Daisy Fan receives 2016 Kendall Carpenter Memorial Advising Prize

The Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards recognize "sustained and distinguished contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising." The awards were established by trustee Stephen Ashley '62, M.B.A. '64, to honor his advisor, the late Professor Kendall S. Carpenter, who taught business management from 1954 to 1967. The awards are given each year to four faculty from across the campus, rewarding each recipient with $5,000.

Daisy Fan is one of four recipients this year for her significant contributions to undergraduate advising and excellence in serving as a guide to her students. 

Date Posted: 4/29/2016

Michael Clarkson chairs panel on cybersecurity education at NESD 2016

The New England Security Day (NESD) conference is designed to bring together premier practitioners, researchers, students, and funding partners in security, in and around New England. NESD serves as an opportunity to share the latest advances, debate roadmaps and future directions, create new collaborations, and seek new opportunities. 

Michael Clarkson chaired the panel on cybersecurity education at NESD 2016 held at Harvard University on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

 
Date Posted: 4/29/2016

Hakim Weatherspoon selected as VP of the Board of Directors for USENIX

Hakim Weatherspoon has been nominated and selected by the community as Vice President of the Board of Directors for USENIX: https://www.usenix.org/board/2016-election-results.

Since 1975, the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world. The USENIX conferences have become the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of the most advanced information on the developments of all aspects of computing systems. The Board of Directors oversees all conferences and businesses dealings of the USENIX organization.

Some of the influential USENIX conferences include the Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI), Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), File and Storage Technologies (FAST), USENIX Security Symposium (Security), USENIX Annual Technical Conference (ATC), and Large Installation Systems Administration (LISA) conferences.

Date Posted: 4/28/2016

Ensia article cites Institute for Computational Sustainability for using AI to help environment

In the article, Ensia mentions Cornell University as "leading the way in [the] new [sustainability] frontier" with Carla Gomes as head of the Institute for Computational Sustainability. Among the major topics covered, the article talks about the Institute's use of machine learning to help the environment with bird species conservation, specifically by using modern technology to sort through massive amounts of data gathered in an app called eBird. The research gathered through this process has been used to influence policy changes to help protect the environment. 

The full article can be found at: http://ensia.com/features/three-ways-artificial-intelligence-is-helping-to-save-the-world/

Date Posted: 4/28/2016

Cornell-affiliated quoted in multiple press outlets on various cryptocurrencies

Cornell faculty and PhD students have recently been given a large amount of press for their opinions on different topics within the virtual currency world. The full articles with a brief description can be found here:

CoinDesk - A yearly restrospective article titled "2015: Year of the Blockchain" (Emin Gün Sirer)
MIT Technology Review - Bitcoin, blockchains, and alternative cryptocurrencies (Emin Gün Sirer)
MIT Techolology Review - Stellar, a new cryptocurrency proposal from Stanford University (Emin Gün Sirer)
CoinJournal - Ittay Eyal and Emin Gün Sirer discuss Selfish Mining results
Reuters - The collapse of the virtual currency exchange Mt. Gox (Emin Gün Sirer)
CryptoCoinNews - Cornell-led team (Kyle Croman, Christian Decker, Ittay Eyal, Adem Efe Gencer, Ari Juels, Ahmed Kosba, Andrew Miller, Prateek Saxena, Elaine Shi, Emin Gün Sirer, Dawn Song, and Roger Wattenhofer) guide discussions on how to evolve Bitcoin
Bitcoin Magazine - Bank of England's new experiment with a custom cryptocurrency (Emin Gün Sirer)

Date Posted: 4/26/2016

Joseph Halpern receives Kampé de Fériet Award 2016

Professor Joseph Halpern was awarded with the 2016 Kampé de Fériet Award. The award was created for the recognition of significant works that reflect the spirit of late Professor Joseph Kampé de Fériet, a famous scientist in France who did substantial work in pure mathemathics, fluide mechanics, the theory of turbulence, statistical mechanics, and information theory. The award is presented to those with exceptional contributions to the field of information processing and management of uncertainty and is given on the occasion of each IPMU Conference.

 

Date Posted: 4/22/2016

CompSustNet featured on NSF front page during Earth Week 2016

CompSustNet is a research network sponsored by the National Science Foundation through an Expeditions in Computing award. Interdisciplinary, multi-investigator research teams focus on cross-cutting computational topics such as optimization, dynamical models, big data, machine learning, and citizen science. These methods are being applied to sustainability challenges including conservation, poverty mitigation and renewable energy.

The article quotes Carla Gomes on her significant efforts "to develop computational methods that can help cultivate a more sustainable world." The full article can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138355

Date Posted: 4/22/2016

Tech Minute article covers Cornell Computer Programming Competition

The Cornell Computer Programming Competition is an annual event that occurs on Cornell campus and gathers teams of high school students from across the state to solve numerous programming problems.

Full coverage can be found at: http://whcuradio.com/news/025520-tech-minute-cornell-competition-programmers/

Cornell Chronicle covered the story as well and can be found here: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/04/ithaca-pittsford-score-high-school-programming-contest

 

 

Date Posted: 4/12/2016

PhD student Xanda Schofield receives NDSEG and Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the legacy of Anita Borg and her efforts to encourage women to pursue careers in computer science and technology. Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. See m ore at: http://www.google.com/anitaborg/

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. See more at: https://ndseg.asee.org/

Congratulations to Xanda for these amazing achievements! 

Date Posted: 4/08/2016

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