Duran, Angelica A
duran0 at purdue.edu
Wed Apr 6 20:09:05 EDT 2011
Thank you for sharing your concern. I add my thoughts, even though, as some on this list know, I was waiting until about April 15 to draft an e-letter to the organizers to alert them to the behind-the-scenes conversations that lead me to believe that many panelists may begin to decline to attend, either because of personal concerns or the prohibitions of some universities I have not double-checked my university’s current stance yet, but I know they had all study-abroad students return home, without exception. I thought to wait until April 15 because I believed that would give universities and individuals to have more of a sense of the stability of the ground and the nuclear power plant, yet still give the IMSX organizers enough time to find a location, still in Japan, but further from the continuing aftershocks, some still 6.0 magnitude and from the unknown but strong risk of radiation from the nuclear power-plants. Kyoto seems like a good candidate. Once panelists start pulling out, there is indeed a snowball effect: why go to a conference when the panels one wanted to attend are cancelled or such?
I hope others will share their thoughts on this important conference to help ensure its success, safety, and strong attendance.
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On 4/6/11 5:44 PM, "miriammansur at terra.com.br" <miriammansur at terra.com.br> wrote:
Dear List Members,
I would like to share some fear that we Brazilians are having about IMS10. To get the financial support for the event, we have to start the process now, and, after the disaster in Japan, we are doubtful of our going. Unfortunately, Japan has suffered a lot and the recovering of such a disgrace takes time to occur. Besides, there is the risk of radiation, and of course, we are afraid of the exposure to it. I would like to know how you are feeling about going to Japan this year. The IMS10 is an opportunity of learning and meeting all of you, which we cannot miss. However, we have to confess we are quite insecure. How about you all, have you been suffering such kind of anxiety? Sorry, if I am using the forum to discuss such a thing, but we feel that this may be affecting us all.
I would appreciate if you could do with some help on this issue.
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