Nat. Geo. Reference Letter
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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To Whom It May Concern:
February 26, 2012
I am Kenneth Broad, Director of the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy
and Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami. Please accept this letter of
reference for Ms. Tu Trinh Nguyen Ha.
I was introduced to Tu Trinh Nguyen Ha while conducting a National Geographic research
expedition in Vietnam on the topic of biological and cultural aspects of snake venom use. Trinh was a
vital resource during our three-week trip, not only for her excellent translation skills, but for her ability
to help us navigate a variety of social situations with ease. During extensive interviews with a range of
persons from the city, country, and government agencies, Trinh was able to provide cultural context to
the information we were receiving. Normally, working through a translator can be tedious and nuances
are lost in translation, but in the opposite was true during our time with Trinh. In addition to her
attention to detail, Trinh’s easygoing, honest personality put our subjects at ease and set the tone for
very open communication.
Trinh has boundless energy. Despite long hours, often in difficult terrain, Trinh was always
prepared to participate and made us feel welcome in a foreign environment. Trinh has a unique ability
not only to understand her own culture and language, but also to find a way of presenting it that is
easily understood by outsiders. Again, her enthusiasm, warmth, honesty and hard working nature are
matched by her intelligence - a rare combination. I would not consider working in Vietnam again
without her assistance.
In addition to interviews, Trinh also helped gather written materials and conducted online
research in support of our project. In all cases, she delivered materials in a timely and professional
manner. The success of our research trip was largely due to Trinh being a key member of our team.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any more information.
Kenneth Broad, Ph.D.