Looking back, going to Tunghai to major in Biology was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. A course taught by Professor Paul Alexander: histology, also known as microscopic anatomy, started my fascination with the beauty and intricacy of biological structures under the microscope. This course was instrumental in discovering my aptitude. In addition, the basic histological techniques I learned had prepared me to venture further. A variety of related techniques acquired later became crucial tools in my research.
Three years after graduating from Tunghai, I followed the trend of the time - going abroad for graduate study. Neuroanatomy taught by Professor Paul A Young was the course that interested me the most. The complexity of the nervous system, each region with its unique structures governing specific bodily functions offers infinite possibilities for further investigation. Professors Alexander and Young certainly had the greatest impact on my career path. I taught histology and neuroanatomy at several medical schools for forty-one years. My research work involved the study of microscopic changes of the nervous system after injury to tease out cellular events that cause reversible or irreversible neural damages.
I consider myself very fortunate to have a career I loved. This was made possible by the two professors I met more than six decades ago. It was a pleasure to contribute toward establishing Paul A Young Hall, which has become world’s premier surgical training center in St. Louis, Missouri since its opening in 2010. To express my gratitude to Professor Alexander who had led me into the wonderful world of biological research, I donated two scholarship funds in honor of him in 2019: Academic Achievement Award and Travel Grant. I am very proud of being a Tunghai alumna. With these scholarships I wish to encourage and motivate Tunghai students to become educators and researchers. This is my humble way to pay tribute to the legacy of Professor Paul Alexander. Ultimately, I wish to provide opportunities for Tunghai students to experience the excitement and rewards in scientific research like I had.
東海生命科學系的歐保羅獎學金自2014年開始運作，謝婉華校友捐至聯董會的15萬美元指定獎學金以及她的教育遠見，更促使我們修訂歐保羅教授獎學金，增加了歐保羅學業優異獎學金 (Paul Alexander Academic Achievement Award)以及歐保羅海外學習獎學金 (Paul Alexander Travel Grant)項目，以承傳歐保羅教授跨國教育精神，獎勵優秀學生並培育未來世代的教育者，且鼓勵本系學業優秀同學藉由海外學習拓展視野，勇敢跨出舒適圈、邁向挑戰異文化環境的深入學思旅程。