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'Underrepresented Minority' Considered Harmful, Racist Language
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'Underrepresented Minority' Considered Harmful, Racist Language

The foundation of any collective action, of any community, is language. It influences how we feel, react, and understand.

Technology in the Time of Cataclysms
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Technology in the Time of Cataclysms

How is the development of technology, and its more basic cousin science, affected during such cataclysmic times?

Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning
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Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning

One does not get the impression the Google Translate and DeepL translation programs are self-learning and have made real progress.

CS Teachers, It's (Past) Time To Learn About Race
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CS Teachers, It's (Past) Time To Learn About Race

We need to send the message that we are willing to change CS education in order to address historic and systemic inequities.

The Virus Analogy and Validation
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The Virus Analogy and Validation

The comparison between organic viruses and computer viruses is compelling.  But why?

Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?
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Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?

Is a skill-based, multi-level win-win, and (almost) zero-cost model for undergraduate science and engineering programs in a research university plausible?

The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m
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The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m

The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.

Hacking the Axis
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Hacking the Axis

The role of early high-performance computing capabilities in World War II.

Students Get the Idea They're Unwanted When There Are Enrollment Barriers: Touring the Best of SIGCSE 2020
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Students Get the Idea They're Unwanted When There Are Enrollment Barriers: Touring the Best of SIGCSE 2020

Best paper awardee at SIGCSE 2020 on the impacts on first-year students of competitive enrollment.

The COVID Catalyst
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The COVID Catalyst

The coronavirus pandemic has once again demonstrated the great vulnerability of social and economic systems to microbes.

Holding a Conference Online and Live, Due to COVID-19
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Holding a Conference Online and Live, Due to COVID-19

A report on EDBT/ICDT 2020.

Learning Computational Thinking to Dominate the Music Industry
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Learning Computational Thinking to Dominate the Music Industry

Music can be a context for middle school students to learn about computational thinking and data science. In a game environment, students can play the role in which...

Would There Be Computers Without Easter?
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Would There Be Computers Without Easter?

Finding roots of computing in the computation of Easter.

Contingency Plans for CS Students in Large Classes
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Contingency Plans for CS Students in Large Classes

Some of our students will get sick before the end of the term. We need a plan.

The ASPLOS 2020 Online Conference Experience
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The ASPLOS 2020 Online Conference Experience

CS pioneered it. Should we use it?

Powerful Online Learning is a Distributed System
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Powerful Online Learning is a Distributed System

In the midst of a pandemic, universities are now rapidly shifting to online and remote learning. Here, I will suggest a core metaphor for what powerful online learning...

Beware of Hurting Our Weakest Students when Moving Classes Online
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Beware of Hurting Our Weakest Students when Moving Classes Online

Our weakest students should not be the ones bearing the greatest costs of moving classes online.

Voting as Tallying in Public
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Voting as Tallying in Public

Voting requires common acknowledgement.  Can that be achieved in automation?

How Does a Pantograph Work?
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How Does a Pantograph Work?

Pantographs have been widely used for centuries; for example, in surveying and embroidery. With these devices, drawings can be enlarged and reduced.
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