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Computer Science Department Gains Endowed Professorship with Gift | Kalamazoo College

Judith Bollinger ’77, a Kalamazoo College trustee, and her husband, William, are creating the Judith and William Bollinger Endowed Professorship in Computer Science with a generous gift to K.

A generous gift from a Kalamazoo College alumna and her spouse will support the institution’s students and its strategic plan, Advancing Kalamazoo College: A Strategic Vision for 2023, by funding the Judith and William Bollinger Endowed Professorship in Computer Science.

“We are deeply honored and grateful to the Bollingers for this wonderful gift,” Kalamazoo College President Jorge G. Gonzalez said. “This endowment will strengthen our Computer Science Department and invest in

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Computer science department reverses course, suspends plan for an admissions-based system

Updated 2:15 p.m.: Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Terry Rhodes confirmed Wednesday in an email to the DTH that she paused the computer science department’s plans for an admissions process, stating that the department’s announcement was premature. 

She reiterated that the college is still in the planning process.


Updated 5:30 p.m.: Less than 24 hours after announcing its plans to implement an admissions policy, the computer science department issued an email to all computer science majors and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Terry Rhodes, stating that the admissions plans have been suspended. 

Department

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Talking Trash With Laura Markley, Waste and Plastics Researcher in the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Laura Markley

Laura Markley is a scientist and a communicator who has been weaving these two skillsets together throughout her academic career. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), Markley studies plastics, water pollution and perceptions of the general public on environmental and sustainability issues.

She is also the force behind the blog WasteFreePhD.com, where she writes about the science of sustainability—including her own research—and shares insights on practical ways the common consumer can reduce waste.

The product of two sustainability-minded parents, Markley has been passionate about the environment

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Master of Computer Science Aims to Meet Industry’s Current, Future Needs | News

In an ongoing effort to provide programs to help bolster workforce development, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has created a new computer science master’s degree program to help meet the ever-increasing demand for workers in the computing industry. The program will launch in fall 2021.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports jobs for computer and information research scientists are projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, with most positions requiring a master’s degree in computer science or a related field.

WPI’s Master of Computer Science (MCS) program is designed to

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How Uruguay implemented its computer science education program

Computer science (CS) education helps students acquire skills such as computational thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration.1 It has been linked with higher rates of college enrollment (Brown & Brown, 2020Salehi et al., 2020), and a recent randomized control trial showed that lessons in computational thinking improved student response inhibition, planning, and coding skills (Arfé et al., 2020). Since these skills take preeminence in the rapidly changing 21st century, CS education promises to significantly enhance student preparedness for the future of work and active citizenship.

CS education can also reduce skills inequality if education systems

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New tool demystifies coding for students as Hawaii legislators push computer science to younger grades – U.S.


HONOLULU (Tribune News Service) — First graders at Solomon Elementary School squealed and cheered as they skipped past and then stomped on bright blue floor tiles that lit up, changed color and made sounds.


“When do I get to play?” asked one eager girl, Arianna, just moments after she’d had a turn. “This feels like playing on the playground.” Her classmate, Dominick, chimed in: “It’s fun, exciting and challenging!”


The square mats, called Unruly Splats, might seem like pure fun, but they introduce children to computer coding at a basic level. Each durable square has a “splat”

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