MASNA Creates the Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund

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Scientific research can be costly and it often takes grants and contributions from philanthropic minded individuals and foundations.  To assist in these efforts, MASNA is creating the Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund for Publishing Open Access Marine Aquarium Research.  Dr. Lin was a well respected Professor of Biological Sciences and he passed away in March of 2016.  He worked at the Florida Institute of Technology and was the Director of the Institute for Marine Research.  Dr. Lin’s Lab focused on the development of sustainable aquaculture technology for marine ornamental species and published dozens of marine research articles.  To learn more about Dr. Lin’s research, visit his profile on ResearchGate.

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Official MASNA Press Release

In an effort to assist in making marine aquarium research freely available to all, MASNA has created The Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund for Publishing Open Access Marine Aquarium Research.

The goal of the fund is to offset the cost to students of publishing research as open access articles in order to promote the spread of scientific ideas to not only scientists, but to anyone who is interested in the research, by making it freely available.

Rather than in the traditional scientific publishing scheme, where the reader of the scientific article incurs a cost to access the article, with open access articles, the article is available to the world for free, and the author is charged a fee when the article is accepted by the publisher.

Therefore, the Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund for Publishing Open Access Marine Aquarium Research is a fund sponsored by individuals, aquarium clubs, businesses, and universities that provides students with a financial offset to the costs of publishing a scientific article as an open access article.

Dr. Junda Lin was a Professor of Biological Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology and the Director of the Institute for Marine Research (IMR). Dr. Lin’s Lab focused on the development of aquaculture technology for marine ornamental species to offset and replace wild collection. Dr. Lin’s lab studied the basic biological processes of several shellfish and fish species, evaluated their aquaculture potential, and developed cultivation technology.

Dr. Lin has mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of ornamental aquaculture, including many in the marine ornamental trade and MASNA. His legacy will live on through the people he has inspired.

MASNA welcomes donations from any organization or individual who shares the belief that advancements in science should be freely available to the general public. More information about the Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund, including the donation and application links can be found on the Fund’s webpage here: http://masna.org/masna-programs/memorial-publishing-fund/

MASNA is a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium clubs, individual hobbyists, and industry partners from North America and abroad, totaling several thousand individuals.

MASNA’s goals are to:

  • Educate our members with online and published material, the MACNA conference, and other sanctioned events,
  • Assist in forming and promoting the growth of clubs within the hobby while ensuring a sustainable future for the marine environment,
  • Support the efforts to eliminate abuses in collecting and transporting marine organisms through education, assistance and encouragement,
  • Encourage the ethical growth of the marine aquarium hobby and support captive breeding/propagation efforts.
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