Texas A&M Superfund Center Partners with National Taiwan University

Story by Megan Myers

Rusyn and Chan
NTU College of Public Health dean Dr. Chang-Chuan Chan and Texas A&M Superfund Research Center director Dr. Ivan Rusyn, shake hands following the signing of the MOU that creates a partnership between the two entities.

A memorandum of understanding between Texas A&M University and National Taiwan University will strengthen collaborations in the areas of disaster research and preparedness and provide both institutions with the opportunity to study disaster response on a global scale.

Dr. Ivan Rusyn, director of the Texas A&M Superfund Research Center and University Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), created this agreement in partnership with Dr. Chang-Chuan Chan, dean of the College of Public Health at National Taiwan University.

“The partnership with the largest College of Public Health in Asia is an invaluable opportunity to exchange best practices and knowledge,” Rusyn said.

“Taiwan is a country prone to natural disasters similar to those that impact the coastal areas in the U.S. and is also a high-density population center interspersed with multiple chemical industry facilities,” he said. “Therefore, there are many similar challenges to be addressed by combining the brain trust and the experience of the faculty and trainees at both institutions.”

“We are honored to have this opportunity to cooperate with Texas A&M Superfund Center to enhance our scientific and technological capability to meet the challenges of chemical safety management in Taiwan,” Chan said. “Students and faculty of both universities will benefit from cross-cultural cooperation between two prominent educational institutions.”

The Texas A&M Superfund Center studies the impacts that hazardous chemical contaminations can have on human health in coastal areas after natural or manmade disasters.

The College of Public Health at National Taiwan University, the only public health school in Asia accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, seeks to provide its students with a global view of both human and environmental health.

 

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