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CSCI 2017 Senior Graduate Reception

The 2017 Senior Reception honoring the Graduates, took place on Wednesday, May 24th in the Great Hall of the Science Center.  The reception provided a wonderful opportunity for faculty, students and their families gather and celebrate the students’ achievements.  Here are a few photos from the festivities — Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

 

 

 



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

 



Prof. Helmuth is “Scene on Campus”

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



Computer Science meets Biology: Models and Algorithms for Understanding Evolution

Dr. Jessica Wu, VisJessica Wuiting Assistant Professor,
Department of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College

Friday, December 4th
3:30 p.m. (reception)
4:00 p.m. (talk)
Parmly 307

Computational techniques have long been applied to biological data to address a wide range of evolutionary questions.

This talk will focus on the need for accurate, efficient, scalable, and general computational methods for reconstructing gene evolutionary histories. The TreeFix algorithm that combines sequence data and species histories to correct reconstruction errors will be presented along with a demonstration of how the accurate predictions enabled by TreeFix have been used to improve our understanding of evolution.

Students, Faculty/Staff invited to attend!



CSCI Summer Research Spotlight

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Find out what Azmain Amin, a junior who worked with Professor Sara Sprenkle and fellow junior Mina Shnoudah did over the summer….

http://wlu.edu/transformative-education?feature=true&id=x13186

 



CSCI Tenure-Track Faculty Position Opening

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Washington and Lee University
Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track opening at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2016. New faculty will join four current full-time members of the department in supporting a thriving undergraduate computer science major. Candidates should have a commitment to excellence in teaching, an active research program, and expertise in bioscience or neuroscience, and they should be able to sponsor student research in neuroscience. Candidates should, by September 1, 2016, hold a Ph.D. in computer science.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of southwestern Virginia. The Department of Computer Science offers a congenial working environment with small classes, excellent students, and state-of-the-art facilities. The academic calendar consists of two twelve-week terms followed by a four-week spring term. A typical teaching assignment is two courses in the fall, two courses plus an accompanying lab for one of the two courses in the winter, and one course every other spring. Many opportunities exist for collaboration across disciplines, particularly with other faculty in the sciences.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and contact information for three references, at least one of whom can evaluate the candidate’s promise as a teacher. Candidates should also ask their references to send letters directly to the search committee. Applications, letters, and questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Kenneth Lambert, Chair, Department of Computer Science, 406 Parmly Hall, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450. Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred and can be sent to lambertk@wlu.edu. For more details, see https://jobs.wlu.edu/postings/2523

Application review will begin by November 1, 2015.



Digital Humanities Grant Collaboration

Computer Science professor Sara Sprenkle collaborated with other members of Washington and Lee’s Digital Humanities Working Group and the Provost to write the grant application. See the following links for more details!

http://news.blogs.wlu.edu/2015/07/13/mellon-foundation-grants-wl-funds-for-digital-humanities-study-of-history/

http://digitalhumanities.wlu.edu



W&L’s Sprenkle Selected to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Washington and Lee’s Sara Sprenkle, associate professor of computer science, is one of 60 people profiled to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).



W&L Students, Faculty, and Alumna Attend Grace Hopper 2013

Three W&L students, one faculty member, and one alumna attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The conference was the largest in GHC’s history with over 4800 attendees!

Ginny Huang '14, Professor Sara Sprenkle, Sam O'Dell '15, Cory Walker '15, and Camille Cobb '12 pose outside the Minneapolis Convention Center, under the Grace Hopper sign.
From left to right, Ginny Huang ’14, Professor Sara Sprenkle, Sam O’Dell ’15, Cory Walker ’15, and Camille Cobb ’12 pose outside the Minneapolis Convention Center under the Grace Hopper welcome sign.

Sam O’Dell ’15 and Cory Walker ’15 were awarded scholarships to attend the conference.  Ginny Huang ’14 was waitlisted for a scholarship, but W&L provided some funding to help defray the cost for her attending.  All three students had interviews with a variety of companies at the conference and were inspired and learned a lot from the various sessions.

Alumna Camille Cobb ’12–now a graduate student at the University of Washington–attended the conference through a scholarship that she earned as a Google intern this past summer.

The first time attending the conference is always an amazing experience–just ask Huang, who said, “I think the two best things about the conference are that 1) You get access to a lot of Computer Science opportunities! I always know that there is a great need for programmers in the market, but I never got a lot of actual access to companies that are looking for them and 2) I love all those gifts! My advice for people who attend in the future is only bring one shirt in your luggage to attend the first day of the conference. Grab the rest in the conference!  It’s a good way to reduce the weight you’re carrying.”

The second time attending isn’t too shabby either, according to O’Dell, “Going to Grace Hopper again this year was absolutely incredible. I loved going to the sessions and learning about the industry I hope to work in when I graduate. In addition, I had the chance to interview with a few companies at the conference and was fortunate enough to come away with an internship for next summer. The conference is definitely a great experience and full of opportunities for women hoping to go into computer science after they graduate.”

Poster co-chairs Sara Sprenkle (left) and Kaoutar El Maguari pose with Barbara Gee during the opening session.
Poster co-chairs Sara Sprenkle (left) and Kaoutar El Maghraouri (right) pose with Barbara Gee, ABI Vice President of Programs, (left) during the opening session.
Photo Courtesy: Anita Borg Institute

Professor Sara Sprenkle served as the co-chair of the poster session with Kaoutar El Maghraoui from IBM.  Their work included organizing the Student Research Competition, which involved 28 student participants–6 of whom became semi-finalists and presented their work in another session–and over 30 judges.  Sara and Kaoutar were quite pleased with the quality of the posters and presentations and the feedback the judges gave the students.

Walker summarized the experience: “The GHC offers the unique experience of having thousands of experienced women in technology gathered in one place, all willing to share their experiences and advice with one another. The opportunity to learn from technical women of all different backgrounds was to me the most worthwhile part of the Celebration.”



W&L Faculty to Present Collaborative Project at LAWDI Institute

Rebecca Benefiel, associate professor of classics at Washington and Lee University, and Sara Sprenkle, assistant professor of computer science at W&L, will present their prototype of a new web application involving the ancient graffiti of Pompeii at the Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI) later this month

W&L Faculty to Present Collaborative Project at LAWDI Institute

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