The KAIST Herald warmly welcomes you as the newly inaugurated president of our university. Could you introduce yourself to our readers? It is my honor and privilege to join KAIST as the 15th president. After completing my Ph.D. program at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, I moved to New Jersey to teach at Rutgers University. After two years, I joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where I was engaged in research and development of 32-bit complementary metal-oxide semiconductor microprocessors.
A hand of friendship is sometimes enough to redefine your position in the society you live in. Be it an individual or an organization, cementing new relationships can change our path, converting it into a more proactive and rejuvenated one. This semester saw the long awaited ties between KISA and ICISTS, gaining a solidified dimension under the initiative of Sua Yang, the Head of the Division of Global Partnerships.
Could you briefly introduce yourself to our readers? My name is Sukhee Kang, and I served as the mayor of Irvine, from 2008 to 2012. I was the first Korean-American to serve as mayor for a major city of the United States.
Could you introduce yourself to our readers? Hello, I’m Michael Drake, Chancellor of University of California (UC), Irvine, and I’m very excited to formally sign this memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KAIST, which we respect very much and have much in common with.
Recently, companies such as Microsoft and Red Bull had installed commercial booths in front of the Creative Learning Building (E11). Targeting KAIST students specifically, these companies advertised their products through various ways such as free give-away events and installations for students to actually experience the products. However, there has been controversy over whether on-campus advertis
While I lived outside of Korea, never once did I identify myself as a “good English speaker.” English was simply a language I used to communicate with other people. It was such a fundamental part of me that I never viewed it as something to be proud of, or a skill that others might covet. All that changed once I came to Korea for college.
On November 12, the Danish Tax Ministry’s decision to abolish its fat tax, implemented only the previous year, brought to the world’s attention an interesting concept of imposing surcharges on “unhealthful” foods. The tax was placed on various food items including cheese, butter, and meat, all of which contained saturated fat in excess of 2.3 percent.
In a fly genetics lab, curious flies make their way out of a small plastic flask filled with a mushy culture medium only to realize that the flask is in an incubator, and the incubator in a room locked tightly. This has been the truth for laboratory flies way before their birth for generations. A very similarly picturesque analogy applies to us humans and the society we live in.
Among the many utterly bitter truths we are facing today, one of the hugest is our mad addiction to smartphones. The invention of this magical portable device that does almost everything except studying on our behalf has gotten us falling head over heels. Whether it is on the subway, in the lunch line, at the dinning table, in the john, everywhere we go the smartphone follows! Why?
Following KAIST's first recruitment of student PR models last year, a club was also established to help these students get involved beyond the routine photography work. The KAIST Herald met up with Woojin Jeon, president of MOKA, to learn more about their work.
Sung Woo Chang (Department of Mathematics) and JoongBum Lee (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) are the founding members of the KAIST Intramural Football Association (KIFA). Created in October 2012, KIFA currently consists of eight football teams: Woori Team, Hurricane, KIFC, GeukLak, KGS, Gyeongnam Family, MS Milan, and Aquila.
The beginning of a semester is always busy with recruitments and joining of new social groups. This semester was not an exception. While walking around the campus this semester, students easily spotted new posters with a picture of a woman climbing rocks. This notable poster belonged to Ulala, the KAIST sport climbing club.
Before the official start of the semester, the incoming freshmen move into their dorms a week early to attend their orientation, which lasts for a couple of days. After the end of the official activities planned out for the final day, the upperclassmen take the freshmen out for a celebratory night of drinking. This year, however, KAIST has banned the consumption of alcohol as part of the orientation events. The KAIST Herald delves deeper into the issue at hand.
In today’s materialistic world where everybody is bowing down in front of a luxurious life with all comforts, do you feel you are any different? When was the last time that you tried to look beyond the teary eyes of a woman who has no money to feed her child?
With the start of a new school year, KAIST saw many changes: new buildings, new policies, and most importantly new leadership. As the whole school adjusts to the new president of KAIST, the KAIST International Student Association (KISA) also begins the school year with the inauguration of a new president, Ms. Zahroh. The KAIST Herald met with the president to discuss her upcoming term.
This column is among the mix of many other options of articles to read, and even after getting a chance to be read, it will soon be forgotten. Even those who read this article will soon be gone, so no matter what, nothing seems to be able to escape the gruesome black hole of nothingness.
Chalk is a student organization that creates online educational videos and provides them to the public for free. Following the successful launch of their non-profit online “Chalk Academy” in December last year, The KAIST Herald met with four members of Chalk to hear more about their work and the impact they hope to make.
With the start of the spring semester, a new arrangement has been made in the 2013 KAIST academic calendar. KAIST, unlike other Korean universities, was known for its three-month summer vacation of June, July and August. In return, the winter vacation lasted only for a month. This academic system was convenient for students who took summer semester courses or interned abroad.
Over the newly extended two-month winter break, students on campus can participate in an international conference held for a week at KAIST. BizAsia is a conference organized primarily by the KAIST International Student Association (KISA), with generous sponsorships from local organizations inside and outside of KAIST. The KAIST Herald met with the Managing Director Rana Islamiah Zahroh.