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From the 27th to the 30th of April, the 73rd National Assortment Gymnastics Championship, hosted by the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation, took place in Jecheon Gymnasium. Hanyang University’s (HYU's) gymnastics team also actively took part, resulting in the splendid achievement of three students winning medals. News H met these three heros: Kim Tae-hwan (Sport Coaching, 4th year), Im Chang-do (Sport Coaching, 3rd year) and Kim Dong-hwi (Sport Coaching, 2nd year) in the Olympic Gymnasium. From left to right, Kim Tae-hwan, Im Chang-do and Kim Dong-hwi. (Photo courtesy of Sajahoo) As a representative of Hanyang Kim Tae-hwan, the team leader, won bronze in rings and horizontal bar, Im received gold in horizontal bar and bronze in parallel bar, and Kim Dong-hwi earned a silver in vault. The National Assortment Gymnastics Championship, the first competition in this year’s season, is especially important to all gymnasts as it determines their pride as university representatives. After the championship was over, all three students showed a sense of relief and regret at the same time. Kim Dong-hwi was injured during the preparing period, so the championship’s result gave him an especially great delight. “I couldn’t prepare as much as my fellow players, but I am extremely relieved with my result. I simply think I was very lucky and will practice harder,” reminisced Kim Dong-hwi. Now that the National Assortment Gymnastics Championship are over, the three students took a short rest and prepare for the next national games, taking place in August. However, in order to get enough practice during a season, a day is too short for all athletes at HYU. All three students major in Sport Coaching, which is a division within the ERICA Campus in Ansan, but live and practice at the Seoul Campus. Therefore, they wake up at 6 o’clock to get to their classes on time, and return back to Seoul in the afternoon. Then they spend three hours practicing in the Olympic Gymnasium until 10 o’clock. It is indeed a harsh schedule for anyone, trying to find success both in academics and in training, so they tend to rely on each other to get better results. News H was able to find them still in the Olympic Gymnasium even after the game was finished. The life of a gymnast All three students started gymnastics at a very young age, without any determinate thoughts. Kim Tae-hwan and Im Chang-do both started in their second grade of elementary school on the recommendation of their teachers, solely for fun. They simply did what they were told, found they had talent in it, and arrived at their current destination of HYU. “I didn’t have particular interest in gymnastics until recently. However, I found out that exercising and managing myself physically was fun,” said Kim Tae-hwan. Kim Dong-hwi laughed out, “I started sports because the gym gave us candies.” These not-so-impressive little chances changed their lives - these students who are just about to become professionals. Kim Dong-hwi hasn't fully recovered from his finger injury sustained before the championship, but still achieved a great result. Despite their passion towards gymnastics, their current situation at school is not as welcoming. The HYU gymnastics team consists of two students from each grade, making a total of eight athletes. However in 2014, this team was on the verge of disperse, due to financial problems within HYU. The gymnastics team, along with the judo and track team, was temporarily eliminated, until a demonstration was made to receive these teams back. After these incidents, the gymnastics team is still lacking financial aid and are continuing the practices through their own willpower. They suffer with countless injuries, especially with their shoulders, backs, and ankles, but are continuing their practices to achieve better results. All of these students had the same goal – to lead the HYU gymnastics team to victory. They all had their individual dreams as professionals, but at the same time had their own pride as a Hanyangians. “I want to change the perception of people to think of HYU when they hear the word gymnastics,” smiled Kim Dong-hwi. By spending most of the day together as friends, a family, and a team, all three athletes created a single, bright atmosphere. Now these students are off and ready to express themselves in all the tournaments facing them. The HYU gymnastics team is planning to practice hard again before the next big event in August, to show their abilities even more. On Jung-yun email@example.com Photos by Lee Jin-myeong
▲ Professor Yoon Young-june Yoon Young-joon, a professor at the Graduate School of Creative Convergence Education, won the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who. Marquis Who's Who selects achievers who have accomplished success in the fields of medicine, science, politics, economics, social science, and the arts every year. It gives lifetime achievement awards by selecting the most outstanding figures among them. Professor Yoon Young-joon has been recognized for his outstanding research, academic, and educational achievements in the field of theoretical biomechanics.
Professor Enrico Drioli, a professor of the Energy Engineering department, will be invited to attend the 1st World Italian Scientists' Day event at the Italian Embassy in Seoul on April 12 at 11 am. This event will be held to introduce the collaborative status of Korean and Italian scientists, and Professor Drioli will present the two countries' collaboration success stories on the subject of "Tradition and Excellence in Membrane Technology." Membrane refers to a membrane of a liquid or solid capable of separating a mixture by selectively passing a specific component. On the ceremony, scientists and academics from both countries expected to attend include Marco della Seta, the Italian Ambassador; Professor Stephanos Scopel of Sogang University from Italy; Lee Young-moo, President of Hanyang University; Kim Hye-sook, President of Ewha Womans University; Won Kwang-hyun, the Director of the National Science and Technology Research Institute (NST); and Kim Doo-chul, Presidient of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS). ▲Professor Enrico Drioli
Countless doctors are striving day and night to save another life in Korea. Especially in university hospitals, where patients with grave illnesses visit, doctors are trying to make every second count. In the midst of Hanyang University Hospital in the Neurosurgery Department, Ko Yong (Department of Medicine, ‘81) was also working hard in his position, caring for both the patients and the citizen’s health insurance. A step toward the development of health insurance Ko received the Minister prize from the Ministry of Health and Welfare on the 29th of December last year, for improving the system of Korea’s health insurance. Ko started off explaining the insurance systems of hospitals that most citizens do not know. “There is an organization named the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRAS), which assesses hospitals’ usage of medical supplies and drugs to the patients, according to the insurance standard,” explained Ko. Various expensive drugs and supplies are needed in order to save the patient, and hospitals claim this differs between the severeness of the illnesses. Once the HIRAS decides that the hospital has not met the standards, they reduce the amount of financial aid, leaving the hospital with huge deficits. This creates a vicious cycle as hospitals then start to avoid patients with certain illnesses, since they already know they would not be able to receive the amount of money required to run the hospital. News H met Ko in his doctor's office early in the morning. In order to protect these hospitals, another organization named Health Insurance Dispute Medication Committee (HIDMC) exists. This organization gives further assessment on the hospitals that assert unfairness, and Ko has been working with this organization for four years. He applied evidence-based-medicine to his standards and gave the hospitals another assessment. “Quite a lot of the people in HIRAS lack practical experience in hospitals. Therefore, I wrote a book named, ‘Neurosurgery Health Insurance Payroll Criteria Consultation Guide’ including various actual examples, so that the evaluators could interpret the criteria in the right direction,” explained Ko. The book, ‘Neurosurgery Health Insurance Payroll Criteria Consultation Guide’ is the first book in the field of neurosurgery that has all the specific criteria and exceptions based on actual medical treatment. This book is especially important to the hospitals since their management of the hospital depends on this one assessment. “Say that a hospital used a 100 million won to save a patient. If the HIRAS decides they are going to reduce seven thousand won of their support money, the hospital has no option but to close their hospital,” said Ko. By giving the hospital a safer environment to cure patients without the risk of deficits, he was able to be recognized by an organization that is in charge of all medical affairs. “Allowing all doctors like me to concentrate solely on the treatment of patients felt fruitful,” commented Ko. Ko explained the contents of ‘Neurosurgery Health Insurance Payroll Criteria Consultation Guide.’ To save more lives in Korea The dream of becoming a doctor started when Ko was an elementary school student. “My grandfather passed away from a cerebral hemorrhage when I was only a second grader in elementary school. Back then, there were only a few neurosurgeons, and as a result, they could not cure my grandfather in the hospital. That’s why I was determined to become a neurosurgeon,” reminisced Ko. He devoted his life into medical studies since then. Now, as a professor, a doctor, and as a leader of various organizations, 24 hours is not enough. “I start my day with a conference around half past seven in the morning. I then make my rounds to observe my patients, write research in my lab, and treat patients that need help. I have conferences in each organization a couple of times a month and continue my studies to improve the health insurance system,” explained Ko. He commented that he feels a sense of accomplishment when his patients walk out of the hospital healthy after recovering from a grave illness. Although he is continuing various research, his top priority still lies in the lives of his patients. Ko showed his wish that he wants to travel with his wife after retirement. Ko emphasized the quality of life for all people. “Due to the characteristics of neurosurgery, there are a lot of people in a vegetative state. However, I exert my abilities as much as I can so that my patients can live a humane life,” commented Ko. He also conveyed his words that all Hanyangians, just like him, to have pride in themselves and our school, and to do their best, no matter what. Thanks to doctors like Ko, a citizens’ quality of life is improving day by day, without us even noticing. On Jung-yun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Choi Min-ju
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