Thursday Extra

Thursday Extra: "Summer opportunities in computer science"

It's never to soon to think about what you're going to do next summer! While summer may seem far away, taking advantage of some of the better summer opportunities requires advance planning—for example, some programs have deadlines in January or February.

On Thursday, December 6, Professor Sam Rebelsky will discuss typical off-campus summer options available in computer science—research, internships, and more—and suggest strategies for developing your applications. (At a separate session early next semester, the CS faculty will describe summer research opportunities available at Grinnell.)

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). Professor Rebelsky's presentation will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra: "NoSQL"

On Thursday, November 29, Tolu Alabi will describe a widely used non-relational database. She writes:

NoSQL is a new database technology used to store large data. Instead of storing lots of data on one machine, data can be distributed across multiple machines, thereby reducing the load on a single machine. NoSQL is also used to replicate data across multiple nodes. If data is replicated across multiple nodes, one is no longer at the mercy of a single node. So if a single node dies, the data is still available and accessible from another node.

Many big companies have switched from the traditional SQL -like database to NoSQL-like database because of these two major reasons. Come to my talk to learn more about the advantages of using NoSQL.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The talk, NoSQL, will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra: "Self-Disclosing GIMP with MediaScript"

On Thursday, November 15, Sarah Henney 2013 and Martha Fletcher 2015 will describe their summer internship work on the MediaScheme project:

Self-Disclosing GIMP(SDGimp) is an ongoing project with the goal of adding self-disclosure functionality tailored to the MediaScheme library into the GIMP. In short, SDGimp will allow a user to perform an action in the GIMP and then view the Scheme expression which can be used to duplicate that action.

In this Extra, we will discuss and demonstrate our work from this summer on SDGimp, including our expansion of the MediaScheme library to include more actions from the GIMP.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The talk, Self-disclosing GIMP with MediaScript, will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra: "Technical internships"

On Thursday, October 18, Dilan Ustek 2014, Aditi Roy 2013, Tolu Alabi 2013, Maijid Moujaled 2014, and David Cowden 2013 will discuss the technical internships they have done at Microsoft, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Pikuzone, and Iowa Health System. They will talk about their experiences at big technical companies, a start-up, and the IT department of a health organization. Come to learn about these various experiences and what to do in order to get them!

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The talk, Technical internships, will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra: "GLEAM"

On Thursday, October 4, Jennelle Nystrom 2014 and Svea Drentlaw 2013 will discuss their summer work:

The Grinnell Livescripting Environment for Art and Music (GLEAM) is a Scheme library for the Microsoft Kinect camera that allows for collaboration between musicians and programmers. As a musician gestures, the programmer modifies how their gestures will affect the musical production in real time. In this Extra, we will discuss our work on GLEAM this summer and provide a short demo with the Kinect.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The talk, GLEAM: the Grinnell Livescripting Environment for Art and Music, will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra: "Free software and open source software"

On Thursday, February 16, Martin Dluhos 2012 will give an overview of the history of free software:

I will talk about the ideas behind the free software movement and open source movement, tell a little bit about the history and evolution of those movements, and mention some of the organizations that are involved in promoting free software. I will conclude with describing the accomplishments of the free software movement, particularly the GNU project.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The talk, "Free software and open source software," will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra: Résumé Workshop

Our final Thursday Extra of the semester will be on December 8.

It's time to begin thinking about applications for summer internships and full-time jobs. Associate Dean and Director of Career Development Mark Peltz and CS alum Ian Atha '09 will join the CS faculty and CS SEPC for a workshop on crafting résumés geared toward positions in computing. We will discuss résumé strategies, tips, look at several examples, and answer your questions. We welcome and encourage students at all levels to attend.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The workshop and discussion will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday Extra: Steganography

On December 1, Paul Tymann, Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will present a talk in the Thursday Extra series:

Steganography refers to the science and art of hiding messages in other objects. The computer and in particular digital forms of information have created new ways in which messages can be hidden. This talk will discuss steganography in general, and then will focus on two simple techniques that can be used to hide messages in digital images.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). Professor Tymann's talk, "Steganography," will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday Extra: Transitioning to an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

On Thursday, 17 November 2011, Jillian Goetz '10 will join us for an informal CS extra. Jillian, who is in her second year in a graduate program in bioinformatics, will talk about the transition from Grinnell to graduate school and will answer questions students have about her experiences in applying to graduate school, starting graduate programs, and working in an interdisciplinary field.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). An informal discussion will continue at 4:30 p.m. in the same location. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday Extra: Summer Opportunities in CS

On November 10, the computer science department's faculty will discuss summer opportunities for computer science students.

It's never to soon to think about what you're going to do next summer! While summer may seem far away, taking advantage of some of the better summer opportunities requires advance planning - for example, some programs have deadlines in January or February.

At this session, members of the CS department and the Career Development Office will discuss typical summer options available in computer science - research, internships, and more. They will also suggest strategies for developing your applications. At a separate session, to be held early next semester, the CS faculty will describe summer research opportunities available at Grinnell.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). the talk and discussion will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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