One made a splash riding waves in Hawaii. Another made his mark walking the halls of Congress. Still another made history designing an American landmark.
IDS file photo Buy Photos. Last week, three Chinese-American societies published a letter expressing concern over attitudes that portray Chinese scientists as threats to national interests. These anxieties may be real, but they are lacking in nuance, particularly in the context of scientific research.
It addresses issues concerning Asian American students. The second part, to appear in the May 29 issue, will examine the representation of Asian Americans on academic faculties and in university administration. A growing number of government and private programs throughout the United States are aimed at increasing the ranks of underrepresented minorities in university science classrooms.
Last May, Dr. Xiaoxing Xi awoke to find a team of FBI agents brandishing guns and screaming at him to put his hands behind his back. Agents slammed the year-old Temple University physics professor against a wall and dragged him away in handcuffs — all in front of his wife and two daughters. Just four months later, the federal government's case fell apart.
Members of Congress call for investigation of Department of Justice allegations of economic espionage. Photo: Emily Conover. Lawmakers are seeking answers on the Xi indictment.
About 20 years ago Alice, a virologist, was up for a position as university president. She was one of three possible candidates. But during her interview things started to go a bit sour when the committee persistently asked her what she would be willing to give up should she be given the job.
More than 40 members of Congress, including Reps. Attorney General to investigate whether race or ethnicity played a role in the accusations of espionage faced by two Chinese-American scientists. Sherry Chen and Xiaoxing Xi were both accused in separate instances of obtaining and sharing sensitive information with China.
I n a strongly worded letter published in Science today March 21a group of Chinese-American scientists voice concern that recent proposals from the National Institutes of Health and FBI actions could lead to unjust targeting of ethnically Chinese scientists. NIH officials say they value the scientific contributions of scientists of all nationalities and share concerns of possible stigmatization, but also have a duty to identify cases where foreign researchers have acted against the interests of the US. This circular, secondary threat to science may even be worse than the initial thefts, says biologist Alice Huang of the Caltech who did not write the letter. The long-term price we pay for having a chilly research environment far exceeds that of the few ideas stolen from us.
Asian Americans graduate from university at far higher rates than white Americans, but despite this are no more likely to hold professional or managerial jobs, according to a new study. The findings suggest that Asian Americans face additional barriers and discrimination when trying to climb the career ladder at work, a phenomenon known as the 'bamboo ceiling', an invisible barrier akin to the 'glass ceiling' faced by women. It has long been known that the US-born children of Asian immigrants--a population known as the "Asian second generation" are not only more likely to be college-educated than the US general population, but are also more likely to graduate from the nation's elite universities.
Asian Americans have made many notable contributions to Science and Technology. Chien-Shiung Wu was known to many scientists as the "First Lady of Physics" and played a pivotal role in experimentally demonstrating the violation of the law of conservation of parity in the field of particle physics. Fazlur Rahman Khanalso known as named as "The Father of tubular designs for high-rises",  was highlighted by President Barack Obama in a speech in Cairo, Egypt,  and has been called "Einstein of Structural engineering". David T.