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【The 10th Entrepreneurs Forum】Discussing Industry Forefronts in Sub-forums

June 16,2017

On the afternoon of May 29 in the sub-forums, alumni entrepreneurs discussed on four topics in the Alumni Project of Attracting Capital and Intelligence and the 10th HUST Entrepreneurs Forum, including  artificial intelligence and intelligent manufacturing, internet leading the future, venture investment and financing and IPO situations.  Huang Xiaoqing (CEO of CloudMinds), Yang Yongzhi (founder of Dolphin Browser), Zhou Wei (CEO of INMOTION), Liu Deheng (co-founder of Wuhan Silicon Integrated Co., Ltd.), Tu Shuhui (ROVER Robot (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.) and Prof. Zhang Haiou in School of Mechanical Science and Engineering were engaged in a dialogue discussing the relationships between artificial intelligence and intelligent manufacturing and their impact to the industry development in the future. Zhang Xiangning (founder of www.net.cn), Zhu Weihao (partner of Cybernaut), Chai Zaixi (Chairman of the board of Yuanshun Group), Huang Chengsong (founder of juanpi.com), Jin Yiye (founder of Ping++), Yan Qinghua (CEO of Pinssible), Xu Yujian (vice-president of beibei.com) and Xiao Xianyi (founder of Two Huangli Education) probed into how the internet will lead the future. Wang Chaoyong (founder and chairman of China Equity Group) summarized and commented on the discussions of sub-forums, with Yang Huajun (partner of HUA Partners) and Liu Chao (CEO of iFensi.com) as the moderators. In the forum, alumni entrepreneurs expressed their own views and provided visionary suggestions on the industry forefronts combing their own startup experiences, and thoroughly analyzed two key topics: artificial intelligence and intelligent manufacturing and internet leading the future. In the Fourth HUST Venture Investment and Financing Forum, moderated by the well-known angel investor Gong Hongjia (president of Alumni Venture Investment Association) and Zhong Xiaolin (co-founder of Turing Capital) in the session of Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Manufacturing, Zou Xuecheng (committee member of HUST Academic Board), Wang Xiaopeng (founder and general manager of EyeSmart Technology Ltd), Li Wenbiao (director of Walden International), Prof. Wang Jinjun in Xi'an Jiaotong University (expert in the National 1000-Young-Talent Program of China) and Xia Lifeng (co-founder of juanpi.com) discussed what kinds of industries would face the largest impacts and changes brought by artificial intelligence. Moderated by Gong Hongjia and angel investor Wu Shan in the bioscience session, Yang Xiangliang (vice-president of School of Life Science), Prof. Hao Tie, Prof. Han Junyan and Associate Prof. Fu Qin in Basic Medicine School discussed how major breakthroughs in bioscience could change the fate of humankind. In the IPO situations session, moderated by Mei Shaohua (deputy director of Securities Daily and executive chairman of China Smart City Investment Consortium), Chen Shuzhi (chairman of the board of Prolto), Ou Guolun (president of Jolimark Holdings Ltd.), Guo Song (chairman of the board of Urovo), Zhang Hongtao (chairman of the board of Xuji Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.), Zhang Fasheng (chairman of the board of Shenzhen Hopesen Technology Co., Ltd.), Tian Maosheng (president of Wuhan Huazhong Numerical Control Co., Ltd.) and Fu Peng (chairman of the board of Hopefound Education and Technology Co., Ltd.) shared how they innovated and started up businesses in various industries as well as promoting their core competence for IPO.

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The Internationalization of Talents Training in SES

June 14,2017

On 10th May, an entirely new sort of luncheon for teachers and students was held in a conference room in the Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO). Acting as a bridge between teachers and students, luncheon is a common activity in colleges and universities in recent years. For students studying at School of Engineering Science (SES) of HUST, this luncheon was international because those whom they had lunch with were all world-famous foreign scholars. The three international scholars of this luncheon are: Prof. Jürgen Kurths, a professor at Humboldt University of Berlin and academician of Academia Europaea, Prof. M Jamal Deen, an outstanding professor at McMaster University and president of the Royal Society of Canada, and Prof. Song Jianjian, a professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. They shared their opinions and experience on issues of concern such as how to cultivate critical academic thinking, how to lay the mathematical foundation and how to improve competitiveness in applying for elite universities overseas with students from SES. Their experience and guidance helped students from SES have a clear idea of the direction they want their careers and lives to take. Communicating face-to-face with the world-renowned scholars is important to students from SES, which is unanimously regarded as the best way to broaden their horizon. By this way. students from SES can not only exchange ideas with those experts in classroom or during academic activities, but also have the opportunity to participate in their daily research. In his freshman year, Liang Zhizhuo the boy was appointed as the life assistant of Paul Wright. Liang was very serious about the work and made lots of preparation. He said, “Even for the text messages sent to the professor, I had repeatedly polished. As I was afraid that there would be some mistakes, I also asked my roommates to look them over before sending them out.” This made Liang grow up quickly. In 2015, Liang went to University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) to participate in a three-week winter camp which broadened his academic vision. Prof. Xu Shuhua, deputy dean of SES, introduced that more than 50% of the students from SES had the opportunity to go to elite universities overseas such as Cambridge University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, University of Washington, Harvard University and Humboldt University of Berlin for short-term study with subsides, which gave them a chance to experience the learning model in overseas elite universities and share the advanced ideas there.   In addition to the short-term overseas study, SES also set up the Star Scholars Forum for undergraduate students. A number of well-known overseas scholars, including Prof. Kon Max Wong, an academician of Academy of Science and Royal Society of Canada, Prof. Laguna, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Prof. Costanzo, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, are invited to lecture at SES every year, interacting face-to-face with students. These lectures give students an opportunity to learn from those famous scholars and open up students’ international academic horizon. Undergraduate students at SES also have the opportunity to participate in the research projects in overseas universities. Luo Yilin, a junior at SES, went to University of Alberta in Canada for a three-month research practice. In the laboratories of the Membrane Protein Disease Research Group (MPDRG), Luo came into contact with the frontier of international research and successfully defended the subproject as the laboratory required.  “The research system of the laboratories is perfect and every graduate student or Ph.D. student has clear research targets,” said Luo. This experience helped Luo form a clearer understanding of her own aim. Luo said. She has determined to take full advantage of the excellent learning environment provided by SES and build a solid foundation for her further study. As one of the four “International Demonstration Schools” authorized by MoE of China, the School of Engineering Science (SES) of HUST was founded in 2013. Since its establishment, SES has been aiming to build itself into an international-style talent training and research center. The school now is under the administration of a team headed by Prof. Jürgen Kurths of Humboldt University. It has recruited fifteen international scholars as the faculty, including two academicians of Canadian Academy of Engineering and eight professors at overseas universities. The scholars are from famous universities such as University College London, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, the University of Hong Kong, and Montana State University. Taking the biomedical engineering disciplines of University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Johns Hopkins University as the eikon, SES redesigned its curriculum system in line with the international standard, promoted “small-sized class teaching” and implemented the bilingual education. Prof. Jürgen Kurths, dean of SES, had abundant teaching and management experience in elite universities in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. He said that this was the first time he had the opportunity to set up an undergraduate school for training innovative talents. He said,” There are very few projects that focus on elite undergraduates training. However, the talents training should be started from undergraduates training.” Coming from Germany to China, Prof. Jürgen Kurths hopes to take advantage of the excellent research environment and the international exchange platform provided by WNLO to cultivate international talents. Prof. Jürgen Kurths found that all of the students had very good language background and research potential. “I believe that they will be able to pursue further study in first-class universities or scientific research institutions around the world after the four-year study,” he said. Prof. Li Xun from McMaster University participated in the design of the training plan and the syllabus of some international research team. He pointed out that when designing the training plan, the school should integrate the idea of internationalization into the teaching, in order to improve students' ability of thinking and innovative learning. He said,” Students should not only learn the existing knowledge, but also learn to think.” According to the assessment of international curriculums, students need to do oral presentation in English. And Prof. Li Xun hopes that students could ask international experts more questions. He said, “A good question is the symbol of a good thinker and also the starting point for a research.”  Prof. Fu Ling, deputy dean of SES, said that the school was now planning to send the first batch of qualified seniors to study abroad and accomplish their graduation project there. “It is a challenge as well as an opportunity for them to accomplish their graduation project by taking advantage of international research resources. I believe that they can seize this opportunity and achieve their goals by using what they have learned in the four-year study here,” she said. Prof. Fu Ling was very confident about this plan. She hopes to continue to introduce foreign teachers, establish more international exchange platforms, and cultivate students as “learners who have been thinking". At present, SES has built cooperative relationships with more than twenty first-class universities or scientific research institutions overseas. Till now, the school has provided an extensive range of financial aids and supported thirty-three undergraduates go to first-class universities overseas for different programs, such as foreign exchange training, research practice, summer and winter camp, and academic competitions. According to the training plan, 100% of the fresh graduate have the opportunity to participate in internatiianl exchange activities.  As for the talent training plan in the future, Prof. Jürgen Kurths said that SES would continue to promote the internationalization of undergraduate education and teaching, plan to improve a number of high-level international cooperation projects such as “3+2” with world-renowned universities such as University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine). Despite being an excellent international demonstration school, SES will also enhance its international impacts on biomedical engineering disciplines, building itself as an teaching demonstration area featured with multidisciplinary research, solid foundation of engineering science, and top-notch innovative talents.          

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HUST rank 33rd in Reuters TOP 75 Asia's Most Innovative Universities 2017

June 12,2017

On June 8th, “Reuters TOP 75: A List of Asia's Most Innovative Universities” was released annually by Reuters and Clarivate Analytics (the former Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property and Science Business). The list presents educational institutions that has fruitfully promoted progress and developed new technologies. Huazhong University of Science and Technology(HUST) has been on the list for 2 consecutive years. HUST has ranked 33rd in Asia 2017, listing 6th among the mainland universities.  There are 21 universities in Mainland China on the list in total, which are: Tsinghua University (6th ), Peking University (13th ), Zhejiang University (19th ), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (20th ), Fudan University (26th ), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (33rd ), Beijing University of Chemical Technology (34th ), Tianjin University (39th ), South China University of Technology (40th ), East China University of Science and Technology (43rd ), China University of Petroleum (45th), Southeast University (49th ), Nanjing University (53rd ), Dalian University of Technology (57th ), Sichuan University (59th ), Nankai University 61st ), Xi'an Jiaotong University (62nd ), Sun Yat-Sen University (63rd ), Harbin Institute of Technology (65th ), University of Electronic Science and Technology of China(70th ), Tongji University (75th ). It is reported that "Reuters TOP75 Asia's Most Innovative Universities" list has been cooperated with Clarivate Analytics since its first release in 2016.The 2017 list of is again based on the exclusive data and multi-index analysis of Clarivate Analytics, including the number of patent application and the data of academic papers citation, which are important indicators for Reuters to rank the most innovative universities in Asia-Pacific region. There are 25 universities in China (including 4 in Hong Kong) on the list, ranking the first by numbers, there are 19 universities in Japan, 5 in Australia, 2 in Singapore, 1 in New Zealand and 1 in India on the list as well.

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Prof. Cai Jianming’s Team Uncovers a New Method for Quantum Sensing

June 09,2017

On May 19th, Physics Review Letters published the latest result of the team led by Prof. Cai Jianming in the School of Physics about the diamond-based quantum sensing and quantum metrology. The paper is entitled Scheme for Detection of Single-molecule Radical Pair Reaction Using Spin in Diamond. Prof. Cai is the corresponding author of this paper and the postdoc researcher Liu Haibin is the first author. Prof. Martin B. Plenio in the University of Ulm in Germany, who is an adjunct professor at the School of Physics of HUST also participated in this work. In recent years, quantum metrology based on fundamental principles of quantum mechanics with potential applications e.g. in sensing and imaging on the micro (nano) scale has attracted increasingly interest. One of the most appealing quantum sensing technologies is based on quantum spin in diamond. Due to the excellent properties of quantum spin in diamond, the technology has been successfully applied to micro (nano)-scale precise detection of magnetic field, electric field, single spin, temperature and so on. Furthermore, because of the chemical inertness and biocompatibility, diamond spin sensor may have wide applications in biology and medicine. Radical pair reaction also plays an important role in spin chemistry biology. The general detection methods usually apply to macroscopic samples (namely consisting of billions of molecules). Such ensemble measurement only allows to measure the average properties of macroscopic samples, while the unique information of single-molecule reaction may not be captured. Prof. Cai’s team proposed a new method using spin in diamond as a probe to detect the charge recombination of radical pair at a single-molecule level under ambient conditions. The result shows that the probe is sensitive enough to identity the influence of the direction of geomagnetic field on the single-molecule radical pair reaction.  The result is expected to provide a new route towards highly efficient detection of free radicals and the related kinetic processes at single-molecule level in physiological processes, including photosynthesis, biological magnetic sensing and radical involved organism diseases. Moreover, it may also boost the research on chemical synthesis or polymerization that involves electron transfer. The quantum physics and technology laboratory led by Prof. Cai is currently making intensive efforts to implement the detection technology in experiment. 

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Professor Miao Xiangshui’s team Make Progress in Nonvolatile Computing Technology

June 09,2017

On May 25th, Nanoscale published Professor Miao Xiangshui’s team’s research on nonvolatile memristor computing technology as the inside cover. The research paper, named Nonvolatile reconfigurable sequential logic in a HfO2 resistive random access memory array, concerned on a new strategy of realizing reconfigurable sequential logic in a memristor array. The research is completed in cooperation by Professor Miao’s team of HUST and Professor Ting-chang Chang’ team in National Sun Yat-Sen University,Taiwan. PH.D candidate Zhou Yaxiong and lecturer Li Yi are joint first authors while Professor Miao and Professor Chang (Honorary Visiting Professor in HUST) are co-corresponding authors.  Memristor is the fourth basic circuit components besides resistor, capacitor, and inductor. Due to its high speed, low-power consumption, high integration, fusion of information storage and computing functions, it is considered as the most promising fundamental device  to realize the integration of memory and logical computing in Post-Moore’s law era. Its development will promote the general reform of logical operation theory and computing architecture, and overthrow the traditional von Neumann architecture from the basis. However, research on the physical principal and efficient algorithm of memristor-based logicis insufficient yet. Professor Miao’s team explore several critical aspects including logical iteration, state transition and cascade problem in memristor array, and provide feasible schemes of parallel computing . Utilizing the most common single bipolar device and complementary structure in a crossbar array, the research successfully implemented  basic Boolean logics and proposed an efficient solution of an full-adder. Comparing with traditional transistor-based reconfigurable logic circuits, there is no necessity to change hardware connection to reprogram memristor logic, whereas the control signals determine the executing functions. The work show great potential to be one candidate strategy of future high-performance parallel computing.  In recent years, Professor Miao and his information storage materials and devices team made systematic research on effective fusion of storage and computing. They make achievements in new principle non-volatile logic computing on the basis of new physical mechanisms, such as phase transition of chalcogenide materials, magnetoelectric effect, and metallic filamentary evolution, etc. They proposed a universal logic algorithm based on four mathematical variables and acquired experimental verification in bipolar, complementary, and 1T1R memristors. Their solutions show the best computational complexity so far, and can be applied in the high-density integration method in industry. The original results have been published on well-known international journals, such as ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (8, 34559–34567, 2016)、IEEE Electron Device Letters (38, 1-4, 2017)、Applied Physics Letters (109, 023506, 2016; 106, 233502, 2015)、Journal of Applied Physics (114, 234503, 2013). Also, they wrote the first Chinese book on memristor, Introduction to Memristor,which is recently published by Beijing Science Press.     

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Progress made on synthesis of two dimensional materials via the molten salts method

June 08,2017

On May 30th, the new findings by Professor Jun Zhou’s research group of Wuhan National Lab of Optoelectronics was published on-line in Nature Communications (Nature Communications 2017, DOI: 10.1038 / ncomms15630). The title of this paper is “Rapid mass production of two dimensional metal oxides and hydroxides via the molten salts method”. Zhimi Hu, Xu Xiao and Huanyu Jin are the co-first authors, and prof. Jun Zhou is the corresponding author of the paper.   Two-dimensional (2D) materials with atomic layer thickness have received extensive attention due to their unique physical and chemical properties. Previously, scientists reported a variety of methods to prepare two-dimensional materials, including exfoliation ((mechanical exfoliation, liquid phase exfoliation, electrochemical exfoliation, etc.), chemical vapor deposition and wet chemistry. But how to achieve efficient, fast, low cost, large-scale two-dimensional materials preparation remained a conundrum for the researchers. In the previous research, Professor Jun Zhou and Professor Jiang Tang worked with Professor Yury Gogotsi of Drexel University in the United States by using crystal salt (NaCl, KCl, etc.) as template to synthesize non-layer structure two dimensional transition metal oxide and nitride (Nat. Commun. 2016, 7, 11296; ACS Nano 2017, 11, 2180). They noted that salt exists in the form of "bare ions" when in molten state so as to avoid the ion desolvation in traditional chemical synthesis and reduce the activation energy of reaction, thus rendering possibility for achieving the rapid synthesis of materials. According to this characteristic, Professor Jun Zhou’s research group designed salt reaction system (LiNO3、NaNO3、KNO3, etc.) at a low melting point, which is adding the reaction precursor under the salt molten state for one minute and then simply washing with water (without centrifugation), the target product can be obtained (in the above picture). At the same time, the type of intercalation ion can be regulated simply by changing the type of the cation or anion of salt. In this way, the research group successfully prepared a variety of cation intercalation type of two dimensional transition metal oxides (including Na0.55Mn2O4·1.5H2O, K0.27MnO2·0.54H2O, Li2WO4 and Na2W4O13) and anionic intercalation transition metal hydroxide (including Zn5(OH)8(NO3)2·2H2O and Cu2(OH)3NO3), the synthesized materials show significant application prospects in some fields such as electrochemical energy storage devices and ion adsorption of heavy metal. This method is simple, rapid (minute-level), high yield (~ 62%) and has the potential of synthesizing two-dimensional material in large-scale. In the follow-up study, the group will further expand the universality of the method in the synthesis of two-dimensional material system and continue to study the synthesis mechanism in depth.  The research was supported by projects such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the "10,000 Talent Plan", etc.. The research also received the support and help from Dr. Liang Huang, lecturer of Wuhan National Lab of Optoelectronics, Feng Guang, Professor of School of Energy and Power Engineering, Yanrong Zhang, Professor of Institute of Environmental Science, etc..  The paper link: https: //www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15630  [a1]在英文表达中名在前,姓在后

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Patient with multiple myeloma finds hope in Tongji Hospital

June 07,2017

On May 10th, Ms. Wang was glad to see that the oncoprotein in her body totally disappeared. Wang the patient, who had experienced all existing treatments for multiple myeloma, miraculously, escaped from the grip of the death. Four years ago, when Wang was working in Beijing, she felt an unbearable backache but didn’t go to hospital immediately. One month later, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma Ⅲ, which is a kind of hematological malignancies occurring mainly in elder people and will cause pain,hypercalcemia,and renal function damage, etc. At that time, the cancer cells had already damaged Wang’s lumbar vertebra, and what’s worse, she also suffered in anemia and infection. With the thorough chemotherapy regimen designed by Professor Zhou Jianfeng of Tongji Hospital, Wang temporarily recovered. Unfortunately, because of the polyclone of cells and the drug resistance, Wang’s cancer recurred.  “CAR-T therapy, fight to live or die !’ Zhou Jianfeng made the decision. “In recent years, most patients do temporally relieve after the application of new drugs and chemotherapy. But the therapy will cause recurrence and drug resistance, which we have no better way to fight against. ”said Professor Zhou. CAR-T therapy is a kind of adoptive cellular immunotherapy. Clinically, the T cells of the patient will be cultivated into CAR-T cells, which can recognize and extinguish the cancer cells. Then the CAR-T cells will be transfused back into the body to destroy the cancer cells until the latter are extinguished. The CAR-T therapy has been reported to be used in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) in other countries. Live or die, Wang decided to try the CAR-T cell treatment immediately. On February 22, the doctors extract her T cells and cultivated them into qualified warriors. On March 10, the doctors transfused large doses of CAR-T cells into Ms. Wang’s body. Professor Li Chunrui, the doctor in charge of Ms. Wang, introduced that the CAR-T cell transfusion will cause a dilemma situation. On one hand, the CAR-T cells will release a large amount of cytokines, which if overdosed, will cause high fever, even low blood pressure and respiratory failure. On the other hand, to cure the multiple myeloma, the patient must be injected overdosed CAR-T cells. We have to take the risk” To their surprise, the treatment progressed smoothly. Ms. Wang only suffered a low fever and slight sick, and the symptoms were soon controlled. Two weeks later, the amount of albumin in her body increased and globulin decreased to normal range. This success encouraged Professor Zhou’s team. The CAR-T cell therapy is new but proved to be effective. It can prolong the patients’ life maximum. For patients suffering from recurrence and drug invalidity, CAR-T brings new hope to them.  

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Tongji Hospital initial outpatient service for leukemia drug discontinuance in China

June 06,2017

On May 8th, the first China outpatient service for leukemia drug discontinuance was initially set up in Tongji Hospital. The chronic myelogenous leukemia(CML) patients are expected to live a drug free and diseases free life by this service. Although targeted drug treatment is proved to be useful and efficient to chronic myelogenous leukemia(CML), the high price of the drugs brings heavy burden to the patients’ family. In the past four years, the research team of hematopathology in Tongji Hospital has helped 18 patients survive without medicine. CML is a kind of malignant diseases which starts from hematopoietic stem cell. It accounts for 20 percent of adult leukemia. Currently, the small-molecule targeted drugs could bring a 90% survival rate of CML patients. However, the surging monthly medicine cost of 20000-40000RMB brings heavy financial burden to the hit families. Besides, one thirds of people will suffer from complications, such as ostealgia, diarrhea, skin rash, etc. So, all the domestic and international definitive guides set keeping healthy after drug discontinuance as the ultimate target of the treatment. Zhou Jianfeng, the director of the department of hematopathology, together with his colleagues Professor Meng Li and Doctor Zhu Xiaojian, started a clinical research by keeping close observation of patients after drug discontinuance. The data shows that 40% of patients keep mitigating without recurrence and 99% of the rest recovered by taking medicine again. The data matched with the research results of French Research Group and Australian Adelaide Research Group. In March, 2015, Ms Li, a CML patient for seven years, came to Tongji Hospital with a dream of having a healthy baby. She dared not pregnant because of the mountains of drugs she had taken in the past years, which, she believed would cause fetal malformation. After reading domestic and international literature, Professor Zhou found that although CML is not genetic, taking medicine during the pregnancy could cause 40 percent fetal malformation and easily lead to early abortion. Meanwhile, Ms. Li has received standard treatment for seven years and kept stable molecular remission for over two years. Also, relevant predictors showed that she was in low risk of recurrence. To make her “mother dream” come true, Zhou made the decision of drug discontinuance supervision. Ms. Li stopped taking medicine in March, 2015 and gave birth to a healthy baby in October, 2016 without any evidence of recurrence. The success of such attempts and challenges excited Zhou’s team, giving them the confidence that their research is significant. If 40% patients could survive without target drugs, then is it possible to predict who will be the left 60% recurrence? According to the team’s research, the recurrence was closely related to the stem cells left in the patients’ body. Nowadays, a most advanced single cell sequencing analysis is under research. By comparing and analyzing the difference of stem cells in the patient’s body, the team will find the core factors of recurrence and design intervention intentionally. In the future, they may estimate recurrence and make the decision of drug discontinuance more accurately. Professor Meng Li said: “The research is meaningful. Both international and domestic experience show that, drug discontinuance is safe for most patients under accurate supervision.” Stop medicine for a month can save at least 1000 RMB per month and 150000 RMB a year for a patient. Also, effective drug discontinuance can avoid other complications. It is a win-win measure to build harmonious doctor-patient relationship. The outpatient service for leukemia drug discontinuance supervision is on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.  

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HUST Won the 6th WHU-HUST Dragon Boat Race

June 02,2017

On May 30th the traditional dragon boat festival day, the East Lake welcomed the 6th dragon boat race between Wuhan University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Early at 8 am, 4 racing boats were ready at the starting point. The stands had already been occupied by cheer teams of both sides. People were drumming, horning, waving caps and flags, cheering for their hero team.   The race, which kicked off at 9:40am, is composed of three parts, male- 200-meter, male-female-500-meter and male-800-meter. HUST won the male-200 with a record of 44’18”, while Wuhan University crossed the finish line at 49’85”. In the male-female-500, HUST narrowly won out WUH with a record of  2’0’’44. 22 members of each team participated in the final male-800. With the 22 paddles moved in u nison, HUST team led the way to the final line in 2’57”78, while WUH 3’07”27. HUST won Grand Champion of the 6th dragon boat race. President Prof. Ding Lieyun extended his congratulation and appreciation to the team.

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Progress on Sand Particle Morphology Published

May 23,2017

On May 17th, Géotechnique, the top international journal of geotechnical engineering, published the latest research results on three-dimensional reconstruction and multi-scale characterization of the sand particle morphology by Dr.Zhou Bo and Prof.Wang Huabin in the school of Civil Engineering and Mechanics. In recent years, with the development and application of high precision industrial CT technology and numerical simulation technology in geotechnical engineering, the observation of the physical and mechanical behaviors of geomaterials at mesoscopic scale has become a frontier research topic in this field. The study on the particle morphology of natural sands has become one of the hot and difficult problems in geotechnical engineering. The particle morphology has widely been acknowledged as the primary factor affecting the mechanical properties of sands under low stress conditions. The 3D reconstruction and characterization are the prerequisites for quantifying this morphological effect. In the paper entitled "Three-dimensional sphericity, fractal dimension of sand particles", the research group firstly obtained the three-dimensional (3D) morphological information of two kinds of sand particlesincluding the off-shore quartz sand and weathered granite residual sand by high-precision X-ray CT scanning and image processing. The spherical harmonic (SH) function was then used to reconstruct the accurate 3D morphology of these sand particles. Based on the SH-reconstructed particle surface, practical methods were proposed to calculate the 3D sphericity, roundness and fractal dimension of the sand particles. As a result, these parameters can be used for the characterization and quantification of the multi-scale morphological features of the sand particles. This study has been highly praised by Géotechnique's well-known reviewers: "This paper is a very welcome contribution to the field of morphological analysis of geomaterials. I would be very happy to see the work published. ". The first author of the paper, Dr. Zhou Bo, has focused on this research field for several years. A large amount of original findings and results were published in high-quality journals in geological and geotechnical fields, such as Engineering Geology, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. Huazhong University of Science and Technology is the first author affiliation.  Dr. Zhou Bo and Prof. Wang Huabin (Professor) are co-corresponding authors, Prof. Wang Jianfeng of Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Hong Kong City University is the second author. The research work was supported by two research grants from the National Science Foundation of China and the key project of the 12th five-year plan of the ministry of science and technology.  The link of this paper: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jgeot.16.P.207  

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