Teaching (and Learning) in Vietnam

March 13th, 2013

By Jan Barry Three decades after the end of the Vietnam War, Americans are welcome visitors and even classroom teachers in Vietnam. Before launching a career as a teacher in Texas, John Davin, a native of Rockland County, NY, decided to broaden his experience by teaching in Vietnam for a year. Armed with a degree […]


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Negotiating Without Understanding

June 13th, 2012

By Dan Miller When we don’t understand what other countries mean we usually screw up. That can be unhealthy. North Korea is either developing nuclear weapons or it is not. Ditto Iran. Both could give our home-grown “statesmen” lessons in flip-flopping to appeal to different audiences. Even if we (and they) have reasonably competent translators […]


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When Losing is Winning

November 12th, 2009

By Brianna Aubin Last summer, I stumbled upon a contest being run by a company called Dyalog to promote the APL programming language; it asked you to solve a set of problems that involved a combination of mathematics and programming while following certain contest-instituted guidelines.  I had never heard of the APL language.  In fact, […]


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