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Grace Hopper Conference 2016 — Celebrating Women in Computer Science

Alexus McGriff ’18, Karishma Patel ’18, and Professor Sara Sprenkle attended the 2016 Grace Hopper  Women in Computing Conference, in Houston, Texas, October 18-22. The primary focus of the Conference was technical and professional development with a highlight being that Alexus was awarded a scholarship to attend.  The conference has grown over the years to about 15,000 attendees–this one being the biggest GHC conference yet.   This was Prof. Sprenkle’s 9th Hopper Conference and she attended, in part, as Co-Chair of the Faculty Track.   Her first one, in Vancouver, had about 600 attendees. With GHC  expanding to 15,000–it’s a completely different experience now!

Alexus provided a wonderful observation about the conference: “In short, I feel that it was a great opportunity to be put into contact with a lot of powerful women, and not solely for networking reasons, but to simply be inspired by them. It was such an amazing feeling to be able see a great woman in computing every where I turned for four straight days. It was my first GHC, and I totally plan to go again next year!”

The conference web site is:  http://ghc.anitaborg.org/

The Keynote speaker was Latanya Sweeney: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latanya_Sweeney

Grace Hopper’s profile can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper

Here are some pictures from GHC 2016:

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Alexus in a Google car
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Alexus met Latanya Sweeney after Latanya’s keynote speech
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Prof. Sprenkle excited (perhaps a little too much?!) to get her picture taken with a cartoon version of Grace Hopper!

 

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And here’s  a little movie of Karishma and friends having fun at the Google booth!

 

 

 

 



CSCI Major AJ Joshi ’17 — Internship Highlights

Learn more about AJ Joshi Class of 2017, a double major in Physics-Engineering and Computer Science,  as he elaborates on his Internship pursuits–

https://www.wlu.edu/transformative-education?feature=true&id=x16859

 



Faculty Focus — Professor Ken Lambert’s Book

CSCI Department Chair, Ken Lambert, is spending the summer completing a book on computer programming called “A Gentle Introduction to Functional Programming in Haskell”.  Click on the link to learn more!

https://www.wlu.edu/transformative-education?feature=true&id=x15957

 

 



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Computer Science Major/Minor Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following CSCI students who have received scholarships awards or prizes:

MICHAEL WATKINS HOLT – Special Honors – Valedictorian; The Robinson Award in Mathematics and Science,  Johnson Scholar, William D. McHenry Male Scholar-Athlete

LUCY MAUDE SIMKO (’11) – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (three years of funding in support of graduate study)

JOHANNA MICHELLE GEORGEN – The Computer Science Department Award

BRENNON THORNTON WILLIAMS – The Academy of American Poets Award,  The Maxwell P. Wilkinson Scholarship in English

JOHN PATRICK BARRY – Johnson Scholar

MITHRA MUTHUKRISHNAN – Johnson Scholar

MITCHELL DEAN OLSON – Johnson Scholar

JOHN LUCIUS KIRBY – The Physics and Engineering Departmental Scholarship

RACHEL ELIZABETH STONE – The Douglas C Halstead Memorial Scholarship

JOK GENGA ASIYO –  The Callum Owings Memorial Award

DARREN A. DOUGLAS – Coaches and Captains Award

HARRISON P. DEKNIGHT – Coaches and Captains Track and Field Award



2016 Computer Science Graduation Reception and the complete list of Graduates

The CSCI Reception honoring the 2016 Senior Graduates, took place on Wednesday, May 25th in the Great Hall.  The Reception provided a great opportunity for faculty, students and their families to get together and celebrate.  Here are a few photos from the festivities — Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Some of the Class of 2016, L-R; Johanna Goergen, Chris Lavin, Ryan Grant , Stephen Rowley, Michael Holt and Mitch Olson
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Some of the Class of 2016 with CSCI Faculty, clockwise, Johanna, Chris, Ryan, Mitch, Michael, Prof. Ken Lambert, Stephen, Prof. Tom Helmuth, Prof. Sara Sprenkle and Prof. Simon Levy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Computer Science Class of 2016 Graduates:

Jok  Asiyo – major
John Barry – minor
Sam  Borowsky – major
Darren Douglas – major
Johanna Goergen – major
Ryan Grant – major
Marijo Herrera Quesada – minor
Michael Holt – major
John Kirby – minor
Brian Krouskos – minor
Chris Lavin – minor
Mithra Muthukrishnan – major
Mitch Olson – major
Stephen Rowley – major
Fred Sackfield – minor
Joe Siami – minor
Leigh Stauffer – minor
Michael Stovall – minor

 



CSCI Major Michael Holt ’16 honored at Athletic Department Awards

Michael Holt ’16, front row, center right

The 2016 Athletic Department Awards, held on May 17th at Lee Chapel, paid tribute to W&L’s exceptional student-athletes.  Senior tennis player, Michael Holt,  was the male recipient of the William D. McHenry Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.  Click on the link to learn more about Michael’s achievements and about the other honorees…

http://news.blogs.wlu.edu/2016/05/24/wl-announces-2016-athletic-department-awards/

 



2016 Spring Term Festival

Students displayed their Spring Term projects during the 2016 Festival held on May 20 on the main floor of Leyburn Library. This poster below, created by students from CSCI 335, showcases the development of high-performance software for web applications.

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Perry O’Connor ’17 explains her team’s work on the Symbolic Logic Tutorial to Professor Gavin Fox. Asha Campbell ’17 (seated) also worked on the Symbolic Logic Tutorial. Mina Shnoudah ’17 (right) demonstrated his team’s Ancient Graffiti Project application next.

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Prof. Helmuth is “Scene on Campus”

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Computer Science Professor Tom Helmuth and family out for a stroll……



W&L’s Digital Humanites “Ancient Graffiti Project” continues

NEH awarded Washington and Lee a major DH grant to support continued work on the “Ancient Graffiti Project” — a program led by Classics Professor Rebecca Benefiel and Computer Science Professor Sara Sprenkle.  CSCI Major Jamie White ’17 played a large part in the development of this project.  Click on the links below to learn more!

http://www.wlu.edu/tradition-of-innovation?feature=true&id=x15397

http://news.blogs.wlu.edu/2016/04/14/neh-funds-wl-digital-humanities-project/

 

 




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