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Three NTU Professors Won Prestigious Awards
from the Zhong-shan Academic and Cultural Foundation

National Taiwan University has three professors who won the 2010 Academic Writing Award and the Literary Creation Award from the Zhong-Shan Academic and Cultural Foundation—Department of Psychology Professor Kwang-Kuo Hwang and Department of Chemical Engineering Professor Duu-Jong Lee won the Academic Writing Award with a book entitled “Confucian Nepotism ” and an article series entitled “Biological Particle Series”, respectively, and Department of Chinese Literaturee Professor Huei-Mian Li won the Literary Creation Award with a collection of prose entitled “Love like a torch of fire.” Below are the brief biological profiles of the three professors.

Professor Kwang-Kuo Hwang received his Master’s degree from the Institute of Psychology of NTU, and subsequently earned his doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Hawaii. He served as a special research fellow and convener of psychology for the National Science Council, and President of the Asian Psychological Association. He is now a National Chair Professor and Distinguished Professor with tenure at National Taiwan University.

The book “Confucian Nepotism” written by Professor Hwang was based on the doctrine of “localization of psychology,” which broadly discussed Western psychological studies from philosophical reflections, theoretical structures and empirical researches and discovered that Western psychological studies were individual-focused and left a lot to be desired, so he Introduced the Confucian Nepotism doctrine of “face and favor” as an innovative means to localize psychological research methods.. His book is very insightful, precisely diagnostic, innovative and pioneering, and received unanimous affirmation and commendation from the panel of judges.

Professor Duu-Jong Lee earned his doctoral degree from the Institute of Chemical Engineering of our University. He once served as an Associate Professor for the College of Engineering of Yuan-Ze University and the Department of Chemical Engineering of NTU. He is now Distinguished Professor with tenure at our University, and President of the International Water and Hydrogen Association, while serving on the editorial board of 8 academic journals including Bioresource Technology, Elsevier, etc. This time, Professor Lee won the 2010 Zhong-shan Academic Writing Award with 7 articles entitled “biological particle series.”,

Biological particles (i.e., sludge) study, is an very important issue. Professor Lee’s research team has been committed to this area for a long time. In recent years his team members made use of bio-technology to explore the major interactions between the cells of biological particles in the formation of stimulations, and tried to understand and further control the micro-scale transport and micro-reaction phenomenon within biological particles while applying the findings to the treatment of organic matters in waste waters., His research achievements have been published in many internationally renowned environmental and bio-tech journals.

Professor Huei-Mian Li had been afflicted with polio ever since her childhood years. Owing to her long years of suffering from severe illness, she had the unique opportunity to appreciate the endless care, support, and encouragement from many people, wherefrom she cultivated the indomitable will to make progress. In terms of education and employment, she overcame her handicap and graduated from primary, middle school, obtained her university degree, and eventually earned a Ph.D. from National Taiwan University whereupon she stayed and taught.

She rose from the rank of a lecturer to Associate Professor and finally to Professor. Such kind of perseverance and achievement is rarely found in ordinary people.

Professor Li’s collection of prose entitled “Love like a torch of fire” used “love” as its theme, and described that people could convert each other because every person had love in his/her heart like a torch of fire which could be used to keep each other warm or illuminate each other.

Therefore, she used the Buddhist saying “Love is like a torch of fire” as the name of her book to highlight the existence of endless love in the human world. The author has been immersed in Chinese literature for many years, and is very erudite, knowing the literary heritage from past to present. Her writings are very terse, and she made many allusions to poems and historical anecdotes, so the prose are most readable, interesting, and esoteric. The book describes many real-life stories, but the stories are related with a light penmanship, so they are extremely sincere and touching.

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