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Celebrating 35 Years of Hood College Computing

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Hood takes Gold!

On April 22, 2006, Hood College sent two teams to the Dickinson College Programming Contest.

The Blue Team, consisting of David Conway, Kathryn Linehan, and Cory Petosky, captured first place! This is a very impressive win. If you see any of them, be sure to say "Congratulations!"

The Grey Team, consisting of Ben Caplins (a newcomer), Bobby Jarvis, and Michael Naylor, also did quite well, taking fourth place.

The competition consisted of a total of 10 teams. The participating schools were Dickinson College, Hood College, Lebanon Valley College, Shippensburg University, and Ursinus College.

Dr. Paul Gowen to retire

Dr. Paul Gowen is retiring in May, 2006, after 34 years at Hood College. He served as chairperson of the Department of Mathematics/Mathematics and Computer Science/Computer Science for 18 of those years. He also took on major administrative responsibilities, serving twice as acting co-dean of academic affairs and as president of the faculty senate, as well as serving on every major commitee of the College, often several times. He has taught courses ranging from sublime (Computational Complexity) to mundane (Math 099) and everything in between. His legacy to us is the not just the department and programs he has shaped, but the many students he has taught and inspired over those years.

We have set up a message page where you can leave a message for Dr. Gowen.

Distinguished Lecturer in Computer Science to Talk About Internet Forensics

Dr. Hal Berghel, Professor and Director of the School of Computer Science, and Director of both the Center for Cybermedia Research and Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research and Operations Center, at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas will speak April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 131 of the Hodson Science and Technology Center at Hood College.

Dr. Berghel's current research focuses on Internet and Web technologies, Internet security and forensics, interactive and participatory computing environments, cyberpublishing, and electronic information management. His research work appears frequently in a variety of scientific and technical venues, and his columns, editorials, and articles appear regularly in such publications as Computer and the Communications of the ACM.

Dr. Berghel has been selected as ACM Outstanding Lecturer of the Year four times (1996, 1997, 1998 and 2004), and has also been twice selected as an IEEE Distinguished Visitor on behalf of the IEEE Computer Society (1995-8 and 1998-2001). His many awards and recognition's include the 1996 ACM Distinguished Service Award and induction as both Fellow of the ACM and Fellow of the IEEE.

His Lecture, "On the Art and Practice of Internet Forensics" is part of the 35 Year Celebration of Computing at Hood and is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Computer Science Week at Hood A week of activities commemorating the 35 years of Computing at Hood will be held on April 24-28, 2006.

The purpose of the Computer Science Week is to educate, celebrate, raise awareness, and honor those who have contributed in advancing computing and Computer Science education at Hood College. The week-long activities will feature a birthday bash, student project showcases, movies and an invited lecture and reception.

The events are open to the public and Hood faculty, students, staff and alums are invited to participate.

For more information, please visit: http://acm.hood.edu/35thAnniversary/

Professor Xinlian Liu and senior Sandrine Nana attended the 2006 Computational Science Workshop for Underrepresented Groups. Here Sandrine shares her report and some photos with the department.

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Report from the Computational Science Workshop for Underrepresented Groups (CSWUG)

The 2006 Computational Science Workshop for Underrepresented Groups (CSWUG) was held January 4 to January 10, 2006 at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA. Twenty-five undergraduate students, primarily from Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Minority Serving Institutions, participated in the workshop. Most of the students were accompanied by mentors (a faculty member in their field of study). I had the privilege to have Dr Xinlian Liu as a mentor during the workshop.

Professor William GoddardThe workshop provided the participants with hands on experience in parallel computing, Grid computing and interactive visualization. At the workshop, student and faculty participants built a parallel computer from components (using a 64 bit AMD processor and a 256MB RAM) and then used it to perform a number of parallel computing exercises. The exercises were given and supervised by both USC professors and graduate students. A number of experts were invited to make presentations on emerging opportunities for research and education in computational sciences. Among others, there were, Prof. William Goddard from Caltech, who gave a presentation on multi-paradigm and multi-scale simulations and their applications on polymers, proteins, ceramics, etc, Prof. Aiichiro Nakano from USC, who presented parallel and grid programming, Prof. Priya Vashishta , USC, who presented Atomistic Simulations. One of the interesting exercises that we performed was Parallel Molecular Dynamic Simulation. All the programming exercises were done using FORTRAN.

This workshop was a great opportunity for me to learn more about computers in general and to be introduced to the use of computations in various areas including physics, chemistry, biology, defense, etc… I intend to use the knowledge I gain from this workshop by investigating more about modeling and simulation and by taking the opportunities available for undergraduate students (such as internships and research opportunities). Another thing that I found beneficial during this program is the fact that I was able to assemble a computer from components and got to keep it. I am glad that the 2006 computational workshop gave me the opportunity to increase my knowledge in computer applications, parallel programming, to be exposed to new ideas, and to meet knowledgeable professors and students at USC.

Tenure-track faculty position: Information Technology

Note: This search is completed.

Hood College intends to make a tenure-track appointment in information technology for August 2006. In the discipline of Computer and Information Sciences, Hood College offers a BS and MS in Computer Science, a MS in Computer and Information Sciences with a concentration in information technology, and an interdisciplinary MS in the Management of Information Technology.

A successful applicant must hold a Ph.D. in information technology or computer science and should be able to teach courses in both information technology and computer science. Applied information technology experience in industry or government is desirable. The applicant should be committed to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses (often in the evening), willing to contribute to advising and curricular development, and be professionally active. We are interested in applicants who are able to teach both introductory and advanced courses in management information systems, systems engineering, security, object-oriented methods, and telecommunications. Please send your curriculum vitae, a statement of your teaching philosophy, a statement highlighting your scholarship interests, and three letters of recommendation to Elizabeth B Chang, Search Committee Chair, Department of Computer Science, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701 (or email chang@hood.edu). We especially welcome applications from women and members of minority groups.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. EOE.

Hood College is a selective comprehensive college with a high-quality, professionally-oriented graduate school. Regularly ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the foremost regional colleges in the north, it is located 40 miles from Baltimore and Washington, DC. The college has an enrollment of approximately 2100 students, 1000 undergraduates and 1100 graduate students. Hood College is located close to the high technology corridor of Maryland, which presents opportunities for collaboration, internships and field work with both business and government entities. For further information on Hood, see http://www.hood.edu.

Hood programming team wins

The Hood College Blue Programming Team won first place at site in the recent regional Association for Computing Machinery programming competition. The site was Marymount University and Hood beat teams from American, College of Southern Maryland, George Mason, Marymount, Catholic, George Washington, and Mary Washington.

About 130 teams participated regionally and the Hood team placed 22nd overall, above the varsity teams (the teams with the first-string programmers) from such schools as College of William and Mary, Johns Hopkins, UMBC, North Carolina State, James Madison, and West Virginia University.

The Blue team members are David Conway, Bobby Jarvis, Cory Petosky, coached by Mas Kimura.

Fourteen high school teams compete in programming competition

Fourteen teams from seven different high schools participated in the department's first programming competition. First place went to Montgomery Blair HS from Silver Spring, second to Thomas S. Wootton HS from Rockville, and third to Centennial HS from Ellicott City.

Tenure-track faculty position: Computer Science

Note: This position has been filled.

Hood College intends to make a tenure-track appointment in computer science for August 2006. In the discipline of Computer and Information Sciences, Hood College offers a BS and MS in Computer Science, a MS in Computer and Information Sciences with a concentration in information technology, and an interdisciplinary MS in the Management of Information Technology.

A successful applicant must hold a Ph.D. in computer science and should be able to teach courses in both computer science and information technology. The applicant should be committed to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses (often in the evening), willing to contribute to advising and curricular development, and be professionally active. We are particularly interested in applicants who are able to teach both introductory and advanced courses in data communications and networking, object-oriented analysis and design, and computer security. Please send your curriculum vitae, a statement of your teaching philosophy, a statement highlighting your scholarship interests, and at least three letters of recommendation to Elizabeth B Chang, Search Committee Chair, Department of Computer Science, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701 (or email chang@hood.edu). We especially welcome applications from women and members of minority groups.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. EOE.

New courses in Robotics and in Software Testing

Two new graduate courses have been introduced for Spring 2006. They are CS 545 Robotics and CS 525 Software Testing & Quality Assurance. See the Courses page for course descriptions.

Course Prefix Change - Watch for IT!

Some of our courses are now classified as Information Technology (IT) instead of Computer Science (CS). See the Courses page for more information about which ones.

Hood's Computer Science Grads in Great Demand

Three months following the graduation ceremony, the Department of Computer Science is proud to announce that all undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science in the class of 2005 have secured employment in their field of study.

All of the graduating students received offers of employment either during their senior year or immediately after graduation from various private, government and other hi-tech organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Acterna, Swift Software and Mitretek Systems.

Dr. Paul Gowen, Chair of the Computer Science Department, is pleased to report that 100 per cent of the class of 2005 is working within one month of graduation. "This year's perfect record of student employment after completing our undergraduate program shows that our department is achieving its goal of high quality education and training, while at the same time reinforcing our excellent reputation with employers," said Dr. Gowen.

Another contributing factor for this perfect score in employment after graduation is the culmination of efforts by Hood's Career Center, which prepares students for the job market with various recruiting activities and internship placements throughout the academic year.

Hood's first High School Programming Contest announced

The Department of Computer Science, in conjunction with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter, announces the First Annual Hood College Programming Contest. The contest will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at Hood College in Frederick, MD from 11:00 am-4:30 pm.

Each school is invited to send programming teams consisting of up to 3 high school students. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Students at all levels - both beginning and advanced - are encouraged to participate. For contest details, see the contest web site.

ACM@Hood selects 2005-2006 Executive Board

ACM@Hood, Hood's student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), has identified officers for the 2005-2006 year. They are

For more information about the club and its activities, see the ACM@Hood web site. General meetings are held every other Thursday at 4:30PM at HT226. Please attend to talk about chapter activities, eat pizza, and have fun.

Adjunct Faculty Positions.

The Department of Computer Science at Hood College 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. We have a specific need for faculty to teach the following courses:

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 Paul J. Gowen, Chairperson, Department of Computer Science, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701 (or email gowen@hood.edu). We especially welcome applications from women and members of minority groups.