High Aspirations in Hainan
CTAHR and Hainan University have entered into an MOU agreeing to cooperate on the establishment of the Joint Laboratory of Food, Nutrition and Health, which will be housed at the Hainan University campus. Interim Associate Dean for Research Jinzeng Yang, Soojin Jun, Alan Titchenal, Joannie Dobbs, Yong Li, Andre Seale, Rajesh Jha, and Kacie Ho (all HNFAS) traveled to China to present on topics as diverse as “Potential strategies to enhance functionality and bioavailability of naturally derived pigments and antioxidants” (Kacie) and “Control of growth and osmoregulation in tilapia under dynamically-changing salinities” (Andre). With the Hainan University faculty, the CTAHR delegation discussed joint collaborations in research programs and education between the two schools in the areas of marine biology and seafood production; food chemistry, engineering, and biotechnology; nutritional composition and analysis; and graduate and undergraduate education. Under the terms of the MOU, CTAHR faculty will work as visiting researchers there, and Hainan University students and graduates will be recruited for UH programs.