<<December 15, 1999>>

Prof. Jose Brenes Andre <jbrenes@cariari.ucr.ac.cr

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D. <alex_mau@argo.com.br>

Dear Jose:

(1)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

(2)  Congratulations to your progress in Central America.

(3)  Referring to Item (a) of your msg, you are the one who will be
     responsible to raise funds for your project.

     Should you continue your project, pls contact David Johnson who
     indicated his strong willingness to help you.

(4)  You would need to hold a mini-workshop -- similar to the one at Open
     University in UK for European Group which was mentioned in my previous msgs.

     As you proposed before (ATTACHMENT II), this workshop may be held at the
     same time and place as the conference of UNAMAZ and as the mini-workshop
     for South American Group which is now being organized by Alex Rivas.

          Dear Alex:

          Referring to ATTACHMENT III, pls let us (David, Jose and me) know
          the decision of UNAMAZ on where and when their conference will be
          held, at your earlies convenience -- since David has to prepare
          his travel grant application to NSF.

(5)  This mini-workshop will plan for the larger workshop/conference (as to
     the follow-up to our Tampere event) where your people will jointly work
     on the feasibility study, action plan, etc. to realize your project.
     This will then subsequently come up with a concrete budget which will then be
     submitted to appropriate funding sources in various countries.

(6)  Our projects are long, long range projects. Don't give up easily!!
     Otherwise, people would not follow you and your project will never be realized.

Best, Tak
                          ATTACHMENT I

Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 12:18:09 -0600 (CST)
From: Jose Brenes <jbrenes@cariari.ucr.ac.cr>
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
cc: Jose Brenes <jbrenes@cariari.ucr.ac.cr>

Dear Tak


You may wonder why I had not make contact with you before. The reasons are

a) As you know, I was not expecting that my project was going to be chosen
as a possible pilot project. Hence I had made other commitments. Besides,
I was in charged of the Iberoamerican Physics Olympics, which I organized
sigle handed, for the others left.

b) As I was already commited to go to Panama and teach a small workshop on
the use of Internet in teaching, I took advantage of the opportunity and
gave the high school professors who attended the workshp, a computer
Physics simulation program which they have to install by fetching the
resources via Internet. Each of them had to develop a small demo, using
one of the simulations, and present it to the group on Friday.
This created a lot of enthusiasm, gave them a feeling of accomplishment,
and they did not go home empty handed. In this way I contacted some of the
possible users of GUCA.

c) While at Panama I explored the possibility of setting up a
Latin-American e-mail list to discuss problems on physics education.
It initiated with 20 Panamanian, and myself from Costa Rica. Very soon 2
Paraguayan professors, whom I met while at the Physics olympics have
joined, and also some bolivians have shown interest.
We have to wait till February, because our school year goes from ends of
Feb to mids of Dec.

d) I managed to get accepted in a distance course on Political Sciences,
related to Kosovs, which Roger told me about while at Tampere. Five
students enrolled in the workshop, and this created momentum at
Universidad de costa Rica. That way I managed to get a second computer,
Pentium II, full extras, and tried out several ways to carry non-expensive
but good quality distance classes. I proved Roger's template, and got in
touch with other people involved in Distance Ed.

e) I participate in the GLD3 excercise, and tested some other methods. As
a GLD list participant have got to know several people who have dealt with
Distance Ed, and found several other ways of looking at the problems
Distance Ed faces.

f) Also, as a result of Tampere I met Jerry Richter, of CAPE, with whom we
strated to explore different ways of interacting. This idea has grown, and
we have the first VTEL videoconference, with 3 nurses, one of tme the
Vice-Director of UCR Nurse School. There is a possibility that one
representative of CAPE will drop by on Jan 23, to explore in situ
different ways to interact. If this goes on, a joint proposal will be
submitted to different organizations for money.

g) Have installed LINUX in my new PC to take advantage of more speed, and
be able to show others that the system used for Distance Ed works. Of
course this is taking some of my time to learn the new environment but my
feeling is that it will help at the end.

h) I ave NOT yet got in touch with central american people because of several things

h.1- There is an increasing conflict between Nicaragua and Honduras about
boundaries,which has increased to the extent that OAS has intervened.
h.2- Today that boundary problem has been blown to touch Costa Rica.
Nicaraguan president has warned that there will be problems if Costa Rica
signs a treaty with Colombia. He has threatened us publicly, and already
some reactions are appearing.
h.3- A Central American Physics congress just finished in Guatemala. They
offered a lot of things but at the end they barely had money, and we have
to look for some ourselves to send our 7 students. Being this the 24th
Congress, people were very toucy and pessimistic as to what the future will be
starting the new millenium.

As you can see, I have to strengthen my position first, if I have to move
out of Costa Rica to push for a Central American project. It has happened
several times before that some people in Central America wait till
everything is ready and then ask for ransom: I will pull my political
contacts and throw you out unless I take over the WHOLE thing.

Starting year 2000 I will have more time to systematically work for GUCA.

Merry Christmas to you and your wife.

                         ATTACHMENT II

Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 16:14:31 -0600 (CST)
From: Jose Brenes <jbrenes@cariari.ucr.ac.cr>
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
cc: jbrenes@cariari.ucr.ac.cr
Subject: Central American meeting

Dear Tak

Had a long tlk with high authorities of Universidad de Costa Rica. Showed
them a copy of the message you send to WHO offitials, describing the GU
coordination role for INTERNET 2, and how this will be done among
countries. They like the idea, and are willing to continue.

Hence, I think time has come to start thinking about the next workshop
I have some questions in that respect

        <<December 15, 1999>> Removed here by T. Utsumi,

LAST but not LEAST: you people are planning to meet at Colombia in
February, for the Amazonian. Colombia is a rather cheap place to be at,
and travel expenses to Costa Rica are not that different from those to
Colombia. Wonder if we can aim for TWO meetings simultaneously: Central
America, and Amazonian. We will have in this way the whole Latin America


 I still do not have the scratch version of GU bylaws

Best regards
                         ATTACHMENT III

From: "Alex Rivas" <alex_mau@argo.com.br>
To: "djohnutk" <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
Cc: <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: Re: Workshop/conference for UNAMAZ
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 20:48:18 -0200

Dr. Johnson,

As I mentioned in the other e-mail, Unamaz's board of directors will meet
here in Manaus in the coming 18th to decide about the place where the
conference will be held. I already suggested Manaus but Venezuela also wants
that. As soon as I have this information I'll let you to know.


----- Original Message -----
From: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
To: Alex Rivas <alex_mau@argo.com.br>
Cc: <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 1999 10:29 PM
Subject: RE: Workshop/conference for UNAMAZ

> Alex:
> Thanks for your msg regarding UNAMAZ.  I think it would be wise to move the
> conference to Manaus.  Should you manage to do this, I will pursue request
> NSF to fund participation of myself, Tak Utsumi and perhaps one or two UTK
> people who might be essential to the link.  There is a real opportunity to
> work in the Amazon Region and I hope we can realize it.
> All the best from here,
> Dave
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Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
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