AAPI Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration
Updated: Sep 19, 2022
Taking a Stand
This year the AAPI Heritage Month 2022 is commemorating the victims of the 2021 spa shootings with all the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who were lost to anti-Asian violence amidst the pandemic and within America’s own history.
Recognition for Asian American and Pacific Islander significance was initiated in the late 1970s but took more than a decade to establish a month-long celebration. In 2009, the month was renamed AAPI Heritage Month. This month serves to signal to boost the benefits American culture has received in its literature and art, sports and recreation, government and politics, science and medicine, and activism and law.
Doing Our Part
This year, the AAPI Heritage Month theme is Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration, a theme that encourages local and national governments to prioritize collaboration, development, diversity, transparency, and inclusion through leadership training for AAPI people.
In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, Laxxon would like to highlight one of our AAPI team members: Dr. Doan Chau Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen is a lab manager at our lab facilities in Jena, Germany, where she is responsible for paste formulation and printed tablet analytics.
Dr. Nguyen earned a full scholarship to pursue her doctorate from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Center for Equal Opportunities in Science and Research at Chemnitz University of Technology, from which she graduated in 2017. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled, “Role of deposition temperature and concentration on the self-assembly and reaction of organic molecules at the solution-graphite interface”.
Dr. Nguyen’s extensive studies in physical chemistry and material science in addition to her experience with international teams, complex research topics, and lab work make her an invaluable Laxxon team member.
The Intersection of AAPI Communities with Innovation
While many AAPI have become well-known in our modern society, there are certain pioneers that have become overlooked, with whom we will shine a spotlight.
Min Chueh Chang, PhD, Chinese and American reproductive biologist (1908-1991) helped to study the means in which progesterone can be an agent for birth control.
Flossie Wong-Staal Ph.D., Chinese and American virologist and molecular biologist (1946-2020) first cloned the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to assist in the discovery that HIV results in AIDS.
Kalpana Chawla Ph.D., Indian and American aerospace engineer (1962-2003), was the first Indian American woman in space during NASA’s Columbia space shuttle mission (STS-87) in 1997 as a robotic arm operator. Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Chawla was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several institutions have been named in her honour. She is regarded as a national hero in India.
Peter Tsai Ph.D., Taiwanese and American materials scientist (1952- ) is the inventor of the N95 respirator mask in the 1990s.
Fazlur Rahman Khan Ph.D., Bangladeshi and American structural engineer (1929-1982) worked on skyscraper design and invented a design strategy called the “tube principle” which had him dubbed the “Einstein of structural engineering”.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islander's Healthcare Equality
Laxxon is committed to using medical innovation to improve the lives of all patients around the world. In light of that, we are proud to recognize the achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islander pioneers. These men & women helped change the course of innovation in the United States. They invented first-of-their-kind medical devices, developed innovative structures, paved the way for improved patient access to quality care, & raised awareness about quality-of-life issues . This year's team is to honor those victims who perished from anti-Asian violence recently, and throughout history this allows us to bring attention to the desperate poverty of this community. AAPI are nationally the highest community that is currently living below the poverty line, according to AAPI Data. This means these communities are more likely to find it difficult to find quality healthcare and pharmaceuticals. These communities deserve the same level of high-quality care that can be offered to other communities within America.
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