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Valerie Barr (Computer Science) received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "HDR DSC: Collaborative Research: The Data Science WAV: Experiential Learning with Local Community Organizations" -  in collaboration with Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, Greenfield Community College, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and the  University of Massachusetts. The project is for three years.

National Science Foundation

Valerie Barr (Computer Science) received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for: "CUE Ethics: Collaborative Research: Evaluating Frameworks for Incorporating Computing Across the Curriculum." The project is for 18 months.

National Science Foundation

Valerie Barr Received a subaward from the National Science Foundation (NSF) via Duke University for The Alliance  for Identity-Inclusive  Computing  Education  (AIICE):  A Collective Impact Approach to Broadening Participation in Computing.

Barbara Lerner (Computer Science) received a sub award from Harvard under National Science Foundation (NSF) award 1450277 “S12-SSI: Collaborative Research: Bringing End to End Prevenance to Scientists.” The project is for one year.

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Rittika Shamsuddin*, Milka Doktorova*, Sheila Jaswal, Audrey Lee-St. John and Kathryn McMenimen. Computational Prediction of Hinge Axes in Proteins. BMC Bioinformatics, 15(8), 2014
* indicates undergraduate author

Audrey St. John, Heather Pon-Barry and Becky Wai-Ling Packard received a Microsoft Corporation grant for the project "Development of Core Modules as Curricular Assets for Tech Mentorship Initiative." The project is for 2.5 months. Combined award to Audrey St. John (Computer Science), Heather Pon-Barry (Computer Science) and Becky Packard (Psychology and Education).

Pon-Barry, H., St. John, A., Packard, B. W., &  Stephenson, C. (2017). Addressing the CS capacity challenge by improving undergraduate peer mentoring. ACM Inroads, 8(3), 43–47.

Pon-Barry, H., Packard, B. W., & St. John, A. (2017). Expanding capacity and promoting inclusion in introductory computer science: A focus on near-peer mentor preparation and code review. Computer Science Education, 27(1), 54–77.

Heather Pon-Barry, Audrey St. John, Becky Packard, Barbara Rotundo. Megas and Gigas Educate (MaGE): A Curricular Peer Mentoring Program. Poster in Proc. of 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education (SIGCSE 2016), Memphis, TN, 2016.

Heather Pon-Barry (Computer Science) received a National Science Foundation grant for her project 'CAREER: Dialogue Engagement for Educational Robots.' The project is for five years. (2020)

National Science Foundation