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December 18, 2012 in #cunysps, Online Programs, Sociology, Uncategorized, Virtual Campus | Tags: #cunysps, Academic, Applications for Good, Blue Ridge Foundation, Center for Social Innovation, Code for Change, CUNY SPS, Higher Education, Motorola, New York University, NYU, Online Education, OpenSource, Paul Russo, School of Professional Studies, Social Media, Social Networking, Technology, Wagner School of Public Service | by anthonymsweeney | Leave a comment
In October of this year, Paul Russo, Ph.D., SPS’s Director of Online Programs and an instructor in the Sociology program, led a team of current CUNY students and graduates to develop a free student-to-student text book exchange as part of the ApplicationsforGood codathon sponsored by the Motorola Mobility Foundation, Center for Social Innovation, Blue Ridge Foundation, and New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.
While textbooks represent 17% of tuition costs in various majors, the team believes that there are simple ways in which technology can make books more affordable. Their application—much like other online communities such as Match.com or Craigslist—combines the broad reach of the Internet with the benefits of local face-to-face interactions. Focusing on urban areas such as New York City offers the project access to a critical mass of potential users, which is necessary to make participation valuable to all textbook swappers.
The team is committed to making the bookswap student owned and student operated, following the OpenSource model, to ensure future use will have only student friendly policies. Their model is also distinct from other services such as Amazon.com because the primary mode of exchange is student-to-student swapping or monitored low cost reselling, to prevent high markups or shipping costs. The group says that over time, they are interested in adding more functionality to the site such as links to affordable housing, health services, and various types of student discounts.
The judges awarded the project the Most Promising Prize, which included a cash award and an invitation to a December 12th luncheon with angel investors. The group currently has a working prototype, and as the next version of the platform comes online, Russo hopes there will be interesting research opportunities for students to study the system as part of a capstone project or in his own course titled “The Digital Revolution and Information Society” (SOC 419). To learn more about their plans for the textbook exchange, see ApplicationsforGood.org. You can also contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.344.7247.
September 22, 2011 in Health Information and Management | Tags: Academic, Brad Hesse, CUNY SPS, Health Information Management, Healthcare, Higher Education, Paul Russo, Professional Studies, School of Professional Studies, Social Media, Sylvia Chou, Virtual Campus | by Paul Russo | Leave a comment
A few of you know that I was at University of Maryland during the last week in August to participate in a workshop on the applications of social media and emerging technologies. All of the speakers were excellent, but there are two that I wanted to point out to the health information management crowd. But the more I thought about it, these presentations should be of interest to many more SPS students, especially anyone interested in communication and culture, sociology, serving people with disabilities, and the business of healthcare. And for sure, anyone who wants to learn more about practical research.
The first was a talk by Sylvia Chou, a program director and research fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Chou gave a broad overview of how social media is being used to connect patients with patients, patients with providers, and providers with each other. She points to a number of challenges, but also shows the successes of online communities such as patientslikeme.com. Dr. Chou is a linguist and behavioral scientist.
The second presenter, Dr. Brad Hesse, is Chief of the Heath Communication and Informatics Research Branch in the Behavioral Research Division at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hesse, a psychologist by training, conducts research in human computer interaction, health communication, medical informatics, and computer-supported decision making. In his presentation, he discusses the value of technology mediated social participation and the resulting opportunities in information studies for improving healthcare.
Much more to come.
Interim Academic Director, Health Information Management Programs and
Director of Online Programs
Dr. Sylvia Chou
Research Area: Patient-provider communication, social media, mixed methods research, health literacy, qualitative methods, health disparities, community-based participatory research
Dr. Brad Hesse
Research Area: Health communication, informatics research, human system integration