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Welcome to the online edition of CSC eNews, a monthly electronic newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

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July 31, 2007

Fidelity Investments to Sponsor Leadership Speakers Series

Fidelity LogoIn conjunction with its 40th Year Celebration this fall, the Department of Computer Science is very pleased to announce launch of the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speakers Series. The series, which has been made possible during the 2007-08 academic year as a result of a generous $25,000 gift from Fidelity Investments, is expected to feature five to six high-profile technology-focused business leaders throughout the year. more

40th Year Celebrations Plans Taking Shape - SAVE THE DATES

Please join us in the fall of 2007 as we celebrate 40 Years of academic leadership in Computer Science at NC State University. For the most up-to-date list of celebratory events, dates, locations, and registration information, bookmark and visit our Celebrating 40 Years page often.

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Red Hat has donated $7,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program and will be a “Platinum” level sponsor of our 40th Year Technical Symposium.

Strategic Technologies has donated $2,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program and will be a “Gold” level sponsor of our 40th Year Technical Symposium.

The Vanguard Group has donated $2,500 in support of the department’s ePartners Program and will serve as co-sponsor of the department’s ACM/AITP/WiCS year-end picnic for students, faculty & staff.

John Deere has renewed its commitment to the department’s ePartners Program, as part of a larger donation provided to the university by the John Deere Foundation valued at approximately $45,000.

The North Carolina chapter of the Society for Information Management (NC-SIM) has made a $5,000 donation to the NC-SIM Scholarship Fund, which will provide two $2,500 scholarship awards to CSC students during the 2007-08 academic year.  NC-SIM is also taking a lead role in our Oct 5-7th Geek-a-thon event, a student-led effort to refurbish PCs to give to qualifying middle school students.  NC-SIM has made a substantial financial gift in support of the event, and its members have committed to providing the 200-300 PCs to be refurbished.

The Raleigh chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) has made a $500 donation to the Charles Kelly / ISSA Scholarship Endowment, in the memory of deceased members Walt Kobus and Rick Myers.

Dr. George Rouskas has been awarded $258,749 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research proposal titled “CPATH CB: Computing Across Curricula.” more

Dr. Harry Perros has been awarded $100,000 from the Cisco University Research Program Fund in support of his research proposal titled “Multi-Domain and Single Domain Route Selection under QoS Constraints.more

Dr. Injong Rhee has been awarded $100,000 from the Cisco University Research Program Fund in support of his research proposal titled “Stability of Congestion Controls: Metrics and Protocols.more

Dr. Tao Xie has been awarded $50,000 by the Army Research Office to fund his research proposal titled “Improving Software Dependability Via Mining Properties For Software Verification.more

Drs. Munindar Singh and Rada Chirkova have been selected as recipients of IBM Faculty Awards valued at $30,000 and $20,000 respectively. more

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Ann Hunt has joined the staff as our departmental bookkeeper, effective July 2, replacing Carol Holloman who recently retired.  Ann has a CPA and comes to us from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.  She has been with the university for over 6 years.  Her office will be located at 3314 EBII.

Sarah Williams, the department’s Linux and Windows IT administrator, left the department effective July 27th.  Please join us in thanking Sarah for her contributions and dedication to the department over the years, as she will certainly be missed.

SAB Member Appointed to NC State Board of Trustees

Strategic Advisory Board member, Gayle S. Lanier, has been appointed by North Carolina Governor Mike Easley to a four-year term on the NC State University Board of Trustees. more

Boyer Wins AIED 2007 Best Student Paper Award

Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, a Ph.D. student in computer science, won the “Best Student Paper Award” at the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2007) held in Los Angeles on July 9-13 2007. more

40th Year Scholarship Online Auction Planned – Donations Needed

Your donations are needed for our first-ever online auction to raise money for a new 40th Year Scholarship Endowment.  Own or work at a business, which could donate a valuable product or service?  Have a vacation home, which you could donate the use of for a week or weekend?  Your donations can serve as a valuable tax deduction, while generating much-needed funds for this new scholarship endowment.  And it’s a way that all our alumni around the world can be a part of this special 40th Year Celebration.  Several items have already been donated including trips, restaurant gift certificates and special sports collectibles.  The bidding begins officially on September 15th, and closes on October 31st.  Visit the online auction site or contact Ken Tate for more information about donating, bidding, or becoming a sponsor.

Geek-a-Thon Set for October 5-7 at Centennial Campus Middle School

Geekathon LogoAs part of our 40th Year Celebration, the ACM/AITP and WiCS student organizations, in association with the NC State Department of Computer Science and the Kramden Institute, Inc., and in partnership with Centennial Campus Middle School, will host a Geek-a-Thon the weekend of October 5-7, 2007.  Primary sponsors of the event include the NC chapter of the Society for Information Management (Platinum Sponsor), the Pantry / Kangaroo (Gold Sponsor), and Cisco Systems (Silver Sponsor).  A Geek-a-Thon is a weekend long event where computers are refurbished and then donated to help high-achieving, but less-advantaged middle school students in Wake County cross the digital divide. A large portion of the refurbished PCs will go to families of students from Centennial Campus Middle School, our partner and host for the event.  more

Visual Precision Agriculture

Visualization resources at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at NC State University are supporting research to make farming more cost-effective and environmentally sound in North Carolina and across the country. more

Arnold Palmer Tees Off Ceremony for New NC State Golf Course

Golf legend Arnold Palmer teed off construction of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State University in an invitation-only ceremony Monday, July 9, on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The golf course is slated to open in spring 2009. more

Centennial Campus Dining Study: Focus Group Opportunity

University Dining and the Office of the University Architect are undertaking a study to assess the dining needs at Centennial Campus and are seeking a broad diversity of opinions from our faculty, students, staff and researchers, as well as our corporate partners and residents on Centennial Campus. Focus Group meetings will last 45-50 minutes and will take place between August 28th and 29th.  Please RSVP and specify the preference day to Allison Giro via email ( or phone (513-2267).

Port City Java Under Construction at EBII

Port City Java LogoThe much-anticipated construction on the Port City Java has begun.  According to the contractor on site, it should be open by the end of the fall semester.

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