IUPUI Hacks: Decoding the Programming Language

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Dr. Spencer Lourens, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the IUPUI Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is passionate about the programming language, R, and he wants to share that enthusiasm and excitement with IUPUI students.

R, an open-source programming language, will be the main topic of discussion at the IUPUI Open Hackathon this Friday, Sept. 21.  Dr. Lourens hopes to raise awareness about the programming language that those in the tech sphere may be unaware of.

“I want to spread knowledge about R and what it can do,” Lourens said.


The free, open-source software suite is used primarily in the medical field for statistical computing and graphics. Dr. Lourens thinks attendees who are familiar with other programming languages may be surprised with R’s capabilities.

“I’m excited to show students how much power they can have at their fingertips with R,” he said. “It can do more than they might expect.”

The event - organized by Dr. Lourens - will give IUPUI students an opportunity to learn about the R programming language and its applications. Attendees will be shown how to install the R software suite on their computers and will be guided through its potential uses.

Dr. Lourens also expressed interest in hosting a similar event next Spring.


The event will take place on Friday, September 21, from 5:00-11:00 p.m. The meeting will begin with a meet and greet at Burgerhaus, located at 335 W 9th St. D, and then will move to the Health Information and Translational Sciences Building.

Late attendees are advised to wait by the canal side doors to gain entrance to the Health Information and Translational Sciences Building as the doors will be locked. Students are required to bring their own computers.

Those interested in registering for the event can do so here:



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