NSF Workshop on “Computing in the Arts: Music, Art, and Computation”

The College of Charleston will host a workshop on “Computing in the Arts: Music, Art, and Computation” commencing on Wednesday, May 13, 6pm, through Friday, May 15, 2015, 1pm, in Charleston, SC.

The workshop is funded by National Science Foundation grant DUE 1323605, Transforming Undergraduate Education Type 2 Project. Approximately 25 participants will be involved along with four facilitators. Multiple participants from one institution are permitted, especially if they form a multidisciplinary team spanning some aspect of Computing and the Arts. Travel expenses, lodging, and meals will be covered for participants who are accepted to the workshop.

The workshop focuses on building a community of educators, who are teaching students to synthesize the creativity and design of art with the mathematical rigor and formality of computer science, technology, and engineering. Workshop participants will explore various curricular approaches to integrating computing and arts disciplines. They will also investigate and be given resources for developing individual assignments, courses, and complete degree programs in Computing in the Arts. The workshop facilitators have all contributed to relevant curriculum development, have taught courses, and/or lead development of degree programs bridging computing and the arts. NSF is funding dissemination of this expertise to enhance the integration of computing and arts disciplines and strengthen STEAM (STEM + Art) education at the national level.

Tentative schedule:

Day 1: (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM) Dinner and opening session.

Day 2: (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM) Full-day of sessions, activities, meals.

Day 3: (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM) Final sessions, ending after lunch.

Apply through email to Renee McCauley, Professor of Computer Science, College of Charleston, at mccauleyr@cofc.edu, with subject “Workshop”. Please describe your current position, background in related academic areas, and interest in the workshop. Early applications have a greater chance of being accepted. Applications will be accepted until positions are filed.

Workshop coordinators: Bill Manaris, Renée McCauley (College of Charleston), Jennifer Burg (Wake Forest University), Rebecca Bruce, Susan Reiser (University of North Carolina, Asheville)

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Alumni “Give Back”

On February 17th, the Department of Computer Science presented the 9th Annual Computer Science Alumni Symposium featuring graduates making their connection in the world.  Seven Computer Science Alumni dedicated their time to engage with students about their careers, shared insights and advice on topics, including job-hunting, graduate school, start-ups and career opportunities.  The Department would like to thank the following Alumni presenters for taking the time to “Give Back”:

  • Michael Cole, 2014 – Blackbaud
  • John Jones, 2001 – Atlas Technologies, Inc
  • Tori McCaffery, 2014 – IBM
  • Jason Miller, 2000 – Dependable Global Solutions
  • Semmy Purewal, 2002 – Netflix
  • Renee Tedder, 1986 – Santee Cooper
  • Jason Wilson, 2014 – Honeywell Aerospace


Looking for ways to “Give Back”?  Volunteer to be a CS Alumni Ambassador!

The department is currently looking for Ambassadors that can take the CS Alumni Group to the next level – plan alumni events, trips, and presentations, speak to student organizations, mentor current students, support department projects (assist with High School Programming Competition, UPE, etc.) – the sky’s the limit!  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Melissa Ingersoll at ingersollmj@cofc.edu.  Also, alumni can give to student programs at the Department by donation at the following link:

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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.

CGV Series
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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.


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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