Dear UD CIS Community,
Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter, CIS CONNECTIONS. We are
excited to bring you another collection of recent stories. Young people
among your friends and family may be planning applications for college
or graduate study. I urge you to discuss computer science-related
careers with them, and encourage them to check out our computer science
programs at UD! I also encourage your feedback and story ideas, please
feel free to submit them here
. I look forward to hearing from you.
Chair | Department of Computer & Information Sciences
CIS students mentor middle schoolers to create computer games
A CIS Project Showcase highlighted work by UD students who worked with young people from area schools to develop games during the fall semester.”
Celebrating Women in Computing
Seventeen female UD students from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) attended the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Minneapolis. The event is a series of keynote addresses and workshops that include leading researchers presenting their current work, networking opportunities with large companies like Microsoft and Google and special sessions that focus on the role of women in today’s computer science, information technology, research and engineering fields. Students in attendance included undergraduates Christina Callis, Katherine Caola, Ashley Casper, Mary Doolin, Melody Lugo, Kelly Peterson, Briana Slater, Rebecca Weinschenk and Mingzhi Yu. Graduate students that participated include Moumita Bhattacharya, Aditi Garg, Rithika Gogineni, Irene Manotas, Juilee Patankar, Pradnya Powar, Vallary Singh and Qi Wang. The CIS department sponsored the group as part of an effort to retain women in computer science. Lori Pollock, CIS professor and member of the executive board of the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing, returned as the group’s adviser.
Alumni and corporate contributions to the CIS department were used to fully fund the undergraduate students and to partially fund the graduate students.
Sprenkle, NSF cites 60 for 60
University of Delaware alumna Sara Sprenkle shares something in common with the current chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, and Maxine Singer, a molecular biologist known for her contributions to solving the genetic code.
Sprenkle, Bernanke and Singer are among 60 former National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows highlighted in honor of the program’s 60th anniversary. They were selected by directorates from across NSF as former fellows who “reflect the diversity and rich history of the program,” according to the program’s website.
UD professor presented award for natural language processing work
The Association for Mathematics of Language (SIGMOL) honored the University of Delaware’s Vijay K. Shanker with the inaugural S.Y. Kuroda Prize on Jan. 7 for his work in natural language processing.
John Case, emeritus
John W. Case, a UD professor of computer and information sciences, is retiring at the end of the summer and will become a named emeritus faculty member. Case is recognized for his work in computability-theoretic learning and inductive inference, and for theoretical work involving machine self-reference. He joined UD in 1989 and served as department chair from 1989-1994. He previously held appointments at SUNY, Buffalo and University of Kansas.
Case earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics with honors from Iowa State University, and masters and doctoral degrees in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He has been a visiting professor at New York University, Queensland University of Technology, University of New South Wales, University of Rochester, and a visiting fellow at Yale University.