University of South Florida
Professor presents at Chinese Academy of Sciences[07.20.2011]
TAMPA, Fla. -- At the University of South Florida, faculty, students and scholars are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to promote academic exchange across borders.
Recently, James Andrews, director and associate professor of USF’s School of Information, along with Hong Huang, also of the School of Information, were invited to speak to researchers, staff and students at the Shangai Information Center for Life Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shangai, China.
Founded in 1949, the academy is the American equivalent of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and since has been a leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development center in natural science, technological science and high-tech innovation.
Providing research support and information services to biological scientists working for the academy, the Information Center for Life Sciences publishes globally recognized, high impact journals (such as Cell Research) and produces and manages extensive bibliographic databases, networking and data services, and reports generated by the academy.
Appointed honorary advisers to the Information Center during their visit, Andrews and Huang shared research interests and ideas with scientists and scholars at the academy, and signed an agreement of collaboration on behalf of USF. Addressing a variety of topics from information trends and challenges in clinical research to standards and controlled terminologies, Andrews said the response was inspiring.
“The goal was to show them our ideas and our research interests, and move on to something from there,” Andrews said. “And it was great because there were a lot of questions after the presentation.”
While in Shangai, Andrews and Huang also met with the executive deputy director of the Center, Jiang Tang, and with the director of the Chinese Biology Abstracts. Spending a week in Shanghai, both guests were taken on tours of cultural sites and visited several local attractions.
“They were really great hosts,” Andrews said. “It was incredible.”
Planning to host Tang at USF in the near future, Andrews hopes to take advantage of the desire to collaborate and the similarity in research interests to create a long-term partnership between both institutions.
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