Xuchen Wang and Bob Chen are scientists at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Wang is from China, and he says, “Based on my experience working in China, I realized that marine science education is so limited to a few number of people. And outreach [to] the general population about marine science – it’s just not there.”
When Chen visited China with Wang several years ago, Chen was blown away: “It was clear that science was changing at a very rapid pace. They are moving on an upward trend in science and technology. And it was something that if you don’t collaborate now, you’ll be missing a lot of opportunities.”
Chen and Wang, along with numerous Chinese and American students, professors, and government officials, worked to organize the first ever COSEE-China planning workshop. The next two episodes of Ocean Gazing are devoted to this workshop and the future of ocean science education in China.
Sammy Wang and Lundie Spence became fast friends, one of the many bridges built between China and the US.
After months of planning, Bob Chen warmly welcomed the delegations from both countries to the workshop.
After the 2-day workshop concluded, the US and Chinese delegations visited a couple of sites in Beijing, including the Forbidden Palace. Credit: Bob Chen.
Xuchen Wang (left) and Bob Chen (right) from UMass Boston helped to organize the COSEE-China planning workshop in Beijing in early March. Credit: Lundie Spence.
Bargaining abounded. At the Great Wall, Laura Dover, Ari Daniel Shapiro, and Bob Chen (left to right) purchased panda hats. Shapiro got his for half what Chen paid. Credit: Lundie Spence.
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