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2009-Jul-23 Academia Sinica E-news No.126  

Academician Ovid J. L. Tzeng Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science by National Chengchi University

Researchers Shed Light on One of the Mysteries of Cell Division, Move Closer to Understanding the Mechanism Governing Brain Size

Molecular Biologists Report New Immune Tolerance Mechanism


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Academic Events

Knowledge Feast Colloquium for July: The Stories of Mass

Speaker: Dr. Shih Chang Lee (Research Fellow of Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica)
Moderator: Vice President Chao-Han Liu
Time: July 28, 2009 (Tuesday)

Venue: 2F, Center of Academic Activities, Academia Sinica
--Dinner: 6:00~7:00 pm at Lecture Hall

--Lecture: 7:00~9:00 pm at Conference Room 1

2009 NCTS July Workshop on Critical Phenomena and Complex Systems


July 24 (Friday): Room 312, Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei

July 27-28 (Monday & Tuesday): Auditorium, 1F, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica


National Center for Theoretical Sciences (Critical Phenomena and Complex Systems focus group)

Institute of Physics of Academia Sinica (Taipei)

Department of Physics, National Taiwan University

Mini-Symposium on Gene, Disease, and Evolution

Time: 9:30 am-12:00 pm, July 31, 2009 (Friday)

Venue: B1C Auditorium, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica 

2009 Workshop on Complex Geometry

Time: August 3-4 (Monday to Tuesday)

Venue: Conference Room, 1F, Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica


This workshop provides an opportunity for the researchers in various directions of complex geometry to interact and exchange ideas toward prospering future work.

Organized by: Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica

Lectures(July 23 - 31)


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Striving for a Blue Revolution in Plant Science

Dr. Paul Verslues

Assistant Research Fellow

Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology


The combination of plant breeding and increased use of irrigation and fertilizer that dramatically boosted agricultural production over the last half century is often referred to as the “Green Revolution”.  However, limitations on water and land availability demand that we find ways to use these resources more efficiently to ensure that the gains of the Green Revolution can be sustainable in the long term.  There is great interest in using genomics and biotechnology to produce drought-resistant plants that can be productive using less water.  Many hope that this will bring forth a “Blue revolution” in agriculture to build on the “Green Revolution”.  However, we still lack the comprehensive understanding needed to rationally design stress-tolerant plants.  Here I briefly discuss plant responses to water limitation and our work on proline metabolism in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to illustrate both the challenges and the research tools we have in working toward the Blue Revolution in plant science.

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Data released by Center for Survey Research


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