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A Nobel Cause
On 31st July, 2017, the Department of Physics was honored to receive a visit from Nobel laureate Professor Dr. Toshihide Maskawa, and Professor Dr. Seiichi Matsuo,the President of Nagoya University, Japan, in conjunction with the Nobel Laureate Talk with Professor Dr. Toshihide Maskawa: The Journey to Nobel Prize. Professor Dr. Toshihide Maskawa received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008 "for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature". He is currently the Director General of the Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute for the Origin of Particles and Universe, Nagoya University.

The meeting at the Department of Physics was held to discuss research collaboration opportunities with the University of Nagoya. Present at the meeting was Professor Dr. Zanariah Abdullah, the Dean of Faculty of Science, Professor Dr. Hasan Abu Kassim, the Head of Department of Physics, and members of the Faculty of Science.
Professor Dr. Zanariah and Nobel Laureate Professor Dr. Toshihide Maskawa
Professor Dr. Zanariah and Professor Dr. Seiichi Matsuo, the President of Nagoya University
Collaboration with Osaka University
On 1st August, 2017, The Department of Physics was privileged to receive a visit from Osaka University, Japan. The delegation comprised Professor Dr. Yoshitaka Kuno, Professor Dr. Masaharu Nomaichi and Professor Dr. Tadafumi Kishimoto. The purpose of the visit was to discuss on collaborative research with the Research Center of Nuclear Physics (RCNP) and on the students’ Double Degree Program. The Department of Physics was represented by Professor Dr. Hasan Abu Kassim, the Head of Department and members of RCNP.
Professor Dr. Hasan Abu Kassim and Dr. Norhasliza Yusof with the delegates from Osaka University
3rd Asian Science Dean’s Summit and MoA
The 3rd Asian Science Dean's Summit (ASDS) was held from 25th - 27th July, 2017, at Bali, Indonesia. The Dean of Faculty of Science, Professor Dr. Zanariah Abdullah, represented the University of Malaya and gave a presentation entitled Best Practices and Sharing Experiences in International Collaborations: University of Malaya's Case.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was also signed between the Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia on 26th July, 2017, to expand partnership via students, staff and scholar exchange program.
MoA signing between the Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, and Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia
Biochar for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment

The Faculty of Science encourages the sharing of knowledge and skills to the community to be applied and utilized. On 31st July, 2017, Dr. Rosazlin Abdullah from the Institute of Biological Sciences, was invited to Selamat Pagi Malaysia, a morning talk show on a Malaysian television station, to talk about her biochar project with the villagers at Kampung Seri Cheeding, Banting. The project was funded under the UMCares (The Community & Sustainability Centre) Community Engagement Fund. Under this project, Dr. Abdullah and her team introduced the biochar technology to convert agricultural waste into a soil enhancer, hence offering a sustainable tool to manage agricultural waste. In addition, biochar technology also addresses urgent environmental issues such as reducing the emission of greenhouse gas.
Dr. Rosazlin Abdullah described her biochar project in a morning talk show
Congratulations Dr. Abdullah and team!  

Contact Information:
Dr. Rosazlin Abdullah ( rosazlin@um.edu.my)

Is Your Dinnerware Safe?

It began with a national viral in the social media on a mega sale of patterned dishes in the city. It got pottery lovers excited until a concern was raised on the safety of using these dishes. To get a clearer understanding on this matter and subside the panic, the press approached Professor Dr. Aziz Hassan, the Head of Department of Chemistry, and Professor Dr. Rosiyah Yahya, from the same Department. They explained that the main material to make a dish is ceramic, with added lead or metal in the composition. After completion, the dish would be colored and beautifully ornamented. If the process of making the dishes is not adhered to the standard method, there is a risk of leaching lead and colors into the food served using the dishes, thus harming the consumers. In another communication, Dr. Asrina Sairi, also from the Department of Chemistry, advised consumers to opt for lead-free or lead-safe ceramics for their food, and use the decorated dishes only for display and personal collection.
Professor Dr. Aziz Hassan and Professor Dr. Rosiyah Yahya
Dr. Nor Asrina Sairi

Contact Information:

Professor Dr. Aziz Hassan ( ahassan@um.edu.my)
Professor Dr. Rosiyah Yahya ( rosiyah@um.edu.my)
Dr. Nor Asrina Sairi ( asrina@um.edu.my)

Peninsular Malaysia - Home to 110 Species of Bat

A comprehensive checklist done by our researchers in Institute Biological Sciences and China Agricultural University has documented at least 110 species of bats in Peninsular Malaysia. Our researchers involved are Ph.D. candidate Ms. Voon-Ching Lim, Associate Professor Dr. Rosli Ramli, and Associate Professor Dr. Subha Bhassu. This work includes charting the progress towards a comprehensive DNA barcode reference library for the bat species of this region. Knowing which species are present, and their distributions across the region are important in developing suitable conservation plans.
The Cave Nectar Bat (Eonycteris spelaea) is the main pollinator of durian and petai (bitter bean).
Yes, durians!
This Long-winged Tomb Bat (Taphazous longimanus) is a first record for Krau Wildlife Reserve, Peninsular Malaysia.

Congratulations to Team Faculty of Science!

Contact Information:
Associate Professor Dr. Rosli Ramli ( rosliramli@um.edu.my)
Associate Professor Dr. Subha Bhassu ( subhabhassu@um.edu.my)
Ms. Voon-Ching Lim ( voonchinglim@gmail.com)

International Discourse on Islamisation of Knowledge
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Academy of Science Malaysia (ASASI), an International Discourse on Islamisation of Knowledge was held on the 27th-28th July, 2017, at the Lecture Hall Complex, Faculty of Science. The theme for this discourse was Islam and Contemporary Science: Issues and Challenges to the Ummah. The discourse was jointly organized by STS, ASASI, Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) of Bangladesh. The highlight of the event was the book reviews on the masterpieces by Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr. Osman Bakar, who was the former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic of the University of Malaya from 1995-2000, and an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Science at STS.
Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr. Osman Bakar

Associate Professor Dr. Wan Jasimah Wan Mohamed Radzi (right) was the discourse chairperson

Contact Information:
Associate Professor Dr. Che Wan Jasimah Wan Mohamed Radzi
( jasimah@um.edu.my)

SunPower : Technology Talk and Recruitment

On 18th July, 2017, SunPower Malaysia Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd., a leader in solar innovation, visited the Faculty of Science to give a Technology Talk entitled SunPower Interdigitated back Contact Cells. The talk was given by Mr, Neil Bergstrom, the Vice President of Cell Technology Deployment and Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), and Mr. Marlon Rosendo Daza, the Director for Device Engineering and Failure Analysis of SunPower Philippines.

At the end of the talk, an interview session for postgraduate students was conducted to recruit for the SunPower's plant in Alor Gajah, Malacca.
Professor Dr. Ramesh T. Subramaniam (second from left), the Deputy Dean for Research,    

and the SunPower team.
Interview session

A team from the Department of Physics won the Gold Medal and Best Award under the category of Environmental Protection and Renewable Energy during International Eureka Innovation Exhibition (i-EIE 2017) held from 25th-27th, July 2017, at the Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Spanish Institute, Kulim Hi-Tech Park under the theme Igniting Innovation. The team comprised Professor Dr. Ramesh T. Subramaniam, Associate Professor Dr. Ramesh Kasi, Dr. Vengadaesvaran V. Balakrishnan, Mr. Mohd Zieauddin Kufian, Ms. Vhaissnavi Sundararajan, Ms. Nur Khuzaimah Farhana Abd Aziz, Ms. Norshahirah Mohamad Saidi, Professor Dr. Ramesh Singh, Associate Professor Dr. Ezra Morris, Dr. Ramis Rao, and Associate Professor Saravanan Pichiah. Their invention is called NewGenPE-DSSC: A New Generation Biopolymer Electrolyte-Based Solar Cells for Energy Harvesting.

Congratulations Team Faculty of Science!

Contact Information:
Professor Dr. Ramesh T. Subramaniam ( ramesh@um.edu.my)
Associate Professor Dr. Ramesh Kasi ( rameshkasi@um.edu.my)
Dr. Vengadaesvaran V. Balakrishnan ( venga@um.edu.my)

3rd International Conference on Islamiyyat Studies

Dr. Azizah Mainal from the Department of Chemistry, and her collaborators from Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Universiti Utara Malaysia, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), won the Best Poster during the 3rd International Conference on Islamiyyat Studies with the theme Islamic Studies in the Era of Globalization: Challenges and Solutions. The conference was held from 1st August – 2nd August, 2017, at the TM Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, and was organized by the Faculty of Islamic Civilization Studies, Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor (KUIS). The winning poster is entitled Muslims, Technology and Trump: Examining YouTube Videos of Muslim Scholars’ Advice to Muslim Ummah after Trump Won USA Presidential Election.

Congratulations Dr. Mainal and team!

Contact Information:
Dr. Azizah Mainal ( azizah_mainal@um.edu.my)

Esprit de Corps

The brilliant teamwork by the staffs of the Dean’s Office (DO) of the Faculty of Science had really paid off when they successfully refurbished some rooms at the old Centre for Information Technology building, and converted them into conducive viva room and postgraduates’ scriptorium. The scriptorium would be a good spot for postgraduate students to write their theses. This is a continuous effort by the Faculty of Science to provide the best infrastructure for the staffs and students.

More importantly, it was made possible by the strong esprit de corps among the staffs of DO.

A million Likes and more to Team Faculty of Science!

Eid Al-Fitr Celebration and Award & Appreciation Ceremony
On 19th July, 2017, the Faculty of Science organized a colorful 3-in-1 event to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, award the excellent services of our staffs, and celebrate the retirement of some of our seniors. This annual event held by the Faculty of Science is to inspire excellence in everyone and to foster greater bonds among the members of the Faculty. In other words, we !
For more information: https://fs.um.edu.my/

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