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NSF Selects University of Massachusetts Professor James F. Kurose to head Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst Professor James F. Kurose to serve as assistant director (AD) for the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE).  CISE’s mission is to promote the progress of computer and information science and engineering research and education and advance the deve...

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$6M Gift to San Francisco Public Schools and Code.org Will Promote Computer Science Education

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is taking action to help make computer science an elective in San Francisco’s middle schools. Salesforce.com is gifting $5 million to the city’s public schools and $1 million to Code.org for computer science education. The company sets aside 1 percent of its equity for a foundation, 1 percent of its employees’ time as community service and 1 percent of its product as a donation.  “We’re really doubling down on what we learned in our first ...

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The Next Hot Major for Minority Students: Computer Science

Computer Science Online

Opportunities abound for African-American and Hispanic students in computer science, a field eager to diversify. This guide will help minority students understand why they should consider computer science, how they can explore and prepare before college, what to look for in a degree program, and how to afford a degree. The fields of computer science and programming have been growing in popularity for decades, due primarily to solid financial and professional prospects, and the incalculable effect of the digital revolution on every facet of our cu...

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17 Rare Images Tell the Real Story of Women in Tech

Tech isn’t a male dominated field, in many respects. Women are responsible for some of the core innovations that drive the Internet today. It’s increasingly important to remember as we read the disquieting stats about the industry. Diversity seeds creativity and it’s possible that women approach the development of tech in slightly different ways that, when combined with others’, helps p...

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Coding in the Classroom: Computational Thinking Will Allow Children to 'Change the World'

International Business Times

Coding is now an integral part of the new national curriculum in England, which was designed to help more students gain an understanding and appreciation of modern technology. "Computer programs are among the largest and most sophisticated artifacts that human beings have ever built," says Microsoft researcher Simon Peyton Jones. Within the new curriculum, computer science is treated as a foundational discipline that every child must know. The curriculum aims to develop computational thinking skills that will enable pupils to understand and ...

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HPC UNIVERSITY BI-WEEKLY CHALLENGE – NetCDF Acceleration

SUMMARY:
This problem challenges you to modify an existing hybrid parallel program to generate output using NetCDF.

QUESTION:
Similar to challenge problem 69, http://hpcuniversity.org/students/weeklyChallenge/69/, your task is to implement NetCDF output in an existing parallel program, namely that solved by challenge problem 83,http://hpcuniversity.org/students/weeklyChallenge/83/. It is recommended you familiarize yourself with these challenge problems first.

The "Hybrid Parallel Acceleration solution" file at the bottom of the challenge contai...

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Tweets During 2013 Colorado Floods Gave Engineers Valuable Data on Infrastructure Damage

University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) researchers found that tweets sent during last year's massive flooding on Colorado's Front Range were able to detail the scope of damage to the area's infrastructure. The researchers say the discovery could help geotechnical and structural engineers more effectively direct their reconnaissance efforts after future natural disasters and provide them data that might otherwise be lost due to rapid cleanup efforts. "People were tweeting amazing pictures and videos of damage to bridges and other infrastructure systems," says CU-Boulder professor Shid...

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IBM, CUNY Launch Watson Student App Competition

Registration Deadline - October 20, 2014

The City University of New York (CUNY) and IBM have launched a competition that will enable students to use IBM Watson's cognitive computing system to build innovative apps. Participants will focus on applying the IBM cognitive technology to improve the operation of higher education and the delivery of public services in New York City. Student teams will meet several milestones during the competition, while being mentored by IBM, CUNY, and other experts in the field. During Watson "boot camp," scheduled for Oct. 24-25, the...

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Michigan State University: Fingerprinting Infants Helps Track Vaccinations in Developing Countries

Developing countries could be able to track pediatric vaccinations with greater accuracy using a fingerprint-scanning system developed by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The researchers have created software that makes it possible to precisely match fingerprints of children under five using commercially available equipment. The researchers were tasked with processing images captured by fingerprint sensors using software to compensate for the small size of the children's prints, along with wet and oily skin. They also enh...

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The Search for Ebola Immune Response Targets: SDSC and La Jolla Institute Provide Rapid Online Analysis

The effort to develop therapeutics and a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) requires a complex understanding of the microorganism and its relationship within the host, especially the immune response. Adding to the challenge, EVD can be caused by any one of five known species within the genus Ebolavirus (EBOV), in the Filovirus family. Now, researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (La Jolla Institute) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego are assisting the scie...

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Chameleon: Cloud Computing for Computer Science

NSF awards $10 million to UC, TACC and other key partners for flexible, scalable and dynamic testbed to support cloud computing applications and experiments

Cloud computing has changed the way we work, the way we communicate online, even the way we relax at night with a movie. But even as "the cloud" starts to cross over into popular parlance, the full potential of the technology to directly impact science, medicine, transportation, and other industries has yet to be realized. To help investigate and develop this promising cloud computing future, the National Science Fou...

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