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UM-ACP was founded in late 2002. The mission of this Association is to promote friendship and collaborations among Chinese professors at the University of Michigan. They exchange ideas on how to collaborate in research, teaching and education, at the University of Michigan and how to excel as an educator and researcher. UM-ACP builds a network for support to promote the common research interests among its members, and to promote academic and cultural exchange between China and the US.

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  • 2/12/2024: The ACP executive team is honored to invite you and your families to a dinner celebration on Saturday, March 9 starting at 5:30 pm at China Palace (2905 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti). This dinner will provide an opportunity for us to socialize and celebrate each other's achievements during 2023 and to usher in the new year! Please RSVP by March 1st. Please check email sent today for more information. We look forward to a great celebration!

  • 1/22/2024: Based on the voting result, Professor Brian Wu was elected to be the new ACP President-Elect, with a two-year term effective today. Congratulations Brian!

  • 1/1/2024: Starting January 1, 2024, Professor Dawen Cai becomes the ACP President for a two-year term. Congratulations Dawen!

  • 2/4/2023: We extend our warm congratulations to Professors Jie (Jackie) Li and Duxin Sun who are among the 17 UM faculty members named 2022 AAAS fellows! Excerpts from the Record Article are quoted below:
    • Jie (Jackie) Li, professor of earth and environmental sciences in LSA, for her distinguished contributions to mineral physics, particularly on understanding the core formation of the Earth and other terrestrial planetary bodies.
    • Duxin Sun, the Charles Walgreen Jr. Professor of Pharmacy, and professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, for distinguished contributions in drug development, nanomedicine and pharmacokinetics.
    We are proud of their numerous accomplishments and wish them continued success.

  • 12/16/2022: Joint Institute Bridging Conference: Improving Health through Data Science, Computable Knowledge Learning Systems.

  • 10/5/2022: Congratulations to Professors Hui Deng and Xianzhe Jia for receiving the 2022 UM Faculty Recognition Awards, which are "intended for mid-career faculty members who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to the university through achievements in scholarly research or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, adviser and mentor; and distinguished participation in service activities of the university and elsewhere." This is the highest honor for mid-career faculty members at the University of Michigan.
    • Professor Deng is "recognized internationally for her research in quantum optics, nanostructures and physics. In 2017, she was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for her pioneering contributions to fundamental physics and applications of matter-light coupled systems. In 2018, she was elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America."
    • Professor Jia’s discoveries "have had a profound impact on the field of planetary science. As a result of his work, the bulk of the water in the solar system is no longer thought to be sequestered in planet Earth. The new discoveries by Jia and colleagues have shown that most of the water in the solar system is in the interiors of Jupiter and Saturn’s moons, and in Uranus and Neptune. His pioneering research and international leadership have earned Jia leadership roles on NASA’s Europa Clipper and ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer missions."

  • 9/23/2022: The University of Michigan Board of Regents have approved the appointment of Dr. Duxin Sun, our former UM-ACP president, as the College of Pharmacy’s associate dean for research, effective September 1, 2022. See more detail Here. Congratulations, Duxin!

  • 9/13/2022: Dr. Wei Lu, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was named as the Distinguizhed University Innovator of the Year for his pioneering efforts in the development and commercialization of novel electrical devices. See more detail Here. Congratulations, Wei!

    Established in 2007, the Distinguished University Innovator of the Year Award honors U-M faculty members who have developed transformative ideas, processes or technologies and shepherded them to market. Dr. Wei Lu is the third ACP members after Drs. Shaomeng Wang (2014) and Mingyan Liu (2018) for U-M Distinguished University Innovator of the Year.

  • 9/9/2022: Inaugural Celebration of UM Asian American Faculty & Student Accomplishments Symposium was held at Rackham Amphitheater, on September 9, 2022. Funded by the Provost's Office, this event is co-organized by Drs. Yan Chen, Ann Lin, Dawen Cai, Mary Gallagher, Duxin Sun, Xueding Wang, Eugene Chen, and Chuanwu Xi. The agenda of the event is provided below:
    • Opening Remarks (10:00 AM): Provost Laurie K. McCauley.
    • Keynote (10:10 - 11:10): Steven Chu, “The Contributions of Asian Americans in U.S. Science and Engineering”
    • Leadership Panel (11:10 - 12:10): Provost Laurie McCauley, Professors Valeria Bertacco, Tabbye Chavous, Steven Chu, Rebecca Cunningham, Manan Desai, Tom Finholt
    • Lunch (12:10 - 1:00): Slide show featuring Asian American faculty members; Posters featuring Asian American students
    • Faculty Research Panel (1:00-2:00): (in progress)
    • Asian Americans in Government Panel (2:00-3:00): Jungsoo Ahn, Stephanie Chang, Kristina Ko, Linh Song.

  • 12/22/2021: Dr. Duxin Sun, current UM-ACP president, announced the new UM-ACP leadership team for 2022-2023:
    • President: Dr. Yan Chen, Daniel Kahneman Collegiate Professor of Information, School of Information.
    • President-Elect: Dr. Dawen Cai, Associate Professor of Cell and Development Biology, Medical School.
    • Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Xueding Wang. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.

  • 11/10/2021: In response to the call by Dr. Eric Lander at OSTP regarding the Input on NSPM-33 implementation, Clear Rules for Research Security and Researcher Responsibility on August 10, 2021, a letter was sent to OSTP with comments and suggestions on current NIH disclosure guidance on Nov 10, 2021 (link to the PDF copy of the letter). Detailed comments on NIH disclosure guidance can be found HERE.

  • 11/03/2021: New science article came out this morning regarding the letter to President Biden from 13 universities and updated version of last science article below:
  • 10/27/2021: Webninar: Chinese American Contributions and Racial Disparities: The Past, Present, and Future. Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:00pm ET / 6:00pm CT / 5:00pm PT. Click this link to register: Webinar Registration - Zoom.
    This webinar is co-organized by committee of 100, UM-ACP, and ten other Asian/Chinese American Faculty/Staff associations at ten universities. The webinar will be broadcasted in 50 university campuses. Committee of 100 President, Zhengyu Huang, will present findings from Committee of 100’s commissioned research From Foundations to Frontiers: Chinese American Contributions to the Fabric of America, which examines the multifaceted Chinese American contributions across U.S. society for more than 175 years. Legal scholar, Andrew Chongseh Kim, will discuss a recent study, co-led by Committee of 100 and Mr. Kim, which provides empirical data that individuals, particularly those with Chinese or Asian names are disproportionately and adversely impacted under the Economic Espionage Act and China Initiative.

  • 10/25-29/2021: The 2021 Annual Meeting of Overseas Chinese Society of Microbiology (Sino-Micro 2021) and International Conference on Metabolic Sciences will be held at Shanghai, China. The meeting aims to address the unprecedented public health challenges: the essence of microbial sciences and global collaboration.

  • 9/15/2021: APID/A Fall Welcome, Courtyard Garden at the Michigan League (use Fletcher Street entrance) 11:30-1:30 p.m., brief program @ 12:15-12:45 p.m.

  • 7/27/2021: Lan Deng Presented seminar in “Shrinking Cities In the US and China: Challenges and Responses.” Lan Deng is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Associate Director for the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.

  • 4/24/2021: Webinar by Tom Watkins: Better Together Around the US-China Relationship in the Trying Time. The US-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world today. It is important that our respective leaders in the nations, states, universities, get this relationship right for the people of the USA, China and all of humanity.
    Speaker: Tom Watkins, President and CEO of TDW and Associates, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction of Michigan, Former President of Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority, Former President and CEO of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Florida. Tom Watkins is an experienced Chief Executive Officer working in the K-12, higher education, business, health, mental health, non-profit, politics and government. He has traveled, worked and written extensively about US/China relations and is a sought out commentator by media on both sides of the Pacific on this most important relationship of the 21st century. You can read some of his articles here: Tom Watkins - CHINA US Focus, and Tom Watkins’ 40 year look back from the eyes of Michiganer: The People’s Republic of China Turns 70.

  • 3/22/2021: ACP Panel "U.S.-China Academic Collaboration in the Current Environment" on March 22, 2019 . View: Video
    Panelists:  Mary Sue Coleman, President, Association of American Universities (AAU); Jack Hu, U-M VP for Research; James Holloway, U-M Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs; Mary Gallagher, U-M Director for Center for Chinese Studies; Joseph Kolars, U-M Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiative, Michigan Medicine. Moderator: Ann Lin, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.
    Note: UM-ACP has presented the gift: "The University of Michigan in China" (ISBN-10: 1607854279), a book authored by David Ward and Eugene Chen, to the UM Bicentennial Celebration. This book tells the stories of twenty remarkable individuals who have their shared bond with the University of Michigan and helped transform China in different ways. These individuals also generated many "firsts": first Chinese students at the UM, first female college president of China, and many “fathers” of disciplines: Wu Dayou (吴大猷), father of physics in China; Zheng Zuoxin (郑作新), father of Chinese ornithology; Zeng Chengkui (曾呈奎), father of marine botany.

  • 3/18/2021: Professor Dr. Melissa Borja and the APID/A staff association presented anti-Asian racism and Asian American acrivism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 9/30/2020: Prof. Xiaoxing Xi from Temple University presented a talk titled "Scientific Espionage, Open Exchange, and American Competitiveness" (watch video). This event was co-sponsored by LSA Physics, Indigo: The LSA Asian and Asian-American Faculty Alliance, and the U-M Association of Chinese Professors.

  • 09/24/2020: Michigan Medicine - PKUHSC Joint Institute (JI) Tenth Anniversity Virtual Celebration event was held at 7-8:30 am [EDT] or 7 - 8:30 pm [Beijing] on September 24, 2020. See the final program. See pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

  • Since March 2020: UM-ACP initiated a COVID-19 Fundraising Campaign: We campaign for donations to support the securing of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect our colleagues at Michigan Medicine.

  • 04/08/2020: UM-ACP COVID-19 Fundraising Campaign: 04/08/2020 Update, reported by Lu Wang and Annie Li, on behalf of UM-ACP

  • 03/30/2020: The UM Leaders and Best Giving Campaign reported the donation activity led by UM-ACP. The title is titled: "Amid a global pandemic, U-M faculty and alumni from around the world come together in philanthropy".

  • 03/30/2020: The UM Rniversity Records reported an article titled "U-M professors coordinate international donation efforts" to introduc our UM-ACP led donation activities with the theme Fighting Covid19.

  • 03/25/2020: UM-ACP COVID-19 Fundraising Campaign: 03/25/2020 Update, reported by Lu Wang and Annie Li, on behalf of UM-ACP

  • 03/24/2020: To support the University of Michigan to fight the COVID-19 emergent situation, UMACP announced the fundraising campaign:

    Fundraising Campaign to Fight COVID-19!
    The battle against COVID-19 is an urgent task of all human beings. UM-ACP deeply appreciates the tremendous hard work of all our frontline colleagues at Michigan Medicine. Our efforts in this fundraising campaign focus on securing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect our colleagues at Michigan Medicine, so that they can perform their heroic work more safely. United we stand! Go Blue! Your donation makes a difference to save lives. "Send them your heart, no matter how big, how small." Join us: Make donation now!

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