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The following is a list of selected news related to UM-ACP:
  • 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 University 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!

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

  • 11/9/2019: Dr. Albert Shih announced that Dr. Duxin Sun, a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and J G Searle Endowed Professor in the College of Pharmacy from UM, had been elected as our next ACP President starting on Jan 1, 2020 for a two-year term. He has received overwhelming support from ACP members during the election. Congratulations!

  • 10/30-11/1/2019: The 9th annual Michigan Medicine-Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) Joint Institute Symposium took place Oct. 30 through Nov 1 in Beijing, China. More than 80 Michigan Medicine leaders, faculty and staff attended the symposium to celebrate and advance the medical school’s largest international partnership. Launched in 2010, the Joint Institute has supported 60 individual research projects co-led by investigators from each institution, resulting in 67 publications and more than $24 million in extramural funding in the US alone.

  • 9/27/2019: ACP co-hosted with Electrical Engineering (EE) a lecture "Xu Zhimo (徐志摩)’s Surprising Journey: An Exploration of My Grandfather’s Life" by Tony Hsu (UM BSEE) - the grandson Xu Zhimo at Rackham. Selected photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

  • 7/18/2019: Congratulations to Prof. Anna Lok as the Distinguished University Professor!

  • 7/21/2019: The 2019 International Conference on Frontier in Design and Manufacturing (ICFDM) was held in Ann Arbor on July 21-24 in partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Over 40 visitors in manufacturing from China attended the conference. (Conference photo)

  • 05/16-17/2019: The 2019 Xiangya Michigan Biomedical Forum was successfully held in Mexi Lake Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha, China. UM-ACP co-sponsored this event to bring hundreds of Chinese students and scholars trained at UM together to celebrate UM excellence and legacy globally. Check out the forum time table. Selected photos: 1, 2, 3, 4.

  • 4/11/2019: Dr. Kun-Liang Guan, PhD, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Moores Cancer Center at University of California San Diego, is the 2019 recipient of the ACP Distinguished Alumni Award, as chosen by the ACP executive committee. Dr. Guan has proven to be influential and inspiring in his scientific field. His major scientific contributions include:
    • Discovering of the dual specificity phosphatase family and a novel biochemical catalysis via thiol-phosphate intermediate.
    • Cloning the human MAP kinase kinases (MEK1 and MEK2) and elucidating the activation mechanisms of MEK and Raf.
    • Discovering the tumor suppressors TSC1 and TSC2 as the major upstream regulators of mTOR and revealing key components in the mTOR signaling network in mTOR regulation by growth factors, energy, and amino acids.
    • Discovering lysine acetylation as a major mechanism in metabolism regulation and revealing the molecular mechanism of the oncometabolite 2HG in tumorigenesis.
    • Demonstrating the YAP oncoprotein to be the major downstream effector inhibited by the Hippo pathway and TEAD as the YAP targeting transcription factor, and dissecting its upstream signals and the mechanisms of how these signals converge on Hippo regulation.
    In light of his major contributions to the scientific community, Dr. Guan was nominated by Yali Dou, Jiandie Lin, Liangyou Rui, Yi Sun, Shaomeng Wang, Eugene Chen, and Weiping Zou. Congratulations to Dr. Kun-Liang Guan!
    On 4/11/2019 and in 4234 Med Sci I, Dr. Albert Shih, our ACP president, announced [Photo 1, 2] 2019 recipient of the ACP Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Guan. Dr. Shih also provided Dr. Guan a nice Crystal Gift.
    Dr. Guan also delivered a wonderuful presentation today titled "The Hippo pathway in organ size control and cancer" in 4234 Med Sci I in our university [Photo: 1]. Dr. Weiping Zou hosted Dr. Guan's presentation.

  • 4/11/2019: The registration is now open for the US-China Environment and Sustainability Forumat Ann Arbor on Oct 1-2, 2019.

  • 3/31/2019: Michigan China Forum at the Robertson Auditorium Saturday, which aims to connect ‘U’ with China and discuss Sino-US relationship. Brian Wu, faculty director of Ross China initiatives, delivered his opening remarks at the Michigan China Forum.

  • 3/28/2019: President Schlissel discussed U-M’s support of U.S.-China research collaborations during the March 28, 2019, Board of Regents Meeting. A statement was issued: Statement at Regents Meeting on U.S.-China research collaborations.

  • 3/22/2019: We had a great panel discussion on "U.S.-China Academic Collaboration in the Current Environment", which was advertised in President Schlissel's Twitter two days ago. The panelists included President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman, VP for Research Jack Hu, Vice Provost James Holloway, Director of our Center for Chinese Studies Mary Gallagher, and Michigan Medicine Associate Dean Joseph Kolars. The moderator was Dr. Ann Lin, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy. The video of the panel discussion can be viewed by clicking HERE.

  • 3/20/2019: A panel discussion event on the theme of "U.S.-China Academic Collaboration in the Current Environment" to be held on 3/22/2019 was posted in President Schlissel's Twitter. The panelists would include President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman, VP for Research Jack Hu, Vice Provost James Holloway, Director of our Center for Chinese Studies Mary Gallagher, and Michigan Medicine Associate Dean Joseph Kolars.

  • 1/8/2019: Celebrating the inauguration of National Center for International Collaboration on Translational and Clinical Research at PKUHSC today! This is a milestone for our joint institute ( Congrats to Michigan Medicine to promote US-China friendship through medical education and research collaborations! (Related pictures: certificate, more: 1, 2, 3, 4).

  • 11/29/2018: Congratulations to Profs. Liangyou Rui, Jiandie Lin and Zhan Chen as the AAAS Fellows.

  • 11/13/2018: Dr. Feng Shao presented at Kahn Auditorium. Dr. Shao is the youngest academic member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and highly influential nationally and internationally in his scientific field. He is a University of Michigan alumnus - mentored by Jack Dixon (former Chair of Biological Chemistry) and graduated with his PhD in 2003. His talke was entitled "Innate immunity to cytosolic bacteria: Pyroptosis & Beyond." Meanwhile, Dr. Shao is the recipient of 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award, Association of Chinese Professors. [Photos 1, 2].

  • 11/03/2018: Alice Huang, California Institute of Technology and past President of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) gave a talk to UM ACP members in a career development panel and lunch meeting.  [Panel flyer]  [Lunch meeting program] [Lab tour flyer]  [Photos 1, 2, 3, 4].

  • 8/30/2018: See the Global Reach report: U-M hosts Biomed Conference for Chinese alumni. Also check the PDF version.

  • 8/12-8/16/2018: In the past 35 years, UM has trained hundreds of Chinese students/scholars. Currently, many of them are world leaders in biomedical field. They are Victors to promote UM excellence and legacy globally. We will host the first reunion for UM-trained transformative Chinese leaders in biomedical field. It will be a Scientific Forum in Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest on August 12 to 15, 2018.
  • 3/23/2018: ACP Member meeting and visit to the M-City on self-driving cars and UM Transportation Research Institute.

  • 1/1/2018: The new 2018-2020 UM-ACP executive term became from January 1, 2018, and will end on December 31, 2019. Dr. Albert Shi serves as the new president of UM-ACP. The excecutive committee information can be found from the Administration page.

  • 11/28/2017: Victor Dzau, President of National Academy of Medicine give a talk to UM ACP members. [Flyer]

  • 10/19/2017: Association of Chinese Professors welcome Wang Shi Delegation. [Photos: 1, 2, 3]

  • 9/18/2017: UM-ACP co-hosted the 45th Anniversary Events for Ping Pong Diplomacy. Conducted in 1971-72, Ping Pong Diplomacy was instrumental in renewing ties between China and the United States, leading to the strong bilateral relations we enjoy today. U-M’s celebrations took on added meaning as we also hosted a delegation from the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, including a group of high level table tennis players, two of whom participated in the 1972 games in Ann Arbor.[Flyer] [News: 1, 2, 3] [Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4] [More photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

  • 9/17/2017: UM-ACP hosted dinner to welcome the Ping Pong delegation from China.

  • 3/11/2017: The 2017 Annual Dinner Event was successfully held. Representative photos taken during the event were also collected. We would like to thank several ACP members, 1. Drs. Jack Hu (VP Research, Engineering), 2. Albert Shih (Engineering), 3. Zhan Chen (Chemistry Dept), 4. Shuming Bao (UM China Data Center), 5. Chuanwu Xi (SPH), 6. Weiping Zou (Surgery Dept), 7. Shaomeng Wang (Internal Medicine), 8. Eugene Chen (Internal Medicine) for the financial supports to ACP Dinner Event on March 11. The generosity from these members provided this dinner event free to all of our members.

  • 2/10/2017: Dr. Eugene Chen (UM-ACP president) sent out an Email invitation to invite all UM-ACP members to attend the 2017 Annual Dinner Event to be held at Travis Pointe Country Club (2829 Travis Pointe Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108) on March 11, 2016, which will start at 5:00 PM. The deadline of registration will be on Friday, March 3, 2017.

  • 10/20/2016: Dr. Brian Wu and Dr. Eugene Chen on behalf of UM-ACP hosted a round table discussion with Dr. Justin Yifu Lin (林毅夫,, Professor at Peking University and Former Chief Economist of the World Bank. Dr. Lin shared his views about what’s going on in China, and its implications for academic careers and opportunities in China. When: on Thursday, October 20, 2016 between 9:00 AM and11:00 AM. Where: Ross School of Business, Room B1570 (the new addition). See photos 1, 2, and 3.

  • 9/6/2016: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) China is interested in collaborating with UM Professors, especially Professors having any China connection. One of their senior directors, Larry Zhu visited UM on September 6, 2016. He gave a presentation to update JNJ collaborative opportunities. Where: NCRC10 - South Atrium. When: On Tuesday, September 6 at noon to 1:00 PM. What: Potential Innovation Funds from JNJ China. The lunch was provided. See images: meeting ad, meeting sight 1, and meeting sight 2.

  • 3/19/2016: The 2016 Annual Dinner Event was successfully held at Travis Pointe Country Club at Ann Arbor. Please check the detail in the event website. Two modifications of the bylaws were approved unanimously after discussion and voting: (i) Each term will be two years instead of one year; (2) One more representative is added to the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) campus in Ann Arbor.

  • 2/23/2016: Dr. Eugene Chen (UM-ACP president) sent out an Email invitation to invite all UM-ACP members to attend the 2016 Annual Dinner Event to be held at Travis Pointe Country Club (2829 Travis Pointe Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108) on March 19, 2016, which starts at 5:00 PM.

  • 1/16/2016 (Saturday): A lunch meeting organized by Eugene Chen, the new UM-ACP president.

  • 11/16/2015: Dr. Jing Sun announced the election results: "Dr. Eugene Chen (Medical School) has been elected as the ACP 2016 president and Dr. Albert Shih (College of Engineering) has been elected as the the ACP 2016 president-elect. Their terms will start January 1st, 2016." The Election committee includes: Jing Sun, PhD, current President; Chuanwu Xi, PhD, Immediate Past President; Youxue Zhang, PhD, Founding President of ACP. Congratulatoins, Eugene and Albert!

  • 3/28/2015: The UM-ACP 2015 General Meeting was taken at 6-8:30 pm on March 28, 2015, at Asican City, Ypsilanti, MI. See the meeting minutes for detail. An important item in this meeting is that we discussed, amended, and eventually passed a new UM-ACP Bylaw. Note: this new UM-ACP bylaw is a modified version of the original UM-ACP bylaw.
  • 2/22/2015: The first 2015 UM-ACP Executive Committee meeting was held in Dr. Jing Sun's home.

  • 2/12/2015: Prof. Jing Sun (new UM-ACP president) announced the UM-ACP Executive Committee.

  • 2/9/2015: Prof. Chuanwu Xi announced that Prof. Jing Sun would become the new UM ACP president.

  • 5/1/2014: Prof. Shaomeng Wang received the very prestigious Distinguished University Innovator Award from Dr. S. Jack Hu (Interim Vice President for Research) and presented a wonderful talk in Ford Amphitheatre, University of Michigan Hospital.

  • 3/19/2014: Congratulations to Prof. Shaomeng Wang for winning the very prestigious Distinguished University Innovator Award.  Please see more information about this award in the University Record.

  • 2/20/2014: Dr. Shaomeng Wang organized a Round-Table Discussion with Visit of China Pharmaceutical University Delegate in the Cancer Center/Third Floor Conference Room.

  • 2/15/2014: ACP annual dinner meeting/new year celebration from 6-9:30 pm in Asia City.

  • 1/19/2014: Dr. Chuanwu Xi (president of UM-ACP) announced in an email (to acprofs): "Our ACP annual dinner meeting/new year celebration will be on Saturday 2/15/14 from 6-9:30 pm in Asia City. All members and families are cordially invited to join the celebration of many achievements of our members last year and in the past. Please save the date and time on your calendar. Detailed program will follow soon."

  • 5/31/2013: Engineering in Medicine, Visiting Professor’s lecture, Professor Shu Chien from UCSD ( See the Event Flyer.

  • 6/1/2013: ACP Career Advancement Workshop: Honored Keynote Speaker: Professor Shu Chien from UCSD. See the Event Flyer.

  • 2/10/2013: Chinese New Year Party: The related information is here:
  • 12/24/2012: An announcement: Chinese New Year Party to be held on February 10, 2013.

  • 11-12/2012: Yongqun (Oliver) He and his lab software programmer Zuoshuang (Allen) Xiang generated the first version of current website.

  • 11/8/2012: Chuanwu Xi registered a domain name:

  • Before 2012: The original UM-ACP website is:

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