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今年我们春晚将在斯坦福校园内最好的演出场地Memorial Auditorium举办。Memorial Aud可以容纳1700名观众，是斯坦福各项重要活动场地的不二之选。同时，我们今年还邀请了新华社对晚会进行全程摄制和报道，邀请兄弟院校以及湾区各大校友会代表出席。春晚将会成为我们对外展示斯坦福中国学生学者形象的重要舞台。
On Oct.9th, our ACSSS Advising Program hosted the first event this quarter to bring together students and faculty. We invited seven Chinese professors from a variety of departments on campus to chat with students, sharing their successful experiences and answering questions especially from the new students. About 70 students and scholars participated in this event.
Ban Wang, Professor of Chinese Studies
Bianxiao Cui, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Han Hong, Professor of Economics
Jie Wang, Associate Professor of CEE
Jun Li, Professor of Mathematics
Shoucheng Zhang, Professor of Physics
Tien-Wen Wiedmann, Emeritus Professor of School of Medicine
Question.1 About choosing career in academia and industry
Prof. Bianxiao Cui: You can make a choice at any time. And you have to be clear that the way towards academia takes hard work.
Prof. Ban Wang: For humanities, there are still a lot openings and opportunities in academia, especially at Stanford.
Prof. Shoucheng Zhang: In fact, some people now have a third option. They achieve success in academic research, and they have their own company at the same time. But I think that requires high-level abilities.
Prof. Jun Li: Only a few of my classmates chose to stay in academia. Most of them chose Wall Street, IT and industry. Some people ask me why I stayed, I told them because I think Mathematics is much more interesting. No matter what you choose, it is your own choice.
Prof. Tien-Wen Wiedmann: Interest is No.1. You must find out your interest. Second, you should also ask yourself: do you like solve problems? Third, you must know who you are, your personality. You should consider the kind of people you want to deal with. In industry, your major goal is to make money. Boss would not like to teach someone who isn’t good at it. I like my job in academia not just because I like what I am doing but also because I enjoy work with people who share some common values with me. Also, if you stay in university, you should be interested in students. As Prof. Philip Wong once said, the products in university are students. If you go to industry, you will have different products. In academia, you can do anything you would like to do, if you are creative enough. On the other hand, no one will tell you what to do.
Prof. Jie Wang: Academia gives you many choices and space. But in industry, especially IT here, you may become a billionaire over night. I have some experience about start-ups, and what I want to point out that most of the time, it is not easy to make fortune. By the way, you should follow your interest.
Question.2 How to choose research direction and project?
Prof. Bianxiao Cui: You should choose it only because you really like this field, not because that you could publish papers more easily in this field. Besides, sometimes you like a field very much, but you may not do well. So you must find a balance between what you like and what you are good at.
Prof. Shoucheng Zhang: Some people succeed but others don’t, the reason is whether one seizes the opportunity at a decisive moment. In my early years, I think Theoretical Physics is the noblest. But one of my professors Chen-Ning Yang (杨振宁) advised me not to continue in this direction, because these theories are divorced from reality and away from practice. I was very confused at that time. After that I turned to condensed matter from high-energy physics. Although my research has changed, my style didn’t. I still consider it is the highest possible stage if you can apply the beautiful theories to the beautiful nature.
Prof. Jun Li: Different people have different styles. You should focus on something, and find out which direction will be more helpful to your development. Nobody can tell you this, you must explore by yourself gradually.
Prof. Bianxiao Cui: When we were in high school, teachers just spoon-feed students. We couldn’t pay attention to what you were really interested in. If you find yourself do not like your present direction, you should not hesitate to make the decision to change direction, or even change advisor. You can also change from academia to industry.
Prof. Ban Wang: Humanities is different. You should make sure whether it is your interest or just kitsch when you choose your direction. Now Stanford tries to make students interested in Humanities, so they use some attractive titles in courses. Such things are rootless, because they leave the students with only a limited acquaintance with the whole culture. You can’t let a person run before he can walk. One should choose research direction and program based on a deep understanding of culture, only that wouldn’t he just follow others and let hot trends lead him around by the nose.
Question.3 Stay in the United States or go back to china?
Prof. Jie Wang: I found my job in the United States, and my wife and children are also here. So I didn’t think too much at that time.
Prof. Jun Li: It is hard to say what will the situation in China be like after five or ten years. Experience in past time may not apply for today.
Prof. Shoucheng Zhang: Now there are many attractive programs and resources in China. But in China, the pace of academic research is too fast. Stanford has quiet academic environment. I always think that the greatest ideas were given birth during leisure time. Academic research needs enough resources, as well as enough freedom.
Prof. Tien-Wen Wiedmann: Don’t fill your days with things everyday. If you are in industry, 20 of your 24 hours are for work. Think outside the box. Don’t think what everybody thinks. Don’t follow. Ask yourself: Why do I have to do this way? Maybe there is a better way. That’s how you can make progress. Open your mind, learn different things, go back to china, and make it a better place.
Question. 4 More Advices for PhD students
Prof. Tien-Wen Wiedmann: You all have the education background in China. Just to be opposite to what you used to do in china. The choices and opportunities in China are limited. But it is different at Stanford. We want students to explore.
Prof. Shoucheng Zhang: Take advantage for opportunities. There are a lot of good lectures available online now (both on youtube and itune). You can learn something new and different, then you may find what you are really interested in.
Prof. Tien-Wen Wiedmann: You have to be good at what you do. If you have no ideas, you should go to find something else. You need to think about new projects. You should keep searching. You have to be flexible. There are always opportunities for you.
Kick-off dinner: introduction
Kick-off dinner: food serving
Kick-off dinner: panel discussion
Advsing group photo
Kick-off dinner: panel discussion
Kick-off dinner: panel discussion
Kick-off dinner: Prof. Bianxiao Cui
Kick-off dinner: Prof. Han Hong with students
Kick-off dinner: Prof. Jie Wang
Kick-off dinner: Prof. Jun Wang with students
Kick-off dinner: Prof. Shoucheng Zhang with students
Kick-off dinner: Prof. Tienwen with students
Many thanks to Bo Wang, Bo Zhang, and all the volunteers for coordinating the airport pickups. We do need more help for the last few days esp. for Sep 16, please register athttp://goo.gl/p4mJr if you could volunteer.
We’ve arranged a series of events for the new students and scholars:
1) Mid-Autumn BBQ for Visiting Scholars | Sunday, Sep 11, 3PM
Please register at http://goo.gl/wYkof to join the BBQ with other scholars and families! You will be notified by email from the department of scholar affairs regarding the details and location. Free to scholars and families.
2) New Student Mixer on Mid-Autumn Day | Sunday, Sep 11, 8PM
Come enjoy the mooncakes and get to know your fellow new students! The mixer will be held in the Havana room on the 1st floor of the Graduate Community Center (750 Escondido Rd). Free to new students and volunteers, $10 to all others.
3) Scavenger Hunt on Stanford Campus | Saturday, Sep 17, 2PM
Did you know Stanford has the most beautiful campus in the world? Come explore it with your new friends! Please register at http://goo.gl/4KfjE and the department of social activities will get back to you soon. Open to all students and scholars.
4) Chinese Food Night in Bechtel International Center | Tuesday, Sep 20, 6PM
The event is hosted by the I-Center and co-sponsored by ACSSS. Please refer to the international orientation schedule http://goo.gl/AS6I7 for more details. Ticket costs $5.
5) Activities Fair on White Plaza | Friday, Sep 30, 12PM
This is an annual showcase for most student activities at Stanford. Find the groups that interest you. Don’t forget to check out the ACSSS booth and ask questions. The White Plaza can be found by walking east from Tresidder Union.
6) New Student Welcome Party | Saturday, Oct 1, 6PM
Celebrate the survival of your first week of coursework on this very special day! There will be awesome food, music, important guests, and all sorts of fun brought to you by ACSSS! Free to new students, scholars, volunteers, $10 to all others. Location to be announced.
7) ACSSS Board Meeting | Sunday, Oct 2, 5PM
Everyone is welcome to attend our first board meeting in the 2011-2012 academic year. Enjoy the free food and hear about our organization and plans. The meeting will be held in the Nairobi room on 2nd floor of GCC.
0) Interested in getting involved and being part of the ACSSS board? Come to our events and/or register at http://goo.gl/BLlfc