The other day I was cleaning out the kids’ playroom downstairs — a major undertaking — when I found my Boggle set. I’m pretty sure my husband had hidden it underneath several “Clifford The Big Red Dog” books because I always would beat the pants off of him when we played. When I opened the box, though, it held a treasure I could never imagine: a piece of scratch paper from my grandfather’s construction company. I remember sitting as an adolescent at my grandparents’ kitchen table in Indianapolis, playing Boggle with my grandma Lil while my grandpa Seymour would …read more
Many moons ago, I had the opportunity to work with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss on his book, “Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero”. Together we’d plow through stacks and stacks of Spanish language newspaper and magazine articles, looking for information David could include in his book. It was a fun time, and David (who is also the author of books on Clinton, Lombardi, Gore, Vietnam, and a forthcoming book on Obama) and I did a great job of playing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. David was kind enough to cite me in his acknowledgments. What an …read more
It’s not often that I have time during the day to sit and actually watch a video or listen to an audio of something more than two or three minutes long. Maybe I do — but I’m part of the MTV generation, and raised on quick cuts, short attention span shots, tweet it to me because I don’t have more time than that. I’ve been trying to make an effort, though, to watch one TED talk a day. TED is an excellent website, if you’ve never seen it, that challenges thinkers and doers to give the “talk of their life” …read more
The Washington Post has published an excellent report on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and how it has been affecting US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. I immediately thought of our client, Brain Injury Services, Inc., and the excellent work that they do with adults and children, helping them to build the skills and confidence they need to be able to have a productive life. We have a contract with BIS to provide interpretation at meetings between BIS staff and the brain injured person and their family. We’ve assisted at psychiatrist meetings, case update meetings, neurological testing, evaluations, and meetings …read more
Did you know that today, March 24th, is World TB Day? TB, of course, is tuberculosis, and today is the day in 1882 when Dr. Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch, a Prussian physician, announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB. Tuberculosis is a common and often deadly infectious disease that is carried by about one-third of the planet’s population. In 2007, there were an estimated 13.7 million chronic active cases of the disease, 9.3 million new cases, and 1.8 million deaths, mostly in developing countries. Tuberculosis happens to be one of the three primary diseases of poverty, …read more
With clients like Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the World Lung Foundation, “The Voice for Global Health” could easily be Alboum’s own tagline. But it’s not. It rightfully belongs to the Global Health Council, the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world. Today we’re proud to announce we’re official members of that alliance. Since our founding in 2004, Alboum & Associates has translated over four million words that fought for better tobacco control, helped combat infectious diseases, and improved health conditions across the globe. …read more
It is time for the Big Dance. I’m not talking about some sort of prom or recital. Nor am I talking about those ballroom lessons you’ve long since forgotten. It’s NCAA Tournament Time! Okay, so you probably aren’t as excited about it as I am, but you’ll have to forgive me. I may have spent the last 19 years of my life in the DC area (with a few breaks here and there for my M.A. in Spain and sundry foreign and domestic travel), but I was raised in Indiana, and you know what that means: Hoops Hoopla. I’m not …read more
Communication can often become strained during times of crisis. The Japan Association of Translators aims to minimize that by assembling a list of volunteer interpreters and translators to help in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami disaster. The generosity spans the continents. The list can be found here.
GLOBAL HEALTH magazine wants to harness the power of women by giving you the chance to share your images with the wider community. GLOBAL HEALTH magazine’s photography contest invites both amateurs and professionals to submit selections of their work which bring to bear the issues of global health. They are looking for photos that convey emotional depth and understanding of this years theme, Women & Girls in a Changing World. While some global health concerns are often difficult to discuss, photography can help tell a story that be overwhelmed or obscured if told with words. Help tell the stories of …read more
With all that’s been going on in the Egypt these past couple weeks — and what’s now spilled over to Bahrain, Iran, Tunisia, and others — I was very excited to see that the National Centre for Translation (an Egypt-based organization) is offering an encyclopedia with well-crafted translations of the constitutions of the United States, France, Germany, China, India, the Russian Federation, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Australia, Greece and Iran. They’re doing this to raise awareness and increase participation in the political process. Thank you, NCT, for promoting reform in this especially oppressed area of the world!