This Monday, my first essay appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education: 5 Ways to Welcome Women to Computer Science. Today, Friday, seems like a good day to reflect on responses. In particular, I want to talk about social media responses from institutions and individuals, and an in-person conversation with Whitman CS students and faculty.
In this post, I briefly discuss my doings of the last six weeks under two headings (“Yay, I’m on sabbatical!” and “Hey, I’m on sabbatical!”) and four sub-headings (“Scholarship”, “Personal”, “Service”, and “Things left undone”). Continue reading
A week ago, I returned from a six-week trip abroad. In this post, I’ll reflect on my goals for the trip and how they were (or were not) accomplished. In my next post, I’ll discuss the transition from traveling on sabbatical to being on sabbatical at home. Continue reading
Pre-registration for spring 2019 courses concluded earlier this week. This time around, we faced a real crisis: CS 210, Computer Systems Fundamentals, closed with the end of pre-registration for the junior class, leaving a waitlist of 23 second-years and 2 first-year students. CS 210 is supposed to be a second-year class, open also to first-year students with advanced placement. Continue reading
I write as my maternity leave is drawing to a close. My child will start with a full-time nanny during the first full week of August, so that I have time to prepare for the start of classes in the last week of August. I am writing this while traveling to and from my first professional meeting since the birth of my child – and also the first time I’ve been apart from my child for more than a few hours. Continue reading
Pre-registration for Fall 2018 concluded a week ago. Our enrollments are strong once again, with all courses nearly filling or overfilling.
|CS 167-A,B||Intro. Computational Problem Solving||42/60||1:1||5|
|CS/Math 220||Discrete Math & Functional Programming||34/24||1:2.5|
|CS 267||Human-Computer Interaction||23/20||1:3||25|
|CS 270||Data Structures||19/24||1:3||3|
|CS 310||Computer Systems Programming||18/20||1:5|
|CS 320||Theory of Computation||19/20||**|
|CS/Math 350||Mathematical Modeling & Numerical Methods||0 enrolled as a CS course|
|CS 495||Capstone Project||16/16||1:7|
Long story short: I was pregnant during the fall semester, my daughter Gwendolyn was born in early December, and I am on maternity leave this semester. We’re both doing very well.
I’ve been meaning to write this post since October, which should say something. For those who have been wondering why I haven’t been writing much, this is why.
This is a fairly personal post. Those mainly interested in the development of the CS program should look for a future post on managing my maternity leave and upcoming research leaves. Continue reading
Pre-registration for Spring 2018 concluded on Tuesday night. Our enrollments remain strong, with all sections except the senior capstone project nearly full or overfull:
|CS 167-A,B||Intro. Computational Problem Solving||59/60||1:3||16|
|CS 210||Computer Systems Fundamentals||24/24||1:4||4|
|CS 270||Data Structures||28/24||3:4||4|
|CS 300||ST: Software Engineering||23/24||**||0|
|CS 301 / Math 373||ST: Cryptography||0 enrolled as a CS course|
|CS 320||Theory of Computation||15/20||1:4||0|
|CS 327||Algorithm Design & Analysis||18/20||1:3||0|
|CS 351||Artificial Intelligence||24/16||1:4||4|
|CS 496/7/8||Capstone Project||3/16||1:2|
This post shares some of the diversity of our students’ summer experiences—a very important part of a computer science student’s education. I’ve gathered short reflections from a few students and linked to the blogs of a few more. This first draft represents two summer research experiences (one at Whitman and one at a large research university) and two internships (one closely associated with Whitman and one not). Continue reading