Newsletter No. 151

2 No. 151 4th October 1999 CUHK Newsletter CU to Undertake a Comprehensive Environmental Audit TheUn i v e r s i ty is due to start a comprehensive environmental audit and review. This audit, the first of its kind in tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, will be coordinated in-house by the Centre for Environmental Studies. It aims to provide the i n f o rma t i on required for the formulation of an environmental plan for the University in the next decade. Initiated by the University's Environmental Monitoring Group and supported by the senior administration including the vice-chancellor, this audit w i l l take six months to complete. As chairman of the Mon i t o r i ng Group and Director of the Centre for Environmental Studies, Prof. Lam K in Che is very excited by the potential benefits the audit may bring to the campus community. He points out that the beautiful campus is one of the greatest assets of the University, and providing a clean and green environment for academic pursuit is fundamental to the fulfilment of the Un i v e r s i t y 's mission. He also sees the audit as an opportunity for the administration and faculty to show to the public that the University practises what it preaches and that it is an environmentally responsible member of society. He foresees a well-conceived plan in place at the conclusion of the audit to build a clean, pleasant, and comfortable campus 一 a place that all can enjoy and be proud of. The audit w i l l assess the existing environmental performance of the campus against en v i r onmen t al legislations; gauge the environmental quality of the campus, including the ambient environment as well as indoor air qua l i ty and energy e f f i c i en c y; review the existing environmental management structure, policies, and practices within the University; identify key issues of concern and preferences amongst staff and students through an opinion survey; establish priorities and set targets for improvements; and identify cost-saving opportunities for the University. A n environmental auditor has been recruited to coordinate the review, an d a number of units including the University Safety Office, Campu s Development Office, Estates Management Office, and the Bursary have pledged to provide the necessary information, assistance, and support. Cooperation from all departments and units w i ll be crucial to the success of this project. Any comments on the campus environment or suggestions to make it better can be directed to the environmental audit team (Ext. 6641 or e-mail: A New Supercomputer to Support Data-intensive Research Inorder to accommodate the ever increasing volume of data intensive research work at the University, the Computer Services Centre (CSC)/Information Technology Service Unit (ITSU) has recently installed another high performance supercomputer, a Sun Enterprise 6500. With ten 336MHz UltraSparc CPUs, 4 gigabytes of memory, and more than 240 gigabytes of usable disk storage, it can perform high-speed data retrieval as well as data mining and data analysis. The Sun Enterprise 6500 has different strengths from the CSC's Silicon Graphics Origin 2000. While the latter can best be utilized for numeric-intensive calculation, the new machine is suited for use in data-intensive research r equ i r i ng h i gh c omp u t i ng powe r to draw focussed information and classification f r om large pools of raw data. The new supercomputer is positioned in the high- performance computing platform of CSC/ITSU as a data- intensive computing server. I t is, therefore, best suited for research topics or applications that involve huge amounts of data and require fast responses. The High- performance Computing Support Team of CSC/ITSU is responsible for system and end-user support, resource allocation, project proposal vetting, and documentation of projects. In general, project proposals that have well defined objectives, workable solutions, and a clear timetable receive higher priority. More information is available at http:// Faculty of Medicine Visit Beijing A 17-member delegation f r om the Faculty of Medicine, headed by Prof. Sydney Chung, visited Beijing from 3rd to 5th September. They attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the Be i j i ng Med i cal Un i v e r s i t y / CUHK Joint Eye Centre, and met w i th representatives of B M U to review the collaboration between the two medical schools over the past two years. New projects including the study and development of Chinese medicine-related drugs, the joint supervision of higher degree students, and summer exchange visits were highlighted for action in the next few years. The delegation also visited the Capital University of Medical Sciences to discuss student exchange activities. Colourful Summer for CC Students F orty-seven Chung Chi students participated in the Summer Study Abroad Programme, launched for the first time this year by the college to provide its students with the opportunity to better understand other cultures and broaden their perspectives. Most of the students went to universities in the University of California system : 18 went to Berkeley, 15 to Los Angeles, and four to San Diego. The remaining 10 went to the University of Washington. For five to nine weeks they attended courses of their own choice, interacted with international and local students, and went on sightseeing tours. 中大通讯 CUHKNEWSLETTER 网址 website 1. 本刊逢四日及十九日出版。 2. 来函或投稿请寄沙田香港中文大学秘书处出版事务处《中大通讯》 编辑部(电话 2609 8584 ,传真 2603 6864 ,电邮 pub2@uab.msmail. 。 3. 投稿者须附真实姓名、地址及联络电话,文章则可用笔名发表。 4. 编辑有权删改及决定是否刊登来稿,不欲稿件被删者请预先声明。 5. 本刊所载文章只反映作者之观点和意见,并不代表校方或本刊立 场。 6. 所有内容未经编者书面准许,不得转载。 7. 本刊每期发行三千八百份,免费供校内教职员索阅,部分邮寄本地 教育机构及与大学有关人士。私人索阅,请致函本刊查询。 1. 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