Weekly Memo

June 24, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

      Just to reinforce last week's point about our students and faculty members being such good ambassadors for the Hajim School:

     An extremely well written opinion piece by Henry Kautz, chair of Computer Science – entitled "There’s a fly in my tweets”- appears in The New York Times’ current Sunday Review. It examines the wealth of insights about public health that can be mined from social media by data science – and the challenges still confronting researchers in this promising area of study. It is well worth a read at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/opinion/sunday/theres-a-fly-in-my-tweets.html?_r=0.

     Lane Hemaspaandra, professor of Computer Science, has been awarded the 2013 SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize. SIGACT is the special interest group for Theoretical Computer Science of ACM, the professional organization of the computing profession. The award is given annually to "an individual who has made substantial service contributions to the Theoretical Computer Science community." The citation for Lane's award specifically commends him for his  SIGACT News Complexity Theory Column, his articles for Computing Reviews and Mathematical Reviews and for his role as Computational Complexity Moderator for the ACM Computing Research Repository.

     One of the challenges confronting computer hardware designers has been synchronizing the activities of threads of control that share data structures in memory. Synchronization has gained new urgency in recent years with the proliferation of multicore processors. Michael Scott, professor and former chair of Computer Science, offers a comprehensive survey of this timely topic in his new book, Shared-Memory Synchronization, published as part of the Synthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture series by Morgan and Claypool Publishers.  

    Amanda Chen, an undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded a Tau Beta Pi Scholarship for 2013-14. Amanda, you'll recall, was awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship earlier this year. Amanda is studying therapeutic biomaterials for treating bone remodeling disorders in Asst. Prof. Danielle Benoit's lab.

      So once again, congratulations to all!

      As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean