Project MedSend Nashville Host Committee Announces Informational Dinner, February 28, 2008

Traci Warner writes:

On behalf of the Nashville Host Committee for Project MedSend, we would like to invite you and your missions-minded friends to be our guests for dinner and an exciting account of God’s strategy to bring the gospel of Christ, by medical missionaries, to those in other cultures. Your attendance at this dinner will help to increase the awareness of health professionals, students and churches in the Nashville community of ways to serve the Lord free of the burden of their educational indebtedness. You will enjoy a complimentary dinner held on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillwood Country Club in Nashville 6201 Hickory Valley Road (615) 352-6591.

Dr. Tracy Goen will tell how God has used him and his wife, Patty, a pediatrician, to bring the gospel to a settlement of Fulani cattle herders in Southwest Nigeria. A series of miraculous cures — the result of much prayer and divinely directed medical interventions — has opened the hearts of these people to the good news of Jesus Christ.

Randy Carey, Midwest Regional Director of Project MedSend, will bring you up-to-date on the role of the project in freeing medical missionaries for service by service by removing the major barrier they face — the high cost of education for health professionals and resulting educational loans. To date, 329 physicians, dentists, nurses, physicians assistants and veterinarians have been freed to serve the underserved years earlier than they had dreamed possible.

We hope you can join us for what has proved to be a delightful evening for people across the country. Please RSVP by Monday, February 25th with your name, phone number, and the number in your party to: Ms. Traci Warner (615) 243-7529 (you may leave a message on the answering machine), psalm6201@yahoo.com 

Directions from downtown Nashville: South on Broadway to West End Avenue which turns into Harding Road at St. Thomas Hospital. Beyond St. Thomas Hospital will be the intersection of Woodmont Blvd. (left) and White Bridge Rd. (right) At the 4th stop light after this intersection turn right onto Davidson Rd. Cross over the the railroad tracks and go approximately 8/10 of a mile beyond the 4-way stop at Post Rd. Turn right onto Hickory Valley Rd. Entrance to Hillwood Country Cluy is on the right at 6201.

Faster, Cheaper Broadband Internet Coming to Michigan Health Care Providers

<ed.note>Story here. Project site here. But will auto manufacturers and Michigan management culture still require health care workers to "drive in" to access the Infogrid as the general practice? ( vs ROWE a la  culturerx.com )</ed.note>

“Expanding Africa’s Broadband Capacity”, Connect Africa Summit in Kigali, 29-30 October 2007

Where: Kigali, Rwanda

Why: The main goal of the Summit is to help bring connectivity to Africa and promote "Connect Africa", a new partnership that seeks to expand the information and communication technology infrastructure of the continent, especially Internet broadband.

Who: Some 500 participants are expected to attend the Connect Africa Summit. Participants include the patrons of the initiative, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Ghana’s President John Kufuor, who is also the African Union Chairman. High-level participants include International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré; President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka; and Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett, who is also the Chair of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, will make a contribution by video link. The Presidents of several African nations are expected to participate.

The event will bring together political leaders, including Ministers and Heads of State, CEOs and senior executives of global and African IT companies, leaders from civil society and heads of international and regional development banks. Industry leaders including Cisco, GSM Association, Ericsson, Huawei, British Telecom, Qualcomm, NTT DoCoMo, Neustar, Safaricom, Nokia-Siemens and Microsoft will attend and announce new initiatives to help bring connectivity to Africa.

The Summit sessions are designed for television to encourage interactive participation and key sessions will be moderated by Stephen Cole, a renowned TV anchor with Al Jazeera International. The event’s press conferences will be webcast live, and time slots for telephone interviews with prominent participants will be allocated for those journalists who cannot attend.

The event is organized by the International Telecommunication Union, the African Union, the World Bank Group and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in partnership with the African Development Bank, the African Telecommunication Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the Global Digital Solidarity Fund.

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Advancing Virtual Organizing: Potentials and Realities from Scientific Grid to Citizen-Service Communities – June 20, 2007

The purpose of the workshop is to envision greater possibilities for distributed citizen service communities, in light of grid-based, research and design communities. How can emerging public service communities learn "build to share" principles from distributed research communities already benefiting from cyberinfrastructures they have built? What are the implications for accelerating Service Oriented Architecture in public service communities?

By discovering how different fields of business, science and healthcare are using grid computing, participants will share in lessons learned and best practices to provide a common foundation for establishing next steps in planning projects that leverage all the advances associated with grid communities.

"…Grids are the integrated platforms for all network-distributed applications or services whether they are computationally or transactionally intensive." Paul Strong, Grid Today, Sept.11, 2006

In addition, the workshop includes a focus on the U.S. HealthGrid. Current priorities as seen through the National Institutes of Health Roadmap for example call for advancing collaboration in biomedical research and using biomedical data and information to improve the quality and outcomes of health care delivery.

The President’s goal to make an electronic health record available for most Americans by 2014 and the development of the Nationwide Health Information Network under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, present a timely opportunity to share and collaborate advanced HealthGrid projects, systems, data and knowledge. Through collaboration, open solutions and innovation, the grid community can contribute to advancing quality, electronic health records, population and bio-surveillance and personal health records to achieve higher levels of performance and interoperability.

Michael Ramage is the Executive Director of Connected Tennessee

<ed.note>Though I probably would have gone with a TN-based web site designer to begin with ( this stuff can be oh, so, political! ) I’m glad he’s finally here. Wonder if we’ll follow Mexico’s No Mas Cables approach? Or maybe deploy a Stratellite™ grid? Or a Nokia mesh?

Ramage will be working with the assistance of ConnectedNation, the leadership of which ( Brian Mefford ( bmefford@connectednation.com ), Mark McElroy ( mmcelroy@connectednation.com ), Andrew McNeill ( amcneill@connectednation.com ), Laura Taylor ( ltaylor@connectednation.com ) ) are also the current leadership of ConnectKY.</ed.note>

Michael Ramage ( mramage@connectedtn.org , 615-828-5113 ) is the Executive Director of Connected Tennessee, a division of Connected Nation, Inc. Mr. Ramage is responsible for leading the successful implementation of the State of Tennessee’s Trail to Innovation, a comprehensive broadband deployment and adoption plan slated to leverage state, federal and private investment aimed at blanketing Tennessee with high-speed Internet access, as well as improving the use of technology and the Internet.

Mr. Ramage previously served as a Project Manager for ConnectKentucky, Connected Nation’s Kentucky initiative. In this role, he was responsible for facilitating comprehensive GIS-based Inventory Assessment of existing broadband infrastructure and service availability, the community-by-community implementation planning process and ensuring that every county in Kentucky’s western region has an online presence and the ability to improve the quality of life at the local level. Through this effort, communities were empowered to use technology applications and build partnerships that provided real-time budget savings and process efficiencies over the Internet, ensuring their ability to compete within the local and global marketplace.

Prior to joining ConnectKentucky, Mr. Ramage served Murray State University as Special Projects Leader, Lecturer and Network Manager within the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology and the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management. While at Murray State, he was the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, Cisco Systems Inc., the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Other accomplishments include the development of GIS mapping for Calloway County, which was the precursor to the mapping performed by Connected Nation, and the development of the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association. Additionally, Mr. Ramage led the West Kentucky Telehealth Initiative and conducted research on various telecommunications topics. Prior to joining Murray State University, he worked as a Network Specialist for BellSouth Telecommunications in Nashville following his employment as a Computer Technician at Camco Technologies in Paducah, Kentucky.

Mr. Ramage has an Information Assurance Graduate Education Certificate from Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. Additionally, he has a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, both from Murray State University. Among the industry certifications that Mr. Ramage has held include Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Associate. Mr. Ramage was also bestowed the honorary title of a Kentucky Colonel for his work with technology in Kentucky. He is married to his beautiful wife, Brittany, and is the proud father of a baby girl, Shelby.

Getting Clueful: Seven Things the CIO Should Know About Telecommuting [ was Esther Schindler, Senior Online Editor, CIO.com, is Researching Work Over IP ]

By Esther Schindler

<ed.note>FWIW: You’ll have to click to the rest of the article to see my quotes.</ed.note>

IT workers who telecommute share advice for their bosses about the process, technology, and attitudes necessary for staff to be productive when they work from home.

May 09, 2007 — CIO — Telecommuting provides employees with the flexibility and quiet they need to optimize their productivity. Plus, it offers employers opportunities to save money and recruit workers from a more geographically diverse—and potentially cheaper—talent pool. For IT professionals, telecommuting is certainly the best work/life option.

However, working from home isn’t always easy for individuals or employers. For telecommuting arrangements to work for both parties, employees need to be self-motivated, have access to the necessary technology (such as a high-speed Internet connection and a VPN), and clearly define job duties that can be accomplished remotely. At the same time, employers need to make their teleworkers feel like they’re a part of the team, integrate telecommuters into workflows and judge employee productivity by results rather than visual cues.

But too often, IT management doesn’t understand the key issues that can affect productivity and team morale. Managers can make painful and expensive errors even when their hearts are in the right place. If you get telecommuting right, you’ll have a crew of independent technologists who get their jobs done efficiently; if not, you’ll create dissension, distrust and workflow confusion.

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Our People Are Our Greatest Asset – If Only We Could Trust Them

Updates: Senators Push for More Telecommuting, Telework Exchange Study Reveals Majority of Federal Telework Coordinators Spend 25 Percent or Less of Their Time on Telework, World Needs 4 Million Healthcare Workers, American Telemedicine Association in Nashville, May 13-15, 2007

PR via http://www.govtech.net/

"Forty-four percent of federal employee respondents to the survey, conducted by CDW Government Inc., indicate that they have the option to telework — up 6 percent from 2006 — while just 15 percent of private-sector employee respondents have that option. During the past year, telework growth in the federal government also outpaced the private sector: 35 percent of federal teleworkers started teleworking, compared to 10 percent of private-sector teleworkers."

Please see also "New Technology, Old Habits", by Moon Ihlwan and Kenji Hall, BusinessWeek – "Despite world-class IT networks, Japanese and Korean workers are still chained to their desks"

<ed.note>In addition to greater telework ( isn’t it time to adopt "Work Over IP" or some such – does anyone really still use dial up? ) adoption, one of the areas I’ve anticipated from the "hr-xml-ish" world has been the idea of objective competency measurement, especially of the type that could be integrated into professional services human resource management tools. Tom Schmidt of Resumefit suggested that by completing the Workplace Big Five ProFile ( assessment at no cost, and review the results ) that this process can accurately measure 54 competencies. They also provide a digital signature to benefit HR which guarantees that the resume hasn’t been tinkered with afterward.</ed.note>