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Academia Sinica scientists honored with TAF Awards

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two renowned scientists of Taiwan's leading academic institute Academia Sinica were recently awarded the 16th Taiwanese-American Foundation (TAF) Awards in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in the fields of nanotechnology and epidemiology research, the institute said Wednesday.

According to an Academia Sinica press statement, Wu Maw-kuen and Chen Chien-jen together received the TAF Award in science and engineering at an award ceremony held Nov. 28 in Taipei.

Wu, who is a distinguished research fellow and director of the Institute of Physics at Academia Sinica, specializes in superconductivity and magnetism and is the director of the Taiwan National Science and Technology Program for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, according to the press statement.

Chen, a distinguished research fellow of Academia Sinica's Genomics Research Center, specializes in epidemiology, human genetics, public health and preventive medicine. He served as minister of the Department of Health from 2003 to 2005 and National Science Council from 2006 to 2008, it added.

The TAF is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 in Long Beach, California by successful entrepreneur Kenjohn Wang and his wife Jacqueline, who are originally from Taiwan.

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