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Ewha and Harvard Discuss Stronger International Cooperation
Ewha and Harvard Discuss Stronger International Cooperation Ewha and Harvard Discuss Stronger International Cooperation A Harvard University delegation visited Ewha Womans University on March 26, 2024 (Fri.) to discuss measures for further collaboration between Ewha and Harvard. To this end, the delegation led by Mark C. Elliott, the Vice Provost of International Affairs at Harvard University, engaged in a meeting with President Eun Mee Kim at Pfeiffer Hall. The two discussed various ways for Ewha and Harvard Medical Schools to collaborate, highlighting the fruitful partnership between the two schools to date. In addition, Professor Arlene Sharpe at Harvard Medical School gave a special lecture at Emerson Chapel in Case Hall on the same day at 5 p.m. The lecture was arranged as part of efforts to enhance exchanges and cooperation between Ewha and Harvard Medical Schools, as well as to offer students who are pursuing careers in biology an opportunity to learn more about research undertaken by a world-class scholar. Professor Sharpe is a Kolokotrones University Professor, the highest title bestowed by Harvard upon its distinguished professors. She is a leading immunologist who has laid the foundation for cancer immunotherapy by discovering the functions of T cell pathways, including the immunoinhibitory functions of the CTLA-4 and PD-1 pathways. Professor Sharpe’s lecture was made all the more lively by a large audience of students who filled the first and second floors of Emerson Chapel, as well as their active participation in the Q&A session afterward. The special lecture was followed by a dinner banquet, where select Ewha faculty members with similar research interests as members of the Harvard University delegation were invited as a networking opportunity. During the event, both parties reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing the partnership between Ewha and Harvard in various areas. Ewha remains Harvard’s sole partner university in Korea. The partnership between Ewha and Harvard has continued for nearly twenty years, since the two schools co-hosted the Ewha Harvard Summer School Program in 2006 and the Ewha-Harvard Undergraduates in Asia Program (HUAP) in 2007. Throughout this partnership, the two schools have continued active exchanges in many areas, such as the Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholars Program for faculty members in the humanities and social sciences, Harvard Model Congress Asia, and a joint concert with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.
The Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Leads ESG Research with Academic Excellence
The Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Leads ESG Research with Academic Excellence The Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Leads ESG Research with Academic Excellence Ewha’s Department of Environmental Science and Engineering demonstrated its scholarly excellence once more by winning a large-scale government project, while three of its undergraduate students have each published papers in SCI-grade journals in succession, adding to the department’s contribution to establishing a solid foundation for world-class research achievements. These achievements are significant as they exemplify the success of Ewha Frontier 10-10, Ewha’s project to establish an environment conducive to creative research. Ewha has been carrying out the Ewha Frontier 10-10 project with the aim of building a creative research ecosystem for producing world-class outcomes. Under the project, the department’s Leading Research Center for Smart Water Environment Management with Carbon Neutralization is leading the research on low-energy, high-efficiency smart water environment management in accordance with the 2050 carbon neutrality declaration. The center focuses on research on the movement and treatment of water environment-specific pollutants and water recovery. Chair Professor Yeomin Yoon Selected for the third Outstanding Overseas Scientist Invitation Program Plus 2023 Chair Professor Yeomin Yoon, a world-renowned expert in water environment management, has been selected for the third Outstanding Overseas Scientist Invitation Program Plus (Brain Pool+) 2023. The program will place him at the head of a project focused on the “development of water treatment technology and advancement of data-based water management technology to realize safe water environment welfare and achieve carbon neutrality.” This research project will continue until 2023, supported by a total of KRW 6 billion in funding. Through this project, Professor Yoon will conduct research on complex water environments and the detection and treatment method of multi-characterized pollutants and emerging contaminants by utilizing explainable artificial intelligence, thereby securing safe water sources and enhancing the welfare of the water environment. His research also encompasses the development of low-energy processes for freshwater production and water reuse, along with energy generation from water treatment facilities and resource recovery. These efforts are expected to contribute to achieving carbon neutrality in water environment management. Throughout this series of studies, Professor Yoon’s goal extends beyond a noteworthy increase in quantitative research outputs, aiming to increase the number of highly-cited papers and patents on original technology to enhance Korea’s environmental technology and narrow the technology gap between Korea and the top advanced nations. Undergraduate Students from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Publish Papers in SCI-grade Journals The department’s undergraduate students are also showcasing their potential as competitive researchers with remarkable research abilities in environmental science and engineering. Their academic excellence beyond borders was demonstrated by a series of publications in SCI-grade journals, a rare achievement for undergraduate studies. Dahee Park (incoming class of 2020) at the Laboratory of Contaminants of Emerging Concern for Water Environment (advisor: Yeomin Yoon) in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, published a paper titled “Removal of selected contaminants of dyes and pharmaceuticals using MXene-based nanoadsorbents” in Separation and Purification Technology (Top 8% in Engineering, Chemical). Narae Yang (incoming class of 2020) at the same lab published the paper “Ultrasonic treatment of dye chemicals in wastewater,” in Chemosphere (Top 11% in Environmental Science). Furthermore, Jeongeun Lee (incoming class of 2021) at the Environmental Nanotechnology Lab (advisor: Ahjeong Son), will publish a paper titled “Iontolysis using an electrically excited solid source of aqueous copper ions compatible with bacterial gene quantification” in the May issue of Microchemical Journal (Top 14% in Chemistry, Analytical). The recent surge in publications in SCI-grade journals, coupled with achieving the highest-in-Korea FWCI in environmental science in the QS Rankings, demonstrates the department’s commitment to academic excellence and innovation. Ranked as a top institution in environmental studies by JoongAng Ilbo’s University Rankings in 2013 and ranked highly in the same paper’s University Rankings by Department in 2017, Ewha’s Department of Environmental Science and Engineering continues to uphold its reputation for both the quantity and quality of research output.
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