Delegates from the London Borough of Camden, United Kingdom led by Councillor Nadia Shah (Mayor of Camden), visited the Academic Site of the Developing Midwives Project (DMP) in Sylhet on 18 January 2017. They expressed their profound appreciation to BRAC University and Shimantik for initiating and implementing the midwifery programme which is crucial to maternal health. Impressed by the midwifery education programme, the Mayor commented that the midwives trained from BRAC University can change the scenario of maternal mortality and morbidity ratio in Bangladesh, leading to future midwifery services in the community when needed.
Councillor Richard Cotton (Deputy Mayor of Camden), Councillor Sarah Hayward (Leader, London Borough of Camden Council), Councillor Sally Gimson (Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health), Councillor Heather Johnson (Chair of Planning Committee), Councillor Georgia Gould (Cabinet Member for Young People and Economic Growth), Jolil Shah (the Mayor’s consort) and Roxsana Haq (the Mayor’s escort) accompanied the Mayor of Camden during the visit. K M Zahiduzzaman (Operations Manager, DMP, JPGSPH) was present in the meeting with the midwifery students, as was Dr. Ahmed Al Kabir (Chief Patron of Shimantik) who expressed his gratitude for the support of the UK government in funding the Developing Midwives Project. Students from the midwifery programme also shared their personal experiences with the visiting team, with one student sharing her aspiration to contribute to the efforts in addressing issues pertaining to maternal health in Bangladesh, specifically safe delivery care and new-born support.
Young adult is a period of growth and accomplishment. At this time, they try to become more independent by experiencing different aspects of life, as a result, sometimes they might fall into different types of negative experiences like drug abuse. Drug abuse causes many problems, such as violence, stress, depression and so on. Like many other countries, in Bangladesh it is a terrible threat to the youth.
Therefore, as a part of the Experiential Learning Activities (ELA), the Counseling Unit of BRAC University organized a seminar titled “Learning Today, Saving Tomorrow: Awareness on Addiction” on January 18, 2017 at BRAC University Residential Campus, Savar to educate the youths of BRAC University about the negative consequences of abusing drugs. The objectives were to create awareness on tobacco and drugs, empower the students to take preventive measures to say no to drugs and support the friends to stop taking drugs.
Mr. Rehan Ahmed, Campus Superintendent of Residential Campus greeted the audience and introduced the seminar. Professor Mehtab Khanam, Chairperson, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Dhaka and the Adviser of the Counseling Unit of BRAC University started the seminar and welcomed the students and discussed about the significance of mental health care. Then Ms. Monzia Mushtaq, Psychosocial Counselor and Lecturer, Counseling Unit of BRAC University discussed about the basic concepts of tobacco and drugs abuse, different types of drugs, and negative impacts of drug addiction on individual, family and society. Later on, another guest speaker, Imtiaz Simon Mahmud shared his personal experience of negative impacts of abusing drugs and how he recovered from drug addiction. His miserable life experiences regarding drugs touched the audience very much. After that Professor Mehtab Khanam, discussed about the concepts of self reflection on addiction, functions of different ego states to say NO to drugs and some important tips to prevent drug addiction. Throughout the session, several role plays were conducted by the students and the members of the Counseling Unit regarding how students can protect themselves from taking drugs. During the seminar, the students were responsive.
Concluded part was discussed by Mr. Rehan Ahmed by giving thanks to all the students of Residential Semester Spring-2017, distinguished guest speakers, members of the Counseling Unit, admin and management staff who supported to organize the seminar successfully.
BIGD organized an in-house seminar on Informal Agencies of influences: the Inter Dependence of Social, Religion and Political Trends by Prof. Matthew J Nelson of SOAS, University of London. The seminar held on 18 January 2017 at the BIGD conference room. The discussion focused on the comparative and international politics of South Asia, with an emphasis on non-elite politics, comparative political thought, the politics of Islamic institutions, and democracy. The presentation was followed by a short question answer session.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized an on-campus recruitment session conducted for LEADS Group on January 18th, 2016 at 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm in the OCSAR conference room, BRAC University.
OCSAR conducted the session in order to place suitable candidates from BBS department. There was both full time internship and job opportunity for students. A total number of 12 students were shortlisted for the interview session. The 2nd phase of recruitment process will held at LEADS Group’s head office.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat from OCSAR coordinated the event.
Two senior researchers from the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC Unviersity (JPGSPH) attended the WILDAF-IDRC ‘Measuring’ Social Changes: What works? at Lome, Togo from 16-17 January 2017. Dr. Julie Evans (Research and Project Coordinator, JPGSPH) and Rashida Akhter (Research Coordinator, JPGSPH) participated as part of the IDRC-funded project on “Preventing early and child marriage in poor urban settlements”.
Both Dr Evans and Ms Akhter presented their project; Ms Akhter provided an overview of the research project, discussing its goals, methods and early findings while Dr Evans presented on “What do we mean by Social Change?” and “Pathways to Social Change”, drawing on the Bangladeshi context and the project's theory of change.
The workshop brought together experts, researchers, and acamedicians of IDRC-funded gender programmes from West Africa and South Asia, with representatives from Togo, Benin, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Burkino Faso, Canada, the UK, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. These agents of change discussed the pathways to social change for gender programmes, experiences on social change in relation to their research and programmes on gender, child marriage and gender-based violence, and exploring evidence around feasible pathways to achieve social change.
IEEE BRAC University Student Branch organized Talk on Embedded Electronics: Microcontrollers, FPGAs and Power Electronics on the 17th of January 2017, Tuesday. The event started at 5 15 pm and 40 students attended it with full enthusiasm! The session between Tahmid and the students of School of Computer Science and Engineering was extremely interactive and friendly. Syed Tahmid is an electrical and computer engineering undergraduate senior and researcher at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He has interned at Apple Inc., California and Lutron Electronics Inc., Pennsylvania as a hardware and embedded engineer, and is signed on to continue his pursuits at Apple Inc. as a hardware engineer upon graduation. Currently, he leads a group of students in working on the designing of a fully autonomous lab assistant robot as part of the nationally recognized Cornell Cup Robotics in the United States, on a team sponsored by Intel and ARM. He is also a consultant for the Cornell Mars Rover project team and during the session. Due to his extensive knowledge in this area, along with being a teaching assistant in this course at his university, he was able to provide perfect explanations with diagrams and illustrations of microcontrollers, along with discussing about its uses and future research opportunities. To facilitate easier instruction in microcontrollers and power electronics, he hosts articles and tutorials on his website, which has garnered almost 2 million views. The students were encouraged to fully utilize the opportunities available online and referred to his website, along with the other established ones. Moreover, new concept of FGPA ( Field Programmable Gate Array ) was introduced to the students and it was perceived with interesting questions by the students. For better comprehension of the attendees, technical explanations were provided and the example of smart watch was brought in for students to be able to relate. Discussion about Proteus VSM, LT spice was introduced also, which are used for different kinds of stimulation purposes. Towards the end of the event, refreshments were provided followed by a photo session with the attendees and the speaker. Overall, the first event conducted by the Executive Body Members of 2017 of IEEE BRACU SB was a success!
Three new faculty members, Mohammad Kawsar Sharif, AMRSC, Rubayat Islam Khan and Sinayat Mahzabeen have joined the Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University in January, 2017.
Among them, Mr. Mohammad Kawsar Sharif is a PhD Candidate in Chemistry (major in Pharmacogenetics) at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Before starting his doctoral studies at University of Cambridge, he had successfully completed his M.Sc in Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine at the Department of Genetics, University College London (UCL), UK.
In his 8 years of experience in academic and research career, Sharif held positions such as, Visiting Lecturer in Biochemistry at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, Erasmus Masters supervisor, University of Cambridge, UK, undergraduate supervisor in organic chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, Lecturer in Pharmacy, East West University, Bangladesh, Academic Fellowship at Istanbul University, Turkey, Research Fellowship in University of Michigan, USA and Regional Head of WHO-IPSF IMPACT Project, Switzerland. His research interest includes Pharmacogenetics, Chemoinformatics, Drug repurposing, Machine Learning, AI, Pharmacy. He is an active member of International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK and Ambassador at European Association for Cancer Research (EACR).
Mr. Rubayat Islam Khan completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology from Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, IN and Master of Science in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy (IPPH) with a concentration in Pharmaceutics from Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, IN.
As a graduate researcher, he had worked with several advanced analytical methods such as X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), Infra-red spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) etc. He also worked with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to examine the differences in crystallinity for various commercial formulations of Warfarin Sodium using XRPD and to test the dissolution rates of extended release Lamotrigine tablets using HPLC.
Ms. Sinayat Mahzabeen did her B.Pharm (Hons.) from North South University and M.Sc (Taught) in Pharmacology from the Department of Pharmacology, University Of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. The topic of her dissertation is ‘Ca2+ clock in mouse sinoatrial node through high-resolution optical imaging and characterization of sinoatrial node in p21 -activated kinase-1 knockout mice under stressed condition’.
The Department of Pharmacy is also very delighted to inform that, Ms. Nishat Zareen Khair, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy has left for pursuing Ph.D. in Drug Discovery and Development at University of South Australia, Australia. On behalf of the Department of Pharmacy, we wish her all the best.
Alliance Française de Dhaka organized the 6th solo cartoon exhibition titled Janala জানালা: Cultural Pattern of the Delta Land by Dr. Sajid Bin Doza Bonny in its La Galerie on Monday, 16 January 2017 at 5.00pm. Kazi Golam Nasir, president of Institute of Architects Bangladesh ( IAB ) has graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while eminent cartoonist Ahsan Habib attended the inaugural ceremony as the guest of Honor.
‘Cartoon,’ Dr Sajid Bin Doza Bonny believes, ‘is the authentic medium to deliver the real essence of humour.’ Having visited many parts of Bangladesh and by immersing himself in different social structures, Dr. Doza was able to identify that life is sometimes convergent in nature even when the culture and its underlying contexts are different to each other; but life is simple and people try to keep their lives cheerful if possible. Dr. Doza's cartoons are sourced from this simplicity.
Life is full of beauty and potentials; hence, we can enjoy it fully when we can be comfortable, make adjustment with ourselves, others and the world. Students who came to university for higher studies go through the adjustment process with their new surroundings and this adjustment will have impacts on their physical, emotional and social wellbeing.
Therefore, to aware students about the significance of well adjustment, the Relationship Management Office of BRAC University organized workshop in every semester on “Adjustment with Self and Others” with the students of BRAC University girls’ Hostel. During this semester, the workshop was held on January 17, 2017 and it was conducted by Ms. Anne Anthonia Baroi from the Counseling Unit of BRAC University.
The objectives of the workshop were to assist students to know about the meaning of adjustment, different aspects of adjustments, characteristics of a well adjusted person and some effective tools to make university life more productive and enjoyable.
The workshop was started by showing a video presentation on some positive affirmation regarding the true essence of human life, so that the participants can internalize why it is necessary to adjust with themselves and others. Shortly after that, discussion was held on the different aspects of adjustment, followed by doing meditation to deepen their insights about the characteristics of adjusted person. Later on, some effective tools were introduced to make their university life more productive. Students’ contentment expressed through their enthusiastic participation throughout the whole workshop. They also expressed their need to do such workshop more often throughout their university life and also suggested to conduct workshops on other psychosocial issues as well.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized an on-campus recruitment session conducted for Star Cineplex on January 16th, 2016 at the OCSAR conference room, BRAC University.
OCSAR conducted the session in order to place suitable candidates from BBS department. There was full time job opportunity for students. A booth was set for CV collection in Lobby of UB06 in the morning.
A total number of 15 students were shortlisted for the interview session. The 2nd phase of recruitment process will held at Star Cineplex’s head office.
Ms. Samiha Nusrat and Ms. Anika Tasnim coordinated the program.
Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations (OCSAR) organized a career session conducted by Mr. Azeem Mohammad, Campus Director at Charles Sturt University Melbourne, on January 16th, 2016 at 3.30 pm in Auditorium UB02, BRAC University.
He described the procedures for applying to Charls Sturt University and the scholarship opportunities for applying in master’s program. Approximately 25 students attended the seminar. The seminar ended with a vibrant Q/A session.
Ms. Anika Tasnim and Ms. Samiha Nusrat coordinated the program.
Advisor of C3ER, Dr. Ainun Nishat and Researcher Nureen Faiza Anisha participated in a Regional Dissemination Meeting of “Assessing the Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration Nexus in South Asia” organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Dhaka in collaboration with Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of Bangladesh on 15th January 2017, Sunday at Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
IOM country missions in Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives have implemented this regional research project which aims to provide an assessment of climate change, environmental degradation and migration dynamics in the region. The project findings have been compiled into an assessment study, based on which Plans of Action for the three countries and a Regional Strategy Framework have been developed. These documents were presented at the regional dissemination meeting to representatives from government and UN agencies, development partners, NGOs and CSOs in South Asia. The meeting therefore offered the opportunity to enhance dialogue amongst key stakeholders and finalize the regional strategy framework on how to address the challenges and leverage opportunities related to climate migration in South Asia.
Secretary (in Charge) of Ministry of Environment & Forests, Mr. Istiaque Ahmad launched the report “Assessing the Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration Nexus in South Asia”. Chief of Mission, IOM Bangladesh, Mr. Sarat Dash and Senior Programme Manager, IOM, Mr. Abdusattor Esoev were also present at the event.
A paper of Ms. Aniqua Zereen (Lecturer, CSE), graduate student of CSE department under supervision of Dr. Jia Uddin, Assistant Professor, CSE, BRAC University and Ms. Sonia Corraya (Lecturer CSE department, BRACU) is awarded as a Best Paper (Artificial Intelligence & Pattern Recognition category) in an International Conference, 4th International Conference on Engineering Research, Innovation and Education , ICERIE2017 that held on, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh on 13-15 January, 2017. The title of the paper is “Machine learning based upstair and downstair detection for visually impaired”. The acceptance rate of that conference is around50%. From270 submitted papers, they accepted only 140 papers for publication. Among accepted 140 papers, their paper is awarded as a Best Paper.
The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) offers and coordinates tutorials offered by the various departments for all BRACU students, especially the freshmen, at-risk students and students on academic probation. OSA is offering tutorials in selected 100-level courses where student failing rate is very high. Along with the faculty members from OSA, student tutors, who are senior students of BRACU, conducted these tutorial sessions. During the tutorial sessions faculty members and tutors give individual attention to students’ specific needs and students have the opportunity to engage with the course materials more directly.
In January 2017, OSA offered tutorials for MAT110, PHY111, MAT120, CSE110, BUS101 and ECO101. Total 783 students attended tutorials for these courses (1 student came multiple times).
New Faces at BRAC University
Professor Iftekhar Ghani Chowdhury, Ph.D joined as Dean at BRAC Business School in January 2017. Professor Chowdhury accomplished his Ph.D and DIC in Management Science from Imperial College, London University. He did his dual Masters in Mathematics from University of Dhaka and in operational research Birmingham University, England. During his career, Professor Chowdhury worked as the Vice Chancellor of State University of Bangladesh and also acted as the Professor and Director of Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University. He also served as the Professor and Dean of BRAC Business School of BRAC University during the period of January 2007 to November 2008.
Dr. Faheem Hasan Shahed joined as Associate Professor and Researcher at BRAC Institute of Languages in January 2017. Dr. Shahed achieved his M. Phil and Ph.D in Applied Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He completed his B.A. in English and M.A. in Applied Linguistics & ELT from the University of Dhaka.
Three new faculty members joined in the Department of Pharmacy in January 2017.
Mr. Mohammad Kawsar Sharif Siam joined as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy in January 2017. Mr. Siam did his B.Pharm from North South University and M.Sc in Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine from University College, London.
Ms. Sinayat Mahzabeen joined as Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy in January 2017. Ms. Mahzabeen did her B.Pharm from North South University and M.Sc in Pharmacology from University of Oxford, UK.
Mr. Rubayat Islam Khan joined as Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy in January 2017. Mr. Khan completed his B.Sc in Pharmaceutical Science and M.Sc in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Management and Admin
Dr. Ansaruddin Ahmed joined as Director, Institutional Effectiveness in the Department of Professional Development Centre (PDC) in January 2017. Dr. Ahmed achieved his Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Akron, USA. He also completed his MA in Urban Studies/ Planning from the same University. Dr. Ahmed did his BSS in International Relations from University of Dhaka. Prior to joining BRAC University, he was working as Associate of Defense and Intelligence Group at Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. Ahmed have several years of experience in higher education institutional administration, in management consultancy, in teaching university courses, and in conducting research.
Mr. Monjur Morshed joined as Assistant Manager, Procurement in the Procurement Department in January 2017. Mr. Morshed did his BBA in Finance and Accounting from North South University.
Ms. Chumki Rani Naha joined as Assistant Staff Nurse in the Medical Centre in January 2017. Ms. Naha completed her B.Sc in Nursing from Dhaka Nursing College.
Ms. Monisa Islam joined as Dorm Supervisor at the Savar Campus of BRAC University in January 2017. Ms. Monisa did her B.Sc in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from the National University.
Ms. Romana Nasrin joined as Assistant Staff Nurse at the Savar Campus of BRAC University in January 2017. Ms. Nasrin did her B.Sc in Nursing from Dhaka Nursing College.
Left from BRAC University
The following members got separated from BRAC University in January 2017:
Ms. Rakshinda Huq, Lecturer, BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL)
Ms. Nishat Jahan, Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy
Ms. Shahla Farzana, Lecturer, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Ms. Rima Khatun, Assistant Nurse, Savar Campus
Ms. Mst. Nasrin Akter, Dorm Supervisor, Savar Campus
Ms. Shahana Sharmin re-joined from study leave as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy in January 2017. Ms. Sharmin is pursuing her Ph.D in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Dhaka and expects to complete it by July 2017. Her research title is ‘Genotype distribution and sero-epidemiology of human papillomavirus (HPV) among the female calculation in Bangladesh’.
Mr. Mahbubul Hasan Siddiqee re-joined as Lecturer from his study leave in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in January 2017. Mr. Siddiqee is pursuing his Ph.D in Civil Engineering (ENV. & Public Health Microbiology) from Monash University, Australia and expects to complete it by April 2017.
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