The Link is the magazine of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Its name recognizes the pioneering work of two of the School of Computer Science's co-founders, Allen Newell and Herb Simon, who invented the use of linked-list data structures for representing complex information.

But it also serves as the link between the School of Computer Science and more than 10,000 alumni, colleagues, parents and other friends around the world.

From the latest issue:

Winning Hand

Byron Spice Wednesday April 15, 2009
There's high drama at the 2008 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas: Antic poker pro and 11-time champ Phil Hellmuth is all-in, betting his entire stake on this hand. With one card yet to be dealt, he holds the ace of hearts and queen of diamonds in his hand; the king of diamonds and the three, four and ten of hearts are face up in front of him. 

Research Notebook: Data-Intensive, Scalable Computing

Randy Bryant Wednesday April 15, 2009
Editor's Note: Research Notebook is a new section of The Link where School of Computer Science faculty will write about developments and frontiers in their fields. Randy Bryant, University Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the School of Computer Science, inaugurates this feature with a discussion of data-intensive, scalable computing.  

Alumni Director's Message

Jason Togyer Wednesday April 15, 2009
Communication and AdvocacyIn this special "guest column," SCS alumnus and Associate Dean Philip Lehman offers a few thoughts on the importance of communication and advocacy. --TinaIn the last issue of The Link, Alumni Relations Director Tina Carr (HNZ'02) discussed the "Gift of Time"--the gift given by alumni and friends of SCS who participate and volunteer. You attend events, give talks, speak with prospective students, participate in advisory boards and volunteer for many other initiatives.  

Alumni Snapshot: Ashley W. Strope

Jason Togyer Wednesday April 15, 2009
B.S., Physics, Harvey Mudd College, 1990M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Mason University, 1998M.S., Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001Ph.D., Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003 

Alumni Snapshot: Tiffany Chang

Jason Togyer Wednesday April 15, 2009
B.S., Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003M.B.A., Business Administration, Harvard Business School, 2008No one knows the value of a good support network like Tiffany Chang. As an undergraduate majoring in computer science and human-computer interaction, she was one of the founding student members of Women@SCS, which promotes academic and professional interaction for women in a field once dominated by men. 

SCS in the News

Jason Togyer Wednesday April 15, 2009
CS theorist Karp receives Dickson PrizeOne of the leading theorists in computer science is this year's winner of Carnegie Mellon's Dickson Prize in Science. At a ceremony March 25 at the McConomy Auditorium, the university honored Richard M. Karp of the University of California at Berkeley. A lecture by Karp entitled "The Mysteries of Algorithms" followed.