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The Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia Open Day was held on 8 October from 10am-5pm. This year's approach to the Open Day leaned towards a more fun and festival-like experience. The day included activities such as competitions, exhibitions and food stalls. Curtin aimed to showcase not only the campus facilities, courses, but the vibrant student community.
I could sense an air of excitement as I walked through the car park to the campus building. The first thing we were met with was an exhibition of courses available at the university. Each booth had its unique way of showcasing the courses. What I particular liked about this showcase is the demonstration that each booth had. The public could also take part in some of the demonstration carried out at these booth. Campus tours were also held to promote the facilities for the prospective student.
Personally, one of the highlights was witnessing the annual Mr & Miss Curtin competition. There were a total of seven male and seven female contestants chosen from the university. A local Malaysian designer was involved in dressing the female models for the competition. To my delight, the panel of judges included local Brunei personalities - Qamaruz, Farhanna and Phoebe Chok.
Press Release: Curtin Baram Project enters a new phase
The Curtin Baram Project is an integrated study which spans the highlands to the sea. Different teams of Curtin University researchers from the university’s Perth and Sarawak campuses are currently conducting studies in selected sites in an area of around 24,000 square kilometres of land and sea. A documentary on the project can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGmZ0MWhHNk.
Research conducted by Curtin University in the Baram region and the sea offshore of it
In the Upper Baram catchment, Associate Professor Dominique Dodge-Wan and her team from the Department of Applied Geology at Curtin Sarawak are precisely mapping land use via information from satellite imagery.
“It is important to know the types of land use in the 9,000 square kilometre Baram Catchment because changing land use can impact soil erosion,” said Associate Professor Dodge-Wan.
Assoc. Prof. Dodge-Wan and Dr Vijith establishing ground truth for satellite imagery
Soil erosion can impact not only the sediment load carried by the Baram River but also where this load eventually deposits. Thus, the relationship between the materials carried out to sea by the Baram River and the offshore Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park is something which Curtin University is seeking to establish.
From the Upper Baram catchment through to the sea off Miri, another team from Curtin Sarawak’s Department of Applied Geology led by Associate Professor Ramasamy Nagarajan is studying the distribution of heavy metals and their geochemistry. Water, river sediments and plant material are regularly sampled at various points along the Baram River to build baseline data set on the presence of heavy metals.
Collecting water sample on the Baram
The baseline established for heavy metals will be an important reference point for assessing the impact of any developments in the Baram Catchment into the future. “When higher than baseline amounts of toxic metals are found in the Baram environment, it may indicate disturbance in the landscape which will need attending to,” remarked Associate Professor Nagarajan.
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