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2020-10 14

[Faculty]Professor Park Jeong-won attends the International Video Conference to mark the 30th anniversary of Korea-Russia Cultural and Arts Exchange

Hanyang University's College of Music president Park Jung-won attended the 30th anniversary of the Korea-Russia cultural and arts exchange at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul on the 8th, which was hosted by the Korea-Russia Culture and Arts Association (Chairman Lee Sang-kyun) and the Gorchakov Public Diplomatic Support Foundation (Chairman Leonid Drachetsky). This international conference, which was held under the theme of ‘30 Years of Cultural and Arts Exchange between Korea and Russia and Future Challenges’, was conducted online due to COVID-19. Including Professor Park, cultural and arts experts from the two countries, including Kim Dong-ho, former executive chairman of the Busan International Film Festival, Sitora Alieva, the executive chairman of the Kinotavre International Film Festival, Alexey Shalasov, the head of the Moscow Academy's National Philharmonic Orchestra, Kang Soo-jin, the artistic director of the National Ballet, and Vladimir We, the president of the Bolshoi Theater, reflected on the past 30 years of Korea and explored desirable future cooperation. Meanwhile, the Korea-Russia Culture and Arts Association, established in 2013, is engaged in activities such as publishing a series of art exchange events between the two countries, inviting Russian cultural figures, and holding international conferences. Global News Team Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-09 07

[Faculty]Professor Kim Yeon-kyu Presents at the 3rd Energy Forum 2020..."Performance and Challenges of the New Southern Energy Resources Business"

Professor Kim Yeon-kyu, from the Division of International Studies of Hanyang University, presented on "Performance and Challenges of the New Southern Energy Resources Business" at the 3rd Energy Forum 2020 which was held on August 28. The Energy Economy Newspaper, supported by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, will hold the 3rd Energy Forum 2020 in the Grand Ballroom of the Seoul Samjeong Hotel on the 28th together with Institute of Energy Economics. The theme of the forum this year is "Business Response Strategies for New Southern and Northeast Asia Energy Resources." The theme for 2019 forum was "A strategy to respond to the Energy Industry in the AI revolution." According to the August 27 Energy Economy, countries from all over the world are taking the initiative to overcome the global economic slump of the post-corona era. In particular, governments and industries are making effort to reconstruct the global supply network and capture ovrseas energy resource makets. Under these circumstances, this year's forum will bring together well known figures to gather relevant knowledge. The current state of energy resource cooperation in New South and Northeast Asia will be examined and will seek successful overseas business strategies in the era of energy conversion. The forum will consist of 4 sessions in total. Professor Kim will present on "Performance and Challenges of the New Southern Energy Resources Business" in the 2nd session. After Professor Kim's presentation, Hwang Jin-taek, a professor at Jeju National University, Lee Jung-ho, head of the Overseas Business Development Division 1 of Korea Electric Power Cooperation, Lee Yong-ho, head of the Overseas Investment Business Development Team of the Korea Gas Corporation's Overseas Business Headquarters, and Kim Bum-joong, leader of Energy Sector, EY Hanyoung Accounting Corporation, will hold a debate. Meanwhile, Professor Kim has worked as a invited researcher at the Hudson Institute, an invited professor at Butler University, and an invited professor at St. Mary's University, and is currently serving as a professor at Hanyang University as well as a director of the Energy Governance Center, a member of the Energy Development Committee of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, and the editorial chairman of the KJIS of the Korean International Political Society. He was awarded the Minister of Education Award in 2018. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Hee-jin

2020-09 03

[Faculty]Professor Park Jin-sung wins the "Most Cited Paper Award" at the 20th International Meeting on Information Display (IMID)

Professor Park Jin-sung from the Division of Materal Science and Engineering at Hanyang University won the "Most Cited Paper Award" at the 20th International Meeting on Information Display (IMID). The 20th International Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2020), which was organized by the Korean Information Display Society (KIDS), the Society for Information Display (SID), and the Korea Display Industry Association (KDIA), will be held online from the 25th to the 28th. This event will bring 1,500 industry, academic and research experts together from 15 countries around the world to share the latest research trends. To ensure the safety of the participants, this event will be carried out online to prevent the spread of infection in this pandemic. A total of 520 outstanding papers, including 70 papers from Samsung Display will be published. Participants will be able to watch all the pre-recorded videos of the program from the 25th, the first day of the conference. Ideas for technology development strategies and commercialization plans will be shared through question and answer comments for earch presentation. In addtion, a special session of world-renowned scholars as well as four lectures will be held, which will be attended by 110 invited speakers from Korea and overseas. For the development of display, a place for young displayers will be provided to present innovative presentations to train young scientists. "Merck Science Connect" (online panel discussion) will be held with Merck, a sponsor of IMID 2020. On the other hand, the IMID 2020 award ceremony was held at International Education Center in Ewha Womans University on the 10th prior to IMID 2020 online conference. Professor Park was recognized for his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of display technology at the 2014 International Meeting on Information Display and won the 11th "Young Scientist Award for Merck." Global News Team Translation by: Lee Hee-jin

2020-09 03

[Faculty]Professor Song Chang-myeon, Awarded with 'Basic Medical Research Award' by the Korean Thyroid Association

Hanyang University Department of Otolaryngology professor Song Chang-myeon has been awarded the 'Basic Medical Research Award.' The award was given on August 22nd at the Daegu Hotel Interburgo Exco Grand Ball Room in the Fall Conference of basic thyroidology held by the Korean Thyroid Association. The award was given to young researchers to support the research in basic thyroidology. Professor Song Chang-myeon The title of the paper that Professor Song was awarded is 'Association of DNA Repair Gene Polymorphism and Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma.' The research aims to discover genes that cause thyroid cancer, especially focused on gene aberration of the genes that recover DNA after they have been damaged by radiation exposure and carcinogens. Professor Song mentioned that "the research has been conducted for the basic studies on prevention and cause of thyroid cancer, the illness that is increasing to occur within the country these days," and added that "[he is] planning to continue the research on the various causes of thyroid cancer, to help the prevention, diagnoses, and treatment of the illness." Professor Song graduated from the Medical School of Seoul National University, receiving a master's and doctor's degree from the same university. He started diagnosing at Hanyang University Hospital starting from 2012, with a focus on thyroid cancer, head and neck cancer, and voice disorders. Song is actively participating in the Korean Thyroid Association, The Korean Society for Head & Neck Oncology, Korean Society of Head and Neck Surgery, and Korean Society Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and have been awarded the best academic award from the Academy of Asia-Pacific Thyroidology in 2017. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-08 31

[Faculty]Kim Young-san, a Professor from the Division of Economics and Finance, Presents "Proposal and Challenges for Normalization of Electricity Charges"

On August 24, Professor Kim Young-san, from the Division of Economics and Finance of Hanyang University, participated in the "Proposal and Challeges for Normalization of Electricity Charges" debate hosted by the Energy Conversion Forum at the Korea Press Center. Currently, academic circles, civic groups, and industry officials have been discussing the reorganization of KEPCO's electricity rate system. Professor Kim Young-san, who was the presenter of the day, introduced △the role of the retail sales department △the cost structure and design principles of electricity rates △the current method and process of determining electricity rates such as: Korea Electric Power Co., the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance △and the cost recovery rate of 98% on average, 100% monopoly. Together he introduced the problems and limitations of the current electricity rate system and its operation. Professor Kim evaluated the current electricity rate system by saying, "it is too rigid to reflect changes in costs in a timely manner." He added, "This limits consumers' choice, and the development of various products are also low." In addition, he suggested that the problems of the existing system should be solved by △introducing a fuel cost linkage system that automatically reflects fluctuations in anthracite, natural gas, and oil prices in electricity rates periodically and by △including emission rights costs as fuel costs in the fuel cost linkage system. As an explanation, he mentioned that KEPCO's environmental cost reflection plan should include emission rights in fuel costs, but the RPS (new renewable energy supply obligation system) and the FIT (power generation difference support system) should be separated as independent accounting instead of the KEPCO's electricity purchase cost. Professor Kim also pointed out, "Electricity is more likely to differ in terms of characteristics and technology than before, but it does not differ because of institutional and economic reasons" and introduced "examples of innovation and Opening in the EU, Japan's Retail Sector." On this day, academia, civic groups, and industry officials, including Kim Young-san, a professor at Hanyang University's Graduate School of Economics, Yoon Soon-jin, a professor at Seoul National University's Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Lee Yoo-soo, a senior researcher at the Korea Institute of Energy Economics, Seok Kwang-hoon, an expert at GreenKorea, Kim Sun-kyo, an associate researcher at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation, Lee Si-young, a professor at Korea University of Industrial Technology, Park Won-ju, the secretary general of the private development association, Lee Suh-hye, the E-consumer research director were all participants in this Energy Conversion Forum. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Hee-jin

2020-08 27

[Faculty]Professor Jung Jae-chan Delivered Lecture at JTBC 'Class with Difference'

On August 18th, Jung Jae-chan, a Hanyang University Professor in the Department of Korean Language Education revisioned the life of poets Lee Yook-sa and Yoon Dong-ju, at a JTBC Program 'Class with Difference' for the National Liberation day. During the dark ages of the Japanese colonial era of the 1990s, the two poets served as the representatives of the emotions and voices of Koreans, protesting against Japan. While their names have been recalled many times through numerous musicals and movies, their lives itself were not fully dealt with. From this lecture, Professor Jung closely compared their lives and told their true stories. ▲ Professor Jung Jae-chan lecturing at 'Class with Difference' (Contributed by: JTBC) The recording of 'Class with Difference,' which has been operated recently, began with the stage of a rapper BewhY, who entered the stage by calling out "Korea ura." Last year, BewhY received big applause by presenting 'My Land,' a song that has been created to celebrate the 100th year of the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government. Professor Jung entered the stage after BewhY, mentioning that he will present "both the poem and life of the poets." As the lecture began, Professor Jung started with the story of poet Yoon Dong-ju, saying that "the poet also had to change his name due to the command of the Japanese government, during the year 1940." After, he introduced the poem 'Confession,' which the poet wrote five days before he changed his name. Professor Jung's interpretation of the poem moved the hearts of the students. Meanwhile, he also presented the life of Lee Yook-sa, who showed an opposite stance with the poet Yoon Dong-ju. The poem 'Climax' that he wrote during the dark ages where Koreans had to live with fear in their lives, showed the climax of toughness. The meaning of 'rainbows made out of steel,' which Professor Jung interpreted brought the standing ovation of the students. Professor Jung started his life as a teacher by teaching at a high school, where he taught students for 10 years. In 2008, he became a professor at Hanyang University's Department of Korean Language Education. Some of his books are Ideology and Theory of a Modern Poetry, For the Sociology in Literature Education, Pheonomenon and Recognition of Literature Education. One of his books called 'To Those that Have Forgotten Poetry', which he wrote after having his general lecture 'Reading the Poetry with Cultural Blending' as its basis, had been selected as the book of the year at Wanju-gun in 2019. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-08 10

[Faculty]“What Will Happen to Korea’s Festivals After COVID-19?” Professor Lee Hoon Attends an Online Debate Hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports

Hanyang University Division of Tourism Professor Lee Hoon participated in an online debate “COVID-19, where should Korea’s festivals go?” which was hosted on August 6 at 3 p.m. by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Korea Tourism Organization, the Tourism Sciences Society of Korea, and the Hanyang University Tourism Research Institute. The online debate was broadcasted live by the Youtube channel Korea Tourism Organization TV Channel. In the middle of the crisis when most festivals were canceled due to COVID-19 and the difficulties local economies and related organizations faced, this debate session evaluated the critical situations of festivals and discussed diverse response methods that fit the changing environment with new on-the-ground methods such as non-face-to-face festivals and festivals in daily lives. In the first session, the assistant director Kim Duk-jin from the Korea Insight Institute gave a presentation on the topic of the current state of festivals and the changed views through the perspective of big data, and Professor Kim Hyung-gon from Sejong University presented regarding the crisis of domestic and international festivals and the trend analysis. Moreover, General Manager Kang Young-kyu from the Chuncheon International Mime Festival and Secretary-general Lee Yong-yeol from the Boryeong Festival Tourism Foundation shared detailed examples of the new attempts they're making for the Chuncheon International Mime Festival and the Boryeong Mud Festival amid the COVID-19. Professor Lee Hoon presented during the second session and led a discussion on the strategies of festivals after COVID-19, and plans were discussed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports director of tourism policy Choi Bo-geun, Gachon University Professor Lee In-jae, Hangang Summer Festival general manager Yoon Sung-jin, Chuncheon International Mime Festival general manager Kang Young-kyu, and Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology researcher Hwang Hee-jung. Anyone who wished to join could watch the live online debate sessions, allowing viewers to ask questions in real-time, and 100 participants received coffee gift certificates. The manager of the Ministry of Culture and Sports said that “although the festival industry is facing a crisis due to COVID-19, I hope the festival grounds and institutes can together find diverse response methods according to the changing situation.” Global News Team Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-08 05

[Faculty]Professor Chung Seok-gyoon Participating as a Debater in a Book Concert for <Culture Fusion, the Power that Changes the World!>

Hanyang University Professor Chung Suk-gyoon of the Department of Policy Studies will be one of the debaters in a book concert celebrating the publication of Culture Fusion, the Power that Changes the World! The concert will be held by the Korea Economy Culture Institute on September 10, at the Bit and Sori Art Hall located in Seocho-gu, Seoul. The author of the book, the President of the Korea Economy Culture Institute, mentioned that "a nation without culture is bound to be doomed," and that "culture is the future, and the culture industry will lead the future of our country." He also added that "the synergy that is created when culture is integrated with the economy and society will be immeasurable. We invite those that will walk together along the path of building up cultural power." At the book concert, which will be held for 30 minutes, Professor Chung and President Tak Gye-seok of the Federation of Artistic & Cultural Organization of Korea will participate as the debaters. The music concert, which will be held right after the book concert will be led by Professor Lim Chang-bae, the gold medalist of the World Choir Games. Soprano Oh Eun-kyung, Tenor Kim Dong-won, Saxophonist Son Jin, Music Story writer Lim Chang-bae, and Pianist Lee Yung-eun are expected to lead the banquet. Professor Jung passed the 30th Civil Service Examination and has held positions such as the vice leader of the OECD Information Economy Subcommittee, President of the national brand business/IT, an executive officer of industry policy of Cheongwadae, and Hanyang University President of the Graduate School of Public Policy. In 2017, Professor Jung was awarded the 2017 Korea Economy Culture Award in the field of economics. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-08 05

[Faculty]Lee Ryee-hyung Emeritus Professor, Selected as a new Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Lee Ryee-hyung Emeritus Professor was selected as a new member of the National Academy of Sciences on June 29. There are 6 new members including Professor Lee from the architectural engineering field, such as Emeritus Professor Shin Myung-soon of Yonsei University for political science, Park Sung-hue Emeritus Professor of pathology from Seoul National University, Kim Yung-shik Emeritus Professor of history and science history from Seoul National University, Lim Jung-bin Honorary Chair Professor of molecular biology from Soon Chun Hyang University, and Lee Myung-shik Professor of medical science from Yonsei University. The members of the academy are selected through the process of accepting multiple recommendations for renowned candidates from academic societies in each field, going through the evaluation process, and finally approving them at a general meeting. The members are awarded lifetime membership according to the Regulations of the National Academy of Sciences, and receive national support related to their research activities. The quota is 75 for liberal arts and social sciences together and 75 for natural sciences. The membership ceremony will be held on August 7 at 2 p.m. in the conference room of the academy located in Seocho-gu. Professor Lee graduated Hanyang University's Department of Architectural Engineering in 1964 and was employed as a professor of the university in 1977. Professor Lee taught students for 30 years and has served as the vice president of the research development area and the vice president of the Seoul campus. In 2005, Professor Lee held the chairman position of the National Conference of University Vice Presidents. Starting from being in charge of the structural design of 63 building, Professor Lee also served as a policy consultant for the Ministry of Science and Technology and a policy consultant of the Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea, while holding the position of the 4th President of Chungwoon University. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Won-young

2020-07 23

[Faculty]Hanyang University Professor Kim Bong-young Selected as Goodwill Ambassador for The Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Professor Kim Bong-young Hanyang University Hospital division of infectious diseases Professor Kim Bong-young was recently selected for the 2020 International Ambassador Program of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. He was recognized for his expertise and research regarding management activities of antibiotic usage inside hospitals (antibiotics stewardship program) and is the third national division of infectious diseases doctor to be selected. The Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America is an academy with the highest authority worldwide in the medical infection-related field, which has selected about 10 medical related infection experts as international goodwill ambassadors every year starting in 2009. The international goodwill ambassador is a title given to a nation’s representative infection management expert by a comprehensive evaluation including research paper records, research achievements, and future activity plans. It is a program that forms a worldwide researcher network and supports mutual exchange. This award ceremony was planned to be held from May 26 to 30 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA at Decennial 2020, but it was canceled due to the impact of COVID-19. Professor Kim said that “although the national interest in antibiotic stewardship program is increasing due to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the legislative support of local society and the government in dealing with the problem is only minimal compared to that of other developed countries.” He also revealed his strong ambition that “through this opportunity, I will cooperate with world-class experts and bring up the level of antibiotics stewardship programs inside hospitals at national medical institutions and the establishment of infection response related systems to a world-level.” After graduating from Hanyang University College of Medicine and receiving a doctoral degree in the Graduate School of Medicine, Professor Kim has actively been making good results in his academic field such as winning the Korean Society of Infectious Diseases Academic Research Fund Award, the Korean Society of Infectious Diseases·Journal of the Korean Society for Antibacterial Medicine 『Infection & Chemotherapy』 excellent reviewer award, 2019 Korean Society for Antibacterial Medicine· Korean Society of Infectious Diseases excellent lecture award. Global News Team Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-07 08

[Faculty]Lee Hyun-kyu, Professor of Hanyang University, Receives an Academic Award from the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology

Professor Lee Hyun-kyu Lee Hyun-kyu, a professor of Hanyang University's Department of Food & Nutrition, received an academic award from the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology General Assembly which was held for four days from July 1 at the Kim Dae-jung Convention Center, Seou-gu, Gwangju. Professor Lee is conducting convergence research on food processing and functionality that increases the internal resorption rate of functional substances through capsule processing. Regarding this, he has published a total of 211 research papers (159 papers at the SCI level and 52 papers in national expert journals), applied for 39 patents, and written 4 books. Professor Lee was recognized for these achievements and received the Best Academic Award at the General Assembly. The Korean Society of Food Science and Technology was established in 1969 for the development of food science-related academics and industry and is an academic group that sits at the top of the list in terms of academic activities and the number of members among 300 academies registered with the National Research Foundation of Korea. Global News Team Translation by: Park Gyeong-min

2020-06 09

[Faculty]Professor Yeh Sang-wook, Awarded for Climate Change Research

Professor Yeh Sang-wook, from the Department of Marine Sciences and Convergent Technology at the ERICA campus, awarded for 'Researcher of the Month' by Ministry of Science and ICT. The Ministry of Science and ICT and its Research Foundation stated that Professor Yeh received this award for identifying the cause behind the increase in tropical precipitation in the Pacific region due to the increase in carbon dioxide, and for providing the basis for the increase in meteorological and climate change. ▲ Professor Yeh Sang-wook (Source: Ministry of Science and ICT) Professor Yeh is a natural scientist who has been suggesting ways to solve future problems in regards to the climate by finding out the cause behind climate change and extensively studying meteorological changes, climate change, and how fine dust can affect the climate. He said that as the increase in carbon dioxide has had a great impact on global climate change, many researchers have been trying to figure out the impact of human activity on the global climate. Tropical precipitation is one of the topics that has long been studied in the field of earth science because it acts as an energy source for global air circulation. Professor Yeh suggested a new approach to the precipitation structure in tropical regions by predicting future climates in an atmosphere where the concentration of carbon dioxide has more than doubled since the period before the Industrial Revolution, through climate model experiments. The analysis showed that the precipitation levels in the western Pacific region had increased in all experiments with increased carbon dioxide concentration levels. Additionally, it has been identified that the Walker Circulation and the Hadley Circulation, which are the region’s major atmospheric circulations, are regulators that determine precipitation increase. He also presented to the climatological community that structural differences in atmospheric circulation must be considered to grasp the detailed changes of tropical climates during global warming, and published related findings from his research in the March 2019 issue of Nature Communications. Professor Yeh said, “This study is meaningful because it suggests that the Walker Circulation and the Hadley Circulation in the tropical region play the role of regulators in determining the detailed changes in the precipitation structure of the region due to the increase in regional carbon dioxide levels. We hope that this study will help us predict future changes in water circulation and abnormal meteorological/climate changes around the world.” Meanwhile, the Science and Technology Personnel of the Month Award was established to discover and reward those who have contributed to the development of science and technology in the way of excellent research findings, to boost scientists’ morale and to spread the scientific and technological mindset to the general public. The recipients of the award receive the Minister Award from the Ministry of Science and ICT and 10 million won in prize money. Visit [Hanyang Wiki] for more information:이달의_과학기술인상 ,예상욱 ** The following is the full interview released by the Ministry of Science and ICT in a press release. Released in 2006, the documentary The Inconvenient Truth was enough to raise mankind’s awareness of global warming. Fourteen years after 2006, in the year 2020, the industries of the future promise a richer future for mankind with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but the uncomfortable truth facing the global environment has not yet been resolved. Professor Yeh Sang-wook from Hanyang University stresses that “having an interest in environmental changes is the most important thing that one can and should do." He is a natural scientist who observes the earth’s mysterious natural environments and explores the characteristics of various meteorological/climate variabilities and the causes behind such phenomena. His research, which started with an investigation into the El Niño effect, has expanded to establish the correlation between the heatwave, which is South Korea’s unusual weather condition during the summer, oceanic variabilities which occur every 10 years or more, and also the correlation between fine dust and atmospheric circulation. Climate change is a global phenomenon and the most international field of research because it requires a comprehensive understanding of the global environmental system in which the oceans and the atmosphere interact and have an influence on each other. We met Professor Yeh Sang-wook, who works under the motto, “The most effective prescription begins with a definite diagnosis” by putting out his best effort to try to predict the global environment and climate’s future and to read changes to the global climate that may occur based on his climate model that helps him make assumptions under various scenarios. Congratulations on receiving the Science and Technology Personnel of the Month Award. - I feel like I am undeserving of this award. First of all, I would like to thank my fellow senior and junior researchers for giving me this opportunity to conduct good research together. I was able to get a lot of help and ideas by constantly interacting with my fellow researchers. Because of this, I was able to produce good results. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Korean Meteorological Society for recommending me to become the recipient of this month’s Science and Technology Personnel Award. The concentration levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are increasing, which also has a significant impact on the El Niño effect and climate change. What made you interested in researching the El Niño effect and climate change? - The El Niño effect was the topic for my doctoral thesis and is still what I mainly focus on as my central research theme. During my Ph.D. program, I started to extensively research the El Niño effect as I conducted a climate prediction model study with an El Niño simulation. The El Niño is confined to the tropical central and eastern Pacific region, but its impact has reached a global scale. Therefore, it is essential to understand the El Niño effect to understand the various meteorological/climate variabilities around the world. Please introduce your major research on meteorological/climate changes. - To make it simple, my research is focused on understanding the characteristics of various meteorological/climate variabilities observed on Earth today and the causes behind such phenomena. The phenomena that I am interested in vary from the extreme summer weather observed in our country, the heatwave, to ocean variabilities that have been occurring for more than a decade. And I want to analyze and understand how these conditions will alter the future of climate change. Recently, you have identified the atmospheric circulation characteristics which regulate the tropical precipitation changes in the Pacific region due to the increase in the atmospheric CO2 concentration levels, in other words, the regional changes in the two atmospheric circulation levels in the tropics are modulators that affect tropical precipitation. Please introduce the major parts of your research. - Tropical precipitation is an energy source that causes global meteorological/climate variability. So, understanding the changes in precipitation levels in the tropics, especially in the Pacific region, is the basis for understanding the global water circulation and various atmospheric-ocean systems. Through this study, we were able to find that with the increase in carbon dioxide concentrations, precipitation levels increase in the western Pacific region. Whether the carbon dioxide levels were doubled, tripled, or quadrupled, the precipitation levels in the Western Pacific region still increased. Additionally, the tropical region’s major atmospheric circulations, the Walker Circulation, and the Hadley Circulation were found to be the regulators that were responsible for determining the increase in precipitation levels. It is very important to understand future changes in precipitation levels in this region because precipitation in the Western Pacific Region of the tropics is a place that directly or indirectly affects water circulation or abnormal weather/climate in East Asia, including South Korea. You have analyzed and predicted changes in the atmosphere using various climate models. Please explain to us how one can study the changes in the atmospheric and marine environments, which are nature’s greatest phenomena. - The most essential tools for studying the changes in the atmospheric and marine environments are climate models. This is because we are unable to do any direct experiments on the atmosphere or the ocean that we encounter every day. Computer programs that reflect complex physical equations behind what governs such natural phenomena can help us predict atmospheric and oceanic motions. This computer program is a climate model. Through climate models, one can understand how the atmospheric and marine environments change by assuming various scenarios that may occur on Earth in the future. June 5th is World Environment Day. The importance of the oceans and the atmospheric environment is being emphasized worldwide. What do climate change researchers predict the future of Earth's climate will be like? Do you have anything that you want to suggest to the people of South Korea? - I can say for sure that if there is one topic that people should be concerned about in the future, climate change is exactly that. Imagine a scenario where the economy has boomed and great scientific discoveries have been made, and therefore human life has become richer. Even in such scenarios, if climate change occurs drastically, humans will not be able to survive. It’s easy to understand here about why we should be even more concerned about climate change than any other problem. Even if I don’t talk about my research findings, it is evident that the climate of our planet is changing fast and rapidly. Above all, I think the most important thing that we can do at this time is to pay attention to the changing environment. When every citizen pays constant attention to environmental problems, I think that policy can then be enforced and therefore encourage a change in everyone’s behavior. As climate change is a global phenomenon, it seems that there is a need for us to communicate and cooperate with researchers from around the world and that we need to pay attention to several research findings so that the results of our research on climate change can be reflected in the international community and social policies. - I think the most important task that needs to be done here is to understand the various phenomena that are currently happening around us and to identify the causes behind them. When the exact causes are identified, appropriate policies can then be established. Above all, climate change is a global phenomenon, so reasearch has to be an international effort. More than in any other field of study, in ours there is a more active collaboration amongst researchers from around the world. Before being appointed as a professor at Hanyang University, you worked as a Staff Weather Officer (SWO), a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmospheric Studies (COLA) in the United States, and also as a researcher at a government-funded research institute. I think that such experiences would have been the basis for what strengthened your research competitiveness. - Yes, that is correct. During my time as an SWO, I learned what the actual demands of the military were, and from this, I learned that the most important subject of a research project should be the most realistic one. Through my post-doctoral research in the United States and my experience as a researcher at a government-funded research institute, I was able to think about the importance of joint research and the kind of research that South Korea needs. Along with creative research, you have also put a lot of effort into fostering great minds. As a researcher or teacher, what is the emphasis that you put on your students or the members at your lab? - Well, I’m not so sure. What I say to my students and lab members is quite common and ordinary. I just say, “Do your best.” I emphasize that they should always choose to give their best efforts, and not to become the best. Of course, it’s good to be the best, but not everyone can be the best. But everyone can try their best. When one makes their best efforts, they can be the best, and even if they don't become the best, they will still be able to live a life without any regrets. What is your usual attitude towards life as a researcher (your basic philosophy of life)? - The most important attitude that a researcher should have over everything else is to never lose interest. In particular, natural scientists who study the nature of the Earth should feel: ‘How mysterious and strange natural phenomena are!', and I think that having this kind of view and perspective towards any research would make it interesting to study any other subject. What is a challenge that you ultimately want to overcome in your research field? - My ultimate challenge seems to be to accurately predict the future. If we can predict the future changes in weather and climate conditions that we experience every day with some accuracy, we can then share such benefits globally. Please leave a word of advice to students who dream of becoming scientists in the future. - Science bears many interesting and mysterious fruits. Also, such fruits can give many people great benefits. If you’re dreaming of becoming a scientist, you first need to train yourself to be observant of those around you. Scientists must also have the eye to see the other side of phenomena. You can’t have such an eye automatically. You need to have a habit of constantly observing and looking at the phenomena that occur around you, especially those that occur in nature. This habit will help you grow into becoming a great scientist. Global News Team Translation by: Lee Jung-joo