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Jeannine Morber to lead Carroll Technology Council.

Jeannine Morber, who received the B.S. in C.S. summa cum laude in December 2006, has been named the director of the Carroll Technology Council. As reported in the Carroll County Times, the president of the technology council praised her technical knowledge and new ideas. The technology council, headquartered in Westminster, MD, was established by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce as an organization with the purpose of preparing Carroll County for the future. Congratulations Jeannine!

Hood Programming Teams win Gold and bronze.

Coach Mas Kimura reports that Hood College won both first and third place at the Dickinson College Programming Contest in Carlisle, PA, which was held on March 31, 2007. The Hood College Blue team, consisting of Cory Petosky and David Conway, took first place, completing an impressive 5 of the 6 problems posed. They were, in fact, the only team to complete that many problems. The Hood College Staples team, consisting of Michael Naylor and Ben Caplins, also did well, placing third overall.

There were a total of 12 teams that competed. Participating schools included Dicksinson College, Hood College, Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, Shippensburg College, and Ursinus College.

If you see any of the team members, be sure to tell them "Congratulations!"

Smithsonian Curator to speak

Paul CeruzziPaul E. Ceruzzi, Curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, will speak on "Doing History in Internet Time" at 3:30pm on April 26. The talk will be in Hodson Science and Technology room 131.

Historians like to let things settle a bit before doing history, but how is that possible when the subject of historical inquiry is computing, which seems to reinvent and redefine itself every few months? Dr. Ceruzzi will describe his attempt to write a comprehensive history of computing, from the dedication of the ENIAC in 1946 to the commercialization of the World Wide Web. When he began writing, the World Wide Web had not even been invented. He submitted a manuscript to the publisher on the day that Microsoft announced Internet Explorer 4.0, triggering the famous lawsuit against that company. A few years later he was asked to write a Second Edition, to cover the rapid spread of the Web. He delivered that manuscript before web sites like MySpace, YouTube, or Wikipedia even existed. The driving force behind this phenomenon is Moore's law, which states an empirical observation of the rate at which computer chips advance in memory storage. Despite periodic predictions that Moore's Law will fail as it hits fundamental physical barriers, it continues to hold. Nonetheless, Ceruzzi believes that one can take a look back and tell a coherent story about computing in the last fifty years, even if tomorrow's headlines threaten to turn it all into a preface to the "real" story.

Dr. Ceruzzi's work at the Smithsonian includes research, writing, planning exhibits, collecting artifacts, and lecturing on the subjects of microelectronics, computing, and control as they apply to the practice of air and space flight. He is the author or co-author of several books on the history of computing and related topics. His A History of Modern Computing, in its second edition, and Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age are both available in paperback from His book Reckoners: The Prehistory of The Digital Computer (1983) has been reproduced online.

T-Shirt Design Contest

Get your talent recognized!

The Computer Science Club (ACM@Hood) is looking for creative students to submit their designs for the club's T-shirt Design Contest. Entries must be submitted by February 28, 2007.

Contest Rules:

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  1. All T-shirt designs must be submitted to via e-mail either as attachments or a URL to images by February 28, 2007.
  2. All entries must include original art and/or words.
  3. The T-shirt designs used should be limited to short sleeve T-shirts.
  4. Designs are NOT limited to one side and may include front, back and sleeve elements but cost-conscious designs will be preferable (cost per T-shirt increases as the number of graphic elements increases).
  5. Designs must be original artwork. We will not accept any designs that feature :
    • Existing registered trademarks (i.e. IBM, Microsoft, Superman logo)
    • Tobacco, firearms, alcohol and/or sexual connotations
    • Distortions of the Hood and/or ACM logos
  6. Only one winning design will be selected, but each entrant may submit up to three designs.
  7. Designs are encouraged to include club "branding" elements like "COMPUTER SCIENCE", "HOOD COMPUTER SCIENCE CLUB" etc.
  8. The selected designs will be announced by March 1, 2007.
  9. The winning T-shirt design will become the property of the Computer Science Club (ACM@Hood).

Essay Contest for Grace Hopper Day

The Department of Computer Science and the Hood ACM Chapter, in celebration of the unique achievements of Admiral Grace Hopper (1906-1992), invites students from Grades 9-12 to submit essays for the Grace Hopper Essay Contest. Entrants may write on one of two topics:

The contest deadline is December 9th, 2006. For more information, see the Contest Announcement (pdf).

Programming team scores in ACM regionals

Hood's Blue Team, composed of Ben Caplins, Dave Conway, and Cory Petosky, competed in the ACM Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Contest on October 28. They placed third out of 18 teams at the local site, Marymount University.

Across the region, Hood College came in 14th out of the 135 teams that competed -- a significant improvement over last year's performance of 22nd place.

THe Hood team beat out the varsity teams of several better-known schools, including: The College of William and Mary, Drexel University, University of Delaware, Bucknell University, West Virginia University, UMBC, Villanova University, American University, and Howard University.

Faculty attend computing conference

Professors Elizabeth Chang, Gary Gillard, and Xinlian Liu attended the 2006 Eastern Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges on October 27 and 28. The conference was held at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Professor Liu served as a judge for the poster presentations of students' research.

Mayuran Thurairatnam places in national game design contest

Senior computer science major Mayuran Thurairatnam placed second in a national game design contest sponsored by Intel corporation. Mayuran's second place award is especially noteworthy considering that the first place went to a commercial game created by a professional game design team.

Mayuran reported that since multi-core cpu's are becoming more ../common, more applications are beginning to take advantage of multiple cores. To encourage innovative multi-core game development, Intel sponsored a contest inviting developers to submit threaded games. They tried to see who could take advantage of multiple cores not just for speed but also add new features using this technology.

Mayuran's game, Gun Dragon was a flight game. The game engine was split between 2 threads, one for graphics and one for gameplay and others. One distictive feature is that each time a cloud is in view, it will spawn its own thread and create itself using a noise function and then end the thread. The noise function takes a few seconds to work, but since it is in its own thread, it does not interrupt gameplay.

Department welcomes new faculty

The Department is happy to welcome Dr. Aijuan Dong and Dr. Ahmed Salem as new assistant professors of computer science, starting in Fall 2006.

Professor Aijuan Dong has had previous teaching experience as a lab instructor at Changchun University of Earth Sciences in Changchun, China; a lab instructor in the department of chemistry and geology and teaching assistant in the department of computer science at Minnesota State University; and an instructor in the department of computer science at North Dakota Sate University. She is currently conducting research in multimedia and video segmentation, annotation and access, signal processing and data mining. Professor Dong earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in analytical chemistry from Changchun University of Earth Sciences, a master's degree in computer science from Minnesota State University and a doctoral degree in computer science from North Dakota State University.

Professor Ahmed Salem has held several teaching positions, serving as a teaching assistant in the department of computer engineering and computer science at the University of Lousiville; a visiting professor at McKendree College's Louisville campus; and an assistant professor in the master of science in managing information technology program at Sullivan University. He earned a bachelor's degree in microelectronics from the Higher Technological Institute in Egypt in 1996, a master's degree in computer science from the University of Louisville in 2000 and a doctoral degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Louisville in 2005.

Adjunct Faculty Positions

The Department of Computer Science at Hood College regularly seeks adjunct faculty in selected areas. These are part-time, temporary appointments to teach single courses. The specific courses are dependent on the class offerings each term. Areas of interest include computer security, database systems, information technology, e-commerce, and computer networks.

Applicants should hold a masters degree in computer science or a doctorate in computer science or related field. Send a letter of inquiry and curriculum vitae, indicating your potential teaching areas and professional experience, to Elizabeth B. Chang, Chairperson, Department of Computer Science, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701 (or email We especially welcome applications from women and members of minority groups.