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Xiangyu Fan

Xiangyu is a fourth year PhD student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before this, he was a MS student majoring environment science in the School of Public Health at UNC. His research interest is focused on personalization of information retrieval and filtering, especially in medical domain. In particular, he has strong interests in developing information filtering system adaptive to user interests as well as examining user behaviors in using personalized information system.

Oakkar Oakkar

Oakkar is a software developer with nine years of industry experience in software development, including web, mobile and enterprise applications. He earned his Bachelors in Information Systems at the University of Hawaii. He co-founded Keona Health, Inc. which develops Health Informatics applications. He is currently a SILS MSIS candidate and CIS certificate student.

Personalization: Javed, Xiangyu, and Ketan in IHI 2012

Personalization is not a Panacea: Balancing Serendipity and Personalization in Medical News Content Delivery

Delivering consumer health information in a personalized way is a goal for many projects. What are some of the challenge? What are some of the advantages? What is the influence of serendipity in this process? The paper and the project in LAIR attempt to answer some of these critical questions.

LAIR Leading Efforts on Health Information Technology Education

LAIR members Dr. Mostafa and Julia Kampov have been highly active in the last year writing grant proposals and generating new program planning documents for HIT programs. We are happy to report that UNC now has two new graduate education certificates: 1) Clinical Information Science and 2) Nursing Informatics (developed by the School of Nursing). We have received two new grants recently, one internal from the Office of the UNC Provost and another one from the US Health & Human Services / Office of the National Coordinator. The former is toward a coordinator and manager for the program and the latter is for recruiting new graduate students for our emerging HIT programs. The HHS/ONC effort is part of a consortium which includes Duke University as our partner.

Dr. Mostafa and Dr. Rich Medlin Collaborate on Writing a Monograph on Health Informatics

Dr. Mostafa signed a contract with Morgan-Claypool to write a monograph as part of an information science series. He chose Dr.Medlin as his collaborator (a board certified ED physician, who recently joined the Carolina Health Informatics Program), as they recently co-taught the Electronic Health Records course at Carolina. The title of the monograph is “What is Health Informatics and Why Does it Matter?”

“The Entrepreneurial Mindset — Maximizing Faculty Impact,” A Workshop on Entrepreneurship for Faculty Members at UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Mostafa was nominated by his Dean and later invited by the Chancellor to serve in this special workshop aimed at exposing a group of faculty members to entrepreneurial theories and practices, with the goal of supporting them to develop their current projects/initiatives. Dr. Mostafa participated in the team “Powering the Nation” (led by Laura Ruel of School of JoMC) which won the entrepreneurship competition.