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Scientific Espionage, Open Exchange, and American Competitiveness

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Xiaoxing Xi
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What would you do if you were falsely charged by the US Department of Justice for stealing technology secrets for another country? The news of attacks on Asian people in the US has refocused attention on the situation for scientists and students working in the US.

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Join physicist Xiaoxing Xi of Temple University for this free interactive broadcast as he talks about his experiences with the DOJ, his concerns about racial profiling, and how the scientific community can best support Asian scientists in the US.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Andrea Widener of C&EN and co-produced with Chemical & Engineering News.

What You Will Learn

  • A personal account of what occurs when the DOJ charges someone for stealing secrets
  • Why criminal investigations and prosecutions under the DOJ’s “China Initiative” are unjust to Chinese scientists and damaging to American leadership in science and technology
  • Why open fundamental research is facing an existential threat and what a federal scientific group recommends to address China influence within the framework of research integrity

Webinar Details

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 2-3pm ET
  • Free to attend with the creation of an ACS ID
  • Slides will be available to download on the day of the broadcast

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Xiaoxing Xi,
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics,
Temple University

Jyllian N. Kemsley
Executive Editor, 
Chemical & Engineering News

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