Wednesday, March 28, 2007

HUST Team A Meritorious Winner in MCM/ICM 2007

A group of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) students: Lan Fojun (Mechanics 2004), Zhang Quanquan (Management 2004) and Lian Kunlei (Mechanics 2005) coached by Professor Gao Liang received meritorious winner status.

MCM (The Mathematical Contest in Modeling) and ICM (Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling) are international collegiate competitions sponsored by the SIAM and COMAP since 1985. In the year 2007, 949 teams participated in the contest. Among the 7 teams sent by the HUST, one meritorious winner, two honorable mentions and three successful participants were brought home.

More information of MCM/ICM 2007 including complete list of winners can be found at the COMAP site.

Monday, March 19, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth About Yahoo

100 lbs and barely 5 feet tall, 55 years old Yu Ling is determined to put a human face on the pain caused by the collaboration between Yahoo and the Chinese Internet cops. Her husband Wang Xiaoning was arrested in 2002, and is serving a 10 years jail for his crime of using a Yahoo EMail address. According to the court ruling released by the Chinese court, Wang was identified and located based on information transferred to the Chinese Internet cops from Yahoo Hong Kong, a Hong Kong based Yahoo subsidiary that is not obliged by law to comply with requests from the mainland police.

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Chinese American Soldier Found Dead

22 years old Montgomery County resident Mei-ying May Yuen was found hanged in a bathroom at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri on Feb 26, 2007.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Stranger Than Fiction

A movie very well made. One of the best in terms of the flow, transition of plot, and film photography. Almost every scene was well thought after to the level that it could be framed and hang in a photography gallery. Even when you were not into the plot, you could still half-heatedly enjoy pieces of small talks.

I am not a big fan of Will Ferrel, but he plays an excellent show in this feature. Totally outshone Dustin Hoffman. IRS agent Harold Crick's digitalized life routine resonated loosely with lonely hearts. The encounter with Ana Pascal the baker turned out to be the savior of the body and soul, although not the life.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Anit-Japan Protest in Korea

Korean protested against Japanese outside Japanese embassy in Seoul on March 1, 2007. Beheaded dogs were cooked and had knifes stabbed in the head. Japanese were seen as dogs in Korea.

South Korea urged Japan to stop glorifying war crimes such as using sex slaves committed by Japan during Japan's occupation of Korea since 1919 and through the WWII. In spite of numerous reports of forced sex slaves by the Japanese military army. A recent study conducted by the ruling Japanese Liberal Democratic Party denied the accusations.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

High School Students Bored, Considering Dropping Out

According to a survey of 81,000 high school students in the United States conducted by the Indian University, 75 percent felt the class were boring, while 22 percent considered dropping out of school. The study recommended more student teacher interactions to attract students' attention.

Chinese students, who fought to catch up with the materials may feel overwhelmed, but never bored. However, it's the educators attitude of ignoring solving the big problem, that's why US will fall. The educators and policy makers must realize that there's only so much an educator can do on a student. If the people does not feel the urge or need to learn, you can never teach them anything.