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Vol. LXIV, No. 13
June 22, 2012
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NIH Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Dr. Kuan-Teh Jeang (l) congratulates NIDCR’s Dr. Kenneth Yamada Photo of Dr. Kenneth Yamada

NIAID’s Dr. Kuan-Teh Jeang (l) congratulates NIDCR’s Dr. Kenneth Yamada, who presented the keynote address at a scientific program observing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In his talk, he focused on specific contributions of “a diverse, highly creative group” of postdocs and grad students in his lab.

Yamada Keynotes Scientific Program

NIH held an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month observance, “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion,” on May 16 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Dr. Kenneth Yamada, chief of NIDCR’s Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology gave the keynote address. He focused on “the remarkable dynamics that we can now see using new technology in trying to understand organ formation and cancer cell invasion” as well as “the specific contributions of each of a diverse, highly creative group of postdocs and graduate students in our laboratory.”

Dr. John Hanover, chief of NIDDK’s Laboratory of Cell Biochemistry and Biology and a 30-year colleague of Yamada’s, introduced the keynoter. The program was sponsored by the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management.

Annual APAO Ethnic Food Fair a Success

At the APAO Ethnic Food Fair, Chinese dancer Grace Wang entertains the crowd.
At the APAO Ethnic Food Fair, Chinese dancer Grace Wang entertains the crowd.

As part of the 40th observance of May as National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization coordinated the annual Ethnic Food Fair held May 23 on the patio of Bldg. 31A.

The fair was attended by an estimated 500 visitors who enjoyed a variety of Asian foods from area restaurants such as Tandoori Nights, Korean Korner, Shanghai Café and Hollywood East Café; Asian-style accessories; Chinese dance; and nice weather. Attendees also took part in hands-on activities such as origami and calligraphy and learned about professional organizations and community health groups. Representatives from the Asian Pacific American officers committee and scientist professional advisory committee of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NIH Employee Assistance Program, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ Noisy Planet exhibit were also on hand for the fair.

The event not only honored the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, but also actively fostered the recruitment, career development and advancement of AAPI in the PHS. The fair was included in a White House list of programs by federal agencies to observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.—Eric Zhou, Sally Hu

Phalla Keng (l) and Lonnie Lisle staff NIDCD’s It’s a Noisy Planet exhibit during the food fair scientific program participants include (from l) NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak; Dr. John Hanover, chief of NIDDK’s Laboratory of Cell Biochemistry and Biology; Jeang; Yamada; Tyrone Banks of OEODM; and Dr. Sally Hu.

At left, Phalla Keng (l) and Lonnie Lisle staff NIDCD’s It’s a Noisy Planet exhibit during the food fair. At right, scientific program participants include (from l) NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak; Dr. John Hanover, chief of NIDDK’s Laboratory of Cell Biochemistry and Biology; Jeang; Yamada; Tyrone Banks of OEODM; and Dr. Sally Hu.

Photos: Ernie Branson, Sally Hu, Ruby Lee


Laura Wong (r) demonstrates Chinese calligraphy. Jewelry vendor Cecilia Yang (r) helps Donna Adderly (c) select Asian-style accessories.
Laura Wong (r) demonstrates Chinese calligraphy.

Jewelry vendor Cecilia Yang (r) helps Donna Adderly (c) select Asian-style accessories.
a view from the hill overlooking Bldg. 31’s patio shows some of the estimated 500 visitors who enjoyed the Ethnic Food Fair in celebration of National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
A view from the hill overlooking Bldg. 31’s patio shows some of the estimated 500 visitors who enjoyed the Ethnic Food Fair in celebration of National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

2012 APAO leadership includes (from l) JoAnne Wong, council member; Dr. Shioko Kimura, co-executive secretary; Prahlad Mathur, council member; Aaron Bell, treasurer; Hu, president; Eric Zhou, vice president; and Wong, executive secretary

Above, 2012 APAO leadership includes (from l) JoAnne Wong, council member; Dr. Shioko Kimura, co-executive secretary; Prahlad Mathur, council member; Aaron Bell, treasurer; Hu, president; Eric Zhou, vice president; and Wong, executive secretary. Below, the scientific program organizing committee poses with keynote presenter Yamada (c). Committee members include (from l) Dr. Kyungjae Myung of NHGRI, Hu, Dr. Ka-Yun Ng, Banks, Dr. Xiang Li, Dr. Zoe Huang, Lucie Chen and Jeang.


the scientific program organizing committee poses with keynote presenter Yamada (c). Committee members include (from l) Dr. Kyungjae Myung of NHGRI, Hu, Dr. Ka-Yun Ng, Banks, Dr. Xiang Li, Dr. Zoe Huang, Lucie Chen and Jeang.
A variety of Asian food vendors from such area restaurants as Tandoori Nights, Korean Korner, Shanghai Café and Hollywood East Café offer cuisine samples. Kimura (l) shows an origami exhibit
A variety of Asian food vendors from such area restaurants as Tandoori Nights, Korean Korner, Shanghai Café and Hollywood East Café offer cuisine samples. Kimura (l) shows an origami exhibit.


 


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