As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia, and Australasia, APRU (the Association of Pacific Rim Universities) brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on practical solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
We leverage our members’ collective education and research capabilities into the international public policy process. In the post-pandemic era, our strategic priorities focus on:
1. providing a neutral platform for high-level policy dialogue,
2. taking action on climate change, and
3. supporting diversity, inclusion, and minorities.
APRU’s primary activities support these strategic priorities, focusing on critical areas such as disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, indigenous knowledge, virtual student exchange, e-sports, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence, waste management, and more.
A champion of public universities, Chancellor Block serves on several leading national associations and advisory boards, including as chair of the council of presidents of the Universities Research Association, an international consortium of 86 leading research universities.
He has called for UCLA to deepen its engagement with Los Angeles, a city that offers a microcosm of the global community, and to increase access for students from underrepresented populations. An advocate of interdisciplinary scholarship, he emphasizes broad-based, campus-wide planning.
Chancellor Block holds UCLA faculty appointments in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and in physiological science in the College of Letters and Science. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he specializes in circadian biology, which deals with the functioning of 24-hour rhythms in higher organisms (See Academic Interests).
Dr. Block became chancellor of UCLA on August 1, 2007. Previously, he served as vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, where he held the Alumni Council Thomas Jefferson Professorship in Biology and directed the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center for Biological Timing. He also headed an NIH graduate training program aimed at increasing the number of scientists from underrepresented groups.
Chancellor Block joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1978. He served as vice provost for research from 1993 to 1998 and then as vice president for research and public service until his appointment as vice president and provost in 2001. In 1998, he received the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Public Service Award for his work with Virginia’s business community.
A native of Monticello, New York, Chancellor Block holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, studying with Colin Pittendrigh, “the father of biological timing,” and Donald Kennedy, who later served as president of Stanford.
The inventor of a number of devices, Chancellor Block holds a patent for a non-contact respiratory monitor for the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and he is an avid collector of vacuum-tube radios.
Chancellor Block and his wife, Carol, have two children.
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Jack and his teams have earned over 20 corporate awards after handling projects ranging from the opening and rebranding of major shopping malls in HK to multiple store launches in HK and mainland China, brand events at Beijing and Shanghai (SH) fashion weeks, and the launch of HK-SH-New York e-commerce platforms. Jack has developed projects covering the fields of: brand development, digital and traditional marketing, PR, event management, trilingual communications, interorganizational network development, corporate collaboration, B2C and B2B MarCom strategy, multimedia production, publication, store and pop-up, VM, product development, POS distribution, e-commerce and website development, creative design, entrepreneurship, team management, innovation, and more.
Jack first studied sociology and politics at the Australian National University and earned both his Master and Bachelor of Social Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) through multiple scholarships, including the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund, Lord Fulton Memorial Prize Gold Medal Award, Kunkle and Pommerenke Grand Prize, S.H. Sung Creativity Award and 15 more awards. He continued his postgraduate education focusing on digital analytics under the head of analytics at Google, strategic negotiation and psychology at Yale University, marketing at The Wharton School and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, communications strategy at the University of Toronto and University of Colorado Boulder, and more.
In addition to being a member of the Association of Strategic Marketing (ASM), the Association for Audience Marketing Professionals (AAMP), The National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP), the International Association for Agricultural Sustainability (IAAS) and Asia CEO Community, Jack is also licensed in HK as a registered social worker (RSW).
Jack has written two best-selling books with multiple editions sold and a series of columns for various magazines. His books were published and/or distributed across HK, mainland China, and Canada by CUHK Press, Joint Publishing, Soul Mate, and Commercial Press. His publications were featured in CUHK’s exhibitions and added to the permanent collections of school and public libraries in HK.