Tom Gavin’s Recent Trip to Taiwan

Robin and Tom Gavin (Professor Emeritus) recently returned from a month-long visit to Taiwan.  Tom was invited by his former grad student, Hsiao-wei Yuan, to participate in the 6th annual Biodiversity, Agriculture, and Culture of Taiwan (BACT) course.  The course is for undergraduates and lasts four weeks.  Students heard numerous lectures from faculty at National Taiwan University (NTU) on campus, but spent at least half the time traveling to museums, experimental farms and forests, biodiversity institutes, volcanoes, earthquake sites, coastal zones, marine research facilities, etc. where they were guided by local experts.  This year, the course contained 25 students from Taiwan, China, and the United States.  The entire course was given in English.

Tom gave several lectures and was the resident faculty advisor to students.  Taiwan treats foreign academic visitors extremely well, so the Gavins had a fantastic experience and learned a great deal about this beautiful country and its culture.  We hope that this will become an annual event for us.  In addition, NTU’s faculty is excellent; I met several who received their Ph.D. from Cornell.

Any DNR undergrads who might be interested in this June-July course in 2013 may contact Jack Hsu at