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KE Newsletter Issue 21 (October 2021)

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News in Brief



New Associate Directors of KEO

I am pleased to announce that we have appointed three new Associate Directors of Knowledge Exchange Office (KEO) who will lead and manage the HKU KE programs with me for this academic year: Professor Wallace ChoyProfessor Rainbow Ho and Dr Stephanie Ma. The increase in the number of Associate Directors from one to three signifies the importance attached to KE.  My heartfelt gratitude goes to Professor John Bacon-Shone, the previous Associate Director, for his immense contributions to enhancing KE during his tenure at the KEO. With the new Associate Directors on board, the KEO is committed to enhancing the KE efforts of HKU.  I’m looking forward to a fruitful year of ever increased quality of the KE programs.  

Associate Directors:

Professor Wallace Choy Professor Rainbow Ho Dr Stephanie Ma
Professor Wallace Choy
Faculty of Engineering
Professor Rainbow Ho
Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr Stephanie Ma
LKS Faculty of Medicine

Best wishes,
Dr Yiwu He
Chief Innovation Officer /
Senior Advisor to the President /
Director of Knowledge Exchange Office


Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2021

Warm congratulations to the following colleagues who have won the Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards 2021 of their respective Faculties:

Faculty of Arts:
Dr Janet Lorraine BORLANDSchool of Modern Languages and Cultures
'Lessons from Japan: Empowering Children, Promoting Disaster Preparedness, and Helping Communities Recover'

Faculty of Business and Economics (HKU Business School):
Dr Bonnie Hayden ChengFaculty of Business and Economics
Corporate Wellness 2.0: Enhancing Workplace Wellness during COVID-19

Faculty of Dentistry:
Dr Duangporn Duangthip and team members – Professor Chun Hung ChuProfessor Edward Chin Man LoProfessor Cynthia Kar Yung YiuDr Shiqian GaoDr Conson YeungDr Zhan Yan FongDr Meng JiangDr Chia-Chia Monica SungDr Mabel Hui Min TanDr Gehui Iliana Yan and Dr Xiaoxue YinFaculty of Dentistry
Promoting Child Oral Health and Managing Tooth Decay in Preschool Children

Faculty of Education:
Professor Nancy Wai Ying Law and team members –  Professor Ka Ki Catherine ChanProfessor Jimmy de la Torre, Mr Patrick Lam, Dr Min Lan, Miss Qianru LiangIANG, Dr Elizabeth Ka Yee Loh, Dr Qianqian Pan, Professor Nirmala RaoDr Frank ReichertDr Cheng Yong TanDr Ka Wai Gary Wong and Mr Yuxiao Zhang, Faculty of Education
Co-creating a New Normal of Empowered Learning through Digital Citizenship Research

Faculty of Engineering:
Professor Chun Kong Reynold ChengDepartment of Computer Science
HINCare: A Heterogeneous Information Network for Elderly-Care Helper Recommendation

Faculty of Law:
Dr Richard Wai Sang WuDepartment of Professional Legal Education
From Research into Values of Future Lawyers to Promoting Legal Professionalism in Greater China Region: Informing and Implementing Legal Ethics Education in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan’ 

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine:
Dr Yuet Wan Kris LokSchool of Nursing
Baby-Friendly Community Initiative Program – Development of a New Breastfeeding GPS App

Faculty of Science:
Professor Hongzhe SunDepartment of Chemistry, and team members – Dr Hongyan Li and Dr Runming Wang, Department of Chemistry; and Dr Shuofeng YuanDepartment of Microbiology
Development of Bismuth Drugs for the Treatment of Microbial Infections

Faculty of Social Sciences:
Professor Rainbow Tin Hung HoDepartment of Social Work and Social Administration, and team members – Dr Kar Pui Caitlin Chan, Dr Ted Chun Tat Fong and Dr Ho Yin Adrian WanCentre on Behavioral HealthDr Yu Te Huang and Dr Pui Yan Wong, Department of Social Work and Social Administration
Improving Holistic Wellness Across the Lifespan in the Community through Expressive Arts: from Research to Practice


Virtual HKU Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition 2021

The 3MT Competition is an academic competition that challenges research postgraduate students to explain their research within 3 minutes to a general audience, using only one static PowerPoint slide.  The 3MT was developed by The University of Queensland, Australia in 2008.  The HKU 3MT Competition has been an annual event jointly organised by the Graduate School and the Knowledge Exchange Office since 2011.

The 3MT Competition 2021 of HKU was successfully held in a virtual format in April - June 2021. This year 18 PhD, MPhil and PD students participated in the competition by submitting their presentation videos to compete for 3 prizes decided by the adjudicating panel and the Online People's Choice Award.

The winners are:                                                             

Ms Lu Peng 
PhD candidate, Faculty of Engineering
‘A Bubble within a Membrane, a Drop from the Ocean
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Chuyang Tang)

1st Runner-up
Mr Nicolo Paolo Ludovice
PhD candidate, Faculty of Arts
‘Epidemic Villains? Animal Histories in Human Health
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Robert Peckham)

2nd Runner-up 
Mr Tim King Fai Yung
PhD candidate, Faculty of Arts
‘The Theory of Everything in Chinese Christianity
(Primary Supervisor: Dr Peter Anthony Cunich)

Online People’s Choice Award Winner
Mr Mukesh Kumar
PhD candidate, Faculty of Science
‘Why Endure Allergies When You Can Cure Them?
(Primary Supervisor: Professor Billy Kwok Chong Chow)

Watch the presentations of the awardees and candidates on our 3MT website.