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From the latest issue:

Changes—for the better

BY Tina M. Carr - Friday January 03, 2014
We have some very exciting things to tell you about—including a new undergraduate scholarship and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the School of Computer Science—but let me first tell you about the last few months. It was a very busy summer. We had great, well-attended events for SCS and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department alumni and their families at the Boston Museum of Science and Seattle's EMP Museum.  

Alumni Snapshots: Mark Palatucci, Boris Sofman and Hanns Tappeiner

BY Jason Togyer - Friday January 03, 2014
Mark Palatucci B.S.E., computer science and engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2000 M.S., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008 Ph.D., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011 Boris Sofman B.S., electrical and computer engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 M.S., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007 Ph.D., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010 Hanns Tappeiner 

Dean’s message

BY Randal E. Bryant - Friday January 03, 2014
This issue highlights the rise of “maker culture,” and how new technology, such as 3-D printing, makes the path from concept to physical reality much simpler and shorter than traditional construction techniques and tools. 

Bits and bytes meet nuts and bolts

BY Meghan Holohan with Jason Togyer - Friday January 03, 2014
Chris Harrison holds what looks like an X-Acto knife in his hand and drags it across a rectangle of glass. The tool leaves a faint scratch on the surface. He picks the glass up, flexes it, and it breaks neatly where the line was. It’s my turn. He hands me the glass-cutting tool. I don’t think I can do it. Unlike Harrison, I haven’t taken a glass-working class, and I’m not really mechanically inclined. He gives me encouragement, just like a good teacher, explaining that it’s as easy as using a pen.   

Who shares your data?

BY Jason Togyer - Friday January 03, 2014
In a way, our daily computing experience is a lot like the old song, “Dem Bones.” The app is connected to the operating system, the operating system’s connected to the platform, the platform’s connected to the provider, and the provider is connected to the advertising network. All of those connections, sharing our personal information—do we ever really wonder where it’s going, who might be using it, and for what purposes?  

Cover Story: Smashing the stereotypes

BY Jason Togyer - Tuesday April 30, 2013
Computer science's future depends on attracting people who aren't white male gamers--and making women and other under-represented groups feel less aloneIt's a Monday night at the Raj Reddy Conference Room in the Hillman Center. Groups of squirming middle-school girls are sitting cross-legged on the floor. In the middle of each group there's an old desktop computer, donated by the School of Computer Science's IT team. Each computer is about to give its life for science.