My Favorite Lectures – Life is a Deterministic Process

Life is a Deterministic Process

A Lecture by Professor King L. CHOW

There has been an old saying that “We are endowed with certain talent and weakness, and everything seems to pre-determined as our fate.” With the advancement of biological research, genomics and genetics, there are loads of examples illustrating that our genetic composition dictates who we are to a large extent. But, how large? In this lecture, we will go through some of these examples revealing how much it is truth, and how much it is just a myth. With a better understanding of the human biology as scientific facts, I hope you would no longer feel haunted by your fate, and would appreciate how much you can change your life by choice and by luck.


What you’ll learn

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • project how your determination and value can change the outcome of your life
  • describe the most important things in your life that worth your life time to pursue


Date: Nov 8, 2018 (Thursday)

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Venue: LG4 Multi-function Room, Library

1.5 hours will be counted toward the course requirement of IDPO 6770, PDEV 6770C, PDEV 6770D & PDEV 6770E.

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Biographical sketch

King Chow earned his PhD degree in Cell Biology from Baylor Coll. of Med. He was a Belfer Fellow of Molecular Genetics at Albert Einstein Coll. of Med. before joining HKUST more than 20 years ago. At HKUST, he oversaw the development of the Common Core Program, served as Directors of a number of UG and PG programs. He holds the position of the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs Office overseeing the establishment and operation of a number of interdisciplinary programs that cut across all schools. He heads the Center for the Development of Gifted and Talented promoting gifted and STEM education. His own research focuses on molecular genetics of neural development, synthetic and evolutionary biology, exploring animal form, shape and communication. He actively engages in various teaching programs spanning liberal arts, practicum art, life science and interdisciplinary studies. He has taught subjects of his own expertise areas, as well as subjects at the juncture between science, engineering, social science and humanity in different formats, from traditional lectures, group work, exploratory-project-based courses, MOOC to extensive flipped classes at all levels, earning him the School of Science Teaching Award, the Michael G. Gale Medal of distinguished teaching at HKUST. In his lectures, he always provokes students to see information and issues with different perspective, shaking up mythical misunderstanding and help students to reflect on their own value and position, integrating both biotic and abiotic considerations. Understanding oneself is always one of his key objectives in his educational endeavors.


My Favorite Lectures @ HKUST is a series that showcases our students’ favorite lectures conducted by their favorite teachers. All speakers in the series are medalists for the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching or other prestigious teaching awards. The lectures will be compiled into an open online course (MOOC), in which these passionate and inspiring speakers would share their teaching philosophy illustrated in the lectures.