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Support for Black Lives!

As members of the UM Association of Chinese Professors (UM-ACP), we are shocked by the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We publicly and explicitly denounce the historical and structural systems of racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black people and other communities of color, and vow to take actions in solidarity with our Black sisters and brothers.

The ACP recommends the following actions and resources:

  • Donate: Send funds to the following organizations, the Detroit Justice Center, the NAACP, and A New Way of Life.
  • Advocate: Read up about mandatory minimum sentences and watch videos about this on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM’s) website. Call or write to your state legislators and governor about reducing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes.
  • Invest: Support black businesses. Find them on WeBuyBlack, The Black Wallet, and Official Black Wall Street.
  • Educate: When people ask, “Why aren't you talking about ‘black-on-black crime’?” and other myths about BlackLivesMatter, let Francesca Ramsey help you with your answers.
  • Acknowledgements: We used this Medium article to identify actions. This website has one of the most comprehensive lists of actions that people can take. We thank UMSI colleagues Patricia Garcia and Christian Sandvig for sharing resources.

Welcome to UM-ACP!

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.


  • 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!

  • 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 Forum at 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).

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