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Asian University , formerly Asian University of Science and Technology and founded in 1993, initially with the academic co-operation of Imperial college in London is an international university using English as the medium of instruction for all programs and is located in Chonburi, Thailand, about 25 km from Pattaya. Wikipedia.

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The Asian University for Women Council of Patrons supports a global network of women leaders who seek to effect positive change in their home communities and the world at large CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH--(Marketwired - Jul 20, 2017) - Asian University for Women is pleased to announce that Former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush will serve as a Patron of the University. Mrs. Bush served as First Lady from 2001 to 2009 when her husband George W. Bush was President of the United States. The University's Council of Patrons is chaired by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and includes First Lady of Japan Akie Abe; former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino; UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova; former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong Anson Chan; former Danish Environment Minister Lone Dybkjaer; Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg; and Her Excellency Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the first woman president of Sri Lanka. The Patrons advocate for women's education and empowerment in general and Asian University for Women in particular. Laura Bush is a leading voice for spreading freedom and promoting human rights across the globe. For more than a decade, she has led efforts through the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council to protect the hard-earned rights of women in that country. As First Lady, she made three trips to Afghanistan and in 2001 she delivered the President's weekly radio address -- a first for a First Lady -- to direct international attention to the Taliban's oppression of women. In 2016, she wrote the introduction to the book We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope published by the George W. Bush Institute. She has also played an important role in the establishment of the American University of Afghanistan. In announcing the appointment of First Lady Laura Bush as a Patron of the University, AUW Chancellor Cherie Blair commented, "Laura Bush has been one of the most persistent and effective champions of girls and women and others who fall on the wrong side of privilege. She brings an enormous amount of compassion and dedication to her work in support of women, and she makes a significant impact. She does all of this without ever pausing for fanfare. Laura Bush is the emblem of a great soul. AUW is absolutely privileged to have her support for our common cause of educating women from across the developing world." In accepting her role as Patron of Asian University for Women, First Lady Laura Bush said, "The inclusion of women in all aspects of society strengthens and improves the stability of their countries. Asian University for Women recognizes that investments in the success of women are investments that pay off, and that educating women has the power to change the world." About Asian University for Women (AUW) Asian University for Women, chartered by the Parliament of Bangladesh, is an independent, international university located in Chittagong, Bangladesh. It is dedicated to the education and leadership development of women from across Asia and the Middle East. Since its founding in 2008, it has graduated nearly 550 women from 15 countries. To learn more about AUW, please visit http://asian-university.org/.


HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - Jun 21, 2017) - Nearly US$500,000 was raised at a riveting and moving gala dinner in Hong Kong in aid of the Asian University for Women (AUW), an independent, international university in Chittagong, Bangladesh seeking to educate a new generation of female leaders in Asia. The more than 300 guests who attended "In Honour of Daughters: Empowering Women on a Mission" at the JW Marriott Hong Kong on June 13 were regaled by inspiring tales of overcoming adversity and the hardest fought success from a wide array of speakers including former AUW students, public figures and academics from around the world and human rights lawyer and AUW Chancellor Cherie Blair. The event, which was the first gala dinner organized by Asian University for Women - Hong Kong Support Foundation, will fund 31 full scholarships for one year, enabling the most promising young women from traditionally marginalized communities around the region to attend the university and go on to lead change. AUW Support Foundation Hong Kong Chairperson Lynne Anne Davis said: "I am so delighted that our wonderfully generous guests have donated enough money to ensure that the dreams of 31 students wanting to attend this remarkable university can now do so, regardless of their ability to pay. We are so grateful that our network of sponsors, including our event partner Marriott International and platinum sponsors Li & Fung, Goldman Sachs, Mohammadi Group, L'Oreal and Mr. Henry Hamrock, plus a host of other organisations, recognize the immense value of investing in the future talent of the region." Emceed by Bloomberg TV anchor Rishaad Salamat, the evening of experiences extended to a Live Auction conducted by Christie's Chairman of Asian Art Jonathan Stone, featuring once-in-a-lifetime opportunities designed to deepen cultural understanding and broaden horizons. Auction prizes included a private dinner for 10 in London with Cherie Blair and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and a private group luncheon for 10 in Hong Kong with former Chief Secretary The Honourable Anson Chan in Hong Kong SAR's 20th anniversary year. Cherie Blair, Chancellor of AUW and the first member of her family to go to university, is a firm believer in the transformative power of education. At the gala she talked of how her mother and grandmother, who both left school at the age of 14, made sure that she could achieve her dreams. Mrs. Blair told the audience: "I was told that what Asia needed was a visual representation of why educating girls is important, a place where girls can go, learn from each other and have the chance of an excellent standard of education. That is exactly what AUW offers -- it is a beacon of hope." Another speaker was Mowmita Basak. Ms. Basak completed her bachelor's degree in Asian Studies at AUW, and is currently pursuing a master's degree at the University of Oxford. She grew up as part of the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh and declared that AUW transformed her life and her career from a small-town girl into an aspiring youth leader. She told the audience: "One single opportunity can transform a life completely." Sweta Kumari is another former AUW student. She overcame poverty, a terrifying assault and mental illness to graduate from AUW in 2015. She is now on a mission to transform higher education in India. She told the audience: "AUW made possible what was totally, totally impossible." Guests at the gala also heard the personal tales from other leaders who overcame challenges to lead positive change and make a difference, including Founding Co-chair AUW Japan Support Foundation Kathy Matsui; author, academic and AUW Support Foundation Board Member Sheena Iyengar; former Dutch parliamentarian and academic Kathleen Ferrier; AUW Vice Chancellor Nirmala Rao and Executive Vice Chairman of South China Media Group, Jessica Ng. About Asian University for Women (AUW) Recruiting from 15 countries in Asia and the Middle East, Asian University for Women seeks out high-potential young women from communities with few opportunities for advancement, and provides them with the academic, professional, and financial support required to earn their Bachelor's degrees and to take on change-making roles. Throughout their years at AUW, students pursue a rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum, internships, and community service and educational exchange opportunities which enable them to broaden their worldviews, develop critical thinking skills, and cultivate their commitments to public service. Since opening its doors in 2008, AUW has graduated five classes totaling more than 550 women. About 80% of AUW graduates pursue employment in their home countries immediately after graduation while the remaining 20% attend graduate school internationally. Former AUW students have pursued graduate studies at a range of institutions including Oxford, Stanford, Columbia, Brandeis, and Ewha (South Korea). Graduates have gone into careers with organizations such as Chemists without Borders, Room to Read, Teach for Nepal, Accenture, Chevron Bangladesh, and Democracy International. There are about 600 students currently attending AUW. The vast majority of AUW students are first in their family to attend university, and virtually all receive full financial aid. To learn more about Asian University for Women, please visit http://asian-university.org/


Ma P.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | Wang L.-S.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | Guo N.,Asian University
Applied Energy | Year: 2014

A case is made that while it is important to mitigate dissipative losses associated with heat dissipation and mechanical/electrical resistance for engineering efficiency gain, the "architect" of energy efficiency is the conception of best heat extraction frameworks-which determine the realm of possible efficiency. This precept is applied to building energy efficiency here. Following a proposed process assumption-based design method, which was used for determining the required thermal qualities of building thermal autonomy, this paper continues this line of investigation and applies heat extraction approach investigating the extent of building partial homeostasis and the possibility of full homeostasis by using cooling tower in one summer in seven selected U.S. cities. Cooling tower heat extraction is applied parametrically to hydronically activated radiant-surfaces model-buildings. Instead of sizing equipment as a function of design peak hourly temperature as it is done in heat balance design-approach of selecting HVAC equipment, it is shown that the conditions of using cooling tower depend on both "design-peak" daily-mean temperature and the distribution of diurnal range in hourly temperature (i.e., diurnal temperature amplitude). Our study indicates that homeostatic building with natural cooling (by cooling tower alone) is possible only in locations of special meso-scale climatic condition such as Sacramento, CA. In other locations the use of cooling tower alone can only achieve homeostasis partially. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Ma P.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | Wang L.-S.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | Guo N.,Asian University
Applied Energy | Year: 2015

In two earlier papers we proposed a process assumption- based design method, one aim of which is the determination of the thermal requirement of a building by investigating the building functioning as a dynamic thermal system. The principal constraint of that determination is the building indoor temperature range to be no more than 2. °C. In this paper we focus on the thermal requirement of maximum WWR (window-to-wall ratio) allowed by the constraint as a function of envelope U-value and ambient temperature amplitude. Seven US cities are studied to represent a range of ambient temperature amplitudes. As the window part of a building's envelope is a prominent architectural feature of the building, WWR and its allowed maximum in terms of thermal autonomy are the signature/reflection of local ambient temperature amplitude and the variety of envelopes of building stock in each locality. Such signal characteristics are otherwise referred to as regional architecture. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


Ma P.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | Wang L.-S.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | Guo N.,Asian University
Applied Energy | Year: 2013

Since Willis Carrier's invention of air conditioning in 1911, we traditionally think about building conditioning in terms of the heating and cooling of a building's indoor air. A better idea is the heating and cooling of a building's mass. The latter has been called the radiant method, of which a most attractive strain is the thermally activated building systems (TABS) proposed by Robert Meierhans in 1990s. In this paper, a resistor-capacitor (RC) model is built in Matlab/Simulink for studying the system requirement of a TABS-equipped building-room. Specifically, what is the requirement in the envelope thermal resistance and activated TABS thermal mass of the room so that it is able to keep the room's indoor operative temperature within the comfort range with its surroundings at neutral mean ambient temperature? Systematic simulations show that at neutral ambient temperature, the room's manageability requires the correct selection of thermal mass at normal value and thermal resistance within minimum envelope resistance range (MERR). With its surroundings at above neutral ambient temperature, the room with the required mass-envelope combination functions robustly, albeit with a slightly larger operative temperature variation. We introduce the term thermally manageable building, defined as buildings that can be managed with off-peak equipment, either mechanical equipment (e.g., a chiller) or (natural energy gradient driven) low-power equipment (e.g., a cooling tower). Simulation results also show that while the mean operative temperature level is maintained by cooling equipment (mechanical or low-power one), the operative temperature variation is primarily a function of a building's thermal mass and a building's envelope thermal resistance and, only to a small extent, a weak function of mean ambient temperature and the diurnal temperature amplitude. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Chang C.-J.,University of Houston | Chao C.-H.,University of Houston | Xia W.,University of Houston | Yang J.-Y.,University of Houston | And 14 more authors.
Nature Cell Biology | Year: 2011

The epithelialg-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has recently been linked to stem cell phenotype. However, the molecular mechanism underlying EMT and regulation of stemness remains elusive. Here, using genomic approaches, we show that tumour suppressor p53 has a role in regulating both EMT and EMT-associated stem cell properties through transcriptional activation of the microRNA miR-200c. p53 transactivates miR-200c through direct binding to the miR-200c promoter. Loss of p53 in mammary epithelial cells leads to decreased expression of miR-200c and activates the EMT programme, accompanied by an increased mammary stem cell population. Re-expressing miR-200c suppresses genes that mediate EMT and stemness properties and thereby reverts the mesenchymal and stem-cell-like phenotype caused by loss of p53 to a differentiated epithelial cell phenotype. Furthermore, loss of p53 correlates with a decrease in the level of miR-200c, but an increase in the expression of EMT and stemness markers, and development of a high tumour grade in a cohort of breast tumours. This study elucidates a role for p53 in regulating EMT-MET (mesenchymal-epithelial transition) and stemness or differentiation plasticity, and reveals a potential therapeutic implication to suppress EMT-associated cancer stem cells through activation of the p53-miR-200c pathway. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.


Shankar S.,RMIT University | Jaiswal L.,RMIT University | Aparna R.S.L.,Asian University | Prasad R.G.S.V.,Asian University
Materials Letters | Year: 2014

A cost-effective and eco-friendly method has been developed to form colloidal solutions of gold (AuNPs), silver (AgNPs), and gold-silver-alloy (Au-Ag-NPs) nanoparticles using Lansium domesticum (LD) fruit peel extract as a combined reducing and capping agent for the first time. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by various physic-chemical techniques. AgNPs and Au-Ag-NPs demonstrated potential antimicrobial activity. All these nanoparticles showed significant biocompatibility on C2C12 cell line. In addition, cellular and LDH activities supported our biocompatibility results. The outcomes of this study indicate that, these nanoparticles could be effectively utilized in pharmaceutical, biotechnological and biomedical applications. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.


Fox A.G.,Asian University
ASM Proceedings of the International Conference: Trends in Welding Research | Year: 2013

This paper describes a comparative study on the effect of additions of individual amounts of aluminium and titanium to C-Mn steel weld metal and the implications of these additions for weld-metal microstructures and mechanical properties. The experiments involved the evaluation of the metallic component of the weld metal microstructures by optical microscopy and the determination of the overall chemistries and phases present in the non-metallic inclusions in the weld metals by analytical TEM. The inclusion size distributions and volume fractions were also determined by SEM. Inclusions in essentially micro-alloy free weld metals, containing less than 6 ppmw of both Al and Ti, were found to contain small (less than 4.0 wt. %) amounts of Mn(Cu)S and manganese silicates in both glassy and crystalline forms with no Ti oxides and traces of Al 2O3; these inclusions nucleated only about 12% acicular ferrite. Additions of Ti to similar weld metals, containing less than 6 ppmw Al, reduced the sulphide contents of the inclusions and the manganese silicates were initially partially replaced with Mn.Ti2O4 (28 and 120 ppmw Ti) and subsequently with predominant proportions of TiO (410 ppmw Ti). These weld metals contained useful amounts of acicular ferrite (AF) (from 58 to 72%) and had improved strengths and notch toughness. In contrast, additions of Al proved less effective at increasing AF content. Indeed, it wasn't increased significantly until about 250 ppmw Al or more was present in the weld metal so that γ-Al2O3 was formed in the inclusions. In this case between 17 and 22% acicular ferrite was nucleated with some increase in strength and toughness. Copyright © 2013 ASM International® All rights reserved.


Busapathumrong P.,Asian University
Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation | Year: 2013

This project explores disaster management in Thailand with a focus on the vulnerability and resilience of women, children, the elderly, and the disabled population and on the impact of disaster on these subpopulations. The 2 main findings deal with the major models of disaster management in Thailand and building resilience for social recovery. The selected 5 major models currently employed in disaster management in Thailand are the (a) model of royal project and international cooperation on disaster preparedness and response, (b) ASEAN Socio-Cultural Blueprint, (c) rights-based approach, (d) welfare mix model, and (e) knowledge management model. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Hawes T.C.,Asian University
Cryo letters | Year: 2014

At temperatures below their temperature of crystallization (Tc), the extracellular body fluids of insects undergo a phase transition from liquid to solid. Insects that survive the transition to equilibrium (complete freezing of the body fluids) are designated as freeze tolerant. Although this phenomenon has been reported and described in many Insecta, current nomenclature and theory does not clearly delineate between the process of transition (freezing) and the final solid phase itself (the frozen state). Thus freeze tolerant insects are currently, by convention, described in terms of the temperature at which the crystallization of their body fluids is initiated, Tc. In fact, the correct descriptor for insects that tolerate freezing is the temperature of equilibrium freezing, Tef. The process of freezing is itself a separate physical event with unique physiological stresses that are associated with ice growth. Correspondingly there are a number of insects whose physiological cryo-limits are very specifically delineated by this transitional envelope. The distinction also has considerable significance for our understanding of insect cryobiology: firstly, because the ability to manage endogenous ice growth is a fundamental segregator of cryotype; and secondly, because our understanding of internal ice management is still largely nascent.

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