My Diary

What made this country (USA) great is innovation, particularly in Science & Technology. People from various countries came to this country to nurture their mind for scientific discovery and finally settled because this country proved to provide that fertile environment. Since couple of years, that believe was slipping away. Now, there is a hope; check this site for President Obama promise, delivered in the National Science Academy on 27th April, 2009. Also see this paper.

This human migration took place since centuries. People migrated from their birth place to this country for better opportunity and made this new location as their Home. To know more about this amazine journey, see 'Genetic Anthropology, Cultures and Diseases';

Also see Human Migration by the Bradshaw Foundation

Obeviously, this country did not come to this point in one day or in one year. It took centuries while going through the struggle and wars to bring this independence and democracy that we all are enjoying today. It took the strength in leadership and right mind of some great leaders to come to this point. One can have a very good history of this development by visiting the Library of Congress, a rich source of history of this country.

The escalating cost of providing quality healthcare in this country has concerned us all. The congress has worked on a health reform bill H.R. 3590 to address this issue and finally enacted it into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. While the public debate is going on the merits and demerits of some of the provisions introduced in this bill, the Republicans has vowed to repeal this Act in their next opportunity. See here for more recent news.

2009 A (H1N1) created a grave concern in 2009 among the experts in US and other countries. WHO issued a level 6 alert (the maximum in the scale). By then, more than 4000 people died. To know why this strain of H1N1 was considered seriously, one should understand the genetic characteristics of this new strain as compared to the seasonal Influenza A(H1N1); see this article in Science 'Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Swine-Origin 2009 A(H1N1) Influenza Viruses Circulating in Humans. Rebecca J. Garten, et al., Science 325, 197-201 (2009)'. This author organized a panel in SC09 to discuss about this issue (see: Cyberinfrastructure in Healthcare Management. Arun K. Datta (moderator), Terry Boyd, Wilfred Li, Fang-Pang Lin, Stanley J. Watowich, Peter Arzberger. Proceedings in the SC09: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, Portland (OR), November 14 - 20, 2009)

The Smithsonian Institution’s first state-of-the-art exhibition about genome science, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, opened Friday, June 14, 2013, at the National Museum of Natural History in partnership with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a part of the National Institutes of Health. See here for more.

I also like to travel, an interest infused by my father when I was very young, and travelled several places with him in India. Traveling various parts of the world, I learnt a lot and gained considerable experience. See here for more. Early in my life, I took lessons from local Padi on diving and explored beautiful marine life in California with my buddy.