L’Oréal-UNESCO award-winner to chair KAUST festival

Above, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus. (Photo supplied)
Updated 01 October 2019

L’Oréal-UNESCO award-winner to chair KAUST festival

Chemistry scientist Niveen M. Khashab will chair next year’s annual Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The event will be co-chaired by Khaled Salama, professor of electrical engineering at KAUST’s Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE).

The associate professor of chemical sciences and engineering at the Physical Science and Engineering Division at KAUST is the first female chair for the annual festival of science hosted on and off campus. Khashab is the winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award in the field of physical science for her research in organic chemistry in 2017. 

“I feel that KAUST leadership simply looks at scientific merit and service when appointing individuals in key roles that represent KAUST such as chairing WEP, which makes me very confident in our future as a leading scientific institute,” said Khashab. 

The scientist’s message to women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is: “There is plenty of room for you to join us!”

Next year’s WEP 2020, taking place between Jan. 12 and 23, will focus on “personalized medicine,” which aims at tailoring practices, interactions and medicine to the individual patient. It is a futuristic yet fast approaching health care platform for treating different diseases, especially cancer.


Production of Aston Martin DB5 resumes after 55 years

Updated 31 May 2020

Production of Aston Martin DB5 resumes after 55 years

Dubbed “the most famous car in the world” and renowned as being among the most sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability. Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built by the brand between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world’s best-known secret agent — James Bond — who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.

Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line at Aston Martin’s then-global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is once again underway there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models. Created in association with the producers of the James Bond films, EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen on screen in the 1964 film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are history in the making.

Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is priced at 2.75 million euros ($3.05 million), plus taxes.

The DB5 Goldfinger Continuation construction process — which takes around 4,500 hours per car — is being undertaken at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

Each of the 25 new cars is being built using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship, with the application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, alongside the integration of cutting-edge gadgets developed in association with Chris Corbould OBE, the special effects supervisor who has worked on more than a dozen Bond films.

Clive Wilson, Heritage program manager, said: “Seeing the first customer car move painstakingly through the intricate production process we have created really is quite a thrill.

“Obviously we have not, as a business, made a new DB5 for more than 50 years, so to be involved in the building of these cars, which will go on to form part of Aston Martin’s history, is something I’m sure all of us will be telling our grandkids about!”

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works where the original DB5 was built and the new cars are also being created, said: “We are making, perhaps, some of the most desirable ‘toys’ ever built for 25 very lucky buyers worldwide.

“Creating the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”

First deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers will commence in the second half of 2020.