Southern Research Station Scientist Receives International Recognition

Hse Chung-yun Awarded International Science & Technology Award by People's Republic of China

Forest Service Southern Research Station scientist Hse Chung-yun. Photo courtesy of China Daily.

On January 10, 2014, Hse Chung-yun, a U.S. Forest Service researcher at the Southern Research Station (SRS) Utilization of Southern Forest Resources unit, received the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. The non-monetary award is one of the highest honors the People’s Republic of China awards to recognize scientists who have made significant contributions to China’s scientific advancement.

China and the United States have worked together on forestry technology research for more than 30 years, and Hse has played an integral and long-lasting role in the joint venture. “Collaboration with China has been an important part of my research career since the 1980s,” says Hse. Over 100 Chinese scientists have visited Hse’s laboratory through the years, and the cooperation has led to many important research accomplishments in both countries.

Hse’s research focuses on technologies that maximize the societal benefits of forest resources with minimal environmental consequences. Some of his main research interests are the uses of short rotation woody crops, methods of recycling preservative-treated woods, and development of a wood liquefaction platform for biomass conversion.  Hse also studies the applied chemistry and materials science of wood use, including the use of resin and composite technology in wood fiber resources.

“It is the greatest honor to win this award, which also recognizes the many years of collaboration in forestry science and technology research between our SRS research unit and numerous wood scientists from many universities and research institutes in China,” says Hse.

“I feel very fortunate that the Forest Service has provided me the strong support which makes these efforts possible. This cooperation is truly mutually beneficial for China and the United States.”

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