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Professor Carolyn Bertozzi's Visit and Lecture
Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

—A Female Scientist's Perspective on Science and Life
"The Li Ka Shing Foundation Distinguished Woman in Science" 

From Nov. 30th to Dec. 1st, the winner of "Li Ka Shing Foundation Distinguished Woman in Science" award, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, paid a visit to Shantou University and gave several well-received lectures. Dr. Bertozzi, who is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, displayed her unique charisma as an outstanding female scientist to all the faculty and students.

Professional Knowledge, Simple Words

On the afternoon of November 30th, Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi reported on "Chemistry in Living Systems – New Tools for Glycobiology" in the Disciplinary Research Center Lecture Hall. The lecture was presided over by Prof. Wei Chiju from the Biological Medicine and Advanced Materials Research Center. Vice President Li Dan also attended the lecture and presented a souvenir to the visitor on behalf of Shantou University.

The lecture focused on the development of chemical strategies for imaging glycans in living systems. Taking the applications for imaging glycans in developing zebra fish as a case in point, Dr. Bertozzi explained the phenomenon of how cell surface glycans are dynamically regulated during development and disease progression. She pointed out that the ability to visualize changes in glycan composition and distribution in vivo as physiological changes unfold is of considerable interest for studies of developmental biology and for cancer monitoring.  
During the lecture, Prof. Bertozzi interacted with teachers and students and passionately answered their questions, which drew round after round of hearty applause.

Interpreted Success with Personal Experience

In the evening, Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi shared her outward and inward journey as a scientific researcher with faculty and students. It was presided over by Mr. Tan Kanglin from the Law School in the ACC Conference Room 5.

To live up to the eager expectations of her family, Prof. Bertozzi gave up her childhood dream of becoming a football player or rock musician. In 1984, she became a student of Biology at Harvard University, but she changed her major to Chemistry in her second year. As she studied, she fell in love with this field and made some important decisions: first, to continue studying chemistry; second, to return to studying biology; third, to search out well-recognized professors; fourth, to pursue her own interest in these scientific fields. Following her goals, she chose to pursue the second and fourth decisions after she graduated.  "It was the decision that they call "flushing the toilet" that makes me different from others. " She said that the process of learning and choosing was wonderful.

The birth of her son in 2008 provided her with another perspective on observing the world. "I always tell my students that if you think your personal life is bitter, so is your career."

"There is no boss above me, so I can control my time. Doing research that interests me, I can enjoy my achievements by helping students succeed and by encountering various choices and challenges at any time..." Prof. Bertozzi listed the advantages of her profession. But, as she said, there is no perfect profession in the world, and most of the time, she is facing the pressure of time and the sense of crisis brought about by the limits of income. "What man can do is at least to get things done well."

In her view, success is to enjoy and fulfill oneself through work. She hopes that students at Shantou University can follow their hearts and find success in life.

On the morning of Dec. 1st, Prof. Bertozzi met with Counselor of Medical College Frieda Law. Doctor Law provided a general introduction to the Medical College, the innovative reform concept of using talents to cultivate the means, and medical charity projects such as "Hospice Care," "Project New Life" and "Caring is Hip" which are strongly supported by the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

Meanwhile, Prof. Bertozzi showed her great interest in the teaching innovations at the Medical College and expressed her approval of the clinical technical training courses and the effort to build students' sense of social responsibility via poverty alleviation and charity work.

Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Art and her research focuses on applications of chemistry and nanoscience in the study of cellular processes.  She has received numerous awards including the Ernst Schering Prize, MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, Irving Sigal Award from the Protein Society, Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, ACS Cope Scholars award, and the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

The Li Ka Shing Foundation Distinguished Woman In Science Award at UC Berkeley is presented to two outstanding female faculty members each year so that they can visit two Chinese institutions of their choice.  Professor Bertozzi was due to visit Peking University after Shantou.