Saturday, March 8, 2008

Yesterday in the Yay Area...

After my meeting with the NSF support goup by the airport I had a few minutes before my dinner with Profa Mariana Ferreira in Berkeley, so decided to stop off at the newly remodeled labyrinth @ Grace Cathederal... enjoy!

the outside one...

this is the one inside... where most people walk...

Chateaubriand Nunes Amansio

Triste noticias do Brasil (sad news today from Brasil) A dear friend and colleague was killed in a car accident. We had planned some ongoing research with indigenous teachers in Brasil.


Subject: [GEPEM] Correio do Estado - Corpos de professores mortos em acidente são velados em Dourados
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 10:11:45 -0400

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Corpos de professores mortos em acidente são velados em Dourados
Sábado,08 de de 2008 08:03

Os corpos dos quatro professores da Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados (UFGD), que morreram, ontem à tarde, num acidente na BR-163, estão sendo velados no Centro Administrativo Municipal da prefeitura da cidade. O acidente aconteceu perto de Anhanduí e matou Ivonélia Crescêncio da Purificação, de 45 anos, Ronaldo Marcos Martins, de 31 anos, Chateaubriand Nunes Amansio, de 39 anos, e Renato Gomes Nogueira, de 47 anos, que além de professor já foi secretário municipal de Governo, na primeira administração do prefeito Laerte Tetila.

O corpo da professora Ivonélia Crescêncio será sepultamento em Paranavaí (PR). Ronaldo Marcos Martins será enterrado em Jaú (SP). O corpo de Chateaubriand Amansio será transportado para Barra do Garças (MT). Ainda não há definição sobre onde será enterrado o corpo de Renato Gomes Nogueira.

Com informações do Dourados Agora

Friday, March 7, 2008

This message from Marilyn Burns was received via Ruth Cossey and Susie Hakansson:
From: "Marilyn Burns"
Date: March 6, 2008 1:03:57 PM PST
About Nicholas:
I'm still reeling from the news and am finding it so hard to accept the finality. I've been in touch with Nicholas's family and have offered to help disseminate information about plans. So I'm sending this message to all of the Math Solutions consultants plus others who I thought would like to receive it. Please feel free to forward the message to anyone I've forgotten.
Most immediate: Nicholas's body has finally been returned from Australia and there will be a funeral service for Nicholas this weekend. Here is the information:
-- Friday, March 7, viewing will be held from 5 to 8 pm
-- Funeral service is on Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 4 pm with the service
at 2:30 pm
All will be at the Helix View Chapel of the Featheringill Mortuary on Campo Road in Spring Valley.
For info:
Also, a memorial celebration of Nicholas's life will be held on Saturday, May 3, at the San Diego Zoo. If you plan to attend, please let me know and I'll forward the list. The plan is that the family will purchase tickets for everyone and leave them at the zoo entrance. A specific time for a gathering hasn't yet been set, but most likely will be around lunch. I can get that info back to those of you who will be coming.
Finally, some people have asked about donations in Nicholas's memory. Nicholas's older daughter, Melanie Ann, is a lawyer and has established a tax-deductible foundation for those who wish to make donations. Checks can be made to Nicholas A. Branca Memorial Scholarship Foundation and mailed to Melanie Branca, 550 Front Street #210, San Diego, CA 92101.
That's what I know now. Please let me know if you'll be attending on May 3. No RSVP is needed for this weekend's service or viewing.

With love,
[Information about Nicholas:]]

Monday, March 3, 2008

To da & Shalom Israel!

It is 2:30am in Ben Gurion Int'l Airport

I had a grand day out with a colleague (Prof. Mark Saul of the Templeton Foundation). I invited him to join me at the Bahá'í Garden in Bahji, and then we spent the day in Akko. We returned to Haifa to gather our bags and then took the train to the airport... my plane leaves at 6:55am… oy vey!

This has been a truly amazing week. I learned so much! Great people from numerous countries sharing ideas and working together, while eating way too much great food! Having the opportunity to interact with and get to know Israeli colleagues was a true blessing. Being treated with real respect (indeed gratefulness) for being a Bahá'í was an eye opener for me. A couple of folks wanted me to show them the gardens, I am deeply grateful to the Garden folks for letting me in at odd hours with colleagues. I appreciate the flexibility and love they extended me on numerous occasions... they make me very proud.

Haifa in particular serves as a model for what can happen in a turbulent part of the world when four religions (Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Bahá'ís) live together in harmony, they have worked out a way to deal with problems in a non –violent, civilized manner.

Fotos here are of my final day in Israel.

To da (thanks / gracias / obrigado!) & Shalom Israel!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

The coolest looking office building in Israel

Taken from our conference room at the Dan Panorama Hotel on top of Mt Carmel.

Just to show I am working...

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