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[[Image:Picnicpickens.jpg|thumb|450px|right|Hugh and Sunday Pickens manning the registration table at the annual picnic of the Maryland Returned Volunteers.]]
==Peace Corps Service==
When I entered Peace Corps, I was a recent graduate with a physics major and I was assigned to be a teacher trainer for three years working in Huancayo and later Lima and I lived in Peru for five more years after my service. One of my proudest accomplishments is reaching an FSI level 4 in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.
I am especially proud that I have talked to and encouraged many people to join the Peace Corps and about half a dozen have become volunteers including my sister's daughter who is presently serving as a volunteer in Mongolia - where I plan to visit later in 2009.
==Continued Service on the Third Goal==
Since my service as a volunteer in Peru I have continued my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer contributing to the third goal as the [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2041435.html President of the Maryland Returned Volunteers] and creating the [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2013913.html annual Peace Corps History lecture series] that is now hosted by the Shriver Center at University of Maryland in Baltimore County.
I am also editor and publisher of four web sites dedicated to the third goal of the Peace Corps: [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html Peace Corps Online] with over 500,000 unique visitors a month, [http://peacecorpslibrary.org/ The Peace Corps Library] documenting over 500 different aspects of life in the Peace Corps, [http://historyofthepeacecorps.org History of the Peace Corps] documenting the Peace Corps going back to 1961, and [http://peacecorpsonline.org/rssnewsfeed/index.html Peace Corps News]. I also send out a monthly newsletter with Peace Corps news and issues to over 25,000 RPCVs and friends of the Peace Corps.
I have conducted in-depth interviews of [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2023627.html Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez] and [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/3212158.html Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter] and have published articles highlighting Peace Corps Safety issues, Peace Corps issues with Disability Benefits, and the Fourth Goal of the Peace Corps.
I do a lot of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill writing for Wikipedia] including completing the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill#Peace_Corps_Directors_Biography_Project Peace Corps Director Biography Series] with detailed biographies of Directors from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Vaughn Jack Vaughn] through [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Tschetter Ron Tschetter] and writing the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Corps#Peace_Corps_in_the_media Peace Corps in the Media] section for the main article about the Peace Corps on Wikipedia.
I also practice my hobby of photography to benefit the third goal of the Peace Corps including taking photos at Peace Corps events like the [http://www.flickr.com/photos/20881138@N00/sets/72157594517353622/ Flag Procession in Chicago] at the 2005 Peace Corps convention and events with the [http://www.flickr.com/photos/20881138@N00/sets/72157594509537247/ Maryland Returned Volunteers].
Of course, Peace Corps is not the only thing I am interested in. I am a frequent contributor to [http://slashdot.org/index2.pl “Slashdot: News for Nerds”] that has a daily audience of millions of readers - hundreds of times as large as our audience at [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html "Peace Corps Online"]. I am one of Slashdot’s top five contributors having [http://hughpickens.com/slashdot/ written over 300 stories for Slashdot] on subjects ranging from science and engineering to religion and civil liberties. I have even contributed several stories to Slashdot [http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/03/06/143216&mode=thread&tid=126&tid=99 about the Peace Corps] that have been well received.
I also write a [http://poncacityweloveyou.com/ blog about my hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma] where my wife and I now reside and another [http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/the_narrative_fallacy/ blog about science, engineering, networks and emergent behavior]. You can read more about my interests at [http://hughpickens.com my home page].
==Hugh Pickens' Web Sites==
* [http://hughpickens.com Hugh Pickens Home Page]
* [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/blog/2008/07/06/interview-with-hugh-pickens-founder-and-administrator-of-pcol/ An Interview with Hugh Pickens]
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html Peace Corps Online]
* [http://peacecorpslibrary.org/ Peace Corps Library]
* [http://historyofthepeacecorps.org History of the Peace Corps]
* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/rssnewsfeed/index.html Peace Corps News]
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill Writing for Wikipedia]
* [http://hughpickens.com/slashdot/ Stories on Slashdot]
* [http://knol.google.com/k/knol/system/knol/pages/SearchToolkit?back=hub5zounu2wt.14&url=/k/hugh-pickens/-/hub5zounu2wt/0&show=off&restrict=3&language=0 Knols written by Hugh Pickens]
* [http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/poncacityweloveyou/ Ponca City, We Love You]
* [http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/the_narrative_fallacy/ The Narrative Fallacy]
* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Main_Page Research and Ideas: An Experimental Wiki]
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/20881138@N00/sets/ Photography by Hugh Pickens]
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