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Why Have There Been So Many Security Breaches Recently?
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Why Have There Been So Many Security Breaches Recently?

We're only five months into this year, but there have been a large number of sensational security breaches. Why have there been so many, and what can we do about...

The Long Road to a Seat at the Table
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The Long Road to a Seat at the Table

Computer science is still a new discipline compared to the rest of STEM. It will take a while for people to know what a "computer scientist" is in the same way...

A Successful NY Celebration of Women in Computing!
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A Successful NY Celebration of Women in Computing!

A recap of our recent New York regional Celebration of Women in Computing.

Learning Through Twitter
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Learning Through Twitter

Commentary on a recent study which evalauted the impact of Twitter on student engagement and grades.

Explaining Science and Engineering
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Explaining Science and Engineering

As I have followed the international news regarding the Japanese disaster, I have been struck by the challenges each news organization has faced in explaining technical...

Who Needs a Tablet?
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Who Needs a Tablet?

Tablets do not solve a mainstream problem, they only serve a niche.

At the NSF CE21 Meeting: We Have Such a Long Way to Go
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At the NSF CE21 Meeting: We Have Such a Long Way to Go

The NSF CE21 Community Meeting highlighted the opportunity that computing has to catch up with the rest of STEM on education issues.

Let's Teach Malware When It's Ready: The Purpose of ­Undergrad CS
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Let's Teach Malware When It's Ready: The Purpose of ­Undergrad CS

Ledin's call for teaching malware to all undergraduate students conflicts with my understanding of the purpose of an undergraduate CS degree. 

Intellectual Amplification via Computing
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Intellectual Amplification via Computing

As the recent performance of IBM's Watson system on the game show Jeopardy! illustrated, the combination of large-scale data, rich algorithm suites and powerful...

Who Needs a Netbook?
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Who Needs a Netbook?

In only a couple years, improved smartphones and laptops have closed the niche that netbooks lived in. Rather than mourn the loss of netbooks, let's celebrate their...

How to Make a Geek Goddess Spit with Rage
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How to Make a Geek Goddess Spit with Rage

 A rather grumpy review of the book How to Be a Geek Goddess.

Teaching Kids to Feel the Math With Computers
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Teaching Kids to Feel the Math With Computers

Why are students still calculating when they could be understanding?  Now that computers are everywhere, how should math education change?

Works in Progress: MIA
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Works in Progress: MIA

It is time we extracted a sample of cultural DNA from computing's history and engineered a new generation of contemplative, informal workshops. After gestation,...

Computer Science as Value Added to a Liberal Education
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Computer Science as Value Added to a Liberal Education

Computer science education is valuable, even to those who do not major in computer science. Those non-CS major informants who talk about that value are doing us...

Massive Scale Data Mining For Education
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Massive Scale Data Mining For Education

With the increased use of computers in education, there will be a big new opportunity for computers to learn to help students learn.

To Videolecture or Not
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To Videolecture or Not

Should conferences cover the cost of a videolecture or not?  I say "yes."

Grace: A Manifesto For a New Educational Object-Oriented Programming Language
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Grace: A Manifesto For a New Educational Object-Oriented Programming Language

At SPLASH 2010, Andrew Black, Kim B. Bruce, and James Noble presented their manifesto for a new educational object-oriented programming language called Grace.  

How Should Peer Review Evolve?
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How Should Peer Review Evolve?

A simmering debate on peer review processes threatens to boil to the surface of various discussion forums for the scientific communities and the public at large...

Computer Science Needs Education Schools. Desperately.
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Computer Science Needs Education Schools. Desperately.

Improving high-school computer science in the United States is critical for the success and growth of computing education. To do that, we need teachers. To get...

Technology Transfer: A Contact Sport
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Technology Transfer: A Contact Sport

The success or failure of technology transfer depends on many factors. No single mechanism is guaranteed to succeed, though there are many mechanisms that are likely...
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