'SUSTech Lectures' Invited Academician Xueming YANG to Give a Speech on Innovation on the First Day of A New Semester
On February 25, 2013, the first day of the new semester of SUSTech, Yang Xueming, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Deputy Director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Reaction Dynamics, was invited by President Zhu Qingshi to be a guest speaker at “SUSTech Lectures”, who delivered an outstanding report entitled "Innovative Scientific Instruments is the Driving Force for Scientific Development - My Journey on Experimental Physics and Chemistry". President Zhu Qingshi presided over the Lectures. This was the fourth round of "SUSTech Lectures" and the first lecture in the new semester. Over 200 students and faculties presented to listen to the report of Academician Yang Xueming.
Academician Yang Xueming shared his journey and experience of science research in the field of experimental physics and chemistry. He believed that without scientific instruments, there would be no scientific experiments, scientific discoveries, nor progress in human society. Independently developed instruments are the driving force for scientific development and progress of human society. Over the past two decades, he has developed and invented a series of cutting-edge instruments, which plays a huge role in his scientific research. He encouraged SUSTech students and faculty to maintain high enthusiasm for science and exert their creativity. In terms of selecting mentors, he suggested that young students should not just follow famous professors, because young professors, who are often more passionate and creative, can give students more opportunities to practice, and can lead them to go further on their journey of scientific research. Academician Yang Xueming's profound report presented in a simply way benefited the students and faculty a lot. During the Q&A session of the Lectures, Academician Yang Xueming had an active interaction with the audience.
When presiding over the Lectures, President Zhu Qingshi recalled his the days when working with Academician Yang Xueming in Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in the 1980s, “At that time, he was a graduate student mentored by Mr. Zhang Cunhao. I assisted Mr. Zhang to help Yang with his master's thesis. It's my privilege to get to know such a talented, energetic and sharp-minded young man back then, and my privilege to witness how a young man has grown from a graduate student to a real master in the decades afterwards." President Zhu said that in order to improve China's scientific research, it is important to make first-class innovation. The achievement of original innovation is inseparable from independently developed high-level scientific instruments. The subject that Academician Yang Xueming talked about is actually a subject that is worthwhile for all SUSTech students and teachers to ponder and listen to.
Profile of Yang Xueming:
Born in 1962, Yang Xueming is a Ph.D. of University of California, Santa Barbara. He is now Deputy Director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Reaction Dynamics, a researcher and a doctoral supervisor. He was elected a APS Fellow in 2006 and an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011.
He has long been engaged in molecular reaction dynamics research. In the past two decades, he has made a series of important research achievements that attracted international attention in the field of chemical reaction dynamics by using a series of internationally leading scientific instruments developed and invented by himself, publishing more than 200 research papers, including 9 papers in Science, 1 paper in Nature, 4 papers in PNAS, 8 papers in Phys. Rev. Lett. and 2 papers in JACS, as well as editing an English monograph. At present, he is Senior Editor of Journal of Physical Chemistry of ACS and Editor in Chief of Chinese Journal Of Chemical Physics, with research selected as "China's Top Ten News on Science and Technology Progress" for two consecutive years. Over the years, he has won a number of important academic awards in the international and domestic academic circles, including the Broida Award in International Symposium on Free Radicals, the Asian Achievement Award in Overseas Chinese Physical Society, the Second Prize of National Natural Science Award, and the Chen Jiageng Chemical Science Award.