Life’s been a whirlwind in the past year, and perhaps especially so in the summer.  Since coming back from Europe/Africa in June, there were a sequence of family issues, followed by the move in, training, and start of a new job.  A number of projects and correspondences were put on hold… if you’re one of them, my sincere apologies.  I hope to get my head above water, and get back to you as soon as possible.

The United World Colleges. Modified from a graphic by Wizardist in Wiki Commons.

Saying bye to Canada, I’ve returned to Hong Kong, and will be teaching chemistry and theory of knowledge (ToK) at the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (UWC-HK, or LPCUWC).  This is a pre-university school teaching the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, and one of the 12+ United World Colleges where the central characteristics are

  • students who are selected from diverse backgrounds (nationalities, race, religion, culture, socioeconomic background) on basis of merit,
  • who undergo a challenging and transformative education experience,
  • to create, collaborate, and share a community together,
  • with the explicit aim for developing a peaceful and sustainable future.

As an upshot to this large change in my life, the content of the blog will likely shift from technical notes and undergraduate chemistry to reflections on teaching and life in this unique community, as well as advice suitable for IB chemistry/ToK students.

About half a dozen friends and readers have asked about this career choice, so in the next post I’ll curate my responses to those questions.