Congratulations to our 58 CS majors who made the Dean’s List for Spring 2019!
At this time, all available seats have been released or filled for the upcoming semester. Students can continue to watch PAWS for students to drop courses through the end of add/drop week (September 4) and sign themselves into any open seats.
Date: Thursday, May 23
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM, but graduates will need to arrive earlier – watch for an email from CS faculty!
Location: Decker Social Space (lower level)
Guests can enter the Decker Social Space by using the front entrance and taking the stairs down one floor, or by taking the elevator down one floor. If you need to use the elevator, please proceed through the double doors to your right and take the elevator down one floor. Guests can also park in Lot 13 behind Decker Hall and use the ground-level wheelchair accessible entrance to get into the room. A golf-cart drop-off/pick-up zone is located at the front entrance outside of the building.
|Lunch & Games||11:30 AM – 12:15 PM||STEM 102, 101|
|Presentation Session 1||12:15 – 1:10 PM||STEM 102, 103|
|Presentation Session 2||1:10 – 2:05 PM||STEM 102, 103|
|Student Awards Ceremony||2:15 – 3:00 PM||STEM 102|
|UPE Induction Ceremony||3:15 – 4:00 PM||STEM 102|
On Tuesday, April 2, Dr. Youngmoo Kim, Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center at Drexel University, will give a talk entitled “Pathways for Disciplinary Integration in Higher Education“. An abstract of the talk can be found below.
Please join School of Science faculty and students in Education Building 212 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.
Lunch reception will follow.
The recent National Academies report, “Branches From the Same Tree” (2018), examined an important trend in higher education: integration of the humanities and arts with sciences, engineering, and medicine at the undergraduate and graduate level—which proponents argue will better prepare students for work, life, and citizenship. Integrative models intentionally seek to bridge the knowledge, modes of inquiry, and pedagogies from multiple disciplines—the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics, and medicine—within the context of a single course or program of study. As one of 22 members of the committee for this report, Dr. Kim will share findings and experiences from the process, as well as some of their work at the ExCITe Center of Drexel University to facilitate greater integration and collaboration across a diversity of academic disciplines.
Dr. Youngmoo Kim is Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, an institute at Drexel University for transdisciplinary research and discovery connecting technology and communities, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory pursues AI for music and sound, human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and K-12 outreach for maker and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics) education. He is co-author of the National Academies report “Branches from the Same Tree” on the integration of the Humanities & Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education, released May 2018, and recently co-edited a special issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focusing on creativity and collaboration. Youngmoo also co-authored “Making Culture: A National Study of Education Makerspaces” recently presented at SXSW EDU. He received Drexel’s 2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, took “Scientist of the Year” honors at the 2012 Philadelphia Geek Awards, and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the NAMM Foundation, among others.
On Tuesday, March 26, the School of Science and Computer Science Department will host Dr. Janice E. Cuny, Program Director for Computing Education, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Cuny will give a talk entitled “Towards a More Diverse and Inclusive Computing Community”. An abstract of the talk can be found below.
Please join faculty and students in Education Building 212 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.
Lunch reception will follow.
All students should have the opportunity to take rigorous computer science (CS) courses that are relevant to their lives and their interests, courses that engage and inspire them. Whether they are to become software engineers, scientists or educators, architects or engineers, journalists or historians, musicians or artists, today’s students will need to be computationally savvy. They will need to understand the fundamental concepts of computation and their application to problem solving, the basics of cybersecurity, and the social and ethical implications of computing. Further, it is essential that we as educators show the potential for computing to transform the world, that we will give our students the opportunity to experience the “passion, beauty, joy and awe of computing.” [Grady Booch, 2007]. And finally, as we make changes in CS education, it is incumbent on us to also address computing’s longstanding lack of diversity. This talk briefly looks at efforts by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that integrate research and innovation on preK-20 CS education and broadening participation in computing (BPC). It also covers two new efforts. The first supports collaborations of colleges and universities as they begin the process of re-envisioning computing in undergraduate education in light of its increasingly ubiquitous role in interdisciplinary work. The second is a requirement currently piloted in NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE) that aims to dramatically increase engagement in BPC activities throughout the computing community.
Dr. Janice E. Cuny, is a program officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she leads the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE)’s efforts on broadening participation and education in computing. Her work led to the establishment of the national BPC-A Alliances that together address underrepresentation in computing from elementary school through the research and professional levels. She spearheaded NSF’s efforts to get inclusive, rigorous, academic computing courses into U.S. schools, leading to the development and scaling of several new and exciting high school CS courses (including Exploring Computer Science and AP CS Principles) and laid the foundation for the 2016 launch of President Obama’s CS for All Initiative. More recently, she leads efforts to re-envision the role of computing in undergraduate education and to engage a large proportion of the community in efforts to improve diversity in computing.
For her efforts with underserved populations, Dr. Cuny has received a number of awards including the 2006 ACM President’s Award, the 2007 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award, the 2009 Anita Borg Institute’s Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact, the 2015 NSF Distinguished Service Award, and the 2016 SIGCSE Distinguished Educator Award.
CS Majors Emily Kazenmayer (Class of 2019) and Madeline Febinger (Class of 2020) were recently accepted into Phi Beta Kappa honors society.
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) is one of the country’s most prestigious honors societies, and only a limited number of junior and senior students are accepted each year. PBK honorees have demonstrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences at undergraduate institutions.
For more information about Phi Beta Kappa, see: https://www.pbk.org/
Congratulations to Emily and Maddie!
Congratulations to CS junior Sarah Almeda, who won first prize in the Undergraduate category at the ACM Student Research Competition at the ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium last week!
Sarah presented her research on developing a translation and teaching tool for American Sign Language (ASL) using the LeapMotion Controller. Her project was titled “Accessible Sign Language Recognition with the Leap Motion Controller” and she was mentored by Dr. Andrea Salgian during the Fall 2018 semester. Sarah also received the Phi Kappa Phi Student-Faculty Research Award for her project last fall.
Sarah’s submission to the ACM Student Research Competition was one of 19 graduate and undergraduate submissions selected to be presented at the conference. After the poster presentation, the top three presenters qualified for the oral presentation, where she placed first.
Congratulations again to Sarah!
Congratulations to the participants of HackTCNJ 2019!
This year’s event was hosted by TCNJ’s chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), in partnership with Major League Hacking (MLH). HackTCNJ’s 200-plus participants gathered from high schools and colleges in the tri-state area over the February 23-24 weekend. Teams of participants hunkered down in the Education Building and worked on their projects over the 24-hour period. In between long stretches of hacking, students stopped to enjoy meals and snacks from Campus Town restaurants, participated in a competitive cup-stacking game, networked with peers and employers from local businesses (like Local Wisdom and Tabula Rasa), and took some much-needed naps.
ACM President Sophie Goldberg (Class of 2020) was interviewed by Princeton Info before the hackathon. She encouraged students who want to pursue a career in computer science to never stop developing and practicing their skills, especially since technology changes quickly in the industry. Participating in hackathons, like HackTCNJ, is one such way for students to apply their skills, learn something new, and work on their dream projects in a collaborative environment.
We hope to see you all again at HackTCNJ 2020!
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Gallery of Photos (Taken by ACM & Computer Science Department Faculty)