Newsletter No. 63

2 No. 63 19th January 1995 CUHK Newsletter ON THE HONOURS LIST • Prof. P.C. Leung of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology has been made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's New Year Honours List announced on 31st December 1994. Prof. Leung is head of New Asia College and currently a member of the Urban Council. • Dr. K.W. Wei of the Department of Information Engineering was recently elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE) in New York. Dr. Wei joined the University in August 1994. Experts from Chinese Communities Gather to Discuss Sports Medicine T h e first Chinese Sports Medicine Summit took place on 14th November 1994 at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Jointly organized by the institute and the University's Hong Kong Centre of Sports Medicine and Sports Science, the summit was attended by experts in the field from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan who discussed topics ranging from arthroscopic and laser surgery, orthopaedic sports medicine for knee and shoulder injury, to isokinetic rehabilitation and methodologies of attaining sporting excellence. They also defined three strategic goals of sports medicine in the coming century: to attain sporting excellence, to promote sports and health, and to develop new technologies in sports medicine. A proceedings with articles from the keynote speakers will be published. Serv i ce t o t he Community and International Organizations • Dr. Cheng Yin-cheong, senior lecturer in educational administration and policy, received a '1994 Award for Excellence' from the Literati Club in the UK for an outstanding paper he authored in The International Journal of Educational Management; Dr. Cheng has also been appointed by the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement as its representative on the editorial board of School Effectiveness and School Improvement: An International Journal of Research, Policy, and Practice. • Dr. Leslie N.K. Lo, dean of education, has been appointed as distinguished visiting professor of the South China Normal University. • Prof. Sydney S.C. Chung of the Department of Surgery has been appointed as guest professor of the Second Military Medical University in Shanghai from December 1994. • Dr. Cynthia Chan, lecturer in community and family medicine, served as examiner in three clinical segments and coordinator for the oral segment of the 1994 Conjoint Fellowship Examination of the Hong Kong College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners held in November 1994. • Prof. David Gwilt of the Department of Music conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in eight school concerts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, in Tuen Mun and in Sha Tin from 28th November to 1st December 1994. • Prof. Arthur K.C. Li, dean of medicine, was awarded honorary professorship by the Chinese PLA General Hospital of the Military Post-graduate Medical School on 31st October 1994; Prof. Li was made honorary fellow of the Philippine College of Surgeons on 11th December 1994. • Dr. L.A. Damani, senior lecturer in pharmacy, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain from 7th December 1994. • Dr. Clive S. Cockram, reader in medicine, has been designated as chairman-elect of the International Diabetes Federation, Western Pacific Region. He will assume chairmanship on 1st January 1996. • Dr. Anthony P.C. Yim, lecturer in surgery, has been appointed as (1) visiting professor in thoracic surgery at the People's Liberation Army General Hospital (301) in Beijing; (2) visiting professor in cardiothoracic surgery at the Guangzhou Medical University; (3) member of the Board of Governors of the Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia(ELSA); (4) editor-in-chief of ELSA communication; (5) honorary- adviser of the Technology Transfer Association of Asia Ltd. • Dr. Julian A.J.H. Critchley, reader in clinical pharmacology, has been reappointed by the Research Grants Council as a member of its biology and medicine panel from 1st January 1995 to 30th June 1996. Globa l Developments a n d the Commonwealth Over 30 academics and experts, local and overseas, attended the Commonwealth Geographical Bureau (CGB) silver jubilee symposium entitled 'Global Change and the Commonwealth' at Cho Yiu Conference Hall from 5th to 7th December 1994. Co-hosted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, the symposium saw the presentation of 17 papers which explored in different scales how global developments — sociocultural, technological, economic and physical — have been affecting Commonwealth countries and the opportunities and challenges that await them. Vice-chancellor Charles Kao officiated at the opening ceremony and Prof. R.W. Steel, former CGB director and currently vice-chancellor of the University College of Swansea, delivered a speech entitled 'Geography and the Commonwealth in a Changing World'. Academic Achieve ments of Two CUHK Alumni Gain Recognition T w o former chemistry majors of the University recently won prestigious awards in Canada. Dr. John Tse of the class of 1975, currently senior research scientist at the National Research Council of Canada, has been selected for the Noranda Award for outstanding contributions to physical chemistry. Recipients of the award are all Canadian scientists under the age of 40. Prof. T.K. Sham of the class of 1971, now professor of chemistry at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), received from the UWO Faculty of Science the Florence Bucke Award in recognition of his outstanding research on solid state and surface chemistry and photoelectron spectroscopy. Prof. Sham was lecturer in the Department of Chemistry of this university from 1985 to 1987. Both Dr. Tse and Prof. Sham graduated with a B.Sc. in chemistry (first- class honours) from CUHK. New Publications of The Chinese Un i ve r s i ty Press An Encyclopaedia of Translation Edited by Chan Sin-wai and David E. Pollard of the Department of Translation, An Encyclopaedia of Translation contains 97 articles by leading international exponents and scholars of translation on various topics of translation. The articles address local issues specific to the interaction between the Chinese-speaking and English-speaking worlds as well as universal issues applicable to all translation studies. 1,178 pages, hardcover, HK$580 A Practical Chinese Grammar Edited by Samuel Cheung Hung-lin, Liu Sze-yun and Shih Li-lin, A Practical Chinese Grammar is a 50- lesson grammar handbook which examines both structural patterns and morphological features characteristic of the Chinese language. The book, designed for classroom use, is illustrated with ample and often humourous examples. It also includes discussions of anomalous usages and of controversial issues relevant to linguistics and language-learning. 538 pages, paperback, HK$230 Paradoxes of Traditional Chinese Literature Edited by Eva Hung with an introduction by Robert Hegel, Paradoxes of Chinese Traditional Literature is a collection of nine articles by respected sinologists on various paradoxical aspects of traditional Chinese literature. The essays attempt to provide new readings of well-known classics as well as detailed analyses of different literary works. Works quoted range from the Tang dynasty to l ate Qing. 288 pages, hardcover, HK$195 A Glossary of Political Terms of the People's Republic of China Compiled by Kwok-sing Li and translated by Mary Lok, A Glossary of Political Terms of the People's Republic of China includes 560 entries of important and frequently-used Chinese political terms and phrases that appeared between 1949 and 1990. Each entry begins with an explanation of a term and its origin, and contains a description of how and under what circumstances the term was used, a discussion of the changes in meaning over the years, as well as its political and social significance. 668 pages, paperback, HK$180 Planning Rules and Urban Economic Performance: The Case of Hong Kong Written by Samuel R. Staley, Planning Rules and Urban Economic Performance: The Case of Hong Kong points out that the recommendation proposed by the Hong Kong Government in its Comprehensive Review of the Town Planning Ordinance will adversely affect both the land and development planning process and the economic performance of the territory. The author puts forward a set of counter- recommendations on how to minimize the disruption in the Hong Kong property market. Hebelievesthat clearly delineated property rights are important in reducing economic uncertainty and enabling development to take place. 202 pages, paperback, HK$90 The books will be sold at a 20 per cent discount to University staff and students at the University Bookshop, John Fulton Centre.