International Talent magazine reported Timothy Kusky's scientific contribution to China University of Geosciences on the development of plate tectonics.
文/熊熙一 李杰 张维佳 Text: Xiong Xiyi, Li Jie and Zhang Weijia
柯斯基：倾情地质学 Kusky: A Figure in Geology
“我的学生们就像我的孩子，我在这里拥有一个大家庭”2016年湖北省“编钟奖”获得者、来自美国的蒂姆柯斯基（Timothy M. Kusky）教授如是说道，“而他们的老师来自世界各地。”
American Professor Timothy M. Kusky in Hubei Province, the winner of the “Chime Bell Award” in 2016 said: “My students are like my own children, it is like having a big family here and our lecturers come from all over the world. ”
In the 10-minutes interview which took place at the university ground, Kusky elaborated his dream with enthusiasm. Since 2009, he has the vision of setting up the Centre of Global Tectonic at China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). Two-year prior, the school actively responded to the government’s request, took on the opportunity establishing a centre of scientific research and innovation. 7 years later, Kusky not only took the lead in building a first-class laboratory and a team of 5 professors and 25 undergraduates, masters, doctorates and post-doctorates; he also established tight connections, conducting academic exchanges with over 60 other well-known schools and academic institutes around the world. Without the need of leaving Wuhan, his students have the opportunity growing into a new generation of Chinese geologists who possess a global perspective.
“我为什么来到这里？” Why Did I Come Here?
Kusky completed his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University Department of Earth and Planetary Science in 1990. He was P.C Reinert Chair in Natural Sciences at University of St. Louis and director of Center for Environmental Sciences. He conducts his research in the areas such as global tectonics, Precambrian tectonic, structural geology of convergent plate boundaries and geological disasters, in many parts of the world such as North America, Asia and Africa.
Kusky has been employed full time at China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) since 2009, recruited as Foreign Expert in the Thousand Talents Program and Distinguished Professor in the Ministry of Education Yangtze River Scholar Program since 2010. In order to study earth science, he has been many parts of the world, leaving his footprints across continents. Kusky explained: “Why did I come here? I think this school is one of the best universities in the world to study earth science. China is creating a positive environment for research and studies. I am so lucky to become a part of this, to educate Chinese students and watch them becoming young scientists. This is the most colourful experience in my life.”
他现在还担任《地球科学》 （英文版）杂志副主编、《岩石圈》（Lithosphere）杂志编委，在 《科学》（Science）、《地球与行星科学通讯》（Earth and Planetary Science Letters，EPSL）、《地质学》（Geology）等国际著名学术刊物发表文章300余篇。
Kusky is currently the associate-editor of Journal of Earth Science and editorial board member of Lithosphere. He has published over 300 articles in many well-known academic journals such as Science, Earth and Planetary Science Letters and Geology.
醉心教学科研 Obsession with Teaching and Research
At China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Kusky lectures subjects such as global tectonics, environmental science and scientific papers essay writing. The classrooms are always packed as his classes often attract graduated students from the past and students from other faculties. Between 2015 and 16, he taught a summer course of global tectonic at Chinese Academy of Sciences. Kusky invests substantial time and energy guiding students on the field every year, because the most important task as a geologist is to collect meaningful data. He hopes to nurture his students with sound basis for fieldwork. Kusky faced with many challenges along the way during the summer course. He had to overcome the dangers associated with soaring temperature and high altitude when he took students out to the remote barren mountains. Kusky had a few allergic episodes when he was unknowingly given food containing pork or cooked in lard. Nonetheless, he persevered with the strenuous fieldwork, determined only to recover when he returned home. He even continued to appraise essays when he was laying on the hospital bed hooked up to an intravenous line. He was determined to return to work as soon as he had shown first signs of recovery. The feature paper Kusky has completed mostly recently is the result of a 16-year global research, investigation and comparison. It took at least two years to formulate, in collaboration with scholars from Canada, US, UK and Japan as well as his own students. “I hope my students can gain experience working alongside with these internationally renowned scholars and use that in their future practice.” Kusky articulated.
搭建世界地学沟通平台 Building a Communication Platform for the World of Geoscience
The study of global tectonics had been one of the weakest disciplines at the university. Kusky sat up the Centre of Global Tectonic with the important direction to incorporate the fields of earth science and resources; with the research foci on the Precambrian tectonic evolution, subduction-collision of orogenic belts and ophiolite, and Qinghai - Tibet Plateau orogenic belt; to carry out transdisciplinary research and international cooperative research; to establish friendly and cooperative relationship with other organisations such as US Geological Survey, Cornell University, University of Maryland, Institute of Geology and Geophysics; and nurture innovative and interdisciplinary talents with global vision.
“We started setting up the centre formally two years ago, although at a beginning phase, we have been developing at a very fast pace.” On his desk, Kusky has a meter-long schedule, fully listed with names and itineraries. He explained they are the names of internationally renowned scholars who have visited and about to come for academic exchange, to delivery speeches or short courses; listed are also dates for national and international field visits and conferences he is attending. He firmly believes that, in the future, scholars will come here from around the world, to share resources on this platform.
Furthermore, Kusky expressed many ideas about working with countries in the Silk Road Think Tank Network. Many of these countries can provide very valuable reference and comparison for the study of China’s regional tectonic evolution in the ancient past and future. For example, conduct a study of tectonic and seismic hazards in relation to mineral deposition in Turkey and compare it with the Qinghai - Tibet Plateau. Before coming to China, Kusky has been promoting academic exchange and cooperation in Middle East, and sealed an inter-school cooperation agreement among China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Oman Sultan Qaboos University and Turkey ?ukurova University. “I made a promise of dedication, upholding our commitment and achieving our goal.” Kusky summed up.
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