Welcome Program Held for Successful International Applicants, “The First Ewha Pre-Orientation” The International Student Affairs Team (ISAT) under the Office of International Affairs (Vice president: Lee Hai-young) held the welcome program titled “Ewha Pre-Orientation (EPO)” for successful international applicants as an online event on June 24 (Thursday). Held for the first time this year, the EPO is an event for international students to experience life at Ewha in advance before their official admission through lectures and conversations with senior students. The event was available online through Zoom for successful applicants from 25 countries and attended by more than 200 participants across the world, demonstrating their strong enthusiasm. In the welcome speech, Vice President Lee Hai-young gave words of encouragement, as saying: “We sincerely congratulate and welcome your admission to Ewha,” adding, “We prepared various sessions so that you can experience Ewha’s excellent educational environment and its beautiful campus in advance.” She also added, “I hope this event will guide you to enjoy the precious experience of studying abroad to achieve your dreams.” The welcome event included various programs including a “Sneak peek into Ewha lectures” provided by Ewha faculty members, “Online campus tour,” “Ewha stories from campus friends” to tell incoming students about the campus life and the job search, and an online Q&A session titled “Conversation with Ewha students.” The “Sneak peek into Ewha lectures” consisted of lectures titled “Reading epics in the digital era,” “MBTI personality testing,” and “Chinese performing arts” in Korean, English, and Chinese respectively. Prospective students chose to listen to lectures that they were interested in, regardless of their major, and were able to experience a preview of lectures at Ewha. Next, in “Ewha stories from campus friends,” mentors consisting of international students and alumnae from Ewha spoke about ways to enjoy the life of studying abroad and employment-related stories, which was received favorably. In “Conversation with Ewha students,” teams of two or three international students offered consultations in Korean, English, and Chinese, and students spent quality time in asking and answering questions about academic affairs such as credits, lectures, and scholarships. With the aim to develop an education innovation platform to respond to the digital transformation under the vision of “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society,” Ewha is enhancing a wide range of support systems to foster global women leaders. ISAT recruits excellent students and offers multifaceted support for international students to grow as leaders who contribute to society. Through diverse programs including the EPO, a welcome program for successful international applicants held for the first time this year, ISAT plans to support excellent international students so that they can grow as women leaders who will make their mark on the global stage.
Ewha Research Institute for Basic Sciences Selected as a Recipient of the Autonomous Priority Research Institute ProgramEwha Research Institute for Basic Sciences Selected as a Recipient of the Autonomous Priority Research Institute Program in Science and Engineering The Ewha Research Institute for Basic Sciences (BSRI, Director: Professor Kim Dong Ha) was selected as a recipient organization of the “Autonomous Priority Research Institute Program in Science and Engineering,” which is supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea. Subsequent to its recent selections as a grantee of major institutes’ research projects, the BSRI has achieved meaningful outcomes in growing as a research institute with the capacity to lead the development of core technology in basic sciences and the training of talented individuals in science and engineering, thereby contributing to solidifying Ewha’s status as an excellent research-oriented university. The MOE selects a university Priority Research Institute with the aim to develop a university-affiliated research institute that is well-equipped with the commitment to promote basic sciences at the university level, a competent director, and a sound operational foundation into a research hub in the field of basic sciences within the university. In particular, the ministry has been carrying out the “Autonomous Priority Research Institute Program” since 2019, in order to plan and support “creative and challenging studies in the field of basic sciences”, “studies with medium- and long-term growth potential”, and “independent studies by competent and rising researchers”, in order to provide them with a steady supply of research funding, and to enhance the autonomy of researcher-driven studies. With its selection as a grantee of this project, the BSRI will receive an annual research fund of 1.21 billion KRW for up to nine years (3+3+3 years), amounting to a total of 10.89 billion KRW. The Autonomous Priority Research Institute Program focuses on promoting the enhancement of a research institute’s capacity to plan research support programs, manage research, discover and train researchers, and conduct research by supporting the institute to operate a “small-scale and seed-type research support program” for the development of basic sciences under the responsibility of a director with an aptitude for not only research, but also research management and organizational management, such as leadership within the university. Ewha has led NT and BT convergence studies through aggressive investments in education and research infrastructure to become a leader in the fields of basic and applied sciences, and its selection as the recipient of research projects in various fields, from the Science Research Center (SRC) in 1998 to the Priority Research Institute Program and Core-Facility. Based on this basic sciences infrastructure, the institute plans to lead basic and source research through the interdisciplinary convergence of basic sciences to address core issues of the future, such as climate change, aging society, and super-connected society. Professor Kim Dong Ha in the Department of Chemistry and Nanoscience at College of Natural Sciences evaluated the significance of the selection, commenting, “Our selection as a recipient of the Autonomous Research Institute Program, in collaboration with Ewha’s other research institutes selected for the Priority Research Institute, Science Research Center (SRC), and Core-Facility Center, laid a foundation for the establishment of the best research institute in Korea to contribute to the enhancement of national competitiveness through the development of basic sciences and the hub of educating science personnel to lead the development of basic sciences.”
Center for Dioxygen Chemistry Led by Professor Wonwoo Nam Selected for the “Research Leader Program of the National ReseCenter for Dioxygen Chemistry Led by Professor Wonwoo Nam Selected for the “Research Leader Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea” in 2021 Center for Dioxygen Chemistry (CDC) led by Professor Wonwoo Nam at the Department of Chemistry & Nanoscience has been awarded for a new project under the 2021 “Research Leader Program (Creative Research Initiatives Program) of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).” With the aim to develop Korea’s indigenous science technology and new technologies for future, NRF selects world-leading scientists for the Research Leader Program (Creative Research Initiatives Program) to foster global leading researchers by providing intensive support on in-depth research by researchers who have been leading world-class performance. Professor Nam was selected for this project in 2003 and 2012, and has been conducting research to identify the generation, reactivity, and reaction mechanism of oxygenase intermediates in biomimetic reaearch area for the past 18 years. In recognition of his outstanding research achievements, he has been selected for the Research Leader Program this year and will be supported by a research fund amounting to a total of 7.2 billion KRW for the next nine years to carry out a study titled “Dioxygen Chemistry: Dioxygen Formation-Activation-Catalysis.” Professor Nam has achieved world-class performance in the field of Bioinorganic/Biomimetic Chemistry through his outstanding research to gain the knowledge in understanding dioxygen activation formation reactions we well as in developing artificial enzymatic systems. He has published more than 370 papers over the past two decades in world-renowned academic journals including Nature, Science, Nature Chemistry, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Accounts of Chemical Research, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and Chemical Science. Expressing his aspirations for the future, Professor Nam stated, “I hope this project leads to an unprecedented breakthrough in oxygen chemistry research, while at the same time identifying an answer to the difficult problem of the ‘Oxo Wall,’ which remains unsolved in the field of Bioinorganic Chemistry. By producing results that encompass basic research to practical application, I hope to promote Ewha’s excellent research capabilities to the world.”
Ewha Holds Its 135th Anniversary Commemoration and Vision Proclamation Ceremony Ewha hosted its 135th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony and proclaimed “Ewha Vision 2030+” at the Welch-Ryang Auditorium at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31. Following last year, this year’s ceremony was livestreamed on YouTube due to the risk of spreading COVID-19. The event began with a commemorative speech by President Kim Eun Mee, followed by the official commendation for faculty members and staff in their 30th, 20th, and 10th years of employment at Ewha, and the conferment of the Pride of Ewha Award and the Ewha Academic Achievement Award. In her speech, President Kim first reflected on the meaning of universities today and Ewha’s path. She remarked, “Ewha must go beyond simply providing educational opportunities for women in order to foster competitive female talents that stand above all other universities through the highest standard of research and innovative education,” and added, “We will reaffirm Ewha’s original calling by gaining insight into the coming era, while establishing and executing our new vision and development plans accordingly.” To this end, President Kim added that Ewha would reinforce its research and educational capabilities through the “Frontier 10 - 10 Project,” which focuses on cultivating ten leading research fields equipped with international competitiveness and ten future-oriented challenging research areas. In addition, she expressed Ewha’s commitment to the “establishment of Korea’s first College of Artificial Intelligence for undergraduates” as part of efforts to build an innovative education platform in response to digital transformation, the establishment of “Ewha Leading-Edge Medi·Healthcare Cluster (ELEC)” that links the Ewha Sinchon Campus, Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital and Seoul Hospital, and expanded cooperation among global bio-health and pharmaceutical companies located at M-Valley Complex in Magok district, Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation, and Ewha Womans University hospitals. She also emphasized that such efforts would create an environment where Ewha students will grow into creative talents. Conferment of the “19th Pride of Ewha Award” and the “17th Ewha Academic Achievement Award” After the commemorative speech, a conferment ceremony was held for employees including faculty members in their 30th, 20th, and 10th years of employment at Ewha, the Pride of Ewha Award, and the Ewha Academic Achievement Award. Chang Pil-wha, the first-generation women’s studies scholar and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Women’s Studies, and Choe Jae-chun, an ecologist, evolutionary biologist, and Invited Chair-Professor of the Department of Life Sciences, were selected as the recipients of the 19th Pride of Ewha Award. The Pride of Ewha Award is a prize granted to Ewha alumnae or long-term employees who aptly embodied Ewha’s spirit by achieving outstanding accomplishments in various fields of society. Professor Han Ja-kyoung of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Liberal Arts, Professor Ko Eung-il of the Department of Mathematics at the College of Natural Sciences, and Professor Ha Hun-joo of the Department of Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy were honored with the 17th Ewha Academic Achievement Award. The Ewha Academic Achievement Award is a once-in-a-lifetime award given to faculty members for their contributions to the development of academia and the school through outstanding research achievements. Proclamation of the Ewha Vision 2030+, “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society” Following the anniversary ceremony, the “Ewha Vision 2030+ Proclamation Ceremony” was held, where President Kim read Ewha’s vision statement and declared, “In commemoration of its 135th anniversary, Ewha is proclaiming a new vision, ‘A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society,’ under the spirit of beop-go-chang-shin (法古創新) in bringing together the old and the new as well as continuity and changes, and establishing the Ewha Vision 2030+ as a way to articulate Ewha’s future development plan. A slogan reflecting Ewha’s new vision, “Ewha, The Future We Create,” was also announced. The “Alumnae Association’s Homecoming Day” Event The Homecoming Day event was hosted by the Ewha Alumnae Association at 2 p.m. on the same day. This year’s event was held without an audience except for a limited number of attendees due to the COVID-19 pandemic and livestreamed on the association’s YouTube account (https://bit.ly/ewhaalum). The event opened with a prayer by missionary outreach manager Seong Hye-ok and proceeded in the following order: a commemorative speech by the President of Ewha Alumnae Association Nam Sang-taek, the “Light of Ewha Award” ceremony, conferment of the “2021 Pride of Ewha Award recipient” certificate, conveyance of gifts for the alumnae reunion, remarks by the reunited alumnae representative, and updates on news from Ewha by President Kim Eun Mee. The Ewha Alumnae Association has been presenting the “Light of Ewha Award” to alumnae in various fields of society who serve as role models for others through exemplary deeds based on the spirit of Ewha and contribute to society through their outstanding capabilities. At this year’s 6th Light of Ewha Award ceremony, Shin Hai-rim (Korea’s first WHO director, Department of Medicine, graduated in 1981), Na Hyo-shin (composer, Department of Composition, graduated in 1982), Park Shin-jung (managing director and museum director at Haslla Art World, Department of Sculpture, graduated in 1985), and Song Myeong-ju (senior vice president at Samsung Electronics, Department of Science Education, graduated in 1992) were honored with the award.
Ewha College of Medicine Hosts the 2021 White Coat Ceremony The College of Medicine (Dean Han Jae-jin) hosted the 2021 White Coat Ceremony at Gyerim Hall of Medicine Building in the Magok Campus on May 21. The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage that is intended to remind students of their sense of duty, responsibility, and respectful attitude towards life, which are virtues that future doctors must uphold, by allowing them to put on the iconic white coat worn by doctors and reflect over the meaning of the profession before the students in their second year of medical school are assigned to hospitals for clinical practice. Due to COVID-19, only a limited number of guests were invited to this year’s event, comprised of internal guests, medical professors, and students. For families and friends who were unable to attend, the entire event was live-streamed via YouTube. Dean Han Jae-jin delivered congratulatory remarks to 68 future doctors, encouraging them with the following words: “It is my wish that all of you will work hard towards your dreams while keeping Ewha’s motto and vision at heart, ultimately becoming excellent medical practitioners who will contribute to the development of the country and human society and to grow as doctors and medical scientists who will lead the future of medicine and build a sense of empathy towards the world.” Director of Ewha Medical Center Ryu Kyung-ha offered congratulations to students who will soon be participating in clinical practice, stating “Ewha Medical Center is Korea’s first specialist women’s hospital, Korea’s first medical training center for female students, and the hospital that produced the country’s first female doctors and nurses. From now on, the hospital will be led by all of you.” During the white coat ceremony, the Dean of College of Medicine, the Director of Ewha Medical Center, the President of Ewha College of Medicine Alumnae, the Director of Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital, and the Director of Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital assisted five student representatives on the podium into their coats. All other students were also wearing their white coats in their seats. Student representative Kim Yu-rim (medicine, incoming class of 2020) read aloud the Student Doctor’s Declaration of Ethics and vowed that “As a medical student and future doctor, we will value the human rights and wellbeing of patients as our paramount concern and make utmost efforts to engage in clinical practice with a sincere and honest attitude in accordance with guidance from senior doctors”. The 68 medical students who received white coats will participate in clinical practice at Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital and Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital from their third year. Through clinical practice, they will be able to obtain field experience in patient treatment, which they will experience as doctors after graduation, and nurture practical clinical capabilities such as various clinical skills, field knowledge, and medical ethics by applying their theoretical knowledge to practice.
International Foundation for Ewha Womans University Launched a Commemorative Ceremony Celebrating Its 50th AnniversaryInternational Foundation for Ewha Womans University Launched a Commemorative Ceremony Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary The International Foundation for Ewha Womans University (hereinafter “IFEWU”) launched a commemorative ceremony marking its 50th anniversary on April 23. The IFEWU is a non-profit organization established in 1970 by the American and Canadian friends of Ewha, Christian groups including the National United Methodist Church, and Ewha alumnae in North America and their family members with the aim to financially support the school, promoting various activities that encourage cooperation between North America-based organizations and Ewha alumnae, while also providing active sponsorships for improving the school’s educational environment and facilities and scholarships over the last 50 years. The IFEWU originally planned to host a commemorative service and dinner event to celebrate its 50th anniversary in April last year, but the offline event was canceled due to COVID-19. Instead, an online commemorative event was held in April this year. The event, conducted as a gratitude worship service, started with an opening prayer by former President of IFEWU Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson and welcoming remarks by President of IFEWU Marc Mullinax, followed by congratulatory remarks by President of Ewha Kim Eun-mee and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a keynote speech by former President of IFEWU Bishop Sharon Rader. Image Caption: President Kim Eun-mee and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivering congratulatory remarks President Kim Eun-mee remarked, “On behalf of all members of the Ewha community, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for your prayers, love, and encouragement that contributed towards establishing today’s Ewha.” Former Secretary Hillary Clinton, who has been continuing her relationship with Ewha as a Distinguished Honorary Ewha Fellow since her last visit in 2009, also celebrated the event, remarking “I would like to congratulate the IFEWU’s 50th anniversary and I believe that the foundation will play an even greater role for women’s education worldwide.” Meanwhile, in a keynote speech titled Remember, former President Bishop Sharon Rader emphasized, “We gather today not only to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IFEWU but also to remember those who fought for women’s education, the crises they endured, and the accomplishments achieved by the IFEWU.” She also added that, “I hope we all remember the history of Ewha in growing from a women-only school to a world-leading women’s university and that of the IFEWU in sparing no efforts and dedication in the process of Ewha’s development.” The speeches and remarks were followed by the screening of celebratory and commemorative video clips for the IFEWU’s 50th anniversary and the introduction of the 50th Anniversary Hope Fund and Online Book to promote activities performed by the IFEWU and encourage the participation of a broader following. Among them, the Hope Fund is a newly launched scholarship program that supports foreign students from developing countries to study at Ewha. The IFEWU has been supporting the academic achievement of all enrolled students at Ewha through various scholarship programs and plans to expand its support by sponsoring women’s education worldwide with the new Hope Fund. The event, held as a webinar through Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube, was attended by about 200 participants including former and current board members, donors, alumnae, and scholarship recipients. Congratulatory messages are also continuing to be posted in the Online Book. The entire event can be viewed at the IFEWU YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/S3QG4Xdswjs).
EUICF Chosen for MSIT’s I-Corps for Laboratory Business Startups The Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF, President Lee Hyang-sook) has been chosen as a new member of I-Corps for Laboratory Business Creation, which will run the supporting project for the exploration of market-linked business startups (hereinafter “Korean-style I-Corps”) based on public technologies with support from the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT). The Innovation Corps, comprised of total seven universities—Ewha Womans University, Korea University, Sungkyunkwan University, KAIST, GIST, POSTECH, UNIST—will identify around 90 startup teams and collaborate with educational institutions for market identification, development of startup items through hands-on training and real-time mentoring for five years (two years + three years) with the average annual fund of KRW 1.2 billion for a maximum total of KRW 6 billion. The Korean I-Corps is a MSIT project that has been operated since 2015, benchmarking the existing I-Corps program under the National Science Foundation (NFS) in the United States and customizing it for the Korean environment in cooperation with the NSF. It is an educational program for innovative business startups, where aspiring startup teams belonging to each I-Corps interview 100 potential customers within and outside of Korea to verify the validity of their business models, and based on the responses, the project provides support to modify and pivot each business item. Newly chosen for the project for the first time this year, Ewha has established its own Innovation Corps for Business Startups (overseen by Lee Hyung-june, Director of the Business Incubator) and will operate programs specialized for women, such as a mentor group comprised of female start-up experts, education for technology startups, phased commercialization support, and a female technology forum for business startups to transfer the experience of starting businesses and knowhow specialized for women with a vision and objective to identify innovative female entrepreneurs and build relevant systems through the CORE system. co-working place at University-Industry Cooperation Building Furthermore, Ewha provides various business startup spaces and co-working spaces to aspiring business startups teams and support research outcomes in academic laboratories to be transformed for market commercialization as soon as possible, which will ultimately lead to creating quality jobs, forming new markets, and contributing to innovative growth. President Lee Hyang-sook of the EUICF remarked that the foundation will “support Ewha Womans University, which already possesses a solid foundation for research in science and engineering across the board, to grow into the control tower for laboratory business creation through the Korean I-Corps Project and furthermore achieve optimal performance as a pioneering institution for global female business startups.” She also added that she looks forward to the participation of Korea’s many female graduate students and researchers who possess promising technologies.
A Team of Researchers Led by Prof. Kim Su-young Publishes a Paper in the World-Renowned SSCI Journal Structural EquationA Team of Researchers Led by Prof. Kim Su-young Publishes a Paper in the World-Renowned SSCI Journal Structural Equation Modeling Prof. Kim Su-young (psychology, corresponding author) and his teaching student Jeon Min-jeong (lead author) have explained issues regarding estimation accuracy and scaling-related interpretation of the second-order latent growth model through a paper titled Performance of Second-Order Latent Growth Model Under Partial Longitudinal Measurement Invariance: A Comparison of Two Scaling Approaches. These factors had remained unexplained under social science research methodologies due to their complexity. The paper was published in Structural Equation Modeling, an internationally renowned SSCI academic journal in the field of social science research methodologies including psychology, sociology, and education that has been ranked first place on four occasions over the last decade in the fields of Social Sciences and Mathematical Methods as the most frequently cited journal. A core aspect of social science research is collecting longitudinal data across various points to explain causal relationships that cannot be explained with cross-sectional data and changes in the target variable over time. The latent growth model, frequently adapted for this purpose, is an excellent statistical model using the framework of a structural equation model when analyzing changing patterns over time, which has been widely used in academic fields such as psychology, education, nursing science, and business administration. However, it entails a downside that, in the research of human psychology, it is inevitable for measurement errors to occur and these errors cannot be controlled. On the other hand, the second-order latent growth model allows researchers to control measurement errors that arise during the psychological measurement process of longitudinal data, gaining significant attention in various fields where a psychological construct is applied. Nevertheless, despite these benefits, the scaling of the second-order latent growth model has not yet been fully investigated. Against this backdrop, the latest research revealed which method, out of the method of using long-applied marker variables or the newly-emerging method of effects coding, leads researchers to a more accurate estimate and connotes higher potential for meaningful interpretations through formula expansion and computer simulation. A team of researchers at Ewha adopted a simulation method that created virtual longitudinal data with programming and conducted model estimations using both the marker variables and effects coding methods before comparing the margins of error. Consequently, it was found that the two methods each showed advantages in their respective areas, but in general, the newer method of effects coding provided more accurate data in a realistic data collection environment and was proven to be a scaling method with a lower probability of errors. Considering the majority of published dissertations using the second-order longitudinal measurement model are based on marker variables, Prof. Kim and his research team’s paper is the first study that has proven the superiority of the effects coding method. Prof. Kim stated that “Our research outcomes will provide researchers who are planning to analyze longitudinal data by using the second-order longitudinal measurement model and interpret their outcomes with meaningful guidelines and I expect that both domestic and international research methods of longitudinal data will take a leap forward in the future.”
The Convenience of the Mobile Life: Launch of a New Ewha App Service The Office of Information and Communications (led by Vice President Kim Jeong-tae) has established an integrated platform for mobile services and launched a new Ewha app, allowing individualized service from Monday, May 3. With the increasing demand for the mobile IT services provided by Ewha, the Office of Information and Communication has been advancing the mobile service project from the second half of 2020. The “Ewha Mobile Service Project,” which has been carried out over six months since October 2020, was intended to enhance accessibility to various information provided by the school and maximize readability and usability by establishing a mobile integrated platform. The new app will provide an integrated range of Ewha mobile services such as mobile user name, customized notices, library seating availability, and biometric authentication. Other services include lecture evaluations, scholarship applications, space usage requests, and individual grading inquiries, which provide administrative services often used by students in a format that has been optimized for mobile screens. The new Ewha app is more convenient to use with biometric authentication log-in (fingerprint and facial recognition) on smartphones in addition to the standard portal username and password. Moreover, mobile IDs can be issued in the Ewha app without the previous method of installing a separate app for the ID. EUREKA is Ewha’s online administrative portal service that can also be accessed through the mobile service by adding various menus as bookmarks, in addition to key services that are provided through shortcut menus, such as Internet certificate issuance, portal information system, and the THE portfolio, which can all be accessed through an integrated log-in. In particular, the app is designed to allow students to easily access and submit applications or inquiries through a one-stop service for the key applications and result inquiry programs of the academic affairs system, which entail certain due dates. Moreover, the service provides various information for school life, such as notices, timetables, cafeteria menus, library seating availability, and recommendation banners at once. The new Ewha app is available to download from May 3 on the Apple App Store for iOS users and the Google Play Store for Android users by searching “Ewha Womans University,” or visiting the link below. After the release of the Ewha app, a mobile ID must be issued through new Ewha app for the user to receive push notifications. The use of services through the previous Ewha Home app will be restricted.
Prof. Lee Hyang-woon at the College of Medicine Publishes Research in Neuroimage, a World-leading JournalProf. Lee Hyang-woon at the College of Medicine Publishes Research in Neuroimage, a World-leading Journal Professor Lee Hyang-woon (Medicine) published her research in the April issue of Neuroimage, world-renowned journal in the field of brain mapping (rated first place in neuroimaging). The outcome of her research carries significance as a meaning achievement that lays the foundation for various international activities to resolve the issue of the marginalization of women and minorities in science and engineering and to embrace diversity and inclusiveness in the academic environment in collaboration with brain science researchers across the world. Over the past five years, Prof. Lee Hyang-woon has served as a special member of the Inclusivity & Diversity Committee (DIC) under the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM). The OHBM was founded in 1955 with the participation of researchers around the world to improve the anatomical and functional understanding of human brains as an area of neuroscience that is taking center stage in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The committee contributes to brain science, an uncharted domain of science and a blue ocean sector for the future, through the study of “brain function mapping”, which maps the operating method of each part of the brain using cutting-edge imaging technology. Prof. Lee has been engaged in enhancing inclusivity and diversity within the organization and promoting scientific advancements and various cooperative opportunities through the activities of OHBM DIC. These activities have led to meaningful outcomes in the field of brain function mapping, which requires multidisciplinary convergence and the participation of researchers from diverse areas. “Although the scientific research sector requires us to present innovative ideas and continuously defy existing knowledge systems and preconceptions, in reality, there is systematic discrimination against women, ethical and cultural minorities, and the disabled, who are excluded in terms of general visibility regarding promotions, publishing and other areas,” remarked Prof. Lee. “Researchers across the world recognize the need to support isolated scientists and create various role models.” In particular, Prof. Lee sought to ensure equal distribution in terms of sexual and racial diversity among OHBM members by improving the voting method to select organization members, recognizing that, although Asian members comprised 15 percent of the OHBM, there were no Asian members in its 2016 general committee, in addition to making active appeals to the nominating committee regarding the new voting method. As the result of her efforts, the OHBM general committee has changed with the most diverse membership ever in the organization’s history, with 41-percent female members and 31-percent Asian members.