Newsletter No. 413

12 No. 413, 4.3.2013 Photos of Prof. Jimmy Yu in this issue are by Keith Hiro 身为联合书院院长,你有什么计划? 我希望可在联合校园为书院教职员和学生建立一个 轻松愉快的环境,给他们在繁忙工作和学习中消消 压力。今时今日的大学生活,步伐紧张,例行工作和 日常事务中充满各种压力、矛盾、难题。对视书院如 家的成员,书院应是一块净土,让我们有喘息的空 间,可以重拾活力。在这里我们可自由徜佯,这不单 是指身体上,更包括知性和人际关系的层面。联合 书院创院五十六年,有赖历届院长在基建和设施方 面奠下稳固基础,很有条件达成这个目标。 刻下哪些工作较为迫切? 我们正检视书院事务的工作量和流程,并认为须要 微调,这主要是减少委员会和会议的数目,精简商 议程序,提高效率。书院同事均对书院热心投入,校 友和友好亦不吝指导和协助,提高议事效率既可保 持他们心思澄明,亦可确保他们付出的时间和努力 用得其所,这肯定会提升院务的整体运作。 作为创校书院之一,联合如何与新书院合作? 协作有不同层面:学术上、社交上,甚至是文化上, 亦不囿于与新书院,也会和其他创校书院。协作乃 建基于地位平等的伙伴关系与共同参与,因此不会 因资深或资浅而有异。参与合作各方各就其角色和 责任为共同的目标努力。以近期一项活动为例,我 们与崇基学院和伍宜孙书院合办闽粤茶文化之旅, 让学生从艺术与科学角度体验和欣赏茶文化。此 外,在运动场上,在论坛或其他场合,都是本书院成 员与其他书院成员切磋交流的地方。 中大的自然环境可有助你的研究? 刚刚相反,中大的蔚蓝天空和清新空气,正与我专 长的范畴对立,因我是研究污染处理的。我做了好 些光催化的研究,即以光净化空气和水。校园的空 气较本港很多地方清新和洁净,故此我得在其他地 方进行实验,验证我的假设。不过我的研究当然也 可走到室内。在过去数年,我发明了可改善室内和 车厢内空气质素的仪器,这也是技术转移的一种。 你在现实生活中如何奉行环保主义? 实践环保需要持之以恒,在生活中潜移默化,成为 毋需他人提醒的行为。可以的话,我会步行,只在 有绝对需要时才驾车,例如要陪同访客参观校园而 时间有限。书院推行很多有系统的保护校园环境工 作,举例说,我们很谨慎处理废料,包括建筑废料 和厨余。 你有何公职? 与专业相关的,我是好些委员会和小组的成员,包 括研究资助局辖下的自然科学小组和创新科技基 金;在服务方面,我是地球之友和环保促进会的顾 问,也参与水资源及供水水质事务谘询委员会,此 外,我也参与多个慈善团体和福建社群的活动。 余暇时有何兴趣? 凡是拿着球拍打球我都很感兴趣,因此特别喜欢网 球、乒乓球、羽毛球和壁球。我常与高锟教授夫妇 打网球,他们球技了得,球品又好。跟很多中大人一 样,我亦喜欢远足。在我大埔家后方有一道行山径, 我和太太向所有人推荐这松弛身心的健康活动。 What goals have you set for yourself as Head of United College? I want to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere for both students and staff on the United College campus, to sooth them and alleviate the pressures from their studies and work. Nowadays, the daily routines and normal undertakings of life in a university are fraught with demands, commitments and deadlines, often tense and conflicting. For those of us who take the College as our home it should be a haven for us where we can get some breathing space to reinvigorate ourselves. It should also be a place where we can roam freer, not just physically but also intellectually and socially. United College, with its 56 years’ history and a solid foundation and all the infrastructure and facilities laid down by my predecessors over the years, is very well placed to achieve that. What are the tasks that require your immediate attention now? We are reviewing the workload and workflow in conducting college affairs and found it necessary to revamp them a little, chiefly to reduce the number of committees and meetings and to streamline the deliberation procedures for greater efficiency. All my colleagues and staff are very dedicated, and some alumni and friends are very generous with their advice and help. Greater efficiency will ensure that their time and efforts are put to the best use while keeping their minds fresh. It will decidedly enhance the operation of the College as a whole. How would an established College like United work with the new Colleges? Collaborations exist on many levels—academic, social, even cultural—and not only with new Colleges but also with other founding Colleges. Collaborations are based on equal partnership and participation, so there’s really no difference between veterans and newcomers. Every party has a role to play and a contribution to make to the common venture. To give a recent example, we are organizing with Chung Chi College and Wu Yee Sun College a trip to the tea regions in Fukien to let our colleagues and students experience and appreciate the arts and sciences of tea. The sport grounds and other forums or occasions are also meeting places where members of our College mingle with those from the other Colleges. Do you find the natural settings of CUHK convenient to your own research? Ironically, the natural settings of CUHK, with its blue sky and clean air, are anathema to my research, as I am into pollution management. I have done some work in photocatalysis, or the purification of air and water with light. The air over our campus is fresher and cleaner than that in many parts of the territory. So I have to go elsewhere to conduct my experiments and test my hypotheses. But I can always bring my research indoor. That’s what I did. In the last couple of years, I have invented devices that improve the quality of air indoor and inside a vehicle. I call this my own brand of technology transfer. Do you practise environmentalism in daily life? How? Environmentalism needs to be practised consistently and subliminally, in our everyday life, so that one doesn’t need to be reminded of doing it. Whenever I can, I walk. I only drive on a strictly need-to basis, for example, when I have to show visitors around campus under a time constraint. Our College is doing many things systematically to preserve our precious campus. For example, we are very conscious of the treatment of wastes including construction and food wastes. What public service(s) do you perform? On the professional side, I sit in a number of committees and panels such as the Physical Science Panel of the Research Grants Council and the Innovation & Technology Fund. On the service side, I am an advisor to Friends of the Earth and Green Council, and served on the Advisory Committee on Water Resources and Quality of Water Supplies. I also take part in the activities of a number of charitable organizations and the Fukien community. What interests or hobbies do you pursue in your spare time? I derive great pleasure from chasing a ball with a racket. So, tennis, table tennis, badminton and squash are my favourite games. I play tennis a lot, often with Professor Charles Kao and Mrs. Kao. They are strong but good opponents. Like many members of the CUHK community, I also take a liking to hiking. There is a trail behind my home in Tai Po. Joan and I would like to invite everybody to enjoy this healthy and relaxing activity. Prof. Jimmy Yu Head of United College 余济美教授 联合书院院长

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