Newsletter No. 161

New Scholarship to Oxford T he Esther Yewpick Lee Millennium Scholarship was established last month to provide CU students with opportunities to further their studies at the University of Oxford. Funded by the estate of Dr. Esther Yewpick Lee, the scholarship scheme marks the Lee family's strong connection with The Chinese University and the University of Oxford and w i l l strengthen the ties between the two universities. Dr. Esther Yewpick Lee's husband, Dr. R.C. Lee, was an Oxford alumnus and a founding member of The Chinese University who had served as vice- chairman of the University Council for two decades. Her daughter, Dr. Deanna Lee Rudgard, also graduated from Oxford and is a current member of The Chinese University Council. A l l three in the family have been keen and generous patrons of The Chinese University. Attending the foundation ceremony of the scholarship on 28th February 2000 were Prof. Ar t hur K.C. L i , vice- chancellor, and Dr. Deanna Lee Rudgard, representing the Lee family. Considering the scholarship to be a lasting tribute to her parents, Dr. Rudgard said the awardee should ideally be a student who is not only academically capable but is also willing to spare time and energy to help his fellow human beings, who has interest in more than his own subject of study, who wants to reach out to other cultures, and who can be an ambassador for his own. Prof. L i believes that the establishment of the scholarship scheme will strengthen the University's ability to attract Hong Kong's finest students to its undergraduate programmes, and help nurture leaders w i th international exposure and broad perspectives for Hong Kong. The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding graduate or final-year student, and cover all fees at Oxford as well as an annual personal allowance to take care of board and lodging and other maintenance costs. Transportation expenses to and from the UK will also be provided. Grants from the British Council for UK-HK Joint Research T he following research projects by University members have successfully obtained funding from the UK-Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme for the year 2000: • The Effect of Diversity in Large-Scale Distributed Systems (£5,992) CU investigator: Prof. Michael Lyu (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) • Novel Wavelength Tunable Devices for Broadband Optical Communication (£5,973.44) CU investigator: Prof. Chester Shu (Department of Electronic Engineering) • Novel Strategies for the Treatment of Vein Graft Failure: Investigations Using a Pig Model (£5,420) CU investigator: Prof. Anthony Yim (Department of Surgery) CU s t u d e n ts p r esent best BAPAPER OF THE YEAR 1999 A t eam c o n s i s t i ng o f f o u r undergraduate business students from the Faculty of Business Administration won the'BusinessAdministration Paper of the Year 1999 — Business Strategy Competition' last month. The competition is held annually to provide an opportunity for tertiary business students to apply theories to real business cases. This year, participants were asked to design a strategy for a local jewellery and watch company to expand its market share in the US. A total of seven reports were generated by the seven participating teams from local universities and evaluated by a committee comprising renowned business people and university professors. Four finalists were selected to take part in Oral Presentation Day held on 20th February at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. CUHK representatives Cheung Wai-kei, Regina Kan Wing-yang, Mak Wai-lam, and Tang Hoi-ming out- perfomed three other teams from Baptist University, Polytechnic University, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, to capture the championship trophy. Regina Kan also won the Best Presenter Award. Activity Crucial for Better Life, Says Wei Lun Professor P rof. James R. Morrow Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation of the University of North Texas in the US, delivered a public lecture entitled 'Physical Ac t i v i t y: Increasing Quality of Life Through Lifestyle Behaviours and Preventive Medicine' on 10th March in his capacity as Wei Lun Visiting Professor to the University. Physical activity is now recognized worldwide as a significant lifestyle behaviour related to the prevention of disease, e.g. diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease. Many professional health associations such as the World Health Organization have identified physical inactivity as a significant risk factor for poor quality of life. Although people are living longer lives because of the availability of better medication and generally increased health processes, yet longer years do not translate into better quality of life. Greater attention should be paid to lifestyle behaviours. The lecture presented evidence relating physical inactivity to disease and suggested lifestyle behaviour changes that can improve quality of life. Prof. Morrow is an expert in the measurement of human performance, and is particularly interested in research on measurement and evaluation relating to physical activity behaviours and fitness assessment in children and adults. An active researcher in epidemiology, he was the principal investigator for a national research project on physical activity and health in the US, a project directly linked to the 1996 Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.