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Call for Your support on Open Letters to End “China Initiative”

Dear Colleagues: We, the members of the Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF), call for your support of several open letters to end the “China Initiative”. This initiative, started in November 2018 by the Department of Justice under the previous administration, was intended to investigate threats from China to the U.S. national security. However, the investigations and charges to hundreds of scientists and scholars in U.S. universities and research institutes in the past three years have failed to meet its goal. This initiative has seriously damaged our community. Most scientists and scholars in the investigations are Asian and Chinese descent. The…

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Understanding the “Inconvenient Minority:”The Sociology of Asian Americans

October 9, 2021 Despite popular pronouncements about the importance of “diversity” and “multiculturalism” in American society, Asian Americans have been either neglected or poorly understood in many contemporary discussions. Utilizing a perspective that is based on social science rather than fashionable political rhetoric such as the “Model Minority Myth,” this lecture will provide a broad overview on the history, demography, and sociology of Asian Americans. Cultural factors will also be considered because they are important in understanding socioeconomic outcomes especially for Asian Americans. The investigation of Asian Americans not only yields significant insights about the nature of racial inequality, but…

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Hearings: Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise

Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight & Subcommittee Research and Technology Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Add to my Calendar Time: 10:00 AM Location: Online via videoconferencing Witnesses Dr. Maria Zuber, Co-Chair, National Science, Technology, and Security Roundtable, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Vice President for Research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ms. Candice N. Wright, Director, Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics, U.S. Government Accountability Office Ms. Allison Lerner, Inspector General, National Science Foundation Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics, Temple University Link (Check back for live video of this…

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AMD CEO Lisa Su gets chip industry’s highest honor

Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su has received the chip industry’s highest honor as the 2020 recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award. This is the first time the award has gone to a woman since it was started in 1991. “It’s an incredible privilege to be part of this industry,” Su said. “I actually fell in love with semiconductors in my first year at MIT. My first job was doing grunt work in a semiconductor lab. If you look at this year, what is resoundingly clear is that technology is becoming even more important.”

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Relevant Information

Table of content Relevant official documents Reports and documents about some research security cases Petitions/Open letters Webinars Organizations working on related issues Relevant official documents Fact sheet from Department of Justice about the China Initiative The National Security Decision Directive (NSDD)-189.This Presidential Directive with the title “National Policy on the Transfer of Scientific, Technical and Engineering Information” was established by the Reagan administration in 1985. Quotes:“It is also the policy of this Administration that, where the national security requires control, the mechanism for control of information generated during federally-funded fundamental research in science, technology and engineering at colleges, universities and…

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