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Issue 118: iSGTW 1 April 2009

From Martinique to Marseilles to Medaka: profile of bioinformatician Mirana Ramialison 

Editor's note: As part of an ongoing series, iSGTW presents profiles of women researchers in computing.  

Mirana Ramialison says: "Being born on one island, Madagascar, and grown up on another island, Martinique, somehow it must have been my fate to work with fish. And my fish of choice is Medaka, a small freshwater fish from yet another island: Japan."

She studies Medaka (alias "the-small-fish-with-big-eyes" in Japanese) to understand how an eye forms in an embryo. Since Medaka eyes are similar to human ones, we can have a better understanding of human eye diseases resulting from malformations. When you look at Medaka transparent eggs under the microscope, you can see the eye developing "live."

How does computation fit into this?

In a big way, she says . . . and it helps that when she was growing up in Martinique in the French Caribbean, Ramialison was allowed to "play" with her school computer every Saturday.

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What if you could enter an image, or a tiny piece of one, instead of text to search a database for matching images?

Now you can, with GeoIRIS.

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 For the love of movies

Tired of wasting your time sifting through DVDs at the rental store only to end up with a mediocre film? A new grid application may help fans find good movie recommendations.

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Link of the week

/ Putting a bolder face on Google

As the gatekeeper of Google’s home page,  Marissa Mayer controls the look, feel and functionality of the home page of the Internet’s most heavily trafficked search engine, says a New York Times article, our Link of the Week.

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Image of the week


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