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Masdar Institute’s Summer Research Internships help develop U.A.E. nationals in science and technology

posted on 25/07/2014

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology yesterday announced that its summer research internship programmes for undergraduate students is working to contribute to Abu Dhabi's human capital development.

The summer research internship programme is targeted at talented U.A.E. national undergraduates majoring in Science, Engineering or Math. The programme offers students a critically important research experience, motivating them to innovate and obtain new solutions in clean energy and advanced technologies. It is also expected to encourage them to seek higher learning opportunities at Masdar Institute. To be accepted for the highly competitive internship, interested students must apply for specific projects proposed by Masdar Institute faculty. Selected students then undergo a six-.week long internship.

This internship programme reflects only one aspect of Masdar Institute's initiative to contribute to the overall human capital development efforts in Abu Dhabi. Throughout the year, Masdar Institute organises knowledge-sharing forums, workshops and other such events, in line with the Abu Dhabi leadership's directive to transform the emirate and the U.A.E. into a centre for knowledge and intellectual capital.

Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, said: "Supported by the country's leadership, our annual research internship programmes are designed to build capabilities of U.A.E. nationals in science and technology. In line with the U.A.E. directive, Masdar Institute will continue to develop future programmes in areas of new technology that will be offered to undergraduate interns every year. We believe the current group of students has gained fresh insights into conducting research with advanced laboratory equipment." Dr. Ken Volk, Outreach Manager, Masdar Institute, said, "We have 15 U.A.E. nationals participating in the summer research internship programme, which we believe will enrich their academic and laboratory experience . We thank the U.A.E. leadership for their continuous support to our human capital development initiatives." Participating interns under the summer internship programme are excited about the research experience they are receiving and the modern cutting-edge laboratory facilities at Masdar Institute.

Asmaa Almazrouee's research focuses on ‘Graphene Nanostructure Advanced Characterisation' and she is advised by Dr. Adel Gougam, Assistant Professor, Material Science and Engineering. A University of Sharjah student, Almazrouee said: "This research experience has been special because I was working with two doctors, instead of just another intern student. With more practical experience, I hope I can do something useful at Masdar Institute and publish a paper in the near future." Mariam Ahmed Ali Salem Al Dhaheri from the U.A.E. University participated in Masdar Institute Ektashif programme last summer and she loved the experience. Al Dhaheri is doing her ‘Core Research Laboratory' internship, advised by Dr. Mustapha Jouiad, Microscopy Suite Manager and Principal Research Scientist at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The programme involves learning to set up and operate electron microscopes. Her project is titled ‘Characterisation of API X52 steel pipelines using metallography and electron microscopy'.

About her experience, Al Dhaheri said: "This is a golden chance for me to get engaged in research and learn the proper scientific approach. I will definitely apply for Master's degree at Masdar Institute after my graduation." Dina Muraish from Abu Dhabi University is also doing a ‘Core Research Laboratory' internship with electron microscopes. She feels that, unlike other educational institutes or even companies, Masdar Institute, has within a short period of time, proven its place not only in the U.A.E. but also worldwide because its dedicated researchers seek worldwide sustainable solutions – an area she is keenly interested in.

Muraish added, "I have acquired more practical skills in high-tech laboratories, which I have never experienced before. I have gained worthy knowledge from highly qualified faculty that definitely did help me in getting a better insight into the many environmental problems that the U.A.E. and other countries face and how they could be resolved. The knowledge that I gained over here has given me more awareness to assist in making the U.A.E. an environmentally better place for future generations." http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395268099802.html


International preview of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection closes at Louvre, Paris

posted on 25/07/2014

An exhibition of more than one hundred and sixty of the finest masterpieces from Louvre Abu Dhabi's permanent collection, on show at the Louvre in Paris, is drawing to a close, having welcomed more than 122,500 people from around the world to date.

The exhibition, "Birth of a Museum", was inaugurated on 28th April by French President Francois Hollande, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan.

U.A.E. Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also visited the exhibition in May this year, when he was joined by French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius.

Birth of a Museum, at the Napoleon Hall in Musee du Louvre, will close in a few days on 28th July.

The public programme supporting the Birth of a Museum exhibition proved popular with strong attendance at all events, including a talk about the exhibition that was held on 5th May and attracted more than 420 people to the Louvre's Auditorium. Presented by Hissa Al Dhaheri and Khalid Abdulkhaliq Abdulla from TCA Abu Dhabi, the lecture delved into the background, history and collection of Louvre Abu Dhabi and introduced the French public to the on-going activities taking place in Abu Dhabi.

In a symposium on 18th June, "Louvre Abu Dhabi: For a Global History of Art", the project's history and progress were presented. Its aim, by bringing some of cultural globalisation's great thinkers such as Francois Jullien and Sanjah Subrahmanyam, was to discuss how the history of art can evolve by analysing the exchanges of civilisations.

Birth of a Museum has been another milestone for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is set to open late next year in the Saadiyat Cultural District, also the home to the Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum designed to house aesthetic expressions of different civilisations and cultures from the most ancient to the most contemporary. The previous Birth of a Museum exhibition was unveiled in Abu Dhabi last year at Manarat Al Saadiyat and welcomed visitors from all around the world.

Louvre Abu Dhabi was born out of an agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France in 2007. The museum will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance – from both its permanent collection as well as loans from major French institutions.

Progress of Louvre Abu Dhabi continues and the collection is often showcased to a U.A.E. audience through a number of public programmes including exhibitions, performances and panels of scholars. Following the success of the third series of Talking Art Series at Manarat Al Saadiyat, the fourth series of talks will continue later in the year. The Abu Dhabi team is expanding in anticipation of the opening of the museum and the training of U.A.E. nationals is an on-going priority. A full-scale mock-up of one of the museums' galleries has been completed, while the iconic dome continues to be assembled and placed into position on the construction site. With a built up area of 64,000 square metres, Louvre Abu Dhabi is conceived as a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals, evoking the image of a city floating on the sea. Hovering over the complex will be a vast, shallow dome - some 180 metres in diameter - perforated with interlaced patterns so that a diffused light, reminiscent of the shadows of palm trees, will filter through. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395268090551.html


Ring Tailed Lemurs make their debut at Al Ain Zoo

posted on 25/07/2014

Al Ain Zoo recently welcomed a family of Lemurs, in collaboration with Al Bustan Zoological Centre in Sharjah. The family of five are the first of their kind at the zoo.

These animals, native only to Madagascar, are classified as 'Endangered' on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species due to their dwindling numbers in the wild.

Commenting on the new additions, Muna Al Dhaheri, Chief of Conservation and Education, said, "The new addition of the Lemurs is testament to the zoo's commitment to implementing and developing conservation programmes. Native to Madagascar, their presence at Al Ain Zoo is important and highlights our dedication to areas such as captive management, conservation research, captive breeding, propagation, and the reintroduction of endangered species into the wild whenever possible." "Al Ain Zoo is committed to providing an unmatched experience and learning environment where visitors can connect with wildlife and nature in a fun and exciting setting. Visitors can interact with the animals in large open mixed exhibits that are close to their natural habitat. The zoo has prepared a custom-made enclosure for the Lemurs that resemble their natural habitat." Al Dhaheri also assured that the preparations helped environmentally strengthen the Lemurs, and that the Zoo is providing them with entertainment within the enclosures to suit their actual behaviour in the wild.

As a routine procedure, Al Ain Zoo places any new animals joining the zoo for a minimum of 30 days in quarantine. The primates were placed in quarantine for a period of 45 days to ensure their safety and rule out any medical problems and diseases.

Lemurs, known for their distinctive long tails coated with black spirals, have several shades of brown covering their thick fur. Unlike other tree-climbing primates, lemurs prefer spending their time playing and resting on the ground. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268089945.html