Quantum tech society set up
The nation's first organization dedicated to promoting research in quantum sciences, nano technology and biomedical studies has been established at National Cheng Kung University, academic sources said yesterday. The Taiwan Society of Quantum Technology will hold its first major event -- the 2007 Seminar on Quantum and Nano-Technology -- at the end of this year, society chairman Hwang Chi-chuan (黃吉川) said. The members of the society come mainly from local academia, with 12 serving on the board of directors, said Hwang, who is also a professor in the university's Department of Engineering Science. A statement issued by the society said that its objectives include gathering information on the latest technological developments, promoting domestic research and applications and facilitating exchanges between the academia and the private and public sectors.
Yeh joins Presidential Office
Former vice premier Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) was appointed by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) as the Presidential Office's secretary-general yesterday and will be sworn in on Monday, Deputy Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said yesterday. Chen Chi-mai said Yeh agreed to take the post after being asked to meet with the president yesterday. The post was left vacant by Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) in May when he assumed the post of vice premier. Yeh, a Hakka who had repeatedly expressed her interest in running as Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) vice presidential candidate, accepted Hsieh's invitation on Thursday to serve as his campaign director.
Conservation book printed
The Council for Cultural Affairs published this year's Almanac of Taiwan Cultural Properties Conservation yesterday. The almanac, which has been published annually since 2001, contains a wide variety of information, including a collection of major events related to cultural heritage preservation, descriptions of listed historic or archeological sites and new additions to UNESCO's World Heritage list. "The almanac is an important record and a very good reference book on the preservation of Taiwan's tangible cultural heritage properties," Council for Cultural Affairs Minister Wong Chin-chu (翁金珠) said at a news conference yesterday. A Journal of Cultural Property Conservation was also published yesterday. Wong said the journal aimed to "provide a platform for exchange and discussion of technologies in cultural heritage preservation, as well as for publishing essays and papers in the area."
Tycoon pledges vaccine
Formosa Plastics Group chairman Wang Yung-ching (王永慶) has pledged to donate 578,000 doses of pneumococcal vaccine for the elderly, a Department of Health release stated yesterday. The department said the vaccine will be delivered over the next three years and will be made available first to those over the age of 75 in Chiayi City, Chiayi County and Yunlin County, as well as state-run care facilities. The program will be expanded to cover all of those over the age of 75 for next year and 2009. Department of Health Minister Hou Sheng-mou (侯勝茂) hailed the donation as "a pioneering example of public-private partnership" at a news conference marking the event yesterday.
MOE to boost facility use