In college, I majored in government, music, and gender studies. My current job, though, has nothing to do with any of those subjects. So while your collegiate focus (particularly at a liberal arts school) may not be that great of an indicator of what your ultimate career path will be, there may be a few telltale signs that happen before you even graduate high school that better suggest where you’ll end up — or at least, if you’ll end up in computer science.A new study conducted by Code School proposes that “most coders and software developers form hobbies and interests in computers before the age of 16, and their interest carries into their college and professional years.” And rather unsurprisingly, these hobbies, interests, and even habits, differ quite drastically between the sexes.As per Code School’s online survey of 2,208 of its active, global users, men in computer science were boys who found “their passion for technology very early and … [Read more...] about Read these tea leaves to see if the signs point toward a career in computer science
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Education may be "the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," in the wise words of Nelson Mandela, but is that true of education in all its forms?That, indeed, has been the question of the day among Linux bloggers, who have recently been debating the value of the traditional computer science degree in particular."How worthwhile are Computer Science degrees?" asked the ever-contemplative team over at TuxRadar in an Open Ballot recently, thus kicking off the conversation."Many technology companies complain that graduates, even of Computer Science, arrive with little understanding of how to work in industry and often lack knowledge of basic coding paradigms," they added. "This seems a great shame to us, especially when there's so many high quality open source projects out there who'd love some students to help them out, and who they'd be happy to mentor in return."FOSS aficionados have had no shortage of opinions on the topic -- at TuxRadar or beyond. "I've been a … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Is a Computer Science Degree Worth It?
What does it take to understand a black hole, those amazing astronomical features at the center of every galaxy, including our Milky Way? A lot of complex computational science done on supercomputers by researchers like Professor Jim Stone at Princeton University. Dr. Stone is Chair of Princeton’s Astrophysics Department. He is also director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, or PICSciE (pronounced pik-see) and is a professor in both the Astrophysics Department and in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM).Understanding Plasmas with Supercomputers“One of the areas of focus in my research is black holes,” said Dr. Stone. “I’m mostly interested in astrophysical gas dynamics and computational fluid dynamics (CFDs) for astrophysical plasmas, because most of the visible matter that you can see in astrophysical systems is a plasma. Stars, galaxies, and interstellar media are plasmas. If you want to … [Read more...] about Optimizing Physics, Computational Science at Princeton University
It wasn’t always like this, you know. The tech scene wasn’t always a continuation of frat culture with more algorithms thrown in. Women weren’t always unicorns in the tech scene, comprising just 11 percent of engineers in the field (on a good day). And while men in tech jobs overall in the U.S. currently outnumber women seven to three, with a staggering 80 percent of software developers in New York being male, this gender gap wasn’t always this pronounced.In fact, the sad truth of the matter is that when it comes to women in tech, we’ve regressed, and are regressing still. In 1984, 40 percent of computer science majors in colleges across the U.S. were women. 50 years ago, nearly half of the programmers in the field were women. Today, only 18 percent of college grads with a computer science degree have two X chromosomes. And in the workplace, it’s even grimmer.The topic of gender inequity, particularly in tech, isn’t anything new, but … [Read more...] about Why aren’t women staying in computer science?
Informatics Australian Research Organizations Receive Free Access to Cloud ComputingMicrosoft has announced new partnerships with three of Australia’s top research organizations as part of the company’s Global Cloud Research Engagement Initiative launched earlier this year to accelerate scientific discovery. Representatives from National ICT Australia (NICTA), The Australian National University (ANU), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) attended a launch event in Sydney to show their support for the program that will provide scientific researchers across the continent with access to advanced client plus cloud computing resources and technical support.Each grant will provide researchers supported by these organizations with three years of free access to Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform, as well as access to technical support and client tools being developed by Microsoft. This will enable researchers to easily … [Read more...] about Australian Research Organizations Receive Free Access to Cloud Computing
Programming Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing, which aims to provide introductions to select research in computing. The series presents both a state-of-the-art disciplinary overview and raises essential critical questions in the field. Published by SpringerOpen, all Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing are open access, allowing for faster sharing and wider dissemination of knowledge. Under this agreement and model, authors also retain copyright.Simula Research Laboratory is a leading Norwegian research organizaton that specializes in computing. The book series will provide introductory volumes on the main topics within Simula’s expertise, including communications technology, software engineering and scientific computing.By publishing the Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing, Simula Research Laboratory acts on its mandate of emphasizing research education. The Norwegian Minister of Research and Education, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, said, “I welcome this new innovative … [Read more...] about New Open Access Book Series Introduces Essentials of Computing Science
Informatics Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest gathering of women in computing in the world. This year, 12,000 attendees are expected — a 50 percent increase from last year. The conference, held in Houston, TX, will take place October 14 to 16, 2015, and will feature leading technical speakers, career development sessions, awards, a poster session, a hackathon and the industry’s largest career fair for women in computing.“The energy around this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration is remarkable,” said Mona Sabet, general manager of Grace Hopper Celebration. “We received over one thousand submissions for sessions from our technical community, covering subjects from data science, artificial intelligence, and security and privacy, to topics on driving innovation through serious play and being a better engineer through writing. The Grace Hopper Celebration is now the place for technical women to convene, be recognized and even be … [Read more...] about Celebrating Women in Computing
Supercomputers increased over the past couple of decades, women’s participation in computer science (CS) has actually been declining.Indeed, within the last 20 years the percentage of undergraduate women who received CS degrees plummeted by almost 40%. According to the National Science Foundation, in 1995, 29% of bachelor’s degrees in CS were awarded to women; by 2012, the most recent year for which NSF data is available, only 18% of CS undergraduates were women.The Computing Research Association (CRA) reports even lower numbers. CRA’s annual Taulbee Survey of over 100 major computer science departments in North America found that by the mid-2000s, the percentage of women graduating with CS bachelor’s degrees averaged 14%.For me this issue is both personal and global.Working to remove barriersI’m a mathematician and a computer scientist. Back when I was getting my PhD in math, there were very few women in my field. Despite receiving discouragement because … [Read more...] about Closing the Computer Science Gender Gap: How One Woman is making a Difference in Many Lives
Mathematics/Statistics Moreover, the researchers gathered some of the best design rules and practices generated by players of the online EteRNA design challenge and, using machine learning principles, generated their own automated design algorithm, EteRNABot, which also bested prior design algorithms. Though this improved computer design tool is faster than humans, the designs it generates still don't match the quality of those of the online community, which now has more than 130,000 members.The research will be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition."The quality of the designs produced by the online EteRNA community is just amazing and far beyond what any of us anticipated when we began this project three years ago," said Adrien Treiulle, an assistant professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon, who leads the project with Rhiju Das, an assistant professor of biochemistry at Stanford, and Jeehyung Lee, a Ph.D. … [Read more...] about Crowdsourced RNA Designs Outperform Computer Algorithms, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford Researchers Say
Not all polymers are plastics, but all plastics are polymers. And organic (carbon-based) polymer plastics, known mostly for being insulators, in some cases make excellent conductors and semiconductors.The term "all-polymer semiconductor" (with electrical conductivity intermediate between that of an insulator and a conductor) sounds almost like an oxymoron. Plastic is generally considered a poor medium for conducting electricity and an excellent material to resist the flow of electric current and magnetism, which is why it's used as insulation for cables, casings and sockets.And an all-polymer visual display unit sounds equally dubious, since the stimulated emission of light is the domain of inorganic materials such as doped metal phosphors. But light-emitting polymers (LEPs), which involve an electroluminescent conductive polymer that emits light when connected to an external voltage, are used as a thin film for full-spectrum color displays in laptops and handheld … [Read more...] about Fantastic Plastic, Part 1: Polymers in Computing