WEEK# 32, 9 - 15 August, 2021
In this issue:
1) INSTITUTE-WIDE ORIENTATION, Fall 2021 semester
INSTITUTE-WIDE ORIENTATION, Fall 2021 semester (Morning Program)
Time: Aug 9, 2021 10:00 AM Bangkok time
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Meeting ID: 917 4380 3189
Topic: INSTITUTE-WIDE ORIENTATION, Fall 2021 semester (Afternoon Program
Time: Aug 9, 2021 01:30 PM Bangkok time
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Meeting ID: 981 0326 9500
2) The webinar on "Digital Belt and Road – Sustainable Development Empowered by Data Science"
Join Us for the webinar on "Digital Belt and Road – Sustainable Development Empowered by Data Science"
In this webinar, we will be focusing on sustainable development in the Belt and Road Region that is empowered by data science, this webinar shares the updated knowledge and information on big data, and making data science, technology, and application as indispensable parts of meeting social, environmental, and economic challenges as well as realizing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of countries in the Belt and Road region.
Don't miss it!
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For more information, please contact:
Dr. Wenchao Xue
Director, AIT Belt & Road Research Center
Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Resources, and Development, AIT
3) COVID-19 TF Update
Email from the Director, Office of Academic Administration on 6 August 2021
Dear AIT Family,
Another Student Positive Case on Campus – We would like to report a new case of one of our May 2021 graduates, who stayed in J46 on campus and tested positive for COVID-19 during her pre-flight processing on August 4. She is now in our community OQ, registered under the Home Isolation scheme with Thammasat University Hospital.
We want to emphasize that the feelings toward AIT community members who tested positive should be one of sympathy and not resentment. We have received reports of positive-case students who received unfriendly social media, and this is not appropriate behavior. We should wish all of them a speedy recovery.
Based on contact tracing of this student, the identified contacts have now been required to undergo Self-Isolation (SI) in their own rooms if living alone; while those who stayed in shared units are moved to the newly designated community SI dorm. Rapid tests for COVID-19 were performed for these contacts.
Please find below the timeline of our student, and if any member of the AIT community has been to the places listed, please be careful and closely self-monitor yourselves for seven days for any symptoms. OFAM will perform thorough cleaning of these areas in the next two days and will discuss with those responsible for those areas so that they can take the necessary follow-up precautionary measures.
28 July 4pm — Dorm J outside grounds
29 July 8am — Dorm J to SCB ATM
10.30am — Immigration Office
6.30pm — AITCF Library (near the SU Office)
7-9pm — ST5-7
30 July 8am — Dorm G / Grocery outside grounds
10.40am — Dorm J 5th floor
6.30pm — J52
31 July 12.20pm — SV1A
1 August — Dorm J
4pm — HomKrun, AIT fountain area, Gate 1
5.30pm — SERD pond area, AIT fountain area
2 August — Dorm J
3pm — covered walkway from SERD to Dorms, Helpdesk, Registry
6.45pm — 7-11
3 August 10.30am — Photocopy Center
5.30pm — Dorm J outside grounds
7pm — Grocery, Dorm J outside grounds
9pm — Cafeteria, AITCF Library
4 August 6am — Korea House to Gate 1
8am — MedConsult Clinic
9am — Grocery to 7-11
9.45am — Dorm J outside grounds
10.30am — Accommodation Unit
1-3pm — AITCF Library
3pm — UFM, Bookstore
3.30pm — AIT fountain area
5.30pm — outside Dorm J46, Photocopy Center
5.40-7.40pm — AITCF Library
9.20pm — AITCF Library
Additional protective social distance measures between service staff and customers - The Task Force is putting in additional protective social distance/separation measures between service staff and customers, such as installation of shields/barriers in more units, and guidelines for units on handling documents and dealing with customers etc. Details will be shared in future announcements, and we seek your understanding if this causes any inconvenience in services.
Finally, we stress once again the need to take personal responsibility at this time of severe pandemic. We still receive reports of larger-than-allowed private gatherings and non-use of masks. Please pay attention to these, and the whole community thank you. Please check with the Task Force if you have any queries and also visit the Intranet page where all COVID-19 related information and updates from the Task Force are available.
Thank you for your cooperation.
AIT COVID-19 Task Force
4) Condolences - Passing Away of AIT Student
Email from AIT President on 5 August 2021.
Dear AIT Family,
I am deeply saddened to inform you about the passing away of Mr. Naga Venkata Rama Sai Sri Harsha Bonala, our student from India, on 2 August 2021 at Thammasat University Hospital (TUH). Mr. Sri Harsha had a cardiac arrest in his dorm and was rushed to the hospital. Previously, he had been admitted to TUH from 4 to 15 June 2021 with diagnosis of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and was not COVID-related. Mr. Sri Harsha was released by TUH and moved back to AIT in the middle of June.
Various members of the AIT community, including faculty and the Office of Student Affairs, dealt with the emergency and the aftermath—including notifying the family. With the support of the Embassy of India and the Thai authorities, Mr. Sri Harsha’s mortal remains was transported back to his home country of India.
We at AIT are extremely sad, as this young, energetic, and vibrant man was well-liked by his classmates and his teachers, and his passing away at AIT at an early age will be remembered by all of us here. Our thoughts are with Mr. Sri Harsha's parents, family members and friends during this most difficult time, and AIT conveys our deepest condolences.
Dr. Eden Y Woon
5) Wellness Counseling - Available Online this August 2021
Email from Office of Student Affairs on 6 August 2021
Greetings from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) !
We are pleased to inform you that this August starting from Wednesday, 11 August 2021, special health counseling sessions will be conducted again every Wednesday and Friday by a professional psychologist. This is to provide the best possible welfare to AIT students which includes mental health counseling and wellness, especially in this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and social difficulties.
The schedule on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm is online through 2 platforms: Zoom Meeting and Google Meet.
The first session will be on 11 August 2021 (Wednesday) from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The doctor can accommodate approximately 45 mins counseling and mental health promotion for each student.
Appointment will be on a first-come-first-serve basis through the Wellness Counseling registration form in this link
We look forward to welcoming you and encourage you to make use of this opportunity, which is currently twice a week.
6) Applications invited for UNFCCC CASTT Adaptation Academy for 2021 online training
Email sent on behalf of the School of Engineering and Technology on 7 August 2021.
"We are excited to announce that applications to participate in the Asia-Pacific UNFCCC CASTT Adaptation Academy are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is 30 August, and the online training will be held live from 11 – 15 October for 3-hours each day (total of 15 hours in the programme). Please apply here.
Selected candidates will be informed of their acceptance by 22 September.
Organized in partnership between the UN climate change secretariat, the Water Engineering and Management Programme of the Asian Institute of Technology and the Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change of the Korea Environment Institute, this one-week online course provides an opportunity for early- and mid-career adaptation professionals from the Asia-Pacific region to participate in a training programme to prepare their climate vulnerability and adaptation assessments within the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) under the Paris Agreement."
7) New Database: EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus
Email from AIT Library on 5 August 2021
AIT Library is pleased to inform you that now AIT members can have access to EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus.
AIT Library would like to thank the EDIT-AIT Project for their collaboration and assistance for this access. EDIT-AIT project at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand received funding from the Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations (EDITS) project, which is part of the initiative coordinated by the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (and funded by Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), Japan)."
Below is the information about EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus.
EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.
Subscription period: access from now – 31 October 2022.
More than 1,200 full-text newspapers
News from more than 150 newswires
More than 88 million full-text articles
More than 2.1 million television and radio news transcripts
Daily Updates with News View
Newspaper Source Plus brings critical news content with ongoing updates throughout the day with its News View feature. Popular sources include:
AP (Associated Press)
UPI (United Press International)
News View also includes television and radio news transcripts from top sources:
ABC News (American)
National Public Radio
To access the database:
Go to http://library.ait.ac.th.
Then click on the menu "Online Databases."
Choose "EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus."
Alternatively, click on this direct link: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&def....
Please note that off-campus access to this database, please access through AIT VPN.
how to install OpenVPN on Windows: https://helpdesk.ait.ac.th/services/ait-vpn/vpn-windows
how to install OpenVPN on Mac: https://helpdesk.ait.ac.th/services/ait-vpn/vpn-mac
how to install OpenVPN on iOS: https://helpdesk.ait.ac.th/services/ait-vpn/vpn-ios
how to install OpenVPN on Androids: https://helpdesk.ait.ac.th/services/ait-vpn/vpn-android
Please make use of this database for your studies and research. If you require more information or need further assistance, please feel free to contact Library.
8) Library Orientation: 16 - 20 August 2021 (Via Zoom)
AIT Library would like to invite all new students to attend the Library Orientation via zoom during 16 - 20 August 2021.
Topics include the following:
Electronic Library resources and services
How to access e-resources off-campus
How to install OpenVPN
How to search online databases
Please choose the session that best suits your availability.
Register in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zoom meeting ID and password will be sent to the participants by email.
For students, who cannot participate in the scheduled sessions, please feel free to contact the library for a group orientation at your convenience.
We look forward to welcoming you to the orientation.
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