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Women in computing / Computer Science Table: Recruiting and hiring technical women

At this Friday's session of Women in Computing / CS Table, we'll discuss efforts to recruit and hire technical women. We will consider a variety of resources related to this issue.

First, two popular press articles on Etsy's efforts to build its staff of women technologists:

Second, an article on “affirmative effort”:

Finally, we will consider a series of short approaches from the National Center for Women in Technology's Pacesetters program:

Computer Science Table is a weekly meeting of Grinnell College community members (students, faculty, staff, etc.) interested in discussing topics related to computing and computer science. CS Table meets Fridays at noon in the Day PDR (the first PDR at the top of the stairs in the Marketplace/Cafeteria, also known as Rosenfield 224A). Faculty, staff, and students on meal plans are expected to pay the cost of their meals. Students not on meal plans can charge their meals to the department.

Ingrid Daubechies Caps a Semester of Internationally Renowned Speakers

Ingrid Daubechies, the James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, gave the Convocation on May 1, 2013.  Daubechies focuses on the mathematical aspects of time-frequency analysis, in particular wavelets, as well as applications. Her research was the breakthrough which made applications of wavelets to signal processing possible.

Her Convocation focused on her work commissioned by the Van Gogh Museum to detect fraudulent art, work that was featured in a 2008 PBS broadcast of NOVA.

Daubechies is a fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the McArthur Foundation and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and the Academie des Sciences (France). In 2000 she was the first woman awarded the National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics. Prof. Daubechies is the first female and current President of the International Mathematical Union.

Other visitors spring semester included:  

  • Associate Professor Bo-Hae Im from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea. She spoke about elliptic curves in the Math and Statistic Student Seminar;
  • Paul Zorn, past president of the Mathematical Association of America and professor at St Olaf, who spoke to students about "Extreme Calculus;" and
  • Assistant Professor Fernando Gueverra-Vasquez from the University of Utah who spoke on "How to become invisible without a cloak."

In December, Professor Sam Burer of the Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa, presented a lecture on employing optimization techniques in ranking problems with a direct application to college football.

Blanchard Goes GAGA for Compressed Sensing

Asst. Prof. Jeff Blanchard and his collaborator Prof. Jared Tanner (Oxford) recently launched www.gaga4cs.org as the platform for the first release of their compressed sensing software. The software, GAGA: GPU Accelerated Greedy Algorithms for Compressed Sensing, solves large compressed sensing problems with millions of unknowns in fractions of a second by exploiting the power of graphics processing units. Two related www.gaga4cs.org/research have also been submitted in the past year. This ongoing project is the major emphasis of Dr. Blanchard's NSF grant and has spawned three projects involving Grinnell Mathematics and Statistics majors.

Faculty Members Travel Abroad During Spring Break

Professors Jeff Blanchard, Joe Mileti, and Jen Paulhus spent some, or all, of spring break working on research outside of the United States.

Jeff Blanchard visited a collaborator in Edinburgh for a week of intensive writing for an ongoing project. The trip to Scotland paid off with a 50 page paper submitted at the end of Spring Break.

Joe Mileti spent a month and a half in Argentina participating in the Buenos Aires Semester in Computability, Complexity, and Randomness. Between January and June, over 40 researchers in mathematics and computer science across the world came together to present and discuss their work. Joe gave a talk on April 10 about his research on primes in computable rings.

Jen Paulhus was in Santiago, Chile for two weeks beginning a collaboration with a faculty member at the Universidad de Chile. She also gave a talk about her research to graduate students there.

Fire and Ice

Two courses of students and faculty participated in international field trips during winter break 2013. 

Kathy Jacobson and Peter Jacobson, associate professors of biology, traveled with students from their Namib Desert Ecology course. 

Students in Korea's Economic Development course traveled with Jack Mutti, Sidney Meyer Professor in International EconomicsKeith Brouhle ’96, associate professor of economics; and Man-Ching Chan, assistant professor of economics. 

For more about the courses, see "Fire & Ice" from The Grinnell Magazine Spring 2013.

The Science Teaching and Learning Group (STaLG)


The Science Teaching and Learning Group (STaLG) is an open discussion group that has been meeting regularly for a number of years. Our goal is to provide a place where science faculty from all disciplines, as well as others involved science education at Grinnell, can come together for informal conversations, brainstorming and strategy-sharing on a variety of topics in science teaching and learning.

Science Division

The mission of our programs is to prepare students to ask and answer scientific questions that nobody has even thought of yet. Our graduates need to be able to learn new scientific information from primary sources, formulate and ask smart scientific questions, interpret the answers nature gives to those questions, and communicate the results to others in effective ways.

Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in math and science to Alice Nadeau '13

Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College student Alice Nadeau has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses during the 2012-13 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress to encourage excellence in science and mathematics for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential.

Nadeau, a third-year mathematics major from Waterloo, Ia., plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at the university level. “I am currently trying to explore as many areas of mathematics as available to me,” Nadeau said. “This is important in both teaching and research since connections and correlations can and frequently do come from outside one’s own specific field of study.”

As a Grinnell student, Nadeau serves as a student assistant for the Grinnell Science Project pre-orientation program; works in the costume studio for the theatre department; swims for the varsity swim team; and is an active participant in student government.

Grinnell student Rebecca Mandt, a third-year biology major from Mendota Heights, Minn., was named honorable mention in the competition. She plans a career in biomedical research.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.