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Research Notebook: Computational Thinking--What and Why?

BY Jason Togyer - Sunday March 06, 2011
By Jeannette M. WingIn a March 2006 article for the Communications of the ACM, I used the term "computational thinking" to articulate a vision that everyone, not just those who major in computer science, can benefit from thinking like a computer scientist [Wing06]. So, what is computational thinking? Here's a definition that Jan Cuny of the National Science Foundation, Larry Snyder of the University of Washington, and I use; it was inspired by an email exchange I had with Al Aho of Columbia University: 

Alumni Snapshot: Diana Yu

BY Jason Togyer - Sunday March 06, 2011
B.S., industrial management, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999B.S., information systems, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999M.H.C.I., human-computer interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008It might seem like a long way from writing HTML and Javascript to overseeing construction projects on one of the nation's busiest commuter railroads. But for Diana Yu, the journey is one of only a few yards inside the Los Angeles headquarters of Metrolink, which serves six California counties, including Los Angeles and San Diego. 

Alumni Snapshot: Jerry Zhu

BY Jason Togyer - Saturday March 05, 2011
B.S., computer science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1993M.S., computer science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1996Ph.D., Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 If any machine-learning research can be considered "retro," that might be an apt description of the work Xiaojin (Jerry) Zhu is pursuing at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  

Alumni Director's Message

BY Tina Carr - Friday March 04, 2011
Winter doldrums. The blahs. The blues. Let's face it: The weather around here right now does not make me feel very inspired or energetic. In fact, the endless days of snow, cold and gray skies are enough to make a person want to either hibernate like a bear for the rest of the winter or permanently relocate to Bora Bora (I can see the smiles of the year-round temperate climate residing alumni now). 

Giving Back: Daniel and Karon Siewiorek

BY Mark Dorgan - Friday March 04, 2011
By Mark DorganDaniel Siewiorek has witnessed much in his time at Carnegie Mellon. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford University, Dan worked with pioneers in both artificial intelligence (Allen Newell, Herb Simon, Raj Reddy) and computer architecture (Gordon Bell) who provided him with a unique and broad perspective on those fields. 

Feedback Loop

BY Jason Togyer - Thursday October 21, 2010
Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey in the last issue. It wasn't scientific, and the response rate was low, but your feedback was interesting nevertheless.Responses came from alumni (about 32 percent), faculty and staff (28 percent) and current students (21 percent), but visitors, friends and a few people with no affiliation with CMU also replied. The top three career fields reported were, in order, "educator/researcher," "student" and "IT/CS professional." 

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