August 18, 2016
The Dugoni School family, guests and exchange students from Peking Medical University, School of Stomatology recently gathered to get a unique glimpse into the amazing world of microscopic photography.
As part of the Aug. 12 event, large-format artwork from a new book, Poetic Life by Dr. Tie Jun Li, was prominently displayed throughout the school's first floor. The show also featured a special darkroom gallery with artwork digitally projected on the walls of Dorfman Hall, while participants listened to accompanying music on headphones.
Dr. Li is an associate dean and professor of oral pathology at Peking Medical University, School of Stomatology in Beijing, China. "As a pathologist, he is trained to assess the slides of blood vessels, teeth, muscle tissue and bone tissue with an objective clinical eye. However, as a photographer, he appreciates the sheer beauty of nature under the microscope," says his artist statement.
Student volunteers from the school's Global Relations Club organized the event, with additional support facilitated by Dr. Colin Wong, adjunct professor and Dugoni Foundation board member.
Dr. Wong and Dean Nader Nadershahi welcomed attendees, which included special guests such as Ren Faqiang, Chinese Deputy Consul General to San Francisco, who also gave remarks.
The Dugoni School has a long-standing partnership with Peking Medical University. A student exchange program between the two schools was established in 2012. The program was designed to give Dugoni School students and their counterparts in China an opportunity to learn about dental education and culture in each other's respective countries. Eight dental students from Peking Medical University are currently finishing up the second week of an exchange visit at the Dugoni School.
"It was an honor for the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry family to welcome our colleagues from China and share this special event with our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends," said Dean Nadershahi.