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 My name is Corey Hamil.  I was informed to contact you by Dr. Ervin and Nathan there in IT to possibly run the idea of a web design for one of your students.  I am a prospective Master's student in Civil Engineering working out of the NCPA with Dr. Hickey.  We have an instrumentation system installed collecting data and various parameters at an earth dam site.  I am working with Nathan to build a database table to store our data in MySQL.  The next step we want to take is to publish this data on the web.  This is where I do not have any experience.  I know HTML will be the quick a dirty way to get something out there, so that would be the route to go I do believe.  We want to incorporate some graphical displays, drop down menus, possibly some tables, and images.  I would be more than happy to meet with you if this sounds like an opportunity that would be good for y'alls computer science students. 

Thank you,
Corey Hamil, B.S.C.E.
The University of Mississippi
Civil Engineering Master's Student

Senior project Suggestion - extend a crypto-exchange mechanism

Why Bitcoin Matters

Editor’s note: Marc Andreessen’s venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested just under $50 million in Bitcoin-related start-ups. The firm is actively searching for more Bitcoin-based investment opportunities. He does not personally own more than a de minimis amount of Bitcoin.

A mysterious new technology emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually the result of two decades of intense research and development by nearly anonymous researchers.

Political idealists project visions of liberation and revolution onto it; establishment elites heap contempt and scorn on it.

On the other hand, technologists – nerds – are transfixed by it. They see within it enormous potential and spend their nights and weekends tinkering with it.

Eventually mainstream products, companies and industries emerge to commercialize it; its effects become profound; and later, many people wonder why its powerful promise wasn’t more obvious from the start.

What technology am I talking about? Personal computers in 1975, the Internet in 1993, and – I believe – Bitcoin in 2014.

One can hardly accuse Bitcoin of being an uncovered topic, yet the gulf between what the press and many regular people believe Bitcoin is, and what a growing critical mass of technologists believe Bitcoin is, remains enormous. In this post, I will explain why Bitcoin has so many Silicon Valley programmers and entrepreneurs all lathered up, and what I think Bitcoin’s future potential is.

First, Bitcoin at its most fundamental level is a breakthrough in computer science – one that builds on 20 years of research into cryptographic currency, and 40 years of research in cryptography, by thousands of researchers around the world.

Bitcoin is the first practical solution to a longstanding problem in computer science called the Byzantine Generals Problem. To quote from the original paper defining the B.G.P.: “[Imagine] a group of generals of the Byzantine army camped with their troops around an enemy city. Communicating only by messenger, the generals must agree upon a common battle plan. However, one or more of them may be traitors who will try to confuse the others. The problem is to find an algorithm to ensure that the loyal generals will reach agreement.”

More generally, the B.G.P. poses the question of how to establish trust between otherwise unrelated parties over an untrusted network like the Internet.

The practical consequence of solving this problem is that Bitcoin gives us, for the first time, a way for one Internet user to transfer a unique piece of digital property to another Internet user, such that the transfer is guaranteed to be safe and secure, everyone knows that the transfer has taken place, and nobody can challenge the legitimacy of the transfer. The consequences of this breakthrough are hard to overstate.

What kinds of digital property might be transferred in this way? Think about digital signatures, digital contracts, digital keys (to physical locks, or to online lockers), digital ownership of physical assets such as cars and houses, digital stocks and bonds … and digital money.


Other References...

From Dr. Yixin Chen:
Attached is the description from Dr. Kingma. He sponsored Andrew Henry's senior project in the past. Feel free to send it to 487 students. I will be glad to talk to any student who is interested in the project.
Therapeutic intervention in oncology is currently shifting from the conventional model of a generalized
chemotherapeutic regimen to a model incorporating the genomic profiling of a patient's cancer cells
using next generation sequencing. The approach of this latter model is to identify "actionable"
mutations within a defined number of genes that serve as targets for drugs designed specifically for the
mutation identified. This "targeted-directed" and "personalized" approach to cancer therapeutics has
shown significant response in comparison to conventional chemotherapy. Through research and clinical
trials, the number of genes identified with potential targetable mutations is increasing. The translation
of these discoveries to community oncology practice requires a sophisticate knowledge of the genes
profiled, the mutations within the genes that are "actionable," and the amount of DNA that can be
obtained from the cancer tissue biopsy. For this purpose, Molecular Central, a newly formed company,
is developing an online database in which clinicians can familiarize themselves with the profiling assays
available, the genes analyzed within each of the profiles, and the clinical indications and requirements
for the individual profiling assays. Moreover, links to relevant molecular and cancer databases will
provide the on-line user the utility to explore the pathways and functional characteristics of the
particular gene(s) profiled. The student will develop a prototype database structure using FileMaker Pro
13 Advanced. The project will involve database construction, Web page layouts for data entry and user
navigation (searches, hyperlinks, etc.).
Dr. Douglas Kingma

Tobin Maginnis, Web-based digital signage for computer science department using dual-server configurations.