College Needs Corner has read some new articles and wants to share the information with you.

  • In the article “Lawrence Landweber Helped Build Today’s Internet, Now He’s Advising Its Future” published by Sarah Mitroff in Wired online magazine one can read about one of the Internet’s pioneers. In 1979 Lawrence Landweber created the Computer Science Network (CSNET), an intentionally open computer network that helped pave the way for the modern internet. He predicted that this technology would be used in banking, travel, and commerce, but did not anticipated the hackers’ attacks of the unsecured network. Landweber is currently involved with the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project to create faster and more secure networks. “The current internet has serious flaws,” says Landweber. “The internet was never designed to be secure, and in the formative days, privacy wasn’t that much of an issue,” says Landweber. He is as enthusiastic as ever about computer science: “What I love most about this field is that no matter what you’ve done in the past, the future is always more exciting.”
  • From Palo Alto Online News: “Stanford’s hottest major: computer science”
    Stanford student interest in the field follows curriculum redesign, and outpaces national trend.

    More than 220 students in a class of about 1,700 chose to major in computer science — a 25 percent leap from the previous record in 2000-2001. The Computer Science department’s Associate Chair for Education is Mehran Sahami, a former research scientist at Google.”Virtually every field is touched by computer science in some way,” Sahami told the Engineering Report.”In medicine and biology computational methods are used to analyze DNA, predict treatment outcomes and model drugs at a molecular level. In environmental sciences, there is need for climate modeling. In investing and finance, algorithmic approaches are widely used.”

    “Computers have dramatically changed animation, and artists with knowledge of computers are increasingly in demand. Conversely, computer scientists studying graphics need an appreciation for art. After all, a bad picture, even one in high resolution, is still a bad picture,” Sahami said.

  • From Rutgers University Media Relations: Rutgers Engineers Design Cell Phone App to Reduce Distracted Driving. Disregard for laws prompts experts to investigate whether technology can help reduce accidents. Laws that limit cell phone use while driving don’t seem to be curbing accidents blamed on drivers who insist on talking or texting behind the wheel.
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    This has some engineers and lawmakers wondering if technology can do what threats of fines or jail time are not. Could cell phones automatically become less distracting while their owners are driving?

    Rutgers engineers believe they can. They and colleagues at Stevens Institute of Technology have designed and tested a smart phone application that pinpoints where a cell phone user is sitting: on the driver’s side or the passenger’s side. Then, according to the position in the car, the smart phone application acts differently. It lets the passengers continue their use of the phone, but limits the driver’s use of the phone.

  • Whichbook is a website that makes available new ways to choose books to read. Another website What Should I Read Next? provides recommendations and suggestions from real readers. Explore them!

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