Adobe Flex might be news to many, but it has been around since 2004 and a few days ago, Flex 3.0 was released.
Adobe Flex is a development platform for rich internet applications (RIA), based on the Adobe Flash platform. I played around with the earlier version a few years ago, but the latest version seems to be leaps and bounds ahead of that. Adobe is also offereing a free Flex SDK that can be downloaded here.
I won't go too much into detail about Flex, but see the links at the bottom of the post, so you can experience it for yourself, i.e. if you haven't seen Flex in action before.
I assume Flex (and AJAX) might be currently covered in CSCI 4230, if not this might be a good opportunity to add an advanced web application development course.
A quick example of setting up a Flx app can be seen here.
Also checkout http://flex.org/showcase/
I cannot stress more about the importance of performing research in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Even if you do not consider a future research-oriented career, research work provides beneficial experience and exposure to advance your industrial career that you simply cannot receive from traditional courses.
The deadline of application is March 17th. I hope you will consider.
Bioinformatics involves the use of data mining techniques in extract useful information from medical and biological data. It is currently a very hot area with strong potential. Our department is blessed with strong faculty expertise on data mining. For examples, Dr. Gary Boetticher has been publishing bioinformatics papers in the national level.
His latest work is a collaboration with many medical doctors from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), resulting in a publication in a top journal: "Molecular phenotyping of severe asthma using pattern recognition of bronchoalveolar lavage-derived cytokines" in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
The title of the paper sounds foreign to non-medical experts like me. However, there is a good discussion in layman terms on its significance in developing 'personalized' asthma therapy:
It makes captivating reading, especially if you are interested in research on bioinformatics or with Dr. Boetticher. Gary has published many papers with his students in the past.
The 14th Annual Student Conference for Research and Creative Arts will be held on April 16-18th. Deadline for applications is next Weds., Feb. 20.:
This is an excellent opportunity to polish your presentation skills; enrich your resume; network with fellow students; and experience a conference. If you are doing independent studies, senior projects, capstone projects, thesis, or traditional lecture-type courses with good results in your project, consider presenting your work there.
Data collection, papers, and projects do not have to be completed by the deadline, but you need to apply before the deadline.
Note that the processing fee has been changed from per author fee to a flat fee of $20 per team, thus favoring team authorship.
If you need help in preparing your application, you may stop by my office. I would happily assist you. Better yet, I will fund the processing fee of the first three teams contacting me.
UHCL Career Services will sponsor a workshop titled "Wisdom at Work: Career Planning for the Experienced Professional" on Friday, February 29th (Yes, 29th of February) 8:30am to 12:15pm in the Forest room of the Bayou building.
It includes the following highlight:
"This program will provide information on how to market one's experience, job search tips for those re-entering the workforce. In addition, Dr. Leonard Love and Dr. Diane Love will lead a session on how to communicate effectively with different generations in the workplace."
Although the program targets experienced professionals, I think it will also benefit students who are looking for jobs for the first time. You will get to peek on what issues experienced professionals are facing, thus better preparing yourself for your first job.
You can find the flier here.