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2018-04 03

[General]Facebook Data Breach

You might have noticed that when logging onto a social networking service(SNS) app for the first time, it requires you to agree to a lot of personal information collection. Normally, people simply skim through it before pressing the agree button to move onto the next page as quickly as possible. However, especially with the sophisticatedly intertwined information and data network among various apps, that lighthearted consent can lead to vast data exposure, like the recent Facebook data breach scandal, which outraged many around the world. What happened In 2014, a Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan launched an app called “This is Your Digital Life” through Facebook. Any Facebook user could easily log onto the app through “social login.” Social login is a form of sign-on using existing information from a social networking service like Facebook or Twitter to sign into a third party website instead of creating a new login account specifically for that website. In other words, it is a simplified login method for apps with linked accounts. This is in a useful way for users as it becomes unnecessary to remember multiple login IDs and passwords for different websites. Those who do not have accounts with compatible SNS are then provided with a more traditional online registration option. Naturally, this method was utilized by users of all kinds of SNS such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Youtube, Instagram, Naver Band, Kakaotalk, and many others. Social login and traditional login options (Photo courtesy of quora.com) However, it all came under fire when Facebook recently admitted its data breach of approximately 50 million users, who had their personal information sold to Cambridge Analytica (CA), a British consulting company which used the data to supposedly help get then U.S. President-elect Donald Trump elected. This information had actually been collected by the “This is Your Digital Life” app, which had access to personal data and liked-contents of not only the app's users but also of their friends through the social login service. CA simply made a deal with Kogan’s company, Global Science Research, to share the info from the app. How the scandal affected Korea When news broke out that Facebook has also had access to call and text records of a number of Android users, the Korean government decided to investigate not only Facebook's, but also Korea’s leading SNS platforms like Kakaotalk and Naver Band’s personal information protection policies. The investigation’s focus is to make sure the companies have clearly received consent from users to have access to their personal information, and if they have actually collected the aforementioned data. While the investigation is still in progress, Korean SNS companies such as Naver Band and Kakaotalk stated that their scale of collecting personal data is quite limited compared to Facebook's. For example, when we use social login with our Kakaotalk account, Kakaotalk only provides the third party with our Kakao nickname and profile picture. Other activities done within the app are not part of the social login data exchange system. Luckily, Korea has a more distinct policy when it comes to personal information. According to Korean law, the Telecommunications Act specifically imposes that personal information must be collected and used under the user's consent, and cannot be shared with the third party without further consent of the user, or special legal situations. Those who have gotten access to such data illegally will be sentenced to up to five years in prison or fined up to 50 million Korean won. Due to such strict laws, the social login and personal data usage issue is dealt with more sensitively among both SNS companies and their users. “So this was a major breach of trust and I'm really sorry that this happened," said Mark Zuckerber, CEO of Facebook. (Photo courtesy of technobuffalo.com) In the current era where the spread and usage of information data is no longer something that can easily be controlled, people must instead be aware of how important it is to keep track of how it may be used. Take Facebook for example. Facebook alone has approximately 2.1 billlion active users who share photos, videos, and other life events on the platform. The option to “like” photos, videos, and posted articles alone can provide the vast media and market with not only information about the current trend, but can also help them predict or form new trends. Because it is so valuable, there must be detailed regulations to protect and somewhat regulate the flow of our personal information. However, we ourselves must also be aware of what we are signing up for in order to prevent data breaches like the recent Facebook scandal. Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-04 02

[General]Faster and More Accurate Attendance Management System

The scene of naming students one by one may soon remain only in memories of the distant past. That is because it is possible to manage attendance quickly and accurately in a short time via the current smartphone application. The Smart Attendance Management System, introduced simultaneously on both campuses, can be accessed completely through smartphones. It is part of the effort to create a better learning environment for the students. Smart Attendance Management System Hanyang University introduced an attendance management system based on smartphones from this semester. In order to use it, we must prepare for an environment where we can log in to the official smartphone application of Hanyang University. If it is difficult to use a smartphone, one can use the web page (http://check.hanyang.ac.kr) on any computer. Thereafter, there are two attendance processing methods according to the preference of the instructor: a teacher-directed method and a student-directed method. ▲ How to use the Smart Attendance Management System (Source: Academic Service Team of Hanyang University) The teacher-directed method is for the instructor to only check students who are absent by calling roll from the electronic attendance book. It is the same method as the existing paper-based attendance management system. However, as a full-color photograph of students is presented in the electronic attendance book, it is possible to prevent proxy attendance. In addition, it is possible to directly enter attendance data using the electronic attendance book, which takes less time and effort to enter electronically. The student-directed method is simpler. The instructor notifies students of the authentication number in advance, and the students must input the authentication code via the application or the website. The authentication code is a random 4-digit number that the instructor can generate by pressing a single button. After the students complete their attendance certification, the instructor closes the attendance system. It only takes a couple of minutes to generate an authentication code, announce it, wait for the students to enter it, and then close the system. It is far faster than the existing attendance process which can take 10 minutes or more. Students who missed the code inputting deadline due to techincal errors can request a correction by confirmation with the instructor. Students who are late can also can be changed from "absent" to "late" by the instructor. ▲ After logging into the Hanyang University smartphone application, enter the electronic attendance at the lower right (left). Touch the attendance check of the class attended (right). (Source: Screenshot of Hanyang University Application) ▲ Enter the certification number announced by the instructor and touch attendance registration (left). The attendance confirmation message is shown here (right). (Source: Screenshot of Hanyang University Application) Positive on-site reaction With the introduction of a new attendance system, the current electronic attendance system services were interrupted. There were a lot of existing problems with the previous system where students tagged their ID card over the terminal. The required time was shorter than calling directly by the instructor, but it was difficult to prevent proxy attendance, and many electronic errors happened. Here, aging system equipment and terminal discontinuation were added, so it became difficult to operate them any longer. Under these circumstances, students and instructors have had generally positive reactions since the Smart Attendance Management System was implemented a month ago. That’s because it has increased fairness of attendance management and made attendance management easier. ▲ After the introduction of a new attendance system, operation of the previous electronic attendance system was suspended. In addition to electronic attendance, the existing attendance process was troublesome because it was necessary to computerize each class's attendance manually. The Smart Attendance Management System is computerized immediately through the electronic attendance book in the classroom, so there is no such inconvenience. Prof. Shin Hyun-san (Division of Business Administration) will be able to improve the quality of the lesson thanks to the new attendance system. "It has become very convenient. I put more effort into lessons because it takes less time checking attendance, which used to take 10 minutes each time." It is said to maximize lecture time and enhance the quality of the lecture. For a better educational environment On the other hand, there are instructors who are not used to the new attendance system. Academic Service Team is focusing on some countermeasures. Early in March, the team finished up tutorial sessions for instructors and faculty related to lectures. Also, the team has made it easy to access the attendance system by showing the system on the desktop screen of each classroom PC. "The current usage rate has exceeded 50% of the total, by targeting a 100% increase in the second semester by further improving the system," explained Hwang, Soo-mi, a staff member of the Academic Service Team. Currently, the Academic Service Team is preparing English translations for the convenience of foreign instructors. Also, in an effort to alleviate the ongoing concern over the problem of proxy attendance, the team is spurring the improvement of a location-based technology system. In the current system, you can check a student's device's log in location by using the location-based technology in the electronic attendance book. The rise of the Wi-Fi signal detects the radius of students and classrooms. When the distance is far from the classroom radius, and the Wi-Fi signal is weak, it is possible to confirm whether the student has committed proxy attendance or left the classroom. In addition, students' attendance data analysis has become possible in real time, and a consultation system using this has been developed. The absence frequency is shown on the electronic attendance book so that the instructor can easily grasp students who need consultation. This is to support not only students who leave class early, but also for helping all students consult with professors. In the future, the ultimate goal of the Academic Service Team is to make a better educational environment through the Smart Attendance Management System. Text/ Hwang, Yoo-jin, reporter lizbeth123@hanyang.ac.kr Photo/ Lee Jin-myeong, reporter rha925@hanyang.ac.kr Design/ Choi Min-joo, reporter lovelymin12@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-04 02

[General]Mongolian Delegations Benchmarking ERICA’s Industry-University Cooperation

Hanyang University's ERICA campus held a briefing session on educational innovation through PRIME and LINC+ business for the representatives of State Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia, visiting to benchmark the Academy-Research-Industry cluster on March 27 in Ansan, Kyeonggi Province. The representatives of the Parliament of Mongolia were Baatarbileg Yondonperenlei, the head of Mongolia's social policy, education, culture, and science committees; Tumurbaatar Yadmaa, president of the National University of Mongolia; and six other delegates. They visited the school's cluster education centers, such as the Knowledge Factory, Knowledge Studio, and Smart Manufacturing Learning Center on ERICA Campus. In addition, they toured the Korea Institute of Production Technology, which is housed within the ERICA campus. “We are grateful to promote ERICA’s innovative educational model based on Academy-Research-Industry cluster to Mongolia, following China,” said Kim Woo-seung, vice president of ERICA campus. He also added, “We will actively carry out educational research and cultural exchanges with Mongolia's universities and national institutions.” ▲ Representatives of Mongolia's parliament who visited the ERICA campus on March 27th to benchmark the industry-academic cooperation and officials from Hanyang University are taking a commeorative photo. ▲ National Assemblyman Baatarbileg Yondonperenlei (second from left), Congressman Terbishdagva Dendev (third from left), and Mongolian National University vice president (third from right) are examining the 3D Printing Training Field in the ERICA Knowledge Factory. ▲ Mongolian delegates are touring the ERICA Smart Manufacturing Learning Center. ▲ A group of Mongolian delegates is taking a commemorative photo before the ERICA Academy-Research-Industry cluster Support Center tour.

2018-04 02

[Academics][Researcher of the Month] Controlling Hydrogen in a Chemical

During the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Hyundai allowed free trial rides of NEXO, their new fuel cell vehicle, to twenty thousand people, deriving huge attention and public interest on the new innovation of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. A total of 733 vehicles were reserved on the 19th of March which was the first day of sale by pre-order. This attention to fuel cell vehicles has also increased the interest in the methods the consumers can receive their fuel: hydrogen. Professor Suh Young-woong (Department of Chemical Engineering) introduced a novel method of the transfer of hydrogen through his research, "2- (N-Methylbenzyl) pyridine: A Potential Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier with Fast H2 Release and Stable Activity in Consecutive Cycles." Suh's research paper was published in the ChemSusChem journal. Hydrogen is the main fuel cars like NEXO require in order to run. However, researchers face an immense difficulty when working with this sensitive gas. Hydrogen is great when powering the car itself. However, the transport of this gas requires much pressure and delicacy. For example, if hydrogen is made in Ulsan, it needs to be transported to major cities such as Seoul, since people will need to charge their cars. In order to transport this hydrogen, the gas needs to be pressured under 700 bars (the unit of measuring pressure), with specially produced tanks. This presents the danger of enormous explosion as well as economic problems. Collaborating with three other universities to alleviate these current concerns, Suh helped introduce a new chemical substance that can store and release hydrogen safely. This new chemical material allows hydrogen to inflow and release within itself at a certain temperature. This results in a massive improvement over the current status as it can transport much more hydrogen in a single tank, with much more safety. Moreover, they can release hydrogen from the chemical at 230 degrees Celsius, while the present technology requires a temperature of 270 degrees Celsius. This chemical material can even be reused up to a hundred times, which even makes it more efficient. The image of the new chemical structure The two arrows are showing the inflow and the release of Hydrogen. (Photo courtesy of Suh) This research took each of the three teams one and a half years to finish. They had to go through endless trial and error procedures with seven different chemicals. “There wasn't any preliminary research we could have referenced. Some chemicals didn't work, and some chemicals would work but released hydrogen at the same 270 degrees Celsius,” reminisced Suh. As a result of their efforts, Suh was able to find a method that could inpour and discharge hydrogen from the chemical. This chemical is not yet fully developed in its validity. However, this is the closet chemical that is on the verge of commercialization. "Communicate with a lot of people and practice reading and writing!" Suh is currently researching not only the storage of hydrogen, but the creation of hydrogen itself. His research team is working on producing hydrogen from biomass, which is organic matter whose residual energy can be harvested to produce consumable energy. He is trying his best to develop technology related to hydrogen, an alternative fuel the whole world is anticipating. “As a professor, I want to produce a lot of outstanding researchers to conduct better research in society,” said Suh. “And to all Hanyangians, I wish for each and every one of you to find your own unique path and to fully dedicated yourself to it!” On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-03 26

[Academics]The Beauty of Dynamic Tensions

A. S. Byatt is the famous British writer known in Korea for winning the Park Kyong-ni Prize last year. Peter Mathews (English Language & Literature), who has been interested in her work for more than 15 years, recently wrote an analytical article "Dynamic tensions in A. S. Byatt’s 'A Lamia in the Cevennese'" which focuses on the pattern she often uses. “I came to Hanyang 8 years ago to balance my research and teaching,” smiled Mathews. "A Lamia in the Cevennese" (1998) is part of a short story collection named Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice (1998). In this collection, A. S. Byatt challenges the traditionally associated negativity in "cold philosophy" or "intellect." Therefore, she creates dynamic tensions between logic and emotion, reality and myth, and so on. In many works of literature and art, passion is often referred to as the birthplace of art and motivation, while logic and intellectuality are perceived as things that deter such beauty. Byatt writes against the conventional assumptions and expectations of the readers. Specifically, in the story "A Lamia in the Cevennese" (1998), the main character, an artist named Bernard Lyccet-Kean, moves to southern France to find a lamia in his pool. Lamia here refers to a mythical creature that is half women and half snake. She tries to seduce Bernard when he shows no interest in romance but in art. In this way, Byatt associates Bernard with both "cold" and "hot," creating the dynamic tension. She uses various measures to bring such tension throughout the story. For instance, Byatt creates tension between myth and reality by portraying lamia, a mythical creature, threatening to but eventually failing to enter Bernard’s reality. Such tension persists throughout the collection. "I think of writing simply in terms of pleasure. It's the most important thing in my life, making things. Much as I love my husband and my children, I love them only because I am the person who makes these things." From the interview with The Guardians, A. S. Byatt. (Photo courtesy of British Council) Mathews aimed to “try and find a key and pattern in understanding her work.” He used Byatt’s other works at the beginning of the Elementals to build a structure that applies to the story about the lamia and Bernard, which is in the latter part of his essay. Taking the relatively short time of only four weeks to write, as he was on his sabbatical last year, he had to read all of the articles that were written on A. S. Byatt and re-read some of her writings to put this essay together. “When you are working in this field, you draw a lot from what you read along the way,” mentioned Mathews. The piles of books that filled his library-like office silently supported his statement. Mathews was inspired to become a professor in English Literature in a class that he took in his second year of university. “That was the first time I was inspired to study something in depth. From there, I followed my inclinations,” smiled the professor. Now, he is getting a step closer to his teenage dream of becoming a writer. “I just finished a story, my first serious adult story, as of this morning,” said Mathews. The title is 'Patrick White Square' , and it imagines a world where his home country of Australia is a world power, such that all British kids have to read Patrick White (a renowned Australian writer), like how in reality Australian kids currently have to read British novels. With his academic interest in literary theory, Mathews plans to keep on writing articles and essays in the field. Art collections, endless shelves of books, and guitars in his office seem to tell a lot about who Peter Mathews is: a delightful and dedicated scholar. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-03 26

[General]A Hand for International Exchange Students

A new school, a new country, and a new environment are things that could definitely make an individual anxious. As international exchange students arrive and face these situations, Hanyang University (HYU) lends them a big hand. For those international students Hanyang University (HYU) Office of International Affairs newly organized a student group called ‘Hanyang Global Lions’ that consists of existing students of Hanyang Univeristy. Even though this is their first try, their passion is being delivered to this semester’s international students. Not just lions, but global The 25 members of the Hanyang Global Lions are trying their best to help exchange students from around the world feel comfortable in their new Hanyangian environment. Lim Chan-ho (Mechanical Engineering, 4th year), President of the Hanyang Global Lions, explained,“Hanyang Global Lions are the representative student group belong to Office of International Affairs.” As most of exchange students are very new to Korea and begin their semester at HYU without enough knowledge, ‘Hanyang Global Lions’ manages various programs and events for them to feel get to know more about Korea during their stay in Korea here. "I wanted to help exchange students to feel that they belong to HYU while they are staying here during their the semester." ‘Hanyang Global Lions’ is a newly organized student group covering existing volunteer group ‘Hanmile’, which was a buddy-matching program. Now Hanmile has changed its name to HY-BUDDY program and it aimed to help exchange students to begin their semester with friends. Not only matching exchange students with buddies, ‘Hanyang Global Lions’ manages various events and planning many others. February – International students’ orientation. Hanyang campus tour March – A welcoming party in Seong-su, Seoul tour in six different areas April – Rice cake making experience. Watching a baseball game. Field trip to Gyeong-ju May – Running a booth in the school festival June – Farewell party To make unforgettable memories Even though it’s the Hanyang Global Lions's first year, they are running and planning successful events. First of all, the regular HY-Buddy program allows international students to have a Korean friend they can directly talk to. This allows international students to make Korean friends, along with receiving help in adapting to a new environment. Manuel Kubach (Business Administration, 3rd year), a buddy of Lim’s, also showed satisfaction in what he was able to experience in Korea. “My buddy is doing a great job and is helping me anytime I need him. We are not only meeting up at official buddy events but also personally. I once went to a Korean barbeque with him which was a good opportunity to make other Korean friends,” said Kubach. They successfully held a welcoming party with around 160 guests and are proceeding with other events. “Except for one region, all 5 regions of the Seoul tour application are already full. Our members and I are boosted through this level of participation,” explained Lim. The Hanyang Global Lions are already contacting baseball clubs and accommodations in Gyeong-ju to provide them with a safe trip that will leave the international students with lasting memories. “The executives had eight to nine hours of meetings during the vacation to make great events, and I want to give extra thanks to them,” said Lim. A photo of international students at the welcoming party (photo courtesy of Lim) The Hanyang Global Lions are now searching for more enthusiastic students willing to help out friends from other countries. The second recruitment is going to take place in May, after advertising throughout April. The second team of Hanyang Global Lions will start their work for next semester in June. A lot of international exchange students are waiting for their help! On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2018-03 26

[Event]China's Education Minister Receives Honorary Doctorate in Economics at Hanyang University

China's education minister, Chen Baosheng, received an honorary economics doctorate from Hanyang University on March 26th. Hanyang granted a degree to Minister Chen in recognition of his contributions to active educational exchanges between Korea and China. Kim Jong-ryang, president of Hanyang Foundation and President Lee Young-moo attended the ceremony, which was held on the Seoul campus. After the conferment ceremony, Chen delivered a special lecture to the students on the topic of "Writing a New History of Korea-China Educational Exchanges." China's education minister, Chen Baosheng (right), is taking a commemorative photo with Hanyang University President Lee Young-moo (left), after receiving an honorary doctorate degree in economics. Chinese education minister Chen Baosheng is delivering a special lecture to students of Hanyang University. Chinese education minister Chen Baosheng is delivering a special lecture to students of Hanyang University.

2018-03 26

[Academics]Constructing an Image of a Region

Everyone has a certain image of a location, whether they received this image directly or passively. In the study of tourism, this image is also a field that needs to be studied in order to understand the behavior of tourists. Professor Kim Nam-jo (Division of Tourism), showed this relativeness through his article "Destination Personality, Destination Image, and Intent to Recommend: The Role of Gender, Age, Cultural Background, and Prior Experiences." Kim developed the research with his student, Kim Woo-hyuk. “This research started with the popularity of ‘Gangnam Style,’ when the location Gangnam caught the world’s attention,” Kim started off. "Gangnam Style," a popular song by Korean artist Psy, was a big hit, ranking second on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Along with the popularity of the song, the interest towards this particular location named Gangnam also drew interest from foreign tourists. Therefore, Kim and his student, Kim Woo-hyuk, started research on the interpretation and the image of this particular area. Kim's research attempted to comprehend the characteristics of this area and the image tourists have of it. “There are two types of images tourists receive,” explained Kim. An organic image is an image a particular individual receives without intention. For example, people living in or around Seoul are mostly familiar with Gangnam through their everyday experiences such as interactions with the news, transportation, or the people around them. This allows a natural formation of an image of Gangnam. In contrast, an induced image is made through the opposite manner. It is created when an individual intentionally seeks out information about a particular region. “When these two images combine, the image of the region Gangnam could be strengthened and lead to the creation of a destination personality. This destination personality can lead to an actual effect of visiting the region,” said Kim. As tourism is not a study that has direct cause-and-effect relationships, they had to spend additional time and effort verifying the existing logical structure. They re-examined and demonstrated the structure based on standards such as the destination personality, image, and intention of the tourists. Moreover, they connected their proven logical structure to satisfaction and loyalty, to search for a point to emphasize when promoting Gangnam. This type of research required actual responses from tourists, which were collected though surveys and in-person interviews. Kim had surveyed 20 questions and interviewed around 320 people. Kim enjoys his busy, everyday life. Through this research, Kim was able to prove the logical structure they had initially started with, through the example of Gangnam, known to foreigners through the song "Gangnam Style." Currently, Kim is conducting research on Gyeong-ju. Due to the recent earthquake that occurred, Kim is studying the changes in the area's image after the incident. “It’s only a small region of Gyeong-ju that was damaged from the earthquake. However, the overall image of Gyeong-ju has become negative,” explained Kim. Seen through this example, Kim is working on a strategy that could be made to solve this kind of prejudice. Kim is not only conducting research, but he is also actively working as the President of the Tourism Sciences Society of Korea. He is enjoying every project he is involved in, and is planning on continuing to do so. “A lot of students aren’t sure of their passion or their future career in our school. Even though you aren't sure, there is definitely something inside you that makes your heart pound. I hope every Hanyangian can find and specify their dreams and bring them out to the bigger world. Widen the prospects of your thinking skills!” On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myeong

2018-03 25

[General]Welcoming the Warmth

The month of March was quite a spectacle. The weather caused massive hysteria, with sunlight shining one day and snow falling the next. We all experienced confusion while preparing our wardrobe for the following day. Korea is known as a country of four distinct seasons, but an amusing post that cynically noted that all four seasons were packed into the month of March captured the empathy of many people on social media. Despite the side effects of global warming, which make summer hotter and winter colder, we have maintained our four seasons. Among these seasons, the Korean spring has peculiar attributes worth keeping in mind. Morning frosts often occur during periods of cold spells in spring. (Photo courtesy of Koreadaily) One traditional attribute of Korean spring is a phenomenon known as "the jealousy of the bloom." Roughly translated as the "last cold snap," it refers to a period of extreme cold prior to the full transition to spring. This phenomenon was named by Korean ancestors, who believed that the chill was caused by the gusts of winter, which envied the blooming flowers of the coming season. Indeed, a large proportion of the flowers end up freezing to death in this period, with the surviving flowers serving as a metaphor for persistence in many inspirational quotes. The scientific explanation for this phenomenon is the temporary strengthening of the Siberian Air Mass, which is responsible for the cold, arid winter in Korea. Spring approaches as the Siberian Air Mass moves out of the peninsula, and the sudden cold spell occurs when the air mass temporarily regains strength during the transition. The cold lasts an average of 7 to 9 days in total, and is widely experienced between March and May. According to records, the level of yellow dust gets worse every year. (Photo courtesy of Chosun) Another phenomenon experienced in the spring of Korea is the yellow dust. During this period, the air is tainted with dust and sand particles, literally leaving yellow traces on the surface of everything it passes. Records of this phenomenon can be dated back as far as 379 BC. Since it also affects China and Japan, it gained the international name of Asian dust. The conditions of yellow dust are quite simple; all it takes is light sand-dust particles and strong winds to carry it. Traditionally, the dust has originated in either the Gobi Desert or the Taklimakan Desert. However, the rapid desertification of the meadows in Mongolia have brought about a gust of sand much more significant in density, and thus, damage. Yellow dust has a great impact on the country including all facets of society. The most obvious influence is regarding health and sanitation, as yellow dust damages the respiratory health of all citizens in a silent manner. Furthermore, the state of the atmosphere that follows this phenomenon interferes with the functioning of a wide array of manufacturing businesses and even the airline industry. With the damage of yellow dust expected to gradually increase, the issue of desertification in China is becoming a heated issue. Finally, there is the issue of ultrafine dust in the atmosphere. Although not exclusive to spring, the approach of the warm weather sheds new light on this phenomenon. The conditions of ultrafine dust fluctuate year-round in Korea, just as in other countries. However, as the season of spring sees an especially high level of outdoor activities, people must be attentive to ultrafine dust levels prior to going outside. In the worst cases, lung cancer can be caused as the ultrafine dust induces inflammatory disorders in various parts of the body. Side by side with yellow dust, spring could possibly be the most hazardous season of the year. Wearing high-performance masks and avoiding outdoor activities during these conditions is strongly advised. Cherry blossoms are a celebrated symbol of spring in Korea. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia) Despite the frequent health risks of the cold, dust, and atmospheric conditions, Korean springs are nevertheless worth the wait. People are already crowding around various parks by the Han River, eager to enjoy the warmth and sunlight. A distinctive attraction of Korea is the food delivery service in the parks of the Han River, where menus such as fried chicken, pizza, and Chinese-styled noodles are available by delivery order. Korean ramen is also a widely loved dish enjoyed by the visitors. Another long awaited tradition is the blooming of cherry blossoms, their short life span adding value to their beauty. Various festivals and events quickly take place to celebrate the bloom, rushed before the spring showers take them down. As long as proper health precautions are taken, do indulge in the festivities of Korean spring. Lee Chang-Hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-03 21

[Notice]'WELCOMING PARTY' for International Students at College of Engineering

HISA, HYCE International Student Ambassador, holds a 'Welcoming Party-HISA Info Night' for Engineering International Students on Friday, March 26th at 6 p.m. at Engineering Building2 FAB LAB. This event will host a variety of programs including orientation, HISA Supporters introduction, games and food, to share HISA with international students and to promote friendship among them. For more information about the event, contact HISA Supporters at 010-9467-5215.