Update on COVID-19 from Expert Local Scientists
Co-organized by the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences and Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education, a webinar on COVID-19 was held on 14 March 2020. Professors Ben Cowling and Leo Poon shared the latest about the new coronavirus. Dr. Stephanie Ma participated as a moderator of the event.
To view the seminar, click here.
Nature’s Red Pencil: Writing and Rewriting Genomes
Talk Series on Emerging Technologies – Science, Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. Stephanie Ma, together with Dr. Bo Gao, Dr. Alan Wong and Dr. Angela Wu, delivered a talk on genome editing on 12 July 2019 at the Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre. The event was well attended with over 200 primary and secondary school students and teachers. The event is the first of a series of talks on emerging technologies that is co-organized by the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (YASHK) and the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education (HKAGE) with support from the Education Bureau (EDB).
About “Talk Series on Emerging Technologies – Science, Opportunities and Challenges”
In the past few centuries, we have been witnessing the huge impacts of advancements in science and technology on the socioeconomic developments of our society. Assisted by the new technologies, the productivity and the living standards of people have been raised tremendously, but also with awareness and ramifications on the health and sustainability of our environment. We are currently at the dawn of a new industrial revolution and the impacts of technology on our society is even greater. Emerging technologies such as quantum engineering, genome editing, artificial intelligence and renewable energy will likely have a revolutionary impact on our way of living, our planet, and our way of understanding nature and even ourselves. YASHK and HKAGE are committed to inform our school teachers and students about the latest emerging technologies, to prepare our next generations for the opportunities and challenges ahead of us.
About “Nature’s Red Pencil: Writing and Rewriting Genomes”
An organism’s genome is the instruction manual that dictates a large part of the organism’s biological characteristics and functions. Genome editing technologies, which has recently experienced huge breakthroughs, are able to make precise additions, deletions, and alterations to the genome. With these technological advances has come an explosion of interest in the possible applications of genome editing, both in conducting fundamental research, and in promoting human health through the treatment or prevention of disease and disability. As with other medical advances, these applications come with their own set of benefits, risks, regulatory frameworks, ethical issues, and societal implications. At the talk, the basic principles and applications of gene editing, as well as the ethical issues surrounding this revolutionary technology was discussed.
Croucher Science Week 2018-2019
Dr. Stephanie Ma is one of twelve members that took part in the Croucher Science Week, an annual science festival that attracts a wide audience from the general public, aiming at raising science literarcy within the Hong Kong society, connecting local scientists with the general public, relating science to daily lives, promoting frontier research being conducted in Hong Kong, nurturing science curiosity among young generations and inspiring students to participate in research and innovation. The event is organized and funded by the Croucher Foundation, with support from the Education Bureau, Leisure and Cultural Services Department as well as Hong Kong Science Museum. In 2018 and 2019, activities in which Dr. Ma participated in include “What’s it like being a scientist?” at the HK SciFest, visiting over 15 primary and secondary schools to deliver a 1-hour science show, and writing column articles in local newspapers including those in Now.com and HK01.
August 25 2018 – Now.com
Cancer: Rumors, Myths and Truths
November 12 2018 – HK01 香港01
Why cancer is so difficult to cure?