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Local programming instructor champions the life-changing power of coding

By SPN Newsroom / September 12, 2020

Vanessa Kasun is debugging some code, finalizing her presentation for the upcoming Heartland Developers Conference on Sept. 24. The topic? How to build a React app from the ground up. Kasun, an instructor at AIM Code School, will take HDC attendees from installation of the Node.js open-source cross-platform Javascript runtime environment to launching a simple…

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Side-eyeing bias in the hiring process

By SPN Newsroom / August 24, 2020

Last year, Silicon Prairie News took a look at racism in tech education and the tech hiring process in a two-part series, “It’s Time.” We’re taking another look at this important issue with a three-part series inspired by the summerlong national reckoning with racism in the U.S.     Before landing the role of Happiness Engineer at…

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Researchers at UNO and the University of Missouri create CHAOSS for open source communities (in a good way)

By SPN Newsroom / August 14, 2020

Over $1.6 million in grant funding has been awarded to a project started by researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Missouri.  Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Mozilla, the Community Health Analytics Open Source Software (CHAOSS) project seeks to ensure a healthy future for open source software. …

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All processors on deck in the race to research COVID-19

By SPN Newsroom / August 12, 2020

Sometimes a problem is so urgent and complex, you need the whole world working on it.  That’s COVID-19. Sometimes you also need the help of a global supercomputer. That’s Folding@home. A distributed computing project powering research into SARS-CoV-2, Folding@home seeks to develop effective, patent-free drugs to treat the deadly coronavirus, which has caused over 732,000…

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Advent, LLP invents the future of intellectual property law

By Tom McCauley / August 5, 2020

From his father, Ryan Grace inherited more than a love of fishing. He caught the invention gene as well. In 2007, Grace, the founding partner of Omaha-based Advent, LLP—an intellectual property, innovation and technology law firm with clients around the globe—teamed up with his father, Ted Grace, to come up with an invention that would…

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