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Volunteers managed mosque for a day

Friday, 18 July 2014

Berita Harian

This was a feature on Ms Seri Ariyani Zulkafli, an undergraduate from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and recent NUS graduate Ms Ainul Hikmah Aminul Rashid, who have been volunteering at APEX (Ace PSLE Exam) Mentors, a youth volunteer group that helps mentor madrasah students towards PSLE excellence, for over two years. The group had recently taken up the task of preparing and managing a break fast event for the Al-Muttaqin Mosque as part of its Ramadan to Remember (R2R) Programme. They had also raised more than $8,000, which went into purchasing grocery hampers that were distributed to over 150 needy families in Ang Mo Kio.

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Ex-newscaster and “auntie killer” Arnold Gay reveals his seriously funny side

FASS alumnus Arnold Gay (Economics major), who is a Kiss92FM DJ,  was featured in Straits Times on 16 July 2014. The feature outlines the life and career of the newscaster turned radio DJ. Click here to read the article.

Charles Darwin’s evolutionary reading: HMS Beagle’s library goes online

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Guardian

This was a report on the Darwin Online Beagle Library project led by historian of science Dr John van Wyhe, a Senior Lecturer from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS. The lost collection of books that kept Charles Darwin company aboard HMS Beagle and provided inspiration for his later works on evolution has been made publicly available for the first time. Hundreds of titles that filled the shelves of the ship’s library on Darwin’s five-year circumnavigation of the globe in the 1830s have been brought together and made freely available through the project.

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‘Cot bumper approach’ to raising kids won’t work

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was a commentary by Associate Professor Lim Sun Sun from the Department of Communications and New Media at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Assoc Prof Lim cautioned against the “cot bumper approach” to parental mediation of children’s media use, and suggested that parents can interpret, moderate and mediate for their child the media content that he is confronted with. She noted that parental mediation is an ongoing journey of trust, sharing, discussion, and debate, and opined that parents embrace each alternative view as an opportunity to rationalise with their child why they disagree with it.

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Anonymous donor gives $500,000 to start book prize

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Straits Times

It was reported that an anonymous donor is giving half a million dollars to writers who can tell Singapore’s story best. From 2018, and every three years after that, the best history book on the nation will get a $50,000 prize. The idea to do this came from Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, who had appealed for a donor in an earlier article which he wrote in the paper’s By Invitation column. Prof Mahbubani said that the $500,000 will be placed in an endowment fund, and the interest would be used to support the book prize every three years, and he hopes that this will inspire others to donate to other kinds of prizes which celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary. The competition will be organised by the Department of History at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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$5 meals, $500 holidays and $50k homes for SG50

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, in which he suggested that Singaporeans be happy for one year – from 10 August to next 9 August, when it will be Singapore’s 50th anniversary. . He noted that we have had, by any standards, an extraordinarily successful first 50 years, and the chances of us being equally successful over the next 50 years are practically zero, and shared three areas in which we will have to deal with tougher competition. Prof Mahbubani highlighted that we should therefore celebrate this very special moment as a nation and also at the individual level. Since Singapore will be celebrating its 50th birthday next year, he used the number five in his three suggestions on simple pleasures that all Singaporeans, rich and poor, can enjoy together – $5 meals, $500 holidays and $50,000 homes.

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Enter Picture Singapore, SRN’s first photo contest!

Picture Singapore

Singapore Research Nexus Photography Contest 1 July to 15 August 2014

Summer greetings from the Singapore Research Nexus (SRN)! We are pleased to announce the launch of Picture Singapore, a photography contest which is accepting entries from 1 July to 15 August, 2014.

Open to current FASS students, faculty, and staff, as well as FASS alumni, Picture Singapore seeks to encourage the FASS community to capture Singapore and ‘Singaporeanness’ through photographs – its culture, environment, heritage, diversity, society, community, everyday life and more.

All submitted photographs will form the foundation of an SRN Photo Bank, a public archive of Singapore-related photographs that can be tapped by researchers, students, writers, and artists.

If you would like to learn how to enter this photo contest, please click here to access the online entry form and here to access the submission guidelines.

You may also click here to download the submission guidelines and PDF entry form.

Picture Singapore Poster

Calling All FASS Graduate Students – FASSforward (6 and 7 August)

Research Derby Poster Logo Round Email Website

To register, please click here.

Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Fellowship Programme by Ge Yun

The Harvard-Yenching Institute (HYI) fellowship is a great programme that I would recommend to all the FASS doctoral students. Although the program has emphasis on East Asian studies, the geographical focus is not a strict restriction. If any of you who are interested in the programme but hesitated because of this particular requirement, please reconsider. I have met fellows and scholars who are working on Burma, Philippines, Vietnam and India in the program. The HYI visiting fellowship program is well designed. Besides the general information that is available on the webpage of the institute, there are several things I would like to highlight. First, fellows of the programme enroll in the Graduate School of Arts and Science in Harvard University as special students. It means we have the access to most (if not all) of the university’s facilities such as mentorship, library, on-campus accommodation and gym. Second, the programme gives a large extent of freedom for fellows with different needs. I remember (may not be in the exact words) Professor Elizabeth Perry, the director of HYI, said this in the inaugural meeting, “you are the best person to decide how to use the year in Harvard.” As a student in the writing stage, I really appreciate the nice and quiet office space in Yenching. Many of us audit classes and actively participate in various workshops/seminars. Some of the students from the history department also travel around for archives and research materials. The best part I like about this programme is that the host institute is extremely supportive. As most of the fellows in the programme are not native English speakers, Yenching provides a subsidy for English language courses and proof-reading. In another example, a group of us voluntarily started a thesis writing workshop. The institute not only provided facility and financial support to run the workshop, it also helped us invite commenting professors. Last but not least, it is fun – with new friends, short trips and so on. We learnt this principle from the experience gained in the HYI program: play hard, work harder!



A group of fellows, in the living room of Yenching Institute


January ski trip organised by Yenching


With Professor Ezra Vogel (photo taken after the monthly China sociology seminar at his house)


Harvard Orchestra (performing before the undergraduate streaking at the Harvard Yard)


Me = pilot?


PUBLIC TALK : NUSS Professor Charles Leslie Briggs


Title of talk : Does the news make the science? A new perspective on media-medical linkages

Date: 25 July 2014

Time: 7-9pm

Venue: Kent Ridge Guild House, Della and Seng Gee Guild Hall