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Out and About around the Husky Globe: Winter 2018

Husky spirit runs deep in Thailand

Lowell Thomson, ’93, sent us this great shot of throwing his Dubs up wile diving in Thailand. Lowell is a teacher in Bangkok and avid Dawg fan who is “a lifetime member and a proud Husky!” Find out more about joining our global alumni community by visiting the membership page. Do you have a photo showing your Husky spirit around the globe that you’d like to see in our Out and About section? If so, send it Husky Global editor Isaiah Brookshire at

Lowell Thomson

Kung-Yee Liang, ’82, named President of  Taiwan’s NHRI

A headshot of Kung-Yee Liang

Dr. Kung-Yee Liang, Ph.D., ’82, was recently inaugurated as the 6th President of Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes (NHRI). He is a renowned biostatistician best known for the co-development of generalized estimating equations which are now widely used in the field of biostatistics. The NHRI applies evidence-based practices to mission-oriented medical health research and works to boost Taiwan’s biotechnology industry. To learn more, read the story on NHRI’s website.

A Grandmother’s Gift

Molly Gong recently made a gift to improve the rehearsal spaces used by UW musicians as well as young artists like her granddaughter, Emily. It’s meaningful way to demonstrate her pride in both her daughter’s and her granddaughter’s hard work and achievements. Music has always been an important part of Molly’s life since her childhood in Shanghai. Today, she says her happiest moments are when she’s sitting on the steps outside the closed door of the piano room, listening to her granddaughter practice. To learn more about Molly’s gift and how you can support aspiring musicians, visit the School of Music’s website.

Molly Gong

Melda Kamil, ’95, ’11, named new U. of Indonesia Law School dean

Melda Kamil, ’95, ’11, was named dean of University of Indonesia Law School this past December. The second woman to be elected dean in the school’s history, she will lead the oldest law school in Indonesia through the completion of her term in 2021. She is one of Indonesia’s leading scholars of international environmental law and law of the sea, Melda has also served as legal adviser for a number of government and private institutions at the national and international level. Read more on the School of Law’s website.

Melda Kamil

Meaningful interventions that save lives

Augustine Ajuogu is a third-year medical student with a goal. “I’m focused on reducing the impact of treatable diseases, and the way I want to do that is through vaccines and drugs,” he says. Originally from Nigeria, he came to the United States as a refugee and was able to attend the UW School of Medicine thanks to a M.D. scholarship provided by generous donors and alumni. “This scholarship has given me focus,” he says. “It takes money out of the equation when it comes to doing something that I’m very passionate about.” Learn more about Augustine and how you can make a difference in the lives of students by visiting UW Medicine’s website.

Augustine Ajuogu

Tsinghua band makes their global debut at UW’s Meany Center

In February, 62 young musicians from the Tsinghua University Symphonic Band preformed at the 30th Annual University of the Washington Pacific Northwest Band Festival. Their visit to Seattle was the band’s first trip abroad in its more than 100-year history. See photos of the performance below and read more about the visit on China Daily’s website.