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New York Times Reports on Chilling Effects of “China Initiative” and Dr. Anming Hu

On November 28, 2021, the New York Times published As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash.  According to the report, a chilling effect has taken hold on American campuses, contributing to an outflow of academic talent that may hurt the United States while benefiting Beijing.  The trial of Dr. Hu, who worked at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is being held up as a clear example of government overreach. He was under house arrest for 18 months during the investigation with no job or income, reliant on GoFundMe donations for his legal defense fees. Neighbors and church friends delivered groceries and took out… Read More »New York Times Reports on Chilling Effects of “China Initiative” and Dr. Anming Hu

University of Tennessee Offers to Reinstate Professor Acquitted of China Ties

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has offered to rehire Dr. Anming Hu, an engineering professor who was recently acquitted of federal charges, which wrongly accused him of hiding a relationship with a Chinese university while receiving NASA research grants.

University of Tennessee in talks to reinstate professor cleared of hiding ties to Chinese university

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee is in talks to reinstate a former professor and researcher who was cleared of charges he ran a scheme to hide his ties to a Chinese university while doing contract work for NASA, documents show.

UT Knoxville Offers to Reinstate Acquitted Professor

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offered to reinstate a former tenured professor who was acquitted of fraud-related charges, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Faculty members had called for the reinstatement of the professor, Anming Hu, who was terminated from the university after being charged with fraud-related crimes under the auspices of the Department of Justice’s controversial China Initiative for allegedly concealing his affiliation with a Chinese university from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which funded Hu’s research.

Tennessee professor with ties to China acquitted by district judge

Professor with ties to China acquitted A federal judge on Thursday threw out all charges against a University of Tennessee professor accused of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from NASA. Anming Hu was arrested in February 2020 and charged with three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements. The arrest was part of a broader Justice Department crackdown under President Donald Trump’s administration against university researchers who conceal their ties to Chinese institutions.

UT engineering professor acquitted of wire fraud, false statement charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A University of Tennessee engineering professor has been acquitted of charges that alleged he hid his ties with a Chinese university from the federal government. Anming Hu, 51, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering at UTK, was acquitted Thursday of all six charges against him, three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements.

Former University of Tennessee professor falsely accused of espionage faces second trial

The Justice Department is taking another shot at prosecuting a former University of Tennessee professor whose career and reputation were ruined by a false spy claim leveled by the previous administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Casey Arrowood has filed a one-page notice in U.S. District Court in Knoxville that the Justice Department intends to try — for the second time — Dr. Anming Hu on fraud charges the agency brought under the Trump administration after falsely accusing the nanotechnology expert of being a spy for the Chinese military.