“Studying of the humanities will help engineering students conquer the great challenges of tomorrow,” said Dr. Kyungjae Myung, who spoke Wednesday afternoon at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Humanities Festival, held at UNIST Main Auditorium.
On July 22, Dr. Kyungjae Myung, the Director of IBS Center for Genomic Integrity was invited to deliever a special lecture on the topic of “The Power of the Humanities within the field of Science and Technology” before the eyes of 250 Science and Engineering students across the nation.
The primary purpose of this event was to help students realize their dreams and make successful career and life transitions by bringing new ideas and engaging conversation to the campus with a festival of humanities.
In that lecture, Dr. Kyungjae Myung talked about the importance of the humanities within the field of science and technology. According to him, “Sciences and the humanities are not different from one another. In fact, they are surprisingly interconnected.”
Dr. Myung quoted one of the MIT graduates who became a physician as saying, ‘MIT biology prepared me for medicine, Literature prepared me to be a doctor’ and emphasized this point during his lecture.
Dr. Myung said, “We live in a complex world where science and technology advance at light speed.” He continues by saying, “Studying humanities will help students understand the impact that science, technology, and medicine has had on our society, thereby allowing them conquer the great challenges of tomorrow.
In 2014, Dr. Kyungjae Myung, the former senior investigator and section head with tenure from the National Institutes of Health, USA joined the faculty of UNIST as a Distinguished Professor. He is a leading scientist in genomic integrity and has been recently selected to head the IBS Center for Genomic Integrity (CGI), launched at the UNIST campus on December 1, 2014.
His current research interests are to identify and understand the molecular mechanisms of DNA repair pathways preserving genomic integrity and to develop therapeutic approaches that target these pathways.