WIN AWARD WINNER
The 2004 WIN Award has been presented to Professor
Ying-Chun Hsieh of the Taiwan National Chengchi
A non-nuclear professional, Professor Ying-chun Hsieh was
recognized for her outstanding achievements in promoting
science - including nuclear energy - by communicating
with the general public using plain, easy to understand
language, and for her strong, persistent and outspoken support
of nuclear power.
Her engagement in promoting nuclear science and applications
dates back almost 30 years, to the time when she worked
for the "Science Monthly" magazine as Executive
Editor, after receiving her MA degree in journalism from
1978 she was made Editor-in-Chief, but soon after went abroad
in pursuit of advanced studies. In 1984 she received her
PhD in communications from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, and resumed her role as Editor-in-Chief
at "Science Monthly". At the same time she was
working full-time as associate professor in the Department
of Journalism at her alma mater, NCCU, and became a professor
in 1991. In recent years she was also a visiting scholar
at Kyoto University, the University of California at Berkeley,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign, and at Beijing
the past 20 years Dr Hsieh has been involved in a various
activities, besides her "official" academic
career: supporting nuclear energy and promoting communication
of nuclear issues, serving on the advisory boards of many
nuclear power related committees dealing with reactor safety,
emergency preparedness and legislation for waste management.
She also trained NPP workers in how to communicate with
local residents and lectured high school students as well
as the general public. As a big promoter of communicating
science - including nuclear energy - using basic language,
she takes every opportunity inside and outside classrooms
to teach students of journalism how to understand and report
Hsieh became a member of WIN Taiwan a few years ago when
she was invited to give a speech on "Public Communications
and Nuclear Development in Taiwan - Stubborn Audience"
at the 2000 WIN Taiwan Annual Meeting.
As the award recipient and the WIN president live "next
door", WIN Taiwan and WIN Japan held an award ceremony
took place on 1st October at the Taipower building in Taipei.
In attendance were many WIN Taiwan members, the Vice President
and some employees of Taipower, the Secretary General and
other representatives of Chung-Hwa Nuclear Society (CHNS,
the "mother" society of WIN Taiwan), Professor
Hsieh's mother, colleagues and students.
her speech WIN Global President Ogawa praised Professor
Hsieh's achievements and said that Professor Hsieh
gave guidelines to people involved in nuclear. Professor
Hsieh expressed her appreciation of receiving this great
honor, and thanked the people who had supported her for
many years. She pledged to continue her efforts to promote
As it turned out, holding the event in Taipei was an advantage
as it enabled many people who had worked with Professor
Hsieh to attend (usually the award is presented at the Annual
WIN Global Meeting; however, in 2004 this was not possible).
The ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on "Communication
of Nuclear Issues and Public Education". Four speakers from
Taiwan and two speakers from Japan made presentations on
their communication activities for nuclear power, back-end
processing, nuclear safety, and other topics. The discussion
generated practical ideas, and encouraged WIN members to
the award ceremony and the panel discussion, were held jointly
by CHNS' Regulation and Education Committee and WIN
Taiwan. The WIN award celebration dinner party was held
in a cozy and historical house - Old City Mayor's
Residence in Taipei. WIN Taiwan and WIN Japan members very
much enjoyed the occasion which was like a family meeting
of many sisters full of smiles and cheerful talk.
On Monday, 4 October 2004, two articles appeared in "The
Liberty Times" - one of the top three daily newspapers
The first article reported the visit of WIN Global President,
Junko Ogawa, and her WIN Japan delegation, with special
focus on their meeting with Dr. Min-shen OUYANG, Chairman
of the Atomic Energy Council. As there are strong anti-nuclear
forces in Taiwan which have increased public awareness of
nuclear safety, Ogawa stressed the importance of continuous
and persistent communication. She suggested that WIN Taiwan
should take an active role in communicating with residents
near nuclear facilities, and serve as a bridge between these
residents, anti-nuclear groups and the government. Good
and frequent communication, such as round-table discussions,
would improve public understanding of nuclear power operation
and alleviate conflicts.
The second article reported the WIN Award ceremony on 1
October. The headline read "Highest Honor of Global Women
in Nuclear Awarded to Professor of Journalism", with
a photo of Professor Hsieh. The article covered a brief
introduction of the award recipient with citation of her
specific achievements, an introduction of the WIN Award,
WIN Global and WIN Taiwan.
Technical tour to Lungmen
19 participants went by bus to the Number 4 nuclear power
plant construction site at Lungmen.
WIN Taiwan members, including Professor Hsieh and her colleagues,
and the WIN Japan delegation were fortunate to see the various
facilities under construction, and to step into the coolant
water discharge tunnel as well as the visitors' center.
There are three operating NPPs in Taiwan. Planning of the
4th NPP (two ABWRs) started in 1980. The first budget was
approved by legislators in 1994, and completion of reactor
1 was due in 2006, reactor 2 in 2007. But construction is
now behind schedule, due to a 3 1/2 month suspension after
a reevaluation in late 2000 and continuing concerns of anti-nuclear
activists in Taiwan.
Taiwan needs more effective and efficient communication
activities such as WIN Taiwan has contributed. We strongly
hope that construction proceeds smoothly without any interruptions,
and that the plant starts its operation soon.
WIN Taiwan is well known as one of the oldest WIN groups.
It was established in 1994 as WIN Taipei, then changed its
name to WIN Taiwan in 2003. Seven executives and 100 members
bend their energy to various communication activities.
20. October 2004
Junko Nishimura / WIN Japan
Jessie J. Chiu / WIN Taiwan
Many WIN members will remember that in 1998 WIN Taiwan
organized an excellent first WIN Global Annual Meeting outside
WIN Global much appreciates the eagerness and efforts of
WIN Taiwan and its members for making the 2004 WIN Award
ceremony and related events a truly memorable experience.