CS Students Win Conference Travel Scholarships

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.

Congratulations, Anne and Nicole!

CS Students to Present @ SSA

Science, Society, and the Arts (http://ssa.wlu.edu) conference has been scheduled for FEBRUARY 27, 2009. Computer Science students will be presenting as follows:

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Poster Session I
Location: Science Center Great Hall
“Duo: An Integrated Development Environment Designed for Pair Programming”
Anne Van Devender

“Web-based Logic Tutorial”
Nicole Carter and Josiah Davis

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Studies in Math, Computer Science and Science
Location: Reid Hall 111
“Parallel Computing in the Python Programming Language”
Alexander Jackson

“SLogo Drawing Software”
Eric Gehman, John Ivy, William Richardson, Bena Tshishiku

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Poster Session II
Location: Science Center Great Hall
“An Empirical Study of Statistical Data Models for Effective Automated Testing of Web Applications”
Lucy Simko

Anne Van Devender Teaches Middle School Girls

841300191Senior 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.

T-Shirt Design Competition

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 (pinkhamd@wlu.edu)   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!

HCI REU Program

The Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program at Iowa State University hosts a summer Undergraduate Research Experience, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This is a ten week internship where students take short courses in HCI and work in interdisciplinary teams on research projects. Housing and meals are provided, as well as a stipend. More information about this program can be found at http://www.hci.iastate.edu/REU/

The application deadline is February 15, 2009.

Note that the program starts May 27, which may cause a problem with your spring courses.

Fight Bots!

These robots were created by students in Prof. Levy’s spring 2008 course CSCI 250: Robot and Mind. Students built the robots using the popular Lego Mindstorms NXT platform and controlled the robots using the Python programming language. The control computer communicated with the robots using a wireless Bluetooth connection. The setup allows students to apply skills learned in their other computer science courses to robotics and frees them from the constraints imposed by the processor and memory limitations of the robot hardware.

CS Listed in Top Job Survey

CareerCast.com lists math and CS jobs as 5 of the 6 top ones in a recent survey.

See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123119236117055127.html for details.

Van Devender, Academic All-American

van20devender011Anne Van Devender was named first-team Academic All-America as well as ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and third-team All-America in women’s soccer.