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2020-09 14 Important News

[Faculty]Purifying the Underground Particulate Matter

The danger of particulate matter, which are the extremely small hazardous particles suspended in air, has been brought to public attention lately, but the high level of particle pollution inside the subway tunnels are often disregarded. High-speed trains, rail structures, crossties, and roadbeds in airless tunnels produce a large amount of heavy metal particles that cause health problems in the human respiratory and brain nervous systems. To solve this, Professor Jo Byung-wan (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering) obtained a patent on the efficient purification of underground particulate matter. The existing dust collector, which uses a huge motor, had problems with the high energy cost and loud noise, and, thus, are usually not activated. Instead, Jo sought for an economic and scientific method to purify the underground air. As a result, his research was conducted for a period of two years. Jo’s method was based on the Bernoulli principle, which states that the sum of potential energy and kinetic energy of fluid is always constant. The tube designed by Jo gathers the particulate matter by natural ventilation derived from the Bernoulli principle. After the particulate matter gathers up, a charge method of plasma and water particles removes the charge of matter, enabling efficient air cleaning. Professor Jo Byung-wan (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering) obtained a patent on the efficient purification of underground particulate matter. "What's left is the cooperative research with the metropolitan metro for an actual implementation." Jo expects this new invention to lead to a healthier change in the international subway construction. “I am also planning to suggest a customized particulate matter gauge for each underground tunnel by analyzing the characteristics of dynamic fluid in train running," said Jo. Hwang Hee-won

2020-08 31 Important News

[Student]From Miss Grand Korea to Pianist, Actor, and Robot Inventor

Lee Hyun-young (Department of Theater and Film, 3rd year) is called by many titles: a concours-winning pianist, a first-prize inventor at a robot competition, a video director, and an actor. Recently, she won the 'Queen' at Miss Grand Korea, adding this new title to her career. As a young pianist "I loved music and the arts since childhood," said Lee. When she was 8 years old, Lee won the grand prize at the JoongAng music concours as a young pianist. Since then, she has participated in concours each year until middle school. "The experience allowed me to build confidence in expressing myself to the audience and enjoy the tension on stage from a young age.” Her love towards the arts gave Lee the motivation to try and experience all fields of comprehensive art and study deep into this field. This was also the motivation behind Lee entering Hanyang's Department of Theater and Film. Lessons from the filming site During her school years, Lee appeared in a number of movies and dramas as a supporting actor. Lee shared one of her episodes, saying, "I once filmed a scene with Yeo Jin-goo (a famous actor), and in the middle of the scene we both burst into laughter. It was captured in the bloopers video which I sometimes watch again to remember those days." While experiencing the filming site in person and meeting with the directors and broadcasting producers, Lee said she learned to look at the media from different angles and to understand the intention of production. Lee Hyun-young (Department of Theater and Film, 3rd year) is active in various fields, achieving great results in music, acting, and inventing. (Photo courytesy of Lee) Expanding into the field of science Lee's interest streched beyond the boundary of arts. Lee participated in diverse science and engineering contests since middle school. She was also interested in technology entrepeneurship. "At the time, I even interviewed the CEO of Korea Venture Business Association for information." Based on what she learned, Lee spent three years watching the lectures on knowledge convergence, future humanities, and CEO to create her own business model, and analyzed the real case strategies of business companies. As the result, Lee established a business item named 'Capture Talk' and won the grand prize in the contest held by KAIST IP-CEO in three categories, robot, business plan, and business modelling. More recently, Lee became interested in live film performance genres which incorporate IT technologies like holograms and motion interactions into stage performances. "After such diverse experiences, I realized that all fields are intimately connected to one another," said Lee. A new challenge, Miss Grand Korea Miss Grand Korea is a contest to select the Korean representative for Miss Grand International, the world's leading beauty contest. "I participated in the contest because I wanted a new challenge in life to motivate my dream as an actor," said Lee. She explained the various stage experiences helped her enjoy the stage and gain the best honor of being selected as 'Queen.' Lee won the 'Queen' at Miss Grand Korea. (Photo courtesy of Lee) For now, Lee plans to work hard to prepare for Miss Grand International as the representative of Korea. "After the contest, I want to fulfill my dream as the 'all-around entertainer' and try out in the field of broadcasting," said Lee. "I am also interested in working as a newscaster and model, and I wish to try my best to achieve results in various fields." Hwang Hee-won

2020-08 24 Important News

[Student]Jung Yeon-woo Wins the Grand Prize in the Onnara Korean Traditional Music Competition

Jung Yeon-woo (Department of Korean Traditional Music, 4th year) won the Grand Prize at the 40th Onnara Korean Traditional Music Competition on July 7, 2020. Held under the auspices of the National Gugak Center for 40 years, the Onnara competition is famously known to all aspiring Korean traditional musicians as the gateway to being designated as a person of national prestige. After competing four times, Jung has finally seen the fruits of his effort and was awarded with 10 million won in prize money, the presidential award, and military exemption. In his interview with News H, Jung shared his feelings after winning the grand prize. Jung Yeon-woo (Department of Korean Traditional Music, 4th year) won the Grand Prize at the 40th Onnara Korean Traditional Music Competition. (Photo courtesy of Jung) When he was 10 years old, Jung first met the Korean traditional musical instrument called Dae-gum. Though he had little interest in Korean traditional music in general, the unique sound of the instrument fascinated Jung. After repeatedly listening to its clear but deep sound, Jung decided his future career in his fifth year of elementary school. Attending Hanyang’s Department of Korean Traditional Music, Jung said his biggest aspiration during university life was to win the grand prize at the Onnara Korean Traditional Music Competition, which was the goal for many of his seniors as well. After the first three trials, Jung failed to win an award. However, his faith in his skills gave him the drive to try out for a fourth time. Jung entered the competition with a piece named "Seo Yong-suk styled Dae-gum San-jo," and achieved his goal of winning the grand prize. "To be honest, what initially appealed to me the most was that the winner is exempt from military service," said Jung. "However, in the end, what was more valuable was the way I constantly improved after each failure and with continuous practice." Based on his experience, Jung also gave a tip for future contestants. "Since there are many judges with different tastes, I learned that it is impossible to please every judge with a self-initiated interpretation of a piece of music. Personally, I think I got through the contest by trying to follow the criteria as strictly as possible." Jung after winning the Grand Prize at the Onnara Korean Traditional Music Competition. (Photo courtesy of Jung) "My dream is to play the Korean traditional music all around the world," said Jung. "Rather than trying to make the traditional music known, I aim to become a great musician first so that the public naturally knows our traditional music." Jung added that he wants to thank his parents, who did not lose faith in him and constantly prayed for him. Also, he told his fellow Hanyangians who are devoting themselves to Korean traditional music to be proud of what they are doing. Lee Yoon-seo

2020-08 11 Important News

[Faculty]Discovery of New Causative Gene of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that inflames various joints of the body, typically hands and feet, and possibly also the lungs and blood vessels. Swelling of the joints causes pain and stiffness, and if it persists, fatigue and weight loss will follow. Professor Bae Sang-cheol (Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine) became the first in the world to identify six novel susceptibility loci of the rheumatoid arthritis, and has thus received worldwide recognition. Bae is a pioneer in genetic epidemiological studies and the innovative research of rheumatoid diseases underlying precision medicine. Bae's primary research field was rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (a similar autoimmune disease) which are both intractable diseases. Since 2000, Bae has conducted genetic epidemiology research in order to determine the causes of the disease. The aim of the study was to discover the correlation between rheumatoid arthritis and genomic genetic drift. “The analyzation was made possible thanks to the Korean Chip, a genetic chip containing nearly one million bits of Korean genetic information, provided by the dielectric center of the Korea National Institute of Health,” said Bae. Moreover, to better understand the biological mechanisms, the research combined the computational biological analysis about the information on transcriptome, the sum of the RNA expressed in a cell or tissue, and epigenome, the sum of information in the sequence changed by genomes. Bae succeeded in identifying six new causative genetic drifts of rheumatoid arthritis that had not been reported before, named SLAMF6, CXCL13, SWAP70, NFKBIA, ZFP36L1, and LINC00158. In particular, he found a new causative genetic drift, named SH2B3, which is found exclusively in East Asian patients. “The new finding will allow a deeper understanding of the outbreak mechanism of rheumatoid arthritis, and it will be utilized to predict and diagnose the disease as well as to develop customized treatment for patients in the future,” said Bae. Professor Bae Sang-cheol (Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine) found six new causative genetic drifts of rheumatoid arthritis. (Photo courtesy of Bae) Currently, Bae is working to realize future medical science that will correctly predict and prevent rheumatoid disease. “There is still a lack of research on Asians who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis," explained Bae. "We will continue to study patients' prognoses, drug reactions, and causes of deterioration, beyond simple genetics. I hope our future study will soon be able to compensate for the inadequacy of the current information.” Hwang Hee-won

2020-08 10 Important News

[Alumni]Jang Ki-min’s Design Economy Changes The Way We Think

Jang Ki-min (M.S. in Industrial Design, '12) is a Hanyang alumnus who aspires to present to his readers the revolutionary change we can make in our everyday thoughts. His new book Why Is Hongdae Filled with People Not Attending Hongik University? was published under the premise that our minds are trapped within conventional perspectives, and, through his book, Jang argues how important it is to think outside the box by giving his own interpretations of design and economy. On writing the book Jang is a pioneer in the study of the concept "design economy." After writing numerous columns for Maeil Business Newspaper, Kookmin University, and Myungji University on the topic of design economy, Jang said he decided to combine all his columns and make them into a single book. When he first wrote the script and sent it to publishing companies, he worried that no one would call him back for his manuscripts. However, 20 companies contacted him wanting to publish his book, and within the week of its publication, the book became one of Kyobo Book Centre’s bestsellers. Jang Ki-min (M.S. in Industrial Design, '12)'s new book Why Is Hongdae Filled with People Not Attending Hongik University? became one of Kyobo Book Centre's bestsellers within the week of its publication. (Photo courtesy of Jang) Why Is Hongdae Filled with People Not Attending Hongik University? The book starts with an interesting title, which is also the essence of one of the 47 economic theories introduced in the book, cognitive economics. “No one in South Korea thinks twice about having their meeting place be Hongdae. However, people hesitate to meet in other areas such as in front of Korea University." According to Jang, once the correlation between Hongdae and a so-called "hot place" is manifested, it leads to a conventional and almost unconscious decision of people to go to that place. This then leads to the commercial development of the place, creating a virtuous circle. Likewise, Jang argues that the design is not "to decorate." Rather, it is "to give meaning." The design - usually of social conventions - reshapes people's thoughts and decisions. Based on the concept of design economy, the book similarly draws attention to the various business or economic phenomenon occurred by design. By combining design with economic phenomena such as marketing, media, and start-ups, Jang presents the readers with unique ideas and new insights to realize the design economy surrounding them, and urges them to tackle these unconscious choices. Jang said he wants to change the way people make unconscious decisions in their lives. Jang also emphasized the power to think outside the box and to see through the essence of objects to his fellow Hanyang students. Instead of being confined to a limited way of thinking, Jang, as he expresses throughout his new book, hopes that people will develop the strength to think on their own. Lee Yoon-seo

2020-07 27

[Alumni]The Winner of Phantom Singer 3 and the Legendary Tenor, Yoo Chae-hoon

Hanyang University’s college of music has been a home to numerous influential musicians in South Korea. Yoo Chae-hoon (Department of Voice, '07) is also a proud alumnus of Hanyang and a famous tenor. His singing gained media coverage in Trot X, Who Does Better, and most recently, Phantom Singer 3, the TV audition show where Yoo won the championship on July 3, 2020. Entering the Department of Voice Yoo found his dream to become an opera singer thanks to his middle school teacher who, after seeing him perform as a vocalist for the school band, recommended that he major in opera. Following the recommendation, he was later accepted to Pohang Arts High School, where he continued to hone his opera singing skills. His unique strength of not being afraid to perform on stage and fearlessly challenging high pitches positioned him as the top student when he entered Hanyang University. Yoo recalled Hanyang University as “where he found his musical roots.” During his university life, which was full of practices, lessons, and lectures, he said he thought it was "the coolest thing" to leave the practice room as the last out of all his friends. His most remarkable memory was staying until 10:30 p.m. every day when the practice room closed. Phantom Singer 3 In April 2020, his singing shone in the music audition TV show the Phantom Singer 3. In the show, Yoo was complimented as the tenor who could perfectly cover all genres of music, earning him the nickname of "the legendary tenor." Yoo Jae-hoon (Department of Voice, '07) performing "Il Mondo" on Phantom Singer 3. The clip of his singing gained 2.1 million views on Youtube. (Photo courtesy of JTBC) When asked which stage was the most memorable for him during the audition, Yoo picked the final stage during which he sang The Rose. “I sang of my intention to devote myself to the love and attention my fans have given me,” said Yoo. Ending the show and taking first place with 200,000 text votes and 150,000 online votes, Yoo said he had never imagined winning, and wanted to take this opportunity to yet again thank all his fans for cheering for him through the final stage. (Left) Yoo, with his team La Poem, sang on the final stage of Phantom Singer 3. (Photo courtesy of Yoo) Yoo is currently preparing for the Phantom Singer gala concert and its tour schedules. Also, La Poem is anticipating an album release in September. As for the future roads of his younger colleagues in the Department of Voice, Yoo said he would like to advise them that “students need to never give up and give everything their best efforts.” Lee Yoon-seo

2020-06 29

[Alumni]A Crossover of Traditional and Contemporary Music

Traditional music in Korea is called gugak, which literally means “national music” in Korean. However, as the trends of Western music have been sweeping the music industry for more than half a century, most Koreans feel a sense of distance from traditional music. Ha Yun-ju (Department of Korean Traditional Music, '09) is a Jeongga (a kind of gugak which involves vocal singing) singer who is trying to popularize traditional music through a musical crossover with Western music. Ha Yun-ju (Department of Korean Traditional Music, '09) is a Jeongga singer who is trying to popularize the traditional music of Korea through a crossover with contemporary music. (Photo courtesy of Ha) Ha explained Jeongga as a genre that engrafts music and literature which used to be enjoyed by the upper-classes. “Jeongga reveals a taste for the arts as it leads to inner peace from its slow and steady melody,” said Ha. She added that Jeongga provides a mystic experience by filling in the emptiness of people with lyrical and instructive messages. After entering Hanyang with a full scholarship, Ha started to lay the foundation for her competence as a musician. “Each lesson with the professors helped me grow to be able to meet the standards to survive in the actual field,” said Ha. With the professors’ support as well as her efforts, Ha won the Gold Prize in the 27th Onnara Gugak Competition. However, Ha aspires to more than just mastering Jeongga. She is especially interested in familiarizing other people with this beautiful traditional music. Ha chose a crossover between traditional music and contemporary music as the medium. Upon receiving the KBS Gugak Award in 2018, Ha released her first full-length studio album, Chuseon, which means “a fan in autumn." The album featured contemporary songs sung in the style of Jeongga, expressing the loneliness of a woman saying farewell to her loved one. In addition, Ha is participating in various collaborations with contemporary pop musicians including Kim Junsu, Song So-hee, and Second Moon. Ha feels that she has been tasked with certain responsibilities as a traditional musician, and the crossover is a way of fulfilling them. Chuseon is Ha's first full-length studio album which expresses the loneliness of a woman saying farewell to her loved one. (Photo courtesy of Ha) Other than the crossover, Ha has been involved in diverse projects to popularize traditional music. The Jeongga singer recently released a collection of children's songs after appearing in Who Is Good at This, a singing contest program for children. Ha is preparing to release another full-length album, The Point of Ecstasy, with the poems of Na Tae-ju. Ha also plans to participate in a singing competition program by MBN as a representative of traditional music. “With my music, I am trying to touch the emotions that all Koreans unconsciously carry in their minds,” said Ha. Ha told the members of Hanyang to keep their passion and believe in what they are aiming for. “What you believe is what opens your way to the opportunities,” said Ha. “Even when you feel exhausted, don’t give up and do your best.” Oh Kyu-jin

2020-05 12 Important News

[Alumni]Choi Ye-gun, From a Keyboard Prodigy to a Shining Musician

If you have watched Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend, Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook, or the popular Korean audition program K-pop Star, you may be familiar with the name Choi Ye-gun. This famous singer was one of the top 8 competitors of season 2 of K-pop Star and took first place in the singing competition Your name hosted by the popular music channel Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook. Choi Ye-gun, an aspiring musician and a proud alumna of Hanyang University's Department of Applied Music ('19), shared her story of how she fell in love with music and succeeded as a popular indie musician. Choi Ye-gun (Department of Applied Music, '19) shared her story of how she fell in love with music and succeeded as a popular indie musician. Choi dreamt of becoming a musician from the age of five. As a little girl, she always had a keyboard next to her, a trait she carries till now. “There was always a piano in my room since I was little. My mother used to say that I got along with it since I could barely walk!” She remembers that even then, she was interested in expressing melodies through instrument, trying to express the tune she heard from her church. At 20, she applied to the Department of Applied Music at ERICA Campus for a professional musical education. “During my time at school, I was able to study music which transcended the boundaries of genre, from K-pop to jazz and classical music,” said Choi. Choi was one of the top 8 competitors of season 2 of K-pop Star. Along with her studies, Choi also endeavored to develop her own musical ideology and establish her own methodology in composing and arranging music. Her hard work earned her the image of a good storyteller, acknowledged by the media as a singer-songwriter, magnificent in delivering her own stories in songs. Choi considers her ability to deliver someone’s story, transcending the limits of a single genre, as one of her strongest suits. She said, “Since I always consider how a story could be told from a different perspective, I think many different people can relate even to the same song.” When asked to share her secret, Choi explained that she always focuses on how to best deliver a story. “First, I choose a character. Then I write the lyrics in his or her verbal tone. The last thing I do is combine it with a befitting melody. During the process, I begin to naturally arrange the song in the character’s mood and create the dynamics which enable a strong delivery of the story.” Choi also took first place in the singing competition Your name hosted by the popular music channel Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook. Choi said other people’s stories become the cornerstone for many of her songs. “These days, I am especially inspired by the stories of young people.” Naturally, her songs explore stories on diverse topics. Self-reflection, social issues, and interpersonal relationships were all on the chart. “After I establish someone’s story in my mind, I design a character who can deliver that story well – reconstructing the story from another perspective,” explained Choi. Choi also tells some personal stories on her most recent album Even If It Gets Lost, It Can Flow Anyway, introducing two title songs, Lucid Dream and Scarecrow. “The first song, Lucid Dream, is a story of somebody who could not fall asleep and a world where dreams come true. To me, making this very album was exactly that,” said Choi. “Scarecrow is an outcry to the world that wants me to be, so to say, cool. To be recognized, one has to be cool and people want that too. But to that I say, ‘I have done enough!’” Choi jokingly added, “By the way, the chorus part is very addictive, so you better not listen to it before an important exam.” Choi's first original album Even If It Gets Lost, It Can Flow Anyway was released April 22, 2020, introducing two catcy title songs Lucid Dream and Scarecrow. “To me, your story becomes music, and that music becomes a medium which enables others to relate with your tale,” said Choi. “When I produce music, I consider myself as dust. Dust can only shine where there is light. To me, your story is the illumination. Your stories are never little or meaningless.” Lee Yoon-seo