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Vol 40, November 2019

L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science (FWIS) awards in Malaysia has started since 14 years ago. It was championed by the Fondation L'Oréal to support women around the world, helping them to fulfil their potential in two major areas that sit at the heart of the Group's DNA: scientific research and inclusive beauty. Only 29% of researchers throughout the world are women, 11% of senior academic roles are occupied by women, and just 3% of Nobel Prizes for Science have ever been awarded to women. So, over the past 20 years, the FWIS programme has supported and raised the profile of more than 3,100 researchers from 117 countries to increase the number of women scientists worldwide including in Malaysia. With UNESCO collaboration, the FWIS under the Fondation L'Oréal work together on gender equality to strengthen the visibility and impacts on leadership, recognised expertise and comparative advantage.
For 2019, Assoc. Prof. Dr Wan Iryani Wan Ismail from Faculty of Science and Marine Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) was awarded as one of three winners. Her project is to understand how fat cells in a human body can react with pure honey in reducing excessive weight and control obesity. She will use kelulut honey (from stingless bees) and honey from honey bee (stinging bees) to observe the molecular mechanism at the insulin signaling pathway, which is a key regulator in human metabolism. Even though the medical applications of honey are well known, the use of honey as a part of effective remedies in hospitals is not widely accepted largely due to scepticism. It is mainly caused by the presence of adulterated and fake honey in the market, overshadowing the medicinal benefits of natural or pure honey. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the effects of fake honey in the market and this may harm to them. Based on her previous research in animal models, pure honey can reduce excess weight gain and obesity biomarkers. On the other hand, fake honey showed opposite results which caused obesity and other toxicities to the rats. Realising the issue may impact honey consumers, she will use her scientific data to show the effectiveness of pure honey in controlling obesity and danger of fake honey in accelerating the health problem. This initiative can add value to local pure honey and stop fake honey production.
In terms of obesity, it is a serious public health problem and growing as a global epidemic. Malaysia has ranked as the most obese country in the ASEAN region. Effective solutions from various angles need to be done urgently. So, Assoc. Prof. Dr Wan Iryani has proposed to take honey as a part of supplement in our healthy daily diet. Honey is well known for its medicinal value since a long time ago. It has a low glycaemic index, which is simple sugars in the honey can be absorbed quickly from the bloodstream to provide instant energy. At the same time, honey contains many nutrients, which are required in a human body such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and many more. In contrast, fake honey only has complex sugars with zero nutrients.
From her research, she hopes to globally market local pure honey with the medicinal grade, stop fake honey production in the market and propose a simple, cheap, but effective solution for obesity treatment. She feels proud to be UMTian, because the research cannot be done without excellent supports from the university. UMT has many outstanding researchers (especially women scientists) and it is worth to highlight its staffs' expertise to higher levels so it can be beneficial to our beloved country. The noblest person is the one who gives the most benefits to others.
Source: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Iryani Binti Wan Ismail;,  Faculty of Science and Marine Environment
A visit to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Malaysia (MACC) on 21st October 2019 has witnessed a commitment by UMT’S Master of Business Administration (MBA) students to reiterate their stand against corruption. During the visit, the students also benefited from a two-hour lecture, which was delivered by Tuan Mohd Zaki Hassan, and Tuan Zainal Ayop, the Director and the Deputy Director of MACC Terengganu respectively.  The lecture covered issues on the offenses under MACC Act 2009 and the new section 17(A) Corruption Offences by Commercial Organisation under MACC (Amendment) Act 2018. The programme was initiated by Associate Professor Dr Hafiza Aishah Hashim for the industry-in-classroom activity of MGM5600 Business Ethics in Corporate Governance.

Source: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hafiza Aishah Hashim; , Faculty of Business, Economics & Social Development
The Scientific Expedition of Sungai Relau, Merapoh in National Park, (UMT- PERHILITAN 2019) was the first jointly organised expidition by the Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (BIO-D TROPIKA), UMT and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN), Peninsular Malaysia. The expedition was conducted from September 12 to September 16, 2019 led by Dr. Amirrudin bin Ahmad.

This expedition was officiated by the Director of BIO-D TROPIKA, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah. Participants and secretariat consist of Prof. Madya Dr. Jamilah Mohd. Salim @ Halim, Prof. Madya Dr. Khatijah Omar, Dr. Hazman Samsudin, Dr. Muhammad Abi Sofian, Dr. Elia Syarafina Abdul Shakur, Dr. Mohd Akmal Mohd Raffi, Dr. Salwa Shahimi, Dr. Lee Gaik Ee, En. Mazrul Aswady, En. Muhammad Syahrunizan Abdul Rashid, En. Syed Ahmad Rizal, En. Mohd Nor Abdullah Md Razali, En. Sahrim Ngah, En. Azmi Awang, Pn. Norsyarinie Young Rockie, Pn. Noor Hidayah Mat Isa, dan Pn. Suliana Muhammad. Officers from PERHILITAN and undergraduate students were involved in collecting data and making observations of the fauna and flora in their natural environment.
The main purpose of this scientific expedition was to find out more on the local and the indigenous communities, to explore the forest trails of Sungai Relau that are rarely accessed by previous researchers, and to train of young budding researchers to conduct field studies. The findings of the expedition will be shared via academic publications, book and journal articles.

Source: Dr. Elia Syarafina Abdul Shakur;,  & Dr. Norhayati Ab Manaf;,  Institute of Tropical Biodiversity & Sustainable Development (BIO-D TROPIKA)
Empowering communities can often be a progression from collaborative efforts. Realising that, a group of volunteers had formed “REMIT” (Rakan Elit Murid Intelek Terengganu) which initiated a smart partnership with Education Department of Terengganu (JPNT), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and PETRONAS to empower Terengganu potential best students. The purpose of REMIT is to prepare a platform for many professional volunteers to give back to society. By giving back, it is hoped that a new culture of free services to the society will be developed by those who are willing to spend time, money and expertise for the benefits of society at large.
Institute of Tropical Biodiversity from UMT has been part of those on board in the effort to empower potential elite students in Terengganu since December 2018. A list of scheduled activities has been carefully planned and implemented for those selected students. The latest program, “Soft Skills and Career Planning” was held on last 20th September 2019 at UMT. The upcoming mega project for this collaboration which is known as “LeADs Program” will be sponsored by Petronas and hosted by UMT.
Source: Associ. Prof. Dr. Khatijah Omar; & Dr. Norhayati Abd. Manaf;,  Faculty of Business, Economics & Social Development & Institute of Tropical Biodiversity & Sustainable Development (BIO-D TROPIKA)
The Asian Academy of Management (AAM), Universiti Sains Malaysia awarded a Marketing lecturer from Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development, Associate Professor Dr. Azizul Yadi Yaakop with Best Paper Award at the 13th Asian Academy of Management International Conference 2019 (AAMC 2019) at Universiti Sains Malaysia. The auspicious international conference was held from 8th to 10th October 2019 and had received 160 conference papers, which were presented by academicians from 15 countries.
Dr. Azizul presented a paper entitled “Web 2.0 Educational Tools Continuance Intention: Integrating Technology-Task Model and Technology Acceptance Model”. The paper was based on the findings from his Talent and Publication Enhancement-Research Grant (TAPE-RG) 2018 that focuses on developing an integrated model of students’ acceptance, attitude and continuance intention to use Web 2.0 educational tools as part of creating a systematic and current higher education ecosystem. He added that this proposed framework is also useful in strategizing educators’ approaches to innovative pedagogy in the classrooms.
His paper was selected along with three other papers for AAMC 2019 Best Paper Awards, with the recipients received a cash prize of RM1,000 and a publication opportunity in AAM Scopus-indexed journal, Asian Academy of Management Journal. Heartiest Congratulations to Dr. Azizul for his outstanding achievement!
Source: Assoc. Prof. Azizul Yadi Yaakop (PhD); , Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development
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