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Hands-on experience in building a house

IT WAS a life-changing experience for 34 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) students when they were given the opportunity to build a wooden house for a resident in an orang asli settlement in Bukit Jenuk, Dengkil, recently.

Under the supervision of volunteers from local NGO Insaf Technical Relief Malaysia (Insaf), the Faculty of Civil Engineering students had first-hand exposure in building and also in volunteer work through the Good Day Out project under Star Publications (M) Bhd’s Do Good Volunteer initiative.

Insaf Malaysia founder and president Ishak Abdul Kadir said the undergraduates were given a 30-minute briefing on Insaf’s ‘Program Amal Tampal Rumah’ before being divided into groups.

“The undergraduates were divided into four clusters — food, wash (water sanitation and hygiene), shelter and medical — and assigned various responsibilities.

‘They then set up tents and built a kitchen,” said Ishak when met at the site.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2014/04/24/Handson-experience-in-building-a-house-The-Star-kickstarts-volunteer-initiative-with-UPM-undergradua/
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Kongsi ilmu wabak zoonotik

Satu rangkaian kebangsaan, Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN) dilancarkan bertujuan memberi kesedaran me­ngenai kepentingan pendekatan transdisiplinari, ‘One Health’ dalam menangani wabak pendemik di rantau Asia Tenggara.

Serentak itu, rangkaian di bawah naungan South East Asia One Health University Network (SEOHUN) secara rasmi menubuhkan pejabat koordinasi kebangsaan yang ditempat­kan di Fakulti Perubatan Veterinar Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang.

Majlis pelancaran MyOHUN disempurnakan Naib Canselor UPM, Profesor Datuk Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan di fakulti itu, baru-baru ini.


Hadir sama, Dekan Fakulti Perubatan Veterinar UPM merangkap pe­ngerusi rang­kaian itu, Prof Dr Mohd Hair Bejo dan Profesor Kesihatan Pekerjaan, Jabatan Kesihatan Ma­syarakat Pusat Perubatan UKM, Prof Dr Noor Hassim Ismail.

Dr Mohd Hair berkata, MyOHUN adalah satu rang­kaian rakan kongsi di bawah SEOHUN membabitkan 14 fakulti perubatan veterinar, kesihatan awam dan kejururawatan membabitkan 10 universiti negara Asia.

http://www.hmetro.com.my/articles/Kongsiilmuwabakzoonotik/Article
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Unwanted interface between animals and humans

WHILE Dr Balbir Singh and his team in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak have been building a picture of the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi in Sarawak, Dr Reuben Sharma has been tackling the problem from a slightly different angle at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Selangor.

A protozoologist by training, Dr Sharma’s niche is blood parasites, especially zoonotic ones – that is, those that occur in both animals and humans.

He spent his doctoral years in Cambridge, Britain, working on trypanosomes – a type of blood parasite that causes sleeping sickness, and Chagas disease, of which there are a number of species spread out over different geographical regions.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Health/2014/04/06/Unwanted-interface-between-animals-and-humans/
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The fifth parasite: Malaysia studies new malarial strain

A deadly malarial strain has made the leap from monkeys to humans, and Malaysia is at the forefront of the research.

A SHELVING unit running across the length of a wall draws curious stares to its collection of bottled curiosities: a pickled cow hoof, floating specimens of parasitic helminths, tangles of worm-like ascaris, muscle tissue dotted with sarcocystis, and at the far right corner, a collection of Anopheles mosquitoes suspended in a clear viscous substance.

“We’re trying to set up a national parasite reference collection,” explains Dr Reuben Sharma. Not many people visit this parasitology lab, headed by Dr Sharma and tucked away in a remote corner of Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Serdang, Selangor. But the work being done here is of national importance.

In some ways, UPM is the new kid on the block, having recently joined other research institutions in the country working on a deadly, emerging malaria parasite – Plasmodium knowlesi.

Caused by microscopic single-celled organisms known as plasmodia, it’s not as bad as it sounds. A malarial infection of this kind is only deadly if not treated, and malaria drugs are widely available.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Health/2014/04/06/The-fifth-parasite-Malaysia-studies-new-malarial-strain/
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Khasiat ikan haruan

IKAN haruan secara umumnya diketahui akan fungsi dan keberkesanannya dalam mengubati luka-luka dalaman terutama kepada wanita selepas bersalin. Sejak turun temurun lagi amalan perubatan menggunakan ikan haruan telah digunakan untuk membantu menyembuhkan luka selain meredakan penyakit berkaitan kulit seperti radang, gatal-gatal dam sebagainya.

Popularitinya meningkat tatkala hasil penyelidikan mendapati dagingnya mengandungi asid Arachidonis yang mampu menyembuhkan luka dalaman dengan cepat di samping kaya protein serta asid amino yang diperlukan untuk pertumbuhan badan.

Ikan haruan atau nama saintifiknya Channa striatus merupakan spesies air tawar karnivor yang dikategorikan sebagai antara haiwan popular di negara ini khususnya dalam bidang perubatan.

Seorang penyelidik di Jabatan Sains Bioperubatan, Fakulti Perubatan dan Sains Kesihatan, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Prof. Dr. Abdul Manan Mat Jais yang tertarik dengan ‘keajaiban’ ikan haruan telah bertindak mengetuai sepasukan penyelidik dalam usaha menggunakan ekstrak ikan tersebut bagi tujuan saintifik dan perubatan.

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Agrobiz/20140414/ag_01/Khasiat-ikan-haruan#ixzz2zTUQleIo
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Blog untuk pekebun bandar

Peningkatan kos sara hidup nyata membebankan, malah memberi tekanan kepada anggota masyarakat terutama mereka yang tinggal di bandar dengan segala barang perlu dibayar dengan wang ringgit.

Dalam menghadapi isu itu, pelbagai cara dilakukan sehingga ada yang sanggup mencari pekerjaan sampingan demi menyara keluarga.

Satu lagi alternatif ialah bercucuk tanam di laman kediaman. Konsep pertanian bandar disarankan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak sesuai dilaksanakan oleh mereka yang mendiami rumah teres, flat mahupun pangsapuri.

Bagaimanapun, keinginan ataupun semangat murni itu akan berkubur begitu saja kerana kegagalan masyarakat kita untuk mendapatkan sumber rujukan.

Justeru, masalah itu mendorong pemegang Ijazah Sarjana Muda Sains Hortikultur Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Mohamad Izham Mohd Alias, 25, membangunkan laman blog dan laman sosial bagi rujukan umum.


Mohamad Izham berkata, kurangnya sumber rujukan ilmiah bidang hortikultur dalam bahasa Melayu menarik minatnya menyediakan bahan berkenaan menerusi Internet.

“Bermula Jun 2012 saya mewujudkan Facebook dengan menggunakan pendekatan ‘Jom Tanam Sendiri’.

“Tidak sangka usaha dilakukan mendapat maklum balas positif daripada pengunjung sehingga bilangan yang menekan status ‘suka’ mencecah 7,000 pengikut,”
katanya.

http://www.hmetro.com.my/myMetro/articles/Bloguntukpekebunbandar/Article/index_html
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Putra Massive Open Online Course (PutraMOOC)

What is #PutraMOOC?

PutraMOOC is stand for Putra Massive Open Online Course, an online learning environment on various field of studies offering video lectures, interactive forums , chats, quizzes, e assessments and other learning activities. It is considered a 21st century learning environment, is open to the global communities at no cost.

They just need to register online (http://putramooc.upm.my/) and follow the course fully online. Some of the courses will take seven to eight weeks to be completed. 
Available from today are the courses on “Agriculture and Man” and “Malay Arts”. Other courses will be made available in PutraMOOC as they are now in the making to reflect equal quality materials to the existing UPM’s in-campus courses.

In line with the national level MOOC initiative, UPM is also preparing “Islamic Civilization and Asian Civilization” (TITAS), a compulsory course for all public universities on to be offered as a MOOC course and this initiative will benefit in-campus students, as well as interested public communities.

This new platform of learning is also in line with the current National Higher Education Strategic Plan which emphasizes life-long learning, E-learning, internationalization and knowledge transfer. 

The development of PutraMOOC learning environment began its journey since November 2013, holding on to five main principles namely “Open Access, Equal Opportunity”, “Small Idea, Big Impact”, “Local University, Global Community”, “Enriched Learning Experience” and above all, UPM’s main principle, “With Knowledge, We serve”. 

UPM is planning to expand its PutraMOOC’s role in spearheading the university’s Agriculture agenda through collaboration with Asian Association of Agricultural Colleges and Universities (AAACU), offering agriculture related courses to reach out the global communities via the new learning envirionment. It is a vision that UPM sees through PutraMOOC that the university will go a step further towards globally fostering new generation of learning experience. 

For more information, please contact Assoc. Prof. Dr Alyani Ismail, Deputy Director (Innovation in Teaching and Learning), Centre for Academic Development (CADe), Universiti Putra Malaysia Phone: 03-89466136

http://putramooc.upm.my/
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Bakat muda bangunkan UAV

Satu daripada industri berteknologi tinggi yang wajar diperhebatkan ketika ini adalah berkaitan aeroangkasa khusus kepada aeronautik.

Antara yang diberi keutamaan dan diperkukuhkan ialah usaha memajukan teknologi Unmanned Arieal Vehicle (UAV) atau di kenali sebagai pesawat udara tanpa pemandu.

Tetapi, apabila bercakap tentang teknologi UAV, tentu ramai yang akan mengaitkannya dengan negara maju dan kuasa besar dunia seperti Amerika Syarikat yang memanfaatkannya untuk membantu mereka dalam pengintipan dan peperangan.

Ramai juga yang berfikir bahawa ini adalah satu teknologi tinggi yang rumit yang hanya boleh dikuasai oleh barat.

Tetapi realitinya tidak begitu. Malah Malaysia sendiri kini sedang berusaha melahirkan pakar UAV termasuk menghasilkan sendiri pesawat udara tanpa pemandu itu.

Ini terbukti apabila baru-baru ini bertempat di Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43 kumpulan pelajar dari 13 institusi pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) menunjukkan kebolehan dan keupayaan dalam menghasil dan mengendalikan UAV.

Semua mereka telah mengambil bahagian pada Cabaran UAV Siswa 2013-2014 yang dianjurkan oleh Dassault Aviation dan CTRM Aero Composites Sdn. Bhd. (CTRM) baru-baru ini.

Pada pertandingan itu, para pelajar terbabit membuktikan bahawa teknologi UAV mampu dikuasai dan negara ini mempu melahirkan pakar untuk menghasilkan pesawat tersebut terutama pakar muda.

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Kampus/20140407/ka_01/Bakat-muda-bangunkan-UAV#ixzz2yFQHOLFN
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Students come up with prize-winning SAR robot

The prototype, developed by Universiti Putra Malaysia and Taylors' College students, takes top prize at a recent workshop

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Putra Malaysia and Taylors’ College students have jointly developed a robot prototype with the potential for search and rescue operations.
At a weekend workshop organised by Tandemic, a local chapter of Tandem Fund. It is an international NGO that engages communities to come up with solutions to their daily problems.
Kal Joffres, Chief Operating Officer of Tandemic, who moderated the ‘Makeweekend Robotics’ workshop, challenged the students to come up solutions, using the MH370 tragedy as an example.
Participants were given a rapid course in developing robots and how to use 3D printers to help build parts for their inventions before being given their assignments.
They were told to apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) principles to come with innovative gadgets.
Out of the 100 students from several public and private educations centres, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Taylors’ College students came up tops.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/04/05/students-come-up-with-prize-winning-sar-robot/
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UPM, a leading research university in Malaysia is located in Serdang, next to Malaysia’s administrative capital city; Putrajaya.  As a world renowned centre of learning and research, UPM has attracted students and staff from all around the world making it a well- respected global entity.