Yale Club of Hong Kong: Dinner to celebrate Rachel Cheung’s successful Carnegie Hall debut

Date : Thursday 26-Apr-2018
Time : 7:00pm
Venue : Treetops Room in Hong Kong Country Club, Deep Water Bay
Cost : Est. at $400 per head
Contact Person : Randy Kwei: rckwei@gmail.com


Dinner to celebrate Rachel Cheung’s successful Carnegie Hall debut
Please join us for dinner on April 23 to welcome Rachel back to Hong Kong and to celebrate her phenomenal success in her Carnegie Hall piano debut last month.  No better way to hear all about her experience in New York!
Date: April 26, 2018
Cocktail: 7:00pm
Dinner: 7:30pm
Venue: Treetops Room in Hong Kong Country Club, Deep Water Bay
Cost: Est. at $400 per head
To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Randy Kwei at rckwei@gmail.com.

Yale and other schools file amicus brief on legality of rescinding DACA

Yale has joined 16 other universities and colleges in filing an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in a case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals addressing the legality of the September 2017 action of the Department of Homeland Security rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.

The case was initially filed in the federal district court for the Eastern District of New York and is one of several across the county contesting the DACA rescission. Yale also joined in the amicus briefs in the cases filed in California and the District of Columbia.

In their brief, Yale and the other schools state that they share a mission to educate the next generation of leaders with the talent, creativity, and drive to solve society’s most pressing problems. In pursuing that common mission, the schools have admitted undocumented students who benefitted from the protections and opportunities provided through DACA.

Like their classmates, these young people were valedictorians, student government leaders, varsity athletes, inventors, academic award winners, accomplished artists, and role models for younger children in their communities,” the amici (schools filing the brief) note.

Through DACA — which protects participants against near-term deportation, allows them to work lawfully, and enables them to travel abroad — these students have been able for the first time to access educational and life opportunities on nearly equal terms with their peers.

The September Memorandum rescinding DACA deters young people from pursuing higher education and precludes the remarkable students enrolled at amici institutions from deriving the full benefit of their time on our campuses,” the brief states.

Not only does the government’s action threaten amici’s ability to attract and educate the most talented individuals and undermines their educational missions, the brief explains, but it also “deprives the United States of the benefit of DACA students’ considerable talents.”

Read the amicus brief (PDF).


Environmental engineering students work in India for better water

A group of Yale students working with an Indian scientist in Hyderabad.

The humanitarian trips that students in Professor Jaehong Kim’s course “Environmental Technology in the Developing World” take each spring break have become an established tradition at Yale. For the most recent trip, there were a few new twists.

After a few years of traveling to Nicaragua, the course brought students for the first time to India. There, they worked with a for-profit company — another first for the class. Kim, the seven students, and two teaching assistants worked with Water Health International (WHI), based in Hyderabad, India. The company operates small-scale community water treatment systems and sells treated water to consumers, who cart away water in jars for a small fee.

It is a great humanitarian operation, but they still make money,” said Kim, professor and chair of the Department Chemical and Environmental Engineering. “It’s a very interesting and eye-opening experience to see such an operation, not only for me, but for the students. They learn that environmental engineering is, of course, about helping people, but it also has a business component to it as well.”



Energy Calculations of a Trump-Kim Meeting

Energy summit? Russia’s Vladimir Putin proposes to South Korean President Moon Jae-in a gas pipeline for North and South Korea; Russia constructs a gas pipeline in the Far East

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump surprised the world after the first man suggested a meeting and the second one agreed – “only an atypical leader who revels in disruption could turn affairs upside down, making the unthinkable thinkable,” notes Joergen Oerstroem Moeller, former state-secretary with the Royal Danish Foreign Ministry and a visiting senior fellow with the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. “Yet calculations on energy may be driving overtures among South Korea, North Korea and Trump, and sanctions may have forced Kim to change track because leaders cannot disregard public hardship for long without the risk of discontent.” Assessing the motivations of such leaders requires speculation. China and Russia have cooperated on building natural gas pipelines in Eastern Siberia, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin has raised the possibility of extending a pipeline into the Korea Peninsula. The United States also would like to sell gas to South Korea. Much has changed since the end of World War II and Korea’s division. Kim attended schools in the West, enjoys internet access, reads up on US current events and may worry about over-dependence on China. Newly armed with nuclear missiles, North Korea’s leader may assume that his negotiating leverage, balancing US and Russian interests, is as good as it gets. – YaleGlobal

Ronald Coifman wins 2018 Schock Prize in Mathematics

Ronald Coifman posing with a computer.

Yale mathematician and computer scientist Ronald Coifman has won the 2018 Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics, one of the highest honors in the field of mathematics. He will receive the award at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts on Oct. 15.

Coifman is being recognized for “his fundamental contributions to pure and applied harmonic analysis.” The Royal Swedish Academy of the Sciences, the awarding body for this prize, writes of his scholarship:

Ronald Coifman has made outstanding contributions to harmonic analysis. He has proven several important classical results and has recently dedicated his research to applied harmonic analysis and related areas. Along with Yves Meyer, he has played a crucial role in the development of the theory of wavelets, which has important applications in image compression, signal processing, and computer vision. He and his collaborators have recently initiated diffusion geometry, bringing the opportunity to create methods for finding structures in large data sets.”


Yale US China Forum

The Yale US-China Forum is a student-led conference at Yale University that seeks to initiate discussions on forward-looking issues in China. Experts from throughout the university, international intuitions, and relevant industries have been invited deliver keynote speeches as well as sit on discussion panels, whose topics include areas such as Macro Economy, Startup, Wealth Management, Urbanization, Art, and Law.