Dr Naweed I Syed is a globally acclaimed scientist of Pakistani origin and head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada. He is the first scientist to connect brain cells to a silicon chip which has paved way for progress in artificial intelligence computing.
Pakistan’s silent revolution
Charity for science
An imaginary circle of less than three kilometers encompasses what can safely be described as the hub for science in Karachi, Pakistan. Built with funds donated by individuals and groups from across the country in the last 50 years, the five centers for research that dot this particular area of Karachi University are now torch bearers in their respective fields.
Of these five centers, one is the only institute for human clinical trials in Pakistan, the other a core of computational biology and the third provides consultancy to people suffering from genetic diseases.
Besides world class research, these centers are also engaged in creating competent academia, providing solutions to hundreds of industries, as well as lending a hand in addressing various domestic issues.
The centers and their growth have been working towards what has been termed as a ‘silent revolution’ and had been described by Professor Wolfgang Voelter of Tubingen University as a ‘miracle.’ (more)
Malaysia to set up center to honour Dr Atta-ur-Rehman
A top Malaysian university will set up a research institute to honour prominent Pakistani scientist Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman.
The “Atta-ur-Rahman Institute of Natural Product Discovery (RiND)” will be inaugurated at the University of Teknologi Mara (UiTM) on March 4, 2013, during an International Conference on Natural Products, where Rehman is being invited as a guest of honour to deliver the keynote speech for the “Jack Cannon Lecture”.
The UiTM had awarded Rehman an honorary doctorate degree in 2011 and RiND is another accolade for the scientist.
“The RiND will will work on full-fledged PhD programs in fields such as organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, neuroscience, proteomics, pharmacology, pharmacognosy and molecular medicine with a special focus on the bioactive constituents of terrestrial plants and marine sources,” Rehman said while speaking to Dawn.com. (Complete news)
Corporate Affairs sector receives most job applications in Pakistan: Report
According to a survey by Rozee.pk, Corporate Affairs is a sector in Pakistan which is increasingly receiving more and more job applications, ProPakistani reported on Tuesday.
The survey, which was conducted by analysing job applications received from 2010 to 2012, also stated that Accounts and Finance, Procurement, Sales and Training and Development sectors are oversupplied with labour.
Rozee.pk analysed around 8.14 million job applications for the survey, which was intended to “enlighten all the prospective job-seekers to tap into the market gaps that are under-supplied and to inform prospective employers about the level of attractiveness the job’s functional area represents to the job-seeker”.
The survey states that the increase in job application to certain sectors may result due to either the decline in the jobs being posted within the right category or the attractiveness the job title entails to the job-seekers.
The sectors which have failed to attract applicants and have seen a consistent decline in applications include Project Management, Database Administrator, Systems Analyst and Human Resource. (source)
Pakistanis more optimistic than US, India about hard work: Survey
No matter what the prophets of doom say in nightly news shows on TV day in day out, an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis still believes that hard work is duly rewarded in the country and leads to material success, according to a recent poll by Pew Research Center — a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington DC.
In fact, of all the 21 countries where the survey was conducted, Pakistan came on top with 81% of respondents saying people succeed if they work hard as opposed to 15% who believe hard work is no guarantee of success.
The United States followed Pakistan with 77% of respondents saying hard work assured success. India, China and Japan were more sceptical with only 67%, 45% and 40% of the respondents recognising a close link between hard work and success, respectively.
“Fundamentally, the survey reveals that Pakistanis haven’t lost faith in the country. The Pakistani youth believes that current problems are short-term and can be resolved,” said Asad Umar, who joined politics in April after resigning from Engro Corporation, Pakistan’s largest conglomerate, as its CEO. “That’s why Pakistanis believe in hard work — and its direct relationship with material success – more than the people of the United States, Germany or Japan.”
A Pakistan-based scientist has been honoured by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), the body said in a statement released this week.
Dr Yusuf Zafar, who is the director general agriculture and biotechnology at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission was declared ‘Scientist of the Year-2012’ for his pioneering work in the cotton biotechnology sector.
Zafar has over 110 scientific papers (published in national and international journals) to his name. According to ICAC, “in cotton virology his group covers nearly 90 per cent of the global published literature.”
After breaking four world records, 14-year-old whiz kid from Dera Ismail Khan, Babar Iqbal is now set to present his first research paper at the 8th IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology.
Iqbal will present a paper on digital forensic science, the field that covers the recovery and investigation of data from digital devices and is often used to aid computer crime investigations.
This is not the first time Iqbal has been in the spotlight, he was the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and the youngest Certified Internet Web Professional (CIWA) at the age of nine.
He then went on to become the youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), youngest Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) and youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in .NET 3.5 at the age of 10, 11 and 12 respectively.
Iqbal’s current research relates to Apple devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod). His method does not require Jailbreaking and can image an Apple device in less than 30 minutes.
This new method can help law enforcement agencies in retrieving digital forensic evidence present on an Apple device including contacts, texts, all multimedia files, GPS info and cellphone tower logs (which can help triangulate the location of a device at a certain point in time).
Iqbal is currently in Dubai, where he is training and working with Microsoft.
us: Well done!
Babar Iqbal Sets Another World Record
Babar Iqbal, a 14 year old whiz kid from Dera Ismail Khan, has set a world record by publishing his first research paper on digital forensic science. The field of Digital Forensic Science covers the recovery and investigation of data in digital devices and is often used to aid computer crime investigations.
Babar’s research pertains to Apple iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod) and has been accepted by the 8th IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology. He has been invited to present his research at the conference as well.
What sets his method apart is that it doesn’t require jailbreaking and can image an iDevice in less than 30 minutes. (complete news)
LAHORE: The Lahore University of Management Sciences will officially launch a website on Monday that will carry real time information about air pollution at various points in the city.
The VIEW (Volunteer Internet-based Environment Watch) website monitors levels of air pollution at Baghbanpura, Garhi Shahu, Upper Mall, Awan Town, Cantt and Phases 2 and 3 of Defence. Solar-powered sensors have been installed in these regions that determine humidity, temperature, and the levels of carbon monoxide, ozone and nitrogen and sulphur oxides in the air.
The website, which is already functional, can be visited at http://view.lums.edu.pk/.
The project was launched in June 2008 with Rs3.5 million provided by the Environmental Protection Department. Sixty per cent of the funds were used to purchase electrochemical sensors from New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden and the United States, said Jehangir Ikram, chief researcher for the project. Thirty per cent went into paying the research assistant. Five undergraduate students of Lums’ electrical engineering department worked with Ikram for two years on the project.
Ikram said the EPA has pledged to assist his department in expanding the number of sensors from seven to 50 over the next five years. It has also pledged funding for batteries, which last two years for each sensor.