Bulletin No. 2, 2019

35 News in Brief H onours and R ecognitions Six Scholars Elected into Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences To promote innovation and technology development in Hong Kong and arouse students’ interests in science, Hong Kong Academy of Sciences elected 31 young scientists with outstanding achievements into the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences, among whom six are from CUHK. They are Prof. Edwin Chan (1st right) from School of Life Sciences, Prof. Raymond Tong (1st left) from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Prof. Li Huabai from the Department of Physics, Prof. Lu Yi-chun from the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Prof. Kathy Lui (2nd right) from the Department of Chemical Pathology and Prof. Amos Tai (2nd left) from the Earth System Science Programme. A World Expert in Aspirin Prof. Francis Chan, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, was named a world expert in aspirin by ExpertScape, a globally renowned arbiter of academic excellence in healthcare. Of over 46,000 academics indexed in PubMed, he is listed within the top 0.062% for the last decade and top in Asia. His work includes formulating clinical practice guidelines to mitigate uncertainties on aspirin usage, pinpointing a treatment for aspirin-induced small bowel bleeding and revealing how aspirin can modulate cancer risk. Robotics Team Crowned Champions at Local and Asia-Pacific Contests Phantom Dancer, a robotics team from the Faculty of Engineering, stood out from 13 competing teams from seven local tertiary institutions and became Champion of the Robocon 2019 Hong Kong Contest, where they were challenged to build one manual and one automatic robotic prototype to execute a range of tasks within three minutes. Following the victory, the team travelled to Mongolia and was crowned champion at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Asia-Pacific Robot Contest which comprised 17 regional-winning teams from 16 countries and territories, becoming the first Hong Kong team to pick the laurels since the game’s commencement in 2002. Prof. Darwin Lau Awarded UGC Teaching Award Prof. Darwin Lau of the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering received the 2019 University Grants Committee Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members) for his learner-centred and experience- based learning ideology. Adopting a student-teacher-experience-peer modality, he delivers hands-on lectures on robotics fundamentals which allow students to have direct contact with physical robotic arms and other learning tools.