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Below is department related news, gathered from a variety of sources across campus, provided monthly for alumni, students, and friends of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

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July 31, 2009

Clues to An Astrophysical Mystery

A new Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) animation created from a mathematical model shows a black hole moving supersonically through an interstellar gas cloud. This phenomenon often occurs in multiple star systems, where a companion star provides the gas cloud. The gravity of the black hole pulls the gas inward. Early on in the process, a wake forms behind the black hole, much like the wake behind a motorboat. Unlike a motorboat wake, it begins to move back and forth after a while until it whips all the way around the black hole, forming an accretion disk of gas falling into the hole. more

Center for Open Software Engineering Joins Open Source for America

NC State’s Department of Computer Science Center for Open Software Engineering (COSE) announced today that it has joined Open Source for America, a broad cross-section of more than 50 companies, academic institutions, communities, related groups and individuals that serve as a unified voice for the promotion of open source in the U.S. Federal government sector. Open Source for America strives to effect change in government to encourage broader support of open source technologies and the open source development community. more

Alumni Achiever: John Steensen

Many engineers have seen the poetry in technology, but John Steensen (BSBC ’73) has put that poetry into words. As the author of the collection TechnoProse: 32 Poems Inspired by the Technology Around Us, Steensen examines how technology has become part of our lives in ways that range from humorous to thoughtful. more

Budget Details Released

NC State will lose 440 faculty and staff positions under the $53 million budget reduction plan submitted to the University of North Carolina system last week. The positions include 117 EPA faculty, 117 EPA professional and 206 SPA jobs. Forty percent of the jobs that will be eliminated – 176 – are currently filled. more

Historic Western Lanes Revitalized

Western Lanes bowling alley is one of Hillsborough Street's most enduring and cherished landmarks. Now called The Alley, the newly refurbished lanes offer a fresh spin on America's favorite retro pastime of bowling. With 24 original wooden lanes dating back to the 1960s, The Alley offers two full bars, a newly constructed game room and a recently renovated restaurant. here

NC State Chancellor Search Committee Members Named

The North Carolina State University Board of Trustees approved an 18-member search committee to help identify a new chancellor for the university after the resignation of Dr. James Oblinger. The committee includes, Gayle Lanier, former member of the department's Strategic Advisory Board. more

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support

Dr. Rudra Dutta (right) has been awarded $149,960 by the Army Research Office (ARO) to fund his collaborative research with Dr. Mihail Sichitiu (ECE) to build an outdoor wireless mesh testbed on Centennial Campus! more

The department is very proud to announce that nine members of its faculty have been selected to receive 2009 IBM Faculty Awards totaling $267,000. more

The NC Chapter of the Society for Information Management (NC-SIM) has donated $5,528 to support scholarship awards during the 2009-10 academic year. more

CSC Faculty / Staff News

Congratulations to Ann Hunt, who has accepted the department's offer to become our new Contract Manager & Research Facilitator, a critical role which works with faculty on pre- and post-processing of sponsored research contracts and grants.

Robin Martin Buchanan, daughter of the late Dr. Donald Martin (former professor and department head), passed away on July 11. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (

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