, 2014). He also publishes in newspapers and magazines.

Dr. Neyazi is visiting until mid-July 2015

One more CNM student enters final round of the The Culture Trip Award

Anna Villarica_A0099990EAnna Villarica is a graduating student from CNM who is in the final round of The Culture Trip Award, an international competition run by the travel and culture website The Culture Trip. Anna’s submission to the competition is a short article on her hometown, Philippines.

Anna says that her article is “a love letter to a beautiful place – my hometown, The Philippines.” She hopes that it will inspire people to travel this summer. She adds that “ she would love to spend the rest of her life writing pieces like this, and hopes that readers will help her make that dream come true by viewing her entry. She also encourages readers to comment and share it and conveys her thanks in advance.

Anna’s article will be judged on the number of views received before 20 June 2015. So go ahead, read her article here and show her some support.