Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 23, 2009
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Research Express@NCKU Oct. 23 ~ Oct. 29, 2009

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NCKU Opportunity
  1. The Sumitomo Foundation Fiscal 2009 Grant for Japan-Related Research Project
    Purpose of the Program
    The program aims at enhancing mutual understanding between Asian countries and Japan through promoting research projects in the field of the social sciences or humanities that are related to Japan.

    Eligible Projects for Application:
    Any research project to be carried out by individual or a group in the field of the social sciences or humanities that is related to Japan.

    Notes:
    1. The following projects are not eligible:
      • Research projects for profit making or those conceivably conducive to profit making.
      • Contracted research projects for a third party.
      • Research projects which have been already substantially completed.
    2. This grant is not a scholarship, a fellowship or a grant for publication of research results alone.


    Qualification of Applicant:
    Researcher shall be of Southeast or East Asian (non Japanese) nationality, living outside Japan. Awarded researcher must conduct the proposed research by himself or herself.

    Fiscal 2009 Program:
    Application period : September 1 ~ October 31, 2009
    Language for Application: English or Japanese

    Selection:
    The selection of applications will be made by the Foundation’s Selection Committee made up of certain persons of high academic standing. Based on such determination, the Foundation’s Board of Directors will approve the grant.

    For detailed information, please call: 06-2757575 ext.50950
  2. Advanced Training Workshop on Southeast Asia Regional Climate Change and Health Issues-As Part of Capacity Building Program for Southeast Asia Regional Committee for START (SARCS)
    Date: November 12-21, 2009
    Organizers:
    SARCS Secretariat
    National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

    Sponsor:
    National Science Council, Taiwan

    Introduction:
    Climate change is a significant and emerging threat to public health. The world’s climate is showing signs of a shift, becoming warmer, with more precipitation and weather extremes. Potential effects of this climate change are likely to include more variable weather, stronger and longer heat waves, more frequent heavy precipitation events, more frequent and severe droughts, extreme weather events such as flooding and tropical cyclones, rises in sea level, and increased air pollution. Other effects may result from ecosystem shifting and disruption.
    For more information about the workshop, please refer to the following link: http://conf.ncku.edu.tw/sarcs2009

    Shall you have any inquiry regarding this event, please contact:
    Ms. Emily Tsai
    National Cheng Kung University
    No. 1, University Rd., 70101 Tainan, Taiwan
    Tel.: 886-6-275-7575 ext.50953
    Fax: 886-6-208-5608
    Email: z9806082@email.ncku.edu.tw

    One of the chief organizers,
    Dr. Sung: d91841001@ntu.edu.tw
    SARCS Secretariat: sarcs@sarcs.org.tw
Extramural Opportunity
  1. 1st Taipei Epigenetics and Chromatin Meeting
    Date/ Time:10/26, 08:20 – 17:25
    Venue:International Conference Hall, Academia Sinica

    The mini-symposium will discuss the epigenetic regulation in cancer, stem cell and stress. The keynote speaker Professor Yi Zhang, a world leading scientist in epigenetics, an HHMI Investigator, the Kenan Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of the top 10 authors of high-impact papers by ScienceWatch in 2008, will share with us his recent discovery of DNA demethylases, the No. 1 burning issue in the field of epigenetics.

    Meeting program and registration (deadline, Oct 10, 2009):
    http://labs.genomics.sinica.edu.tw/TECM
    For more details please contact:+886 2 2789-8775
  2. The Evolution of Circumstellar Disks: What Kinds of Planets Form in What Kinds of Disks?/Prof. Steve Strom(NOAO)
    Date/ Time:11/24, 14:00 – 15:00
    Venue:Room 1201 of the Physics Dept. Building, National Taiwan University
    Colloquium Organizer: Chiang, Lung-Yih Assistant Research Fellow http://www.asiaa.sinica.edu.tw/act/colloquium.php
Opportunities from NSC
  1. Elite Project
    The reason that the NSC uses the name “Po Lo” for ” Elite Project”in English to designate the program is highly symbolic. Elites were a legendary figure who is well-known for his abilities to spot and recognize “horses of one thousand miles” (excellent horses that can run far and fast). The Elite Project is meant to recognize and recruit Taiwan’s “best and the brightest” abroad who are capable of transferring new technologies to Taiwan’s industries. On the other hand, those who are invited back to Taiwan would hope to meet the Po Los who can recognize and appreciate their forte and expertise.

    The project recruits primarily through the NSC’s Science-technology Division attached to Taiwan’s official mission overseas (usually under the name of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office), which identifies and recommends the potential candidates to apply. The evaluation committee set up by NARL would then screen and select the applicants. Overseas senior professionals specialized in the following key fields are given precedence by the recruitment office.1) Basic sciences, 2) biomedical science and technology, 3) image displays, 4) digital contents,5) information and communication technology, 6) semiconductors, 7) energy science and technology, 8) environmental science, oceanography and natural disasters, 9) nano and advanced material science and technology, 10) key service industries, 11) international law and politics, and 12) humanities and arts.

    The Project invites 20-25 elite professionals annually and pays for their round-trip airfare and perdiem expenses for a duration ranging from one to three months. The NARL helps set up their visits to local agencies. Through their lectures, seminars, short-term courses or joint research endeavors, the invitees can thus demonstrate their expertise and speciality, and share their experience in problem solving and managerial know how with the local audiences. Such kinds of interactions facilitate possible follow-up collaboration between the invitees and local organizations.

    For more information, please visit: http://elite.narl.org.tw/clientQueryAction.do?method=queryIntro&type=1
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