The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with the China region and to bring together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government. The Initiative is housed in the International Division at the University of Madison. It is staffed by Associate Director Laurie Dennis.
Geneticist named new director of Wisconsin China Initiative
by Kerry G. Hill
Jerry C.P. Yin, professor in the Departments of Genetics and Neurology, has been named as the new faculty director of the Wisconsin China Initiative (WCI) by Vice Provost and Dean Guido Podestá of the University of Wisconsin–Madison International Division.
“Jerry brings to this important position a broad understanding not just of China, but of the East Asia region,” Podestá says. “He will play a leading role in our efforts to strengthen connections across the campus and to bring together faculty and staff who are interested and engaged in this region. In particular, he will be instrumental in developing more cross-campus collaborations with the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and other centers in the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS).”
Podestá says Yin also will serve as a special advisor to the dean on China-related matters.
After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular biology from UW–Madison in 1986, Yin did post-doctoral research at MIT and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he became an assistant professor in 1995 and associate professor in 2000. He returned to UW–Madison in 2004 as a full professor in genetics and neurology.
Yin, who has served on WCI’s faculty leadership committee, has had a long-standing interest and interaction with China, including a degree in East Asian Studies, a 15-month stint working in a joint venture in China started by Promega Corporation, and numerous trips there as a visitor and lecturer.
“Building upon the initial excitement and progress of the WCI, we hope to broaden campus-wide participation, and make the WCI self-sustaining,” Yin says.
“Historically, one of the challenges with UW–Madison’s different engagements with China has been the transient nature of the ventures, mostly due to personnel turnover at the grassroots – faculty and administration – levels. We hope to make the WCI a self-perpetuating effort, and one that can benefit the different UW–Madison constituencies while achieving our mission goals of outreach, education and research.”
The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to serve as the contact point for information about UW–Madison connections with China and the region and to bring together faculty across disciplines, alumni and leaders in business and government. The WCI is housed in The International Division.
UW-Madison Education Professor Tom Popkewitz attends the ceremony in Beijing to launch a new research center named for him.
Research center in China named for UW professor
by Laurie Dennis
Beijing Normal University's faculty collaborations with the UW-Madison School of Education have recently resulted in a new research center named after UW-Madison’s own Professor Thomas Popkewitz.
"The Research Center of Popkewitz Studies" will produce translations into Chinese of 14 books on education by Dr. Popkewitz. It will also develop collaborative work with other Chinese and international universities, and hold international conferences.
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Zhejiang Conference features 3 UW Keynotes
by Laurie Dennis
The slate of keynote speakers at Zhejiang University’s June conference, “Communication and the Public: Social Media and Public Engagement,” included three faculty members from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This strong Badger showing is the result of a decade of increasing collaborations between the two major research universities’ communication faculty.
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The WCI sponsorship is through the Shanghai Seminar Series grant program, which the WCI administers for the International Division. See more on the Shanghai Seminar Series program.
Third 'Red Cap' lecture attracts full house
Yao Yang, Dean of Peking University's National School of Development and Director of the China Center for Economic Research, offered a lecture March 24 on how party loyalty and economic performance impact the promotion of leaders in China's government. Dean Yao spoke to a full-house audience of over 200 at Memorial Union's Tripp Commons.
The event was the third in the "Red Cap Lecture Series on China & Global Economics," which was launched by Wisconsin China Initiative Board Chair Wade Fetzer in 2014 to raise the "China literacy" of the campus. (Click on the link to read about the October 2014 Red Cap lecture by Dr. Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., and the April 2014 lecture by Dr. Stephen Roach of Yale University.)
"We don't want our students, when they are out in their careers, saying 'Well, why didn't I learn more about China when I was at Wisconsin?'" Mr. Fetzer said at the start of the lecture, wearing one of the "red caps" that are handed out at each event. "We're gradually getting the word out - this is our third speaker in the series, and this is our biggest turnout."
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