School of Computer Science Celebration Oct. 17 & 18

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An invitation to all students involved in (or interested in) the UMass Minor IT minor program,

We’re writing to invite you to a celebration of the newly founded School of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UMass Computer Science graduate program.  We think that many of the events, which will be held primarily on Thursday afternoon October 17, and all day Friday, October 18,  would be of interest to you!   Full information about the celebration is available at

On Thursday October 17, the afternoon begins with a career and internship fair, where a number of our alums will be representing their companies, and be available for informal conversation and information sharing with students.  At 3:45 on Thursday we'll have  a panel discussion where alumni reflect on their UMass experience and offer advice on preparing and applying for jobs and internships. A flyer about Thursday's events is attached.  ** We're sure these events will be of interest to you, as a student interested in IT here at UMass. ** 

On Friday, October 18, we will hold panel discussions on the future of computing, computing education, and computing research.  The Friday program will begin with keynote session on Expanding Horizons in Computing, with Dr. Farnam Jahanian (Assistant Director for CISE, National Science Foundation) and Dr. Robert Sproull (Chair of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies).   During the day, panel sessions will explore “Computing as a Core Subject in a 21st Century Education” (focusing on K-12 and diversity in computing education) and Computing Across the Campus (focusing on undergraduate interdisciplinary informatics curricula and program).   ** We think these two panels, in particular, would be of interest to faculty, staff and students involved in the IT minor program. **

The day concludes with a session on computing research, with past and present UMass CS researchers discussing projects of broad interest and impact: genomic computing, the use of data mining and machine learning in electoral campaigns, and the computing research challenges behind IBM’s Watson effort. These talks will be aimed for a "lay" (i.e., non-CS) audience.  Many UMass faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends will be joining us for the day, including a lunchtime BBQ - ** We hope you can join us for the lunch as well! **

We hope you’ll be able to make it to some (or all !) of the events - we think you'll find them very interesting.   We’re asking that people register in advance for the event if possible, so please take a minute to do so (at the URL above) if you’ll be able to join us. We hope to see you there!


Lori A Clarke, Chair
School of Computer Science 

Jim Kurose
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
SCS Celebration Chair