Being faculty statement

To me, the most important code to be a faculty member is to comply with the academic ethic. This includes keeping research integrity, which means never do misconduct or plagiarism in research, and do not make up data only for obtaining more publications or tenure; respecting peers when conflicting of interest; take both the academic and social responsibility when doing the research, especially when relating human or animal right; and do not intervene other’s academic freedom. Secondly, a faculty member should open up his/her mind to new technology and ideas both in their research and teaching. An instructor should be good at using new techniques to improve their teaching methods and bring new theories or ideas of related fields to their students. Thirdly, a faculty member should be diversity. Faculty should extend their work to interdisciplinary research rather than only confining to their specific area. Multicultural background will be helpful to develop one’s research and keep touching with the progress of any new emerging technology, and be easy to understand each other. Diversity also reflects on one’s ability to learn from each other, such as developing global education system. Fourthly, faculty members should be good at communication skills, which include communicating with peers, public and industry.  A successful scientist should not only have the capability to talk with their peers in the academic conference by using the professional terms, they should also can introduce their scientific results to industry for the practical application and obtain support or fundings, and also can pass on the scientific knowledge to public and educate public as extension. The last but not the least, an ideal faculty member should know how to balance their work and their life. Too much work does not guarantee a success in one’s career. If one spends too much time on their work by scarifying taking care of their family members or giving up their habits, they will only feel stressful and finally lost their passion and interest in their work. In addition, they probably will not have time to communicate with the outside world and be cut off from this world.

Everything is a remix

“Everything is a remix” is a series of very inspiring short videos. The videos introduce the idea “remix” by examples of its application in music, movie and many other fields, and further explain it as “copy, transform and combine”.

To me, the idea “remix” is very similar with the concept of research. When doing a research, the scientists need to thoroughly study the former related researches to learn the previous results and conclusions, and compare the advantage and weak points of different methods that can be used in their work. Then, the researchers “copy” the successful method and “borrow” the previous results as the bases to continue explore the certain topic.  A typical example is writing a review.  The author needs to summarize and select the results from hundreds of former researches, and then “combine” them together as a whole. In most cases, the author has to give his own conclusion or prediction after this combination thus gives them a new life.

It reminds me the concept of “Interdisciplinary Research”, which is to integrate the methodologies, techniques or ideas of different subjects. The development of science is boomed today because of the utilization and transform of technologies from other fields and combine them into one’s own research. Thus, the “remix” in science and higher education can provides a new perspective to a single subject and inspire the multiple thoughts about one topic/problem.

Chinese education VS American education

It is interesting to find out that there are a lot differences between Chinese and American education system and related culture.

It was reported that the education background of parents will influence their kids in US. Young people whose parents have taken secondary education or higher has much bigger chance (odds is 1.03) of being in higher education, while those ones whose parents have not obtained an upper secondary education has particularly small chance to go to college (odds is 0.44) (OECD, 2012). However, it is totally different from China. In China, higher education is considered very important to most of Chinese parents. Some of them take higher education as an honor and some of them believe the certificate from the college can promise a good job. Thus in China, most of parents would like to try their best to support and encourage their kids to go to the college.

Another difference is the tuition of college in China is much cheaper than in US. Although it depends on different major, the fee for most major and college is only about 1000 dollars for a year in China. However, it doesn’t mean it is cheap for most of the Chinese family and there are at least 1/3 of students who can not afford their tuition and living expense. But Chinese government has many related policy to help these students including various scholarship, working opportunities in school and student loan. What’s more, the living expense in Chinese college is also cheaper than living outside school. The fee of dorm and food in school for students is much cheaper and almost all the students choose to live in campus.

Further, the way of teaching in China is also different from US. In Chinese college, most of professors will prepare the PPT and what they talk about is closely follow the text book and their PPT. Some of the students are rarely shown up in the class, but they go back to study themselves only through text book and the notebook of their classmates, then they can obtain a good score at final exam (the only exam in the semester) at the end of the semester. However, American professors normally give a monthly exam which can help the teacher to evaluate the students and adjust the content of course. Monthly exam can also separate the pressure of the students and urge them to catch up with the class. On the other hand, the American teachers pay much more attention on the communication with their students. They always have discussion in the class and students can not only obtain knowledge and learn different ideas from their teacher but also from their classmates. But in China, we rarely have discussion in class or even group project. Students learn everything only from their teachers. Also, it is not common for students to ask questions in class since it is sometimes considered as the interruption of the class and the teachers prefer to be asked after class if they have time.