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  • Radicalized Antiracism on Campus—as Seen from the Computer Lab

    09/30/2020 3:40:26 AM PDT · by karpov · 24 replies
    Quillette ^ | September 29, 2020 | Stuart Reges
    The campus battle over what I’ve previously called the equity agenda has recently shifted almost completely from a focus on gender to a focus on race. This has been accompanied by a series of surreal spectacles at the University of Washington in Seattle, where I teach. In the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, student activists have made new demands upon the school’s administration, while scathingly denouncing anyone they perceive as dissenters. Just consider our university president, Ana Mari Cauce—a Latina lesbian whose activist brother was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. One would imagine that she’d command a certain...
  • Ada Lovelace: a Mathematician, a Computer Scientist and a Visionary

    01/11/2020 2:04:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Science Focus ^ | 10th January, 2020 | James Essinger
    On the anniversary of her birth, we remember one of the most important women in science history, and celebrate the life and work of Ada Lovelace, the first computer scientist.Once you get to know about Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) and her life and work, it’s difficult not to become more or less obsessed with her. She was a truly remarkable woman; unquestionably one of the most important women in science history. She was born in 1815, the daughter to Lord Byron and Lady Byron, who were married for just a year – when Ada only five weeks old Lady Byron left...
  • College Advice

    12/29/2016 9:02:04 PM PST · by Tai_Chung · 136 replies
    My daughter is a senior in high school. She wants to major in Computer Science and minor in French She has mostly looked at small (<5,000 students) liberal arts schools. Can anyone recommend some conservative schools? ACT = 26 3.26 regular GPA 3.64 weighted GPA She is also interested in playing the cello in the orchestra.
  • If Technology is our future, why aren’t we teaching our kids to create it?

    05/07/2016 8:43:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 65 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/07/16 | Megan Barth
    With all of the smart technology in this technological age, maybe we should look at instituting smarter curriculum for our future leaders. That isn't rocket science. It's computer science We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit, wherever we find it. We should be helping American companies compete and sell their products all over the world. We should be making it easier and faster to turn new ideas into new jobs and new businesses. And we should knock down any barriers that stand in the way. Because if we’re going to create jobs now and in...
  • Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

    01/30/2016 11:04:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 6:03 AM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for billions in new spending to help students learn computer science skills. Obama announced the plan in his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday. He says developing analytical and coding skills is a must for jobs in the new economy. ...
  • Holy Logic: Computer Scientists ‘Prove’ God Exists

    10/24/2013 1:33:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 23, 2013 – 01:19 PM | David Knight
    As headlines go, it’s certainly an eye-catching one. “Scientists Prove Existence of God,” German daily Die Welt wrote last week. But unsurprisingly, there is a rather significant caveat to that claim. In fact, what the researchers in question say they have actually proven is a theorem put forward by renowned Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel—and the real news isn’t about a Supreme Being, but rather what can now be achieved in scientific fields using superior technology. … When Gödel died in 1978, he left behind a tantalizing theory based on principles of modal logic—that a higher being must exist. … That...
  • Georgia Tech, Udacity Shock Higher Ed With $7,000 Degree (Masters in Computer Science)

    05/29/2013 6:09:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5-15-2013 | Troy Onink
    Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a partnership with Udacity to offer an online Masters Degree in Computer Science for $7,000, down 80% from the existing cost of $40,000 for the on-campus, instructor led program. Suddenly, masters programs around the country will have to compete with Georgia Tech‘s $7,000 program, and that won’t be easy or fast in coming. The traditionally taught graduate degree in computer science at Georgia Tech is a very well regarded program that is in high demand and has very positive outcomes in terms of jobs and earnings. Georgia Tech graduates tend to do very well...
  • Giving Women the Access Code

    04/03/2012 5:37:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2012 | KATIE HAFNER
    ... [Computer science] students are overwhelmingly male. In 2010, just 18.2 percent of undergraduates in the field were women, according to the National Center for Education Statistics — in spite of gains in chemistry, biomechanical engineering and other so-called STEM fields (the acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics). “It must be the unique area of science and technology where women have made negative progress,” said Nicholas Pippenger, a mathematics professor at Harvey Mudd, who is married to Dr. Klawe. Dr. Klawe and others say the underrepresentation of women in the field is detrimental in a larger sense. Computer...
  • Dennis Ritchie, father of C programming language, dies

    10/13/2011 9:00:43 AM PDT · by SpaceBar · 94 replies · 1+ views
    CNET ^ | October 13, 2011 | by Steven Musil
    Dennis Ritchie, an internationally renowned computer scientist who created the C programming language, has died at age 70. Ritchie died at his home over the weekend, according to a Google+ post from longtime colleague Rob Pike. His Wikipedia entry was updated to say he had died in Murray Hill, N.J. His death was confirmed today by Bell Labs, in a message from its president, Jeong Kim, to employees. That message reads, in part: Dennis was well loved by his colleagues at Bell Labs, and will be greatly missed. He was truly an inspiration to all of us, not just for...
  • What if Airport Screeners Checked Your Square Root?

    11/20/2010 4:27:54 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 73 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | November 17, 2010 | Kerry Sheridan
    (A computer scientist argues that racial profiling is less effective than random searches, but says simple math could offer an even better solution.) What if airport screeners looked at would-be passengers and instead of assessing the color of their skin, asked: "What's the square root of your likelihood of being a terrorist?" Such is the world imagined by an American computer scientist who argues that racial profiling to root out potential terrorists is actually less effective than random searches, but says some simple math could offer a better solution. "When you have any profiling at all, it quickly becomes less...
  • For those going to College: Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts

    11/04/2010 9:14:31 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 76 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/25/2010 | Joe Light
    The starting pay of certain liberal arts majors generally clocks in well below that of graduates in engineering fields, according to a Wall Street Journal study. Graduates with engineering degrees earned average starting pay of $56,000 in their first full-time jobs out of college, topping other majors. Communications and English majors only earned $34,000 in their first jobs. The survey, which was conducted by PayScale.com between April and June of this year, was answered by about 11,000 people who graduated between 1999 and 2010. The reported starting pay was adjusted for inflation to make the salaries of graduates from different...
  • Deadly explosions on Moscow Metro system [UPDATE: 41 Dead; 2 Female Suicide Bombers]

    03/28/2010 10:12:15 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 75 replies · 2,184+ views
    The BBC ^ | Monday, 29 March 2010 06:02 UK | the BBC
    At least 25 people are reported to have been killed in an explosion on the Metro system in central Moscow, with a second blast coming shortly afterwards. The first blast happened at the city's central Lubyanka station, reports quoting security sources said. A second explosion happened at the Park Kultury station, Russian news agency Tass reported. Ten people were injured in the first blast, Tass said, quoting the emergencies ministry. The number of casualties at the second blast is not yet clear.
  • Second Moscow bomber identified: report

    04/04/2010 7:12:51 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 10 replies · 848+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 5, 2010
    A young computer science student has been identified by her parents from a photograph of one of two suicide bombers who killed 40 people on the Moscow metro, a Russian newspaper reported on Sunday. The other woman behind the March 29 attacks has already been identified as the 17-year-old widow of an Islamist militant from the troubled Dagestan region in the North Caucasus. Rassoul Magomedov, whose family is also from Dagestan, recognised his 28-year-old daughter from a photograph published on the internet and sent to him by friends via his mobile phone, the Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported. "My wife and...
  • 25 Brits in jet bomb plots (returning Yemen to UK early 2010-await instructions)

    12/27/2009 4:26:08 PM PST · by maggief · 72 replies · 2,884+ views
    The Sun ^ | December 27, 2009 | ANTHONY FRANCE Crime Reporter and ALEX WEST
    COPS fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners. The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen. It was there London-educated Umar Abdulmutallab, 23, prepared for his Christmas Day bid to blow up a US jet. The British extremists in Yemen are in their early 20s and from Bradford, Luton and Leytonstone, East London. They are due to return to the UK early in 2010 and will then await internet instructions from al-Qaeda on when to strike. A Scotland Yard source said: "The great fear is Abdulmutallab is the first of...
  • Google’s Go: A New Programming Language That’s Python Meets C++

    11/12/2009 9:24:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 691+ views
    Tech Crunch ^ | November 10, 2009 | Jason Kincaid
    Big news for developers out there: Google has just announced the release of a new, open sourced programming language called Go. The company says that Go is experimental, and that it combines the performance and security benefits associated with using a compiled language like C++ with the speed of a dynamic language like Python. GoÂ’s official mascot is Gordon the gopher, seen here. HereÂ’s how Google describes Go in its blog post: Go attempts to combine the development speed of working in a dynamic language like Python with the performance and safety of a compiled language like C or C++....
  • What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?

    11/15/2008 8:33:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 242 replies · 6,032+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 16, 2008 | RANDALL STROSS
    Digital Domain ELLEN SPERTUS, a graduate student at M.I.T., wondered why the computer camp she had attended as a girl had a boy-girl ratio of six to one. And why were only 20 percent of computer science undergraduates at M.I.T. female? She published a 124-page paper, “Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists?”, that catalogued different cultural biases that discouraged girls and women from pursuing a career in the field. The year was 1991. Computer science has changed considerably since then. Now, there are even fewer women entering the field. Why this is so remains a matter of dispute....
  • Education: Computer science graduating class of 2007 smallest this decade

    03/05/2008 2:54:12 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 67 replies · 384+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 2008-05-08 | Patrick Thibodeau
    March 5, 2008 (Computerworld) Enrollments in computer science programs, which plunged after the dot-com bust, may have leveled off, according to new data from the Computing Research Association (CRA). The group follows year-over-year enrollment and graduate trends at 170 Ph.D.-granting institutions. But this leveling is happening only after the number of bachelor's degree graduates has apparently hit a trough. In the 2006-'07 academic year, only 8,021 students graduated with computer science degrees from these schools -- the lowest number of graduates this decade. By contrast, in 2003-'04 -- the high point of this decade -- 14,185 students were awarded bachelor's...
  • Google-like process for mammogram images speeds up computer's second opinions

    08/01/2006 6:36:21 PM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 5 replies · 352+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | July 26 2006 | None given
    To help computers provide faster "second opinions" on mammogram images showing suspicious-looking breast masses, medical physicists at Duke University are employing a Google-like approach that retrieves useful information from an existing mammogram database within three seconds. Rather than comparing the mammogram image in question to every image of breast cancer in a computer database, the new approach compares the mammogram in question to selected images that are most highly ranked for their information content. This is analogous to how a Google search first returns a list of only those websites that it determines to have the most important and useful...
  • Google Buys Search Algorithm Invented by Israeli Student

    04/10/2006 6:22:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 342+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 9th Apr 2006
    Search engine giant Google recently acquired an advanced text search algorithm invented by Ori Alon, an Israeli student. Sources believe Yahoo and Microsoft were also negotiating with the University of New South Wales in Australia, where Alon is a doctoral student in computer science. Google, Alon and the university all refused to comment, though Google confirmed that "Ori Alon works at Google's Mountain View, California offices." The University acknowledged that Yahoo and Microsoft had conducted negotiations with its business development company. Alon told TheMarker in an interview six months ago that the university had registered a patent on the invention....
  • In computer science, a growing gender gap

    12/18/2005 7:00:11 AM PST · by A. Pole · 91 replies · 1,843+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 18, 2005 | Marcella Bombardieri
    [...] Today, Souvaine chairs the Tufts University computer science department, which has more female professors than male. But few younger women have followed in her generation's footsteps. Next spring, when 22 computer science graduates accept their Tufts diplomas, only four will be women. Born in contemporary times, free of the male-dominated legacy common to other sciences and engineering, computer science could have become a model for gender equality. [...] When Tara Espiritu arrived at Tufts, she was the rare young woman planning to become a computer scientist.[...]The same men always spoke up, often to raise some technical point that meant...