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Changing the Face of Computer Science Education One State at a Time

It has long been recognized that computing, as a field, is strikingly less diverse than the users of the technology it produces, exhibiting a stubbornly enduring gender and underrepresented minority gap often referred to as “the Missing 70%.” MGHPCC partner, the NSF funded Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, seeks to facilitate state-level systemic change to improve the quality of computing education and broaden participation in computing (BPC). ECEP’s goal is to increase the recruitment and retention of historically disenfranchised populations to K-16 computer science education through educational advocacy and policy reform. Continue reading Changing the Face of Computer Science Education One State at a Time

Computing the Toll of Trapped Diamondback Terrapins

Reporting by Helen Hill for MGHPCC

Benjamin Levy is an Assistant Professor of mathematics at Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts. His research is in biological modeling with an emphasis on population and infectious disease dynamics. Working with students Ben Burnett (UMass Dartmouth) and Abigail Waters (Suffolk University), Levy is leading a project assessing threats to the Diamondback Terrapin population in North Inlet Winyah Bay, a site on the South Carolina coast, using a model he has been developing which, thanks to support from the Northeast Cyberteam he is able to run using  high-performance computing resources at the MGHPCC. Continue reading Computing the Toll of Trapped Diamondback Terrapins