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Celebration of Computing: December 4, 2019

Please join the CS faculty and students at our annual Celebration of Computing event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

We hope to see you there!

Activity/Event Time Location
Lunch & Games 12:00 – 12:50 PM STEM 102, 101
Student Awards 12:35 – 12:50 PM STEM 102
Presentation Session 1 1:00 – 2:00 PM STEM 102, 103 & hallways
Presentation Session 2 2:00 – 3:00 PM STEM 102, 103 & hallways

Computer Science Colloquium: November 19

On Tuesday, November 19,  the Computer Science Department will host its final colloquium of the Fall 2019 semester.  Matt Cesari, TCNJ’s Chief Information Security Officer, will give a technical talk entitled “TCNJ Cybersecurity Layers of Defense”.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Science Complex P101 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.
Refreshments will be provided.

A detailed overview of the security layers protecting TCNJ digital assets, networks, and community members. Review the TCNJ network design and network security devices. Learn how encrypted traffic limits network security tools and how endpoint security must evolve to fill the gap. Discuss how threat intelligence plays a crucial role in security operations, and the unique challenges and opportunities in the Higher Education cybersecurity space.

Matt Cesari is the Chief Information Security Officer at TCNJ. His duties include managing the daily security operations and incident response, drafting security policies and procedures, direction and vision for the Information Security Program, and security awareness and outreach. He is a TCNJ Computer Science graduate and he has been at TCNJ for over twelve years.

Computer Science Colloquium: October 4

On Friday, October,  the Computer Science Department will host Rita Marty from AT&T, who will present a talk on enterprise technical initiatives at AT&T.

Please join CS faculty and students in Education Building from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.
Refreshments will be provided.

Computer Science Colloquium: September 6

On Friday, September 6,  the Computer Science Department will host its first colloquium of the Fall 2019 semester.  Arun Rai from Bloomberg Princeton will give a technical talk entitle “Information Retrieval & Data Extraction”.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Science Complex P101 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.
Refreshments will be provided.

Learn about Information Retrieval and Data Extraction and the challenges faced in the real word related to processing massive amount of data in an efficient manner. Discover how Bloomberg is taking this issue head on to provide world class service to more than 325,000 of our clients.

Arun Rai is a Manager of Data Technologies Financial Applications at Bloomberg L.P.  He is heading the Engineering efforts surrounding the development of Automated and Manual applications for data Acquisition, Processing & Enrichment, and providing Research & Analytics for the Equity markets.

Bloomberg L.P., the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is the core of the Bloomberg Professional® service (the Terminal).

Annual Barbara Meyers Pelson Lecture: April 2

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.

School of Science Invited Speaker Colloquium: March 26

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.


HackTCNJ 2019 News Roundup

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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