Qatar Foundation announces Keynote Speaker Professor Kirk R. Smith at the Sixth International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in Human Populations
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development will host The Sixth International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in Human Populations to be held in Doha 26 – 29 March 2012. The conference is part of a series of international conferences designed to identify solutions for important human health problems caused by environmental factors. It aims to develop local, regional and global cooperation in identifying the environmental causes of DNA damage and in finding solutions to their consequences to human health. A highlight of the conference will be the keynote speech by esteemed Dr. Kirk R. Smith, Professor of Global Environmental Health and Director of the Global Health and Environment Program at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkley. Professor Smith has devoted his career to understanding how environmental pollutants influence human health. He conducted much of his research in developing countries. One of the world’s foremost experts in this field of study, Professor Smith is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to US Scientists. He also participated along with many other scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 3rd and 4th assessments and thus shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice-President Al Gore. In 2009, he received the Heinz Prize in Environment. On his participation at the ICEMHP 2012, Professor Smith said, “I am excited for the opportunity to visit the Gulf Region and contribute to the ICEMHP in Qatar. Many of the dominant health concerns in this region can be linked to environmental factors and this is why it is very important to work on the development of this field of study. This conference will certainly provide for an impulse in this direction and platform for cooperation among experts in understanding the relationship between environmental factors, DNA mutation, and human disease.” Organized by Qatar Foundation, Environmental Mutagen Society and the International Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies, ICEMHP 2012 will consider the local and regional aspects of genetic testing, risk assessment and policy-making to protect both human health and the environment. Besides Dr. Kirk R. Smith, the conference will be attended by many other distinguished speakers, including Her Royal Highness Professor Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand.
Around 400 high-school students attend DWC Open Day
Around 400 high-school students from 8 governmental and private schools attended today Dubai Women's College Open Day. The event aimed at enhancing relations with DWC various target audiences, and allowing prospective high school students to visit the institution and experience the exciting university's atmosphere first hand. High school students were familiarized with the majors that qualify them for getting a job that suits their interests and inclinations after graduation. Such an approach can guide students to the suitable program and majoring where they can distinguish themselves. Thus, the higher education sector will get well-qualified graduates without students majoring in fields, which do not suit them. In other words, students, their families as well as the country will be spared the trouble of having students moving from one major to another or getting bogged down into unsuccessful studies, which will result in a waste of money. The Open Day event began with a welcome speech by DWC Health Sciences & Student Development Dean Dr. Amna Al Mazam. Following, the students had a full day of 15 workshops held by each of the DWC academic departments – Applied Communications, Business, Education, Health Sciences and Information Technology. Workshops were hands on and introduced the various programs and project-based learning to high school students. DWC students and staff members were on hand to give a campus tour, including DWC world-class facilities such as the gym, library and cafeteria, as well as answer questions on degree program offerings and campus life. For her part, Hamda Bin Reda, DWC Recruitment Coordinator, pointed out that DWC Open Day is organized for the third year in a row due to the great success it made last year. "One of the key objectives of holding the Open Day is to introduce the high school students to different specializations offered at Dubai Women's College and emphasize the importance of students making the right majoring choice," she said. In addition, the high school students were acquainted with the healthy lifestyle that DWC offers its students in the campus as only healthy food is served in all facilities.
Action plan call to secure UAE’s national identity
An action plan is needed to ensure the future of the Arabic language in the UAE to maintain the country's identity, a new report has recommended. This was one of the findings of a study funded by the Emirates Foundation and conducted by UAE University. The research project by Dr. Raad Al Shawi found that while Emirati teenagers were positive about globalization, older youths were cautious about its impact, state news agency WAM reported. While Emiratis could take greater advantage of the scientific and technological opportunities which globalization presents, Dr. Shawi said there was a need to create a project that conserved national identity while accepting globalization. The study, which was funded by a grant from the Emirates Foundation's Social Development Program and included interviews with 500 young Emiratis, was aimed at finding ways to maintain Emirati pride as children grow and the nation modernizes. "The findings show that the positive attitude to globalization does not prevent citizens from clinging to their identity," Dr. Shawi said, adding that the high number of expats living in the UAE could assist in preserving the nation's identity while embracing modernity. Recommendations from the study urged openness to others and the development of national culture in line with international changes, without compromising the Emirates' values and social heritage. It also recommended the development of a tolerant spirit, rejecting all ethnic and religious intolerance, maintaining the privacy of the nation's Arab and Islamic culture regarding religion, language, history, customs and positive traditions and rejection of foreign cultural domination. "We should not restrict ourselves to the acceptance or rejection of globalization, but rather deal with it in transparency, awareness and politeness, using a realistic language that spares a margin to our cultural privacy and values system," Dr. Shawi said.
Source: Arabian Business
Wharton School & HCT launch MENA edition of global innovation tournament
Aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs and trailblazers will have the opportunity to implement their ideas on a global scale with the launch today of the Innovation Tournament 2021. The Tournament will be hosted by Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, the MENA edition of the online research and business analysis journal published by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) which is the largest higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament, which is open to individuals and teams, from around the world, promises to generate bold, creative ideas and solutions with measurable results in the areas of business, the environment and entrepreneurial innovation. The applicants will receive close mentorship from leading national and international business experts and the winners will also receive project funding. Inspired by, and based on, the acclaimed book Innovation Tournaments: Creating and Selecting Exceptional Opportunities, by Wharton Professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich, the tournament is designed to encourage and nurture MENA-based innovators' concepts, of an environmentally friendly or sustainability-focused nature, which can be implemented worldwide. There is no entry fee and contestants can submit their innovative concepts online. From the applicants, a panel of experts will select the semi-finalists from around the globe, who will then be invited to submit a web-based presentation of their innovative concepts. From this group the judges will select finalists, who will be invited to present their ideas before a panel of judges in May 2012 in Dubai. Professor Ulrich, Vice Dean of Innovation and the CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce at the Wharton School said the Wharton-HCT collaborative innovation tournament would combine individual creativity with structured processes to allow organizations to develop concepts within an "innovation pipeline. Everyone uses tournaments in everyday life. They are used in society. They are used in organizations. HCT and Knowledge@Wharton have collaborated to create a tournament from which new ideas will emerge that can help businesses during the recession and beyond. This free competition promises excitement and original ideas," he said. Professor Ulrich said the Innovation Tournament was a 'brain sourcing' competition which helps to "jumpstart" innovation. "We're 'crowd sourcing' from the very best minds in both the academic and business worlds," he said. Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, said the Tournament would challenge and empower applicants through the innovative use of technologies, and reinforce the UAE's reputation as a hub for innovation and technology transfer. "We are very pleased to be associated with the Innovation Tournament 2021 as it is very much in alignment with the UAE Government's Vision 2021 Plan, which states that 'knowledgeable and innovative Emiratis will confidently build a competitive and resilient economy' which has economic diversification at its core," Dr. Kamali said. "The Vision 2021 Plan envisages the UAE's economy will be 'a model where growth is driven by knowledge and innovation' and this Tournament will be an exciting avenue by which to achieve those goals," he added. "Both the Higher Colleges of Technology and its commercial arm, CERT, have a strong emphases on innovation and technology in training and education, ensuring their students have the knowledge, skills, confidence and values to make important contributions to the United Arab Emirates and succeed in a changing world," Dr. Kamali said. "We look forward to receiving many interesting and challenging entries from our students, from the UAE and the MENA region." Dr. Kamali said the inspiration for the Tournament title came from the Vision 2021 Plan which is designed to reinforce the UAE as one of the best countries in the world by 2021. Bulent Gultekin, Professor of Finance, Wharton School and the Academic of the Wharton Center in Abu Dhabi said, “Knowledge@Wharton is delighted to partner with CERT. We hope lots of innovators around the world will participate and contribute solutions that can make a difference to society.” The Innovation Tournament is designed to identify novel and innovative "tools" that organizations can use to increase their productivity, profitability, longevity and sustainability. Under the Tournament rules a "tool" is defined as a method, approach, template, process or software that meets the relevant industry criteria. The competition will take place in three phases. Phase I involves the actual submission of the tools, which will then be judged by the panel of experts. Phase II will be the semi-final stage of the Tournament, during which a number of enterprising entrants will be chosen to present information on their tools. A short-list of these Phase II semi-finalists will be selected through a voting system and who will have the unique opportunity to be mentored by Wharton alumni/business owners, faculty and other Wharton and HCT colleagues. Phase III is the finalists stage and will require each finalist to make a presentation at a live event, where a panel of judges will select the winners. The judges will include faculty & members from the Higher Colleges of Technology and faculty from Wharton. Knowledge@Wharton will record interviews with the winners, which will be featured on the Knowledge@Wharton, tournament and HCT websites.