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University Course Trades Textbook for Raspberry Pi


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The Raspberry Pi has replaced the textbook at the State University of New York at Albany in the class, Information in the 21st Century.

Ethan Sprissler is the instructor for the 900 student class (split into two sections, 400 and 500 students respectively). He uses the Raspberry Pi instead of the traditional textbook in order to:

  • Demystify hardware.

(See: Clarke’s three laws)

  • Develop familiarity.

Make even low-level electronics and engineering a practical reality for the students, develop familiarity and promote the popularity of Linux/Unix.

  • Reduce risk.

Provide a low-cost, low risk platform that gives students the tools and foundation for innovation.

First, the students watch this presentation to understand how easy it is to use the Raspberry Pi. They learn how to:


The initial setup of the camera was done smoothly by following the instructions here and recounted here. All of the examples are focused on demystifying technology and showing the students that some very cool things can be done with the tools that they have within their reach. The source code of the Python examples are available on Github.

You are free to use and pass along this presentation (created using Reveal.js and available here); it can be forked or cloned on GitHub.

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Luis Ibáñez is a Technical Leader at Kitware Inc., and Director of Open Source Community Development at the Open Source EHR Agent (OSEHRA).

At Kitware he is closely involved in the development of open source software for medical imaging applications, in particular, working with the Insight Toolkit (ITK). Luis is a strong supporter of Open Access, and one of the editors of the Insight Journal, an OA Journal that enforces the verification of reproducibility. In collaboration with other

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Congratulations Abebe Rorissa!


Dear Colleagues,

Over the years, a number of University at Albany tenured academic faculty members have expressed interest in exploring the possibility of augmenting or broadening their research and scholarly activities with administrative and leadership responsibilities. In an effort to grow leadership capabilities at UA and to respond to these kinds of requests for growth and creative uses of faculty expertise, the Provost’s Fellows Program has been established and is in its second year.

This year, our Provost’s Fellows will include Abebe Rorissa, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies, who joins the Provost’s Office as Provost’s Fellow for Digital Resources.  He will be working closely with the Dean of the Libraries and her staff to develop an institutional plan, timeline, policies and procedures for a digital repository.  He will communicate with faculty across the UAlbany campus to explain the value and function of a repository and will work to develop a prototype repository, complete with faculty exemplars and materials.

I hope you will join me in congratulating these colleagues and supporting their new leadership initiatives!


Susan D. Phillips, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Congratulations Abebe Rorissa! To see someone taking on additional responsibility is inspiring, especially when the choice is left to their own level of initiative. We look forward to seeing what together Rorissa and the Dean of Libraries can accomplish — as a team!

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Welcome Associate Dean George Berg!

George BergStarting September 1st, the College of Computing and Information will have a new Associate Dean of the College and Chair of the Department of Informatics: we now welcome Professor George Berg of the Department of Computer Science.

Professor Berg’s responsibilities as Associate Dean will encompass a number of key areas, including curriculum development, diversity, campus outreach, and the College’s Student Center. As the Chair of the Department of Informatics Berg will oversee the department’s growing set of programs and help to shape its future.

George Berg formerly led as the Chair for the Department of Computer Science, for which he is also a faculty member. His former leadership benefited the college immensely and demonstrated his ability to handle a future job such as this one. Those who have worked with him know his passion for quality and research as well as his own personal investment in helping develop new courses and ways of engaging students. We now welcome Professor Berg in his new role and look forward to seeing what he will do for the College of Computing and Information.

Should you ever wish to access Associate Dean Berg, he has offices in Draper 113 as well as a faculty office in LI-96J. Feel free to stop by and say hello!


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Jennifer Goodall to receive the 2013 UAlbany’s Bread and Roses Award

jenCongratulations to Jennifer Goodall, Assistant Dean and Director of the College’s Women in Technology Program, who has been selected to receive the 2013 Bread and Roses Award.  This award is given by a collective of the Women’s Community at the University at Albany to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of gender equity that enhance the quality of life for women at the University.

Dr. Goodall will receive the award at the Initiatives for Women Summer Celebration on Thursday, July 18, starting at 2 pm in the Standish Room in the Science Library.

Through her many activities, both on and off campus, Dr. Goodall has made an enormous difference, not just for women but for all students, faculty, and staff.  She built the College’s Women in Technology program from an idea to a thriving community that supports UAlbany faculty and students studying computer science, informatics, and information science.  Through the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and its regional counterpart the New York Celebration of Women in Computing that Dr. Goodall helped create, she helps dozens of our students each year visualize what they could accomplish as women in a technical field.  Through such activities as the Junior FIRST Lego League and the Social Robotics Workshops, school-age girls and boys are encouraged to explore science and technology, and experience first-hand the thrill of discovery and exploration.  For these and countless other innovative programs that she has developed, Dr. Goodall is truly deserving of this recognition from the University.bread and rosesImage 1 by University at Albany {link to}

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