On August 31, three postdoctors Tang Jiao, Sun Yingtao and Li Jing had their PDRA mid-term performance assessed by a professor panel. They also did nice work, and had been very busy and fruitful. Well done.
On May 15, Yishan, Yingtao and Tang Jiao did their PhD viva via internet. This was the first trial of the institute to organize PhD viva in this e-form. They presented their PhD defense report well. Dr Liu Xin organized and looked after the event, and the examiner panels were as follows.
答辩委员会 （唐娇）：陈颖军（复旦大学），章炎麟（南京信息工程 大学），李军，唐明金，毕新慧
Congratulations! Drs Jiang, Tang and Sun!
Liu Junwen and Sun Yingtao: The 318 Crossover to Lhasa
During December 28, 2015 to January 7, 2016 Junwen Liu (刘俊文) and Yingtao Sun (孙迎韬) went to Sichuan and Tibet for collecting snow and soil samples in high mountains of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP)., along the picturesque 318 National Road. QTP, the third pole of the world, has an average altitude of > 4000 m and is sparsely populated. These samples will provide valuable information regarding anthropogenic activity, climate change, and the microbiological compositions in pristine region of Earth.