Dean's Update, November 2010
PROFESSOR FRED HARTFIELD TO RETIRE
Professor Fred Hartfield, who has been with SPSU since 1984, has announced his retirement as of the end of this year. To celebrate Professor Hartfield's contribution to SPSU and CSE, and to thank him for his tremendous service, CSE will be hosting a reception in his honor on December 9, from 3:00 until 5:00 in the library rotunda. Feel free to stop by to wish Professor Hartfield all the best for his post-retirement career. If you plan to attend, can you let Paula Stadnicki know? She can be reached at email@example.com or on 678-915-5572.
ALPHA CHI INDUCTION
October 27 saw the induction ceremonies of the Alpha Chi honors society. Alpha Chi, which has been in existence since 1922, limits membership to the top 10 percent of an institution's juniors, seniors, and graduate students. One of the nice features of the induction ceremony is that inductees are invited to name their favorite professor. A number of the inductees named CSE faculty members and I wanted to congratulate Dr C.C. Hung, Dr Orlando Karam, Dr Sarah North, and Dr Svetlana Peltsverger for being recognized by their students at this ceremony.
SPSU HOSTS RACS CONFERENCE
SPSU hosted the 2020 Conference on Reliable and Autonomous Computational Science from October 27 to October 30. I had the good fortune to be asked to say a few words at the welcome reception on October 27. I was very impressed by the caliber of the researchers who attended the conference, and the very open atmosphere. On the one hand, it was clear that this was a group many of whose members had known each other for a long time and were old friends. On the other hand, the group was also very welcoming to new members. Hosting the conference was important as we work towards the CSE strategic goal of increasing the visibility of CSE within the community, and I wanted to express my appreciation to Dr Chih-Cheng Hung for taking on the duties of the local arrangements chair.
HIT UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE APPROVED
As I mentioned in a previous Dean's Update, we are aggressively pursuing programs in the area of Health Information Technology. It is therefore with great pleasure that I write that we have received permission to offer an undergraduate certificate in Health Information Technology. The certificate, which is open to all undergraduate students at SPSU, can be taken as part of a normal degree program. It is intended to provide students with sufficient knowledge of the health care industry to allow them to start developing and/or supporting health information technology applications in a number of health care delivery settings. The Department of Information Technology is also working on a graduate certificate in Health Information Technology, which it hopes to present to the relevant university committee early in the New Year. Thanks are of course due to all who worked hard on this, most notably Dr Andy Wang, Professor Bob Brown and Dr Chi Zhang.
NEW CSE BASED STUDENT ORGANIZATION
The Student Government Association (SGA) recently recognized the Computer Game Design and Development Student chapter as its newwest approved organization. This recognition means that the chapter will be eligible to apply for funding from the SGA to support its activities. Unlike some of the other CSE based student organizations, such as the student chapter of the ACM or the student chapter of the AITP, the CGDD chapter is not affiliated with any parent organization. However, I understand that discussions are under way with the Georgia Game Developers Association for the chapter to be recognized as its first official student chapter. I wanted to congratulate our CGDD student Jared Sanchez for taking the initiative to obtain SGA recognition for this organization.
LO WELCOMES HIGH SCHOOL INTERN
Dr Dan Lo recently welcomed Luna Zhang, a senior student at Wheeler high school, as an intern on a green pervasive computing project. Luna is one of the magnet students at Wheeler and she brings a strong aptitude in science and mathematics. The hope is that this collaboration will not only encourage Luna to enroll at SPSU but that it will also result in more female students considering our programs in computing for their major.
As always, CSE faculty have been active in publishing their research. The following is an (incomplete) list of their publications since the last time the Dean's Update included a list.
- Tsui, F. "Managing Systems and IT Projects." Subury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
- Hung, C.-C., S. Kulkarni and B.-C. Kuo "A New Weighted Fuzzy C-Means Clustering Algorithm for Remotely Sensed Image Classification" IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing.
- Dasigi, V., O. Karam, and S. Pydimarri "An Evaluation of Keyword Selection on Gene Clustering in Literature Mining," Fifth IASTED Conference on Computational Intelligence, August 2010, pp. 119-124.
- Lo, C-T. and K. Qian, "Use of Wireless Sensor Network on CS/CE Curriculum," Proc 2010 IEEE International Conference on Wireless Information Technology and Systems, Hawaii, Aug 28-Sep 3, 2010.
- Qian, K., Chia-Tien Dan Lo, and Li Yang, "Bring Green Computing to CS Core Curriculum with a Portable Lab," Proc 40th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, Virginia, October 27-30, 2010.
- Qian, K., XiaoLin Hu, and Chia-Tien Dan Lo, "Integrate Embedded Systems into CS Curriculum with Labs-in-a-Box Courseware," Proc 40th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, Virginia, October 27-30, 2010
- Rutherfoord, B. and J. Rutherfoord "Privacy and Ethical Concerns in Internet Security," SIGITE 2010, Midlands, MI, Oct 7-9, 2010.
- Zhang, C. "Technology Acceptance in Learning Settings from a Student Perspective: A Theoretical Framework," SIGITE 2010, Midlands, MI, Oct 7-9, 2010.
Congratulations to all!
AND FINALLY ...
This is the last newsletter before Thanksgiving, and I wanted to wish you all the very best for this very special holiday. I realize that I have many things to be thankful for, not least of which is the opportunity to serve as the dean of a wonderful group of faculty and students.
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