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TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2016 Taiwan International Student Design Competition (TISDC) was organized and promoted by the Ministry of Education's Youth Development Administration (YDA) and sponsored by the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation and the iSee Taiwan Foundation. The four major categories in the 2016 competition attracted 14,864 entries from 69 countries and regions. The world-class panel of judges included 27 experts in design from 15 international organizations. Its scope of recruitment and evaluation criteria set the stage for the TISDC to become the top international design competition for students worldwide. In addition to the prizes for the entries in the four main categories, the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation, with its vision of " Nurture a warmhearted society of humanist devotion and innovative thinking " and its groundings in Education, Innovation, and Caring, directly financed the 2016 YDA's International Design Organization Award, which expanded the number of awards in this category to 15, with a total prize outlay to NT$1.5 million. An official statement by the Sayling Wen Foundation expressed that the foundation hopes to encourage young designers by integrating their creativity with the multifaceted perspectives of international design organizations. For its part, the iSee Taiwan Foundation, in continuing to use culture, tourism and innovation to promote Taiwan's unique character and charms, again sponsored the TISDC Brand Specific Awards. A total of 621 entries were received from students in Taiwan, Mainland China, Singapore, India, Russia, Israel and elsewhere under this year's awards theme "The New Tableware Era - Taiwanese Cuisine & Cutlery Design". The award achieved its aim of helping students and the world experience the essence of Taiwanese culture. This year's TISDC brand-specific category prizes not only added a splash of excitement to the contest but also welcomed the world to partake in Taiwan's deep and vibrantly delicious food culture. The iSee Taiwan Foundation is committed to becoming an important window on Taiwan for the world. At this year's TISDC, the Foundation actively promoted Taiwanese food and culture through its sponsorship of the Brand Specific Category awards. The theme this year was "The New Tableware Era - Taiwanese Cuisine & Cutlery Design", with five 1st Prizes, five 2nd Prizes and eight 3rd Prizes. These five award winners used innovative and exquisitely executed designs in their tableware entries that highlighted Taiwan's food culture. All deeply impressed the judges and earned first prize recognitions. The entry "Hakka Pounded Tea" by students Ying-Chun Lin, Chiao-Chen Wang, Yu-Xuan Huang, and Yi-Chia Chen from Hsing Wu University of Science and Technology combines Hakka lei cha (hand-ground tea) and tableware design. The ingredients for the tea are poured into the container in an entertaining way before being ground into lei cha. The fun design helps capture and convey the beauty of Taiwan's Hakka culture to new generations. "Food-Time Travel" by students Wen-Cheng Tian, Yu-Wen Wang, Ying Cui, and Min Wei from Anyang Institute of Technology enhances the flavors of food over time by pairing 24 of Taiwan's best-known attractions with the traditional "24 seasonal segments" of Chinese tradition. "Rice Bowl of Mountain Scene" by students Po-Chun Chen, Yu-Fang Hung, and Po-Jui Wu uses Taiwan's world famous rice to depict Taiwan's Five Peaks in a sea of clouds. "Impression of Taiwan" by students Guang-HongYao, Bing-Cao Chao, and Meng-Juan Wang from Fuzhou University presents a set of utensils featuring Taiwan's scenery and cuisine for inspiration, reminding users of Taiwan's scenery while enjoying their meal. "Aromatic" by Ying-Chih Wang of Tatung University integrates images of Taiwan's Sun Moon Lake, Alishan's cloud sea, and Yangmingshan's flower season to accentuate the beauty of Taiwan's tourist attractions while users enjoy its exceptional cuisine. 2016 GTDF Strengthens Visitors' Impressions of Taiwan, Increases International Exchange, and Injects New Innovative Energy into Taiwan's Design Industry In order to fully promote the beauty of Taiwanese culture and to take advantage of having so many international designers in Taiwan, the iSee Taiwan Foundation held two tiers of events in conjunction with the 2016 Global Talent Design Festival(GTDF) in October and November. The culture & art heritage-focused International VIP Cultural Tour included visits to the Asia University Museum of Modern Art, Paper Dome, Chung Tai World Museum, and the National Taichung Theater in October and to the National Palace Museum, the Beitou Museum, and northern Taiwan hot springs in November.  The contemporary industrial design-focused Industrial Matching Tour included visits to the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute and the Chungyo Department Store in October and to the Taiwan design centers of Franz and Pegatron in November. Don Chen, CEO of the iSee Taiwan Foundation, noted that his foundation is expanding the level of cultural exchange from tertiary institutions to design industries and is looking forward to injecting new innovative energy into Taiwan's design community through industry-cooperation/synergy-related events and activities. Taiwan International Masters of Design Series Expands Design Vision of Students and Enhances Integration across Disciplines The vision of the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation is to "cultivate a humane, caring and innovative society" through the cultivation of exceptional talent and the encouragement of innovative thinking. Taking advantage of the presence of so many world-class jurors in Taiwan, the foundation invited all of TISDC's 11 international jurors to jointly host the Taiwan International Masters of Design Lecture Series on November 29th. The series included lectures by Good Design Australia CEO Brandon Gien (Designing a Better Future), International Poster Biennial (Mexico) founder Xavier Bermudez (Visual Design: A Tool for Social Issues), and INDEX: Design to Improve Life CEO for Communications Adam von Haffner (How to Enhance Your Life, Society and the World). Other lecturers in the series were presented by International Council of Design Vice President Antoine Abi Aad, Thailand Creative & Design Center Managing Director Apisit Laistrooglai, Design Business Chamber of Singapore Honorary Secretary Chee Su Eing, National Institute of Design Director Pradyumna Vyas, International Council of Design President Elect Zachary Haris Ong, and South African Bureau of the Standards Design Institute Senior Manager Polisa Magqibelo. German Design Council Vice Chairman Janine Wunde presented lectures at the lecture series' Tainan venue. The common objectives linking all of the lectures were to expand the design vision of students in Taiwan and to enhance cross-field integration through professional exchange. In addition to planning expert lectures, the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation has spared no effort in promoting new services and personnel training. In 2011, the foundation launched World Innovative Service Enabler (WISE), which has facilitated broad-based cooperation with Taiwan's education system. WISE develops and oversees six-month study tours that are designed to create new service industry talent that will be able to transform and upgrade Taiwan's service sector. Board Member & Acting Chief Executive of the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation Jeter Her stressed the importance of pre-career learning at the university level. Giving students opportunities to participate in professional training and enterprise implementation activities helps these students gain professional knowledge, which makes them more attractive to employers as proactive drivers of service-industry reform and innovation. Mr. Ted Wen, the incumbent Chairman of the foundation, has declared three core principles for the foundation: Education, Innovation, and Care. Pivoted around these core values is his vision to "Nurture a warmhearted society of humanist devotion and innovative thinking." Going forward, the four pillars of the foundation will be embedding the Chinese culture education in primary and secondary schools, enhancing career skills and teamwork mindset for vocational and college students, promoting lifelong learning in community and advocating service innovation to boost national competitiveness. While Taiwan is on its way toward a sophisticated "Service Economy", the foundation will also continue to devote every effort to promote the four pillars with the aim to breed new service talents, enhance Taiwan's national competitiveness, and play a key enabling role to Taiwan's transformation. The foundation was established by Sayling Wen in 2003. Ted Wen became the Chairman in 2008, and set the Foundation's vision as "becoming an essential portal for the world to see Taiwan" in the three core realms of culture, tourism, and innovation. The dual missions of iSee Taiwan Foundation are to successfully market Taiwan's unique character and heritage globally and to make the world as Taiwan's service market. The foundation focuses on exploring, integrating and promoting the culture and friendly nature of people and places throughout Taiwan, with the goal of creating more opportunities for Taiwan's service industry. The iSee Taiwan Foundation and the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation continue to support the TISDC in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. This year, their support has expanded to include the 2016 Global Talent Design Festival (GTDF). The festival offers a new and stimulating array of design-related activities, including: 1) The International Masters Joint University Forum, which will invite representatives from major design organizations worldwide to engage Taiwanese design students and faculty in topical, interactive discussions that spotlight and promote Taiwan's service-oriented strengths; 2) The International VIP Cultural Tour program, which will take visiting design professionals who are in Taiwan for the TISDC on in-depth, topical tours of Taiwan society and culture; and 3) The Industry Joint Reception, which will highlight Taiwan's innate elegance and beauty, which are inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the domestic design industry and the bedrock of ongoing efforts to showcase and promote Taiwan's design strengths to a global audience.


News Article | February 3, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

After becoming the first UK-born astronaut to carry out a spacewalk, International Space Station crew member Tim Peake took on his next challenge while in space: a question-and-answer session with a group of schoolchildren. The European Space Agency astronaut participated in a live chat event held at the World Museum in Liverpool on Tuesday, where he was quizzed by 25 students from 10 schools in the United Kingdom. One of the students taking part in the interview was 8-year-old Rhys Maguire-Stokes from Blaenymaes Primary. He sent his question to Peake through a tweet because there was no more time left to ask his question live. "How did it feel to walk in space?" Maguire-Stokes said in his message. Amy Smith, a class teacher from Maguire-Stokes' school said that while they were not able to throw their question during the live video feed, they've already tweeted the message and are waiting for Peake's reply. She said that the children had a wonderful time at the event, and when they were able to see Peake on the video screen, their faces lit up. Blaenymaes Primary was among the schools chosen by the Times Education Supplement to take part in the "Cosmic Classroom" event. The school named Maguire-Stokes as its representative, according to Smith. Another student asked Peake about the things that he could see from the ISS's windows. "I have got a window right behind me – let me go take a look," Peake said as he turned from the camera and floated toward one of the windows to see what was outside. This caused the children to burst into laughter. "At the moment we are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean coming up to the coast of Africa with the beautiful colors of the Sahara Desert." Ten-year-old Matthew Savage from St. Anne's Fulshaw CE Primary in Cheshire asked Peake if he has ever been by meteors while on the ISS. Peake said that they do experience getting hit by small objects, some of which even cause damage, but that "clever people on earth" helped make sure that astronauts like him were safe while in space. Aside from being able to answer the children's questions, the live event also allowed Peake to engage with other students online through the use of an Astro Pi computer. This device was designed and built by British students using Raspberry Pi boards and the Python program as part of the Astro Pi Programming Competition. Two Astro Pi computers were delivered to the space station on Dec. 6 for Peake's use during his six-month stay on the orbital facility.


Howe M.A.,Countryside Council for Wales | Knight G.T.,World Museum | Clee C.,World Museum
Journal of Coastal Conservation | Year: 2010

Although most UK sand dune systems are now fossilized, with little mobility and reducing amounts of bare sand, they support important populations and assemblages of terrestrial invertebrates. Offering open conditions, warm substrates and a range of habitats and habitat structures, they have become increasingly significant as other coastal habitats have been lost. In Wales, 680 Red Data Book and Nationally Scarce species have been recorded from dunes. 109 species in the UK are restricted to dunes, and in Wales there are an additional 145 species confined to dunes and 208 species strongly associated with dunes. Of these, 172 species are dependent upon bare and sparsely-vegetated sand, in grey dunes and early-successional dune grassland, at some stage of their life cycle, rising to 292 species if those associated with the strandline, foredunes, yellow dunes and pioneer dune slacks are included, equating to 63% of the 462 dune species. Bees and wasps are particularly well represented, with 278 species (68% of the Welsh fauna) recorded on Welsh dunes, including 17 obligates and 44 species with a strong dependence, 52 of which are associated with bare and sparsely-vegetated sand. Key to maintaining invertebrate populations on UK dunes is the provision of bare sand but in Wales, bare sand accounts for only 1.7% of the total sand dune resource. As a more appropriate bare sand threshold is likely to range between 10 and 30%, radical action is required to re-mobilize at least the key sand dune systems. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


Fulton T.L.,Pennsylvania State University | Wagner S.M.,Pennsylvania State University | Fisher C.,World Museum | Shapiro B.,Pennsylvania State University
Annals of Anatomy | Year: 2012

Passenger Pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius) were once the most abundant bird in North America, with flock sizes estimated in the billions. However, by the turn of the 20th century, this previously abundant species had been driven to extinction. Morphological analyses linked the Passenger Pigeon with the New World mourning doves of the genus Zenaida. However, mitochondrial analyses strongly support its placement within the group of typical pigeons and doves (New and Old World pigeons, cuckoo-doves, turtledoves). Here, the first nuclear DNA sequence obtained for this extinct species confirms the placement of the Passenger Pigeon as sister to the New World pigeons, Patagioenas. These findings have implications for the colonization of North America by pigeons and doves. © 2011 Elsevier GmbH.


Reid G.,World Museum | Williams D.M.,Natural History Museum in London
Diatom Research | Year: 2010

A review of the genus Semiorbis is given, including its taxonomie history, a discussion of its current taxonomie position and morphological descriptions. One new species is described and one new combination. Comments on the relationships of Semiorbis with the family Eunotiaceae are made. Semiorbis rotundus sp. nov., is known only from North America; Eunotia catillifera is transferred to the genus Semiorbis.


Watanabe T.,Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology | Watanabe T.,Tohoku National Fisheries Research Institute | Tanaka J.,Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology | Reid G.,World Museum | And 2 more authors.
Diatom Research | Year: 2013

Delphineis Andrews is a marine araphid pennate diatom genus belonging to the family Rhaphoneidaceae Forti, which has three distinct subgeneric groups around D. lineata Andrews, D. ovata Andrews and D. surirella (Ehrenberg) Andrews, respectively. Living cells and frustules of three taxa in the D. surirella group were studied using light and scanning electron microscopy. Delphineis minutissima (Hustedt) Simonsen is characterized by small, circular to elliptical valves in which the sternum is as narrow as the virgae. The valve outline of D. surirella is broadly elliptical to lanceolate and the straight sternum is laterally expanded at the apices. Delphineis australis comb. nov. has broadly elliptical valves and a sternum that is slightly narrower at the middle of the valve. Delphineis minutissima and D. surirella share the following fine structure features; no granules, plated rota with two spokes, two rimoportulae per valve and two small pores at each apex. The epicingulum of D. minutissima and D. surirella is composed of several open bands; the first and second bands open at opposite ends, the more distal bands are short. © 2013 The International Society for Diatom Research.

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