Goats and the World
A course presented by Dr. Christopher Lu in December 2019
National Taiwan University invited Professor Christopher D. Lu to offer a course entitled, “Goat and the World” at the Department of Animal Science and Technology in December 2019. Dr. Lu covered the following subjects:
Registration for Dr. Lu’s course reached full capacity within 24 hours. It was one of the largest classes in the history of the department.
A sample of the comments from students who participated included:
Upon invitation, Professor Lu, IGA President 2004-2008, delivered a keynote speech at the Summer Meeting of the Chinese Association of Animal Science in June 2018, Tainan, Taiwan. The Meeting was held at Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI), an IGA gold institutional member.
The topic of the presentation was “Global Trends of Animal Production and New Agricultural Policy in Taiwan.” Professor Lu discussed global trends in population growth, food production, food imbalance, as well as social and environmental costs associated with these trends. Water scarcity, soil degradation, ecosystem stress, biodiversity loss, decreasing forest cover, and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions are among the most severe environmental costs discussed.
Profile – Dr. Hsiu-Luan Chang
Country Representative for Taiwan
Hsiu-Luan is Professor of Animal Science at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST). She holds a bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Animal Husbandry from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan. She also received her Master of Science (MSc) and Doctoral degrees (Ph.D.) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, in 1988.
After a brief stint at the same university, UI, as a post-doctoral researcher, she moved back to Taiwan and joined Taiwan Livestock Research Institute (TLRI) in 1989-2004 with research responsibilities. Her research focused on animal breeding and genetic evaluation of livestock to promote the genetic progress of pig, dairy cattle, goat and chicken industry in Taiwan. She also coordinated the national germplasm preservation program for farm animals from 1989 to 2004 before transferring to the NPUST.
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