FASS Student Selected to Represent Singapore at ASEAN-Korea Frontier Forum

FASS Geography student, Jonathan Wang Deguang, recently represented Singapore at the ASEAN-Korea Frontier Forum (5 to 12 August 2010) which was held in Seoul, Korea. The Forum was hosted by the Asia Exchange Association with the purpose of fostering a better understanding of the relationship between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

The 8-day forum is intended to bring the next generation of young leaders of ASEAN and ROK together to discuss the role of youth in strengthening ASEAN-ROK dialogue relations in the field of (i) business, (ii) environment, and (iii) tourism. University students of ASEAN and ROK had the opportunity to exchange constructive views and present their findings . They came up with a set of recommendations that was presented to ASEAN-ROK Senior Officials and other relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies.

Team SingaporeJonathan and two other undergraduate students from NTU were selected by the National Youth Council (NYC) to represent Singapore at this inaugural event. At the end of the forum, the Singapore team presented their paper titled How can Singapore change following Globalization? Cultural Coexistence following Globalization, for which they emerged first amongst the ten teams present!


Psychology student wins Outstanding Undergraduate Research Prize

FASS undergraduate psychology major, Lydia Lin Wenxin, has been awarded an Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize (OURP) for AY 2009/2010, for work done on her honors project. The OURP was first launched in 2006/2007 as an annual university-wide competition to encourage research and to recognize the best undergraduate researchers in NUS.

She was even able to present her work (her thesis dealt with comparing priming and word frequency effects in both the visual and auditory modalities) at the 2010 Association for Psychological Sciences’ (APS) Annual Convention in Boston.

For more about Lydia’s research project and trip to Boston click here: http://blog.nus.edu.sg/psychology/2010/08/24/congrats-to-lydia-lin-ourp-winner-ay-200910/

Congratulations to our National Day Awards 2010 Recipients!

The Singapore National Day Awards are a means to recognise individuals in the public and private sectors who have contributed to the country. This year, 3,192 individuals received the award.

FASS is proud to announce the following National Day Honours awarded to FASS staff. Our warmest congratulations to:

The Meritorious Service Medal

Mrs Ann Elizabeth Wee
Associate Professorial Fellow
Department of Social Work, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences; Former Adviser to the Juvenile Court and Former Member of the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents

The Public Administration Medal (Bronze)

Assoc Prof Paulin Straughan
a)        Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
b)        Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

The Commendation Medal

Ms Colleen Chen Hian Ngo
Senior Associate Director
Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

The Efficiency Medal

Ms Susan Khoo Poh Siok
Management Assistant Officer
Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

The Long Service Medal

Ms Junie Yeo Chwee Kim
Management Assistant Officer
Department of English Language & Literature, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Assoc Prof Anne Pakir
Associate Professor
Department of English Language & Literature, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Assoc Prof Victor R. Savage
Associate Professor
Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Call for Applicants for Research Symposium on Healthy Aging

The third conference in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Research on Aging Series will be held in Singapore from October 11-15, 2010. The conference’s focus is on Healthy Aging. As in past years, the conference will serve as a platform for junior researchers in the Pacific Rim region to network as well as learn about healthy aging from numerous international and local experts. This is a five day event involving signature lectures by international experts on aging, posters, papers and site visits. In addition, participants will be divided into teams based on similar interests and will plan new research projects focusing on an aspect of healthy aging. A research grant competition will be held on the last day and a cash prize will be awarded to the best proposal.

More details can be found here or on the Symposium website.

Interested applicants can download the application form and email it to healthyaging2010@nus.edu.sg by 31 August 2010.

Nobel Laureate Prof Edward Prescott speaks on “Asia Booming, US Depressed, Europe Stagnating”

“Nobel Laureate in Economics Prof Edward Christian Prescott, W P Carey Chair, Arizona State University, gave a lecture at NUS on 16 August 2010 in his capacity as Lim Chong Yah Professor at NUS’ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). Prof Prescott is also Senior Monetary Adviser of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis….” (Read more here)

Peer Support Symposium 2010

Audible Hearts

At Audible Hearts, we read the unspoken tales of young people caught in entangled webs spun around the heart; the sobbing girl in her bedroom with echoes of words hurting still; the guy alone amidst mounting expectations that threaten to swallow him; the unnamed who has lost motivation for life. Often, we do not recognize these people in our every day settings: in school or on the MRT. The girl could be your best friend. The guy your course mate; and the unnamed, you.

Peers are overwhelmingly the first stop for youths when seeking support; sharing similar life experiences, peers are more likely to commiserate and empathise with fellow beings. This is why peer support is important – learn to hear and be heard – can often make the world of a difference.  And if you’re a youth aged between 16-25 years old, join us to find out more about peer support!

<Hello! How Are You?> is a unique one-day event that will bring together youths interested in learning about peer support. It will be a day of frank discussion and mutual learning, complemented by our commitment to ensure that you will never get bored.  We mean it – no sitting around waiting for guests of honour or snooze-friendly lectures. And it’s Free!

Whether you are an experienced peer support leader or just another youth, opportunities to support someone can pop up anytime, maybe even tomorrow?

Register here now!

Asian Journal of Social Science ranked in top Index

Asian Journal of Social Science
Asian Journal of Social Science

The Asian Journal of Social Science (AJSS), the flagship journal of the Department of Sociology, has gained entry to the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). The SSCI is the pre-eminent Social Sciences index and entry to the list is only granted to those few journals that have consistently delivered important and excellent work over a long and sustained period of time.

Published continuously since it was launched in 1973, AJSS is the only Asia-wide journal of the social sciences. It is published six times per year and provides a forum for exploring issues in Southeast Asian societies from the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, history, language and literature, political science, psychology and sociology. Until recently the Editor was A/P Farid Alatas; the new co-executive Editors are Sociology’s A/P Vineeta Sinha and Dr Daniel Goh.

As further testament to the quality of the journal, AJSS was also recently ranked as an ‘A’ grade journal in the Australia Reseach Council’s tiering system of academic publications. 

Congratulations to AJSS on their continued success.