Professor attends White House ceremony honoring China's President Hu
U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes China's President Hu Jintao at a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Photo courtesy of Xiao-Hai Yan.
Professor Xiao-Hai Yan at the White House for the welcoming ceremony and reception for Hu Jintao, president of China. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Yan.


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9:06 a.m., Jan. 20, 2011----Xiao-Hai Yan, Mary A. S. Lighthipe Professor of Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware, attended the welcome ceremony and reception hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to honor visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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During the reception, Yan had the opportunity to shake hands with both President Obama and President Hu. His photographs of the event show the two presidents standing together, facing guests and members of the media.

Hu's visit to the United States, from Jan. 18-21, includes meetings with President Obama and other U.S. policymakers, as well as a business summit with U.S. corporate leaders.

Yan directs the Center for Remote Sensing at UD and is an associate director of the Delaware Space Grant Consortium. He has been instrumental in forging academic and research ties with Xiamen University, UD's partner in the Joint Institute for Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and in UD's recently inaugurated Confucius Institute. Yan holds an honorary distinguished scholar title at Xiamen University.