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altLiuba Ceban, Moldova
Consultant, Trainer, Director - Altruism Association Moldova
Management, Organizations and Community Development, Strategic Planning, Training, Civic Activity, At-Risk Children



 This week the VSA "Featured Scholar" is from Moldova, Liuba Ceban.  I have met her and heard about her mission to help her country.  This week she will have a booth at the FIUTS CultureFest.  I encourage all who are here to stop by and visit, learn about her important research and get a taste of Moldova!  Check out the details below.


The VSA wants to introduce you to our featured scholar, Zheng Li.  He is from China.  The research he is doing is very strategic and will help advance science and technology for practical  use.  If you would like to collaborate or offer assistance with your input to Zheng, please contact him directly.
 My name is Zheng Le and I am now focusing on nanomagnetic logic (NML). Logic circuits based on nano-sized magnets is a new topic which will have an impact on industry. From electron-beam lithography (EBL), high aspect ratio magnet in scale of tens of nanometers have been achieved, exhibiting single domain. Based on this kind of elements, binary wire and majority logic gate have been realized. Our work focus on enhancing the stability of calculation and signal transmission.

Zheng Li
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Current studies at University of Washington



Mr. Vinoy Ohdar
Regional Manager
ActionAid International
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We have  launched a Land movement in Bihar by organizing 25 and odd peoples movement groups in Bihar . This aims to ensure homestead and agricultural land to  2.1 million land less in Bihar . Today about 25000 subalterns gathered in the capital City of Bihar and demanded homestead and agriculture land for the poor . We believe land is the way to Right for food and Health Life . I believe  we will be able to pressure the govt. for distributing land among the landless in Bihar.

Please find bellow a blogspot for land movement in Bihar . I request you  visit to  the blog and post your comments . Your comments will give strength to the  movement a lot . Also circulate it to the like-minded friends and colleagues
Long drive ... to where?
By Syed Nasir Ershad

Today is Saturday, the start of the weekend in this part of the world. You can feel free and relaxed, if you want to. 

I woke up at 7 a.m. while it was still dark outside. This is winter in Korea, you know. The temperature is below zero ― minus 10-12 degrees Celsius. My wife and two daughters are still sleeping. We have a plan to go on a long drive at 10 a.m. 

A Korean friend will join us. She is an artist and has been our friend for a long time. Her style of creating artwork on the canvas is quite amazing. She mostly works on people and the figures appear to be three dimensional. She can create that illusion. Even though she cannot speak English and we cannot speak Korean, we can manage very well with our broken language skills, which are heavily compensated by our body language.

Last night we planned the trip to the unknown, suddenly. My wife agreed readily and we wanted another companion (you can understand, we are over our honeymoon excitement long ago). Hence, we called a friend and fortunately the first person (the artist) accepted the invitation.

The children do not want to go out. To them sleep is more enjoyable than this so-called long drive. What is so long about it? And isn't it better to drive on the computer rather than taking the pain to actually go on the road? These computers, they are doing wonders in our day to day lives. I wish one day I could become a computer myself!

The clock is ticking, but ticking slowly, very slowly. I am waiting. Waiting for my wife to wake up. Waiting for the friend to come. Waiting for the clock to strike 10 o'clock. Waiting to start the journey. Waiting to discover some more excitement in our overseas life. Waiting, waiting ...

Finally, it is time to go. My wife is up and preparing herself, our friend came on time, everybody is ready to go. But wait ... I am not ready, not yet. Whoa! My wife is cursing at me, our friend is glaring at me (look at the lazy bum). But I did not wash my face, did not put on winter clothes, and did not have any breakfast (the most important meal of the day). 

To any normal person it would appear that I did nothing for the last couple of hours. What did I do then for the last few hours? What did I do for the last couple of years that I have been in Seoul? What have I done with my life so far? What am I going to do with my life in the coming days, months, years? What is the purpose of my life? I have lived little over 40 years in this beautiful world. 

What will I do with the next 40 years of my life (that is if I live that long)? It seems to be a long drive to me. A long drive into the unknown. Well, the journey may not be totally unknown (I have lived forty such years, you know that), but the destination sure is. 

What will I do during the next forty some years then? I do not know the exact answer; I never did. But a vague idea is coming to my mind ... slowly.

I will be waiting!

The writer is a first secretary at the Bangladeshi Embassy in Seoul. He can be reached at mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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