Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Can we use the criteria below as a benchmark for full professos criteria? or anybody sitting in the room writing papers like journalists without working in the laboratory and just waiting data and draft papers from the students.


Here is the example of criteria for Professor:

The criteria for promotion to full professor [here referred to as Professor] are "continued excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service; demonstrated distinguished influence in the scholarship of the discipline; and demonstrated distinguished influence."

Since this is a promotion to the highest normal academic rank in  academia [assistant professor, associate professor, professor (referred to here as "full" professor)], we expect that a person at this rank will be an eminent scholar in her/his field. "Eminent scholarship" might involve both original research and major synthesis in the field.

The term "professor" in the academic system differs from the term in many other parts of the world. It relates solely to the scholarship and other contributions to the University made by the candidate and not to the person in charge of the department (who is usually referred to as the chairman - a title that conveys little of the prestige of the professorship in the European system!).

There is no limit to the number of people in a department who theoretically may be full professors, and most had held faculty positions for 12-15 years before reaching full professor.)

Why students "ponteng class"? we need to look at many things! schools, environment in school, head masters, teachers, curriculum, teaching and learning activities, students, parents, and many more.... The micro level is teacher and students in the class. How to make teaching interesting, not just finishing the syllabus, preparing for examination and waiting for the bell ringing. Teachers mus be taught to be creative everyday NOT just reporting theier work on paper or filling the forms in the systems.

Majority of students in this form six class "ponteng" BUT they were very close to the teachers who were teaching them and now they are nearly 60s holding important positions and good thing still communicating with their teachers. Teachers play roles.
Good teachers usually attract students to come to every classes not just fill up attendance form BUT really learning and kept the memories
Bring them outside see the challenges
Organise something and make they feel the outcomes

A conflict between action and reporting: how we can measure effective job and doing job. Looking at the report, assessing at the results or observing actions? Many jobs were assess by looking at the report and systems. If the systems are right, forms are filled and checklists are ticked, then jobs are considered done. BUT now we are experiencing roof collapse, landslides and bridge cracked. We definiitely need to look back our doing things.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

We must be serious about our strategic plan. we must try to visualise clearly what we want for the future of our organisation. BUT how far we are serious? especially our leaders. Do we analyse our past strategic plan and assess our achievement, do correction, divert or improve. It is real team work and not a single person task. Involve team, hirarchy, respect, appreciatian, promotion,....

Strategic planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. In order to determine the direction of the organization, it is necessary to understand its current position and the possible avenues through which it can pursue a particular course of action. Generally, strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions:[1]
  1. "What do we do?"
  2. "For whom do we do it?"
  3. "How do we excel?"
In many organizations, this is viewed as a process for determining where an organization is going over the next year or—more typically—3 to 5 years (long term), although some extend their vision to 20 years.

The key components of 'strategic planning' include an understanding of the firm's vision, mission, values and strategies. (Often a "Vision Statement" and a "Mission Statement" may encapsulate the vision and mission).
  • Vision: outlines what the organization wants to be, or how it wants the world in which it operates to be (an "idealised" view of the world). It is a long-term view and concentrates on the future. It can be emotive[citation needed] and is a source of inspiration. For example, a charity working with the poor might have a vision statement which reads "A World without Poverty."
  • Mission: Defines the fundamental purpose of an organization or an enterprise, succinctly describing why it exists and what it does to achieve its vision. For example, the charity above might have a mission statement as "providing jobs for the homeless and unemployed".
  • Values: Beliefs that are shared among the stakeholders of an organization. Values drive an organization's culture[citation needed] and priorities and provide a framework in which decisions are made. For example, "Knowledge and skills are the keys to success" or "give a man bread and feed him for a day, but teach him to farm and feed him for life". These example maxims may set the priorities of self-sufficiency over shelter.
  • Strategy: Strategy, narrowly defined, means "the art of the general".[citation needed] - a combination of the ends (goals) for which the firm is striving and the means (policies) by which it is seeking to get there. A strategy is sometimes called a roadmap - which is the path chosen to plow towards the end vision. The most important part of implementing the strategy[citation needed] is ensuring the company is going in the right direction which is towards the end vision.

Laws for biodiversity and benefit sharing. We need to do it very carefully in order to protect biodiversity and friendly supporting research and education. Both Education and Research is very important to protect and use biodiversity

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Second wave of look east policy will focus more on economy not just education and training. Japanese professor attached at Univ Petronas in Perak developing a technology for mass production of algae for biofuel. Very unfortunate we already successfully developed more than 5 years ago not recognised and given fund. Yet supporting groups that start thinking how to do it. This is typical Malaysian leaders.

We look forward to the support from the government of Japan and its authorities to encourage Japanese enterprises, financial institutions and investors to engage in Islamic finance-related activities with Malaysia.
Malaysia and Japan have agreed to give the commitment towards strengthening the second wave of the "Look East Policy" in that it should not be limited to training and education, but should be more forward-looking with better focus and more economic-oriented
Both governments pledged to encourage further partnerships between Malaysian companies and multinational corporations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of green technology and renewable energy.

Evidence of collaboration with Japanese scientists. Japanese use japanese medaka and our research is using java medaka. This is first record of using java medaka as a testing tools at ambient temperature

Second wave of look east policy after 30 years. I have been collaborating with japanese scientists in marine sciences since 1996 through JSPS and JICA. We need to learn from them on working culture, respect and sustainability for success. I hope with this second wave Malaysia will grow better towards 2020.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fundamental knowledge is very important before talking about application, modification, adaptation and functional. Science taught us to understand the fundamental and then we can apply for human use. Example studying on genetic and biodiversity. it is very dynamic and uncontrolable in the wild BUT it is nature. How about culture and religion. We need to understand more about variety and diversity.

Future Malaysian?           
The four Muslim girls who were disqualified from the Miss Malaysia-World pageant are of mixed parentage.  Eg Wafa Johanna De Korte, 19, is of Dutch-Malay descent, Sara Amelia Muhammad Bernard, 20, her mother is half-British and half- Malay while her father is of Iban-German descent.
 Miera Sheikh, 19, is of Malay-Arab descent. Kathrina Ridzuan, 23, is of English-Malay parentage.

In Malaysia more ceremonial rather than activities itself. How to assess succesfull leaders in research. one way is to see how many people especially young scientists or old scientists try to follow the topic. Look at history of heavy mtals studies in Malaysia. May be its started i 1980s but after late 1980s and 1990s research and number of scientists involved increasing. This make number of publication on heavy metals too increasing and the number of postgraduates too increasing and spreading nationwide and regional areas.

Thesis: As I had mentioned many times about writing thesis, PhD or Masters thesis, the students must read a lot and must have a good collection of literature especially about the local publication. Many papers and thesis saying that no study have been carried out in the area before, but actually there are some publication related or similar. First assignment must compile relevant literature!

Perhaps we need to have more production like this to educate public on conservation. Issues of Tasik Chini and Tasik Bera the only natural water bodies in Malay Peninsular.

Bahasa Malaysia: (Preview)

English: (Preview)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Many culture like to take lemon. Some culture cannot have meals without lemon. BUT why we did not find its functions in our body and make it as daily drink

Just cut 2-3 thin slices of lemon and put it in a cup containing drinking water.
 The water will become "alkaline water". Drink for the whole day, just by adding more water. Take it as drinking water everyday. It is good for health.

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Charles StreetBaltimore , MD 1201. 
This is the latest in medicine, effective for cancer!
Read carefully & you be the judge

Lemon (Citrus
) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells.   It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy    Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease.   Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.   How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires largecorporations?   As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.   You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting isthe effect it produces on cysts and tumors.   This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types.   Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer .     It is considered also as ananti microbialspectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and anantidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.  The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that 
It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers
including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas
   The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing:   this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells. 

Institute of Health Sciences,
 819 N. L.L.C. Cause Street , Baltimore , MD1201

May be about time the muslim must fight for their right and practice what al-Quran ask muslim to do on thinking, environment and science. May be through religion Islam science in muslim world can be infront. May be we not aware what al-Quran asked.

 In Malaysia we must change the mind set of Malaysian especially Malay Muslim on teaching of Islam and Science. They do not know what is true Islamic teaching and science. They forgot that agriculture for food, energy and survival, and medicine for health and generations are all in al-Quran.

Which direction of our Islamic teaching in Maaysia. To be a muslim, politician, commentator or poor and back ward all the time? OR just talking and talking and talking.... Why not we establish centre of Islamic Civilisation or History or .... many thing rather than bringing people to UMRAH alone and thinking what we cannot do. We have to develop a thinking society not just followers. We need to have a high quality research on islamisation of the world. Not just talking about small things. A lot of basic sciences in al Quran BUT why muslim are still behind in science? A lot of statements on conservation in al Quran, why not many muslim leading in conservation or how many muslim follow the the naturalist and environmentalist activists?

Gambar Hiasan sahaja

Just like many politicians, we must talk to many at all platforms in order to transfer our knowledge to others. The speeches must be constant and consistent. Hopefully at the end of the day the ideas will be accepted and practice.

Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) is the oldest nature based society in Malaysia. Now about 73 years old. Members of MNS active talking about nature and conservation, educating public children, young and adults, advice the government and collaborating with other NGOs on nature and environmental issues local and international levels.

Come join MNS. Be the nature activist. MNS members consists of professionals; professors, engineers, doctors, architect, lawyers, accountant, teachers etc.
 We have regular meeting among members and always plan for the big events in nature education and conservation
 some times involves experts from overseas in seminars and field studies. We need to recruit many young one in field biology.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

What we are talking about? conservation, forest reserve protection, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental sensitivity index (ESI)? Look at Tasik Bera, Tasik Chini and logging activities in Malaysia

Another human conflict with wildlife. Tiger

The case is the latest example of animal-human conflict in Sumatra, where rampant logging has caused the numbers of some endangered species to dwindle dramatically.
The Sumatran tiger is the world’s smallest tiger. There are only an estimated 400 to 500 still alive in the wild.