FASS Commencement Class Giving 2016

Back Row (left to right): Phua Pei Pei (ERSL staff), Jenny Tang (ERSL staff), Lui Yong Sheng, Sin Xin Yi, Swee Cheng Wei, Navin Vijay Wadhwani, A/P Loy Hui Chieh (Vice Dean, ERSL), Kenrick Chin Seated (left to right): Alicia Chua, Karen Ang, Clement Law
Back Row (left to right): Phua Pei Pei (ERSL staff), Jenny Tang (ERSL staff), Lui Yong Sheng, Sin Xin Yi, Swee Cheng Wei, Navin Vijay Wadhwani, A/P Loy Hui Chieh (Vice Dean, ERSL), Kenrick Chin
Seated (left to right): Alicia Chua, Karen Ang, Clement Law

FASS won the Top Achievement Award and Leap Award in this year’s Inter-faculty competition for the annual Commencement Class Giving campaign. The awards give recognition to the Faculty for the overall participation rate and the biggest improvement in participation rate of our undergraduate and postgraduate students respectively. This is the first time since the competition started in 2011 that FASS has won the Top Achievement Award for attaining the highest participation rate among faculties with over 1,200 graduating students.

The annual giving campaign is an initiative by NUS Development Office (DVO) that runs across the campus in a spirit of friendly competition to inspire commencing students to support bursaries or student programmes for their juniors. It is a collaborative effort with the External Relations and Student Life Division (ERSL) at the faculty.

The Leap Award is one of the two new categories that was added to the competition this year. The other new category is the Outstanding Achiever Award, which gives recognition to the top five fundraisers among more than 100 class champions campus-wide. We are proud to share that our Class Champions, Sin Xin Yi (Psychology) and Navin V. Wadhwani (Geography) came in 1st and 4th respectively for the Outstanding Achiever Award. On his experience as Class Champion, Xin Yi said: “After getting over the initial awkwardness of asking my friends and batch mates for their donations, I became more comfortable striking conversations with people I did not know, and telling them about the Campaign and how meaningful it would be to contribute to the Bursaries to support their juniors in financial aid.”

As a Class Champion, Navin was grateful for the opportunity to reaffirm old friendships with his fellow majors and make new ones with fellow Class Champions from FASS and other faculties. He said: “At the end of the day the Champions are just the final link in the chain, the heart of the Giving campaign are the donors and graduates themselves. Their contributions, no matter large or small, add up to something much bigger and meaningful in the long run.”

It is heartening to see an increasing number of Class Champions over the past few years. The Champions has made great and worthwhile effort to encourage their cohort to raise funds for the FASS Student Advancement Bursary in the midst of their own honours theses and assignments. These Class Champions will assume the role of Class Ambassadors after their graduation, and we look forward to continue working with them to enhance the connectivity among the alumni as well as with FASS.

We would like to thank the following Class Champions for their commendable efforts:

  1. Lim Bee Leng (Chinese Studies)
  2. Hsu Chen (Chinese Studies)
  3. Dominic Pang Jing Ping (Japanese Studies)
  4. Karen Ang Yunn Harn (Japanese Studies)
  5. Nurain Bte Mohammed Zulkepli (Malay Studies)
  6. Saraln Udomkichdecha (Southeast Asian Studies)
  7. Alicia Chua Mei Yin (English Language)
  8. Elliot Marcell Tan Yen Yun (English Literature)
  9. Chan Mun Keet Walter (Theatre Studies)
  10. Wang Shu Qin Sandy (History)
  11. Siti Rasyidah Bte Shiek A H (History)
  12. Adeline Chang See Mun (European Studies)
  13. Leong Jie Xiang (Philosophy)
  14. Esther Phua Ying Li (Philosophy)
  15. Toh Di Di Andy (Communications and New Media)
  16. Lee Sian Kang Philip (Communications and New Media)
  17. Teh Tien Li Cheryl (Communications and New Media)
  18. Kee Hwee Leng Amanda (Communications and New Media)
  19. Tey Shou Heng Jason (Economics)
  20. Swee Cheng Wei (Economics)
  21. Lui Yong Sheng (Economics)
  22. Jeslyn Tan Yi Ting (Economics)
  23. Sin Yueh Taur Anita (Geography)
  24. Navin Vijay Wadhwani (Geography)
  25. Zheng Zhangxin (Environmental Studies)
  26. Shaun Tay Yue Ming (Political Science)
  27. Law Yong Xiang Clement (Political Science)
  28. Kenrick Chin Jin Rui (Political Science)
  29. Christopher Chia Sheng Hui (Political Science)
  30. Muhammad Khairul Bin Abdul Rahim (Global Studies)
  31. Sin Xin Yi (Psychology)
  32. Soh Chang Yuan (Psychology)
  33. David Seah Teck Wai (Social Work)
  34. Chan Jianhong (Social Work)
  35. Damien Wong Li Jian (Sociology)
  36. Chang Siong Wei Angelique (Sociology)

Congratulations to our IFG 2016 FASS Participants!

Congratulations to the FASS Inter-Faculty Games 2016 participants for the excellent finish! They clinched second position overall and achieving a total score just one point short of the winning Faculty. In addition, they came in first place for seven events—including Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Handball, Table Tennis and even DOTA (a multiplayer battle arena video game)!

We are very proud of the enthusiasm and initiative they put into representing the Faculty in the sport/game they excel at, and greatly appreciate the hard work they have put in towards this achievement.

Click here for the full list of IFG 2016 results.

FASS Geography Students Win at GENC 2016

The team (from left) Liu Weiting, Jiang Xiaoshuang Grace, Raqibah Binte Abdul Razak & Fatin Farzana Binte Mishwan
The team (from left) Liu Weiting, Jiang Xiaoshuang Grace, Raqibah Binte Abdul Razak & Fatin Farzana Binte Mishwan

FASS would like to congratulate the NUS team comprising of FASS Geography students, Liu Weiting, Jiang Xiaoshuang Grace, Raqibah Binte Abdul Razak and Fatin Farzana Binte Miswan, on winning the Grand Prize at the Geoscience Exhibition and Competition (GENC) organised by the University Technology Petronas! The Prize consisted of a Trophy, Certificates of recognition and a cash prize of RM1000.

The team of four geographers beat 26 other participating teams from universities in South East Asia, which is a commendable feat especially because the NUS team were exposed to geology through only one or two modules.

The competition, held on 19 and 20 July 2016, consisted of two parts: the first part was a team oral presentation and the second involved putting up an exhibition of a poster, related material evidences and videos on the same theme. The NUS team name was “SENTOSA 4G SECRETS” and their work was based on the rocks of Sentosa (the one and only rock outcrop in Singapore that is accessible to general public and exposed only at low tides).

FASS Psychology Student Adalyn Heng Wins 2016 University Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize

FASS Highlights_OURP 2016-PhotoWe are delighted that Adalyn Heng from the Department of Psychology has been selected by the NUS as the sole FASS winner of the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize (OURP), on the basis of her recent honours thesis research mentored by Dr Stephen Lim, Director of the NUS Cognition and Education Laboratory.

The researchers comment: “In educational settings, the ability to ask good questions is critical. In this study, we explored the extent to which retrieval practice can enhance learners’ ability to generate higher-order questions. Participants were randomly allocated to one of two learning groups, wherein they either studied a text per se (S_S_) or used a combination of repeated studying and repeated retrieval (SRSR). They returned a week later and generated questions based on the text which they had studied. We observed that participants in the SRSR group asked significantly more higher-order questions than did those in the S_S_ group. This observation has important implications for how we might improve classroom engagement and learning in the real world.”

In addition, Adalyn shares her research experience: “I have learnt the importance of reflection in the research process. At times, making progress on research requires one to take a step back to reflect on and reconnect with one’s initial purpose of embarking on the project. For example, the research process is often fraught with various methodological challenges, ranging from selecting (or developing) experimental materials, specifying the experimental task and conditions, to deciding what statistical tool to use to analyze the data. In addressing these methodological challenges, it is important to stay connected to the overarching purpose of the research and to not lose sight of the larger picture, which in this instance, is to ultimately enhance pedagogical practices. I owe what I have achieved thus far to Dr Lim’s patience and generosity in mentoring and nurturing me. I am beyond grateful.”

We extend our congratulations to Adalyn and Dr Lim!

NUS Psychology Society seminar: Looking at love and language from a psychological perspective (zbNOW, Page 4)

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

This was a report on an inaugural series of talks titled ‘Inspire.Psych’ which was organised by the NUS Psychology Society in March 2016. Targeted at non-psychology students, the talks aimed to help students understand how psychology can be applied to everyday life and also to provide a view of the world from a psychological perspective. The talks titled ‘How to attract the Love of your Life’ by Mr Kelvin Teng and ‘The Right of Language’ by Dr Travellia from FASS Department of Psychology focused on the topics of love and language.

Click here for the article in Mandarin.

Esri Young Scholars Award Winner for 2016 – Mr Yan Yingwei

Congratulations to Mr Yan Yingwei, from the Department of Geography who has won the Esri Young Scholars Award 2016 for his PhD work titled: ‘Investigating potential distributional changes of invasive crop pest species associated with global climate change using Geographic Information System’.

Photo_YingweiThis nation-wide competition, run annually by Esri, celebrates excellence in geospatial study, and more specifically, the creative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology – or smart mapping technology – to solve commercial and community issues.

Yingwei’s study aimed to secure sustainable agricultural productions and global food supply in the context of climate change and rapid human population increase. Specifically, the study involves using GIS to analyse the possible consequences of future climate change on the global distributions of invasive crop pest species; and mitigating potential pest invasion risks based on quality-controlled Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) which is a form of crowd sourcing or user-generated content.

His four-year PhD project is supervised by Associate Professor Feng Chen-Chieh, and by his thesis committee members namely, Associate Professor Wang Yi-Chen, and Professor Lu Xixi. The project generated research findings on four fronts:
(1) the overall global distributional patterns of invasive crop pest species;
(2) the spatial patterns of future distributional changes in pest species richness across different latitudes and altitudes;
(3) how temperature and precipitation variations across different regions will affect the distributional changes of the pest species; and
(4) how to utilize artificial intelligence (fuzzy logic) to assure the quality of VGI in order to better surveil crop pest invasions based on spatial crowdsourcing.

These findings may allow agricultural planners, policy and decision-makers to easily identify areas around the globe which need more attention about invasive crop pest control.

Yingwei’s enthusiasm in GIS drove him to pay attention to the Esri Young Scholars Award. As a final year PhD student, he submitted his four year’s research outcomes to Esri to compete for the award. By participating in the competition, he described himself as a young scholar with a quick uptake and an ever burning desire to outperform himself and raise his intellectual levels at every opportunity.

Yingwei will be receiving this award at the 2016 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, this June and will have his work displayed alongside other Young Scholar winners from around the world.

“Random Blends 2016” showcases digital media and media art

23 March 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

Students from the Department of Communications and New Media held their annual flagship showcase from 24 to 27 March 2016 at the ArtScience Museum.

The exhibition centred on the theme “Construct-Destruct-Reconstruct”. It celebrates the fluidity of processes by evoking collective thoughts, feelings and hopes for the media, art and communication spheres in a way that is sustainable to Singapore through its artworks.

Congratulations!

The Faculty would like to congratulate the following students for being on the Dean’s Scholars List for Semester 1, AY2015/16!

Academic Year 2015/16, Semester 1

CHEN ZIYUE TAN PEI XIAN
CHARMAINE CHAN HAN WEN TAY GENG ZHI
NG HUEI LING YEO QIAO YIN
LIM QING HO SHENG CHAO
TAN SOK HUI JESSICA SIONG LI QING JEANNIE
LIM CAI JIE LIM PEI WEI MADELEINE
TAN DA ZHANG ALEX HONG YUNFANG
FION LEONG JIA LE YAP PEI LING RACHAEL
CHUA HAN LIN JASPREET KAUR LOCHAM
LU SI HONG ALISON CHEW MIEW YI
JENNY GANESHRAYS NEO JIA HUI
YEO BOON PING JOANNE NG XIN YI
LANGSTON PEH SONG YUN OH YONG SHENG VINCENT
CHIA KEAT LOONG SHAWN LIM YOU HAO
CHAN SI YIN TAN SI HUI JOCELYN
YIP YUK LUM JENNIFER LIM WEI YANG JEREMY
DEXTER TAY HAI HONG LIM TIONG WEI BENNY
WEE GHIM KHOON CLEMENT TEO JUN HONG LOUIS
LIM BEE LENG TAN JIA MIN SARAH
LIM ZHAN YI CHEONG YINN SHAN
LEE ZHE JIE NICHOLAS MUDIT KEDIA
KWAN YIN TONG JENNIFER KOK BING CAI
TAN JOEL MICHAEL NG MING KAI
ESTHER LEE HUI MIN SHERMAINE YEO XUEWEI
TAY HUI SHI CHARMAINE TENG XIN HUI
KOH YU SIM KOH JHAI LENG, SHAMMAH
LEONG SI MIN CELINE YUEN WING SHAN
LEOW CHUN BENG TAY YU RONG
MICHAEL JONATHAN BASALDELLA

Theatre Studies Major Bags Top Prize Award at TheatreWorks 24-hour Playwrighting Competition

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Isaac Lim Jue Hao, a final year Theatre Studies major from the Department of English Language and Literature, has won the top prize at the annual 24-Hour Playwrighting Competition with his play Between Consciousness.

The competition was organised by TheatreWorks Writer’s Laboratory Writing & Community in partnership with the South East Community Development Council. This year’s edition was held from 6 to 7 June at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) which boasts of lush greenery that provided a serene and calm environment for the promising playwrights to develop their plays.

Recently, we caught up with Isaac to congratulate him on his achievement and to find out more about his winning entry Between Consciousness.

1. Congratulations on the achievement! How do you feel about the award?

It came as a surprise! I was not expecting to win anything this year. This is my fifth time participating in the competition. I attempted a different style of writing this time round and am glad the work resonated with the judges. I’m very encouraged by the award as it recognises my effort as well as my craft. It pushes me to want to explore playwrighting and creative writing even more.

2. Why did you decide to join the competition?

I’ve always been interested in playwrighting and have been regularly taking part in the competition. This year, however, the impetus was definitely the unique venue – the IMH at Buangkok Green. It’s a place that I would not have visited if not for this opportunity. I’ve always treated the event itself as less of a competition and more of a writing retreat. I love to write and taking a weekend off to generate new work cannot be a more perfect break from everything.

3. Tell us more about Between Consciousness.

Between Consciousness is itself an exploration of mental illness and society. The play itself is non-sequitur and crazy. It runs as two parallel stories; one tells about a father and his autistic child and another a mental health doctor coming to terms with expectations of his patients, family and the society. I’d like to think people have alter-egos between different consciousness in their minds and one can never can quite tell fantasy from reality.

4. What was the inspiration behind it?

The father and child story was inspired by a teacher-mentor of mine, who regularly shares stories about his autistic child and their adventures. It has made me rethink about children with special needs and how society looks at them.

At IMH, we learnt that there are many “mental illnesses” that are not apparent to the society. I decided to attempt a pastiche of it all which was presented in a madcap way and hopefully is serious enough to shed light on the matter.

I myself have had episodes of epileptic seizures and a distant cousin with a mental illness thus my personal experiences or “adventures” contributed in part to my writing.

5. Describe the 24-hour playwriting competition experience. (The difficulties faced, the memorable bits etcetera) 

We were given the – for the lack of a better word – craziest yet creative stimuli at different times throughout the 24-hour period. These items had to be incorporated into the play in chronological order of their appearance. This includes specific lines a character said and non-specific abstract “objects” like Mamee Monster snacks or a black thrash bag filled with air. They say experience makes it easier, but I’ll deny that. You can never quite expect what the game-masters throw at you, so you just have to keep writing.

It is interesting to make friends at such competitions. Everyone is there to indulge in the passion of playwrighting, so chatting and sharing snacks and drinks during the long night is really fun. It’s akin to a big sleepover party with the most diverse bunch of creatives. It’s nice hitting ideas off one another. Writing is not all that mundane and anti-social act.

6. What is your takeaway from the competition?

Everyone is a bit mental but we should never shy away from admitting or recognising that.

With regards to the competition itself, I believe there is no fixed way of writing for a competition but it is definitely best to try different styles. Even if we don’t emerge as winners, we will walk away with a piece of fresh writing and an experience that is unmatched. The accomplishment of finishing a writing under such constrains is in itself pleasurable in many ways.

7. What are your future plans with regard to theatre and the arts?

I’m currently a final year Theatre Studies major, so I will definitely will be involved in theatre and the arts in one way or another. I do hope that upon graduation, should I not find a job in a theatre organisation, I will still find time to play with like-minded peers. I like to write as much as I like to devise works thus hopefully I will continue to push my creativity and generate new works in the near future.

TheatreWorks 24-hour playwrighting competition winners with guest-of-honour Dr Maliki Osman
TheatreWorks 24-hour playwrighting competition winners with guest-of-honour Dr Maliki Osman

The Faculty wishes Isaac all the best in his future undertakings!