Computer Science

6:17am

Sun September 1, 2013
All Tech Considered

Out Of The Fields And Into Computer Science Classes

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 1:54 pm

The inaugural class of the Computer Science and Information Technology program, scheduled to graduate in 2016.
Hartnell College

To earn money for her family, Alicia Leon Rios worked in the fields in Salinas, Calif. Meanwhile, she sent her toddler, Leticia, to Mexico to be raised by her grandparents.

Even now, Alicia Leon Rios chokes up thinking about that difficult decision more than two decades ago. But it was worth it, she in Spanish, because her daughter "was able to choose another path."

That path led to college.

Fast-Track To A Degree

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11:48am

Sat May 4, 2013
Education

Interested In A Computer Science Degree? Stay In Colorado

After extensive calculating and designing, CSU’s Team Meh, comprised of computer science undergraduates, Lewallen along with Chris Campbell, Mike Oba, Brandon Schaffer and Austin Walkup emerged victorious.
Credit Windward

University teams pitted against each other, competing for the glory of their school. This scenario sounds familiar, but instead of taking place on a field, a recent competition involved screens and keyboards.

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3:21pm

Wed May 1, 2013
All Tech Considered

How One College Is Closing The Computer Science Gender Gap

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 5:48 pm

Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe often uses her longboard to get around campus and chat with students like senior Xanda Schofield.
Wendy Kaufman NPR

This story is part of our series The Changing Lives of Women.

There are still relatively few women in tech. Maria Klawe wants to change that. As president of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering school in Southern California, she's had stunning success getting more women involved in computing.

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2:56am

Mon April 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

Blazing The Trail For Female Programmers

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 3:35 pm

Sarah Allen works with interns Lori Hsu (left) and Fito von Zastrow at the Blazing Cloud offices in San Francisco.
Ramin Rahimian for NPR

This story is part of our series, The Changing Lives of Women.

Sarah Allen has been the only woman on a team of computer programmers a few times in the more than two decades she has worked in the field. Most notably, she led the team — as the lone female programmer — that created Flash video, the dominant technology for streaming video on the Web.

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9:16am

Sun August 5, 2012
Science

Climbing With Chaos

Unsure of how to pick the hand and foot holds for an indoor rock climb? Try using chaos theory and a computer.
Jessica McDonald KUNC

Rock climbing is not on the list of sports at this summer’s Olympic Games in London. But for many Coloradans, rock climbing is a natural test of one’s athleticism—and wits. For one recent computer science graduate, rock climbing not only got him through school, but it became a topic of academic study.

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