On February 7 at the KAIST Auditorium, the 2011 Freshmen Matriculation Ceremony marked the beginning of a fresh, new academic year for KAIST. The attendees for the ceremony consisted of the 950 undergraduate freshmen and their parents and guests.
Professor Ki-Hun Jeong of KAIST’s Department of Bio and Brain Engineering and his research team have developed a revolutionary high-sensitivity nano optics measurement technology for the detection of small molecules.
The KAIST Admissions Management Team officially announced the terms and conditions for the 2011 spring semester international students admission last month, stating that successful international bachelor degree applicants will receive monthly allowances of 200,000 Korean won instead of 300,000 won as before.
International students at KAIST have been provided with an increasing number of Korean classes in 2010 at the KAIST Language Center.The non-credit Korean classes are accompanied with a series of activities for KAIST international students and other foreigners in Daejeon to improve their Korean language skills and experience Korean culture.
In November, the leaders of the G20 gathered in Seoul, South Korea, for the fifth G20 Summit. The Seoul G20 Summit marks the launch of a new global economic architecture which will allow leaders to build a platform for longer-term economic cooperation, ensuring sustained and balanced growth for the global economy. The motto, “Shared Growth Beyond Crisis,” encapsulates this objective.
The Student Union elections that took place on November 24 elected Young-chul Kwak (class of 2010) and In-ho Choi (2008) of UriNuri as President and Vice-president of the Undergraduate Student Union. The turnout for the election was 52.88%, amounting to 2004 votes. Among these, UriNuri had 54.04%, while Sugeul Jin and Seokhyeon Son (both 2011) of With U gained 43.01% of the undergraduate votes.
The KAIST Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) was chosen as one of the “50 Best Innovations of 2010” in the November 22 issue of Time. OLEV was placed under the transportation category, and was introduced to serve as a potential intermediary between the existing current-generation combustion vehicles to the mass production and commercialization of electric vehicles in the near future.
As this fall semester heads toward the end, the departments of the undergraduate programs at KAIST held introductory briefing sessions for freshmen and for those who are still undecided on their majors.
A survey of the KAIST students’ satisfaction level concerning cafeteria food and services was carried out during the lunch and dinner periods from November 8 to 10 at the respective cafeterias. The surveyed cafeterias are Samsung Everland’s Eastern cafeteria, Western cafeteria and Hanwha Resort’s Northern cafeteria.
One thumb not good enough for your smart phone? 28-year-old Sung Jae Hwang of KAIST’s Graduate School of Culture Technology developed a Virtual Thumb technology that overcomes the difficulties of using smart phone screens with one thumb.
The International Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conference (ISIEC) 2010 was held at KAIST’s Daejeon campus from November 18 to 20. The conference was hosted by KAIST Graduate School of Innovation & Technology Management (I&TM), Office of University-Industry Cooperation, and organized by Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) Korea.
A school-wide event that opens laboratories to the general public, ‘OPEN KAIST 2010’ was held on November 4 and 5. This biennial event, which began in 2001 and is held in tandem with ‘SEE KAIST,’ has now held its 6th event. It is one of a few representative programs opened in KAIST for the public that promotes popularization of science and scientific culture.
Professor Dal Yong Jin of KAIST’s Master of Science Journalism and School of Humanities and Social Science recently published a monograph about Korea’s online gaming industry through the MIT Press. This is the first instance of a Korean professor publishing a monograph dealing with new media through the world-renowned MIT Press.
Sung-Chul Shin, chair-professor of the Department of Physics at KAIST, has been elected to become the 24th president of the Korean Physical Society (KPS). Professor Shin is to take up the position on January 1, 2011 and will hold this position for two years.
On October 30, the coffee-and-waffle shop Caffe Bene opened an outlet on the first floor lobby of the KI Building after 15 days of construction. This is the second chain of the Caffe Bene franchise to open within KAIST, after the first store opened in the Undergraduate Food Court in 2009.
Professor Sang-min Bae of the Department of Industrial Design (ID) and his design lab won a G-Mark in the field of product design at the “Good Design Award 2010,” an international design contest hosted by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO). The award was given to Professor Bae’s team for their work on a benefit commodity sharing project named “Heartea,”
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Higher Education, Khaled bin Mohammad Al-Anqari, visited KAIST on October 26 to sign a joint agreement. The Minister was accompanied by President Abdullah bin Abdularhman Al-Othman (King Saud University), President Osama bin Sadiq Tayeb (King Abdulaziz University), and President Khalid bin Salih Al-Sultan (King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals).
A new way to synthesize various 3-dimensional architectures from organic materials has been found, signaling the start of “functional artificial protein development.” KAIST professor Hee-Seung Lee announced on September 28 that if a molecule is made so that molecular interaction in three different directions can be controlled finely, various 3D organic architectures could be synthesized.