Issue 14, February 2008

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Think Big . Think Impact . Think Global - RGC Chair Urges Academics
The Chairman of the Research Grants Council (RGC), Professor
Roland Chin has called on Hong Kong academics to extend their approach to research.
Predicting the Influence of Crosswinds on Vehicles and Cable Bridges
Economic growth and modernisation has resulted in greater demand for transport infrastructure, including long-span cable supported bridges which are designed to carry large volumes of vehicle traffic and railways and, in some cases, both forms of transport simultaneously.
Addressing the Injustice of Space and Housing
Dr. Wing-Shing Tang, Associate Professor, Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University, believes there is a lack of accountability in Hong Kong when it comes to the urban poor.
Globalisation of Popular Culture
Comics, video games, music and movies - they are all elements of popular culture. And according to Professor Benjamin Ng, Hong Kong is rapidly moving from being a consumer of this wide ranging media to a partner in its production, particularly in the context of Japanese popular culture.
Translations Bring Gao Xingjian's Work to Broader Audience
A four-year research project which brings the works of Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prize-winning writer, to a broader English-speaking audience is near completion.
Best Practice for Project Briefings
Many Design and construction problems in the development cycle can be tracked back to the initial project briefing process, according to Professor Geoffrey Q. P. Shen, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Land Use at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
New Measurement Aids Understanding of Cement Hydration
The development of a resistivity measurement has enabled Professor Zongjin Li, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's Department of Civil Engineering, to monitor and interpret the hydration process of cement-based materials.