NBC4 is Working 4 You, celebrating the diversity of our community, recognized Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month during May 2019.
A special News4 production, “Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month” recognizes the rich heritage of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders and their many contributions. The program pays tribute to the generations of people of Asian descent whose diverse and lasting legacy has enriched this country's — and our community’s — history and culture. This half-hour special, hosted by News4 Today anchor Eun Yang with stories from Eun, reporter Aimee Cho, and sports reporter Cary Chow originally aired on May 19. If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it here.
On Tuesday, May 21, NBC4 hosted a special reception celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Studio Xfinity in DC.
Donate Life, NBC4’s Heritage Month partner, recognized Donate Life Ambassador Sherri Ly, who donated a kidney to her brother. Ms. Ly spoke about the importance of organ donation awareness.
NBC4 also recognized three local scientists for their achievements and accomplishments at leaders and role models in the STEM universe. They are:
Dr. Sujuan Ba
Dr. Ba currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR). She is also the founding President and CEO of the AIM-HI Translational Research Fund, created to accelerate the development of innovative new cancer medicines for the public and to create a new self-sustaining model for cancer research.
Dr. Ba is currently a member of BayHelix, and invitation only organization of leaders of Chinese Origin in the global life sciences and healthcare community, based in San Francisco with regional offices in Shanghai and Beijing. She also serves on the International Consulting Committee of the China national Research Center for Translational Medicine in Shanghai. She served as a Past President, Board Director, and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association based in Rockville.
Dr. Ba received her B.S. in radiochemistry from Peking University and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Mari Maeda
Dr. Maeda is the President of Canine Cancer Research Alliance, an organization that focuses on accelerating development of new cancer therapies for companion dogs, as well as applying what is learned from clinical trials involving dogs to improving therapies for people.
Prior to the Alliance, Dr. Maeda served as the Director and the Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - DARPA - where she launched major initiatives in biotechnology and scientific research projects. From 2004 to 2012, she was a DARPA Program Manager. During that time, she led the development of the Tactical Ground Reporting System (TIGR) and TransApps systems, and successfully deployed both systems in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrating the feasibility of rapid, user-focused applications development to meet the evolving needs in the battlefield. Dr. Maeda holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT, where she conducted research in quantum optics and quantum communications.
Dr. YuHuang Wang
Dr. Wang is a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland in College Park. He also heads up his own research group at UMD. His group’s online page says that “We are a group of extremely hard-working and creative researchers seeking to address fundamental challenges in Energy, biomedical, and quantum technologies through Materials innovation, Chemical manipulation, Carbon nanotechnology, and beyond (E=MC^2 & beyond).”
Washingtonian Magazine recently put Dr. Yang on their “Dinner party” monthly roundup of “people they’d like to have over for drinks, food and conversation for being behind “a specially engineered ‘secondary skin’ fabric that keeps you warm in cold weather and cool in the heat.”
Dr. Wang received his B.S. from Xiamen University in China, his M.S. from Emory University, and his Ph.D. from /Rice University, with post-doctoral work at Northwestern University.
Looking for more ways to engage in Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage and culture? Check out these exhibits and programs from the Library or Congress, National Archives, National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution here.