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[2019/01/30] International Scholars Have Joined NYMU to Strengthen the University's Teaching and Research Potential

Professor Lee (middle) is cooperating with Professor Huang(right) and Professor Zhu with the aim of developing cancer detection biochips


Having lived in the United States for 44 years, Professor Lee, an international nanomaterial expert, has joined the Institute of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at National Yang-Ming University. He brought with him from the United States his nano-biochip technology, which is able to detect nanoparticles released by cancer cells. This technology will help with early detection of cancer.

Professor Lee was originally a Helen C. Kurtz Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at Ohio State University. Although he was born and raised in Taiwan, he went to the United States 44 years ago to pursue his postgraduate studies and since that time has become as an international nanomaterials expert. This year, with the help of the Yushan Scholar Program, Professor Lee finally returned back to Taiwan with the intention of sharing his knowledge of nanomaterial technology and will apply this to the early detection of cancer. He remarked that being a "Yushan Scholar" at NYMU is his first official job in Taiwan. He hopes to contribute to Taiwan's biomedical industry and help develop education in Taiwan by bring home his expertise and donate part of his salary to students.

An American couple, Professor Holton and Professor Hinterlong, have joined the Nursing School Faculty this year aiming to strengthening research into geriatric medicine


In addition to Professor Lee, Professor Holton and Professor Hinterlong, who are both well-known researchers in the areas of community care and gerontological health, have also joined Yang-Ming this year. In this case the Institute of Community Health Care in the School of Nursing. They previously taught at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Taiwan is now an aging society and this, together with the fact that the NYMU School of Nursing has strong connections with neighboring communities, matches well with their research focus in the area of “geriatric medicine and community health building.” The resources available at Yang-Ming will help them to find answers to an aging society and this is the major reason why they have decided to come to Taiwan and teach.

Professor Hinterlong indicated that, not only Taiwan, but all the countries in the world, are going to have to face the issue of an aging society at some point. He hopes to contribute his expertise and assist with the development of policies related to an aging society from a scholar’s perspective. Based on her past experience in the community, Professor Holton remarked that Universities are the most dynamic unit in a community and that they can not only provide immediate support to senior citizens and the disadvantaged, but they also are able to teach students about the community by strengthening the bonds within the community. This will be good for the growth of Taiwan as an aging society. The fact that these two scholars are working at NYMU is expected to strengthen the connection between the University and the community, and help the University to develop further in the area of social responsibility.