Julia Diaz recently returned from a visit to Nankai University in Tianjin, China, where she gave a guest lecture and an invited talk.
“It was my first time in China,” Julia said. “I didn’t know what to expect.”
She visited Beijing and the Great Wall of China.
“I was surprised how few people speak English there,” she said. “My friend set me up with a tour guide, so I had my baby sitter. She told me what to eat, where to go, how to dress, everything.”
Julia said that teaching the class was a challenge because of the language differences. She presented in English, and, while most of the students knew some conversational English, specialized technical terms presented a difficulty. Julia delivered a guest lecture on “The global phosphorus cycle” and an invited talk on “Marine polyphosphate: linking the global phosphorus cycle over modern and geologic timescales.”
“It was a challenge, but a very interesting experience,” she said. “I learned a lot and will probably go back again.”