Risks and Emerging Health Concerns Confronting the 21st Century Society
Stem Cell Research and Application
Food Additives and Health Risks
食品添加劑 (瘦肉精、塑化劑、抗氧食品) 及其對健康的風險
Radiation Injury and preparation readiness/Mitigation of Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Date and Time
Saturday, September 24, 2011
9 am - 5 pm
National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705
Dr. Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland
The American Research University – Winning the Future in a Globalized World
TECRO Science & Technology and Cultural Divisions
Taiwanese Student Association at JHU 約翰霍普金斯大學台灣學生社
Taiwanese Student Association at U of Maryland 馬里蘭大學台灣學生社
The Chinese American Professionals Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (CAPA) is pleased to announce the 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium on September 24, 2011. The one-day conference will be held at the National Agricultural Library (10301 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705 ). This prestige Library is conveniently located near the intersection of US Route-1 and I-495 (Beltway Exit 25-North) and has plenty of parking.
To achieve this goal, this year we have invited leading scientists and experts from universities, US government agencies, and private corporations to give professional lectures addressing important topics on risks and emerging health concerns confronting the 21st century Society. We are fortunate to assemble an outstanding team to lead the three technical sessions:
(1) Stem Cell Research and Application, chaired by Dr. Rocky S. Tuan from U of Pittsburgh and
(2) Food Additives and Health Risks (ractopamine, plasticizers antioxidants), chaired by Dr. Cheng-I Wei from U of Maryland and
(3) Radiation Injury and preparation readiness/Mitigation of Nuclear Power Plant Accident, co-chaired by Drs. Juliann G. Kiang from Uniformed Service University and Fung-Lung Chung from School of Medicine at Georgetown U. Presentations of the last two sessions will address emerging concern and issues debated in Taiwan.
We are also very excited that the Presidentof University of Maryland at College park, Dr. Wallace Loh, will give a keynote speech entitled: “The American Research University: Winning the Future in a Globalized World”. Dr. Loh is among the few Chinese Americans who currently head major US universities and his personal story would inspire all of us.
We are also very pleased to have other co-sponsored organizations to support our symposium: TECRO Science & Technology and Cultural Divisions, SCBA, NTUAADC, NCkUDC, NDMC and Taiwanese Student Association at JHU and the U of Maryland.
「華府國建聯誼會（CAPA）」將於9月24日（星期六）假美國國家農業圖書館 (National Agricultural Library) 舉辦年度學術專題研討會，本次主題切合時事與日常生活，共分三大主題，分別是：
(一) 「幹細胞研究和應用 (Stem Cell: Research and Application) 」，由段崇智博士主持；
(二) 「食品添加劑 (瘦肉精、塑化劑、抗氧食品) 及其對健康的風險 (Food Additives and its Health Risk) 」，由魏正毅博士主持；
(三) 「輻射線傷害和減輕核電廠事故 (Radiation Injury and Preparation Readiness/ Mitigation of Nuclear Power Plant Accidents) 」，由龔則韞博士及宗方隆博士共同主持。
我們感到非常興奮的是美國馬里蘭大學校長 Wallace Loh 博士將會以主題演講，題為：「美國大學如何在一個全球化的世界中贏得未來」。陸博士是少數幾個負責美國的主要大學的中國人、他個人的故事將激勵所有美國的中國人。
Summary of 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium – by Edward Wan
By all measures, the 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium held on September 24 was a smashing success. This is certainly not by accident, but the result of the dedicated effort by our team of hard working Executive Committee and advisors. I am very proud of their spirit of commitment and last minute effort to ensure the success of the event. We hope all participants enjoyed every aspect of this successful conference as much as we (the planners) did.
Overall, the 2011 Annual Symposium attracted more than 180 attendants, representing from a wide range of professionals and scholars. My opening remarks to welcome all conference participants were followed by a warm welcome remarks by TECRO Deputy Representative TaTung Chang and then the highlight of the morning – a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Wallace Loh, the President of the University of Maryland. Dr. Loh’s speech had profound meaning and truly energized the audience. He articulated that education can fundamentally influence a person’s life based on his own personal experience. He stressed the need for Americans to measure up to the increasing competitive world, citing the deterioration of American higher education.
The first impression of people upon entering the conference room at the National Agricultural Library was a big “wow”. It is such a beautiful setting. We owe our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Simon Liu for arranging such a beautiful conference room for us. As Director of the National Agricultural Library, Dr. Liu gave a very impressive lunch presentation on the mission and research programs sponsored by the library.
This year’s symposium focused on “Risks and Emerging Health Concerns Confronting the 21st Century”. The three technical sessions were perfectly executed by Drs. Rocky Tuan, Cheng-I Wei, Juliann Kiang, and Fung-Lung Chung. We want to give special thanks to all 11 speakers who made outstanding presentations within their allotted times. The highlights of the presentations ranged from a humorous presentation by Dr. Rocky Tuan on stem cell researches, to a practical presentation on health risk of Food additive by Dr. Martin Lo, to radiation medicine presentation by Dr. Dalong Pang, to Nuclear Power plant accident at Japan’s Fukushima plant by Dr. Desmond Chan. The following table lists the title and presenters of all technical presentations:
Based on the initial feedback, everyone seemed to enjoy the technical presentations as well as having the opportunity to networking with their peers. As a result, we have fulfilled our stated mission of the CAPA Annual Symposium – to promote the academic and intellectual stimulation and interaction among Chinese American professionals. I am quite encouraged that several attendees approached me asking how to join CAPA as a result of their positive experience at the Symposium.
We believe the following factors contributed to the success of the Symposium:
• Keynote Speaker – The invitation of Dr. Wallace Loh proved to be an excellent idea. Ching-Sung Chin’s article about Dr. Loh’s speech in local newspapers attracted a lot more attendance from other Chinese American organizations.
• Quality Speakers – Special thanks to Juliann Kiang, Cheng-I Wei, Fung-Lung Chung, and Edward Wan in recruiting their peers as speakers. Overall, all of our speakers were very cooperative in terms of submitting their bios and abstracts and delivering their presentations.
• Early Planning – We started planning the annual symposium in March and finalized topics by May following a discussion with TECRO Representative Jason Yuan.
• Co-Sponsoring Organization Support – The decision to broaden our outreach and network with other groups and organizations paid off. We were fortunate to line up co-sponsoring organizations, including SCBA, NTUAADC, NCKUAA, NDMC, and TSA at John Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of Maryland. In particular, we thank TSA at JHU in providing onsite volunteers.
• Online Registration – Thanks to our Webmaster Charlie Pan for setting up the online registration form which recorded a total of 130 pre-registrations.
• Onsite Help – The security check and registration proceeded smoothly without any major hiccups. Special thanks to Ai-Ling Chen and other JHU volunteers recruited by Alex Lin in managing the registration desk. In addition, we deeply appreciate the onsite help provided by Executive Committee members: Charles Fan, Sam Luk, Ching Sung Chin and Cheng-Tyng Chen.
• Photography & Videotaping – Special thanks to Cheng Tyng Chen for taking wonderful group photos and Sam Luk for videotaping the entire session.
• Financial Support – We successfully raised $17,800 from more than 20 donors to support the 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium and History Document Project. We have acknowledged all donor contributions in the Annual Symposium program book.
Because of the overwhelming success of the event, CAPA is continuing with renewed vigor. We look forward to your continued support and seeing you at next year’s Annual Symposium.
Edward Wan, Ph.D.
Dr. Wallace Loh’s Keynote Speech at the 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium
– By Edward Wan
One of the highlights of the 2011 CAPA Annual Symposium held on September 24 was the keynote speech delivered by Dr. Wallace Loh -- the first Chinese American who serves as the President of the University of Maryland in the school’s 155-year history.
Dr. Loh’s speech was entitled “The American Research University – Winning the Future in a Globalized World”. His half-hour speech was succinct and full of profound meaning. Due to the increasing challenges of globalization, the American has gradually lost the supremacy in education. He reiterated the fundamental value of education in shaping a person’s life. Americans must catch up with the rest of the world in terms of science and engineering education. He also stressed that investing in higher education and encouraging innovation and research are the keys for the United States to win the future in a globalized world.
Dr. Loh just returned from a visit abroad. When the passenger next to him on the plane asked him, "What business are you in?” Dr. Loh replied, "I am engaged in the immortal business”. He further explained that he is not a preacher, but he is engaged in education by transferring passion, values, and knowledge to people and building the future for the next generation.
He considered himself privileged to be in the position of leading the University of Maryland. Established in 1854, the University of Maryland has grown from a small agricultural college with 13 students to a major public research university in the US with 38,000 students and 9 colleges. The incoming class of students has a grade point average of 3.9 and average SAT score of 1300. The professors and staff generated half billion dollars in research grants. For every dollar that the state invested in the university, the university staff generated $3 research dollars. All together the university generated $8 billion in revenue last year. The university is a regional economic engine and keeps the economic development in the state of Maryland. When President Lincoln first proposed the founding of the land-grant university, he had a vision that one day the university will engage in teaching, research, and leading the economic development activities.
Dr. Loh mentioned that 40% of Americans have a college degree, and this proportion has not changed for decades. He agreed with President Obama about the need to strengthen higher education in the next decade, so that the population with a college education will increase to 55 percent in the next 10 years. But US education is lacking behind many other countries. For example, US Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education ranks 27 in the world. Korea has only 1/6 of the US population but produces as many engineers as the US. How many US students are taking Calculus when compared with those students in Asia? We Americans need to out-educate, out- innovate the rest of the world in order to regain supremacy. He hopes the US Government will take the lead in providing educational subsidies and emphasizing education in science, engineering, and scientific research.
Three weeks ago, he sat down with the Director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Subu Suresh. Dr. Suresh graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras. Out of 175 graduates in his class, 150 came to the US to seek graduate studies, whereas today only 35 students came to the US. The message is loud and clear in that the rest of world is catching up! The annual budge t for NSF is about $80 billion, and Congress is seeking to cut its budget by 2.5%. This is about $220 per person per year when compared with $2,600 per person per year for social security and $3,000 per person year for the defense budget. It is no question that many Americans believe that the country has to take the lead in the science and technology area; the question is whether we have the resolve to do it. He said his personal story to rise from a poor foreign student to become the leader of a major American university is a story of the American dream. Only in America, you can fulfill such dream.
There is a prominent economist at the University of Maryland, who had studied the 7,000 years of economic history of human civilization. The economist concluded that the financial or banking crisis in the US would take more than 10 years to recover. We are in the crisis with a flattening budget and period of stagnation. We have a hard choice. We must invest in science education. As you all know, the mascot of the University of Maryland is the terrapin. Terrapin is a special kind of turtle living in the Chesapeake Bay. They can only go forward and can’t go sideways.
Like terrapins, America needs to go forward. Dr. Loh concluded that we have to aim high in order to win the battle in a globalized World.