Yale University and China
Yale Delegation Bios
Richard C Levin:
Richard C. Levin is beginning his second decade as president of Yale University. Appointed in 1993, he is the longest serving Ivy League president and is recognized as one of the leaders in American higher education.
The Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, President Levin recognizes the critical role of the university as an engine of economic growth. In his writings and public testimony, he has described the substantial benefits of government funding of basic scientific research conducted by universities.
To ensure Yale's preeminence in research and discovery, President Levin has committed $1 billion to renovating and expanding Yale's medical and science facilities, including the construction of five new science and engineering buildings and the one of the largest new medical research facilities in the country.
Under President Levin's leadership, Yale completed a $1.7 billion fundraising campaign, and invested the first $1.8 billion of a $3 billion campus renovation and building program. He has developed an effective partnership with the city of New Haven to expand commercial activity near the campus and increase the number of new local companies based on Yale research. During President Levin's term more than $1.5 billion has been invested in Yale spin-off companies, and Yale has directly contributed $100 million to improvements in the city of New Haven since 1993. As a part of President Levin's commitment to community development, Yale also supports numerous programs that provide New Haven with the expertise and services of faculty and students.
President Levin is also committed to establishing Yale as a leader in international studies. His Global University Initiative recently established the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization headed by former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, created the Yale World Fellows Program that is building and training a worldwide network of emerging leaders, and founded the China Law Center in Beijing. President Levin has focused on strengthening an already extensive International and Area Studies program, which allows students to take more than 600 courses with international content and study 52 languages.
During his tenure, the enrollment of international students has increased by 33 percent.. Yale is now one of only a few institutions in the world that awards financial aid to international students on the same basis as national residents.
A specialist in the economics of technological change, President Levin has written extensively on such subjects as intellectual property rights, the patent system, industrial research and development, and the effects of antitrust and public regulation on private industry. Prior to his appointment as president, President Levin devoted himself for two decades to teaching, research, and administration. He chaired Yale's Economics Department, and served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
President Levin is a member of the Board of Science, Technology, and Economic Policy at the National Academy of Sciences. He was recently named at director of Lucent Technologies, and he also serves as a trustee of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States. He has served on a Presidential Commission reviewing the U.S. Postal Service and the Blue Ribbon Panel on Baseball Economics. He played a leadership role in the formation of AllLearn, a distance learning collaboration among Oxford, Stanford, and Yale to provide high-quality college-level online courses.
A native of San Francisco, President Levin received his bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University in 1968 and studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Letters degree. In 1974 he received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale and was named to the Yale faculty. He holds honorary degrees awarded by Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford Universities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
President Levin maintains his involvement with students through regular meetings, frequent meals in student dining halls, and regular attendance at sporting events. He and his wife, Jane, are longtime New Haven residents. They have four children and one grandchild.
Linda Koch Lorimer:
Linda Koch Lorimer is Vice President and Secretary of the University. She is the officer responsible for an array of institutional functions, ranging from corporate governance to the University's external affairs. She is also the Executive Director of Yale's newly established Office of International Affairs. She has served as a member of the Yale Corporation (which is the governing board of the University), and, president of the board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (an association of over 600 institutions of higher education). Ms. Lorimer was President of Randolph-Macon Woman's College from 1986 to 1993. She held a series of administrative appointments at Yale from 1978 to 1986 before returning as Secretary in 1993. She received her J.D. law degree from Yale in 1977.
Ann-Ping Chin is a Lecturer in History at Yale University. Her teaching focuses on the early texts in the Chinese intellectual tradition, Confucianism, traditional Chinese historiography and Qing intellectual History. Chin is the author of several books including Children of China: Voices from Recent Years, Four Sisters of Hofei and The Chinese Century: A photographic History of the Last Hundred Years (co-authored with Professor Jonathan Spence). Currently she is writing a book on Confucius and is studying the recently excavated bamboo slip texts from both the Guodian and the Shanghai Museum Collections. Dr Chin received her B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University in 1972 and her Ph.D. in Chinese Thought from Columbia University in 1984.
Xing Wang Deng:
Xing Wang Deng is the Daniel C. Eaton Professor of Plant Biology at Yale University and the Director the Peking-Yale Joint Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Agribiotechnology. He is a member of the American Society of Plant Physiologists and the American Society for the Advancement of Science. Deng serves as on the Scientific Advisory Board Member for MPI for Plant Breeding Research and on the Scientific Review Group Member for Sansbury Laboratory. He is also is an associate editor for several scientific journals. Deng was awarded the Kumho Science International Award-2003 by The International Society for Plant Molecular Biology for his outstanding research. Deng received his B.S. and M.S. from Beijing University and his Ph.D. in Molecular Phisiological Plant Biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989.
William N. Goetzmann is the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Management Studies and the director of International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management. Goetzmann is an expert on a diverse range of investments, including stocks, mutual funds, real estate, and paintings. His research topics include global investing, forecasting stock markets, selecting mutual fund managers, housing as investment, and the risk and return of art. He graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in 1978. He received his M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research (Finance) from Yale in 1991.
Paul Gewirtz, the Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law, is the Director of The China Law Center. Gewirtz, one of America's preeminent legal scholars, teaches and writes primarily in the fields of constitutional law, federal courts and procedure, anti-discrimination law, comparative law; and law in contemporary China. From 1997-98, Gewirtz was on leave from Yale University and was a part of President William Clinton's administration, where he served as Special Representative for the Presidential Rule of Law Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. In that post, he proposed and led the U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Initiative that Presidents Clinton and Jiang launched at their October 1997 Summit. He accompanied President Clinton to China in 1998. After returning to Yale, Gewirtz established The China Law Center, an innovative institution that is significantly strengthening U.S.-China legal cooperation. The Center carries out research and teaching, promotes academic exchanges with China, and undertakes a variety of cooperative projects with legal experts in China on important legal reform issues. Professor Gewirtz received his A.B. from Columbia University in 1967 and his J.D. from Yale University in 1970. Before joining the Yale faculty, Gewirtz was a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court and practiced law in Washington, D.C.
Charles Laughlin is an Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Yale University and the Director of the Richard U. Light Fellowship Program. Laughlin teaches modern Chinese fiction, essays and poetry. He is currently on sabbatical in China investigating how the modern Chinese essay functioned as a link between traditional and the "anti-traditional" literature of modern China. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1996.
Jonathan Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. He specializes in the history of China since the 16th century. Spence is dedicated to incorporating the study of Chinese history into the broader perspectives of world history and Western Civilization. His acclaimed book The Search for Modern China, published in 1990 and updated and revised in 1999, traces Chinese history from the Ming dynasty to post Deng Xiaoping era. His other books include The Gate of Heavenly Peace, The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci, The Death of Woman Wang, and, Treason by the Book. Spence received the William C. DeVane Medal of the Yale Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1978 in recognition of outstanding teaching and scholarship. He also won the Los Angeles Times History Prize in 1982, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985 and was appointed to the Council of Scholars at the Library of Congress in 1988. A native of England, Spence received his bachelor's degree from Cambridge University and both his master's and doctoral degrees from Yale University.
Tian Xu is a professor of Genetics, Molecular Oncology and Development at Yale University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Xu also serves as the Vice Chair of the Department of Genetics at the Yale School of Medicine. In 2003 he was appointed Special Advisor to the President of Yale University on Science and Higher Education in China. Xu uses model organisms to understand molecular mechanism of development and human disease. He is the inventor of genetic mosaic screen and holds multiple patents. He is the receipt of multiple awrds inculding Helen Hay Whitney, Pew Scholar, and Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Rothberg Courage Award. Xu teachs at Fudan since 1996 and is also the director of the Fudan-Yale Biomedical Research Center at Fudan University. He serves as a Special Advisor to President of Fudan University. Xu received his B.S. from Fudan University in 1982 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1990. Xu is the President of the RW Society and the Chairman of the SAB for the Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases. Xu also served as the chair and a member for the US National Academy Committee on the Conference of the US-China Frontier of Sciences from 1997 to 2000.