On the afternoon of September 19, the 2015 Annual Qiu Shi Awards Presentation Ceremony was grandly held at the University of Science and Technology of China. BAI Hao, a researcher of ZJU’s College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and WANG Liming, a professor of ZJU’s Life Sciences Institute, received the “Qiu Shi Outstanding Young Scholar Award”. DING Xianting, who received his bachelor’s degree at ZJU, was also the winner of this award.
The Qiu Shi Science & Technologies Foundation was established by Mr. CHA Chi Ming (1914-2007) and his family in Hong Kong in 1994. It was named after the present Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, formerly known as Qiu Shi Academy. The primary mission of the Foundation is to promote scientific and technological progress in China by recognizing and rewarding successful Chinese scientists and scholars. The Foundation’s advisory board consists of a group of distinguished and internationally acclaimed scientists, including Chen Ning YANG, ZHOU Guangzhao, Yuet Wai KAN, David HO, HAN Qide, SUN Jiadong, and SHI Yigong. The late Professor Shiing-Shen CHERN, an acclaimed mathematician, and Professor Yuan Tseh LEE were also the former advisors of the Foundation.
The “Qiu Shi Outstanding Young Scholar Award” is committed to rewarding eminent young Chinese researchers who return to China for further development and rendering support to top universities in China in attracting a strong cohort of rising scholars, thus cultivating scientific leaders in the coming 2 decades.
BAI Hao, born in 1983, received his bachelor’s degree in the Department of Polymer Science at Zhejiang Unviersity in 2006. He obtained his doctorate in physical chemistry at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. He engaged in his post-doctoral research in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley between 2012 and 2015. He is currently a researcher in the College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University. His major research is focused on the design and development of bionic intelligent materials by drawing inspiration from nature. As a cutting-edge interdisciplinary field, the design and development of bionic materials are increasingly dependent upon the fusion and integration of various disciplines, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer. In-depth research into biological materials unravels the relationship of their complicated multi-level structure and their superb function, thereby providing an infinite source of inspiration for the design of new materials. On this basis, bionic materials featured by the remarkable attributes of natural materials can be developed via theoretical simulation and CAD.
WANG Liming, born in 1983, did his bachelor’s degree in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University in 2005 and obtained his doctorate at California Institute of Technology in 2011. Then he worked as a Bowes research fellow at UC Berkley. In 2013, he returned to China and secured employment at the Shanghai Office of Boston Consulting Group. In 2014, he embarked on his career as a professor and researcher in the Life Sciences Institute of Zhejiang University. His major research interest is focused on the neurobiological regulation of metabolism in animals. Put it simply, it is concerned with research into how our brains feel that we are hungry, how they detect the dearth of various nutrients and how to trigger a series of behavioral responses, in particular in foraging and ingesting.