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#481 George Rowell

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 05:05 PM

View Postandydp, on 29 January 2020 - 02:52 PM, said:

Being the home of the GE Research Lab, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, the State College of Nanoscience we periodically hear of a Chinese person (Green card holder or citizen) getting arrested for industrial espionage, "sharing" data with a foreign country (Guess who ?). Not to mention all the foreign exchange students who are in the middle of some pretty advanced college research.
It is a part of our great arrogance and lack of understanding of the Chinese that we cheated ourselves into thinking that sharing our ways and opening up China with the WTO would bring about a political change in China. The white man cometh. It is easy to come to a favorable conclusion when vast profits are just a step away. The Chinese are not us, they look upon us and think we can learn from them. So much for that fallacy. Meanwhile they are walking off with our furniture while we drink beer and idly watch them. They are ripping us off on an industrial scale in every way and aspect you can think of. At least we are beginning to wake up.
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Posted 30 January 2020 - 04:41 PM

View PostLFC, on 07 June 2019 - 12:26 PM, said:

To those of you with more local knowledge do you have any idea how big a deal this is to the average Chinese when you look across the entire range of products in their food supply?

It's gotten into their exported food supply. NOT good.

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A shipment of pork dumplings exported from China to the Philippines has been found to be infected with a highly contagious virus that can quickly devastate livestock populations. Known as African swine fever (AFS), the fatal disease can kill a pig within just a few days, but produces no effects in humans.

In a statement released over the weekend, the Philippine Bureau of Customs announced that the shipment had been intercepted at Manila North Harbor on December 11, after officials noticed that it lacked a sanitary permit from the Bureau of Animal Industry.

After being sent for analysis, the dumplings were found to contain the ASF virus, and will now be buried to ensure that the pathogen is not unleashed. Unlike classical swine fever, which is caused by a separate virus, ASF has no vaccine or cure, meaning that outbreaks can only be halted by taking drastic measures such as culling huge numbers of pigs.

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 04:48 PM

View PostLFC, on 30 January 2020 - 04:41 PM, said:

After being sent for analysis, the dumplings were found to contain the ASF virus, and will now be buried to ensure that the pathogen is not unleashed. Unlike classical swine fever, which is caused by a separate virus, ASF has no vaccine or cure, meaning that outbreaks can only be halted by taking drastic measures such as culling huge numbers of pigs.

Well, if they have to kill them anyway why not process them for export?
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Posted 31 January 2020 - 06:08 PM

View PostBact PhD, on 29 January 2020 - 02:41 PM, said:

When I was Bact GradStudent in the early’90s, I recall some big initiative to get more Chinese students into the university I was attending. What I don’t recall is who or what was the driving force behind said initiative. I spent my career in academia, during which I encountered a fair handful of folk from the PRC.

As much as I would like to think otherwise, I have to concur that (no apologies to BTO) we ain’t seen nothing yet.

View Postandydp, on 29 January 2020 - 02:52 PM, said:

Being the home of the GE Research Lab, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, the State College of Nanoscience we periodically hear of a Chinese person (Green card holder or citizen) getting arrested for industrial espionage, "sharing" data with a foreign country (Guess who ?). Not to mention all the foreign exchange students who are in the middle of some pretty advanced college research.

But wait, there's more (no apologies to the late Ron Popeil)! Unfortunately, although I could access the full text on my news app, it's behind a paywall in the browser. The opening paragraph alone is a doozy:

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China’s Funding of U.S. Researchers Raises Red Flags

Academics don’t always disclose the funding, adding to concerns about national security

When officials at the Texas A&M University System sought to determine how much Chinese government funding its faculty members were receiving, they were astounded at the results—more than 100 were involved with a Chinese talent-recruitment program, even though only five had disclosed their participation.

It gets better from there. Suffice it to say NOT disclosing potential conflicts of interest is a HUGE no-no when a scientist is receiving Federal $$.

A little more detail on Flori-DUH institutions caught up in it:

Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa (emphasis mine):

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The report said List, Wei and four other Moffitt employees who were forced to resign last month failed to disclose their involvement in Thousand Talents, despite repeated warnings to do so from the government and officials inside Moffitt who are in charge of seeing that center complies with rules and regulations. They also violated Moffitt policy by pledging to spend as much as two months a year on work for Thousand Talents, according to the report.

University of Florida, the flagship school. At least they seem to be attempting to get a handle on it:

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The University of Florida launched a website outlining the proper disclosure requirements for researchers last year. It also developed a new international risk assessment process to screen activities with foreign institutions and developed an electronic system to monitor the disclosures of outside activities and interests, which Fuchs outlined in his letter to Scott.

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 06:30 PM

So, as elsewhere, in scientific research, money talks. Who knew?





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