Launching This Summer… “Omics” National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Site Program in Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics!!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 4.24.37 PMAre you interested in data-driven next-generation genomics, bioinformatics, or data science? The National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site was awarded to the College of Charleston to support the training of 10 students in a 10-week program during the summers of 2015-2017.  The Omics Experience will train students to gain skills in lab research, develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, understand the process of science, and to communicate their research results to peers and the public. Students will also have an opportunity to present their results at a national conference. The Omics Experience will focus on integrative research that spans the areas of genomics, bioinformatics, data mining, data science, molecular biology and evolution.

One of many ongoing projects student would be a part of with Omics:

Applications are currently open until March 1, 2105.  For more information and to apply, visit the OMICS REU page.

For questions, contact Dr. Paul Anderson at  andersonpe2@cofc.edu or Andrew M. Shedlock at shedlockam@cofc.edu.

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Department to Hold Computer Graphics and Visualization Seminar Series During Spring 2015 Semester

During the spring 2015 semester, the Department of Computer Science will hold the Computer Graphics and Visualization (CGV) Seminar Series. The following are the goals of the CGV series: 1) Have industry partners and academic organizations give 50-minute presentations about current GGV topics and related CGV software technologies 2) Engage in potential external (or internal) undergraduate or graduate research opportunities related to CGV 3) Showcase the new computer science department located in Harbor Walk East. The CGV Seminar Series is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. For more information and complete schedule of the seminar series, please visit the CGV homepage.

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A Lot Happening in the CofC World of Cybersecurity…

Cybersecurity has become increasingly important within government and corporate organizations as incidences of cybercrime increase.  To respond to this critical need in the Lowcountry, the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina and The Citadel now offer a Joint Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity.  Computing professionals within the defense and business industries in the Lowcountry will have the opportunity to specialize in cybersecurity that will be comprised of four existing courses from the approved M.S. in Computer and Information Sciences program.  For more information, visit the Cybersecurity Certificate page or contact Anthony Leclerc at LeclercA@cofc.edu.

Also, the student organizations of the Department of Computer Science have grown!  The Cybersecurity Club was officially sanctioned on November 11th, 2014.  A student-led, student-run group that focuses on the security and privacy within all realms of information technology, the club leverage a variety of disciplines, expertise and experiences in order to provide a full learning experience for members.

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Cybersecurity Officers

Starting January 20th, formal meetings will be held every Tuesday at Harbor Walk East Room 301 at 12:45 pm to discuss club business, like fundraising and club events, as well as scheduled lectures and discussions on specific security topics.  Additional times will be scheduled, but are meant for team building and geeking out on the keyboards to obtain the hands on experience needed to succeed in the workforce of today.

For more information, visit the Cybersecurity Club website.

 

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The Department of Computer Science Leading Edge Scholarship Application is Now Open!

Live the Code Life! Let us help you!

The Department of Computer Science Leading Edge Scholarship application is now open!

If you intend to major in computer science, data science, computing in the arts or computer information systems, then check out the CS Leading Edge Scholarship.

With a computer science degree from the College of Charleston, you can expect job opportunities with starting salaries between $50K and $65K—not including signing bonuses and stock options. (And, that’s just in the southeast market!)

From full-time, paid internships to a global alumni network, you’ll have boundless opportunities. We want to help you take advantage so you can see for yourself. So, review the eligibility requirements and apply by February 1!

If you have any questions, contact Marilee Smith at smithmd@cofc.edu.

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College Professor Awarded Part of NSF’s $31 Million to Improve “Big Data”

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding $31 million to researchers, including the College of Charleston’s Jim Bowring, to develop tools, infrastructure and best practices for data science.

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Jim Bowring, computer science professor

Bowring, a computer science professor, is working with both undergraduate and graduate students at the College to develop cyberinfrastructure that will assist in the visualization and interpretation of data related to the timescales and rates of climate change, sea-level change, and volcanic activity. The data are in the form of dates obtained from uranium-series dating of carbonate samples in marine limestone and cave deposits.

“There is an incredible amount of legacy data available from uranium-series dating efforts, but no standards for processing the data nor for archiving the results,” Bowring explains. “We will be collaborating with geochronologists to create new algorithms and an open-source cyberinfrastructure that will allow for re-processing existing data as well as supporting new data-acquisition techniques. We will also create standardized methods for archiving data and results in searchable public databases. In short, we seek to improve how scientists understand time in the context of climate and environmental change.

Bowring and his team, which includes researchers from the University of Florida, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Kansas, will receive $570,000 over the next three years to conduct this research. The NSF funded a total of 17 projects in 22 states through the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program.

The NSF notes “many of the benefits of ‘Big Data’ have yet to surface because of a lack of interoperability, missing tools and hardware that is still evolving to meet the diverse needs of scientific communities.”

“This project is helping to break down the silos in science,” Bowring states. “Bringing together computer scientists and earth scientists is a great way to make a big impact in areas like climate change.”

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Jim Bowring (right) with students working on CIRDLES

For the past several years, Bowring has worked with students at the College of Charleston to create cyberinfrastructure through the NSF-funded project CIRDLES.org, which stands for Cyber Infrastructure Research and Development Lab for the Earth Sciences. The team has collaboratively developed cyberinfrastructure with earth scientists to support uranium-lead dating, and with this grant, will be extending and adapting this cyberinfrastructure to handle uranium-series dating.

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