December 4, 2019
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 17, Issue 48


In This Issue

 Upcoming Webinars

12/05/2019 - Webinar: Tools for the Food and Beverage Lab

 Featured Books

The Complete Guide to LIMS & Laboratory Informatics

 Journal Articles

What is this sensor and does this app need access to it?

We use our mobile phones daily, and many of don't give consideration to whether or not those devices are tracking or monitoring our activities. At the root of this cybersecurity issue is, most frequently, the permissions given to one or more applications on the device to access one or more sensors contained in the device. The lackadaisical attitude of the average user towards the cybersecurity of their mobile device can be attributed to a variety of aspects, including poor education regarding smartphone use, low public awareness, and ignorance due to developers' stealthy or "permission hungry" methodologies. Mehrnezhad and Toreini discuss these issues and more at length in this 2019 paper published in Informatics, concluding that while "teaching about general aspects of sensors might not immediately improve people’s ability to perceive the risks," over time users may "successfully identify over-privileged apps" and make more informed decisions about "modifying the app permissions, uninstalling, or keeping it as-is."

AI meets exascale computing: Advancing cancer research with large-scale high-performance computing

In this 2019 review paper published in Frontiers in Oncology, Bhattacharya et al. describe the state of collaborative, artificial-intelligence-based computational cancer research within various agencies and departments of the United States. The researchers point to three major initiatives that aim "to push the frontiers of computing technologies in specific areas of cancer research" at the cellular, molecular, and population levels. They present details concerning the three initiatives, enacted as pilot programs with specific goals: Pilot One "to develop predictive capabilities of drug response in pre-clinical models of cancer," Pilot Two "on delivering a validated multiscale model of Ras biology on a cell membrane," and Pilot Three "to leverage high-performance computing and artificial intelligence to meet the emerging needs of cancer surveillance." Additionally, emerging opportunities and challenges that continue to arise out of these pilots are also addressed, before concluding that "opportunities for extreme-scale computing in AI and cancer research extend well beyond these pilots."
 Featured Jobs

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Building a Cybersecurity Toolkit

This is a University of Washington-created course that is released on the edX platform. The self-paced four-week course is designed to help learners to better understand the "type of characteristics and skills needed for cybersecurity jobs and to provide a realistic outlook on what they really need to add to their 'toolkits'—a set of skills that is constantly evolving, not all technical, but fundamentally rooted in problem-solving." The course is free to take, with a Verified Certificate of completion available for $99. The course requires on average two to five hours a week of effort. Access to the class begins October 21, 2019.

Evaluating Legacy LIMS Software Part 1: Re-engineering Your System

LIMS Master Data Best Practices Part 2: Extrapolation of Master Data from Your Current Records

How can I tell if it's worth investing in a LIMS?

Why STEM Education is Important to the Future of Lab Informatics


12/04/2019 - Sectra and Leica Biosystems partner to pursue FDA clearance for an integrated clinical digital pathology solution

12/04/2019 - Agilent and MGI Agree to Collaborate to Promote Deep Integration of Laboratory Information System and Sequencing Platform

12/04/2019 - Thermo Fisher Scientific Introduces Latest Forensic Laboratory-Qualified Capillary Electrophoresis Platform

12/03/2019 - Signature Science Selects STACS Casework Software for Commercial DNA Laboratories

12/03/2019 - Forensic Labs in Houston, Northeastern Illinois Will Use STRmix

12/03/2019 - Roche launches the cobas® mobile solution, an innovative digital tool designed to boost laboratory efficiency and convenience

 Upcoming Trade Events

12/05/2019 - Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Annual Conference

01/23/2020 - International Conference on Health and Medical Informatics Systems 2020

01/25/2020 - SLAS2020

 Bid Opportunities

12/10/2019 - Request for Proposals: Wastewater Treatment Plant Laboratory Information Management System

12/13/2019 - Request for Information: Laboratory Information Management System

12/15/2019 - Request For Information: Electronic Health Record (EHR) Management System

12/31/2019 - Presolicitation: LIMS software programming and management services

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Computing Solutions, Inc.
OnQ Software
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