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CHEN | Put Computer Science in the Common Core – Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

I could easily have gone through high school without writing a single line of code.

The one computer science course I did take was selected on a whim, a simple space-filler for my senior year schedule. Science and math were enjoyable enough, and tech seemed like the next unexplored realm. But I was also on the edge of taking a random biotechnology elective, zoology class or just leaving the space free to take extra naps. There was little to no initiative or requirement to learn about computing other than the fact that I found phone apps addictive and played around with Scratch when I was a kid. AP Computer Science had the same weight as my elective journalism or strings classes, not AP Chemistry or AP Language and Composition.

Yet, upon coming to Cornell (and Im sure this is true of other universities), there is a seemingly never-ending abundance of computer science majors. Every which way, the phrase Im majoring in computer science, or some variation of it, pops up. Ill acknowledge, Im guilty of saying this phrase every time theres a new icebreaker on the horizon. The people I come into contact with on a daily basis are skewed to be more interested in tech. But as high schoolers, you are rarely exposed to tech, one of the largest fields coming into university and industry as well. The common core found in high schools does not actively reflect our job market, or even the fields of interest as they are in university. There is too much emphasis on general and theory-filled subjects and too little focus on more application-based topics like how to write a check and how to calculate a tip. The common core is outdated and begging for an upgrade. Why is it that computer science is one of the largest majors at Cornell, but is rarely explored before university?

Cornell Engineering has already started to notice this trend with the recently added requirement for all engineering students to take a computing course. Its not uncommon for a student to take CS 1110: Introduction to Computing Using Python and immediately pivoting their career path into computing. For some, this requirement is the sole reason why they consider a future in tech. There are regrets that they hadnt learned about it sooner, as opposed to other students who participated in coding summer camps or opted to take computing electives available in their high school program. If this exposure takes such a hold on university students, why dont we expose high school students to it as well?

Speaking from the perspective of a primarily STEM-focused student in high school who labored her way through each English, Social Studies and Foreign Language course, the common core should aim to balance the curriculum out with a year-long requirement for a technology course. Science and math will always be essentials for me, but I hope that computer science will bring to students something that feels a little more applicable to the real world.

Beyond the quickly expanding field and vast career opportunities, coding in general is a skill that more high schoolers should be exposed to. From all that Ive learned in the past two years, coding becomes more of a mindset rather than a dense load of course work. It teaches you how to solve types of problems rather than individual plug and chugs that you can enter into a calculator. You learn to properly explain your thought processes every time you document your code. You learn to think critically about what youve typed and how it should function. When it doesnt function that way you think it should, you get to practice troubleshooting, figuring out where your program and thought process went wrong. I cant say that learning how to code transformed my attitude or allowed me to transcend any basic mental processes, but it definitely has been mind-bending to think about problems as a whole, rather than individually conquering them. You have to solve how to do something for a whole group of inputs, not just a singular question where x equals 16 and y equals 92. No matter the future career, just about anyone can benefit from learning how to write a for-loop or create a new variable.

You may be wondering, at what cost though? What subject would have to go? What part of our picture-perfect common core would have to give?

The answer is nothing. There is plenty of room in the common core these days for improvement. For a system that has been static for so many years as the U.Ss dynamic job market grows, its due for an update as well.

I cant speak for all high schools, but there was definitely some leeway within the high school curriculum at my school to get everything done with a few elective courses to spare. And if not, plenty of coding summer camps and programs could be eligible to satisfy this computer science requirement for students. High school is supposed to be a place where you explore countless subjects and maybe, hopefully, begin to figure out what you want to study for the rest of your life. We shouldnt deprive these teenagers of one of the largest fields in our society today. High school may have been stuffed with teen drama, identity crises and college applications, but for me, a few things might have been cleared up earlier if I had taken AP Computer Science in freshman year, rather than senior year.

Jonna Chen is a sophomore in the College of Engineering. She can be reached at jonna.write() runs every other Wednesday this semester.

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Carleton Hosts Herzberg Lecture on Increasing Diversity in Computer Science with Maria Klawe – Carleton Newsroom

Carleton Universitys Faculty of Science will host the 2020 Herzberg Lecture, Increasing Diversity in Computer Science at All Levels, presented by Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College. The lecture will explore why participation by women and people of colour remains low in most computer science departments among undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. Klawe will discuss successful strategies to address this issue.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 at 7 p.m.To Register:

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Herzberg Lecture is held annually in honour of Gerhard Herzberg, a former chancellor of Carleton and recipient of the 1971 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The lectures emphasize the relationship between science and society and seek to address an aspect of science which has a pronounced impact on our daily lives.

About Maria Klawe

Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd Colleges (HMC) fifth president in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, Klawe is the first woman to lead the college since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served as dean of science from 1998 to 2002, vice-president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998 and head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California, and two years at the University of Toronto.

Klawe is a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia, and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. She has devoted particular attention in recent years to improving K-12 science and mathematics education.

Klawe is the recipient of the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and was ranked 17 on Fortunes 2014 list of the Worlds 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2015 she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science and the Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women, and she was inducted into the US News STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame. She was honoured by the Computing Research Associations 2016 Distinguished Service Award. In 2017, Klawe was awarded the Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Baylor University Invites Application for McCollum Endowed Chair of Data Science – Analytics Insight

Baylor University is inviting application for the position of McCollum Family Endowed Chair in Data Science in its Computer Science and Informatics Department.

The McCollum Family Endowed Chair in Data Science is a research-focused position in the Baylor University Computer Science and Informatics Department. Data Science is one of the five Signature Academic Initiatives in Baylors strategic plan Illuminate (Illuminate Data Science) and is involved in key research for the University (Data Science Research). This transformative, endowed position is a visionary investment in the future of Data Science research and education across the university (Endowment Details).

Qualifications: The University invites applications for this tenure-track position at the rank of full Professor beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. An ideal candidate will help shape a comprehensive, university-wide strategic plan for Data Science. This will be done through leadership, collaboration, and growth of infrastructure and interdisciplinary research. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Data Science or a related discipline; Baylor is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Other qualifications include an established history of extramural funding, high impact academic artifacts, and graduate student mentorship. A viable applicant should demonstrate excellent potential as an individual researcher and collaborator across multiple disciplines.

The Department: Computer Science and Informatics is one of three departments in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. It offers a B.S. in Informatics with majors in Data Science and Bioinformatics, B.S. and B.A. degrees in Computer Science, and a B.S. in Computing with a major in Computer Science Fellows. On location M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science are offered, as well as an online M.S. program which started Fall 2020. The Department has 17 full-time faculty, over 280 undergraduates, and over 25 graduate students. Departmental website: Informatics

The University: Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Educations Great Colleges to Work For. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier-one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission. As the worlds largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has over 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries.

Appointment Date: Fall 2021. For full consideration, applications must be received by December 31, 2020.

Application Procedure: To apply, please submit a letter of application, a 1-2 page research plan, a 1-2 page teaching philosophy, a copy of an official transcript showing the highest degree conferred (if the Ph.D. is in progress, a copy of the official transcript of completed Ph.D. hours should also be submitted), and the names and email addresses of three persons willing to provide letters of recommendation as a single PDF file through this Interfolio link: Application Link Finalists for this position will be required to submit official transcripts for the doctoral degree in advance of a campus visit. Inquiries about the position can be sent to

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable antidiscrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicants religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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New study outlines steps higher education should take to prepare a new quantum workforce | College of Science | RIT – RIT University News Services

A new study outlines ways colleges and universities can update their curricula to prepare the workforce for a new wave of quantum technology jobs. Three researchers, including Rochester Institute of Technology Associate Professor Ben Zwickl, suggested steps that need to be taken in a new paper in Physical Review Physics Education Research after interviewing managers at more than 20 quantum technology companies across the U.S.

The studys authors from University of Colorado Boulder and RIT set out to better understand the types of entry-level positions that exist in these companies and the educational pathways that might lead into those jobs. They found that while the companies still seek employees with traditional STEM degrees, they want the candidates to have a grasp of fundamental concepts in quantum information science and technology.

For a lot of those roles, theres this idea of being quantum aware thats highly desirable, said Zwickl, a member of RITs Future Photon Initiative and Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation. The companies told us that many positions dont need to have deep expertise, but students could really benefit from a one- or two-semester introductory sequence that teaches the foundational concepts, some of the hardware implementations, how the algorithms work, what a qubit is, and things like that. Then a graduate can bring in all the strength of a traditional STEM degree but can speak the language that the company is talking about.

The authors said colleges and universities should offer introductory, multidisciplinary courses with few prerequisites that will allow software engineering, computer science, physics, and other STEM majors to learn the core concepts together. Zwickl said providing quantum education opportunities to students across disciplines will be important because quantum technology has the opportunity to disrupt a wide range of fields.

Its a growing industry that will produce new sensors, imaging, communication, computing technologies, and more, said Zwickl. A lot of the technologies are in a research and development phase, but as they start to move toward commercialization and mass production, you will have end-users who are trying to figure out how to apply the technology. They will need technical people on their end that are fluent enough with the ideas that they can make use of it.

Zwickls participation in the project was supported in part by funding RIT received from the NSFs Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes program. As a co-PI and lead on the education and workforce development for the proposal, he said he is hoping to apply many of the lessons learned from the study to RITs curriculum. He is in the process of developing two new introductory RIT courses in quantum information and science as well as an interdisciplinary minor in the field.

To read the full study, visit the American Physical Society website.

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MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing awards $270000 to Wayne State University artificial intelligence projects – The South End

The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing at Wayne State University recently awarded a combined $270,000 in funding to three transformative innovation research projects led by Wayne State researchers, including a School of Medicine associate professor. These projects aim to tackle deep technology opportunities in high-impact sectors, such as artificial intelligence machine learning, augmented reality and intelligent automation.

Deep tech is tackling some of the worlds greatest challenges, with many such technologies from Michigan research institutions having the potential to make tremendous impact on economic development, said Edward Kim, program director of MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing. We are thrilled to support the second cohort of research teams in the advanced computing technologies.

The MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing call for applications attracted competitive and innovative technology proposals from researchers around the state, with seven projects selected

as finalists. The researchers presented their proposals to an oversight committee comprised of experienced technologists, entrepreneurs, industry partners and venture capitalists with a track record of commercializing and investing in frontier technologies. In addition to funding, the researchers will receive valuable mentorship support from the committee members as their projects progress toward commercialization.

The three Wayne State projects funded by the hub focused on transformational innovations that have the potential to bring disruptive solutions to the market in their respective fields. Funded projects include:

Arash Javanbakht, M.D., associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, is developing a telehealth exposure therapy platform using augmented reality to provide clinicians remote treatment capability.

Jeremy Rickli, Ph.D., associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is commercializing an automation intelligence and digital twin technology that delivers an integration of prescriptive analytics capability and augmented reality to optimize robotic and automated system operations.

Ming Dong, Ph.D., professor of Computer Science, is developing DeepWave, an artificial intelligence acoustic analysis technology that can deliver sound element separation and audio enhancement in real time.

Two additional Wayne State University projects received positive feedback as runners-up from the oversight committee: Yanchao Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, for a drone air traffic management system; and Alan Dombkowski, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics, for Disulfide by Design, a protein-binding analysis technology for pharmaceutical applications.

The three funded projects, along with the runners-up, will receive extensive support from Wayne States Technology Commercialization staff, the MTRAC Advanced Computing Oversight Committee and the program director to accelerate the technologies toward commercialization.

Wayne States Office of the Vice President of Research and the Technology Commercialization Office have been instrumental in advancing the early-stage technologies derived from the research enterprise toward commercialization. Under the leadership of Joan Dunbar, Ph.D., associate vice president for Technology Commercialization, their operations have leveraged an ecosystem of funding, mentoring and connections to industry experts to provide comprehensive support to address the cultural, technological and financial challenges associated with the translation of innovative early-stage technologies from academia to the marketplace.

We are extremely excited to have the commitment of a world-class oversight committee to guide the development and application of these research-derived innovations, Dr. Dunbar said. The funding and mentorship provided by the MTRAC program are key to achieving milestones toward ultimate commercialization of the projects and societal impact. The support of the MEDC is critical to these programs.

In 2019, Wayne States Technology Commercialization Office was selected by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to manage the MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing. Wayne States extensive ties to regional industry and the entrepreneurial ecosystem and initiatives make the university well-positioned to host the MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing at a statewide level.

The hub is part of a network of statewide innovation hubs that includes the MTRAC Innovation Hub for Life Sciences at the University of Michigan, the MTRAC Innovation Hub for AgBio at Michigan State University, the MTRAC Advanced Applied Materials Innovation Hub at Michigan Technological University and the MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation at the University of Michigan. Each hub is strategically located at a university with significant strengths in the sector, further increasing the quality and quantity of resources available.

The MTRAC program is supported by funds from the Michigan Strategic Fund and administered by the MEDC, with additional funding from partner institutions. Since inception through September, MTRAC programs have received 658 proposals, funded 306 projects, developed 52 startup companies, licensed 34 technologies to industry partners and secured more than $209 million in follow-on funding.

MEDCs Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative establishes Michigan as the place to create and grow a business by providing high-tech startup companies access to a variety of critical resources, such as funding and expert counsel, from concept to maturation. For more information on MEDCs Entrepreneurship & Innovation, visit

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New smartwatch app alerts deaf and hard-of-hearing users to common home-related sounds – National Science Foundation

Prototype used machine learning to classify sounds in real time

Researchers have developed a smartwatch app for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

November 10, 2020

Smartwatches offer people a private method for getting notifications about their surroundings -- such as a phone call, health alerts or an upcoming package delivery.

Now University of Washington researchers have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app for deaf and hard-of-hearing people who want to be aware of nearby sounds. When the smartwatch picks up a sound the user is interested in -- examples include a siren, a microwave beeping or a bird chirping -- SoundWatch will identify it and send the user a friendly buzz along with information about the sound.

The U.S. National Science Foundation-funded team recently presented these findings at the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) conference on computing and accessibility.

"This technology provides people with a way to experience sounds that require an action -- such as getting food from the microwave when it beeps," said lead author Dhruv Jain, a UW researcher in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.

Jain was born hard of hearing. "I use the watch prototype to notice birds chirping and waterfall sounds when I am hiking. It makes me feel present in nature. My hope is that other deaf and hard-of-hearing people who are interested in sounds will also find SoundWatch helpful."

The team started this project by designing a system called HomeSound for deaf and hard-of-hearing people who wanted to know what was going on around their homes.

"I used to sleep through the fire alarm," said Jain.

The researchers tested HomeSound in the Seattle-area homes of six deaf or hard-of-hearing participants for three weeks. Participants were instructed to go about their lives as normal and complete weekly surveys.

Based on feedback, a prototype used machine learning to classify sounds in real time. The researchers created a dataset of over 31 hours of 19 common home-related sounds, such as a dog bark or a cat meow, a baby crying or a knock on the door.


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Calvin Students Place In Top 10% Of Worldwide Programming Competition – News – Calvin News

For Calvin students Kai Arbogast, Zach Clark, and Kris Miedema, October 24 was a day full of problems.

Every hour brought with it a new challenge. It was a new experience for Calvin students.

No one [at Calvin] had done this competition before, we werent even sure how many teams were in it, and that theyd be from all over, all these major universities, said Arbogast, an electrical engineeringstudent with a Japanese minor.

The trio ofelectrical engineering studentsrepresented Calvin University in IEEEXtremes global challengea virtual competition in which teams of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) student members compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

Calvins team, named DreamTeam, was competing against the likes of UC-Berkeley, North Carolina State, and Milwaukee School of Engineering, to name a few. In all 3,704 schools from 73 countries competed.

With each hour, came a new problem to solve.

You were judged on a combo of things, from how fast you completed the challenge to how fast the program itself runs, so on two aspects of speed, said Clark, an electrical engineeringstudent with computer science and mathematics minors. Also, how much memory the program uses, and how correct the solution is.

And while the competition was unlike anything this trio had experienced, the problems were much more familiar

I was impressed with how much looking over the problems and practice materials Id recognized it from a computer science class or Zac and Kai would recognize it from an engineering class that I havent taken yet, said Miedema, a junior electrical engineeringstudent with a computer science minor. Everything we saw was part of course material at Calvin. We felt very well prepared to use what we learned to solve the problems they gave us.

And so any trepidation the three had about this uncharted terrain was soon brushed away.

Once we got in and started rolling, we started realizing we were doing really well, said Miedema.

The team was able to see a scoreboard as they were going, and finished the competition with a strong surge that placed them in the top 10% worldwide, and 14th among all participating colleges and universities nationwide.

I didnt expect to do that well, said Clark.

Ive already been impressed by the quality of education at Calvin and how Ive been able to use the knowledge Ive gained here in my internships, said Arbogast, but I also recognized in this [challenge] that Calvin can be competitive with any schools in the nation. The material were learning is both current and valid, and we can use it.

The competition was a testing ground of sorts for the three. And for the two seniors who will graduate this spring, it was confirmation that they are ready for their fields.

For Clark, his career pursuit is fulfilling a childhood dream he first verbalized at a Lego convention in eighth grade. Someone had built a machine that would take colored balls and sort them and it had a whole bunch of robot arms and stuff. I remember thinking that is so cool, I want to do that someday, said Clark.

Several years later after having taken a domestic and an international flight, his wonder turned to the sky. I was amazed that this gigantic metal tube could keep itself in the sky and fly, and so my interest started to point toward aerospace engineering.

Hes still passionate about aviation-related engineering and may continue to pursue that path. For now, an internship at Calvin has already led to a job offer from DornerWorks, an engineering firm in Grand Rapids.

For Arbogast, hes always enjoyed his STEM-related classes. And he likes designing and building things. He also has an interest in working in Asia in the power grid. His internships at Calvin are power-related, and combined with his engineering courses, hes gaining much relevant hands-on experience in his field. But he says classes outside his major are also helping set him up for long-term success.

Its all the things that we need to be successful engineers that dont just lie inside of engineering, said Arbogast. But, the writing skills especially. The skills I developed in classes not in my major, but through core. This summer those skills were super helpful as I had to document a lot (for my engineering internship) and so those writing classes helped with accurate documentation and with good grammar.

At Calvin, he was also able to combine both his love for engineering and Japanese culture, by having aJapanese minor.

And while Miedema is only a little over halfway into his time at Calvin, hes already gained a lot of experience.

I did theengineering summer program in Germany and to have that cross-cultural experience where we learned so much about engineering in a different culture, that element helped prepare me as I look into what I want my work experience to look like, said Miedema.

Perhaps Clark summarizes their paths through Calvin best: The things weve learned at Calvin are able to help us with a range of things. Its easy to take what weve learned here and apply it elsewhere.

So, when another problem arises. This trio will be well-equipped to find a path forward.

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Multiple tenure-track positions in Computer Science & Engineering job with University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Computer Science & Engineering…

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering in theCollege of Science and Engineering at the University ofMinnesota-Twin Cities is hiring for multiple tenure-track positionsat the assistant professor level, although higher levels ofappointments may be considered when commensurate with experienceand accomplishments. The focus of the search is outstandingcandidates with research and teaching interests in Machine Learningand its applications. Nevertheless, exceptional candidateswith expertise in any area of computer science & engineeringwill also be considered.

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering ( is fullycommitted to a diverse faculty because excellence emerges whenindividuals with different backgrounds and experiences engage.Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Computer Science &Engineering or a closely related discipline at the time ofappointment. Submit materials as described at Forfull consideration, please apply by December 15, 2020; however,review of applications will continue until the positions arefilled.

The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance ofdiversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience ofits employees and in supporting the academic mission. TheUniversity is committed to attracting and retaining employees withvarying identities and backgrounds. The University provides equalaccess to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, andemployment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, nationalorigin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistancestatus, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, orgender expression. To learn more about diversity at theUniversity, visit

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N.C. A&T Welcomes New and Newly-Appointed Administrators and Faculty – Yes! Weekly

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 10, 2020) Thirty-eight new and newly-appointed administrators and faculty members representing an array of distinguished educational experience joined North Carolina Technical and Agricultural State University this academic year.

Most hold graduate degrees from R1: Doctoral Universities, identified in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education for very high research activity.

A&Ts high standards of excellence demand not only selectivity in staffing but also attentiveness in the recruitment and retention of faculty members who are exemplary in scholarly research, artistic productivity and teaching, said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Beryl McEwen, Ph.D. Our latest group of academic professionals raise the bar of performance at our university and cultivate an intellectual climate that enhances teaching, research and overall student success.

Clay S. Gloster Jr., an A&T alumnus who received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from North Carolina State University, was named vice provost of graduate research and dean of the Graduate College after serving in the role on an interim basis for two years. He joined the Department of Computer Systems and Technology as professor and chair in 2010, then became associate dean of the College of Science and Technology in 2012.

Stephanie Luster-Teasley 96, who received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, was named interim vice provost for undergraduate education. She joined the university in 2004 and served as professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.

Paula G. Price, who received her Ph.D. in social foundations of education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was named dean of the College of Education, where she will also teach as a professor. She served Washington State University since 2001 in various capacities including associate dean for diversity and international engagement; professor of cultural studies and social thought in education; scholar in residence for the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center; and associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Danielle Winchester, who received her Ph.D. in personal financial planning from Texas Tech University, was named associate dean and associate professor for the Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics after serving in the former role on an interim basis for the past year. She joined university as an associate professor in the Department of Economics in 2010.

Those who were named chairs, directors and coordinators and their credentials are:

Antoine Alston, Ph.D., agricultural education, Iowa State University, interim chair of the Department of Animal Science

Paul K. Baker, Ph.D., leadership studies, A&T, director of galleries and professor of history and political science

Salil Desai, Ph.D., industrial engineering, University of Pittsburgh, University Distinguished Professor of industrial and systems engineering/Center of Excellence in Product Design and Advanced Manufacturing

Robert Lyons, Ph.D., health, physical education and recreation-sports administration, University of New Mexico, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and associate professor of kinesiology

Checo Rorie, Ph.D., toxicology, UNC-Chapel Hill, interim chair of the Department of Biology, which he first joined as an adjunct professor in 2008, and associate professor of biology since 2016

Hossein Sarrafzadeh, Ph.D., computer science, Wollongong University, University Distinguished Professor/Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education and Outreach

Shirlene Smith, Ph.D., guidance and psychology counsel psychology, Indiana State University, interim chair of the Department of Counseling and associate professor of counseling

Lisa Gueldenzoph Snyder, Ph.D., higher education administration, Bowling Green State University, interim chair of the Department of Management and professor of management

Alisa Taliaferro, Ed.D., educational leadership, Clark Atlanta University, interim chair of the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education

Those who were named assistant and associate professors and their credentials are:

Laurent Ahiablame, Ph.D., agricultural and biological engineering, Purdue University, assistant professor of natural resources and environmental design

MD Nazmul Hasan Bhuyan, Ph.D., finance, Florida Atlantic University, assistant professor of accounting and finance

Catherine L. Bonventre, Ph.D., criminal justice, University at Albany, assistant professor of criminal justice

Steven Rasmussen Cancian, Master of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of natural resources and environmental design

Reginald D. Cannady, Ph.D., neurobiology and neurosciences, UNC-CH, assistant professor of biology

Kimberly Bunch-Crump, Ph.D., special education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, assistant professor of education

Forrest C. Foster, M.L.S., library science, North Carolina Central University, associate professor of library sciences

Andy M. Ham, Ph.D., industrial engineering, Arizona State University, associate professor of applied engineering technology

Michael A. Hamilton, Ph.D., industrial and systems engineering, Mississippi State University, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering

William Harrison, Master of Landscape Architecture, N.C. State, assistant professor of natural resources and environment design

A.K.M. Kamrul Islam, Ph.D., computer science, Georgia State University, assistant professor of computational data science and engineering

Athina Meli, Ph.D., physics, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, assistant professor of physics

Carla Miller-Coates, Ph.D., sociology, Virginia Tech, associate professor of criminal justice

Carmen C. Monico, Ph.D., social work, Virginia Commonwealth University, associate professor of social work and sociology

Robert R. Morganfield, Ph.D., journalism and public communication, University of Maryland, College Park, Howroyd Endowed professor of journalism and public communication

Hieu T. Nguyen, Ph.D., electrical engineering, University of Quebec, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

Bobwealth Omontese, Ph.D., theriogenology, Ahmadu Bello University, assistant professor of animal science

Juliet Oriaifo, Ph.D., management, Florida Atlantic University, assistant professor of accounting and finance

Letu Qingge, Ph.D., computer science, Montana State University, assistant professor of computer science

Venktesh Pandey, Ph.D., civil, architectural and environmental engineering, University of Texas at Austin, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering

Mashooq Salehin, Ph.D., social work, University of Texas at Arlington, associate professor of social work and sociology

Madhuri Siddula, Ph.D., computer science, Georgia State University, assistant professor of computer science

In addition, Joshua Robbins, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, was named a computer science lecturer while Kimberly Pigford, who holds a Ph.D. in science education from N.C. State, was named a teaching assistant of biology, and Anastasia Smith, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida, was named teaching assistant professor.

About North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nations largest historically Black university, as well as its top ranked (Money magazine, Best Colleges). It is a land-grant, doctoral university, classified as high research by the Carnegie Foundation and a constituent member of the University of North Carolina System. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Stanford supports alliance of universities in diversifying STEM postdocs – The Stanford Daily

The California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate an inter-university partnership, of which Stanford is a founding member, dedicated to helping underrepresented minority (URM) scholars advance their academic careers in STEM fields is expanding into a nationwide consortium, as out-of-state institutions joined the coalition.

Stanford will support URM scholars in the alliance with professional development programs, in addition to academic exchange opportunities with eight other top institutions.

Minority faculty members constitute 26% of Stanfords professoriate, according to the Universitys 2019 Faculty Report. The percentage drops down to 6.9%, or a total of 156, for URM faculty members. The fractions in earth, natural sciences and medicine departments are even lower than the University-wide average.

The expanded nine-university partnership, now known as the Research University Alliance (RUA), will focus on supporting URM postdoctoral fellows transitioning into the professoriate, a career phase that often disadvantages underrepresented scholars, through research exchange, outreach opportunities and career advising.

Five new members Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington have joined the former members of the California Alliance, including the University of California, Berkeley; California Institute of Technology; and University of California, Los Angeles, in addition to Stanford.

The national expansion of the alliance means it can connect more scholars with opportunities nationwide in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science and engineering fields, 27% of all URM postdocs are trained at these nine universities, according toRobin Sugiura, director of programs and outreach at the Universitys Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA).

Under RUAs new structure, each of the nine institutions has an area of responsibility, according to Sugira. Stanford is being tasked with developing and delivering professional development for all nine institutions, she said.

Stanford is uniquely positioned among these universities for its postdoctoral scholars population. The University has the countrys largest postdoctoral affairs office, responsible for a sizable population of 2,465 postdocs, according to OPAs website. It provides more than 150 workshops per year.

We will be working to develop the complete curriculum around this program and delivering it, either through national workshops or by creating content that that can be handed over to the institutions and delivered locally, to make sure that all of the postdocs are receiving the training and support that they need to get the faculty jobs, Sugiura said.

Diversity drops off at postdoc level

Though URMs make up more than 30% of the total U.S. population, they only constitute 5% of the STEM faculty at research universities.

Part of the problem lies in postdoctoral training. Most faculty have postdoctoral training at Stanford, which has not always been the case, according to Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs Sofie Kleppner, a co-principal investigator of the grant: If you look at the faculty at Stanford [now], the vast majority of them had postdoctoral training, even in fields like computer science, religious studies, and history, Kleppner said.

Historically, most postdocs could expect to land a faculty position at the end of ones term, but that is no longer the case. Nationally, only about 40% of postdocs go into faculty positions, according to Kleppner. Others end up elsewhere, often in tracks that do not require extended postdoctoral training which usually takes at least two years but can stretch up to much longer in the first place.

The number of URM students in MPCSE fields have doubled in Ph.D. programs, doubling from 5% to 10% over the past 25 years. The fraction of URM postdocs, however, has remained at less than 3%, according to Sugiura. URM postdocs have to confront the difficulties in both establishing ones scientific identity and tackling the unclear expectations of postdoctoral training, Kleppner said.

The professoriate is terribly under diverse, Kleppner added. Currently, there have been huge strides made in K-12 training, undergraduate, and even graduate diversity. But if you look at the data, the diversity drops off precipitously at the postdoc.

From California Alliance to RUA

The California Alliance was created to address the lack of postdoctoral representation. The alliance was founded six years ago with a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as an intercollegiate partnership led by UC-Berkeley to increase diversity in STEM and related sectors, according to its website.

The original funding from NSF was only enough to cover fellowship for six underrepresented minority (URM) postdocs across the institutions but members of the California Alliance eventually matched funding for many more, according to geological sciences professor Page Chamberlain, Stanfords co-principal investigator.

Forty-five postdocs have been funded across the alliance in total, according to Lupe Carrillo, who is the director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. Among them was Grace Bulltail, who was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford from 2017 to 2019 before becoming a Native American environment, health and community assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chamberlain said that the inclusion of new members will not only be a matter of scale; the new members will also bring different resources to the consortium.

While scholarship itself is important for postdocs to secure a faculty position, developing career plans and making connections are also necessary. Sometimes a lot of opportunities in academia or learning how to navigate academia pertain to unwritten rules or informal opportunities, Carrillo said.

One of the key platforms that the California Alliance has provided and the Research University Alliance will continue to provide is Research Exchange, a program for graduate students and postdocs that sponsors weeks-long visits with faculty members at another university.

While theyre there, they could be prepared with elevator pitches and small job talks, Kleppner said. They could be prepared with questions about how an institution works, which is a really important understanding for faculty to have.

The California Alliance has also organized retreats for professional development. Stanford hosted last years NSF-Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Research Exchange Retreat as well as the inaugural one.

The alliance has created a network that helps clarify these unofficial practices, helping URMs navigate career paths in the professoriate, Carrillo added.

Kleppner said, We really think this alliance is going to be incredibly helpful in ensuring that people interested in the faculty track are successful getting there.

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