On July 30, 2009, the Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, professor Douglas D. Osheroff, is invited to visit the High School Affiliated to Xi'an Jiaotong University. Professor Douglas D. Osheroff makes a lecture of popular science entitled "My story of scientific discovery," and a cordial dialogue with students. Professor Wang Jianhua , the chairman of Xi'an Jiaotong University Board, Mr. Lu Mingkai, the deputy director of Shaanxi Porvincial education department, Mr. Wang Pianle, who is in charge of the youth section of the Association for Science and Technology Department of Shaanxi Province, Mr, Qi Guanshe, UNESCO director of Shaanxi Province, Mr. Li Xiabin, UNESCO director of Xi’an City, Ms. Tang Weihua, Deputy Secretary for Education of Beilin District attend the lecture. This is the first time that the Nobel laureate and Chinese students have exchanged ideas at the "Zero”distance in the secodnary education level in Shaanxi Porvince. Many alumni of Hiddle School Affiliated to Xi’an Jiaotong University come from all over the country to attend the meeting.
Ms. Wang Peidong, the Head of High School Affiliated to Xi’an Jiaotong University presides over the lecture. Ms. Wang Peidong said that over the years, professor Douglas D. Osheroff unswervingly has committed to the theoretical physics research and it is his pursuit of science and meticulous scholarship that make his achievements in today's academic status and she strongly believes that professor Douglas D. Osheroff ‘s lecture will give students the baptism of science, and inspired them to love science and gave them the passion to strive for an early winning of the Nobel Prize for the Chinese chapter. Professor Wang Jianhua , the chairman of Xi'an Jiaotong University Board, awards "Honorary Professor of Xi'an Jiaotong University," certificates and said that Xi’an Jiaotong University are exploring the new historical period of the school system to enhance the training compound, and strive to change from the knowledge-based eduaction to exploration and research-based education. Professor Wang Jianhua , the chairman of Xi'an Jiaotong University Board, believes that may professor Douglas D. Osheroff have more chances to visit and guide the work of scientific research and personnel training of Xi'an Jiaotong University, then the teachers and students will develop more perspectives and increase their knowledge.
Professor Douglas D. Osheroff 's report "My story of scientific discovery," started from his own experience of life and the spirit of hard struggle deeply attracted students. He talked about his experience from his childhood story to the impact of secondary school teachers, from the electromagnetic waves to the Big Bang, from the laboratory to the superfluid of helium-three at the absolute zero.
His broad knowledge, his diligent study, his serious attitude of humility, and his simple and sincere style infected students. From time to time, the students burst into warm applauses. At the next interactive process and the afternoon seminar, students of the High School Affiliated to Xi’an Jiaotong University use fluent English to ask questions in study, research, life and the other various aspects. Professor Douglas D. Osheroff always responds their questions and the auditorium is filled with self-confidence, laughter and friendship. Students understand that the access to science and achievements lies not only in the basis of profound knowledge, a wide range of interests and hobbies but also in perseverance, confidence, not fear of failure, as well as the vision of globalization.
Before the lecture , the students preparea brief and wonderful welcoming ceremony for Professor Douglas D. Osheroff. Right in the afternoon, with strong interest, Professor Douglas D. Osheroff also visit the physics, chemistry, biology laboratories of the High School Affiliated to Xi’an Jiaotong University. On July 31, he will make another lecture about " what happenes under the condition of absolute zero?” and have a seminar with the teachers of the High School Affiliated to Xi’an Jiaotong University.