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2020-04 01

[General][Photo] Spring's Arrival

Cherry blossoms and forsythia are blooming all over campus, despite the emptiness it around due to the COVID-19. More sceneries around the campus can be seen through the Google Album. ▶ Global News Team Translated by: Lee Wonyoung

2020-03 29

[Academics][Researcher of the Month] A Cause of Parkinson’s Disease Recently Discovered

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The cause of PD is still unknown, other than its suggested correlation with genetic and environmental factors. Professor Lee Sang-hun (College of Medicine) has recently come up with a model that supports the hereditary cause of disease. Professor Lee Sang-hun's (College of Medicine) research presents a new clue about the cause of Parkinson's disease (PD). PD is found to be associated with the degeneration of midbrain-type dopamine (mDA) neurons. Lee’s research team found out that the RNA-binding protein Lin28 plays a role in neuronal stem cell development, and that the gene mutation of Lin28 causes the degeneration of mDA neurons. Also, the experiment showed that when the Lin28 mutation was corrected, the symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease disappeared. Lee came up with an in vitro human embryonic stem cell/human induced pluripotent stem cell‐based disease model. The model proposes that the Lin28 R192G mutation leads to developmental defects and modification of Lin28 opens up the possibility of rescuing the patient from the disease. “People normally think that PD is deeply related to one’s age,” said Lee. “This research suggests that it is also highly likely to be a genetic defect. This finding will provide a more accurate diagnosis model.” Lee's team found out that an RNA-binding protein called Lin28 plays a role in the manifestation and treatment of PD. (Photo courtesy of Lee) Researchers spent four years trying to identify the distinct characteristics that two young PD patients shared with each other. The team conducted numerous biological trials to prove their findings. The model was a reward for their ceaseless efforts, taking them a step closer to finally identifying the cause of PD. However, there is still no cure for PD or for many other neurodegenerative diseases. Lee said he intends to develop a practical treatment during his last five years of tenure. “I am now working on projects with bio-venture companies,” explained Lee. “I hope my research enables a more pragmatic approach in overcoming neurodegenerative diseases.” Lee plans to work on pragmatic treatments during his last five years of tenure. Lee asked students to be more ambitious in deciding what they long to achieve. “He who works hard will get the chance to show himself,” advised the professor, leading by example for all young scholars. Oh Kyu-jin

2020-03 26

[Academics]Hanyang University Professor Kim Jong-Ho, Developed a Nanocatalyst that Enhances the Performance of Metal-Air Batteries

Professor Kim Jong-ho Hanyang University announced on March 26th that Professor Kim Jong-ho's team in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering of Hanyang University ERICA campus has developed a new nanocatalyst that enhances the performance of metal-air batteries. A "metal-air battery" is a next-generation battery that is charged and discharged through oxygen in the air, which has bigger energy storage, a lower price, and no possibility of explosion compared to the Lithium-ion batteries, and therefore is attracting the attention of the electric vehicle industry. The performance of a metal-air battery that can be charged and discharged is determined by the oxygen's oxidation and deoxidation rate of reaction happening within the cathode. Up until now, expensive catalysts such as platinum (Pt) and ruthenium (Ru) have been used to catalyze the oxidation and deoxidation of the oxygen. However, these catalysts had the problem of reducing the lifespan of the battery, due to its high price and low stability. For this reason, the need for a carbon catalyst with a low price and great performance has been understood. Professor Kim's team coined the "Solvothermal Radical Synthesis," solving the problem through delicately adjusting the nanostructure and vitality of the carbon catalyst. Professor Kim's team attached cobalt atoms or cobalt nanoparticles to porous carbon nanostructures, in order to adjust the interaction between organic-inorganic molecules and precisely control the structure and vitality of the catalyst, thereby enhancing the performance and stability of the catalysts. The metal-air battery produced through the use of this carbon-nanocatalyst has a 30% lower price than the original catalyst, which maintains its stabilized performance above 100%, even after its long charging and discharging. Professor Kim mentioned that "when the carbon-nanocatalyst with a cheap price and high performance is applied to metal-air batteries, it will remarkably reduce the unit cost of electric vehicles," and added, "This research provides a new method to develop a next-generation nanocatalyst material with precisely adjusted structure and performance through molecular controlling." This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea and was conducted with Professor Lee Sang-uck's team from Hanyang University ERICA Departement of Chemical and Molecular Engineering, and the result of the research (Paper Title: Molecular engineering of nanostructures and activities on bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts for Zinc-air batteries) that was published online on one of the top internationally renowned academic journals within the field of chemical and environmental engineering, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, on March 9th. ▲ Synthesis of carbon-based nanocatalyst through effective molecule control <Reference> Related paper: 2020_3_Molecular engineering of nanostructures and activities on bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts for Zinc-air batteries 『Applied Catalysis B: Environmental』 Global News Team Translated by: Lee Wonyoung

2020-03 26

[Policy][COVID-19] Online Lectures Will Continue Until April 11th... Offline Lectures Under Necessary Circumstances Are Allowed Upon Approval

The distance learning period of the 2020 Spring semester has been extended for another week, through the 4th week of the semester. The Academic Service Team announced on March 25th that the distance learning format will continue until April 11th, while some lectures will be partially approved to hold offline classes during the two weeks after the 11th. ▲ Distance lectures will continue until April 11th, the 4th week of the semester. On February 7th, after the original first day of school had already been postponed for two weeks from March 2nd, the date was again moved back to March 16th. On February 28th, the schedule was re-announced to start the school on the 16th, but only under the form of online classes for two weeks from March 16th to 28th. On March 19th, the online lectures were extended for an additional week, which was until April 4th. According to the announcement made this time, online lectures are again extended for another week, which is expected to continue until this April 11th. In the end, the adjustments were made so that the offline classes were not possible until the 4th week of the semester. Despite these facts, during the 3rd and 4th week of the semester, the school will allow courses for which offline lectures are necessary to conduct them. When requests for offline lectures are made from March 30th to April 11th, the approved result will be announced through the course room. There are a few circumstances to meet in order for offline lectures to be approved. First, it is limited to experiment practice and theory practice courses. Professors of these types of courses need to go through the process of approval from the affiliated college and the Disease Control Committee. The agreement of all students of the lecture is also necessary for procedural purposes. Moreover, the physical distance between the students and between the lecturer and the students has to be more than 2 meters, which should be considered in advance when selecting the lecture room. This suggests that the number of seats in the lecture room should be double the number of students taking the course; for example, a lecture room with more than 60 seats will be needed for a class with 30 students. When the conducting of offline courses is finally approced, participants should still follow related instructions, such as mandatorily wearing masks and continuous ventilation of the lecture room air. Meanwhile, the possible online lecture types have been announced as the live online lecture, online video lecture, and assignment focused lecture, while assignment focused lecture is limited to only 2 times within one semester. Global News Team Translated by: Lee Wonyoung

2020-03 25

[HOT Issue][COVID-19] "Love in Deed and Truth at ERICA"...a Continuing Wave of Donations from Students

(Contributed by: Facebook page of ERICA Ambassador of Hanyang University) The waves of donations from students were collected over the course of a week. Following the donations of Seoul campus students, the ERICA campus is also taking part in heartful donations in the struggle against COVID-19. On March 11th, the ERICA Ambassador of Hanyang University began collecting donations for the people and medical teams who are struggling against COVID-19 and those who have been harmed by it. The donation drive ran until March 18th, and a total of 135 students participated. The accumulated donation amount was 2,328,542 won. This amount was delivered to the "Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association" on March 19th, under the name of Hanyang University ERICA. The Ambassador of Hanyang University mentioned that "we would like to thank every Hanyang family again, who took part in practicing 'Love in Deed and Truth' through the donation," and added that "we also hope COVID-19 will soon come to an end so that the nation can finally get past this era." The list of participating students, the amount of contributions, and the certificate of donation can be found on the Facebook page of the Ambassador of Hanyang University. * Global News Team Translated by: Lee Wonyoung

2020-03 19

[Alumni][COVID-19] Beating COVID-19 with a "Happy Virus" from the love of colleagues

While various activities are subsiding due to the impact of COVID-19, the Hanyang University class of ‘87 is delivering warmth through gift giving. On March 14th, a message was posted in the class of '87 Band (an online community) regarding the gift sharing event. The chairman of the alumni association, Han Ki-soo, would be sending presents to his colleagues. Healthy foods will be delivered to applicants who are going through hard times due to COVID-19. They also gave options such as a strawberry jam set, a Jeju hallabong set, and a Jeju natural herb set. The presents are more meaningful in that they are all products that are sold by alumni, and they are intended to help economic growth during the difficult situation. As of the 17th, three days after the notice was posted, the applicants exceeded 500. The announcement received grateful and inspiring comments such as “I think it will get rid of the stuffy and difficult feeling right away,” and “The class of ’87 organization is great.” ▲Han Ki-soo, the president of the alumni association of class of ‘87 Han Ki-soo, the chairman of the alumni association of class of ’87, who prepared this surprise gift said that “Because of COVID-19, planned alumni events have been reduced or canceled, and private gatherings of alumni intended to change the mood of the situation also have to be refrained from”, and added that “although it is not a fundamental solution, I hope that it will help us overcome the regrets and depression that the alumni can’t see often.” . Meanwhile, the alumni association of the class of ’87, sent masks by post three times to their colleagues who are residing in the Daegu and North Gyeongsang province, by launching a campaign to send masks around mid-February to February 29th. For this to happen, lots of alumni participated in the mission to supply and send masks and have been cited as an example of an active alumni association management using an online community to rapidly gather applicants. ▲ Masks were delivered to alumni in Daegu and Northern Gyeongsang province through the post office (photo by the class of ’87 alumni association). Global News Team

2020-03 17

[Alumni][COVID-19] Drive-Through virus test method suggested by Kim Jin-yong, alumnus of the Graduate School of Public Health

While Korea’s response to the Corona virus is the focus of attention worldwide, it was confirmed that the medical faculty who proposed the drive-through method that enables virus testing inside cars is an alumnus of Hanyang University Graduate School of Public Health. Kim Jin-yong, director of infectious internal medicine at Incheon Medical Center, was in charge of treating the first confirmed patient of COVID-19. Director Kim is also from the first graduating class of the Hanyang University Graduate School of Public Health upon it’s opening. Kim's major is in the field of medical science and health statistics. According to an article by the Hankook Daily on February 27, Chilgok Gyeongbuk National University Hospital first installed the container on February 23 and introduced the drive-through screening clinic before other districts. This started from his proposal at a conference to "Create selective clinics in a wide playground to protect the safety of both patients and medical staff while increasing the speed of examination and medical care." The installation is known to have been set up after Kwon Ki-tae, a professor of infectious internal medicine at Chilgok Gyeongbuk National University Hospital, heard about the idea and proceeded an internal discussion. Meanwhile, the number of drive-through method screening clinics nationwide reached 70 as of March 16. Global News Team

2020-03 13

[Policy][COVID-19] Access to Portal 'Log-In' Page is Possible After Filling Out Health Statement Starting from the 13th

Infectious Disease Management Committee announced on the 11th that Hanyang members should report the self-health check-up statement. Starting from the 13th, members are required to answer 5 questions online when accessing the portal log-in page. Reporting health statement is under the Ministry of Education's request on 'daily situation report on COVID-19', requiring all university members including students and staffs who are accessing the Portal to fill out a health report statement in a survey form, once a day. This was made obligatory by having the members to go through the process according to the system. The statement asks the members of having been positive about the disease, having fever or respiratory symptoms, contacting with positive patients within the past 14 days, having the experience of visiting overseas countries, and the experience of visiting any area or facility with the prior occurrence of the disease. A total of 5 questions are presented in a form with 'yes' or 'no' selections. Besides Korean, English and Chinese translation are also provided at the same time. This applies to both the PC and mobile. ▲ Screenshot of health statement required to answer when logging in to the portal Global News Team Translated by: Lee Wonyoung

2020-03 13

[General][Photo] Distance Learning Lecture, "How Should It Be Conducted?"

With the university's decision to conduct 2 weeks of online lectures due to COVID-19, Education Innovation Team held a seminar on informing how to utilize online platforms that support lecturers to conduct the smooth operation of the classes, on the 5th at the Great Conference Room of HIT. Global News Team Translated by: Lee Wonyoung

2020-03 13

[HOT Issue][COVID-19] Center for Social Innovation and Startup Club Blue Line, Shares Prevention Guideline Regarding COVID-19

▲ Partial screenshot of the prevention guidelines On the 11th, the Hanyang University Center for Social Innovation and Team Blue Line shared some COVID-19 prevention guidelines that they co-created. All Hanyang University members can receive this guide via e-mail. The guidelines include various information regarding COVID-19 such as its symptoms and how to prevent the disease. It also has messages that are directly helpful to students such as Hanyang University disease controlling facilities and Coronavirus safety regulations within the campus. While its legibility has been increased through cute cat characters and adequate font and font size, it also provides an English and Chinese version. The Center for Social Innovation and startup club Blue Line mentioned that they "hope everyone stays safe from COVID-19 infections by following these basic guidelines," and also emphasized that people should "regularly check emergency information text messages provided from the Hanyang University Infection Control Committee." Global News Team Translated by: Lee Wonyoung

2020-03 12

[General][Photo] Recording a lecture in a self-studio

With two weeks of distance learning lectures scheduled after the opening of the semester, professors are recording a lecture on a self-studio witin the campus Global News Team

2020-03 12

[Student]Student Kim Ji-hu Distributed the "COVID-19 Dataset"

The "COVID-19 Dataset," created by Kim Ji-hu of Department of Computer Science (Master, Class of '19) is drawing the attention of Kaggle. ▲ Screenshot of the Kaggle website On February 24th, Kim registered his "COVID-19 Dataset" on Kaggle, a machine learning-based prediction model·analysis platform. The dataset exceeded more than 5000 accumulated downloads on March 6th. On the 3rd, it placed 1st in the category of Most Popular Data on the website. There are more than 130,000 users throughout the world on Kaggle. A dataset is a group of information that is made by collecting, processing, and categorizing scattered information into a form that a computer can understand. This is an essential part of the machine learning process, which teaches Artificial Intelligence. The Coronavirus dataset created by Kim is constructed through a daily report provided on the official website of the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Various information related to COVID-19 is organized on the dataset, such as the patients' gender, date of birth, and infection process, including information such as accumulated number of checkups, number of positive patients, and fatality rate. Codes using the COVID-19 Dataset are re-shared on Kaggle. When the COVID-19 Dataset is used, it allows for the creation of a model that predicts how many additional patients will occur during a certain period in the future. It is also possible to predict each patient's possibility of recovery or death, depending on one's age, gender, and previous illness. Additionally, it can construct groups by the characteristics of the patients by detecting abnormal data and separate the patients such as by super spreaders of the disease. Kim mentioned in an interview with Etnews that "it is definitely possible to apply this dataset to other infectious diseases, despite the differences in culture and systems of other countries," and he added that "I hope that Korea will build and model good dataset with the COVID-19 situation and that it is utilized greatly in future emergencies." Global News Team Translated by: Lee Won-young