Ewha College of Medicine Hosts the 2021 White Coat Ceremony The College of Medicine (Dean Han Jae-jin) hosted the 2021 White Coat Ceremony at Gyerim Hall of Medicine Building in the Magok Campus on May 21. The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage that is intended to remind students of their sense of duty, responsibility, and respectful attitude towards life, which are virtues that future doctors must uphold, by allowing them to put on the iconic white coat worn by doctors and reflect over the meaning of the profession before the students in their second year of medical school are assigned to hospitals for clinical practice. Due to COVID-19, only a limited number of guests were invited to this year’s event, comprised of internal guests, medical professors, and students. For families and friends who were unable to attend, the entire event was live-streamed via YouTube. Dean Han Jae-jin delivered congratulatory remarks to 68 future doctors, encouraging them with the following words: “It is my wish that all of you will work hard towards your dreams while keeping Ewha’s motto and vision at heart, ultimately becoming excellent medical practitioners who will contribute to the development of the country and human society and to grow as doctors and medical scientists who will lead the future of medicine and build a sense of empathy towards the world.” Director of Ewha Medical Center Ryu Kyung-ha offered congratulations to students who will soon be participating in clinical practice, stating “Ewha Medical Center is Korea’s first specialist women’s hospital, Korea’s first medical training center for female students, and the hospital that produced the country’s first female doctors and nurses. From now on, the hospital will be led by all of you.” During the white coat ceremony, the Dean of College of Medicine, the Director of Ewha Medical Center, the President of Ewha College of Medicine Alumnae, the Director of Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital, and the Director of Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital assisted five student representatives on the podium into their coats. All other students were also wearing their white coats in their seats. Student representative Kim Yu-rim (medicine, incoming class of 2020) read aloud the Student Doctor’s Declaration of Ethics and vowed that “As a medical student and future doctor, we will value the human rights and wellbeing of patients as our paramount concern and make utmost efforts to engage in clinical practice with a sincere and honest attitude in accordance with guidance from senior doctors”. The 68 medical students who received white coats will participate in clinical practice at Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital and Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital from their third year. Through clinical practice, they will be able to obtain field experience in patient treatment, which they will experience as doctors after graduation, and nurture practical clinical capabilities such as various clinical skills, field knowledge, and medical ethics by applying their theoretical knowledge to practice.
International Foundation for Ewha Womans University Launched a Commemorative Ceremony Celebrating Its 50th AnniversaryInternational Foundation for Ewha Womans University Launched a Commemorative Ceremony Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary The International Foundation for Ewha Womans University (hereinafter “IFEWU”) launched a commemorative ceremony marking its 50th anniversary on April 23. The IFEWU is a non-profit organization established in 1970 by the American and Canadian friends of Ewha, Christian groups including the National United Methodist Church, and Ewha alumnae in North America and their family members with the aim to financially support the school, promoting various activities that encourage cooperation between North America-based organizations and Ewha alumnae, while also providing active sponsorships for improving the school’s educational environment and facilities and scholarships over the last 50 years. The IFEWU originally planned to host a commemorative service and dinner event to celebrate its 50th anniversary in April last year, but the offline event was canceled due to COVID-19. Instead, an online commemorative event was held in April this year. The event, conducted as a gratitude worship service, started with an opening prayer by former President of IFEWU Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson and welcoming remarks by President of IFEWU Marc Mullinax, followed by congratulatory remarks by President of Ewha Kim Eun-mee and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a keynote speech by former President of IFEWU Bishop Sharon Rader. Image Caption: President Kim Eun-mee and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivering congratulatory remarks President Kim Eun-mee remarked, “On behalf of all members of the Ewha community, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for your prayers, love, and encouragement that contributed towards establishing today’s Ewha.” Former Secretary Hillary Clinton, who has been continuing her relationship with Ewha as a Distinguished Honorary Ewha Fellow since her last visit in 2009, also celebrated the event, remarking “I would like to congratulate the IFEWU’s 50th anniversary and I believe that the foundation will play an even greater role for women’s education worldwide.” Meanwhile, in a keynote speech titled Remember, former President Bishop Sharon Rader emphasized, “We gather today not only to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IFEWU but also to remember those who fought for women’s education, the crises they endured, and the accomplishments achieved by the IFEWU.” She also added that, “I hope we all remember the history of Ewha in growing from a women-only school to a world-leading women’s university and that of the IFEWU in sparing no efforts and dedication in the process of Ewha’s development.” The speeches and remarks were followed by the screening of celebratory and commemorative video clips for the IFEWU’s 50th anniversary and the introduction of the 50th Anniversary Hope Fund and Online Book to promote activities performed by the IFEWU and encourage the participation of a broader following. Among them, the Hope Fund is a newly launched scholarship program that supports foreign students from developing countries to study at Ewha. The IFEWU has been supporting the academic achievement of all enrolled students at Ewha through various scholarship programs and plans to expand its support by sponsoring women’s education worldwide with the new Hope Fund. The event, held as a webinar through Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube, was attended by about 200 participants including former and current board members, donors, alumnae, and scholarship recipients. Congratulatory messages are also continuing to be posted in the Online Book. The entire event can be viewed at the IFEWU YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/S3QG4Xdswjs).
EUICF Chosen for MSIT’s I-Corps for Laboratory Business Startups The Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF, President Lee Hyang-sook) has been chosen as a new member of I-Corps for Laboratory Business Creation, which will run the supporting project for the exploration of market-linked business startups (hereinafter “Korean-style I-Corps”) based on public technologies with support from the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT). The Innovation Corps, comprised of total seven universities—Ewha Womans University, Korea University, Sungkyunkwan University, KAIST, GIST, POSTECH, UNIST—will identify around 90 startup teams and collaborate with educational institutions for market identification, development of startup items through hands-on training and real-time mentoring for five years (two years + three years) with the average annual fund of KRW 1.2 billion for a maximum total of KRW 6 billion. The Korean I-Corps is a MSIT project that has been operated since 2015, benchmarking the existing I-Corps program under the National Science Foundation (NFS) in the United States and customizing it for the Korean environment in cooperation with the NSF. It is an educational program for innovative business startups, where aspiring startup teams belonging to each I-Corps interview 100 potential customers within and outside of Korea to verify the validity of their business models, and based on the responses, the project provides support to modify and pivot each business item. Newly chosen for the project for the first time this year, Ewha has established its own Innovation Corps for Business Startups (overseen by Lee Hyung-june, Director of the Business Incubator) and will operate programs specialized for women, such as a mentor group comprised of female start-up experts, education for technology startups, phased commercialization support, and a female technology forum for business startups to transfer the experience of starting businesses and knowhow specialized for women with a vision and objective to identify innovative female entrepreneurs and build relevant systems through the CORE system. co-working place at University-Industry Cooperation Building Furthermore, Ewha provides various business startup spaces and co-working spaces to aspiring business startups teams and support research outcomes in academic laboratories to be transformed for market commercialization as soon as possible, which will ultimately lead to creating quality jobs, forming new markets, and contributing to innovative growth. President Lee Hyang-sook of the EUICF remarked that the foundation will “support Ewha Womans University, which already possesses a solid foundation for research in science and engineering across the board, to grow into the control tower for laboratory business creation through the Korean I-Corps Project and furthermore achieve optimal performance as a pioneering institution for global female business startups.” She also added that she looks forward to the participation of Korea’s many female graduate students and researchers who possess promising technologies.
A Team of Researchers Led by Prof. Kim Su-young Publishes a Paper in the World-Renowned SSCI Journal Structural EquationA Team of Researchers Led by Prof. Kim Su-young Publishes a Paper in the World-Renowned SSCI Journal Structural Equation Modeling Prof. Kim Su-young (psychology, corresponding author) and his teaching student Jeon Min-jeong (lead author) have explained issues regarding estimation accuracy and scaling-related interpretation of the second-order latent growth model through a paper titled Performance of Second-Order Latent Growth Model Under Partial Longitudinal Measurement Invariance: A Comparison of Two Scaling Approaches. These factors had remained unexplained under social science research methodologies due to their complexity. The paper was published in Structural Equation Modeling, an internationally renowned SSCI academic journal in the field of social science research methodologies including psychology, sociology, and education that has been ranked first place on four occasions over the last decade in the fields of Social Sciences and Mathematical Methods as the most frequently cited journal. A core aspect of social science research is collecting longitudinal data across various points to explain causal relationships that cannot be explained with cross-sectional data and changes in the target variable over time. The latent growth model, frequently adapted for this purpose, is an excellent statistical model using the framework of a structural equation model when analyzing changing patterns over time, which has been widely used in academic fields such as psychology, education, nursing science, and business administration. However, it entails a downside that, in the research of human psychology, it is inevitable for measurement errors to occur and these errors cannot be controlled. On the other hand, the second-order latent growth model allows researchers to control measurement errors that arise during the psychological measurement process of longitudinal data, gaining significant attention in various fields where a psychological construct is applied. Nevertheless, despite these benefits, the scaling of the second-order latent growth model has not yet been fully investigated. Against this backdrop, the latest research revealed which method, out of the method of using long-applied marker variables or the newly-emerging method of effects coding, leads researchers to a more accurate estimate and connotes higher potential for meaningful interpretations through formula expansion and computer simulation. A team of researchers at Ewha adopted a simulation method that created virtual longitudinal data with programming and conducted model estimations using both the marker variables and effects coding methods before comparing the margins of error. Consequently, it was found that the two methods each showed advantages in their respective areas, but in general, the newer method of effects coding provided more accurate data in a realistic data collection environment and was proven to be a scaling method with a lower probability of errors. Considering the majority of published dissertations using the second-order longitudinal measurement model are based on marker variables, Prof. Kim and his research team’s paper is the first study that has proven the superiority of the effects coding method. Prof. Kim stated that “Our research outcomes will provide researchers who are planning to analyze longitudinal data by using the second-order longitudinal measurement model and interpret their outcomes with meaningful guidelines and I expect that both domestic and international research methods of longitudinal data will take a leap forward in the future.”
The Convenience of the Mobile Life: Launch of a New Ewha App Service The Office of Information and Communications (led by Vice President Kim Jeong-tae) has established an integrated platform for mobile services and launched a new Ewha app, allowing individualized service from Monday, May 3. With the increasing demand for the mobile IT services provided by Ewha, the Office of Information and Communication has been advancing the mobile service project from the second half of 2020. The “Ewha Mobile Service Project,” which has been carried out over six months since October 2020, was intended to enhance accessibility to various information provided by the school and maximize readability and usability by establishing a mobile integrated platform. The new app will provide an integrated range of Ewha mobile services such as mobile user name, customized notices, library seating availability, and biometric authentication. Other services include lecture evaluations, scholarship applications, space usage requests, and individual grading inquiries, which provide administrative services often used by students in a format that has been optimized for mobile screens. The new Ewha app is more convenient to use with biometric authentication log-in (fingerprint and facial recognition) on smartphones in addition to the standard portal username and password. Moreover, mobile IDs can be issued in the Ewha app without the previous method of installing a separate app for the ID. EUREKA is Ewha’s online administrative portal service that can also be accessed through the mobile service by adding various menus as bookmarks, in addition to key services that are provided through shortcut menus, such as Internet certificate issuance, portal information system, and the THE portfolio, which can all be accessed through an integrated log-in. In particular, the app is designed to allow students to easily access and submit applications or inquiries through a one-stop service for the key applications and result inquiry programs of the academic affairs system, which entail certain due dates. Moreover, the service provides various information for school life, such as notices, timetables, cafeteria menus, library seating availability, and recommendation banners at once. The new Ewha app is available to download from May 3 on the Apple App Store for iOS users and the Google Play Store for Android users by searching “Ewha Womans University,” or visiting the link below. After the release of the Ewha app, a mobile ID must be issued through new Ewha app for the user to receive push notifications. The use of services through the previous Ewha Home app will be restricted.
Prof. Lee Hyang-woon at the College of Medicine Publishes Research in Neuroimage, a World-leading JournalProf. Lee Hyang-woon at the College of Medicine Publishes Research in Neuroimage, a World-leading Journal Professor Lee Hyang-woon (Medicine) published her research in the April issue of Neuroimage, world-renowned journal in the field of brain mapping (rated first place in neuroimaging). The outcome of her research carries significance as a meaning achievement that lays the foundation for various international activities to resolve the issue of the marginalization of women and minorities in science and engineering and to embrace diversity and inclusiveness in the academic environment in collaboration with brain science researchers across the world. Over the past five years, Prof. Lee Hyang-woon has served as a special member of the Inclusivity & Diversity Committee (DIC) under the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM). The OHBM was founded in 1955 with the participation of researchers around the world to improve the anatomical and functional understanding of human brains as an area of neuroscience that is taking center stage in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The committee contributes to brain science, an uncharted domain of science and a blue ocean sector for the future, through the study of “brain function mapping”, which maps the operating method of each part of the brain using cutting-edge imaging technology. Prof. Lee has been engaged in enhancing inclusivity and diversity within the organization and promoting scientific advancements and various cooperative opportunities through the activities of OHBM DIC. These activities have led to meaningful outcomes in the field of brain function mapping, which requires multidisciplinary convergence and the participation of researchers from diverse areas. “Although the scientific research sector requires us to present innovative ideas and continuously defy existing knowledge systems and preconceptions, in reality, there is systematic discrimination against women, ethical and cultural minorities, and the disabled, who are excluded in terms of general visibility regarding promotions, publishing and other areas,” remarked Prof. Lee. “Researchers across the world recognize the need to support isolated scientists and create various role models.” In particular, Prof. Lee sought to ensure equal distribution in terms of sexual and racial diversity among OHBM members by improving the voting method to select organization members, recognizing that, although Asian members comprised 15 percent of the OHBM, there were no Asian members in its 2016 general committee, in addition to making active appeals to the nominating committee regarding the new voting method. As the result of her efforts, the OHBM general committee has changed with the most diverse membership ever in the organization’s history, with 41-percent female members and 31-percent Asian members.
Ewha Ranks First Place in Korea for Gender Equality in the “THE World University Rankings” for Two Consecutive YearsEwha Ranks First Place in Korea for Gender Equality in the “THE World University Rankings” for Two Consecutive Years Ewha was ranked first place among Korean universities for two years in a row in the gender equality category of the “THE World University Rankings” published by Times Higher Education (THE), a British publication of university ratings. The THE World University Impact Ratings, launched in 2019, assess the efforts made by universities towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the social responsibilities of universities comprising a key evaluation criteria. Unlike existing ratings that largely focus on research performance and social reputation, the THE impact ratings have been gaining attention as the first evaluation in the world to assess universities’ commitment to global pledges for “sustainable global development” in areas such as climate change, gender equality, and sustainable development and wellbeing for humanity. Ewha has cemented its place as a leading institution of female education by participating in the world university impact ratings and holding the first place in Korea for “Gender Equality” for two consecutive years. Moreover, Ewha occupied the 82nd place in the world university rankings, becoming the sole Korean university to be honored with an individual numbered ranking. Since its beginnings in 1886 as the first modern education institution for women, the school has grown into a world-class female university with 24,000 students and 1,000 faculty members and contributed to gender equality by nurturing talented women. In addition, Ewha acquired a relatively high grade in the “No Poverty” category, ranking 84th globally and 3rd in Korea. The ratings represent the fruits of efforts such as the school’s financial and academic support for low-income students and cooperation with communities to relieve poverty. The favorable grade in the THE World University Impact Ratings demonstrates Ewha’s standing as one of Korea’s most prestigious higher education institutions and one of the leading universities in terms of commitment to social responsibilities in area such as gender equality and elimination of poverty. Beyond solely focusing on high-quality research and education, Ewha has made comprehensive efforts to better humanity and create a sustainable future for the Earth to fulfill its social responsibilities as an institution of higher education. Ewha will continue to devote itself towards realizing its school spirit of serving and sharing through its social contributions in gender equality, the welfare of low-income students, job creation, global partnerships, as well as extraordinary research achievements.
“Distinguished AI Researcher” Stuart Russell Invited to Give Lecture on Artificial Intelligence, Emotion, and Humanism A wide variety of events were held at LG Convention Hall of the International Education Building on Friday, April 16, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Ok-gill (1921-1990) who was a great mentor and the eighth president of Ewha. Ewha has been hosting the Kim Ok-gill Memorial Lecture since 2001 to pay tribute to the noble spirit of Kim Ok-gill, who devoted her life to women’s education, the realization of social justice, and the provision of extraordinary educational opportunities to youths of her time. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Kim’s birth this year, a range of events were prepared, such as the production of a documentary and photo book and the opening of a photography exhibition, in addition to the memorial lecture. In a memorial service marking the 100th anniversary of Kim’s birth, former Ewha president Chang Sang reflected on Kim Ok-gill’s devotion to Ewha and her country through anecdotes from her life in a lecture titled “Generous Feast.” Later, President Kim Eun-mee emphasized that “In the 18 years while Kim Ok-gill served as Ewha’s eighth president, Ewha not only achieved a remarkable growth in terms of its scale to be accredited as a university, but also became a world-renowned university with academic excellence.” In addition, she celebrated Kim’s teaching of sharing as a source of joy and happiness by recounting an anecdote from her posthumous book An Open Gate and a Bowl of Naengmyeon. At 2:30 p.m. on the same day, the 18th Kim Ok-gill Memorial Lecture was held under the theme of artificial intelligence, emotion, and humanism, hosted by the Ewha Institute for the Humanities. World-renowned AI scholar Stuart Russell (professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley and an honorary fellow of Wadham College, Oxford) was invited as the keynote speaker for this year’s memorial lecture, speaking on the topic of “Human-compatible Artificial Intelligence.” Prof. Russell founded the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence at UC Berkeley and co-wrote the book Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, which is used in over 1,400 universities in 128 countries around the world as the most popular textbook in the field of artificial intelligence. Prof. Russell’s special lecture was followed by a discussion and Q&A session, which was hosted by Prof. Kim Ae-ryung of the Ewha Institute for the Humanities, with the participation of panelists Prof. Shin Sang-kyu of the Ewha Institute for the Humanities and Prof. Nam Yang-hee of the College of Science & Industry Convergence. This year’s memorial lecture was a memorable event of sharing insights and knowledge about artificial intelligence as a core area of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in addition the humanism emphasized by Kim Ok-gill throughout her life, which was live-streamed through Zoom and Ewha’s YouTube channel. Video clips on the Kim Ok-gill memorial photo exhibition and documentary, the memorial lecture, etc., will be uploaded to the Ewha YouTube channel: youtube.com/ewhauniv On the same day, an opening ceremony was held for the Kim Ok-gill Memorial Hall, located near the back gate of the Ewha campus. The Kim Ok-gill Memorial Hall was originally built by Kim’s younger brother Kim Dong-gil (professor emeritus at Yonsei University) to pay tribute to Kim Ok-gill’s legacy, and has now been renovated as a place dedicated to her memory.
Ewha Green Masks Distributed to All Enrolled Students as Part of COVID-19 Prevention Campaign Ewha is distributing face masks made in green, its school color, to all enrolled students in order to support Ewhaians who are experiencing fatigue from the extended pandemic. The Student Support Team of the Office of Student Affairs is handing out three green face masks and one decorative Ewha symbol sticker to each undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in the first semester from April 12 (Monday) to the end of June. A staff member from the Student Support Team explained, “This event was planned to uplift students who are diligently applying themselves to their studies amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.” The masks handed out to students are green KF94 masks, which ensure both functionality by effectively blocking fine dust and aesthetic design with the application of the school’s primary color, Ewha Green. With Ewha’s temporary transition to non-contact education due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, students will be able to collect masks from the administrative office of each college and graduate school after transitioning to online-offline hybrid classes. Further information has been posted as a notice on the school website.
The EUICF Selected for a Project to Foster Technology Commercialization Specialists and Provide Platform SupportThe EUICF Selected for a Project to Foster Technology Commercialization Specialists and Provide Platform Support Ewha is taking the lead in promoting the hiring of science and engineering personnel in businesses and establishing the foundation for the commercialization of technology developed through pubic research, as demonstrated by its selection for the Business-linked Youth Technology Specialist Training Project and the Support Project for Commercialization Platforms of Biohealth Clinical Field-linked Technology. The Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF, President Lee Hyang-sook) was chosen for the Business-linked Youth Technology Specialist Training Project supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Commercializations Promotion Agency for R&D Outcomes (COMPA). The project is a follow-up of the Fostering Youth TLO (Technology Licensing Officer) project, which aims to foster workers specializing in technology commercialization based on the needs of academic-industry joint research fields and to promote the utilization and application of public research outcomes as a result. Ewha succeeded in facilitating new employment and business start-ups in science-related majors by hiring graduate alumnae in science and engineering and strengthening the practical capacity for technology commercialization through the Fostering Youth TLO project over the last three years, which allowed Ewha to receive the highest grade of S in the final evaluation. Based on these successful experiences, Ewha will strive to successfully implement the Business-linked Youth Technology Specialist Training Project (March 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022 (1+2 years)) as well. In addition, Ewha was selected as the chair school for the Seoul Council out of the six regions of the Business-linked Youth Technology Specialist Training Project, and accordingly, the EUICF will dedicate its utmost effort into operating joint training programs to strengthen commercialization capacity in cooperation with participating universities in Seoul and host an academic-industry cooperation conference to provide a job-matching service with enterprises based in Seoul. Meanwhile, Ewha was also chosen as a top Grade-A partner of the Track2 Coordinating Support Type for the Support Project for Commercialization Platforms of Biohealth Clinical Field-linked Technology, which is supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute. The EUICF will lay the groundwork to assist the entire commercialization process from the discovery of a technological invention to its advancement and practical use, which in turn will lead to technology transfers and startup foundations as well as follow-up support to ensure effective commercialization specializing in health care and medical treatment. Lee Hyang-sook, President of the EUICF, remarked that “universities, research institutes, and businesses are focusing on invigorating academic-industry cooperation through programs linked to technology transfer and commercialization with the aim to apply research outcomes across a wide range of areas. The EUICF also plans to provide various types of support for obtaining a valid patent based on Ewha’s excellent research resources and transferring and commercializing such technology with the aim to create further research outcomes for industrial innovation in this new era.”