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Three individuals with Stanford affiliations named 2021 Knight-Hennessy Scholars – Stanford Today – Stanford University News
By Kathleen J. Sullivan
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, which funds graduate study at Stanford, last week announced its 2021 cohort, which includes three individuals with Stanford affiliations.
The scholars the fourth Knight-Hennessy Scholars cohort will also participate in the King Global Leadership Program, which strives to develop inspiring, visionary leaders who have strong cross-cultural perspectives and are committed to the greater good.
The incoming cohort of 76 scholars from around the world will join graduate programs during the 2021-22 academic year in every Stanford School: Business, Earth, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, Law and Medicine.
The three incoming scholars with Stanford affiliations are: Joy Hsu, 20, who is pursuing a masters degree in computer science, Olivia Martin, 19, and Nancy Xu, 19.
Joy Hsu, who is from Hualien, Taiwan, will pursue a PhD in computer science, with a focus on artificial intelligence and computer vision, in the School of Engineering.
Joy Hsu (Image credit: Courtesy Knight-Hennessy Scholars)
She aspires to one day become a computer science professor, as well as an advisor to local and national governments on policies regarding artificial intelligence.
I was stunned and incredibly grateful to be named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Hsu said. Im excited to join and learn from such a diverse cohort.
Hsu, who earned a bachelors degree with honors in computer science in 2020, is currently pursuing a masters degree with distinction in research in computer science, with concentrations in artificial intelligence and biocomputing.
She is a researcher at the Medical AI and Computer Vision Lab and the SLAC National Accelerator Lab, where she creates machine learning algorithms for unsupervised structure discovery in electron tomography.
At Stanford, Hsu helped organize TreeHacks, which invites college students around the world to turn crazy ideas into real projects. She also volunteered at Girls Teaching Girls to Code, a program designed to inspire high school students to pursue careers in computer science. In addition, she served in the student mental health and wellness cabinet in the Associated Students of Stanford University.
In 2021, Hsu was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship for her proposal on unsupervised learning in the computer vision domain.
Currently, Hsu is a technology policy associate in the Mayors Office of Technology and Innovation in San Jose, California, which is leveraging technology to address the most pressing issues facing the city.
Olivia Martin, who is from San Diego, California, will pursue a JD at Stanford Law School and a PhD in economics, with a focus on public economics and administrative law, at the School of Humanities and Sciences.
Olivia Martin (Image credit: Courtesy Knight-Hennessy Scholars)
She aspires to help governments better collect and use data to design and implement sustainable, equitable and evidence-based policy.
Martin said she was shocked and thrilled to be named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.
I feel extremely honored to have this opportunity, she said.
Martin, who earned a bachelors degree in economics at Stanford in 2019, received an Anna Laura Myers Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis in Economics for her honors thesis, titled Understanding the Geography of Housing Instability: Eviction and Affordable Housing Development.
During her senior year at Stanford, Martin served as the chair of Stanford in Government, a non-partisan, student-led affiliate of the Haas Center for Public Service.
For two years, Martin tutored two middle school students through the East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring program, whose mission is to change the life trajectory of local youth and their families through academic support, parent empowerment and tennis lessons.
In the spring of 2019, the Brown University Journal of Philosophy, Policy, and Economics, a peer-reviewed academic journal for undergraduate and graduate students, published Martins paper, A Fair Free Lunch? Reconciling Freedom and Reciprocity in the Context of Universal Basic Income.
Currently, Martin is a research manager at USAFacts, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, civic initiative dedicated to increasing the availability of government data to drive fact-based discussion. Since graduating from Stanford, she also helped develop a new portfolio of talent-related investments for Ballmer Group, which supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States.
Nancy Xu, who is from Fremont, California, will pursue a masters degree in business administration at the Graduate School of Business and a PhD in computer science at the School of Engineering.
Nancy Xu (Image credit: Courtesy Knight-Hennessy Scholars)
She aspires to develop scalable artificial intelligence systems that will benefit society-at-large, particularly by learning and automating complex tasks and processes.
Xu said she was beyond grateful to family and friends for their support over the years.
I look forward to helping create the transformational impact that artificial intelligence will have on our society in the next few years, she said.
At Stanford, Xu earned bachelors degrees in mathematics and computer science with honors in 2019.
Xu is co-author of The Kipoi repository accelerates community exchange and reuse of predictive models for genomics, which was published in May 2019 in Nature Biotechnology.
She served as president of Stanford Women in Computer Science, a student organization that supports and promotes the growing number of women in computer science and technology, and as president of the Stanford Association for Computing Machinery.
Xu is a founder and former editor of The Gradient, a digital magazine focused on the latest research and developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning founded in 2017 by students and researchers at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Since graduating from Stanford, Xu has worked for several companies, including Alpha Health (now known as AKASA), where she created new products to help streamline healthcare processes such as scanning patient information from insurance cards, and at Illumina Inc., where she helped create a consortium of hospitals, research institutions and clinics dedicated to gaining a deeper understanding of the human genome.
Governor Murphy Announces New Jersey Department of Education Grants to Create Computer Science Learning Hubs Throughout State – InsiderNJ
TRENTON Building on his Computer Science for All initiative, Governor Phil Murphy today announced that three universities will receive grants from the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) to create computer science learning hubs throughout the state.
TheExpanding Access to Computer Science: Professional Learning Grantswill help Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kean University, and Rutgers University in New Brunswick create hubs that will provide high-quality professional learning for educators and resources for school districts to increase computer science opportunities for students. The grantswhich are funded through the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Actwill also help the three universities build partnerships with stakeholders to promote the growth of computer science education.
New Jersey is committed to ensuring our students have access to a high-quality education in computer science that will open up doors for them in the future,said Governor Phil Murphy.The learning hubs will provide opportunities for educators to be on the forefront of computer science education, and to share that knowledge to students in the classroom. These efforts will contribute to the academic growth of our students and the economic growth of our State.
Its our vision that New Jersey schools will help prepare students for success in this knowledge-based economy,said Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of Education.This initiative will help toward the goal of providing equitable access to high-quality computer science education.
The DOE estimates that the learning hubs will lead to approximately 3,000 students receiving equitable high-quality computer science education during the grant period, which runs until August 31, 2022.
The grants support the vision in Governor MurphysComputer Science State Plan, which details the States approach to supporting and expanding equitable access to high-quality computer science education for all K-12 students.
We applaud Governor Murphy for his commitment to providing a larger and more diverse set of students access to computer science courses, which are fundamental for 21st century careers,said Trevor Packer, head of the AP Program.New Jerseys new teacher training hubs will help make such courses available in every New Jersey school.
Preparing and supporting teachers is essential to expanding access computer science education,said Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO of Code.org. Congratulations to New Jersey for taking this important step to provide more students in the state the opportunity to learn and explore computer science.
In order to effectively implement Governor Murphys Computer Science Action plan we need to make sure that we provide support and professional development for thousands of K-12 teachers throughout New Jersey,said Daryl Detrick, co-Director of the CS4NJ Coalition.The development of the Computer Science Teaching Hubs is a huge step in theright direction. The CS4NJ Coalition looks forward to continuing to work with the Governors office and DOE to ensure all students in NJ have access to high quality and equitable computer science education that opens doors of opportunity.
The grant awards include:
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It's the dream of so many children to become an astronaut to break free of gravity, float above the Earth and travel the cosmos. For many, this dream fades by adulthood. But for some, this elusive career will always be a goal.
So, what does it take to become an astronaut?
First, to be a candidate, you usually must be a citizen of a country thats a member of a space agency. To sign up with NASA, for example, you must be a U.S. citizen. However, some private space companies may recruit astronauts without regard to their citizenship.
Related: Why is space a vacuum?
Many qualifications, such as education, are similar across space agencies. To apply to be an astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA), for example, you need a master's degree or higher in the natural sciences, medicine, engineering, mathematics or computer science, or you need an experimental test pilot degree, which teaches graduates how to pilot aircraft that are being tested and how to manage research programs. NASA has the same requirements but also allows two years toward a doctorate in these subjects.
A degree isn't enough, though. To meet candidate requirements, applicants also need real-world experience at least two years of relevant post-graduate experience in their field of study for NASA or three years for the ESA. NASAs requirement can also be met with 1,000 pilot-in-command hours aboard a jet. Because English is the language used on the International Space Station, you must be fluent. (Fluency in other languages, such as Russian, is an asset but not a requirement, according to the ESA.)
Astronauts must also have a passing health record. For example, ESA requires medical certification for a Private Pilot License or higher with the initial application, although you do not need to hold the license itself. NASA candidates must be able to pass a long-duration flight astronaut physical. "Typically, as we near the end of the selection process, we put them through the same evaluation process that we would use for assigning a current astronaut to a mission, just to make sure that they would be eligible for a spaceflight assignment," said Anne Roemer, astronaut selection manager at NASA.
In the past, most physical disabilities would have disqualified a person from being an astronaut. But ESA has launched the Parastronaut Feasibility Project to recruit at least one astronaut with short stature, or under 4 feet, 3 inches (130 centimeters); a pronounced leg length difference; or lower limb deficiency, such as amputation at the knee. The agency will work with this astronaut to determine what alterations the space agency needs to make to existing protocols to send this person to space.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Astronauts work long hours in high-stress situations. They are away from their friends and family for months at a time, and communication with those on Earth can be challenging. For instance, on the International Space Station, email is available and astronauts can make video calls, but they can only receive audio on their end and calls have a few seconds of lag. For missions to Mars, communicating with family back home would likely be more difficult. Instead, astronauts are stuck in small, enclosed areas with no real way to get alone time.
Related: Where is the center of the universe?
"During the selection process, we will test, through psychometric testing and other tools, the mental stability of the person, particularly with respect to if there are any red flags that go up," such as psychiatric disorders, said Dagmar Boos, head of ESA's Competence and Policy Centre. This mental stability is important for both the individual astronauts and the safety of the team as a whole, Boos said.
Those are the minimum requirements, but it takes much more to be selected as an astronaut. More than 18,000 people applied to NASA's astronaut class of 2017, but only 12 were chosen. Candidates must be truly impressive to stand out from the crowd.
One quality that the selection team looks for is the ability to be both a leader and a follower. Experience working in extreme environments, like the North Pole or the desert, can further woo the judges, Boos said. She also looks for people who have had responsibility over the lives of others, such as by being part of a rescue team.
In addition to flying in space, astronauts have technical roles on Earth and are the faces of the spaceflight program, so they have to be able to work in a range of contexts. "We're looking for well-rounded people across the board," Roemer said. "That can include career accomplishments, hobbies and interests."
Finally, astronauts must be easy to work with. "The goal is eventually to go to Mars, which is a fairly long mission," Roemer said. "They're trying to assess, could I be locked in a tin can with this person and ensure that we have a successful mission?"
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The following members of the Syracuse University community are recognized for achieving Years of Service milestones in 2020:
Jeurje Alamir, Facilities ServicesKathryn Allen, School of Information StudiesSuzanne Baldwin, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and SciencesBruce Baehr, Facilities ServicesTheresa Bathen, AthleticsTeresa Battisto, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsKaren Baum, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsCathy Bottari, Office of Human ResourcesJames Byrne, Department of Public Health, Student Services, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsDenneva Calkins, Department of Transmedia, College of Visual and Performing ArtsLinda Carty, Department of African American Studies, College of Arts and SciencesKelley Champa, Chancellors HouseMarcelina Chavez, Facilities ServicesBiao Chen, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceJonathan Cheney, College of Arts and SciencesJill Clarke, Facilities ServicesSusan Clayton, Whitman School of ManagementDan Coman, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and SciencesNatasha Cooper, Syracuse University LibrariesJoanne Craner, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsJanice Darmody, Facilities ServicesRandy Dearborn, Office of AdmissionsJames Devereaux, Fire and Life Safety ServicesWilliam DiCosimo, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing ArtsDeborah Dohne, School of Art, College of Visual and Performing ArtsKathryn Everly, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, College of Arts and SciencesEllen Fallon, Writing Program, College of Arts and SciencesTracy Feocco, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsPriyantha Fernando, Institute for Veterans and Military FamiliesRobert Finnegan, Facilities ServicesPaul Fitzgerald, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and SciencesMichael Frasciello, University CollegeRose Frenza, Office of the RegistrarMichael Fudge Jr., School of Information StudiesPeter Giovinazzo, Enterprise Application SystemsHolly Greenberg, School of Art, College of Visual and Performing ArtsMarjorie Greeson, Treasurers OfficeMary Pat Grzymala, Facilities ServicesNancy Hard, Syracuse AbroadDenise Heckman, School of Design, College of Visual and Performing ArtsWilliam Hicks Jr., AthleticsMonica Hobika, Office of Human ResourcesJanet Hyde, Office of Student LivingLinda Ivany, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and SciencesKelly Jarvi, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and SciencesTazim Kassam, Department of Religion, College of Arts and SciencesJoseph Kehn, Materials DistributionTina Kelly, Cash OperationsKathleen Kenny, College of Arts and SciencesMaureen OConnor Kicak, School of Information StudiesMary Kiernan, Department of Food Studies, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsHolly Kingdeski, Financial Aid ServicesBruce Kingma, School of Information StudiesJudith Kopp, Center for Disability ResourcesLinda Koser, Department of Public SafetyMaureen Kozlowski, Office of Student LivingAmy Kwasigroch, Syracuse University LibrariesEunkyu Lee, Whitman School of ManagementPhyllis Liszewski, Advancement and External AffairsWendy Lockwood, Office of Human ResourcesSuzanne Loguidice, Treasurers OfficePhillip Lynd, Facilities ServicesPaula Maxwell, School of EducationJennie McLaughlin, University CollegeMark Meyer, Facilities ServicesMark Monette, Facilities ServicesKaren Nadolski, Marketing and CommunicationsShannon Nanda, Whitman School of ManagementKelly Needham, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsLeonese Nelson, College Preparation ProgramsLisa Nicholas, Tepper in NYC ProgramMarilyn Niland, Health ServicesJae Oh, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceJohn Olson, Syracuse University LibrariesHana Palmer, Facilities ServicesJoseph Pellegrino, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Arts and SciencesJames Perkins, Facilities ServicesThomas Perreault, Department of Geography, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsKelly Pettingill, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsBradley Pike, AthleticsDavid Popp, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsJennifer Pulver, School of Information StudiesBrien Ryder, Facilities ServicesJosephine Scanlon, College of LawJeanne Schmidt, Department of Teaching and Leadership, School of EducationErin Levy Schaal, Facilities ServicesWendy Spadafora, Office of AdmissionsJames Spoelstra, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceChristopher Stewart, Campus Safety and Emergency ServicesMelinda Stoffel, Department of Public Health, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsTina Thompson, Bursars OfficeDeborah Toole, Department of Geography, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsDavid Travers, Facilities ServicesMelissa Tucci, TelecommunicationsMary VanSkiver, Facilities ServicesMaureen Verone, Hendricks ChapelPadmal Vitharana, Whitman School of ManagementEric Wagner, Residential Safety, Department of Public SafetyKevin Wall, Office of the RegistrarCheryl Walsh, Syracuse University Day Care CenterJames Warne, Administrative ComputingGeoffrey Wemple, Facilities ServicesTheodore Woodruff, Facilities Services
Darle Balfoort, Syracuse University LibrariesCharles Brown Jr., Department of Physics, College of Arts and SciencesYvonne Buchanan, School of Art, College of Visual and Performing ArtsKaren Buffum, Food ServicesRonald Bunal, NetworkingDonald Buschmann, Syracuse StageAnthony Carbone, Syracuse University LibrariesDonald Carr, School of Design, College of Visual and Performing ArtsKelley Coleman, Campbell Institute, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsTodd Conover, Department of Design, College of Visual and Performing ArtsJanet Coria, Department of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsLuvenia Cowart, Department of Public Health, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsJay H. Cox, Marketing and CommunicationsJulia Czerniak, School of ArchitectureLisa Dolak, Office of the Board of Trustees and College of LawDavid Driesen, College of LawBradley Ethington, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing ArtsAngela Flanagan, School of EducationThomas Foody, Facilities ServicesCatherine Gerard, Midcareer and Executive Education, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsRobert Gerbin, Marketing and CommunicationsErika Haber, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, College of Arts and SciencesCathleen Hayduke, Sponsored AccountingEllen Hobbs, Graduate SchoolMary Lee Hodgens, Coalition of Museums and Art CentersJuanita Horan, Moynihan Institute, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsJamie Jackson, Parking and Transit ServicesMary Kendrat, Campus Planning, Design and ConstructionDennis Kinsey, Department of Public Relations, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsElzbieta Kosatka, Facilities ServicesHeather Labuz, Budget and PlanningRoger Lavin, Enterprise Application SystemsSteven Lux, Midcareer and Executive Education, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsStephen Masiclat, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsLinda Mathis, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsCheri McEntee, Information Technology ServicesAlan Middleton, College of Arts and SciencesAnne Mosher, Department of Geography, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsMelissa Perry, Catering ServicesSanford Peterson, Syracuse University LibrariesCristina Regan-Swift, Advancement and External AffairsThomas Roux, Syracuse University LibrariesJeffrey Rubin, School of Information StudiesFrancisco Sanin, School of ArchitectureRoy Simmons III, AthleticsTomasz Skwarnicki, Department of Physics, College of Arts and SciencesAdam Smith, Facilities ServicesCarrie Smith, School of Social Work, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsEvan Smith, Department of Television, Radio and Film, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsAnnette Statum, Facilities ServicesShirley Trendowski, Food ServicesAnn Marie Trinca, Financial Aid ServicesMichael Veley, Department of Sport Management, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsPing Zhang, School of Information Studies
Mary Anagnost, Advancement and External AffairsJamie Base, Facilities ServicesChris Bolt, WAERJacqueline Borowve, Department of Religion, College of Arts and SciencesPaul Browning, Facilities ServicesGail Bulman, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, College of Arts and SciencesJeffrey Carnes, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, College of Arts and SciencesKimberly Charima, Disbursements ProcessingBarry Davidson, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceMarion Dorfer, School of Design, College of Visual and Performing ArtsAndrew Keith Doss, Office of Veteran and Military AffairsGerald Edmonds, Office of the Associate Provost for Academic ProgramsJay Evans, Syracuse University Campus StoreMaryann Evans, Facilities ServicesSusan Cornelius Edson, AthleticsChristina Feikes, Writing Program, College of Arts and SciencesKatherine Fiedler, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsMaureen Fitzsimmons, Writing Program, College of Arts and SciencesSusan Fredericks, Midcareer and Executive Education, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsMargaret Frey, Parking and Transit ServicesRonda Garlow, Midcareer and Executive Education, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsDeborah Golia, Falk CollegeKristina Greene, Advancement and External AffairsPatricia Hennigan, Financial Aid ServicesJulianne Hughes, Stadium Operations ManagementNancy Italiano, Dining ServicesElizabeth Jeffrey, Office of Technology TransferBetty Johnson-Adair, Syracuse University LibrariesDarlene Kennedy, Enterprise Application SystemsColleen Kepler, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, College of Arts and SciencesLaura Lape, College of LawElisabeth Lasch-Quinn, Department of History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsSteven Leonard, Information SecurityEleanor Maine, Department of Biology, College of Arts and SciencesRobin Paul Malloy, College of LawDeb Monahan, School of Social Work, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsMichelle Mondo, Department of Teaching and Leadership, School of EducationNicole Morrissette-Ugoji, Food ServicesAvani Patankar, Food ServicesEric Patten, Enterprise Application SystemsRebecca Ponza, Environmental Health and Safety ServicesWilliam Poole, Facilities ServicesBeth Prieve, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Arts and SciencesJames Ponzi, Food ServicesKrystal Porter, Mail ServicesLawrence Roux, Enterprise Application SystemsScott Samson, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and SciencesPauline Saraceni, Alumni EngagementMichael Scheftic, Core Infrastructure ServicesMark Svereika, Syracuse University LibrariesStephanie Surlock, Treasurers OfficeRobert Thompson, Department of Television, Radio and Film, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsMurali Venkatesh, School of Information StudiesAndrew Vogel, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and SciencesGarrett Wheeler-Diaz, Syracuse StageTheresa Whitlock, Food ServicesScott Wright, Facilities ServicesGale Youmell, Syracuse University Campus Store
Edward Bogucz, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceErnest Colbourn Jr., Mail ServicesSean Corcoran, Department of Public SafetyBridget Crary, School of Information StudiesDuane Davis, Mail ServicesJoseph Downing, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing ArtsLisa Farnsworth, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and SciencesLinda Stone Fish, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsJames Fiumara, Facilities ServicesJohn Fiumara, Facilities ServicesLaura Gaul, Facilities ServicesGerald Greenberg, College of Arts and SciencesLisa Hairston, Food ServicesCarol Hamilton, Syracuse University LibrariesSheryl Hedrick, Food ServicesCan Isik, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceMichael Keenan, Food ServicesJay Lee, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceJohn Mangicaro, Learning Environments and Media ProductionAnastasia Marziale, General AccountingJeffrey Mertell, Department of Public SafetyJohn Miller, Facilities ServicesDiane Oad, Enterprise Application SystemsKara Patten, Academic Applications and Service CentersNancy Pelligrini, Food ServicesMichael Petroff, Mail ServicesAlice Pfeiffer, Syracuse University PressSusan Potter, Food ServicesDavid Regin, Dining ServicesJoseph Roth, Facilities ServicesJohn Sardino, Department of Public SafetyKenneth Schoening, Budget and PlanningSari Signorelli, Project AdvanceSofia Amparo Silva, Lubin House AdmissionsDeborah Skeele, Campus Facilities Administration and ServicesPatricia Sobotka, Office of the Board of TrusteesAngel Stevener, Facilities ServicesDona Hayes Storm, Department of Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsRobert Thompson III, Facilities ServicesPeter Vinette, NetworkingDavid West, Office of Admissons
Steven Adydan, Facilities ServicesCarmine Avella, Mail ServicesShobha Bhatia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceStephen Brandt, Food ServicesJohn Desko, AthleticsVanessa Dismuke, Syracuse University LibrariesWilliam Dossert, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceDavid Fowler, Facilities ServicesMichael Harrison, Food ServicesJeffrey Hoone, Coalition of Museums and Arts CentersGwenn Judge, Budget and PlanningSusan Long, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Newhouse School of Public CommunicationsAllen Myers, Food ServicesRobert Ogletree, Facilities ServicesS.P. Raj, Whitman School of ManagementWilliam Rizzo, Facilities ServicesAnthony Ross, Facilities ServicesJames Ryan, Office of AdmissionsStephen Sartori, Marketing and CommunicationsKim Sauer, PurchasingMichelle Scheider, Food ServicesMark Tewksbury, Food ServicesMaureen Thompson, Department of Public Health, Falk CollegeAdam Wright, Food Services
ML DeFuria, Graduate SchoolMargie Hughto, School of Art, College of Visual and Performing ArtsGary Kelder, College of LawBarbara Opar, Syracuse University LibrariesMelanie Stopyra, Marketing and CommunicationsAnne Walter, Syracuse University Day Care Center
Thomas Fondy, Department of Biology, College of Arts and SciencesW. Henry Lambright, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Dorothy Dottie Russell, Schine Dining
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East Stroudsburg University honored 119 employees for their service and dedication during the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony on May 3.This years ceremony recognized individuals who have supported the missions and goals ofESUfrom 10 to 40 years, and achieved their milestones in either 2020 or 2021.ESUdid not hold an Employee Recognition Ceremony in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is great be able to celebrate and acknowledge such a nice cross-section of campus during this years recognition ceremony, and to do it in-person, saidESUInterim President Kenneth Long. Some of this years honorees teach in the broad range of disciplines across the curriculum, while others provide administrative support services or student services, make sure this campus is in pristine condition or serve the campus by keeping our technology running smoothly.The work by all of these individuals is important for both recruiting and retaining our students and successfully fulfilling the universitys mission.
40 Years of Service:Patrick Monaghan, residential and dining services; andMike Terwilliger, athletics
35 Years of Service:Curtiss Burton, instructional resources;Donald Cummings, exercise science; andPaul Lippert, communication
30 Years of Service:David Buckley, physics;Sally Duffy, financial aid;Kelly Harrison, athletic training;Wayne Heller, building maintenance;Geryl Kinsel, records and registration;Thomas LaDuke, biological sciences;William Loffredo, chemistry and biochemistry;Paul Schembari, mathematics;Jack Truschel, academic enrichment and learning;Nancy VanArsdale, English;Luis Vidal, instructional support
25 Years of Service:Alan Angulo, computing and communication services;Heather Burch, Aramark;James Capozzolo, instructional resources;Shala Davis, exercise science;Sussie Eshun, psychology;Kelly Felker, building care services;Jon Gold, chemistry and biochemistry;Nancy Jo Greenawalt, athletics;Roger Hammond, energy and plant services;Janine Hyde-Broderick, upward bound;Claranne Mathiesen, nursing;Mary Ann Lugo, student enrollment center;Kenneth Mash, political science and economics; Joni Oye-Benintende, art + design;Marie Reish, history and geography;Kim Sandt, business office;Keith Vanic, athletic training; andTracy Whitford, biological sciences;
20 Years of Service: David Bailey, university police and safety;Mary Devito, computer science;Clotilde Di Vitto, transfer center;Stephanie French, theatre;Sarah Goodrich, financial aid;Jan Hoffman, academic enrichment and learning;T. Michelle Jones-Wilson, chemistry and biochemistry;Richard Kelly, chemistry and biochemistry;Barbara Lehmann, Aramark;Kevin MacIntire, building care services;James Maroney, theatre;Roxann Nitschke, building care services;Leslie Raser, student accounts;Claudia Rodenhauser, Aramark;Helen Seidof, building care services;Lee Sidlosky, campus care;Kerry Siegfried, building care services;Gene White, physical education teacher certification;Paul Wilson, biological sciences;Sean Wright, admissions; andGrant Young, building maintenance
15 Years of Service:Paul Andricosky, building care services;Carlos Aussie, university police and safety;Fred Bernstein, computing and communication services;Christine Brett, physical education teacher certification;Olivia Carducci, mathematics;Marianne Cutler, sociology, social work and criminal justice;Caroline DiPipi-Hoy,special education, rehabilitation and human services;Sandra Eckard, English;L. Johan Eliasson, political science and economics;Ryan Fenical, campus care;Timothy Francis, Aramark;Andrew Johnson, mailroom, receiving and distribution center;Jonathan Keiter, mathematics;Steven LaBadie, university relations;Cynthia Leenerts, English;Linda Linker, Aramark;Robert Marmelstein, computer science;Gavin Moir, exercise science;Julie Monaghan, building care services;Shawn Munford, exercise science;Shokrollah Pazaki, sociology, social work & criminal justice;Lavar Peterson, computing and communication services;Tania Ramirez, facilities management;Ramon Seda, university police and safety;Beth Rajan Sockman, professional and secondary education;Gerard Rozea, athletic training; andLaura Waters, nursing
10 Years of Service:Denise Aylward, procurement;Nancy Boyer,ESUFoundation;Frankie Brea, campus care;Anna Mae Bush, Aramark;Zeynep Cagatay, Aramark;Millagros Casillas,graduationservices;Li-Ming Chiang, hospitality, recreation and tourism management;Nicole Chinnici, Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute;Melissa Cullum, Aramark;Rose Delorenzo, Aramark; Meagan DeWan, athletics;Christopher Dudley, history and geography;Douglas Friedman, business management;Robert Jenkins,graduationservices;Heon Kim, modern languages, philosophy and religion;Sandra Kizer, Aramark;Jason Lamond, Aramark;Sharon Lee, printing and duplication services;Donald Lynch, facilities management;David Mazure, art + design;Adam McGlynn, political science and economics;John Melchiori, energy and plant services;Annie Mendoza, modern languages, philosophy and religion;Patricia Mota, Aramark;Marcus Natt, Aramark;Andrea OBrien, university police and safety;Caitlin Ord, athletics;Van Reidhead, sociology, social work and criminal justice;Emily Sauers, exercise science;Laurie Schaller,ESUFoundation;Debra Seip, Aramark;Thadius Smith, building maintenance;Sarah Tundel, student enrollment center;Shawn Watkins, reading;Caryn Wilkie,ESUFoundation;Rachel Wolf-Colon, communication sciences and disorders; andLauren Worrell, human resources
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In May 1981, at a conference center housed in a chateau-style mansion outside Boston, a few dozen physicists and computer scientists gathered for a three-day meeting. The assembled brainpower was formidable: One attendee, Caltechs Richard Feynman, was already a Nobel laureate and would earn a widespread reputation for genius when his 1985 memoir Surely Youre Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character became a bestseller. Numerous others, such as Paul Benioff, Arthur Burks, Freeman Dyson, Edward Fredkin, Rolf Landauer, John Wheeler, and Konrad Zuse, were among the most accomplished figures in their respective research areas.
The conference they were attending, The Physics of Computation, was held from May 6 to 8 and cohosted by IBM and MITs Laboratory for Computer Science. It would come to be regarded as a seminal moment in the history of quantum computingnot that anyone present grasped that as it was happening.
Its hard to put yourself back in time, says Charlie Bennett, a distinguished physicist and information theorist who was part of the IBM Research contingent at the event. If youd said quantum computing, nobody would have understood what you were talking about.
Why was the conference so significant? According to numerous latter-day accounts, Feynman electrified the gathering by calling for the creation of a quantum computer. But I dont think he quite put it that way, contends Bennett, who took Feynmans comments less as a call to action than a provocative observation. He just said the world is quantum, Bennett remembers. So if you really wanted to build a computer to simulate physics, that should probably be a quantum computer.
For a guide to whos who in this 1981 Physics of Computation photo, click here. [Photo: courtesy of Charlie Bennett, who isnt in itbecause he took it]Even if Feynman wasnt trying to kick off a moonshot-style effort to build a quantum computer, his talkand The Physics of Computation conference in generalproved influential in focusing research resources. Quantum computing was nobodys day job before this conference, says Bennett. And then some people began considering it important enough to work on.
It turned out to be such a rewarding area for study that Bennett is still working on it in 2021and hes still at IBM Research, where hes been, aside from the occasional academic sabbatical, since 1972. His contributions have been so significant that hes not only won numerous awards but also had one named after him. (On Thursday, he was among the participants in an online conference on quantum computings past, present, and future that IBM held to mark the 40th anniversary of the original meeting.)
Charlie Bennett [Photo: courtesy of IBM]These days, Bennett has plenty of company. In recent years, quantum computing has become one of IBMs biggest bets, as it strives to get the technology to the point where its capable of performing useful work at scale, particularly for the large organizations that have long been IBMs core customer base. Quantum computing is also a major area of research focus at other tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Intel, and Honeywell, as well as a bevy of startups.
According to IBM senior VP and director of research Dario Gil, the 1981 Physics of Computation conference played an epoch-shifting role in getting the computing community excited about quantum physicss possible benefits. Before then, in the context of computing, it was seen as a source of noiselike a bothersome problem that when dealing with tiny devices, they became less reliable than larger devices, he says. People understood that this was driven by quantum effects, but it was a bug, not a feature.
Making progress in quantum computing has continued to require setting aside much of what we know about computers in their classical form. From early room-sized mainframe monsters to the smartphone in your pocket, computing has always boiled down to performing math with bits set either to one or zero. But instead of depending on bits, quantum computers leverage quantum mechanics through a basic building block called a quantum bit, or qubit. It can represent a one, a zero, orin a radical departure from classical computingboth at once.
Dario Gil [Photo: courtesy of IBM]Qubits give quantum computers the potential to rapidly perform calculations that might be impossibly slow on even the fastest classical computers. That could have transformative benefits for applications ranging from drug discovery to cryptography to financial modeling. But it requires mastering an array of new challenges, including cooling superconducting qubits to a temperature only slightly above abolute zero, or -459.67 Farenheit.
Four decades after the 1981 conference, quantum computing remains a research project in progress, albeit one thats lately come tantalizingly close to fruition. Bennett says that timetable isnt surprising or disappointing. For a truly transformative idea, 40 years just isnt that much time: Charles Babbage began working on his Analytical Engine in the 1830s, more than a century before technological progress reached the point where early computers such as IBMs own Automated Sequence Controlled Calculator could implement his concepts in a workable fashion. And even those machines came nowhere near fulfilling the vision scientists had already developed for computing, including some things that [computers] failed at miserably for decades, like language translation, says Bennett.
I think was the first time ever somebody said the phrase quantum information theory.
In 1970, as a Harvard PhD candidate, Bennett was brainstorming with fellow physics researcher Stephen Wiesner, a friend from his undergraduate days at Brandeis. Wiesner speculated that quantum physics would make it possible to send, through a channel with a nominal capacity of one bit, two bits of information; subject however to the constraint that whichever bit the receiver choose to read, the other bit is destroyed, as Bennett jotted in notes whichfortunately for computing historyhe preserved.
Charlie Bennetts 1970 notes on Stephen Wiesners musings about quantum physics and computing (click to expand). [Photo: courtesy of Charlie Bennett]I think was the first time ever somebody said the phrase quantum information theory,' says Bennett. The idea that you could do things of not just a physics nature, but an information processing nature with quantum effects that you couldnt do with ordinary data processing.
Like many technological advances of historic proportionsAI is another examplequantum computing didnt progress from idea to reality in an altogether predictable and efficient way. It took 11 years from Wiesners observation until enough people took the topic seriously enough to inspire the Physics of Computation conference. Bennett and the University of Montreals Gilles Brassard published important research on quantum cryptography in 1984; in the 1990s, scientists realized that quantum computers had the potential to be exponentially faster than their classical forebears.
All along, IBM had small teams investigating the technology. According to Gil, however, it wasnt until around 2010 that the company had made enough progress that it began to see quantum computing not just as an intriguing research area but as a powerful business opportunity. What weve seen since then is this dramatic progress over the last decade, in terms of scale, effort, and investment, he says.
IBMs superconducting qubits need to be kept chilled in a super fridge. [Photo: courtesy of IBM]As IBM made that progress, it shared it publicly so that interested parties could begin to get their heads around quantum computing at the earliest opportunity. Starting in May 2016, for instance, the company made quantum computing available as a cloud service, allowing outsiders to tinker with the technology in a very early form.
It is really important that when you put something out, you have a path to deliver.
One of the things that road maps provide is clarity, he says, allowing that road maps without execution are hallucinations, so it is really important that when you put something out, you have a path to deliver.
Scaling up quantum computing into a form that can trounce classical computers at ambitious jobs requires increasing the number of reliable qubits that a quantum computer has to work with. When IBM published its quantum hardware road map last September, it had recently deployed the 65-qubit IBM Quantum Hummingbird processor, a considerable advance on its previous 5- and 27-qubit predecessors. This year, the company plans to complete the 127-qubit IBM Quantum Eagle. And by 2023, it expects to have a 1,000-qubit machine, the IBM Quantum Condor. Its this machine, IBM believes, that may have the muscle to achieve quantum advantage by solving certain real-world problems faster the worlds best supercomputers.
Essential though it is to crank up the supply of qubits, the software side of quantum computings future is also under construction, and IBM published a separate road map devoted to the topic in February. Gil says that the company is striving to create a frictionless environment in which coders dont have to understand how quantum computing works any more than they currently think about a classical computers transistors. An IBM software layer will handle the intricacies (and meld quantum resources with classical ones, which will remain indispensable for many tasks).
You dont need to know quantum mechanics, you dont need to know a special programming language, and youre not going to need to know how to do these gate operations and all that stuff, he explains. Youre just going to program with your favorite language, say, Python. And behind the scenes, there will be the equivalent of libraries that call on these quantum circuits, and then they get delivered to you on demand.
IBM is still working on making quantum computing ready for everyday reality, but its already worked with designers to make it look good. [Photo: courtesy of IBM]In this vision, we think that at the end of this decade, there may be as many as a trillion quantum circuits that are running behind the scene, making software run better, Gil says.
Even if IBM clearly understands the road ahead, theres plenty left to do. Charlie Bennett says that quantum researchers will overcome remaining challenges in much the same way that he and others confronted past ones. Its hard to look very far ahead, but the right approach is to maintain a high level of expertise and keep chipping away at the little problems that are causing a thing not to work as well as it could, he says. And then when you solve that one, there will be another one, which you wont be able to understand until you solve the first one.
As for Bennetts own current work, he says hes particularly interested in the intersection betweeninformation theory and cosmologynot so much because I think I can learn enough about it to make an original research contribution, but just because its so much fun to do. Hes also been making explainer videos about quantum computing, a topic whose reputation for being weird and mysterious he blames on inadequate explanation by others.
Unfortunately, the majority of science journalists dont understand it, he laments. And they say confusing things about itpainfully, for me, confusing things.
For IBM Research, Bennett is both a living link to its past and an inspiration for its future. Hes had such a massive impact on the people we have here, so many of our top talent, says Gil. In my view, weve accrued the most talented group of people in the world, in terms of doing quantum computing. So many of them trace it back to the influence of Charlie. Impressive though Bennetts 49-year tenure at the company is, the fact that hes seen and made so much quantum computing historyincluding attending the 1981 conferenceand is here to talk about it is a reminder of how young the field still is.
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Tusky Valley students ‘knock it out of the park’ with engineering projects – New Philadelphia Times Reporter
ZOARVILLE Rufus the robotic dog was one of the stars of a Project Lead The Way showcase held Friday at Tuscarawas Valley High School.
Normally, such showcases are community events, but it wasn't possible this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So instructor Paul Dunlap decided to stage an informal one for staff and students.
"I felt my students deserved to have the ability to present their concepts, ideas and projects to the community," he said.
Students developed a variety of projects for the showcase.
"My seniors have knocked it out of the park this year," Dunlap noted. "They created a robotic dog, a drone factory that builds and assembles drones from the milling state all the way through laser engraving to it takes off. My other students also created a pencil sorting factory, which sorts them based on color."
Tuscarawas Valley has offered Project Lead The Way classes for the past 12 years.
According to the Project Lead the Way website, the programhelps "students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineeringand biomedical science."
Tuscarawas Valley offers the classes all the way down to kindergarten.
"So my daughter, who's a kindergartner, is learning how to program virtual robots. She absolutely loves it." Dunlap said.
At this year's showcase, the guest judges were six former Tuscarawas Valley students who are now studying engineering in college. They are Clint Spillman, Jake Rothenstein, Randall Winkhart, Gavin Perkowski and Jonathan Rennicker, all students at the University of Akron, and Seth Ramsey, a student at the Ohio State University.
They were all impressed with the projects they saw.
"Every year it seems like they improve on what the previous class did, and I didn't think that was possible," said Spillman, who is in his junior year at Akron. "They've blown us out of the water with the stuff they do. And I thought the stuffwe were doing was advanced, but this is even more advanced."
Added Rennicker, "I'm just in awe. They're amazing, very impressive that they're doing this in high school."
Rennicker, who is in his first year at Akron, said the Project Lead The Way classes at Tuscarawas Valley are way ahead of anything he's doing in college.
Some of the classes Spillman took at Tuscarawas Valley he retook in college, and they were exactly the same.
"I was very prepared, and it just made it so much easier to get through," he said. "You become a leader just because you can help everyone else in the class. They're so surprised with what you've done in high school."
He added that he was impressed by the robotic dog and how the students had programmed it.
Dunlap said he was fortunate to have his former students come back as judges.
"They all got a hold of me to come back, not the other way around," he said. "As soon as they hear something's going on, they want to come back and participate."
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It took a while to get here, but Dfinity is finally launching.
In July 2018, I went to the Swiss city of Zug to speak to Dominic Williams, CEO of crypto platform Dfinity. Its blockchain project has impossibly bold branding they call it "Internet Computer" and a massive trove of cash. (The company raised $102 million from Andreessen Horowitz and others in 2018.) The goal is to create the best platform for cryptocurrency-based apps.
Back then, Dfinity pegged the first quarter of 2019 as a possible launch date for its mainnet (in crypto lingo, mainnet is when you launch the actual product with a live blockchain to build on). But after some delay, Dfinity has finally done it on May 7, the Internet Computer is going live.
The technical details of Dfinity aren't easy to grasp (check out the details here), but the company sees itself as another essential stack of internet protocols that will fuel decentralized apps of the future, other such protocols being the building blocks of the Internet such as TCP/IP. Dfinity also boasts "unlimited capacity" and running at "web speed," as well as a high level of decentralization, meaning that anyone can join the network, build on it, or use the applications that are built on top of it.
In crypto terms, Dfinity is best compared with Ethereum, the world's most popular platform for decentralized apps. However, while apps on Ethereum typically have to do with finance, Dfinity advertises itself as a platform for any type of web app. To prove this, the company launched a proof-of-concept, decentralized version of LinkedIn called LinkedUp in 2020, and followed with similar test versions of TikTok and WhatsApp. (All of these projects are still being developed and will launch together with Dfinity's Internet Computer.)
Williams' ambitions for the project are massive. "In 10 years, the wider tech community will realize that the Internet Computer is on a trajectory to one day become humanitys primary compute platform for building software, and the 'Open Internet' will predominate over Big Techs closed proprietary ecosystem. Finally, in 20 years, the Open Internet will finally be significantly bigger than Big Techs closed proprietary ecosystem, which will be in terminal decline, but will take forever to disappear for similar reasons COBOL code is still running," he said in a statement.
Dfinity is not alone in trying to dethrone Ethereum; other projects, such as Cardano, Avalanche, and Solana, have a similar mission. I asked Williams about Dfinity's competitive advantage over those other projects.
Dominic Williams, founder and Chief Scientist at Dfinity.
"The biggest advantage that the Internet Computer has is that it is simply the worlds first blockchain that runs at web speed with unlimited capacity solving the 'blockchain trilemma' by producing a blockchain network that is decentralized, secure, and scalable," he told me via e-mail. "Another differentiator is in how the Internet Computer utilizes independent data centers around the world. This means it doesnt rely on AWS or any of the enterprise cloud providers. Instead of using Proof of Work or Proof of Stake, the Internet Computer rewards the independent data centers for the time that they correctly operate standardized computer nodes," he said.
At launch, Dfinity starts by running on 48 data centers located all over the globe, running 1,300 nodes, and the company says it plans to continue to grow "exponentially," with 4,300 nodes scheduled to run by the end of the year.
Finally, Williams thinks that Dfinity's team is among the best around, with numerous cryptography and computer science experts working over five years to bring the project to a complete state. And the Internet Computer is "100 percent complete" at this point, Williams says. "Anyone around the world can jump in and begin building the next mega applications and billion dollar businesses."
Like most crypto projects, Dfinity's Internet Computer platform comes with a crypto token attached. The ICP token has a role in network governance, software hosting fees, and as a reward for participation in either the governance or the operations of the network. The token itself will launch on May 10.
As for what lies in Dfinity's future, Williams says the project's most important mission is to "onboard as many interested developers, entrepreneurs, investors, and enterprises as possible."
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Michale Fee, the Glen V. and Phyllis F. Dorflinger Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, has been named as the new head of the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), effective May 1.
Fee, who also is an investigator in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, succeeds James DiCarlo, the Peter de Florez Professor of Neuroscience, who announced in December that he was stepping down to become director of the MIT Quest for Intelligence.
I want to thank Jim for his impressive work over the last nine years as head, says Fee. I know firsthand from my time as associate department head that BCS is in good shape and on a steady course. Jim has set a standard of transparent and collaborative leadership, which is a solid foundation for making our community stronger on all fronts.
Fee notes that his first mission is to continue the initiatives begun under DiCarlos leadership in academics (especially Course 6-9); mentoring; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) while maintaining the highest standards of excellence in research and education.
Jim has overseen significant growth in the faculty and its impact, as well as important academic initiatives to strengthen the departments graduate and undergraduate programs, says Nergis Mavalvala, dean of the School of Science. His emphasis on building ties among BCS, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory has brought innumerable new collaborations among researchers and helped solidify Building 46 and MIT as world leaders in brain science.
Fee earned his BE in engineering physics in 1985 at the University of Michigan, and his PhD in applied physics at Stanford University in 1992, under the mentorship of Nobel laureate Stephen Chu. His doctoral work was followed by research in the Biological Computation Department at Bell Laboratories. He joined MIT and BCS as an associate professor in 2003 and was promoted to full professor in 2008.
He has served since 2012 as associate department head for education in BCS, overseeing significant evolution in the departments academic programs, including a complete reworking of the Course 9 curriculum and the establishment in 2019 of Course 6-9 (Computation and Cognition), in partnership with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
In his research, Fee explores the neural mechanisms by which the brain learns complex sequential behaviors, using the learning of song by juvenile zebra finches as a model. He has brought new experimental and computational methods to bear on these questions, identifying a number of circuits used to learn, modify, time, and coordinate the development and utterance of song syllables.
His work is emblematic of the department in that it crosses technical and disciplinary boundaries in search of the most significant discoveries, says DiCarlo. His research background gives Michale a deep appreciation of the importance of every sub-discipline in our community and a broad understanding of the importance of their connections with each other.
Fee has received numerous honors and awards for his research and teaching, including the MIT Fundamental Science Investigator Award in 2017, the MIT School of Science Teaching Prize for Undergraduate Education in 2016, the BCS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2015, and the Lawrence Katz Prize for Innovative Research in Neuroscience from Duke University in 2012.
Fee will be the sixth head of the department, after founding chair Hans Lukas Teuber (196477), Richard Held (197786), Emilio Bizzi (198697), Mriganka Sur (19972012), and DiCarlo (201221).
Queensborough Community College: NSF Awards $300000 Grant To Queensborough To Create Pathways For Students In The Advanced Technologic … – Patch.com
May 07, 2021
Queensborough Community College is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $300,000 entitled, Developing the Data Analysis Skills of Community College Students Using Cloud Technologies. The grant's goal is to utilize advanced technological (AT) education to create new pathways for community college students to obtain jobs in data analysis, bioinformatics, statistics and cloud computing.
Queensborough is among the first community collegesthere are less than 20 across the nationto utilize the data science agenda.
"This grant will make it possible to incorporate into Queensborough certain basic concepts in data analysis in various disciplines," said Dr. Monica Trujillo, Department of Biological Sciences and Geology, and Principal Investigator of the grant.
She continued, "While advanced technology will obviously benefit students in the sciences, we also want to reach faculty in other departments to incorporate key concepts in data analysis as it will make all of our students more competitive. It will give them that something extra when they transfer to a four-year school or go straight into the workforce."
"Our faculty has made it possible for Queensborough to be among the first community colleges to utilize the data science agenda. This incredible accomplishment would not have been possible without their leadership, tenacity and commitment to the success of our students," said Queensborough Community College President, Dr. Christine Mangino.
Trujillo's team members are: Dr. Esma Yildirim (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr. Mercedes Franco, and Dr. Yusuf Danisman, all of the Mathematics & Computer Science Department. Christine Spicknell, Assistant Director in the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, provided significant guidance and support on the grant application. Another innovative aspect of this grant is that a Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) was created as the grant was been written. This BILT will continue to support the team during the life of the grant.
Franco realized the potential of data science some years ago at a conference where the Chair of the Mathematics Department at Macalester College spoke about a data science minor. "I was fascinated by this concept and believed it could be applied at the community college level. This would be a perfect way for students to develop knowledge and skills and connect them with real life problems."
She started advocating for the project by taking members of faculty from various departments at Queensborough and then from other CUNY two-year and four-year schools to similar conferences.
Yildirim elaborated on the history of data analysis programs. "Initially, data analysis programs were only available in four-year colleges however technology companies' need for qualified employees expanded. That's when these companies began taking a closer look at community colleges and we recognized we must amalgamate cloud computing, bioinformatics and data analysis so that our students would have the data analysis skills to enter this quickly evolving job market."
According to Yildirim emerging technologies are in increasingly high demand and can be applied to many areas of our lives.
"For example," said Trujillo, "We contacted Beta NYC which has a broad approach to incorporating data analysis. The organization has a training program and has expressed interest in our students as potential trainers. This is a terrific opportunity for our students to interact with other institutions in the city, including the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene."
Trujillo pointed out that advanced technology is yet another crucial opportunity to make education fairer and more equitable and provide students with training opportunities that will open doors for well paid jobs and also to develop critical thinking skills.
Students will begin their training with a four-week summer boot camp. The summer training will be designed with the help of the BILT that includes members from research and medical institutions that apply data science and analysis. The subsequent year-long program will include hands-on projects, interview training skills for internships and for jobs, potentially at the BILT member's institutions. The program will commence with a four-week boot camp to be held in summer 2022.
This press release was produced by Queensborough Community College. The views expressed here are the author's own.
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