Newsletter No. 95

CUHK Newsletter 2 No. 95 19th October 1996 Chinese Scientist Claims Chinese Medicine Can Cure Cancer P rof. Zhu Chen, renowned molecular biologist and director of the Shanghai Institute of Hematology at Shanghai Rui- Jin Hospital, came to the University recently at the invitation of the Department of Clinical Oncology. At a seminar entitled 'Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia: A Model of Differentiation and Apoptosis Induction Therapy of Human Cancer' held on 26th September at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Prof. Chen indicated that arsenic trioxide, a novel component isolated from a form of Chinese medicine, was very effective in inducing complete remission (disease- free condition) in patients of acute promyelocytic leukaemia who are resistant to all trans-retinoic acid treatment. But since arsenic trioxide is a known poison, this approach has evoked controversy in the medical community. Prof. Chen professes that while arsenic trioxide may be shown to have positive effects on certain patients ofacute promyelocytic leukaemia, its long-term effects are still unknown. CUHK Prize Wi nne r s at Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial T he 11th 'Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial' organized by the Hong Kong Museum of Art opened in mid- September. There were 1,294 entries by 798 artists, of which 120 were chosen for the competition by two adjudication panels comprising local and overseas art experts. Of these eligible works, 20 are the creation of staff and students of the University's Fine Arts Department and the School of Continuing Studies. In the final round of selection, 10 pieces were awarded the Urban Council Art Prize. Three of the 10 finalists are members of the University. They are Mr. Yip Man- yam, instructor in the School of Continuing Studies; Mr. Yung Ho-yin, staff member at the Physical Education Unit; and Mr. Leung Chi-wo, a student of the Master of Fine Arts Programme. Leung Chi-wo, Warren Untitled (After Dreaming of a Path) 1996, set of five rubbings, ink on paper Yip Man-yam Seal Carving by Ban Ge 1996, hanging scroll, seal marks and ink on paper Yung Ho-yin Moral Cultivation in Small Regular Script 1996, hanging scroll, ink on paper CU Flea Ma r ket Vice-Chancellor Prof. Arthur K. C. Li strikes the gong to signal the opening of the first ever CUHK flea market organized by the Office of Student Affairs. To his right is University Dean of Students, Prof. S. T. Kwok. Statuettes for sale at one of the 20 odd stalls capture the interest of pro-vice-chancellors Prof. Liu Pak-wai (left), Prof. Ambrose King (middle), and Dean of Medicine, Prof. Joseph C. K. Lee (right). Department of Nursing Dress Down in A i d of the Commun i ty Chest The staff of the Nursing Department showed its support for the Community Chest by taking part in a dress casual day on 27th September. To get into the mood of the day, T-shirts with slogans were worn, and funds were raised for the cause. Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, As a regular reader of the CUHK Newsletter, I would be very much interested in news of major capital improvements on the campus. I see big projects underway where the old music library was, and across the street from the medical sciences building, but I have seen no major articles on these projects. I think an article on each, with architects' renditions of the finished projects, would be of interest to some readers. Also, I have seen no news in a year regarding the Tolo Harbour reclamation and proposed science park — even though the deadlock on these projects appeared broken several months ago. Is it possible to give your readers updates on these projects? Thanks in advance for your enlightenment on these matters. Bryce Mclntyre Department of Journal ism and Communication 23rd September 1996 Editor's note: We always welcome feedback and suggestions from our readers. It is through your response that we know how to bridge the gaps between what you want and what we provide. Our reporters have lost no time in approaching the Buildings Office for information on the new science centre and phase V redevelopment of teaching buildings on the Chung Chi campus. A feature article on these new buildings will appear in the next issue. And subsequent to relevant reports on the science park symposium (4th January 1996) and the Pak Shek Kok public dump (4th April 1996 ), the most recent progress of the two projects is captured in this issue (see page 1). As the Publication Office is not an information centre, we rely on your input to produce a useful newsletter. If you want to know something, tell us and we will try to get the information for you. If you want others to know something, tell us and we may publish it for you. We can serve you better if you would just let us know. Our email address is