Newsletter No. 472

10 472 • 4.2.2016 ’ 口谈实录 Viva Voce 本刊由香港中文大学资讯处出版,每月出版两期。截稿日期及稿例载于 www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/chinese/newsletter/ 。 The CUHK Newsletter is published by the Information Services Office, CUHK, on a fortnightly basis. Submission guidelines and deadlines can be found at www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/english/newsletter/ . 戴漪晨 Serena Yichen Dai • 生命科学学院分子生物技术学课程四年级生 • 2016 罗德学人 • Final Year Student of the Molecular Biotechnology Programme of the School of Life Sciences • 2016 Rhodes Scholar Congratulations on becoming Rhodes Scholar 2016. Is there anyone you wish to thank at CUHK? I’d like to thank Prof. Jimmy Yu , Head of United College, who encouraged me to apply for the Scholarship and introduced me to Dr. Timothy Cheng , CUHK alumni and 2010 Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Cheng shared with me lots of interview tips regardless of his busy schedule as a physician. Last but not least, I’d also like to thank my four referees. Can you tell us about your experience studying in the US, China and Hong Kong? I spent my elementary school years in New York, where I was trained to read the newspaper almost every day and express my opinions on social issues. Then, I went to Beijing for secondary school. I was so behind in maths that my teacher had to give me extra lessons after class. For my Bachelor’s degree, I applied for CUHK because I like the humanistic culture here, as well as its academic excellence. You are very active in voluntary activities. Is scientific research very different from voluntary work? They are actually very similar, as both of them require good communication skills and team spirit. Scientists nowadays are required to work closely with one another, even with experts from a different field, in order to share research findings and draw larger conclusions. Voluntary services can be more challenging as I have teammates with different backgrounds, serving people from all over the world. The diversity fascinates me and makes everything fun. As an emerging female scientist, do you think women have equal opportunities as their male counterparts nowadays? The chance for education is becoming relatively equal in Chinese societies. However, I have heard a few comments on successful female scientists who ‘spend too much time at the laboratories and neglecting their husbands and children’. I hope that in the future, family responsibilities can be equally shared among its members and the society would recognize and support all deserving scientists regardless of their gender, as they have worked so hard to make this world a better place. Photo by ISO staff 恭喜你成为2016年度罗德学人!你最感谢中大哪些人? 首先当然是联合书院院长 余济美 教授,他一直鼓励我攻读 博士学位,提醒我尽早了解申请罗德奖学金的事宜。当我 准备最后一轮面试时,余教授向我介绍2010年度罗德学人 郑华哲 师兄。郑师兄是一名医生,在百忙之中抽空打电话给 我,告诉我面试要注意的地方。最后我还要感谢帮我写推荐 信的四位中大教职员。 可否谈谈你在美国和北京的学习经验?为何选择来中大 读书? 在纽约读小学时几乎没有功课,但每天放学要看报纸,从 那时起,我学会了关心社会及参与时事讨论。在北京读中 学时,除了功课比较多,更发现自己的数学竟是全班最后 几名,幸好老师愿意为我补课,让我追回进度。至于选择 来中大读书,除了科研出色外,我还特别喜欢中大的人文 精神。 你非常积极参与义务工作,做义工和在实验室从事科研 工作有什么不同? 义务工作和实验室的科研工作一样,需要很强的沟通技巧 和团队精神。很多人以为科学家都把自己关在实验室里,不 见人也不跟别人说话,这绝对是个误解。现今科研讲求跨 部门合作,需要不停交换意见、集合所有人的实验成果,才 能得出最终结论。做义工则需更高的沟通技巧,团员来自 不同学系,年龄也不一样,服务对象更可能来自不同阶层和 文化背景,要达到和而不同是最大的挑战,也是最好玩的 地方。 身为年轻的女科研学者,你认为男女在科研领域是否享 有平等的机会? 男女受教育的机会在华人社会渐趋平等,但还会听到不少科 研人员私下议论一些成就非凡的女同行「花太多时间做实验 室的工作,忽略对丈夫和儿女的照顾」。我希望将来社会能 给予所有热爱工作、愿意投身科研的女科学家应有的支持和 尊重,其实男女均可分担照顾家庭的责任,而每个人都有权 投入做自己喜爱的工作,不必因性别限制他们为科研,甚至 整个人类社会所作的贡献。 「义务工作和实验室的科研工作一样, 需要很强的沟通技巧和团队精神。」 ‘ Scientific research and voluntary work are actually very similar, as both of them require good communication skills and team spirit. ’

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