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An Evening with Mr. Xu Zhihong, President of Peking University

Greetings, Alumni and Friends,

 Mark your calendar to meet Professor Xu Zhihong, immediate past President of Peking University (1999-2008), and other Peking University alumni in San Diego on July 1st, Wednesday at the Pacific Highland Ranch clubhouse (5950 Blazing Star Lane, San Diego, CA 92130). Professor Xu is attending a conference in the US and he will come to San Diego and meet Peking University alumni in person.

 Years ago, we went to a magical campus called Yanyuan, where hundreds of thousands of gifted and hardworking college students have been groomed and mentored during the past 110 years. Now most of us have blossomed into creative, dynamic, and free-thinking adults, who take pride in our Beida connection. On the occasion of Professor Xu’s visit, it’s the perfect time for Peking University alumni in San Diego to get together and reflect on the years since our graduation day. A variety of activities have been planned for alumni of all ages to renew friendships, rekindle memories, and reconnect with our alma mater. A light dinner and beverage will be provided courtesy of the generous sponsorship of WuXi AppTec, COMBI-BLOCKS, and Fish & Richardson, thanks to alumni Ge Li (Chemistry 85), Hongyue Zhang (Chemistry 77), and Bing Ai (Physics 81).

 This event is free of charge to Peking University alumni. Please register by clicking the registration link below. We will use the info collected to compose a directory of San Diego alumni for future alumni activities. Other interested parties, who are not Peking University alumni, are welcome to attend the gathering. Please register on-line as guests (please enter “NA” for Year & Department you entered Beida on the registration form).

 If you would like to sponsor the event or have further questions, please send a message to tianfeng102@hotmail.com.

 Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, July 1, 2009 (Wednesday)

Venue: Pacific Highland Ranch clubhouse (5950 Blazing Star Lane, San Diego, CA 92130)

Fees: Free for Peking University Alumni. Others pay $10 per person onsite.

Registration: On-line registration required. Please use this link to reserve your ticket: <http://www.sdcausa.org/web/pages/Beida_registration1.php?title=Beida >.



 Event Working Group

Hui Cai (Chem '85, Chairperson of SABPA)

Feng Tian (Chem '86, President of SDCAA)

Hui Li (Chem '90, past President of SABPA) Event Sponsors



Bio of Professor Xu Zhihong

 Professor Xu Zhihong is the 30th President of Peking University from 1999 to 2008. He is now a member of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chairman of Peking University Alumni Association and Chairman of Peking University Education Foundation (USA).

Professor Xu Zhihong was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, in 1942. He studied botany at the Biology Department, Peking University, in 1959 and graduated in 1965. He joined the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology (SIPP) , Chinese Academy of Sciences, as a graduate student in 1965 and started his academic career there when he graduated in 1969. Between 1979 and 1981 he visited John Innes Institute and Nottingham University in the UK as visiting scholar. He became the deputy director of SIPP in 1983 and director in 1991. From 1988 to 1996, he also chaired the National Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics, SIPP. In 1992, he was named the Vice-President of CAS. In 1999, he took the office of the 30th President of Peking University and finished his tenure in 2008. Professor Xu is an academician of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and of the CAS.

 At present, Professor Xu is professor at the College of Life Sciences at Peking University and at SIPP, President of International Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology, Chairman of the Chinese National Committee of Man and of Biosphere, UNESCO, and Chairman of the Chinese Society of Plant Physiology.

 Professor Xu’s research interests include plant development, plant cell culture and genetic manipulation, and plant biotechnology. He has published over 200 papers, reviews, and reports in these fields.

 Professor Xu Zhihong was named the “National Outstanding Young and Middle-Aged Specialist” in 1988. He was awarded the “First Prize of the Natural Science of CAS Award” in 1990 and the “Third Prize of National Natural Science Award” in the following year. Professor Xu was conferred the Honorary Professor by Hong Kong University in 1994. He was also awarded the position of Honorary Doctor of Science by De Montfort University (1994), Nottingham University (2000) and University of East Anglia(2008) in the U.K., Hong Kong City University (2001), Wasada University in Japan (2002), McGill University in Canada (2003) and La Trobe University in Australia (2007)., the Honorary Doctor of Law by Melbourne University in Australia (2003) and Honorary Doctor by University of Montreal (2004) in Canada, University of Edinburgh(2008) in the U.K. and University College Dublin in Ireland (2008).