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Archives February 2008

Brown Team to Compete at "Battle of the Brains" in Canada

Three Brown students, Dimitar Bounov, Greg Pascale and Adrian Vladu, also known as “Brownian Motion” will compete in the 32nd annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) in Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada, April 6-10, 2008. Only 100 of the more than 6,700 teams, representing 1,821 universities from around the globe, earned coveted spots on the 2008 ACM-ICPC World Finals roster. Brownian Motion is one of only 20 U.S. teams scheduled to compete in the World Finals. Brownian Motion will be challenged to solve eight complex, real-world problems - a semester’s worth of curriculum – in just five hours ...

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Anna Lysyanskaya Receives Sloan Research Fellowship

Anna Lysyanskaya was recently awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, the oldest and one of the most competitive fellowship programs in the United States. Anna’s extraordinary work in cryptographic protocols, namely anonymous credentials and electronic cash, led to her inclusion in this elite group

“The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work,” says Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “I am proud of the Foundation’s rich history in providing the resources and flexibility necessary for young researchers to ...

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Ben Raphael Receives Career Development Award from Brown University

Brown's Career Development Award aims to create opportunities for faculty to meet senior colleagues with a high degree of social capital. These meetings could significantly affect a faculty member's ability to participate in new collaborations. The award provides funding for individual faculty to develop peer networks, nationally or internationally, and increases their access to opportunity.

Ben's research is focused on developing and applying computational and mathematical methods to biological questions. To obtain this award, Ben proposed a series of meetings with colleagues with the aims of: 1) developing mentoring and collaborative relationships with senior scientists; (2) training ...

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van Dam Tapped to Lead CRA's Effort to Improve the Quality of Computing Education

The Computing Research Association (CRA) recently announced the appointment of Andy van Dam to chair its new Education Committee, called CRA-E. This committee has been tasked with thinking broadly about the future of computing education, especially at the undergraduate level.

Established as part of an ongoing trend toward reexamining the image of computing and the nature of the 21st Century computing curriculum, the CRA-E seeks to understand how the broad computing community needs to move forward in order to develop principles and philosophy underlying the computing education of the future. “We need to rethink some of our fundamental assumptions about ...

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