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The UM Association of  Chinese Professors (UMACP) was organized in late 2002. The mission of the Association is to promote friendship and interactions between Chinese professors at the University of Michigan, to exchange ideas on how to thrive at the University of Michigan and how to excel as an educator and researcher, to have a support network and to promote the interests of its members, and to promote academic and cultural exchange between China and the US. Here is the UMACP bylaw.

ACP Panel "U.S.-China Academic Collaboration in the Current Environment" on March 22, 2019
      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

      Ann Lin, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy

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.


  • 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 for being selected 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 2018-2019 UM-ACP executive term started at 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 (UMACP president) sent out an Email invitation to invite all UMACP 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.

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Our Mission: Promote member interactions, idea exchange, and academic/cultural exchange between China and USA