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Department of Life Sciences Inaugurates the Center for the Preservation of Biological Resources and the Chin-Tui Ho Professorship
On May 28 the Department of Life Sciences held a ceremony to inaugurate the Center for the Preservation of Biological Resources (CPBR) and the Chin-Tui Ho Professorship. On the same day the CPBR teamed up with the Taipei Zoo and the Cecelia Koo Botanic Conservation Center by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to set out a cooperative projects in the areas of nature conservation and environmental education.
 
During the ceremony President Hong Hocheng congratulated Professor Li Chia-Wei of the Department of Life Sciences for his appointment as a Chin-Tui Ho Professor, and expressed his thanks to NTHU alumnus Dr. Charles Hsu for his generous financial support for the new center. In his address President Hocheng emphasized the significance of the CPBR, and encouraged everyone in the Department of Life Sciences to continue their exemplary efforts in research, education, and cooperation with industry.
 
Established under the leadership of Professor Chiang Ann-Shyn, Dean of the College of Life Sciences, the CPBR has been well received in both academia and industry. The initial focus of the CPBR will be on collecting specimens; academic exchanges; species propagation; sustainable management; and environmental education. The CPBR has set up an exhibition area in the lobby and courtyard of the Life Sciences Building II featuring a display of nearly 100 varieties of pineapples, an ancient meteorite, models of the skulls of early humans, fossils of dinosaur feathers, a collection of beetle specimens, and a number of volumes of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London dating back to the eighteenth century.
 
The Chin-Tui Ho Professorship was established by Jen-Shyong Ho, honorary chairman of Tung Ho Steel, to help NTHU recruit and retain first-rate scholars. Since he began teaching at NTHU in 1985, Li Chia-Wei has been honored three times with the Outstanding Professor Award. His research papers have been published in such prestigious journals as Science and Nature, and he is well known for his untiring efforts in the field of science education.
 
 Prof. Li Chia-Wei introducing the “Orchard of One Hundred Pineapples,” an exhibition of tropical plants.

Prof. Li Chia-Wei introducing the “Orchard of One Hundred Pineapples,” an exhibition of tropical plants.

 Dean Chiang Ann-Shyn (left) along with Prof. Li Chia-Wei (center) representing the Cecelia Koo Botanic Conservation Center, and Chin, Shih-Chien (right), director of the Taipei Zoo, displaying a Memorandum of Understanding they signed.

Dean Chiang Ann-Shyn (left) along with Prof. Li Chia-Wei (center) representing the Cecelia Koo Botanic Conservation Center, and Chin, Shih-Chien (right), director of the Taipei Zoo, displaying a Memorandum of Understanding they signed.

 President Hocheng appointing Professor  Li Chia-Wei as the Ho Chin-Tui Professor.

President Hocheng appointing Professor Li Chia-Wei as the Ho Chin-Tui Professor.

 The CPBR exhibition area in the lobby and courtyard of the Life Sciences Building II.

The CPBR exhibition area in the lobby and courtyard of the Life Sciences Building II.

 Models of skulls classified as Australopithecus africanus, neanderthal, and modern human.

Models of skulls classified as Australopithecus africanus, neanderthal, and modern human.

 Several volumes of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London dating back to the eighteenth century, donated by Academician Huang I-Lung.

Several volumes of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London dating back to the eighteenth century, donated by Academician Huang I-Lung.

 

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