The KSS wins its well-deserved recognition in the June 2009 issue of the Newsletter of the Emerging Nations Science Foundation. The ENSF is aimed at promoting scientific and technological research among the emerging nations of Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, and Southeast Asia.
The KSS posted the Newsletter 2009 to sister organizations, science associations, scientific publishers and professional bodies around the world. Special greetings and requests for collaborations were receiived from various places, such as the Qatar Foundation, the ISESCO and the Iraqi Society for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources and Techniques (ISAREST). Here is an excerpt of the message from Mr. Oday Hamadi of the ISAREST:
The KSS purchases a colored astrocamera for viewing of deep space objects in its Falakyati melas. The camera is a real beauty and will beam live images of the celestial bounties, gakxies, nebulae, all in glowing colors.
The purchase was enabled by a grant from tthe Emerging Nations Science Foundation and costed around Rs. 115,000.
Columbia University Senate announced its official election results yesterday. Dr. Faisal H. Cheema was elected as a University Senator of this Ivy League Institution. Dr. Cheema will represent his constituency comprising of several thousand research officers in this university-wide legislature.
As part of our ongoing activities centred around the International Year of Astronomy, we have one an international competition sponsored and orgnazied by the Developing Astronomy, a cornerstone project of the IYA. As part of the reward, the KSS will receive 30 Galileoscopes that will then be distributed across promising schools in Pakistan. Other organizations who are receiving similar packages include Society of the Sun and SUPARCO.
In his email message dated July 28, 2009, Dr. Amy Flatten, Director of International Affairs for the American Physical Society (APS) lauds the efforts of the KSS for the popularization of science and hopes to forge stronger links between the science comminities of the two countries. Here are exceprts from her letter.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Chief Executive Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Centre donates a telescope to the Khwarizmi Science Society. It is a Meade reflector scope, with aperture 114 mm and focal length 910 mm. It has two optical eyepieces [9mm and 25mm], one electronic eyepiece with cable and a Barlow lens. It is mounted on a tripod and has the Meade Autostar 493 system to control movement and search pre-programmed targets. We tthank Dr. Sultan for this generosity.
With great pleasure, I like to mention that our outreach activities for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 are gaining huge popularity. Photographs and videos of the recent falakyati mela (astrofest) in the historic fort at Rohtas can now be seen at http://khwarizmi.shutterfly.com.
We have also received financial support worth:
Rs. 50,000 from the Pakistan Science Foundation