Sun Yeqing: A Female Scientist with a Sense of Mission

 December 26, 2018
Sun Yeqing: A Female Scientist with a Sense of Mission
Sun Yeqing [Xinhua]


The 12th Asian Microgravity Conference was held in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, recently.

The conference was organized by the Microgravity Science and Applied Research Committee of the Chinese Academy of Space Sciences

It was co-organized by the Key Laboratory of Microgravity of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Beijing Key Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Energy Utilization of Beijing University of Technology.

During the conference, the Space Science: Science and Technology Exhibition was held. Sun Yeqing, a professor at Dalian Maritime University, attended the conference and gave an interview to reporters.

The outer space, as we all know, has a radiation environment that does not exist on earth.

Therefore, many problems have to be explored and solved, for example, what kinds of effect these radiations will have on the Earth, especially cosmic rays which can induce diseases for astronauts in orbit.

"I mainly study the characteristics of genetic mutations induced by cosmic radiation," Sun said.

"If the astronauts land on the moon or on Mars, they are subject to more cosmic radiation damage, and ensuring the health of astronauts is the primary concern we have to address," Sun added.

When asked by reporters how to balance work, life and family as a female scientist, Sun replied, "I firmly believe that as a woman, I can arrange all kinds of work very well, so I never felt that I sacrifice too much time for my work. Instead, by working hard I can set an example for my children, which is more conducive to their development." 

She also shared her views on the popularization of science, saying: "I think a scientist with a mission has an obligation to inspire young people's interest in science."

"That's because a lot of people may not have such opportunities or perhaps do not know what they should do, but a scientist's words may serve as a beacon," the female scientist added.

"It is especially true for college students, as college life determines their future, and college can help young people improve their ability to find and solve problems," Sun concluded.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)


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