HKU Bulletin December 2014 (Vol. 16 No.1)

News in Brief In Memoriam Remembering Professor Ian Davies The University’s 13 th Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Davies passed away in London peacefully on July 24 at the age of 72. A memorial service was held for Professor Davies on August 29 in the Rayson Huang Theatre, attended by colleagues, alumni and friends who came together to pay their respects to the much- loved member of the HKU family. The service began with a silent tribute and introduction by Dean of Dentistry Professor Thomas Flemmig, followed by an address by President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson. Professor Mathieson said in his address: “Many in Hong Kong will remember him for being the driving force behind the establishment of the territory’s first Faculty of Dentistry. They may remember that he was appointed to the post of Vice-Chancellor at a very difficult time for the University. They will quite rightly remember him for his role in improving the provision of dental care for the Hong Kong community, and for the stabilising leadership he brought to the University during some challenging times.” Professor Davies’s dedication, contributions and achievements were highlighted in the eulogy delivered by Professor Esmonde Corbet, Clinical Professor of Dentistry, and tributes were delivered by Dr the Honourable Sir David Li Kwok-po, Pro-Chancellor; Emeritus Professor Rosie Young, Honorary Clinical Professor of Department of Medicine; and Dr Gordon Chiu, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of Faculty of Dentistry. Attending guests then had a chance to reminisce about the life and work of Professor Davies through a presentation of snapshots and video before the memorial service came to an end. Professor Davies was one of the pioneers who established at HKU what was and continues to be Hong Kong’s first and only Faculty of Dentistry. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry and Director of Prince Philip Dental Hospital concurrently from 1983 to 1989 and the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1991 to 2000. In the last two years of his Pro-Vice- Chancellorship, he also served as the Registrar, and was the University’s Vice-Chancellor from 2000 to 2002. Professor Davies was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He was appointed Emeritus Professor at HKU, made Justice of the Peace in 1991, awarded a Silver Bauhinia Star in 2003, and conferred an Honorary Doctorate by HKU in 2006. Professor Davies was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa at the 173 rd Congregation in 2006. Professor Ian Davies, 1942–2014. A memorial service was held in the Rayson Huang Theatre in memory of Professor Ian Davies. In 2010, Professor Davies (first from right) attended the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the HKU Centennial Campus. News in Brief Cover Story Knowledge Exchange Books Arts and Culture 01 02 30 32 34 Growing Pains An Economic Transition with Chinese Characteristics Corruption and the Power Game Greasing Palms: A HK$30 Billion Industry Going Underground Rags and Riches in the Luxury Trade 04 06 08 10 12 14 Research Teaching and Learning Honours More Power to the Flower The Back Trackers Speed Is the Essence The Mythical Origins of Japanese Pornography Above and Beyond A Taste of France Stem Cell Pioneer Honoured by HKU 16 18 20 22 26 28 24 Thinking outside the Box Speech Therapy A Bird in Hand 36 38 40 The Ethics of Torture, Terrorism and War 42 Music Master Class 44 Contents In Memoriam Remembering Professor Ian Davies Doing Us Proud HKU Academics Recognised for Their Respective Achievements Honorary University Fellowships Strengthening the Ties between Town and Gown Multiple Skills for a Multitasking World Caught in the Mid-Stream A New Participant in the Great Experiment People 01