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2008 Spotlight
Dr. Oliver Smithies(奧立佛 史密西斯博士)
Dr. Oliver Smithies, the Nobel Laureate in 2007, was invited by the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) to give a seminar on 18th October entitled “Turning Pages: From Gels to Genes” in the symposium with a theme on “The Gene Targeting in Embryonic Stem Cells and Its Effects on Biomedical Sciences”. The venue of this symposium was in the Cheng Hsing Hall at the NCKU College of Medicine.
In the coming open discussion with the title “Seize Your Great Chance with the World’s Top Academicians!”, you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the dream combination of three extraordinary scientists—Dr. Britton Chance, member of National Academy of Science, USA, Dr. Oliver Smithies, one of the 2007 Nobel Laureates in Medicine and Dr. Nobuyo Maeda, Robert H. Wagner Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the same room with you. When great minds meet, it will be a definitive uplifting symposium experience.
西班牙國科會主委Rafael Rodrigo(左)拜會校長賴明詔院士(右),雙方對奈米科技的研發與合作模式廣泛交換意見。
Without diplomatic relationship between Taiwan and Spain, a delegation of Spanish officials and scientists, led by Professor Rafael Rodrigo, the president of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) - the largest public research body in Spain, visited the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) at Tainan to establish academic collaboration.
Oral fish vaccine wins [ 2008-10-07 ]
楊惠郎教授(前左)領軍的水產生技醫藥團隊,獲得Crazy Idea應用王競賽金牌獎。
Oral vaccines for fish developed at National Cheng Kung University have won the top prize in the “2008 Crazy Idea” contest — a biotech competition organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, government officials said yesterday.

At the award ceremony in Taipei on Oct. 15, the research team, led by professor Yang Huey-lang (楊惠郎), will receive medals and a cash prize of NT$400,000 (US$12,400).
Professor Holmes Rolston III of Philosophy at Colorado State University, widely recognized as “father of environmental ethics”, will be invited as the Chair Professor to give a series of lectures themed on “Environmental Ethics in the Era of Reducing Carbon Emission” from 1st of October to 15th of November on 13:30 to 17:00 each Tuesday (in a word, 10/7,10/14,10/21,10/28,11/14,11/11) at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). The aim of these lectures is to explore possible alternatives and resolutions to the deteriorated environment with other experts in NCKU.
Since the Cold War concluded almost two decades ago and military rulings were relieved, Quemoy, also known as Kinmen, is facing the unprecedented transformation which has risen across the Taiwan Strait. The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), the National Kinmen Institute of Technology (NKIT), Xiamen University, Tunghai University, and Quemoy descendents now living in the Southeast Asia will gather together and collaborate to establish so-called “New Life Community of Quemoy-Amoy”.
The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) yesterday (9th) inked and unveiled an ambitious alliance to conduct research and create new technologies that will strengthen industry-academia cooperation and widen human capital database. In the future, both parties will collaborate closely in research and technology development to promote the advanced technology to semiconductor manufacturing and to cultivate more talented professionals. This agreement will certainly create a win-win for both NCKU and TSMC.
“Observation of the Coherent Turbulent Structure Under Breaking Wave”, a paper presented at the 18th International Polar and Offshore Engineering Conference by Mr. Zhi-Cheng Huang, a doctoral candidate from the Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering of the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) was elected as the only “Best Student Paper” and brought in Mr. Huang with the grand prize worth 1,000 USD. Professor Hwung-Hweng Hwung, Mr. Huang’s advisor and also the Senior Vice President of NCKU, praised his effort and hard-working attitude. The paper is also about to be published on the International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering.
The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) ranked the second among all universities nationwide, the 46th in the region of Asia-Pacific and the 328th among world universities, according to the 2008 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities released by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan, an organization sponsored by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan.
The first detailed global guide to the location of elves, sprites, produced by a three-year space survey, was disclosed by the New Scientist, which has attained recognition as the world’s No.1 science & technology news agent. This survey was carried out by the Imager of Sprites and Upper Atmospheric Lightning (ISUAL), a dedicated instrument on board the FORMOSAT-2 satellite and conducted by a National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) research team.
The Advanced Intelligent Robots and System Lab of the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), led by the Professor Tzuu-Hseng S. Li, outperformed and broke many world records in the 13th FIRA Robot World Cup 2008 which was recently held July 22~25 in Qingdao, China. The total medals the NCKU team won was four champions, two second-place awards and three third-place awards. The FIRA Robot World Cup, an annual event of the Federation of International Robot Soccer Association (FIRA), has now attained world recognition as a robot festival.
(TAINAN, TAIWAN, August 6) --- A team of researchers from the NationalChengKungUniversity has released an interdisciplinary study on developing emulsified fuel oils using industrial wastewater, which not only saves 14% in terms of fuel usage but also cut down emission of pollutants and fume gas of grave environmental concerns. Professor Wen-Jhy Lee of Environment Engineering of NCKU called it “Using oily wastewater emulsified fuel technique”, which can reduce more than 5.4 million tons of carbon dioxide emission nationwide. This breakthrough can save around 30 billion NT dollars in fuel costs and provides an alternative to treatment of industrial wastewater, especially oil-containing one.