Just outside the walls of USTC is the building pictured below. Quiz: Who or what is housed in it?

The answer after the jump...
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You've probably never heard of the city of Hefei, in Anhui Province. Well, keep reading this blog in the weeks to come and you'll learn what I'm learning. The city's biggest claim to fame is being home to the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) -- the "third best university in China," as the staff and faculty regularly point out. I'm here as a "visiting professor" for the summer of 2010. While I am the holder of no doctorate nor tenured faculty position, flying over the Pacific Ocean from America to mainland China has magically granted me the title, apparently. I'm here for the university's summer school session, which is covering topics such as intellectual property rights and transportation/logistics. What do those things have to do with Professor Crane? Well, I'm giving lectures on copyright law, plagiarism and cultural/communication differences between Chinese and the Westerners. More on those later. For the moment, I just want to offer a photo of me and two of the summer school's incoming freshmen who did a little sightseeing with me recently.
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Students (standing), Crane (seated)