CS50 will host a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on 2/18

first_imgEveryone is invited to a CS50, “Introduction to Computer Science,” AMA (Ask Me Anything) with David J. Malan, Robert Bowden, Zamyla Chan, Jason Hirschhorn, and team.The AMA will take place on Wednesday, February 18, from noon-7 p.m. (EST).http://www.reddit.com/r/iama“Basically, /r/IAmA is a place to interview people, but in a new way. ‘IAmA’ is the traditional way of beginning the description of who you are; ‘AMA’ is the traditional way of ending the description; the acronym means ‘Ask me anything.’ The interviewee begins the process by starting a post, describing who they are and what they do. Then, commenters leave questions and can vote on other questions according to which they would like to see answered. The interviewee then goes through and responds to any questions that he/she would like, and in any way that he/she prefers.”For more information:https://www.facebook.com/events/777042082349392/http://www.reddit.com/r/cs50/comments/2uc8d4/cs50_ama_with_david_rob_zamyla_and_jason_on/ Read Full Storylast_img read more

Why Technology Matters to Social Enterprises

first_imgSocial enterprises and entrepreneurs are close to my heart. Dell has continuously embraced the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship since its inception and Michael Dell, our chairman and founder, is a strong advocate as the United Nation Foundation’s first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship. Technology is a driving force for society as well as business and, by enabling entrepreneurs using the power of technology, we’re contributing positively to human progress.Sixteen finalists from across the region at the DBS-NUS SVC Asia awards ceremonyBut technology’s power isn’t only in taking ideas and turning them into reality, enabling innovation or creating new solutions. It also helps create ecosystems – it can facilitate new connections, accelerate working relationships and help organizations discover best practices. It can democratize access to resources, people and technology – for social entrepreneurs, these connections are invaluable and necessary. It can be used to better understand and quantify the problem to be addressed – proving why there is a need for a solution and investment. It can also help organizations move quickly from proof of concept, to proof of application.This year, Dell became the first official Digital Partner for the 2017 DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge (SVC) Asia. Organized by DBS Foundation and National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise, SVC Asia is an annual APJ-wide competition, creating a platform to identify and support new ideas and existing social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable, and sustainable social impact.Taking our commitment further to supporting social entrepreneurs, earlier this month Dell’s judging panel chose two inspirational social businesses among the 16 finalists at SVC Asia, that stood to benefit the most from digital technologies, and presented them the inaugural Dell Digital Award:Pang Yee Beng (right), Senior Vice President – Commercial, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, with Nguyen Thi Van, co-founder of Imagtor (left)Imagtor in Vietnam helps People with Disabilities (PwDs) have a successful career by equipping them with employable skill sets and providing an empowering work environment. It employs and trains PwDs to provide competitively priced high-quality digital services for international clients, such as video and photography editing. Imagtor aims to expand its connected workplace (home office and partner network) with an upgraded IT infrastructure and software.Pang Yee Beng (left), Senior Vice President – Commercial, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, with Maral Dipodiputro, co-founder of TEMU (right)TEMU in Indonesia aims to break the cycle of poverty in urban slums through providing low-skilled workers with access to job opportunities. Their mobile and web application collects data from job providers and job seekers, and synthesizes the data to match individuals with the right job opportunities. TEMU aims to further improve its application in areas such as security and automation.I am deeply inspired by these entrepreneurs and their mission to help the underserved by transforming mindsets and business. I have been fortunate to help social enterprises such as Imagtor in setting up their computer center to train PwDs earlier this year. Meeting the co-founder, Nguyen Thi Van, in Vietnam, I had the privilege to observe the extent to which Van has gone to ensuring a sustainable means of income for PwDs and changing perception of the handicapped – something that is difficult to achieve in many parts of the world even through government initiatives.Over the next six months, Dell executives and our team members will be investing their time in mentoring these businesses to help them realize their social and business ambitions. By providing its expertise, support, resources, and access to a network, we’re hoping to encourage other budding social entrepreneurs in the region to start their journey’s and use technology to their advantage.In short, the power of technology is immense, and can help address society’s challenges from beginning to end and enable more businesses to do good and be successful. These awards are just one example of how this can be put into action. If you feel you have knowledge and skills that would be useful to social entrepreneurs across the region, including our winners, I’d love to hear from you. Together, let’s build a network for good.Learn more about the SVC Asia awards here.last_img read more

Professor recognized for service

first_imgThe Notre Dame faculty recently acquired another academic accolade when Vania Smith-Oka, assistant professor of Anthropology, was honored with the Center for Public Anthropology’s Ruth Benedict Global Citizenship Award last week. The national award, which honors 1 percent of introductory Anthropology faculty across the country, recognized Smith-Oka for her continued involvement with the Center’s Community Action Project (CAP). Smith Oka said CAP actively engaged students in ethical issues within the field of Anthropology. Smith-Oka said she first became involved with CAP when she began teaching at Notre Dame in 2006. The project includes students from Notre Dame and 60 other universities and colleges, she said. “I heard about [CAP] through another person who really enjoyed working with the program,” she said. “My students have been involved with it in some shape or form almost every semester I’ve been here.” Smith-Oka said students discussed a different anthropological question related to research and ethics each semester. Last semester’s topic covered the role of the Institutional Review Board in the research process, she said. Smith-Oka said CAP provides her undergraduate students with an outlet for critical thinking and a pathway into the world of anthropology by requiring them to write pieces about the issues presented in the project. “I like the fact that [CAP] is applied. It gets students involved in real-world issues outside the classroom,” she said. “The project changes every semester to make students feel that they’re involved in something larger than themselves.” Past students have examined a wide range of debates, including the controversy involving anthropological rights to the material remains of an indigenous group in the Amazon, Smith-Oka said. CAP now focuses more on large-scale ethical issues within research procedures, she said, and this broader scope of discussion enhances the anthropological learning process for her students. Smith-Oka said her Notre Dame students share their work with students from around the country, so the peer review process functions on both a local and national level. “[CAP] is essentially a self-sustaining project because students grade each other’s work and participate in blind peer reviews,” she said. “I find it’s a good learning process to learn through peer review and evaluation.” Though Smith-Oka is actively involved in CAP, her day-to-day work on campus relates to research on the way large-scale health policies and institutions shape reproduction and motherhood for low-income women, especially those in Mexico. Since she became a faculty member at Notre Dame, Smith-Oka said the University has supported her goals as both a teacher and an anthropologist. “[Notre Dame] has helped support me at all levels, from grants to teaching and mentorship to infrastructure, and they’ve always been supportive of the more engaged or applied side of my teaching,” she said. “This award validates the teaching approach I have in general.”last_img read more

Community gathers to celebrate First Generation Day

first_imgThe First Gen Club held a celebration Thursday in recognition of First Gen[eration] Day. The event featured guest speaker Kris Arizmendi-Choinacky, a Catholic Latinx woman who is the assistant director of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE). A University of Indianapolis alumna, Choinacky was a first-generation college student. In her speech, she acknowledged the factors that make her a first-generation woman and commemorates first-generation students, faculty and staff of the Saint Mary’s community. She recounted her experience in college as a first-generation student and the struggles and successes she faced in her educational and professional careers.Following Choinacky’s speech about family, internal issues and higher education, some stayed to mingle. There were other first-generation professors, staff and students at the event who were able to interact with one another.President of the First Gen club, junior Damariz Olguin spoke to her decision to run for the position and what the club means to her.“As a first-gen student, I want to help other students, having gone through and still living through the struggles many first-gen students face, such as filling out FAFSA and asking for help,” she said. “I applied to be part of the first-gen board because I found it interesting how the club came to start. Last year’s president was talking to current vice president of student affairs Gloria Jenkins, and asked why there was no established First Gen club. I understood then the importance of having the club.” Olguin then spoke to the challenges faced by first generation students.“There are many challenges, and there will keep being many challenges, and if I can encourage other students and give advice as a junior having gotten through these past years as a first-year at Saint Mary’s, I am more than happy to. It is something I enjoy and something I hope to keep doing during my time here,” Olguin said.She spoke to the challenges she faced being the first in her family to attend college, specifically filling out forms.“As a first-gen student, you will always face challenges, a big one for me, and what I’ve noticed for many too is FAFSA,” Olguin said. “You know, it’s so complicated when you have to not only do it yourself but also encourage your parents to hand over their tax returns to you.”While there are difficulties she faces, Olguin said there are many organizations on campus that support first-generation students.“One that comes straight to mind is the student diversity board,” she said. ”They are a great resource for all students, and I remember joining early on and feeling a sense of family and unity that I needed as a first-year. I know can be greatly helpful for any student. I urge students to seek these resources, especially first-gen as we try to help first-year students as best as possible.”For sophomore club secretary Alok Agwick, the First Gen Club is key to creating a community during times of uncertainty. “We must get together to celebrate and embrace one another because many students don’t necessarily have that support at home, and it is something we as first-gen students aren’t used to,” Agwick said. “We are each other’s resources, our stories are resources, and if we come together, we will get through the difficulties to achieve success.”Tags: first gen day, first generation, kris choinackylast_img read more

Salmonella Database

first_imgUniversity of Georgia food microbiologists have created a cloud-based software tool that can quickly classify strains of salmonella, one of the most prevalent foodborne pathogens in the world.The system, SeqSero, is a bioinformatics tool that identifies serotypes, or individual, distinct strains, of salmonella using whole genome sequencing (WGS). Developed by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences food science graduate student Shaokang Zhang, the website is used by public health officials and scientists across the globe. Sequence files can be easily uploaded, and the system sends an analysis in minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no charge, said Xiangyu Deng, a food microbiologist with the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Georgia.Deng compared the system to a detective investigating a crime. “For investigation and surveillance purposes, you need to be able to profile your suspects at different levels, from general demographics to fingerprints. If your suspects are salmonella, serotype determination, or serotyping, is the first step of your profiling,” he said. “It’s now possible to do all the profiling with whole genome sequencing, and it saves a lot of time and (steps in) workflow.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths in America each year can be linked to non-typhoidal salmonella. “There are more than 2,500 serotypes described for salmonella, and SeqSero focuses primarily on more common serotypes while also being able to ID many rare serotypes,” Deng said.Salmonella bacteria look alike under a microscope, but can be separated into many serotypes based on two structures on their surface, Deng explained. Serotyping forms the basis of the U.S. and international surveillance systems of salmonella. “Traditional identification of salmonella serotypes can be logistically challenging because you need to maintain hundreds of reagents (substances used for chemical analyses) to be able to determine the full set of serotypes. It is also time consuming and can take two or more days to complete,” Deng said. “This is a highly desirable bioinformatics system and allows for push-button, fast, straightforward and accurate identification of salmonella serotypes from raw data that comes directly off sequencers.”It took the UGA team a year to develop the highly sophisticated food safety tool that has been publicly available for two months. It is supported by all major Internet browsers and mobile devices and is user friendly. “It can easily be used by novice users and non-bioinformatics experts,” Deng said.The system and its Web application, denglab.info/SeqSero, were created with funding from the food industry and in collaboration with the National Salmonella Reference Laboratory at the CDC. It was described in a paper that appeared online in March in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.The CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are among the early users of SeqSero, which has so far attracted queries from other countries including Canada, China, Denmark, France, Israel, Portugal, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. The CDC’s Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch has adopted SeqSero for its routine processing of salmonella genomes. With the Technical University of Denmark and the Global Microbial Identifier initiative, Deng is now preparing SeqSero as a next-generation serotyping tool for the Danish National Salmonella Surveillance system.For more on the UGA Center for Food safety, go to www.ugacfs.org/.last_img read more

Millennials increasingly link money with fulfillment

first_imgFocused on purpose and meaning, millennials nonetheless wind up more satisfied when their finances are in order, a new study suggests.by: Dan KadlecMillennials define success more broadly than older generations, seeing it as less about wealth and more about a healthy and fulfilling life. But even as this generation tries to change the world through jobs and investments with purpose, among other things, it may be finding that financial success and personal satisfaction often go hand in hand.Millennials who describe themselves as successful—whatever that may mean to them as individuals—report more healthy finances across the board than those who do not, new research shows. For example, 31% of millennials who say they are satisfied with their current lifestyle report annual income over $75,000, while just 24% of all millennials earn that much.Might their healthier income be part of the reason? That seems likely, based on a broad range of findings in a new survey from MoneyTips.com, an online personal finance community geared at 18-to-34 year olds. Young adults describing themselves as satisfied with their current lifestyle, or successful, not only had more income but less debt, more savings, and more confidence in their ability to retire comfortably.None of this would feel surprising if not for the widely espoused view that millennials favor quality of life issues including job flexibility, social impact, and personal experiences over career and earning power. Maybe they are growing up and realizing that money may help—or at least not hinder—such pursuits. Or maybe their worldview is evolving at a subconscious level as the real world bears down on them. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Let’s redefine employee engagement in 2016

first_imgIf you feel like you’re in a rut at work, you aren’t alone. A recent Gallup poll found that 67 percent of workers aren’t engaged—or worse, they’re actively disengaged—a number that’s been pretty stagnant for the past 16 years.Somehow, despite the best of intentions, corporate culture has taken a misstep. That’s why it’s time to ditch those well-used annual engagement surveys and redefine how you view and measure employee engagement.Where The Traditional Approach to Employee Engagement Goes WrongWhen a company gets employee engagement right, you see improvements in productivity, satisfaction, and commitment. When it misses the mark, the energy in the room isn’t the only thing that might trend downward.Employee engagement efforts typically follow a cycle: The annual survey goes out, people (hopefully) complete it, results are compiled, a report comes out, and new initiatives are tested until the next survey rolls around. This rarely produces long-term results—and here’s why. continue reading » 73SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

eConsulting: The amount of the annual flat tax is reduced by 50%

first_imgAs given that the business activity of these entities has decreased due to the coronavirus epidemic, it is proposed to take into account this situation by reducing the obligation to pay membership fees in 2020 for this category of taxpayers by 50%, the explanation says. eConsulting: RULEBOOK ON AMENDMENTS TO THE RULEBOOK ON ANNUAL Lump sum AMOUNT OF MEMBERSHIP FEE FOR PERSONS PROVIDING CATERING SERVICES IN THE HOUSEHOLD AND ON THE FAMILY AGRICULTURAL HOUSEHOLDER “As tourism has been severely affected by the unavoidable circumstances and it is still uncertain what the outcome of this season will be, please consider once again the possibility of charging private renters tourist dues for 2020 on the basis of the old Ordinance, ie on based on the realized turnover as the fairest way of collecting the tourist membership fee.”Is one of the comments and suggestions from the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Rakovica. The Ministry of Tourism, through the eSavjetovanje portal, published amendments to the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the annual lump sum membership fee for persons providing catering services in households and family farms and on the Tourist Board forms for paying membership fees to the tourist board. Get involved in the public debate. last_img read more

Russian plane heads to US with supplies for virus fight

first_imgContacted by AFP, the defense ministry refused to provide any further information on the delivery, which came after Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with US counterpart Donald Trump on Monday. Russia has previously sent medical supplies and experts to coronavirus-hit Italy as part of a humanitarian effort that analysts said carried geopolitical overtones.Moscow said the aid for Italy included some 100 virus specialists with experience dealing with Ebola and swine fever, but Italian media have reported that much of the aid was not useful in the fight against the virus.Last month, Russia said it had sent nearly 1,000 coronavirus testing kits to ex-Soviet states and countries including Iran and North Korea. Topics : A Russian military plane carrying medical equipment has departed for the United States, the defense ministry in Moscow said Wednesday, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Antonov-124, “with medical masks and medical equipment on board”, left for the US overnight, a statement said, without providing further details.Video released by the ministry showed the cargo plane loaded with boxes preparing to take off from a military airbase near Moscow early Wednesday morning.center_img The US now has 188,663 confirmed coronavirus cases, by far the highest of any country, according to a Johns Hopkins tally, and more than 4,000 deaths.Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Putin expected the US to return the gesture if Russia faces a similar crisis and US producers have increased their capacity to produce medical supplies.”Today, when the situation touches absolutely everyone and is of a global nature, there is no alternative to acting together in the spirit of partnership and mutual assistance,” he said.Trump said earlier this week that “Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice.”Health officials in Russia have registered a sharp increase in the number of infections, with 2,337 cases and 17 deaths confirmed, according to the latest figures Wednesday.last_img read more

Unit market comeback: ‘There are some bargains to be had’

first_imgBrisbane unit values outperformed house values in the latest CoreLogic Home Value Index.BRISBANE’S beaten down unit market is making a comeback, with new figures showing the value of apartments outperforming houses.Despite the surge in supply, the latest home value index released by property researcher CoreLogic reveals unit values in the Queensland capital rose 0.6 per cent in April, while the value of houses fell 0.2 per cent.CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said it was yet to be seen whether this was an emerging trend, but Brisbane’s unit market seemed to be moving through the bottom of its cycle and showing signs of subtle growth. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless, pictured in Sydney.“The construction cycle peaked back in 2016 so we’re progressively seeing unit supply being absorbed and values are still about 11.6 per cent lower than they were 10 years ago, so there are some bargains to be had in the unit market,” Mr Lawless said.Rental yields are also holding strong in Brisbane’s unit market, sitting at 5.4 per cent.“That’s quite a good yield,” Mr Lawless said.“I would show some caution for the off-the-plan market though, and some inner suburbs showing supply concerns.” AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver.Regional areas such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast continue to outperform Brisbane, with home values rising 1.9 per cent on the Gold Coast and 5.1 per cent on the Sunshine Coast over the past 12 months.“We’re seeing the benefits on both coasts of this real rebound in interstate migration as a lot more capital flows north of the NSW border,” Mr Lawless said.“People are buying holiday homes and putting retirement plans in action. “Anecdotally, more people are moving to what you might describe as ‘lifestyle markets’ and either commuting, or in some cases, working from home.” High rise apartments in Brisbane’s West End. Picture: Mark Calleja.AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said the rise in unit values could reflect the increase in first home buyers or the perception that a new unit closer to transport might offer better value than a stand-alone house.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“I would still be cautious in areas with lots of cranes though!” he said. VIEWS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE AUSTRALIA’S BEST BROTHELS FOR SALE RENTAL CRISIS WORSE THAN EVER Home values on the Gold Coast are rising. Picture: David Clark.Nationally, capital city dwelling prices fell 0.3 per cent in April — the sixth consecutive drop.Weakness continues to be led by Sydney and Melbourne, with most other cities seeing gains.Mr Oliver said last year’s APRA driven tightening in lending standards for interest only borrowers was clearly continuing to have an impact.“The latest round of tightening bank lending standards around borrower’s income and expenses will add to this,” he said.“We expect prices in Sydney and Melbourne to fall another 5 per cent this year, another 5 per cent next year and to still be falling in 2020.”Mr Oliver said he expected moderate growth in Brisbane dwelling values.It comes as the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to leave the official cash rate on hold at a record low 1.5 per cent at its monthly board meeting on Tuesday.AMP Capital expects interest rates to stay on hold until 2020.last_img read more