Physics Hosts Visiting Students from Kuang Yaming Honors School, Nanjing University

Thursday, September 5, 2013

In the week of August 26, the Physics department hosted a visit by 12 students and their faculty leaders from Kuang Yaming Honors School, an honors college in natural sciences from Nanjing University. Among the 12 students, 5 are physics majors, 6 chemistry majors, and 1 math major. During this visit, the students attended presentations by chairs of Chemistry (Prof. Steve Craig), Math (Prof. Harold Layton) and Physics (Prof. Haiyan Gao) introducing the three departments. The students also attended research talks by Prof. Anita Layton on math biology, and Prof. Jie Liu on Carbon nanotubes, from synthesis to real applications. Prof. Robert Calderbank, Director of Duke Information Initiative gave a nice introduction to the visiting students, and students also met with Dr. Nora Bynum, Vice Provost for Duke Kunshan University and China Initiatives. In addition, students attended different classes, visited the Duke Chapel, Duke Gardens, and also toured Duke Free Electron Laser laboratory, and the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory. The department hosted a luncheon and tea to welcome these students and to provide opportunities for faculty and students in Chemistry, Math and Physics to have informal interactions with visiting students and faculty. We thank Dr. Bynum’s office for providing financial support for physics to host this visit, and Ms. Connie Blackmore (Physics DUS Assistant) for arranging the detailed schedule for our visitors. The feedback from visiting students has been extremely positive. They had a wonderful week at Duke.