A collaborative research team led by Professor Hyun Gyu Park’s research team from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has developed a new technology for the sensitive determination of ribonuclease H (RNase H) activity.
November 20 saw the return of the KAIST Happy Campus Campaign program. Now in its sixth year, this week-long program aims to offer opportunities for students to gain a mental boost and to provide an outlet for their worries.
On November 8, the Department of Aerospace Engineering hosted a special lecture about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This featured guest speakers from Northrop Grumman, the NASA-selected primary contractor for the development of the “premier new space observatory".
The Undergraduate Student Council (USC) has judged that menstruation, which exists as a separate issue from conventional medical problems, should be covered by school policies as well. The Menstrual Absence policy will therefore allow students to have menstrual absences officially excused without any attendance score penalties.
On November 20, as a speaker at the 2017 Fall Physics Colloquium, President Sung-Chul Shin gave a lecture titled “Preparing KAISTians for a Happy Future”. The talk, which was supposed to bring solace to students, caused widespread outrage on the internet forums of KaDaejeon and Bamboo Forest.
Through research conducted in collaboration with the Medical Bioconvergence Research Center (Biocon) and Seoul National University Professor Sung Hoon Kim, Professor Kim was able to develop a three-dimensional, laser-scanning biomicroscope. Using this new technology, Professor Kim has created a startup by the name of IVIM Technology, Inc.
In a world where new technologies are introduced on a daily basis, many have to spend a large portion of their time learning how to use new tools instead of focusing on what is important to them. On November 13, Chang-Hyeon Song, the founder of Naver Labs, visited KAIST to give a seminar titled “Ambient Intelligence R&D at Naver Labs” at the Information and Electronics Building (E3).
A group of South Korean scientists from Yonsei University has made a breakthrough in the treatment of hair loss. Previous treatments that control the speed of hair growth have had limited effects on hair loss that has already progressed and caused side effects due to the suppression of male hormones. Hence, there was an evident need for a new approach to treating hair loss.
At a distance from the Sun around 40 times farther than the Earth, the dwarf planet Pluto is certainly cold. However, its atmospheric temperature of 70 K is 30 K lower than it theoretically should be. Now, a team at the University of California, Santa Cruz has offered an explanation for the mismatch.
Mono Lake in California is an inhospitable place for most marine life, due to its hyper-salinity and high concentrations of the alkaline substances sodium carbonate and borax. However, the species of fly Ephydra hians have long been seen diving under the surface, feeding and laying eggs. Caltech researchers published their recent discovery, revealing how this is possible in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Back in 1925, scientists speculated, “Energized, radioactive particles might zip through the booms and flashes of a thunderstorm.” From a mere conjecture, this idea was confirmed by Teruaki Enoto, a physicist at The University of Tokyo
On November 25, the results for the 2018 KAIST Undergraduate Student Council General Election were revealed, announcing the new Undergraduate Student Council (USC) for 2018, BADCHIM. Having won with 1585 votes (78.58%), candidates Jaeseok Lee (Matriculating Class of 2015) and Jinung An (Matriculating Class of 2016) will be the USC President and Vice President, respectively, starting in March.
The continuous outpour of sexual harassment allegations against prominent figures and the subsequent #MeToo movement, with its millions of uses, showed the extent of such unreported cases; the key components missing in the addressing of such sexual offenses are preventative measures and the establishment of mediums and processes that guarantee a thorough investigation into each case that is reported, whether through official legal means or through the workplace.
The common consensus that can be felt from various comments in news articles involving court cases against sexual crimes in several popular portal websites such as Naver or Daum is this: stricter punishment for those convicted. Public discontent has been growing, peaking during the 2016-2017 South Korean protests, calling for the long necessary update of the jaded Korean judicial system.
The #MeToo movement, encouraging women across the globe to come forward about sexual harassment they have experienced, garnered over a million tweets within a few days. The initial call to speak out came from actress Alyssa Milano, the costar of Rose McGowan, who was among the first women to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape about the influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, in an article in The New York Times on October 5.
The short yet powerful words “me too” show us how sexual harassment may be more common than people believe. Despite the prevalence of sexual assaults now being discussed, the previous lack of conversation around it may be attributed to the stigma associated with the topic.
KAIST international community gathered in celebration of the year-end on December 5 at the KAIST Auditorium (E15). This year, the community made the year-end party very special, expressing their appreciation in a touching way at the event hosted by the International Scholar and Student Services (ISSS). Nearly 650 international faculty, students, and their family members joined the party.
In collaboration with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), KAIST hosted a two-week workshop for Dominican Republic officials from October 23 to November 3. 20 key personnel from the Dominican industrial and academic sectors, including the Assistant Minister of the Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT) and the deans of major engineering colleges, participated in lectures given by industry-academia cooperation experts and site visits to companies.