September 8, 2010   Leave a comment

Public Health:  I will be working primarily with Dr. Zunzhen Zhang, professor and Chairperson of the Department of Environmental Health.  Dr. Zhang, is a toxicologist by training. Two of her recent publications are: 1). Enhanced Sensitivity to DNA Damage Induced by Cooking Oil Fumes in HumanOGG1Deficient Cells; Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis 49:265-275 (2008) and  2) Involvement of DNA polymerase beta in repairing oxidative damages induced by antitumor drug adriamycin, Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.taap.2010.05.011.  Both are available on-line at U of L.  Dr. Wu Mei,  a new faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health, was co-author on both papers and Liu Shukun, a Ph.D. Candidate was co-author on the paper published in 2010.  In addition to these persons, I will be working with Zhao Wei, a doctoral candidate that has been assigned to help me navigate some of the challenges of Chinese academe and assist in my classes. In addition to these persons, Dr. Zhang has one other Ph.D. candidate and five masters students working in her laboratory. 

From the China Daily:  A week or so ago there was a 120 km (70 miles) long traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet highway.  About 10,000 trucks were stuck in the jam.  Traffic remains a challenge in China.  It was recently reported that Beijing alone has 5 million cars and are adding up to 2000  per day.   Even in Chengdu, where there are more bicycles and motor bikes there is an uneasy interaction between cars and bikes and pedestrians. 


From my day:  We meet a Fulbright student who is doing research at Juizhaigoi Nature Reserve about 300 km north of Chengdu.  Amanda, has completed her PhD in anthropology and is looking at the history of  human habitation in the region of the nature reserve.  She and her husband live in a compound at 7000 ft in a extremely mountainous areas of northwest Sichuan province.  An interesting finding about her research suggest that on e of the key reasons this area became inhabited was because of  terracing caused by landslides over thousands of years.  Apparently, the landslides provided flattened surfaces that could serve for human habitation.   Another of her finding, based on habitation of landslide terraces, suggest that human habitation in the area occurred more that 2000 years earlier than previously expected.  This is my interpretation of a brief discussion with her over a Korean dinner.  Amanda is also a mountain biker.  She and her husband will be leaving in December to return to the States where she will be a faculty member  at Oberlin  College in Ohio..


Posted September 8, 2010 by uolrrj in Uncategorized

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