Just 20 days after the Marina Bay area was packed to capacity with spectators keen to catch a glimpse of the Golden Jubilee National Day Parade, the Marina Promontory was once again thronging with people on Saturday, 29 August.
LKCMedicine faculty and staff engaging visitors at the exhibition booth
Thousands of people flocked to the NTU Fest, a fun-filled extravaganza organised by NTU students held at the Promontory. The event, now in its second year, was not only a rousing start to the new academic year, it was also a big-bang celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday. Joining the festivities as Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat visited key activities at the event, which ran from 2pm till late at night, ending with a star-studded concert.
LKCMedicine students give visitors to the booth a fully interactive experience
The action-packed day included a 5km Synergy run, food, games, music and a Science and Technology Exhibition, which formed a cornerstone of the carnival activities. At the heart of the exhibition was LKCMedicine's display, which showcased the science and transformative research conducted by the School's world-class faculty as well as some of the cutting-edge medical education tools used in its teaching. Brimming with interactive exhibits, from venepuncture to venomous sea creatures, the display area was inundated with visitors keen to see glowing zebrafish in the dark room, normal and cancerous cells dividing in front of their eyes and what human organs really look like through ultrasound. In addition, the School's anatomy team contributed plastinated specimens of vital organs, which were on display for the first time to the public.
(L-R): Prof Ingham talks Prof Andersson about his lab's work; Prof Best visits the booth
Stopping off at LKCMedicine's display area, NTU President Professor Andersson volunteered to undergo an ultrasound scan by LKCMedicine Year 2 student Anees Rahman. Other members of NTU senior management, including Provost Professor Freddy Boey, also stopped by, watching the many curious visitors trying their hands at the different stations. LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee, Vice-Dean for Research Professor Philip Ingham FRS and Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer supported the 50-strong team of scientists, researchers, medical educators and staff, who were helped by an enthusiastic group of LKCMedicine students.
After undergoing a scan of the heart, Associate Provost for Student Life Associate Professor Kwok Kian-Woon quipped afterwards, "I was told I have the heart of an 18-year-old, so all is good."
(L-R): Flagging off the Synergy Run; Prof Andersson at the unveiling of NTU's record-breaking NTU Fest logo formed by 10,000 photos which will be entered into the Singapore Book of Records