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2018 Penn China Research Symposium
2:00 - 7:00 PM
Perry World House | World Forum

Each year, Penn Global and Penn China Initiatives will host an interdisciplinary symposium to highlight and facilitate discussion on activities supported by the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) and other China-related work at Penn.  The symposium features research “blitz” presentations, highlighting Penn faculty work across a broad range of fields, and programmatic workshops on conducting research and activities in China.  


2:00 PM   Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Ezekiel EmanuelVice Provost for Global Initiatives

  • Amy Gadsden, Executive Director of Penn Global and Penn China Initiatives

2:15 PM   Research Blitz I: The Future of China’s Health & Healthcare

Moderated by Glen Gaulton, Vice Dean and Director, Center for Global Health; Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Penn has long been at the forefront of understanding China’s health and healthcare landscape through a variety of interdisciplinary activities. The first research blitz will bring together faculty members from Penn’s School of Medicine and School of Social Policy and Practice to discuss their research on Chinese healthcare, on-the-ground clinical training in China, and initiatives to improve patient outcomes, etc. Each presenter will give a “blitz” presentation for about 5 minutes, followed by a moderated Q&A.

Presenters (In order of presentation):

  1. Liyue Xu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, Perelman School of Medicine
    Peking University – Penn Sleep Center Research Collaboration

  2. Yuchi Han, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
    Penn-China Cardiovascular Imaging Project

  3. Gary Wu, Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology; Associate Chief for Research, Division of Gastroenterology; Co-Director, PennCHOP Microbiome Program, Perelman School of Medicine
    Development of an IBD Phenotyping Platform by the Penn-PLAGH Cooperative Center for Digestive Disease Health Care

  4. Irene Wong, Associate Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice
    Reducing Mental Health-Related Stigma Among Rural Healthcare Providers

  5. James Gee, Associate Professor of Radiologic Science and Computer and Information Science; Director, Penn Image Computing and Science Laboratory, Perelman School of Medicine
    UESTC-UPenn Center for Digital Health Innovation

  6. Renyu Liu, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care; Co-Director of Penn-China Anesthesia Partnership Program; Director of Preoperative Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
    Stroke 1-2-0 to Reduce Prehospital delay for stroke victims in China

3:15 PM   Research Blitz II: Child Welfare, Health, and Education in Contemporary China

Moderated by Jennifer Prah Ruger, Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy; Associate Dean for Global Studies; and Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Penn’s focus on the future of China includes by necessity an emphasis on child welfare in its many different forms. This second research blitz, which emphasizes health and education, convenes faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, Perelman School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Education who are working in areas related to child development, welfare, and education. Each presenter will give a “blitz” presentation for about 5 minutes, followed by a moderated Q&A.

Presenters (In order of presentation):

  1. Xiaoying Liu, Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, School of Arts and Sciences
    What Happens in the Womb Under the Dome: The Impact of Air Pollution on Birth Outcomes

  2. Emily Hannum, Professor of Sociology and Education; Associate Director, Population Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences
    Report on CSCC Annual Conference: Challenges to Children's Welfare in Contemporary China

  3. Yuko Butler, Director, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Associate Professor, Educational Linguistics Division, Graduate School of Education | Role of Social Economic Status and Young Student's Learning of English as an International Language

  4. Ye Tian, Lecturer, Chinese Language Program, School of Arts and Sciences
    A New China: Ideology and Curriculum in a Chinese Language Course

  5. Jianghong Liu, Associate Professor of Nursing and Public Health, School of Nursing
    Dietary Nutrition and Children's Well-being

4:00 PM   Coffee Break

4:15 PM   Research Blitz III: The Future of China’s Economic, Legal, and Political Landscape

Moderated by Avery Goldstein, David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations, School of Arts and Sciences and Faculty Director, Center for Study of Contemporary China

As China plays an increasingly prominent role on the international stage, understanding China’s economic, legal, and political landscapes, and China’s drive to transform itself into an innovation powerhouse becomes crucial. This third research blitz convenes faculty members from Wharton, Penn Law, and the School of Arts and Sciences to share their research and initiatives on China’s economic and political development, as well as on China’s innovation environment. Each presenter will give a “blitz” presentation for about 5 minutes, followed by a moderated Q&A.

Presenters (In order of presentation):

  1. Ann Harrison, William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management; Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, The Wharton School
    Escaping Import Competition and Backward Linkages

  2. Anne M. Greenhalgh, Deputy Director, Wharton Leadership Program; Adjunct Professor of Management, The Wharton School
    Sustainable Pork Production in China

  3. Neysun Mahboubi, Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, School of Arts and Sciences; Lecturer, Penn Law
    Judicial Reform in China

  4. Denise van der Kamp, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, School of Arts and Sciences
    Clean Air at what Cost? The Rise of ‘Blunt Force’ Regulation in China

  5. Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, Penn Law
    Due Process, Transparency, and Rational Decision-Making in Antitrust Enforcement: China, Europe, and the U.S.

  6. William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House; Deputy Dean and Professor of Law, Penn Law
    The United States, China, and International Law

5:20 PM   China Research and Engagement Fund Featured Projects

To date, the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund has supported nearly 30 projects at a funding level of approximately $5.4 million.  These projects range in foci across five thematic areas, including Media, Culture and Humanities and Chinese Urban Development.  To highlight the work supported by the China Research and Engagement Fund, two recipients, Professor Guobin Yang (Annenberg School for Communication/School of Arts and Sciences) and Professor Richard Weller (School of Design), will share short presentations of about 10 minutes, followed by Q&A.


  1. Guobin Yang, Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology, Annenberg School for Communication & School of Arts and Sciences
    Penn Media Scholars in China

  2. Richard Weller, Professor and Chair; Co-Director, Ian L. McHarg Center, Penn Design
    The Aesthetics of Nature and the Nature of Public Space in Contemporary China

5:45 PM   Closing Remarks

6:00 PM   Chinese New Year Reception