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- To: doc at arabeyes dot org
- Subject: Hello
- From: Anson David Parker <adp6j at cms dot mail dot virginia dot edu>
- Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 21:24:33 -0500
Howdy, my name is Anson Parker, I am the director of the
RAD Lab, located at the University of Virginia in
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
- I'd apologize for my ignorance, but it'd take all night,
I wouldn't know where to start and when to stop, and we've
all got work to do.
I've been watchin you guys for a few days now and your
enthusiasm and work ethic is inspiring. Finally I became
so inspired that I ventured from my proteomics /
bioinformatics lab and went down to the Arabic Studies
department (this morning) and told them about you guys. I
said "You wanna know what REAL Arabs are doing about the
war? They're fighting it with real knowledge and real
solutions, they're making databases and dictionaries." The
Arabic department was impressed too. I have been working
on creating tutorials on 3D protein modeling for the last
couple months, I am using XTAL and Pymol (both open source)
for most of the work, and some other freeware, it's
actually a pretty long list... but that's not the point - I
want to put the Arabic Department here to work translating
as many of these tools as possible.
This is my humble effort at saying
1) thank you all for your incredible work
2) The tools I use for proteomics are incredibly powerful,
my focus is protein-protein, and protein-ligand binding
prediction. This is work that anyone can do -- with the
3) These tools are mathematically rigorous. Therefore
these tools make a perfect alloy for the union of minds.
Let us remember why we call them Arabic Numerals, why it's
called Algebra. This is already the language of the world.
4) Our goal at the RAD Lab was (a week ago) to provide
tutorials / tech support for the University community to
use these tools, however having seen you guys in action the
RAD Lab has expanded its goals (and its admittedly shabby
website) to providing these tools to the Arab / world
5) our website is currently located at
http://www.people.virginia.edu/~adp6j - The website shows
translations that experimented with at ajeeb.com, again,
please accept our apologies, we're newbies, but we are
6) Are any of arabeyes.org actually in Iraq now? How can
we communicate with people there? There is so much apathy
here, people need to understand how close we all are.
7) I want to start importing data in an arabic font into
mysql - has anyone done this? This database began this
afternoon after meeting with the arabic department. It was
suggested that perhaps the students could do their homework
by putting english in one side and arabic in on the other
online... it isn't running yet, but it should be by
tomorrow... we sincerely would appreciate your input on
this end... hopefully you guys have a better idea.
Director of the RAD Lab
I will be in and out of the lab most of the night, feel
free to respond with any questions or comments