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Thaksin University , is a public university in Southern Thailand. It is located in Amphoe Muang Songkhla, Songkhla Province. It is about twenty kilometers from Hat Yai District. Previously, Thaksin University was a branch campus of Srinakharinwirot University. Afterwards it grew in size and eventually became a separate university.Thaksin University was established as an independent public university on September 1, 1996.The university name was granted by a Royal Decree of His Majesty the King, who graciously granted the university the name of Thaksin, which means “southern”. The aim of the university is encourage and preserve the culture of Southern Thailand.The university has two campuses and one center in Bangkok. The campuses are in Tambon Khao-Roop-Chang, Amphoe Muang Songkhla, Songkhla and Tambon Ban Plao, Pa Payom District, Phattalung. The Phattalung Campus was founded in 1989.The university offers undergraduate education degrees, postgraduate education degrees, and doctoral education degrees in science, Medical science, Social science and Humanities. It has a special International Graduate Program that offers research-based Ph.D. programs through the region under the supervision of senior academics from international universities.Thaksin University is the juristic body under the responsibility of the Office of the Higher Education Commission. Associate professor Doctor Somkiat Saithanoo holds the position of university president. Wikipedia.

Liamputtong P.,La Trobe University | Suwankhong D.,Thaksin University
Sociology of Health and Illness | Year: 2015

In this article we draw on Bury's theory of biographical disruption to discuss the meanings of, and emotional experiences related to, being diagnosed with breast cancer among southern Thai women. Qualitative methods, including in-depth interviewing and drawing methods, were used to collect data from 20 women with breast cancer. The women perceived breast cancer to be a rhok raai; an evil or dread disease. They believed that breast cancer would lead to death. The disruption in their biography occurred when they detected abnormalities indicating breast cancer. The women's narratives revealed their chaotic lives upon this diagnosis and the news precipitated in them shock, fear, anxiety and loss of hope. Although they experienced chaos and disruption, the women cultivated strategies that helped them cope with their experiences by accepting their fate and adhering to Buddhist beliefs and practices. Through their narratives of biographical disruption, the women in our study offer healthcare providers knowledge that could lead to an appreciation of their needs and concerns. This knowledge is crucial for health professionals who wish to provide emotional support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in Thailand and elsewhere. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Sukkasem C.,Thaksin University
Bioresource technology | Year: 2013

Agro-industry wastewaters normally contain high levels of organic matter and require suitable treatment before discharge. The use of Microbial fuel cells, a novel wastewater treatment, can provide advantages over existing treatment methods. In this study, an up-flow bio-filter circuit (UBFC) for treating wastewaters without chemical treatment or nutrient supplement, was developed to solve a clogging problem. The optimal conditions included an organic loading rate of 30.0 g COD/L-d, hydraulic retention time of 1.04 day, pH level of 5.6-6.5 and aeration at 2.0 L/min. External resistance of the circuit was tested. COD removal levels of 8.08, 20.1 and 26.67 g COD/L-d were obtained, while fed with sea food, biodiesel and palm oil mill wastewater, respectively. These rates are higher than for conventional technologies. The carbon fiber brush immobilized base increased the performance of the new UBFC by 17.54% over that obtained in a previous study, while the cost was slightly decreased about 4.48%. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Pukkhem N.,Thaksin University
International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology, ICACT | Year: 2014

This paper seeks to identify the factors of university students in major of Computer Science at Thaksin University, Thailand that predicts successful completion of the bachelor's degree. Decision tree C4.5/J48, ID3 and ADTree algorithm, the classification algorithms in data mining which are commonly used in many areas can also be implemented to generate the classification rules. In our experiment with 128 training records, we found an overall accuracy of C4.5/J48 algorithm was 90.625%, ID3 algorithm and ADTree were 96.875%. Moreover, we extend the classification rule by applying a semantic-based approach for creating a classification tree ontology. The ontology represent about the classification rules that used to enable machines to interpret and identify learner factors in process of prediction. We also explain how ontological representation plays a role in classifying students to predictive target class. The inference layer of classification tree ontology is based on SWRL (Semantic Web Rule Language), making a clarify separation of the program component and connected explicit modules. One of the major advantages of the proposed approach is that identifying success factors will give students an awareness of essential features for successful completion of their graduate studies. © 2014 Global IT Research Institute (GIRI).

Waewsak J.,Thaksin University | Landry M.,University of Moncton | Gagnon Y.,University of Moncton
Renewable Energy | Year: 2013

In this work, a high resolution wind atlas for Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla provinces in southern Thailand was developed using combined mesoscale, MC2, and microscale, MsMicro, modeling techniques. The model inputs consist of long-term statistical climate data, i.e. the NCEP/NCAR database, high resolution topography and land cover data. The 200 m resolution wind resource maps were validated with observed mean wind speeds from 10 met stations located along the coastlines of the territory studied. These comparisons have shown that the wind atlas provides a good representation of the wind resource throughout the territory of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla provinces, Thailand. The technical power potential and potential annual energy production are then identified. Results from the technical power potential at 80 m above ground level show that a total of 1374 MW of wind farms, generating annually 3.6 TWh of electricity, could be installed; while 407 MW of small wind turbines (50 kW), generating annually 1.0 TWh of electricity, could be installed. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Sangkharak K.,Thaksin University | Prasertsan P.,Prince of Songkla University
Journal of General and Applied Microbiology | Year: 2012

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) accumulating bacteria were isolated under various selective conditions such as pH, salt concentrations and types of heavy metal. Fifty strains of bacterial isolates were found to belong to Bacillus, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Aeromonas, Alcaligenes and Chromobacterium, based on phenotypical features and genotypic investigation. Only twenty five bacterial isolates were selected and observed for the production of PHAs. Interestingly, bacteria belonging to Firmucutes Bacillus sp. produced a high amount of PHAs. The maximum PHAs were accumulated by B. licheniformis PHA 007 at 68.80% of dry cell weight (DCW). Pseudomonas sp., Aeromonas sp., Alcaligenes sp. and Chromobacterium sp. were recorded to produce a moderate amount of PHAs, varying from 10.00-44.32% of DCW. The enzymatic activity was preliminarily analyzed by the ratio of the clear zone diameter to colony diameter. Bacillus gave the highest ratio of hydrolysis zone which corresponds to the highest hydrolytic enzyme activities. Bacillus licheniformis PHA 007 had the highest lipase and protease activity at 2.1 and 5.1, respectively. However, the highest amylase activity was observed in Bacillus sp. PHA 023 at 1.4. Determination of metabolic characteristics was also investigated to check for their ability to consume a wide range of substrates. Bacillus, Aeromonas sp. and Alcaligenes sp. had great ability to utilize a variety of substrates. To decrease high PHA cost, different sources of cheap substrates were tested for the production of PHAs. Bacillus cereus PHA 008 gave the maximal yield of PHA production (64.09% of DCW) when cultivated in anaerobically treated POME. In addition, the accumulation of PHA copolymers such as 3-hydroxyvalerate and 3-hydroxyhexanoate was also observed in Bacillus and Pseudomomas sp. strain 012 and 045, respectively. Eight of the nine isolates accumulated a significant amount of PHAs when inexpensive carbon sources were used as substrates. Here it varied from 1.69% of DCW by B. licheniformis PHA 007 to 64.09% of DCW by B. cereus PHA 008.

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