Topic: Computer Science

Lehrer-Small ’20: Promoting digital literacy through a first-year computing requirement

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Lehrer-Small ’20: Promoting digital literacy through a first-year computing requirement

November 13, 2019 0 comments

For most of my career at Brown, I was a computer science naysayer. As an underclassman, I thought the only reason to learn to code was to pursue jobs at tech giants like Google or Facebook.

Van Horn ’21, Mendez-Flores ’20, Caver ’21, Sanchez-Strauss ’21, Donahue ’20, Hahn ’20: Brown University must cut its contract with Palantir

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Van Horn ’21, Mendez-Flores ’20, Caver ’21, Sanchez-Strauss ’21, Donahue ’20, Hahn ’20: Brown University must cut its contract with Palantir

October 25, 2019 0 comments

Palantir Technologies, a software company based out of Silicon Valley, recently renewed a three-year contract to provide crucial products to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

‘Portal-ble’ uses a smartphone and sensor to recreate people’s hands in a virtual world. Users can handle virtual objects and draw pictures in their surroundings.

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‘Portal-ble’ reimagines reality by opening window into world of AR

October 25, 2019 0 comments

Imagine grabbing a block from a stack on a table, throwing a ball toward a caricature in your backyard in a game of Pokemon GO or lighting up a dim room — only to realize that the cubes, the ball, the Pokemon pal and the illuminating lantern do not actually exist.

TAs in the CS department received a raise this semester. The department’s UTA budget has been strained in recent years due to the growth of the CS concentration, which became the largest at the University in 2017.

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Computer science department raises teaching assistant wages

October 8, 2019 0 comments

The computer science department increased wages this semester for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants and Head Teaching Assistants by 10 percent and 15 percent respectively.

Students protest companies tied to ICE at Career Fair

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Students protest companies tied to ICE at Career Fair

September 26, 2019 0 comments

Students staged a demonstration at yesterday’s Career Fair to protest four companies that conduct business with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Letter: Public condemnation by CS HTAs further isolates students

Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Letter: Public condemnation by CS HTAs further isolates students

September 8, 2019 0 comments

To the Editor: As a computing education researcher, a teaching assistant and, most importantly, an equal member of the CS community, I was deeply dismayed by the April 25 letter by Head Teaching Assistants for CSCI 0150: “Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science.”

CS department grapples with collaboration policy, diversity

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CS department grapples with collaboration policy, diversity

April 23, 2019 0 comments

Like many computer science students, Chelsey Serrano ’22 is finishing up a two-part CS intro sequence with help from close friends, who struggle together through late nights and stressful deadlines.

Software engineers and a product manager described how their identities affect their workplace dynamics and interactions. Diversity Advocates on the Department of Computer Sciences’ Diversity Committee partnered with Laura Dobler and oSTEM to organize the event.

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LGBTQ+ panelists examine experiences, challenges in tech

April 22, 2019 0 comments

When Simon Zheng, a software engineer at Peloton Interactive, first started working, he felt uncomfortable telling his coworkers that he was gay.

The computer science department depends heavily on its teaching assistants, who use their integral role as guides to build a support system for students.

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CS concentrators face unique challenges on campus

April 19, 2019 3 comments

While Kendrick Tan ’21, a former Herald reporter, was taking computer science classes, it consumed his life. If he was not working on an assignment for a class, he was thinking about one, and the projects and labs never seemed to end, keeping him under constant stress.

Course organized by students tackles ethics in CS

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Course organized by students tackles ethics in CS

April 15, 2019 0 comments

Last spring, students in a new computer science social change course developed software tools for a disaster relief organization to teach refugee children about science and technology, a Chrome extension to filter hate speech on the internet and a mobile app to help doctors during a patient visits.