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USU Applied Economics Professor Mentors 2-NCHU M.S. Graduate Students through Defense

January 18, 2021
Dr. Man-Keun Kim (APEC, USU) has supervised two MS graduate students, Jinny Punnaros Pisarn and Jennie Trang Vo from International Master Program of Agriculture (IMPA) at NCHU. Both Jinny and Jennie successfully defended their MS theses on January 18, 2021 with Dr. Kim attending remotely (pictured in upper left corner). Jinny’s thesis is titled “Consumers’ Attitudes toward the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): A Case Study in NCHU Organic Farmers’ Market” which identifies consumers’ perspectives towards the CSA and highlights its significant implications for producers and legislators. Jennie’s thesis is titled “Consumers’ Preferences for Fresh Food Box – A Complete Study on Taiwanese Consumers using Interval Regression and Discrete Choice Experiment” which investigates the willingness to pay for the food box scheme in Taiwan.

Visiting NCHU Undergraduate Returns to USU Seeking Graduate Degree

January 18, 2021
Hsuan (Bonny) Lu, came to USU on an exchange study abroad program in the Fall of 2018 and as she explored the valley and the university, she discovered USU had an area of study that NCHU did not offer – Kinesiology and Exercise Science. After returning home to Taiwan, Bonny received her undergraduate degree in Entomology and Plant Pathology in National Chung Hsing University in June 2020. She recently returned to USU to follow her passion, exercise science, and is working as the first graduate assistant for USU Global Engagement, helping international student groups and the international student council.

USU-NCHU collaboration yields publication in Sustainability Journal


October 27, 2020
Dr. Man-Keun Kim (USU) has published an journal article entitled, “A Potential Sustainable Pathway for Community-Supported Agriculture in Taiwan: The Consumer Perspective in a Farmers’ Market” in Sustainability 12(21) with NCHU faculty, Shang-Ho Yang and his MS student, Punnaros Pisarn, both are in International Master Program of Agriculture (IMPA), NCHU. They investigated a potential Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Taiwan and identified that consumers are willing to share the risks of upfront payment with farmers. It is available at here.

USU climate professor teaching Climate and Climate Change at NCHU

Dec. 14 - 31, 2020
For the third consecutive year, USU offers popular Climate and Climate Change course to 30 students at NCHU.

First USU-NCHU Dual Degree Ph.D. Student Arrives

August 12, 2020
Li-Ting “Mila” Yen is a Ph.D. student from National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) in Taichung, Taiwan, majoring in Soil and Environmental Sciences. Mila’s Ph.D. research study addresses the application of environmentally-friendly mulch made from modified agricultural and fishery wastes and the Impacts on the Soil Environment.

NCHU Students Learn about Teaching Science in English from USU Professor

August 5, 2020
National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) students learned about teaching science subjects using English Language from USU Professor Simon Wang.

USU-NCHU Team Publishes on Organic Farming in Taiwan


July 28, 2020
Adopting Smart Agriculture among Organic Farms in Taiwan is the title of a recent publication resulting from USU-NCHU collaboration. Professor Chifumi Takagi from the International Bachelor Program of Agribusiness (IBPA) at NCHU teamed up with Man-Keun Kim of the department of Applied Economics at Utah State University along with Sutrisno Purnomo from the Faculty of Agriculture at Sebelas Maret University in Surakarta, Indonesia. They studied Smart Agriculture adoption in Taiwan’s organic farms, which involves systems used in agricultural production that employ new technologies such as drones, robotics, and artificial intelligence. This research was published in the Asian Journal of Technology Innovation in 2020, available at here.

USU Professor Simon Wang Explores Collaboration with Providence University

Simon Wang

July 20, 2020
While in Taiwan, Dr. Simon Wang was invited to Providence University (PU) in Taichung, Taiwan to learn more about the programs there and to discuss opportunities for collaboration and student exchange. Pictured are Dr. Ching-Chun Wei (left, USU alumni in Economics), Dr. Simon Wang (visiting from USU) and Mark Lan (right), Coordinator of the Academic Exchange Affairs Division at PU.

USU professor Man-Keun Kim supervises/graduates NCHU student Jonathan Vivas

Kim in NCHU

June 30, 2020
Associate professor Man-Keun Kim (USU) has supervised MS graduate student Jonathan Vivas (NCHU) throughout his research experience. The thesis is titled, “Adopting African Indigenous Vegetables in Kenya”. Jonathan successfully defended his MS Thesis during June 2020 with Dr. Kim (pictured on screen) attending remotely. Dr. Kim established several collaborations in Taiwan with the support of iPACE and continues to supervise other NCHU students.

iPACE Support Facilitating Faculty Collaborations


June 4, 2020
Past support of faculty participating in the 2019 Asia Pacific Climate Service Workshop sees recent publication in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society titled, “CLIMATE SERVICES IN ASIA PACIFIC: EMERGING TRENDS AND PROSPECTS”. Coauthors on this publication included four from Taiwan, Chia-Ping Cheng of the Central Weather Bureau, Hen-I Lin and Po-Ting Dean Liu of the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Kung-Yueh Camyale Chao of the International Climate Development Institute in collaboration with USU faculty, Simon Wang.

USU Professor Simon Wang Presents at National Taiwan Normal University

2019 Asia Pacific Climate Service Workshop

December 22, 2019
Professor Simon Wang gave a invited talk to faculty and students at National Taiwan Normal University.

“Wonderful Life and Cool Research at USU” Presented by USU M.S. student J.J. Chen

December 18 – December 19, 2019
The presentations, life and research at USU, was given in the IBPA and horticulture science department of NCHU to share live, studies, and researches at Utah State University. Besides, a discussion session was held after each presentation to answer the questions from students. Students joined activities had positive feedback to the presentation and were interested in studying graduate school in USU.

Professor Simon Wang Instructs NCHU Students in Data Mining Course

December 15 2019 – Janurary 5, 2020
Simon Wang: teaching Climate Data Mining with 30 students, a one-credit course taught in the night for three weeks.

Professor Rob Gillies Teaches Climate Change Course at NCHU

December 1 – December 21, 2019
Rob Gillies: teaching Climate Change for 20+ students, a two-credit course taught in the evening for three weeks.

May 2020 USU Study Abroad in Taiwan

May 10-23, 2020
USU students are invited to experience agricultural and lifestyle practices of Taiwan through National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) courses, field trips, site visits, lectures by experts, food demonstrations, hiking, and group discussions. Students will observe agricultural practices including visits to production farms for pineapple, cocoa, orchids and tea farms. The group will also explore the entertaining Night Markets as well as the natural beauty of Taiwan’s forests and lakes.

USU Supporting NCHU Faculty Teaching Development Seminar

2019 Asia Pacific Climate Service Workshop

December 9-13, 2019
CAAS Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Retention, Brian Warnick, will work with faculty members in NCHU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to help improve their teaching competencies, particularly related to teaching and presenting in English. He will work with them in developing a wider variety of teaching strategies and assessment techniques and in improving their self-efficacy in teaching students in English.

2019 Asia Pacific Climate Service Workshop

October 28-30, 2019
The first workshop on Asian Pacific Climate Services addresses 'Current Trends and Future Challenges of Climate Services' and is focusing on challenges and opportunities in national and international climate services. Recent progress and accomplishments in climate applications will be highlighted. USU Professor Robert Gillies will deliver an oral presentation in a session on Climate Communications and Management.

USU Economics Professor Building Research Collaboration with NCHU

October 14-18, 2019
Dr. Man-Keun Kim (Applied Economics) visited National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) to attend research meetings with faculty in the Department of Applied Economics and International Bachelor Program of Agribusiness (IBPA) and also present his recent paper in the Applied Economics Seminar Series (photos). He has been working with three NCHU faculty members on new technology adoption, consumer supported agriculture, and agri-eco tourism since Spring 2019.

NCHU Professor Developing Disturbance Ecology Research Collaboration

July 6 – August 25, 2019
Dr. Guo-Zhang Song (NCHU) visited Dr. Patrick Belmont’s (Watershed Sciences) study site in Fishlake National Forest and Dr. Curtis Gray’s (Wildland Resources) site in Wood Camp Hollow, which have been disturbed by wildfires and avalanches, respectively. Dr. Song studies how forests change the occurrence likelihood of rain-induced landslides and how vegetation recovers after landslides in Taiwan. 

NCHU Faculty as a short-term visiting scholar at USU

July 6 – October 4, 2019
Dr. Kuo-Jung Chao (NCHU), a researcher in forest dynamics, is visiting USU for three months. She is hosted by the Department of Wildland Resources and iPACE. Her main collaborator is Dr. Eugene Schupp who is specialized in plant and restoration ecology. They are working together to understand the role of forest canopy gaps to forest biodiversity.

USU Study Abroad in Taiwan - hosted by NCHU

June 24 – July 3, 2019
USU undergraduate students experienced agricultural and lifestyle practices of Taiwan through field trips, site visits, lectures by experts, food demonstrations, hiking, and group discussions. Students observed agricultural practices including visits to production farms for pineapple, cocoa, orchids and tea farms. The group also explored the natural beauty of Taiwan’s forests and lakes.

USU Professor Teaching Economics Short Course at NCHU

May 15 – June 24, 2019
Man-Keun Kim (Applied Economics) visited National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) as a Visiting Professor in May to teach Quantitative Analysis in Business Decision Making to students in International Bachelor Program of Agribusiness (IBPA). He explored research/teaching/exchange opportunities with faculty members in IBPA and the Department of Applied Economics at NCHU.

USU Professor Developing Invasive Plant Research Collaboration

May 7–17, 2019
Dr. Steve Young (Plants, Soils and Climate) spent 10 days visiting faculty at National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) to learn about their programs, develop collaborations for the USU Invasive Plant Science Lab (IPSL) and to establish a year-long Integrated Honors Research Experience for Undergraduates (IHREU). Dr. Young will return to NCHU in 2020 as part of the year-long Introduction to Invasive Plants program, which concludes with students embarking on a three-week research trip to the NCHU in Taichung City, Taiwan.

USU Extension Vice President Signs Dual Doctoral Degree

March 22, 2019
Extension Vice President Kenneth White of USU and President Xue Fusheng of NCHU signed an agreement which allows future students to be able to obtain doctoral double degrees from both universities.

NCHU Professor Teaching World Food Crops Lectures

March 1, 2019
Professor Ted Chen (NCHU) taught several lectures to a USU World Food Crops Class. Dr. Chen is an expert on Tea and provided a tea tasting experience for PSC students and faculty. Ted also visited several of the local sensor companies and greenhouse production facilities. 

USU-Parichart Promchote’s PhD Dissertation Defense

February 25, 2018
Professor Yuan Shen (NCHU) served as a Committee Member for USU Ph.D. student Parichart Promchote, who defended on February 25, 2019. Dr. Promochart spent two summers working at NCHU prior to her defense. 

USU MS Climate Science Student Internship 

December 1, 2018
USU climate MS student Tonia Chien, a Taiwan national, conducted a comprehensive internship at the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research with the potential of becoming fully employed upon the completion of her MS degree at USU, scheduled in summer 2019.

USU Professors Teach Short Courses in Climate Science

December 1, 2018
Two USU climate professors, Robert Gillies and Simon Wang, traveled to NCHU and offered one course each, for three weeks. Dr. Gillies taught a course titled, "Climate and Climate Change" and Dr. Wang taught, "Agrometeorology Datamining".

USU Professor Participates in Climate Workshop

Professor Simon Wang

November 1, 2018
By invitation of the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER, 中華經濟研究院), Dr. Simon Wang went to Taipei to participate in the Global Framework Climate Service workshop that took place in the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), with a goal to facilitate the preparation for establishing Taiwan’s first national climate services.


Advancing SmartTech in Agricultural Production and Marketing


March 5, 2018
This was the first joint workshop between USU's College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and NCHU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources intended to expand the horizons for researchers and students.