TUESDAY, MAY 19
Today is a bit more relaxed, with a visit to an oceanography research institute and a science museum. The South China Sea Institute of Oceanology reminded me of marine biological labs everywhere, with researchers in shorts and sandals, lots of graduate students, a generally informal atmosphere, and a small natural history museum with an old school collection of all sorts of specimens preserved in formalin. Several of the researchers had worked with our colleagues at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the US.
|Announcement for my talk on the bulletin board at the research institute|
|Discussion in the seminar room with research faculty and students|
The Guangzhou Science Center is part of an enormous university complex outside the city. The center itself is so large it is hard to describe the feeling of walking inside. It felt like a hangar for the space shuttle. They have about 1 million visitors per year, and about 800 staff. The exhibits were generally very well done, and showed the development of science and technology in China in a cultural and historical context.
|Scale model of the science center complex|
|Senior interpreter introducing my talk|
|Interactive exhibit showing stages in the growth of Guangzhou|
|Exhibit comparing Western and Chinese medicine|
|Exhibit showing how different parts of the brain activate different parts of the body|
Billy will be sending periodic updates throughout his trip. Check back here for more updates.