ASIS&T 6th Hackathon for Rare Diseases

ASIS&T is once again hosting a Hackathon for Rare Diseases, on Saturday, April 12th. Here’s a ReCap:
Have you or someone you’ve known been affected by a rare disease? You may know the difficulty in getting information as well as diagnoses; WebMD only goes so far. Well, this is your chance to help remedy the situation—you could help design an app.

Here is your chance to create and implement a prototype of a web-based application to track symptoms and vitals of patients affected by rare diseases. With about 7,000 rare disease known, patients and families affected by these diseases struggle with the paucity of information available to them about their afflictions. On average, it takes 7.5 years to get a correct diagnosis for a rare disease, and 8 doctors. This is a chance to mend the gap and put information in the hands of the people that need it. The application is mostly intended to be used by families of children affected by rare diseases and will keep track of symptoms and their manifestations over time as well as basic changes in the patient over time to do with weight, height, and head circumference.

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Open Source Festival Workshops — ASIS&T

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UAlbany’s Student Chapter of ASIS&T Presents
Open Source Festival Workshops

openstack-cloudWorkshop 1: Getting Started With the OpenStack Cloud

Where: BB0209

When: Friday March 28, 2014; 9 am – 12 pm

Workshop Overview:

OpenStack continues to grow exponentially as the de facto standard for open source Cloud platforms.  But how can someone quickly get started with learning this exciting new technology?  This workshop will walk participants through an overview of the OpenStack components and offer practical suggestions and resources for learning OpenStack.  Then to demonstrate the capabilities of OpenStack, we will guide participants through the OpenStack portal and give everyone an opportunity to launch cloud computing resources from their own laptop.

Workshop Leaders:

Kenneth Hui is a Cloud Architect/Evangelist with Rackspace focused on the Rackspace Private Cloud .  His passion is to help IT become partners to their internal and external customers. The tools he work with to accomplish this include Hybrid Cloud Computing and Automation. His responsibilities at Rackspace include helping to drive adoption of OpenStack as the Cloud Platform of choice. Ken blogs about Cloud Computing, OpenStack, and VMware athttp://cloudarchitectmusings.com and athttp://www.rackspace.com/blog. He also speaks regularly at conferences and user group meetups. You can follow Ken on Twitter @hui_kenneth.

Matt Dorn is a Cloud Technology Instructor with Rackspace focused on helping IT teams around the world build private clouds with OpenStack.  He understands that many feel a great deal of intimidation when approaching open source projects and is fanatical about providing an easy to understand learning path that makes OpenStack accessible and fun.  His experience includes being apart of a 4-person hosting startup in Philadelphia to a leadership position for Dell’s Cloud Services team.  Matt blogs about OpenStack athttp://www.madorn.com.

Workshop 2: Creating VistA Extensions – Open Source in Healthcarevista extensions

Where: SLG20

When: Friday March 28, 2014; 1 pm – 4 pm

Workshop Overview:

Healthcare consumes 18% of GDP in the US, while the nation ranks 28th in measures of healthcare quality. Less than 50% of hospitals in the US currently use computer systems to manage patient information: electronic health records (EHR). In the meantime, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have developed and used for more than four decades: VistA the most advanced EHR system worldwide. VistA is considered one of the main reasons why the VA provides the highest quality of healthcare in the US, at much lower cost than any of the public and private sector providers.  In this workshop, VistA experts from DSS Inc will introduce attendees to some of the basic concepts in VistA, and to the development of extensions for its interface CPRS. No background on VistA is required to participate. Attendees will be introduced to all basic concepts during the workshop.

Workshop Leaders:

Kevin Wright is Software Engineer at DSS Inc., where he provides leadership and expertise on the development of CPRS extensions for VistA. Kevin is currently developing extension to CPRS, that will support the deployment of VistA at the clinical centers of the New York State (NYS) Office of Mental Health (OMH).

Fabian Lopez is Program Manager at DSS Inc., and one of the strongest promoters of the open source community around VistA. Fabian leads the activities of the vxVistA Hub, where regular webinars are published on topics related to VistA, its use and its development.

Luis Ibanez is Director of Open Source Community Development at OSEHRA, the organization that promotes the open source electronic health records community around VistA. Contact him at libanez@albany.edu for more information.

5th ASIS&T Hackathon for Rare Diseases

ASIS&T is once again hosting a Hackathon for Rare Diseases, on Saturday, February 22nd. Here’s a ReCap:
Have you or someone you’ve known been affected by a rare disease? You may know the difficulty in getting information as well as diagnoses; WebMD only goes so far. Well, this is your chance to help remedy the situation—you could help design an app.

Here is your chance to create and implement a prototype of a web-based application to track symptoms and vitals of patients affected by rare diseases. With about 7,000 rare disease known, patients and families affected by these diseases struggle with the paucity of information available to them about their afflictions. On average, it takes 7.5 years to get a correct diagnosis for a rare disease, and 8 doctors. This is a chance to mend the gap and put information in the hands of the people that need it. The application is mostly intended to be used by families of children affected by rare diseases and will keep track of symptoms and their manifestations over time as well as basic changes in the patient over time to do with weight, height, and head circumference.

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Image by Clair Topalian {link to http://blog.up.co/2012/11/05/why-startup-weekend-is-not-a-hackathon/}

Project Details:

Initial design notes:
The application is hosted in Github, and is distributed under the Apache 2.0 License.
Organizers:
All and everyone interested in learning more about Open Source and how it can support applications that empower patients and their families to address the challenges of rare diseases.
We will be working on a web-based application, for which not only database and web developers are needed, but we will also need participants with sense of design and most importantly willingness to help.
Mentors will include: Kitware developers, SUNY Albany Faculty, SUNY Albany Students, ASIS&T Student Chapter, RPI Students from the Rensselaer Center for Open Source, Skidmore College GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research staff/students.
Ed Fennell Talk on YouTube at RCOS:

This time it will be Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10AM – 5PM, and will be held at Zone 5, 25 Monroe St. #300 Albany, NY.  *There will be Pizza & Coffee*

 
Please register for this event through link provided below:
 
For more information, please contact:
ASIS&T Officers: ualbanyasist@gmail.com
Luis Ibanez: libanez@albany.edu
Make a difference in the way patients and their families can access information about rare diseases. This is your chance.

UAlbany’s ACM — check it out!

ACM interest meetingDo you like computers? Do you enjoy coding? Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy having fun?  Is a community of computer science students a place you could see yourself? 

Even if you’re not a computer science major, this doesn’t matter! ACM is open to ALL majors — so if you answered yes to any of these, come and check it out!

This upcoming Thursday, the UAlbany Association of Computer Machinery club will be having our annual interest meeting.
To name a couple of things we at ACM do:
       – we are in the early stages of coding our own website
       – holding weekly workshops exploring new ideas
                    – javascript framework called Kinetic
                    – arduino
       – Creating a project for Open Source Festival
       – Also a great resume builder!
I think it’s pretty well established; see you Thursday!

Visual Rewards: Discovering an Enjoyable (and Lucrative) Major– Part 3

When I first came to college I was determined I wanted to be an accountant major and nothing else. Turns out I was very wrong. I took a couple classes for accounting and ended up hating it; thought it was extremely boring. After I figured that out I thought I was in trouble because I had no idea what I wanted to do from there. I took a bunch of electives and that included the class IINF100z, Internet and Info access. I loved that class.

Even though it was extremely basic since it is an elective class it gave me enough information to make me want to learn more, and I did. After that spring semester I decided I wanted to be a computer science major and ended up taking two classes in the summer session in the IINF field. The more I learn about computers, programming, networking, databases, and designing, the more it makes me want to get out there and to be able to do that stuff on my own. My decision, though, didn’t just come just from liking Information Science, but also because of the career I can get after school.

compscienceTechnology is the future and computers are everywhere; getting a job after school is going to be a lot easier for someone in my major. With my parents paying for school, I owe it to them and myself to get a good job after school to show them that their money didn’t go waste. I have an internship with SUNY System Administration right now and it has given me a whole new view of my major. It has made me like what I do that much more. From this internship and the classes I took, I know now that I chose the right field after all and would advise any freshman unsure of what they want to do to take a couple electives in the Information Science field.

Image via Brigham Young University, link to {https://cs.byu.edu/minor_computer_science}

Entrepreneurs Unite!

Are you interested in building something from idea to reality?

Whether it’s a philanthropic effort, an artistic exhibit, a concert series, or a commercial business idea… entrepreneurial skills can help you make a difference in the world, in your field of interest.

We need people with ideas and those with skills to get it off the ground!

·      Gain practical skills that will enable you to have an impact and actively pursue your passions

·      Learn and practice entrepreneurship skills through discussion forums, guest speaker events, and start-up competition

·      Discuss real-life issues and innovative solutions

·      Create connections and establish networks

·      Gain an important support system

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Entrepreneur Club Launch Team – Interest Meeting:

Tuesday, November 19th
7:00 PM to 8:00PM, Campus Center 370

Questions? Can’t attend the meeting? Contact Dr. Hayward Horton, Department of Sociology, Faculty Advisor, vi hdhorton@albany.edu or Beth Coco, Entrepreneur in Residence, ecoco@albany.edu

 

Image via StartUp Open, link to {http://startupopen.com/2012/08/27/catching-up-with-startup-opens-2011-gew-50/}