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National Science Board (NSB) Risk Philosophy and Principles Resolution

News From NSF - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:08

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Document Number: nsb201816

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Study of Operations and Maintenance Costs for NSF Facilities

News From NSF - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:08

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Advanced Manufacturing.

News From NSF - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 22:14

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Document Number: PD 19-8092

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Catch a Wave! The Science of Summer

News From NSF - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 09:40

Meet sharks and alligators up close, listen to the eerie sounds of the West’s rock arches, explore a lost continent. Catch a wave! Explore the science of summer with the National Science Foundation.
More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/summer/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51

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Teach two languages if you have to: Balancing ease of learning and learning objectives

ComputingEd - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 07:00

My most recent CACM Blog post addresses a common question in computer science education: Should we teach two programming languages in a course to encourage abstraction, or just one? Does it hurt students to teach two? Does it help them to learn a second language earlier? My answer (in really short form) is “Just teach one, because it takes longer to learn one than you expect. If you teach two or more, students are going to struggle to develop deep understanding.”

But if your learning objective is for students to learn two (or more languages), teach two or more languages. You’re going to have to pay the piper sometime. Delaying is better, because it’s easier and more effective to transfer deep knowledge than to try to transfer surface-level representations.

The issue is like the question of recursion-first or iterative-control-structures-first. (See this earlier blog post.) If your students don’t have to learn iterative control structures, then teach recursion-only. Recursion is easier and more flexible. But if you have to teach both, teach iteration first. Yes, iteration is hard, and learning iteration-first makes recursion harder to learn later, but if you have to do it, iteration-first is the better order.

There’s a lot we know about making computing easier to learn. But sometimes, we just can’t use it, because there are external forces that require certain learning objectives.

New NSF special report released ahead of World Oceans Day: Catch a Wave! The Science of Summer

News From NSF - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 06:00

Catch a Wave! Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a look at the science behind the "sweet spot" we call summer.

There's a time in each year,

That we always hold dear,

Good old summer time;

With the birds and the trees,

And sweet-scented breezes,

Good old summer time.

The lyrics to the tune "In the Good Old Summertime" were written in 1902 by songwriter ...
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Integrating CS into other fields, so that other fields don’t feel threatened: Interview with Jane Prey

ComputingEd - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 07:00

I really enjoyed the interview in the last SIGCSE Bulletin with Jane Prey.  Her reason for doing more to integrate CS into other disciplines, at the undergraduate level, is fascinating — one I hadn’t heard before.

Other fields are nervous because they think we’re taking so many students from them, and universities are nervous because they’re afraid of losing us to industry. I would hate to lose any other faculty position to add a CS professor. I really believe it’s important for computing professionals to be well-rounded, to be able to appreciate what they learned in history, biology, and anthropology classes. We need to do a better job of integrating more of a student’s educational experiences. For example, how do we do more work together with the education schools? We just aren’t there. We have to work cross-disciplines to develop a path forward, even though it’s really hard.

National Science Foundation spotlights young math superstars

News From NSF - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 19:48

Members of the media are invited to the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, June 4, for the recognition of 12 high school math student winners in the 47th Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) this spring. Also to be recognized are four members of the U.S. team that finished second in the 7th Annual European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Italy this April, and six students who earned spots to represent the United States ...
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Nearly 300 NSF-funded small businesses to demonstrate emerging technologies

News From NSF - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:00

Small businesses with awards from America's Seed Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation, will demonstrate their cutting-edge, emerging technology June 4-5 in Atlanta.

Inventors and representatives from approximately 300 U.S.-based, NSF-funded small businesses will be available at the Technology Showcase to talk about what's next in fields like artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, sensors and medical devices.

Each ...
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A Place to Get Feedback and Develop New Ideas: WIPW at ICER 2018

ComputingEd - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:00

Everybody’s got an idea that they’re sure is great, or could be great with just a bit of development. Similarly, everyone has hit a tricky crossroads in their research and could use a little nudge to get unstuck. The ICER Work in Progress workshop is the place to get feedback and help on that idea, and give feedback and help to others on their cool ideas. I did it a few years ago at the Glasgow ICER and had a wonderful day. You learn a lot, and you get a bunch of new insights about your own idea. As Workshop Leader (and the inventor of the ICER Work in Progress workshop series) Colleen Lewis put it, “You get the chance to borrow the brains of some really awesome people to work on your problem.”

Colleen is the Senior Chair again this year, and I’m the Junior Chair-in-Training.

The workshop is only one day and super-fun. If you’re attending ICER this year, please apply for the Work in Progress workshop! https://icer.hosting.acm.org/icer-2018/work-in-progress/ The application is due June 8 (it’s just a quick Google form).

Let Colleen or I know if you have questions!

NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter - May 2018

News From NSF - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 16:40

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Document Number: nsf18078

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Some principals are getting interested in CS, but think pressure for CS is mostly coming from Tech companies

ComputingEd - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 07:00

How do high school principals in small, medium and large districts view the Computer Science for All movement?


High school leaders in smaller districts are most enthusiastic about the trend, a new survey by the Education Week Research Center found. Overall, 30% of all principals say CS is not “on their radar,” and 32% say CS is an “occasional supplement or enrichment opportunity.”  I found the two graphs above interesting.  The majority of principals aren’t particularly excited by CS, and most principals think that it’s the Tech firms that are pushing CS onto schools, not parents.

Source: Principals Warm Up to Computer Science, Despite Obstacles

Andrew McGettrick receives 2018 ACM Presidential Award for contributions to computing education

ComputingEd - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:00

Don Gotterbarn, Andrew McGettrick and Fabrizio Gagliardi will receive 2018 ACM Presidential Awards.

Andrew McGettrick, honored for his unwavering commitment to computer science education—particularly in terms of its quality, breadth, and access—for generations of students worldwide. McGettrick served as chair of ACM’s Education Board and Education Council for over 15 years, leaving an indelible imprint as a passionate advocate for equipping computer science students with the knowledge, skills, and tools to succeed in the field. During his tenure, he steered the development of key curricula in computer science and software engineering. In recent years, he has played an instrumental role in championing European educational efforts and professional societies, through his work with ACM’s Europe Council and Informatics Europe. McGettrick was one of the leading forces behind the Informatics for All initiative, an acclaimed report that explores strategies for Informatics education in Europe at all levels.

I am so thrilled to see Andrew receive this award. It’s so well-deserved.  The paragraph above gives a good summary, but doesn’t capture how Andrew has had such an impact in computing education.  He’s a diplomat, tireless and stalwart.  He’s such a nice guy. He draws you in, talks to you, listens to you, recognizes your concerns, and helps reach a position that meets everyones’ needs.  I worked with him for several years on some of his initiatives, and was always impressed with his thoughtfulness, kindness, and work ethic. Few people I know have had such broad impact on computing education, across multiple continents.

Congratulations to Andrew!

Source: Three leaders will receive 2018 ACM Presidential Awards for contributions to computer ethics, education and public policy

NSF-Simons centers to search for the Rules of Life

News From NSF - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the Simons Foundation, has launched four new centers to bring mathematical perspectives to the biological search for the Rules of Life.

The NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems will explore how information encoded in DNA results in complex organisms with diverse forms, functions and behaviors when it is manipulated by changing environments across multiple time scales.

Such ...
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