Aug 30, 2019

Regional e-Notes: August Letter from the Director


Teamwork is always a top priority of mine when I set out to accomplish tasks, particularly those related to aquaculture development. If you are a long-term reader of this newsletter, you know that I regularly use my ‘Letter from the Director’ platform to discuss the importance of working together to achieve our goals. In last month’s Letter, I mentioned one of the CTSA project leaders, Ryan Murashige, who has been working together with the COM Land Grant Program under Dr. Singeru Singeo’s supervision to provide training for Marshallese aquaculture technicians. This month’s issue features an article highlighting my recent trip to check in with Ryan and the important collaborative work they are doing in Majuro.

The topic of collaboration is one that resonates across the science world. Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending a two-day “World Laureates Sanya Forum” in Hainan, China. The theme of this forum was “Smart Ocean and Future Agriculture.” It was the first time I have attended this type of high power event, and it was a joy to meet and listen to presentations from 12 Nobel Prize laureates, two Turing Award laureates, one Fields Prize laureate, two Lasker Award laureates, and four Wolfle Prize laureates in agriculture. I also had the opportunity to share a presentation about our work in Hawaii and U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands. During the forum, Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Randy Schekman called for “science without boundaries,” and promoted cooperation as essential for success. At the end of my own presentation, I included the following quote from Kate Vitasek: “innovation and collaboration are not an “either-or” proposition, but rather are intimately linked.”

As we do each year, CTSA is working with many researchers to develop our FY2019 Plan of Work (POW). Everyone plays different roles during this process to make sure that we prepare the best POW to help the development of the aquaculture industry in our region. This month, our team is processing the FY19 proposals and distributing them for external and internal review. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for everyone who participates in this critical process, and who shares an open mind to working together for a brighter future!

Cheng-Sheng Lee, Ph.D.
Executive Director, CTSA