Newsletter December 2016 Release

Dean's message

Greetings from the Faculty of Science (FOS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam. I am pleased to share our faculty newsletter for December 2016. FOS continues to develop via research and academic activities of our staff and students, and we are excited to share these highlights with you. I thank you for your continued support and I hope you enjoy this newsletter.

Long Banga Scientific Expedition to the Heart of Borneo

Researchers from Environmental and Life Sciences Programme at FOS took part in a 14-day international exploration exhibition to the Sarawak-Kalimantan border near Long Banga, sponsored by the Sarawak Forestry Department under the Heart of Borneo (HoB) Initiative in August 2016.

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Climate Change Biology Research

FOS Associate Professor David J. Marshall (Environmental and Life Sciences) and his team have been exploring research questions on climate change biology. The team are currently assessing the value of shell dissolution properties to monitor the strength and distribution of acidification in the marine environments of Brunei.

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FOS student wins third place in BICTA 2016

Recent FOS graduate Siti Nurul Athirah binti Haji Mohamad was this year’s second runner up in the higher education category of the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) 2016, with her mobile app V-Décor.

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Borneo’s Exploding ants

FOS researchers identified pH-indicating chemical products filling the hypertrophied mandibular gland reservoirs of Brunei’s mysterious “exploding ants”. Common in the rainforest canopy at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre, these ants graze microbial biofilms on leaves and other plant surfaces. These ants alter microbial abundances on plant surfaces, this would represent a novel type of ant-plant interaction.

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FOS postgraduate students visit Japan

Several postgraduate students from FOS took part in the Japanese Factory Visit Tour hosted in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, in September 2016. Participants of the programme had the opportunity to learn about the high technology food value chains in Japan through tours and visit of Japanese factories and companies

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