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Kean University Professor Attends Conference in Beijing

UNION, NJ - Dr. Xiaobo Yu, professor of Biological Sciences at Kean University, was invited by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to attend a conference in Beijing on promoting scientific exchanges between China and other countries, on September 29 and 30.

Conference participants hailed from major research institutions in North America, Europe and Japan, and included physicist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Samuel Chao Chung Ting of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the conference, participants were received by Chinaís President Hu Jintao, as well as other top officials.

Yu moved from Beijing to the United States in 1982 and currently resides in Milburn, N.J. He received a Ph.D in Biology from Yale University and a M.S. in Paleontology from the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, formerly the University of Science & Technology of China. Yu has published 15 peer-reviewed research articles on a variety of topics, including four joint papers in Nature.

In 2004, Yu served as Project Director and Principal Investigator for a $966,000 grant received from National Science Foundation for Keanís Epsilon Corps program, a program designed to enhance students' successes in the science, technology and mathematics fields. Yu has also played an internationally recognized role in joint research projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC and the International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. While Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers, it is also a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a masterís degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 14,000 students.