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Delegation of Chinese Scientists Returns to Utah State University

Earlier this year, Utah State University established a formal partnership with Northwest University for Nationalities which called for faculty members from both institutions to visit each other’s campuses each year.
 
As part of the partnership, a delegation from the university’s College of Life Science and Engineering in Lanzhou, China, visited USU’s Center for Integrated BioSystems to learn more about cell culture technologies.
 
While attending training, Jutian Yang, dean of NWUN’s College of Life Science and Engineering, praised the CIB’s teaching and research facility and said he looked forward to future collaborations.
 
Founded in 1950, NWUN was the first minority institution of higher learning in China after the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Based in northwest China, the university has 19,000 students of 55 nationalities. The university’s main campus is located in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, with a second smaller campus in the Yuzhong District in Chongqing.
 
“It was wonderful to welcome another delegation from NWUN to our Center for Integrated BioSystmes for training,” said Mary Hubbard, USU’s vice provost for International Education. “The frequent interaction between USU and NWUN shows a dedication to our international partnership and future collaboration between the two universities.”
 
Following NWUN’s first two visits to USU in spring 2010, a group of faculty members and staff led by Ken White, department head of the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences and interim director of the CIB, visited the main campus in Lanzhou. The group included Kamal Rashid, associate director of the CIB, Afifa Sabir, education coordinator for the CIB, and Ben Sessions, ADVS laboratory manager.
 
USU’s Center for Integrated BioSystems is a core laboratory facility on the campus of Utah State University. The center collaborates with industry leaders such as ThermoFisher Scientific and New Brunswick Scientific to provide equipment and support. Laboratory services, technical support and training are available to researchers and educators from all realms of the scientific community.
 
During the past 10 years, the center has provided hands-on training in cell culture and fermentation technologies to hundreds of employees of the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries both nationally and internationally.
 
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Contact: Kamal A. Rashid, (435) 797-2739, kamal.rashid@usu.edu
Writer: Jeannine Huenemann, (435) 797-8274, jeannine.huenemann@usu.edu
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Kamal Rashid, associate director of USU's CIB with Chinese delegation from NWUN conducting training session on scaling animal cells in the benchtop bioreactors. Photo by Gary Neuenswander.

USU group visiting NWUN in China

USU delegation visited professor Dean Zhao, president of NWUN, Lanzhou, Gansu province, China in spring 2010. Photo courtesy of NWUN.

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