Mon, Jul 23, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFFWRITER, WITH CNA

■ EDUCATION

Students bring home medals

A five-member delegation to the 38th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) brought home one gold medal, two silver and two bronze, an official said yesterday. The delegation, comprised of five students from local senior high schools, headed for Iran on July 12 to compete with over 320 students from 76 countries at the IPhO, which ended on Saturday. Chen Chien-chang (陳建彰), who is studying at the Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, secured a gold medal, while Yang Kang-yun (楊岡昀) and Wu Chang-chi (吳張祺) of the National Experimental High School at the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park captured silver medals and Huang Poh-hao (黃柏皓) of the Hualien Senior High School and Lin Cheng-ju (林承儒) of the Affiliated High School of National Taiwan Normal University won bronze medals.

■ MEDICAL

`Stem cell bank' launched

The Tzu Chi General Hospital has launched the country's first public "stem cell bank," in the hope that it will serve as a platform to facilitate both stem cell-related and genetic therapy research. Tzu Chi established Taiwan's first database on bone marrow donors in 1993, with some 300,000 entries collected over the past 14 years. The database was merged in 2002 into a new institution -- the Tzu Chi Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Research Center -- that provides for both bone marrow study and stem cell research, said the hospital's spokesman. As greater attention is being paid to stem cells, researchers have suggested that a stem cell bank be established alongside the center, the spokesman said. Several ongoing research projects have already been transferred to the bank, which began full operations last Wednesday.

■ TOURISM

Delegation arrives in Manila

A delegation promoting Taiwanese tourism is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines today to roll out a series of promotions in the hope of attracting more tourists, an official with the Republic of China representative office announced yesterday. Wei Yin-chu (魏蔭駒), director of the press division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, said that under a government plan to double the number of tourists, relevant agencies have been going all out to attract more foreign tourists. While in Manila, the group, comprised of representatives from Taiwan's tourism and hotel sectors as well as several airlines, will hold a promotional fair to introduce Taiwan's beautiful scenery to the people of the Philippines, focusing on several tourist spots such as the Taroko National Park, Kenting (墾丁) and Sun Moon Lake (日月潭).

■ EDUCATION

International contest begins

The 2007 International Senior High School Intelligent Ironman Creativity Contest started 72 hours of non-stop competition between 35 teams from Taiwan and abroad at Minchuan University's Gueishan campus in Taoyuan County yesterday afternoon. France sent a team to the contest for the first time this year, while Germany, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong are also each represented by a team. The event, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Ministry of Education. The competition began at 4pm and will continue until 4pm on Wednesday. It adopts a role-playing computer game structure. Participants must finish various tasks in order to win "virtual money" used for buying real material from a "virtual shop" to complete the required project.

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