Thursday Extras

Thursday Extra 9/21: Off-Campus Study

Thursday, September 21, 2017
4:15 p.m. in Science 3821
Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Science 3817)

Off-Campus Study for CS Majors: Why, how, and where?

Professor Weinman will lead a discussion about study abroad and how it fits into a CS major and what it can mean for your liberal education. Staff from the Off-Campus Study Office will also be on hand to to help answer your questions. Second-year students should plan to attend if possible, and first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend. All CS students who have studied abroad are also encouraged to attend.

Thursday Extra on 9/14

Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:15 p.m. in Science 3821
Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Science 3817).
Everyone is welcome to attend!

Cauldron: An IDE for modular development of chemical reaction networks will be presented by Prof. Klinge's summer research group: Jong Hoon Bae, Theo Kalfas, Nick Roberson, and Otabek Nazarov.

The chemical reaction network (CRN) model is a prominent molecular programming paradigm. In 2016, Klinge, Lathrop, and Lutz introduced three ways to modularly develop CRNs: I/O CRNs, extension operators, and closed sub-CRNs. I/O CRNs extend the CRN model to allow time-varying input concentrations. Extension operators are used to automatically add functionality to a CRN without affecting the original behavior. A closed sub-CRN encapsulates a behavior within an existing CRN that is self-contained. These new methods naturally support modular CRN design; however, existing tools do not support them. In this talk we introduce Cauldron, an integrated development environment (IDE) for modular CRN development. Cauldron supports I/O CRNs, extension operators, and closed sub-CRNs in addition to common features found in existing CRN tools. For example, users can divide a CRN into independent sub-CRNs, test them separately, and reuse them in other CRNs. Furthermore, users can mark species as inputs and specify them with common elementary functions, by drawing a function, or by connecting them to another CRN. Many commonly used CRNs and extension operators are also included as libraries in Cauldron. (This is joint work with James Lathrop at Iowa State University.)

Thursday Extras Schedule

Thursday Extras Schedule

Fall 2017

31 Aug Julie Foster (CLS)
7 Sep Shu-Yang Lin (Rosenfield)
14 Sep Nick Roberson, Theo Kalfas, et al. (MAP)
21 Sep Jerod Weinman with OCS
28 Sep
5 Oct CS Faculty (graduate school)
10 Oct 322 Alumni Mentors
12 Oct Cesare Tinelli (U Iowa)
26 Oct
2 Nov Eric Van Wyk (U. Minnesota)
9 Nov
16 Nov
30 Nov Charles Ofria (MSU)
7 Dec

Spring 2018

25 Jan
1 Feb
8 Feb
15 Feb
22 Feb
1 Mar
8 Mar
15 Mar
5 Apr
12 Apr
19 Apr
22 Apr
3 May
10 May

Thursday Extra: "Exploring Algorithms with Design and Analysis Techniques"

On Thursday, May 11, students from this semester's “Analysis of Algorithms” will describe and analyze two algorithms with real-world applications.

Two problems will be addressed: “Worst Case Performance Analysis of Machine Learning Robustness” (Anna Blinderman and Reilly Grant), and “Formalizing Mimble-Wimble: Scaling Bitcoin” (three presenters who wish to remain anonymous). Both of these problems pose interesting design questions when considered from a theoretical rather than implementation standpoint. The presenters will describe their work in progress and encourage formative assessment from the audience.

At 4:00 p.m., refreshments will be served in the Computer Science Commons, Noyce 3817. The presentation, “Exploring Algorithms with Design and Analysis Techniques,” will follow at 4:15 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra: "The Future of MathLAN"

On Thursday, February 23, John Stone, Manager of the Mathematics Local-Area Network, will present a concise account of the history, present status, and possible future directions for MathLAN.

At 4:00 p.m., refreshments will be served in the Computer Science Commons, Noyce 3817. The talk, “The Future of MathLAN,” will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra: Summer Research Opportunities in Computer Science at Grinnell

Welcome back!

On Thursday, January 26, the faculty of the Department of Computer Science will discuss opportunities for students to participate in research projects in computer science at Grinnell in summer 2017. We'll present overviews of the projects, explain how students with various levels of expertise and background can contribute, summarize the benefits and rewards of the summer research experience, and explain how to apply.

At 4:00 p.m., refreshments will be served in the Computer Science Commons, Noyce 3817. The discussion will follow at 4:15 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extra on 2/11: Alumni Career Discussion

Thursday, February 11, 2016
4:15 pm in Noyce 3821

Visit with four CS alumni: Ian Young '08, Cassie Koomjian '05, Jonathan Koomjian '03, and Wes Beary '05. Each will give a short overview of their post-Grinnell careers, and then they will answer questions from students.

Refreshments at 4:00 in the CS Commons (Noyce 3817), followed by the discussion at 4:15 in Noyce 3821.

Thursday Extra on 1/28: Summer Research at Grinnell

Thursday, January 28, 2016
4:15 pm in Noyce 3821

Computer Science faculty will discuss summer research opportunities at Grinnell.

Refreshments at 4:00 in the CS Commons (Noyce 3817), followed by the discussion at 4:15 in Noyce 3821.

Thursday Extra on 12/10: Summer Opportunities in CS

Thursday, December 10, 2015
4:15 pm in Noyce 3821

Computer Science faculty will present the department's annual discussion of summer opportunities in CS.

If you enjoy computer science (or at least computer programming), summer is an opportunity to explore new approaches, to develop new skills, and perhaps even to make some money. But what kinds of things can you do? While students tend to focus on a few options (e.g., research with faculty), a wide variety of opportunities are available. In this session, we will discuss goals you might set for the summer and some opportunities that can help you achieve those goals. Handouts will be available for those who cannot attend the talk.

Refreshments at 4:00 in the CS Commons (Noyce 3817), followed by the talk at 4:15 in Noyce 3821.

Thursday Extra: "Bioinformatics Research Internship at Michigan State University"

On Thursday, December 3, Giang Nguyen 2017 will describe her summer internship on bioinformatics, inferring phylogenetic relationships from protein and DNA sequences.

At 4:00 p.m., refreshments will be served in the Computer Science Commons. The talk, “Bioinformatics Research Internship at Michigan State University,” will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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