Upcoming Lecture Series in Computer Science

Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:30am

On October 21 and 22, the Five College Consortium will host a distinguished lecture series sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC).

The CRA-W/CDC event will feature talks by researchers in computer science that highlight the innovative work being done in the field. There will also be an informational graduate school panel, with speakers and local graduate students participating in candid discussion about what it is like to do research at the graduate level.

The first lecture at Mount Holyoke College will be given by Professor Stephanie Forrest of University of New Mexico Albuquerque on “Why a Computer Needs an Immune System and Why an Immune System Needs a Computer” Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 pm in Hooker Auditorium in Clapp Laboratory.

Forrest will describe several projects that incorporate principles and mechanisms from immunology into computational applications, focusing on applications in computer security. She will also discuss how ideas from computer science can be used to further our understanding of biological processes, emphasizing evolutionary diseases such as influenza and cancer.

On Friday, October 22, at noon in the Morrison Room at Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Mary Czerwinski of Microsoft Research will speak on “Recent Advances in Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment.” Czerwinski will address several of her research group's projects to design technology that improves individual and group productivity, insight, and user control. She will discuss the path from idea to productization of these tools. (Lunch will be provided.)

Following this event, Forrest and Czerwinski will lead a panel on graduate school in the Morrison Room starting at 1:30 pm. This discussion will focus on the details of going to graduate school, and in particular, pursuing computer science.

These events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 413-538-2420.

The Department of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke Computer Science Club, and Mohopedia will be assisting the events held at Mount Holyoke.