Weekly Memo

Jan. 21, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    The New York Post a few days ago reported that “Hell's Kitchen is burning up—with the flu.” It based it's conclusions on a Germ Tracker Web app developed by computer science postdoc Adam Sadilek, whose Big Data, Twitter-based flu-tracking with Computer Science chair Henry Kautz began making headlines last year. Even The Guardian, the British daily, took online note of the Germ Tracker's prowess at providing a real-time picture of where people are sick, and helping to document how a disease like the flu actually spreads. Good work, Adam! This is just one example of why Hajim and UR researchers are at the forefront of the Big Data movement.

     Congratulations to Walter Lasecki, Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science, for receiving a prestigious MSR fellowship from Microsoft. Walter, who works with advisors Jeffrey P. Bigham and James F. Allen, is engaged in research primarily focused in crowdsourcing, human computation, artificial intelligence, and multi-agent systems. Well done, Walter!
    The University flag was lowered last week in honor of M. Parker Givens, professor emeritus and former acting director of The Institute of Optics, who died peacefully at age 96. Givens was the consummate professor, contributing both as a noted researcher and gifted teacher during more than 50 years of service to the University. His legacy endures in the endowed chair that bears his name—and in the memories of Institute alumni whose lives and careers benefited from his guidance.

    It's time to be thinking about summer internships. Here are some that Hajim students might want to consider with the application deadline in parentheses:
     “Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Materials Science,” through the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (March 1);
     “Innovations in Nanotechnology” at the University of Houston (March 22);
     Undergraduate summer research program in nanotechnology and nanoscience at UC Berkeley (Feb. 15);
      E3S Summer Research Internship, The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, UC Berkeley (Feb.1)

    Last but not least, I am pleased to pass along great news from Stephen McAleavey, associate professor of biomedical engineering and proud father. Emily Jane McAleavey was born January 19 at 4:48 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces. Emily and her mom are doing great!

   And on that happy note, I wish everyone a super week. Keep me posted!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean