Nov 28, 2019

Regional e-Notes: November Letter from the Director


As we take time to reflect on all that we are thankful for this year, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many people who dedicate their time to help CTSA achieve our program goals. From our internal decision-makers—CTSA Board of Directors (BoD), Industry Advisory Council (IAC), and Technical Committee (TC)—to our external reviewers and industry stakeholders, it takes a lot of work to develop each annual Plan of Work and continuously ensure that CTSA projects address critical industry needs.

I would also like to extend my appreciation to our PI’s—and their host institutions—for their diligent work to improve regional aquaculture through research, demonstration, and outreach activities. We are in the midst of conducting our biannual project update conference calls with PI’s and their ‘project liaisons’ (members of the IAC or TC assigned to help monitor the progress of the project). These conference calls allow us to monitor project progress, and give our PI’s and ‘project liaisons’ an opportunity to exchange valuable information; we are grateful for their enthusiastic participation.

Another important opportunity for our IAC and TC to exchange information with PI’s recently occurred during the ‘full proposal revision’ stage of our development process. CTSA is different from other funding agencies, which typically either accept or reject a full proposal as-is. At CTSA, our stakeholders work together with PI’s to help us ensure that our Plan of Work is technically sound and designed to produce meaningful impacts throughout our region and beyond. I am so grateful to our members, as well as external expert reviewers, who take the time to assist in this important process.

Last but certainly not least, I would like to give thanks to the faculty and staff at the University of Hawaii for their generous assistance with assimilating our program into our new offices on the Manoa campus. They have helped our staff navigate complex administrative channels, and opened many new doors for our program.

Our list of things to be thankful for grows longer each year, and we couldn’t do it without all of our supporters, including you! Best wishes for a holiday season filled with warmth and gratitude.

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