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Mae Fah Luang University, situated in the province of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, is named after Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother , the mother of the current king of Thailand. Mae Fah Luang was the name given to her by the local people in Chiang Rai. It is an autonomous public university, established on September 25, 1998 and is set apart from the rest of Thailand's universities by the fact that all of its programmes are taught in English, with the exception of Thai Law and Nursing. It now has 11 schools namely, the School of Science, School of Liberal Arts, School of Management, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Agro-Industry, School of Information Technology, School of Cosmetic Science, School of Health Science, School of Nursing and School of Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine and in 2012 offers over 72 programmes such as: Biotechnology, Cosmetic Science, Engineering, Aviation Business Management, Agro-Industry, Medicine and many more. The university hospital has been completed, and was formally opened in September 2012. The School of Medicine has also been established and began offering M.D. degrees in the 2013 Academic Year.International courses offered by the university include majors in Business and Thai Language and Culture, but all courses offered by the university are open to international students.The campus is situated in Tambon Tasood, Mueang District and consists mainly of hills with only a small area of plain. Construction took many years, as the campus was mostly built on hillsides. Expansion work still continues.The university uses English as the primary medium of instruction for the majority of its courses and has a large number of native English-speaking lecturers in a wide range of disciplines. Mae Fah Luang University is a relatively new university and benefits from this by being able to offer modern courses relevant to today's world.The People's Republic of China built the Sirindhorn Chinese Language and Cultural Center on the campus as a gift to Thailand, equipping it with computers with Chinese programs and Chinese textbooks. The center is built to resemble a traditional Chinese house, complete with courtyards, gardens, and a pond. The Confucius Institute is also located here.In the 2012-2013 Academic Year over 10,000 students were enrolled at the university. Wikipedia.

Punbusayakul N.,Mae Fah Luang University
Procedia Engineering | Year: 2012

Electroanalysis is one of the promising analysis methods for various aspects. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), a novel carbon form, has been also exploited as an electrode material in electroanalysis as a result of its extraordinary electronic, chemical and mechanical properties. In addition, CNTs is also stable and robustness and is compatible with various chemical and biological species, hence the nanotubes' abilities recognized to various analyzes associated to those species. However, not only the electrode materials can influence the electrode electrochemical properties, but also the electrode orientation or architecture does. This paper, therefore, reviews various carbon nanotubes (CNTs) oriented architectures practically employed in electroanalysis for different purposes. Those include 1) CNTs casting films and CNTs polymer composites, (2) CNTs paste and polymer composites, (3) as grown CNTs and individual CNT and (4) CNTs arrays. © 2010 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Source

Chiverton J.,Mae Fah Luang University
IET Intelligent Transport Systems | Year: 2012

Helmets are essential for the safety of a motorcycle rider, however, the enforcement of helmet wearing is a time-consuming labour intensive task. A system for the automatic classification and tracking of motorcycle riders with and without helmets is therefore described and tested. The system uses support vector machines trained on histograms derived from head region image data of motorcycle riders using both static photographs and individual image frames from video data. The trained classifier is incorporated into a tracking system where motorcycle riders are automatically segmented from video data using background subtraction. The heads of the riders are isolated and then classified using the trained classifier. Each motorcycle rider results in a sequence of regions in adjacent time frames called tracks. These tracks are then classified as a whole using a mean of the individual classifier results. Tests show that the classifier is able to accurately classify whether riders are wearing helmets or not on static photographs. Tests on the tracking system also demonstrate the validity and usefulness of the classification approach. © 2012 The Institution of Engineering and Technology. Source

Manomaivibool P.,Mae Fah Luang University | Hong J.H.,Seoul National University
Resources, Conservation and Recycling | Year: 2014

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) has become a dominant policy paradigm for the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the last two decades. In South Korea the principle has guided the evolution of the resource circulation policy even before its official introduction through a revision of the recycling law in 2002. Elements of producer responsibilities could be found in the producer-based deposit refund system (DRS) a decade earlier and they were strengthened through the enactment of a new resource circulation law in 2008. This article reviews the policy changes in South Korea for the management of WEEE during the past 20 years. The focus of the analysis is on the impacts of EPR and the producers' responses that were expressed through the quantity and the quality of material flows in the society. The findings are discussed in light of international experiences in order to outline measures to improve the effectiveness of the EPR-based resource circulation policy that could have broader implications beyond the case study. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Source

Tanglertsampan C.,Mae Fah Luang University
Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand | Year: 2012

Background: Topical minoxidil and oral finasteride have been used to treat men with androgenetic alopecia (AGA). There are concerns about side effects of oral finasteride especially erectile dysfunction. Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of the 24 weeks application of 3% minoxidil lotion (MNX) versus combined 3% minoxidil and 0.1% finasteride lotion (MFX) in men with AGA. Material and Method: Forty men with AGA were randomized treated with MNX or MFX. Efficacy was evaluated by hair counts and global photographic assessment. Safety assessment was performed by history and physical examination. Results: At week 24, hair counts were increased from baseline in both groups. However, paired t-test revealed statistical difference only in MFX group (p = 0.044). Unpaired t-test revealed no statistical difference between two groups with respect to change of hair counts at 24 weeks from baseline (p = 0.503). MFX showed significantly higher efficacy than MNX by global photographic assessment (p = 0.003). There was no significant difference in side effects between both groups. Conclusion: Although change of hair counts was not statistically different between two groups, global photographic assessment showed significantly greater improvement in the MFX group than the MNX group. There was no sexual side effect. MFX may be a safe and effective treatment option. Source

Apidechkul T.,Mae Fah Luang University
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease | Year: 2015

Objective: To study the prevalence and risk factors of intestinal parasitic infections among hill tribe schoolchildren who attended 10 border patrol police schools in 2012, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Methods: A total of 339 subjects were recruited into the study from 2 194 children. Questionnaire was tested for validity and reliability before use. About 5 g stool specimens were collected and investigated for intestinal parasite infections by using cellophane-covered thick smear technique. Logistic regression at α = 0.05 was used to test the associations between variables to find risk factors. Results: There were 339 subjects of whom 51.9% were males and 66.1% were Buddhist; racially 31.2% were Akha and 30.4% were Kmong; mean age was 10.3 years old (minimum = 6, maximum = 16). The prevalence of parasitic infection was 9.7%. After controlling for age, sex, religion, parents' education levels and parents' occupations, the only factor that showed a statistically significant association with intestinal parasitic infection was the source of drinking water. The group of drinking mountain piped water had a greater risk of 8.22 times (adjusted odds ratio = 8.22, 95%; confidence interval: 1.07-63.18) compared to the drinking commercially bottled water group, while the group of drinking underground water had a greater risk of 9.83 times (adjusted odds ratio = 9.83, 95%; confidence interval: 0.93-104.12) compared to the drinking commercially bottled water group. Conclusions: Drinking water contaminated by soil was shown to be an important risk factor for intestinal parasitic infection in hill tribe schoolchildren living in mountainous border areas in the northern part of Thailand. Safer alternative drinking water source should be provided along with health education for schools and villagers to be aware of the risk of intestinal parasites from drinking water sources such as mountain piped or underground wells. Such sources are likely to contain higher soil contents. © 2015 Asian Pacific Tropical Medicine Press. Source

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