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Double alum Tom Dixon appointed director of Frederick IIT Division

December, 2015 Tom Dixon, BA '84 and MS '86 alum of the CS program has been appointed director of the Frederick County Interagency Information Technologies Division. County Executive Jan Gardner said "Tom stood out as a ifelong resident of Frederick County who brings proven and extensive experience in information technology strategy and operations, program management, software development and all aspects of service delivery." IIT provides client services for technical projects for all areas of county government.

Robotic boat helps witn Frederick reservoir mapping

Frederick, November 23, Hood graduate students and faculty assisted the city of Frederick in mapping the depth of the reservoir to determine if it has silted up an become shallower. The team used a small fiberglass hobby boat about 4 feet long, with an added depth sensor, compass, and GPS tracker. The boat tracked from point to point across the reservoir to create a grid of over 10, 000 measurements.

Grad students celebrate Diwali

CS graduate students from India hosted a Diwali celebration for students, faculty, and staff. Diwali, or Festival of Lights' is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. Among year around festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is one of the largest and brights. In the photo, professor John Boon and graduate school dean Maria Cowles enjoy refreshments, while students dance in the background. The CS Department is home for many international students from India, Nepal and Malaysia, where this festival is celebrated.

Professor Stephen Penn Attends EMS 2015 Conference.

Professor Steve Penn attended a conference for graduates of Executive Doctoral programs, such the DBA and the DM. He also participated in developing and coordinating the conference program and panel discussions (http://www.umuc.edu/ems2015/index.html). Besides being a forum for alumni to present their research, it serves as an exchange for people who are interested in applying the latest in theories in management science towards solving today's problems.

New Core Science Course CS 110 for Everyone

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We've added a new course for non majors to our curriculum. It was approved by the Curriculum Committee for the Scientific Inquiry Non-lab Science category of the core

The course is CS 110 Programming Art.

It will be offered this Spring, 2016 MoWe 5:00-6:15 PM in HT 113. Taught by professor William Crum.

Internships are a Great Way to Learn ...and Earn

"Betty Treworgy, Davon Hill, Judith Apshago"

Frederick is part of the Washington, DC, Technology area, so CS majors have many opportunities to gain experience, academic credit, and some income through internships. This past year, 14 different CS students had internships at 11 different sites.

Congratulations to Doctor Carol Jim!

On July 28, 2015, adjunct professor Carol Jim (BA ’06, MS ’10) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Investigation of the Cell Labeling Procedure and the Appearance of Monozygotic Twins” at The George Washington University. Her research investigated the mechanism behind the origins of monozygotic multiple births by implementing proposed cell division labeling models in Python. The results of the models led to a prediction that monozygotic quadruplets are not all genetically identical but rather, are two pairs of monozygotic twins where the pairs slightly differ.

Student group begins summer Java seminar

Graduate student James Brannan, a veteran Java programmer, will lead the summer long group-study towards JAVA SE 7 certification. The first meeting took place on June 8, 2015.

Commencement 2015: Professor Gary Gillard recognized for service; 13 CS majors receive diplomas.

At the 2015 Hood Undergraduate commencement ceremony, Professor Gary Gillard, MS '90, was awarded the Presidential Service Award in recognition of his more than 20 years of service to the College.

Professor Chang receives Academic Innnovation grant

Professor Elizabeth Chang has received an Academic Innovation grant from the College to develop "Flipped Classroom" materials for Web Development classes. For her project, Professor Chang will create materials that will allow students to explore technical content before practicing it in class and to review it after class.

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