Sophomore Lucy Simko was awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for participation in the Arabic intensive summer language institute. The highly selective award provides complete funding for studying at the institute in Cairo, Egypt for 8 weeks.
Lucy is majoring in both computer science and classics.
Even though classes aren’t in session, W&L CS students and faculty will be collaborating on several projects.
Daniel Thornton ’10 will be working with Dr. Simon Levy on a custom-built robot platform to implement the visual map-seeking circuit (MSC) algorithm for real-time robot navigation. This is the first time that anyone has attempted to apply the MSC algorithm to this task, so it looks Daniel has a challenging summer ahead!
Will Richardson ’11 will be working under the direction of ProfessorsTom Whaley and Frank Settle to develop a searchable website that indexes online resources on nuclear energy. This website will be an important component of the National Energy Education Development project headed by Dr. Frank Settle of Washington and Lee and Dr. Charles Ferguson of the Council on Foreign Relations and funded by Mr. Gerry Lenfest. The website will be used by middle school, high school, and college educators as well as the general public. Will’s work will include design and implementation of a database for the backend of the system as well as the user interface and search engine. This work will be done with input from educators from the target audience. Last summer Will developed a prototype that was well received and led to the current project.
Nine students presented their computer science projects at SSA, the W&L student research conference.
Two groups of students gave presentations. Senior Alex Jackson presented his research on “Parallel Computing in the Python Programming Language”, while Junior Bena Tshishiku, Sophomores Jack Ivy and Will Richardson, and first-year Eric Gehman presented their SLogo project, from the CS209: Software Development course.
Today, senior Anne Van Devender and junior Josiah Davis were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society. Anne and Josiah join senior Mariya Miteva, who was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa last year. Today’s convocation featured an inspiring speech from Steven Squyres, who talked about the adventures of working on the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
Seniors Nicole Carter and Anne Van Devender were recently awarded scholarships to attend conferences.
Nicole Carter will be attending the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in Portland, OR in April. The conference focuses on students from under-represented groups in computing, supporting students through special mentoring sessions and providing them with networking opportunities.
Anne Van Devender will be attending CHI–the premier computer-human interaction conference–in Boston in April. Anne will learn about cutting-edge research with help from funding awarded by the ACM-W.
Senior Anne Van Devender teaches girls from Maury River Middle School Computer Science. As a member of WITS (Women in Technology and Science), Anne introduced the girls to the basics of HTML through creating their own web pages.
The Computer Science Department is having a t-shirt design competition!
Rules (subject to change):
short or long-sleeve t-shirt
one color printed on a solid color t-shirt
options for printing are front/back/sleeve (probably only 2 of those 3)
keep it clean!
Submission (subject to change): Send the images (in some commonly used format, like jpg, png, tiff) to Derek Pinkham (firstname.lastname@example.org) Include explanation, if necessary, such as which image is on the front and which is on the back.
Please let us know if you have any other ideas/suggestions. You’ve been coming up with some great ones!