RE: National Federation of the Blind Announces 2010 Scholarship Program Winners

Let's take this one off list as it's deviated from programming.

Take care,
Sina

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Program Winners

Interesting -- what types of things did they have you doing in the ivory tower 
system security research? (just curious).  I'd also
be interested in how the intellectual property rules have evolved since I was 
working. I remember at work when the lawyers got
together and wrote up a "sign away your brain" agreement that all employees had 
to sign, especially those doing anything technical.
It was funny.  Management held meetings and said everyone had to sign it if 
they wanted to continue working there -- and "we don't
want any heros" or people refusing to sign. The agreement basically said that 
anything you worked on at work and/or on work time
belonged to the company (obviously) --and anything you worked on after leaving 
the company using skills you acquired working at the
company belonged to the company... 
I don't remember the whole thing, but basically it made it impossible for 
anyone to do anything outside the company without the
company claiming ownership of at least part of it.
The funny part was that this came along a few years after I was hired. I don't 
know why all of a sudden there was this interest in
grabbing ownership.
Anyway, I think you made a good move and the ivory tower crowd lost a valuable 
member.
Happy hacking.
--le

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From: "Sina Bahram" <sbahram@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:01 PM
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Program Winners


I would be more than happy to discuss that, and anything else at all.

There are two camps in academia.

The ridiculously backwards and moronic camp which believes that ideas should be 
locked away in ivory boxes to be kept in their ivory
towers, and only brought out when they want to publish or benefit from such so 
called intellectual property.

And then the rest of us who spend time trying to actively collaborate with one 
another and solve real world problems that affect
people, because our respective fields have actually grown up.

This was one of the major reasons I left systems security research.  When I 
encountered colleagues of my advisor, and they ask how
he is doing, rather than what he's doing, then I knew I was in the right field 
with HCI.

Take care,
Sina

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I don't suppose you can divulge what the 5 people would be working on... is 
there room for collaboration with other students/profs?
(Don't worry, I'm neither, but a very interested party.) I would recommend John 
as someone in the deaf-blind community who would be
an excellent participant in anything you do, because of his credentials and 
interests -- sorry john, you can speak for yourself...)
-- I just have been exchanging mail with John about access issues on windows 
and think he has some valuable insights.
Meanwhile, why can't I boot my windows7 box???
--le
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Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 6:31 PM
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Program Winners


I'll have to get back to you on thee hydraulic latch Braille display stuff.

With respect to your question about translating to tactile instead of audio ... 
The answer is a definite yes; however, it's one of
those things that requires five more people to work on it to bring this stuff 
forward, you know?

Take care,
Sina

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Sina, could this study include how to extract and present audible and visual 
information tactally for those with both vision and
hearing impairments? I was just exchanging email with John B about what audible 
cues he was probably missing in certain apps because
he uses only a braille display.  I use audible cues to the max -- all OS and 
app events have either verbal or nonverbal audible
feedback. I am wondering how that would translate to a braille display?  And if 
it does not for an old fashioned braille display,
what is the state of that display that your colleague is working on at NC State?

Just musing.
Whenever you finish your dissertation I'd love to read it.
--le

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Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 5:48 PM
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Program Winners


I'm a PhD Student here at North Carolina State University. My interest is
currently generally in human computer interaction with a
specific focus in dynamic and real-time semantic extraction of multitouch
interfaces with the intent of programmatically translating
said interfaces into a functionally isomorphic interface tailored to
specific user needs. Well, that's the high-level overview
anyways.


Take care,
Sina

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Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 6:43 PM
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Subject: Re: National Federation of the Blind Announces 2010 Scholarship
Program Winners

Sina,

Don't you have to be in school to qualify for these scholarships? What
university are you attending, and what is your major? I've
thought of applying to help with my work on liblouis and liblouisxml, but I
don't want to go back to school. Maybe I could go to an
online university.

Thanks,
John

On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 05:51:37PM -0400, Sina Bahram wrote:
> Thank you. I'd love to know if anyone else will be there so that we
> may meet up.
>
> Take care,
> Sina
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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> Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 5:49 PM
> To: bprogramming
> Subject: Fwd: National Federation of the Blind Announces 2010
> Scholarship Program Winners
>
> Got this on another list -- note some familiar names -- 
> congratulations Sina and anyone else who happens to be subscribed! I
> hope you win the big one!
> --le
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Andrews" <dandrews@xxxxxxxx>
> To: <david.andrews@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 3:47 PM
> Subject: [nfb-talk] Fwd: National Federation of the Blind Announces
> 2010 Scholarship Program Winners
>
>
>
> >
> >FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> >
> >
> >
> >CONTACT:
> >
> >Chris Danielsen
> >
> >Director of Public Relations
> >
> >National Federation of the Blind
> >
> >(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
> >
> >(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
> >
> ><mailto:cdanielsen@xxxxxxx>cdanielsen@xxxxxxx
> >
> >
> >
> >National Federation of the Blind Announces 2010 Scholarship Program
> >Winners
> >
> >
> >
> >Baltimore, Maryland (May 12, 2010): The National Federation of the
> >Blind (NFB), the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind
> >people, today announced the winners of its 2010 Scholarship Program,
> >which awards thirty scholarships each year to recognize achievement
> >by blind scholars.  The winners are listed below in alphabetical
> >order with their home states and vocational goals:
> >
> >
> >    * Beth Allred, CO: professional vocalist and music teacher
> >    * <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
> > "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"
> > />Sheri Anderson, TN: emergency management professional
> >    * Sina Bahram, NC: computer-science technologist and entrepreneur
> >    * Alicia Betancourt, FL: social worker for disabled persons
> >    * Zachary Brubaker, PA: high school teacher of math and physics
> >    * Chelsea Cook, VA: astronaut or astrophysicist or physicist
> >    * Mary Fernandez, NJ: clinical psychologist
> >    * C. J. Fish, VA: mental health counselor
> >    * Rashi Goel, GA: environmental engineer
> >    * Deepa Goraya, CA: attorney-disability rights and civil rights
> > legislation specialist
> >    * Antonio Guimaraes, RI: social studies teacher, grades 5-12
> >    * Mary Hernandez, NE: classroom or itinerant teacher of blind
> > students
> >    * Chris Jeckel, IL: attorney
> >    * Andrea Jenkins, GA: Spanish translator and interpreter
> >    * Kayleigh Joiner, TX: elementary school teacher
> >    * Melissa Lomax, NJ: high school English teacher
> >    * Kirt Manwaring, UT: attorney
> >    * Kristin Mathe, PA: professor of rhetoric (communication)
> >    * Esha Mehta, CO: elementary school teacher
> >    * Tabea Meyer, IN: social worker for children in school or foster
> > care
> >    * Josie Nielson, ID: violin soloist-performer and recording artist
> >    * Shaun Reimers, UT: attorney and community activist
> >    * Ashley Ritter, IN: teacher of blind children
> >    * Cali Sandel, SC: federal program administrator, Washington, D.C.
> >    * Jessica Scannell, NJ: teacher of blind children, birth through
> > junior high
> >    * Quintina Singleton, NJ: teacher, special education classroom
> >    * Yadiel Sotomayor, PR: English/Spanish translator or English teacher
> >    * Tara Prakash Tripathi, FL: teacher of access technology and
> > active advocate
> >    * Kayla Weathers, GA: special education teacher for blind and
> > visually impaired students
> >    * Michelle Wesley, IL: veterinarian
> >
> >
> >
> >"These students represent academic excellence, and many of them are
> >doubtless future leaders of this nation's blind," said Dr. Marc
> >Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind.  "They are
> >forging a path in disciplines as varied as astrophysics, computer
> >science, social work, law, and psychology.  They are proof of our
> >conviction that we, the blind of this nation, can compete on terms of
> >equality with our sighted peers, and we are very proud of their
> >accomplishments."
> >
> >
> >
> >In July each winner will attend the NFB's seventieth annual national
> >convention in Dallas, Texas, where the committee will spend several
> >days getting to know each student and then decide which scholarship
> >(ranging in value from $3,000 to $12,000) to award each of them.  The
> >scholarship winners will then be announced at the banquet of the NFB
> >convention on Thursday, July 8.
> >
> >
> >
> >For more information on the National Federation of the Blind
> >Scholarship Program, visit
> ><http://www.nfb.org/scholarships>www.nfb.org/scholarships.
> >
> >
> >
> >###
> >
> >
> >
> >About the National Federation of the Blind
> >
> >With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind
> >is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind
> >people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people's lives
> >through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs
> >encouraging independence and self-confidence.  It is the leading
> >force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's
> >blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the
> >Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in
> >the United States for the blind led by the blind.
> >
>
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