Blowing the Whistle on the UC Berkeley Mathematics Department

In response to the many people who have asked me whether I am leaving Berkeley, it is true that the UC Berkeley Mathematics Department has fired me. More precisely, the then Chair of the Mathematics Department, Arthur Ogus, emailed me on October 31st 2014 saying that my employment would be terminated in June 2016. I have asked the campus authorities to review the circumstances leading up to that decision and overrule it. I have filed a formal grievance, viewable here, with the aid of my union representative, and a meeting is scheduled for October 20th, 2015 with representatives from the UC Berkeley campus administration. My contract entitles me to a written response within 15 days of that meeting, by November 4th, 2015. I will be communicating the response I receive at this URL when I receive it.

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Letter to Vietnam

Dear Hung and Dung,
 
I have just arrived safely back home in Davis. It feels very strange to be back.
 
Hung you asked me to write a few words about my experiences of the past month, and Dung you put it slightly differently saying that I might let you know my feelings about leaving Vietnam, at least for now. I wrote the following while I was on the plane. I apologize if my English is a little complicated in places.
 
I feel very sad to be leaving Thai Nguyen. I think I have grown to like Vietnam, and Thai Nguyen in particular, more and more, and perhaps because I always leave my packing to the last minute (many many thanks for the help with that!) it is always a jolt to one minute be living the life I was beginning to feel quite settled in, to the next minute traveling around the world to a different life.

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