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One is helping fight against a potential avian flu pandemic in Malaysia. Another is exploring New Zealand's biggest city while building 3-D models of muscle tissue. Yet another is visiting and studying in Beijing on the eve of the Olympics. All three have agreed to serve as foreign correspondents for This Week@UCSD. Here are their stories.

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Sara Richardson
Exploring on the Other Side of the World

Auckland, New Zealand, Jul. 21 -- On a recent June morning, with a tear in my eye, beautifully colorful New Zealand money in my pocket and closed-toe shoes on my feet (I only like to substitute my sandals for soccer cleats), I boarded the 13-hour flight to exchange the hot streets of Los Angeles for the wet streets of Auckland.

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Sara Richardson is studying at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she is creating 3-D models to determine the impact of athletic activity on muscles' size and shape.

 

Cindy Tran
Advancing Avian Flu Research in Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia, Jul. 21 -- Over the next nine weeks, I hope to influence global health through innovative scientific research. I also will have the opportunity to be immersed in a completely different world and learn about the fascinating fusion of different cultures. I am working with international scientists to identify known drug-resistant avian flu strains at Universiti Sains Malaysia, in Penang, one of Malaysia’s states.

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Cindy Tran is getting to know a completely different culture in Malaysia, while doing research on avian flu strains.

 

Michael Wang
Blending In in Beijing

Beijing, China, Jul. 21 -- After an entire spring quarter preparing and waiting, I am finally here in Beijing, China, for a much-anticipated summer experience. The prospect of being away from my familiar surroundings for two months had not fully dawned on me, until my parents waved goodbye to me at the airport while I approached the security check point. However, my feelings of apprehension were abated by my fascination and curiosity upon arrival in Beijing, as well as the hospitality of students and staff members at the Computer Network Information Center.

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Michael Wang is studying at the Computer Network Information Center in Beijing, China, while trying to improve his Mandarin and blend in.

 

 

 

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