2009 Asian Science Camp

August 2-8, 2009
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, JAPAN

 

 

 
last modified: 08/06/2009
Yuan T. Lee : Leader

He received his M.S. from Tsing Hua University in 1961 and Doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1965. He went to Harvard as a post-doctoral fellow in 1967. He had faculty appointments at University of Chicago and UC Berkeley. He was University Professor and Principal Investigator at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, UC Berkeley, before he became President of Academia Sinica (1994-2006). He shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Prof. Dudley Herschbach and Prof. John C. Polanyi for their work in the field of reaction dynamics.

Lecture

Title: Dynamics of Chemical Reactions and Photochemical Processes (3.85MB) Lecture 4
Date&Time:   Aug. 4 (Tue) 8:30 -10:00  
Place:   Main Convention Hall  
Abstract:     Every macroscopic chemical transformation, whether it is atmospheric ozone depletion or the burning of a candle, consists of millions of microscopic chemical events which involve collisions between molecules. It has been the dream of scientists for a long time to observe and understand the details of molecular collisions which transform reactant molecules into product molecules with our naked eyes. During the last several decades, because of the advances in crossed molecular beams method and laser technology, especially, from the measurements of product angular and velocity distributions, it has become possible to “visualize” exact details of how chemical reactions take place through molecular collisions or through photochemical processes.

  In this presentation, in addition to illustrate experimental details of molecular beams method, my personal experiences of engaging in the field of chemical dynamics during the last forty years will be included.
 

 

Camp
 
Title: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century (PDF: 1.1MB) Camp 1
Date&Time:   Aug. 3 (Mon) 17:00 -18:15  
Place:   402  
Abstract:   During the long history of mankind, the planet of earth used to be an infinitely large place. But after the industrial revolution and especially during the twentieth century things have changed dramatically. This sudden transition from “unlimited earth” to “limited earth” has extremely significant consequences, yet the development of human society, moving along the track of infinity for a long time, has not seemed to be able to adapt to the new reality that the earth is “limited.”

We should all recognize the fact that the increasingly interconnected world cannot be a safe place if a large portion of its population still suffers from poverty, diseases, illiteracy, unemployment, and other barriers to survival.  This is the first time in human history that all human beings on earth have been faced with learning to work together and live together as one family in a global village.  This is a necessary awakening – vital for the survival and sustainable development of mankind.
 
Technical Terms   industrial revolution, global village, sustainable development  

Title: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century (PDF: 1.1MB) Camp 2
Date&Time:   Aug. 4 (Tue) 15:45 -17:00  
Place:   402  
Abstract:   During the long history of mankind, the planet of earth used to be an infinitely large place. But after the industrial revolution and especially during the twentieth century things have changed dramatically. This sudden transition from “unlimited earth” to “limited earth” has extremely significant consequences, yet the development of human society, moving along the track of infinity for a long time, has not seemed to be able to adapt to the new reality that the earth is “limited.”

We should all recognize the fact that the increasingly interconnected world cannot be a safe place if a large portion of its population still suffers from poverty, diseases, illiteracy, unemployment, and other barriers to survival.  This is the first time in human history that all human beings on earth have been faced with learning to work together and live together as one family in a global village.  This is a necessary awakening – vital for the survival and sustainable development of mankind.
 
Technical Terms   industrial revolution, global village, sustainable development  

Title: My Personal Experiences of Being a Scientist (PDF:1.6MB) Camp 3
Date&Time:   Aug. 4 (Tue) 17:15 -18:30  
Place:   402  
Abstract:      This lecture will describe how a scientist who grew up in Taiwan overcame the distance between ideals and reality along his path of school education and scientific research; how he has chosen to be independent from conventional values and lead his own life, and finally made a giant step forward in the development of science, specifically in the field of the dynamics of chemical reaction.

    In this lecture, basic knowledge related to molecular collision and chemical reaction will be introduced as well. Some suggestions are also provided for the young generation in the hope of helping them find their own way to realize their ideal at a time when human society is at a crossroads.
 

Key Words: - Clean Energy and Sustainable Development.
- Laws of Mechanics and Chemical Reactions.
- Curiosity, Imagination and Creativity.
- Scientific Research, Competition and Collaboration.
- My Dreams as a Scientist.
 


Mizuki Tada: Associate
 
 

Associate Professor at Institute for Molecular Science.  Her current research interest is the design and in-situ time-resolved characterization of heterogeneous catalyst surface.

 
asc09 at kek.jp