Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009


Lower unit 3 Bedroom Nielsen Square Condo available August 2009. Rent is $1750/mo. Willing to lower the rent for leases greater than one year. This is a great, recently built condo in the White Coat Ghetto, and I've enjoyed living here for the last two years. Spacious condo, with central air, dishwasher, 7 minute walk to the medical school. See the attached flier.
Email Ted at if you're interested or have questions.
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Luxury condo available across the street from the University of Michigan Medical Center!

This 1,400-square foot end unit condo provides lots of natural light and has 2 large bedrooms plus a den/3rd bedroom, 1.5 baths, in unit washer and dryer, porch and deck, and attached 1-car garage plus additional outside parking space.

• Natural-finish gas fireplace
• Hardwood floors in main entryway and kitchen
• Modern kitchen appliances
• Custom plantation shutters
• Year-round utility costs for water, sewer, and external common lighting
• Snow removal of all driveways, exterior parking areas, and common walkways


There are limited things to do in Dhaka and so i will take Catherine shopping on the week-ends. This is not your neighborhood mall, but usually a more open air kind of market. Recently, a shop owner looked at Catherine and then said to me "What is her name?" i replied "ask her" . He again asked ME "what is her name?" i replied AGAIN "ask HER". he leaned down right in Catherine's face and said "ah, Asker, what a beautiful name!"
another example of NQR* in Bangladesh...
*NQR=not quite right

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Robin's work at the Centre

I am currently working at ICDDR, B (the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) popularly known as the Cholera Hospital locally. The Centre is an international health research institution located here in Dhaka.

Since 1960, the Cholera Research Laboratory (CRL) and its successor ICDDR,B has been recognized as the leading international health research centre located in a developing country. CRL conducted research that now forms the core of the world’s knowledge of diarrhoeal diseases, and led to the development of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS).

Over the years, the Centre’s hospitals have provided treatment free of charge to over 2 million patients, the vast majority of whom come from the poor and disadvantaged sections of society. It is estimated that of these, around 25% would die without the ICDDR,B facilities. Annually more than 100,000 people receive care at the Dhaka "Cholera Hospital". (Source:

I was hired to teach two Manuscript Writing Courses, the first of which just finished this week.
The course commenced in March of this year with a special session including junior scientists and their supervisors advocating for a mentoring approach to the manuscript writing process. I facilitated group sessions covering key information on how to write each section of a manuscript and also addressing critical topics related to scientific writing such conducting a thorough literature review, using Endnote, recognizing and avoiding plagiarism, determining appropriate authorship, and choosing a suitable journal.

Here are the graduates from the course.

These photos were taken during the final session.