Warning: On December 21, doomsday is coming for the 2012 apocalypse. To those of you who have already experienced the great fuss about Y2K at the turn of the century, such 2012 apocalypse would seem laughable. Yet, according to many conspiracy theorists of the so called 2012 phenomenon, the Y2K bug was only a small part of the impending devastation.
It is suffice to say that most of KAIST’s research centers on the practical application of scientific knowledge (in the “applied” sciences) than it does on the discovery (with the “pure” sciences). Indeed, this has been true for Korean science in general since the vigorous industrialization policies of the 1970’s.
Established since 2004, iGEM has been known as a premier undergraduate synthetic biology competition, organized by the International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation. By encouraging students to design their own biological systems and do creative experiments on living cells, iGEM has been contributing greatly to the advancement of the synthetic biology field.
The recent research result from the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering for identifying the optimal drug combinations to enhance p53-mediated apoptosis of MCF7 breast cancer cells created a stir in the science academia and raised hopeful questions from the general public.
The recent painting of Geun-hye Park, a candidate of the 2012 Presidential Election, giving birth to her own father Chung-hee Park, Former President of Korea from 1963 to 1979, was offensive enough to put many Koreans into sheer shock. I was appalled by the painting myself, and incensed over the fact that the painting was actually put on display for people to see and contemplate on.
On November 21, the Korean National Assembly passed a bill that makes taxis a mode of public transport. Since then, around 47,000 buses all over the country have gone on strike, demanding the Assembly to modify the bill. However, taxi drivers welcome the new law as they were suffering from low profits due to high oil prices. The KAIST Herald delves deeper into the issue.
On December 7, the first Sensitivity Training was hosted by the KAIST International Student Association (KISA). The event aimed to open a space in which international and Korean students could understand better each other’s culture and differences. The KAIST Herald interviewed Talha Liaqat, one of the organizers of the event, for further information.
KAIST was established to specialize in science and engineering education and research to train a world leader in high-technology industries. Surprisingly, KAIST will offer an Economics Minor Program to undergraduate students starting from the next academic year of 2013. The KAIST Herald met with Professor Suchan Chae from the Department of Management Science to hear more about this new program.Wha
A night before the due date of the General Chemistry Laboratory report, I had to go through a tough inner conflict of whether to copy the lab report or not. Unlike my high school, where students are often expelled when they get caught plagiarizing, KAIST seems to have a much more lax attitude towards copying.
Every year, undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world come to study at KAIST for a semester or two. For the first time, The KAIST Herald contacted two exchange students, Samantha Lim and Rance Pritchard, to learn about their experiences so far.
A big change in the Mechanical Engineering building occurred this semester as the open spaced lobby, where students sat around to have meetings, has changed into a pleasant cafe. This new cafe named Handel and Gretel has just opened a few weeks ago and seems busy settling into the KAIST society.
Last month, Dr. Bertil Andersson, President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), visited Korea for the annual President’s Advisory Council (PAC) and International Presidential Forum (IPF). During his visit, he also gave a special lecture open to all KAIST members including professors, students, and staff. The KAIST Herald was given a special opportunity to meet with President Andersson
President Nam Pyo Suh's recent announcement of his resignation in February 2013 has relieved many KAIST students. However, some argue that the Undergraduate Student Council should be more pro-active even after the President's declaration.
November is the season of presentations of different departments in KAIST. As only a few weeks are left for freshmen to decide their majors, seniors and professors are in a hurry to persuade and recruit as many freshmen into their majoring departments. One of the ways they chose to gather freshmen and convince them is to open a briefing session.
Newly established this semester, FUZE is the only DJing and party planning club in KAIST. Last month, FUZE drew keen attention from students by successfully hosting a Halloween party. So, The KAIST Herald met with the president of FUZE, Seonggu de Kim, to hear more about the inside stories of creating such club and his ambitious party plans that would bring more joy to the campus.
The KAIST Herald went to interview Seobin Oh (22) and Yuhyeon Jun (24), this year’s Reddot Award recipients from KAIST. As graduate students from the Department of Industrial Design, the two students worked on the project with two other students Gahye Shim(22) and Sihyun Jeong(24) from Hongik and ChongJu Universities respectively.
There are moments in life when the world you believed in feels unbearably strange; crimes occur at frequent rates and people walk by heartlessly without giving a glimpse at a road-killed pigeon. Though its warmth is still there, life no longer remains, and though it feels like the clock has stopped, people walk by busily as if there is something more important to them.
If I were the head of my country, I would reform and revitalize education and develop infrastructure, including human capital. This would ensure a sustainable approach to deal with two pressing problems that currently plague India: corruption and poverty.Education is a critical tool to spread awareness about socio-economic hurdles among Indians.
KAIST students are like the men of the Renaissance. Like Leonardo da Vinci, they have a wide range of shining talents from arts to sciences. Baobab is a new music group focusing on a cappella, a genre of vocal music without any instrumental accompaniment. To hear more about this interesting club, The KAIST Herald met the President and the conductor of Baobab.
Although our society has never stopped emphasizing the importance of leadership, the concept of being a leader and showing the corresponding ability is still vague and difficult for most students. For those who wish to learn more about leadership and practice related abilities, the KAIST Leadership Executing Team (K-Let) might be a good choice.