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Kathi Fisler
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Know anyone interested in being in the greater Boston area, helping to manage and teach in a collegiate cybersecurity scholarship program? WPI is hiring for a non-tenure track person to help run our new NSF-funded Scholarships for Service program, optionally also helping to teach in the program (college level or K-12 outreach). Job ad follows, happy to take questions. 

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CFP for ICER, the conference on rigorous research in computing education.  The sessions are structured for discussions (the audience discusses each paper briefly in small groups before Q&A), the doctoral symposium is in-depth and hands-on, and the community is welcoming.  Check it out if you do work in this area.  Omaha in August.

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Fun stuff like this make me wish JetBlue was more useful for where I fly.  Will be curious to see what 10 videos make it onto a "general public" flight menu ...

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Like many, my dept is hiring in several areas (security, data science, algorithms, visualization/HCI, robotics, serious games).  We're particularly interested in candidates that bridge software and security (broadly construed).  If you know anyone interested in a combined teaching/research environment (size and student culture of a small liberal arts college + tech school + research and grad students), I'd love to hear about or from them!  We're also commutable from Boston and Providence for those with two-body situations!

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Due to be at SPLASH on Tuesday?  SPLASH-E (the educators symposium) has sessions on Motivating Student Learning (9-10), Error Messages and Feedback (10:30-12), Course Design Issues (1:30-3:00), and Design Issues in Drag-and-Drop Languages (3:30-4:45).  We'll be having informal discussions on audience-suggested topics during the day, including one on scaling programming/SE courses to large numbers of students (starting around 11:20).  Feel free to wander in and out if you're registered for other Tuesday workshops at SPLASH!

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Last session of my programming languages course this morning. Outside my office door, a box (our metaphor for mutable data) with a bottle of scope that one electrical engineering student had tried to charge statically. Ah, the moments in teaching when you know something just worked ... It's been a fun group of students this term.
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My month for bizarre shower interfaces in hotels. Note there isn't any sort of button or lever other than temperature control on the round plate. How to get water to come out of the shower head?

Answer: a small ring pulls down from the mouth of the faucet spout into the bathtub. Only found this after going the bedstand for my glasses and reading the small diagram discretely placed on the faucet.

Someone miss context during UI testing?

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Coming to SPLASH and have educational ideas to toss around?  SPLASH-E (the SPLASH education track) has set aside time for lightning talks and themed breakout ("unconference") sessions.  Lightning talk and breakout proposals welcome through August 22.  

We're already planning sessions on drag-and-drop language design and creating motivating software projects.  One session will be used to give feedback to folks who are designing new SE/PL classes. Drop us a single-paragraph proposal of something to chat about on these or other themes of interest to you.

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This shower interface is cruel to a jetlagged brain that just wants hot water from the showerhead -- which knob to turn???
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Phase 1 of conversion to a Mac person is complete: the windows machines are powered down and stored away.  Will advance to Phase 2 when I finally manage to remember that the blasted application menus are always disconnected from the windows at the top of the screen (I've done more google searches in the last week for how to do stuff that I know should be obvious because I can't find the darn menus).
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