This is a Blog dedicated to my summer travels with my wife Shirley Porterfield over June and July 2013.  We have the privilege to attend two professional conferences -- one in Seoul, South Korea; and the other in Sydney, Australia -- about two weeks apart. We are taking time during these trips to visit these two wonderful countries for some vacation time to end the sabbaticals Shirley and I have had this year, which end this summer.  I have decided to write about these travels below, in a journaling fashion, with pictures and videos, mostly so I can remember the trip, but in case any family and friends want to follow along.  Note that the blog starts at the bottom and works its way up (so it is reverse chronological order.)  Enjoy... Tim McBride, Summer 2013

Browsing Archive: June, 2013

I Love Korea and the Koreans

Posted by Timothy McBride on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Korea 
After a few days here in Korea, I must say I love the Korean people (and Korea too), but mostly the Korean people.  Wow, they are such amazing, lovely and sweet people, so kind.

I have always been fond of all the Asian people that I have met -- from China, Japan and other Asian countries.  I guess I should not be surprised that at how amazingly kind and warm the Korean people are, and welcoming they are to foreigners, or at least to Americans.  I have known several graduate students from Korea...
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Day 4: 6/26: IAGG, Presentations & Dinner

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : Korea 
Day 4 (6/26) of IAGG included more presentations and a dinner for the conference.

Shirley presented her paper at the conference in the afternoon, and it went well!   She presented a paper on pharmaceutical drug switching (from brand to generic), for elders.  This is the same paper she will present at IHEa in a week or so.  So the good news is that when she is done she can submit it for publication.  She has been working very hard on this.  The presentation went well, Shirley thinks.  She got g...
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Days 3: 6/25: IAGG Conference, Presentation

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : Korea 
Today (6/25) Shirley and I continued to attend conference events at the IAGG conference.  Tim presented his paper at a session in the morning, chaired by his Dean Eddie Lawlor.  The session seemed to go very well.  Eddie presented the first paper, Tim the second, Prof. Naoki Ikegami from Japan the third paper, and Prof Terry Lum from Hong Kong the final paper.  It was a wonderful overview of problems in long-term care systems in at least three countries across the world.  

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Day 1, 6/22: Meeting on Aging Initiative

Posted by Timothy McBride on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Korea 
As I mentioned in my first message, one of the reasons I was asked to attend this meeting was to join a large 20-person delegation from Washington University to make a presence on Aging, at this international gerontology conference.  I am presenting a paper here on some of my aging work, in a session chaired by my Dean, Eddie Lawlor.  All of the rest of my colleagues are also presenting papers.  My Chancellor Mark Wrighton came over, and we had a discussion about starting a Global Aging Initi...
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June 21: Our Three Week Trip Begins!

Posted by Timothy McBride on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Korea 
As some of you know, Shirley and I are starting the longest overseas trip of our lives.  We left Friday June 21st from St. Louis, and took a very early morning flight from St. Louis to Chicago.  Then we had a very long 5-hour layover until we got on an Asiana airlines flight from Chicago to Seoul, South Korea.  That flight took 13 hours, and we landed (after crossing the dateline) at 4 pm Seoul time.  We slept on the plane so we were pretty rested.  But it took three hours to get to the hotel...
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Timothy McBride Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. Here you can find musings on health policy and other issues. mcbridetd@gmail.com

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