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No. 87 7 May 2007


Appointment of Acting President
The CityU Council has appointed Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki as Acting President of the University with effect from 1 May. Professor Ho's appointment is until 31 December 2007 or the date a new president is appointed, whichever is earlier.


Rewards for research excellence
CityU has introduced a new Research Excellence Awards (REA) Scheme to recognize and reward research excellence. The Scheme reflects the University's commitment to an environment conducive to research at an internationally competitive level, and aims to enhance role-related performance in the delivery of its research agenda. Applications for the awards will be invited biennially, and will be assessed by a selection panel.

Application is now open for the first REA. Each application should summarize the research undertaken by the researcher/team, its significance and its contributions to society. The deadline for application is 30 June, and the results of the Selection Panel's assessment are expected in October 2007.

Up to five awards will be granted, each carrying a cash prize of HK$15,000 and a trophy. A Grand Award of HK$25,000 may be granted to give recognition to exceptional achievements. Certificates of Merit will also be awarded.


Staff support for students encouraged
Staff Giving Club Awards have been established to benefit students directly and enhance student development. The Awards will be used to subsidize students to participate in meaningful student projects that will enrich their life experience and to provide financial assistance to needy students to enable them to make the best use of the learning opportunities at CityU. Staff are invited to make donations to support the Awards and bring the caring and giving culture to student recipients.

Breakthroughs in Building Design and Health Protection
Researchers from the Department of Building and Construction will share with the local industry their mature technologies for building design that takes into account health protection at a CityU Technology Transfer Forum entitled "Breakthroughs in Building Design and Health Protection". The forum, on 18 May, will feature talks by Professor Edmund Choi Cheong-chuen, on wind tunnel facility technologies; by Dr Lam Heung-fai, Assistant Professor, on a user-friendly structure analysis software; and by Dr Albert So Ting-pat, Adjunct Professor, on application of a virus cleaner.


Film awards
The creativity of students in the School of Creative Media (SCM) has been rewarded in three competitions. Lo Chak-wing, studying on the Master of Fine Arts in Media Design & Technology programme, beat out 197 entries to win the Grand Adjudicator Award for his documentary Me, Mother, Grandmother, Father, DV at the Eighth Short Film Competition of the 14th Beijing Student Film Festival.

Ms Mak Hei-yan, an SCM graduate, won the Gold Award in the Open Category for Lover's Lover at the 12th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards Festival. Lam Wai-keung, a second year student, received the Special Mention Award in the Single-screen-based Interactive Media Category with his installation art The Peeper. Within a Letter of Love created by Mak Yuen-shan and Chan Tsz-kin, second year students, and Meta-fishpond by Choi Chi-chung, a final-year student, made the finals in the Open and Single-screen-based Interactive Media Categories, respectively.

A team of students led by Cheng Kai-ming, a second year student, won the Best Creativity Award in the Student Division with their short film Tracking at the Second Fresh Wave Short Film Competition co-organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

City Literary Awards
Six CityU students and alumni were among the winners at the prize presentation ceremony of the Second City Literary Awards on 5 May. Students performed particularly well in the Prose Category, capturing the second and third places and two merits. Two alumni also won the second place in the Poetry Category and a merit in the Short Story Category respectively. Eighteen prize winners were selected from 250 entries from young people in Hong Kong and Macau this year. The winning entries will be published in the second issue of City Literature in the summer.


Annual Report wins bronze priz
CityU's 2005-06 Annual Report received the Bronze Award in the 17th International Astrid Awards competition in the category of "Annual Reports X Overall Presentation X Corporate: Distinctive Format". One of the most prestigious award competitions in the industry world-wide, the International Astrid Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in design communications.


External appointments
Dr Alice Chong Ming-lin, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, has been appointed a member of the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund Committee, HKSAR Government, from 1 April 2007 for a term of two years.

Mrs Sharon Dawn Melloy, Assistant Professor in the School of Law, has been appointed District Judge by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, with effect from 2 May 2007.


Photography exhibition by students
"Splitting Images 2007", an exhibition of the photographic works of students in the School of Creative Media, will showcase the diversity of the students' visual creativity. Local celebrity
Mr To Kit will officiate at the opening ceremony on 10 May. The exhibition will be held from 11 to 20 May at the CityU Gallery.


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