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Topic: Computer Science

The Brown Computer Science Survey asks questions about students’ experiences in the classroom and within the University community, as well as broader encounters with biases or microaggressions in the field of computer science.

News, University News

Percentage Project showcases experiences of underrepresented students in computer science

March 12, 2021 0 comments

As soon as Percentage Project President and Co-Founder Stephanie Tang first stepped into her AP computer science class, she realized she was the only female student in her grade.

“There is still a huge amount of room for improvement, and this might not even be the best way to approach ethics and computer science,” said Shira Abramovich ’21, who is currently an STA for CSCI0150.

News, University News

Socially Responsible Teaching Assistant program continues to expand

March 2, 2021 0 comments

Almost two years ago, as part of a “Responsible CS” initiative, the Ethics Teaching Assistant position was created. Now, the program — which has since been rebranded as the Socially Responsible Teaching Assistant — continues to expand and work toward integrating ethics and social impact into computer science courses.

CS professors, students plan for online instruction

COVID-19 Updates, News, University News

CS professors, students plan for online instruction

July 28, 2020 1 comment

In early spring, before COVID-19 had officially been deemed a pandemic and the semester moved online, the University’s Department of Computer Science was one of the first to begin moving its operations online.

Ellie Pavlick is principal investigator of the two projects that aim to improve computer searching and language acquisition.

News, Science & Research

Brown computer science grants will fund two new projects

February 28, 2020 Comments are Disabled

In today’s world, people turn to their phones and computers in search of information, expecting relevant results at the click of a button. Computers use their ability to recognize language to return personalized results to users in seconds.

Çetintemel, Krishnamurthi: CS Growth and Student Support: Constraints and Challenges

Op-eds, Opinions

Çetintemel, Krishnamurthi: CS Growth and Student Support: Constraints and Challenges

February 3, 2020 Comments are Disabled

In recent years, The Herald has published several articles and op-eds about growing enrollment in computer science, including suggestions on how to address the resulting challenges that students face. We appreciate this attention and care toward the student experience.

Douglas ’20: The CS Department needs to change. Here’s how.

Columns, Opinions

Douglas ’20: The CS Department needs to change. Here’s how.

January 27, 2020 Comments are Disabled

In recent years, the computer science department has exploded. In 2015, 133 students graduated with a concentration or joint concentration in computer science. By 2019­­ — just four years later — that number had skyrocketed to 259, an increase of almost 95 percent.

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

Columns, Opinions

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

November 13, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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

Op-eds, Opinions

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 Comments are Disabled

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.

News, Science & Research

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

October 25, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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.

News, University News

Computer science department raises teaching assistant wages

October 8, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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