Emeritus Prof Edwin Thumboo
(From left) NUS Alumni Relations Director Mr Bernard Toh (Architecture ’84), Assoc Prof Chan and Chairperson of NUS Senior Alumni Dr Rosemary Khoo (Arts and Social Sciences ’65).
Senior Alumni Tea and Chat Sessions
On 28 June, NUS Senior Alumni met and interacted with internationally acclaimed poet and academic, Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo (Arts ’56). Prof Thumboo took the audience on a journey through the history of Singapore – using his poems as “doors” to create the continuing journey of ‘One Nation, One People, One Singapore’. Prof Thumboo has won numerous awards and accolades, and his poetry is being studied by international and local scholars. The audience was treated to intimate insights into his childhood and growing years, as well as to his reading and expounding of his selected poems.
On the tea session held on 26 July, Associate Professor Alexandre Chan (Public Health ’11), Deputy Head of NUS Department of Pharmacy, shared the latest research findings on cancer and its treatment in his talk on ‘Cancer Myths Debunked – Facts from Research’. It was a valuable educational session bringing senior alumni up to date with cancer medication and their side effects, both cognitive and physical. The audience had the opportunity to interact with a specialist who is both a medical doctor as well as a pharmacist.