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SPLASH-E (SPLASH Education Symposium) paper submissions due soon.  June 20 for research papers, Aug 22 for discussion suggestions and lightning talk proposals.  If you're at ICSE14 and get into a good discussion about an educational itch or idea, submit to SPLASH-E to continue the discussion!
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The SPLASH Education Symposium (SPLASH-E) welcomes contributions (from papers to lightning talks to whatever else might create interesting discussion in the intersection of software systems and CS education research).  This 1-day event will precede the main SPLASH conference in Portland OR in October.  Come join us!
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Wonder what the protesters think of educational efforts around coding.  Equalizer, or effort to create more evil?  It's an interesting PR question. 
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There's a fine line between market segmentation and reinforcing frustrating stereotypes ...
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One of several change.org petitions circulating to let students count CS towards college-admissions requirements at public universities.  Hope is that counting CS will encourage more schools to offer CS, and encourage more students to take the classes.
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WPI has three open tenure-track security positions this year, including one in cybersecurity policy (for a political or social scientist); the other two are in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. Help getting the word out would be greatly appreciated!

Our security program website has links to all three position ads:

http://wp.wpi.edu/cybersecurity/
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"Fear no algebra" - Reaching kids before they decide they "can't do math."
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Now it's official: +Hadi Partovi announces +Bootstrap as a +Code.org middle-school curriculum partner at SIGCSE 2014! Looking forward to a great joint effort with +Pat Yongpradit, +Emmanuel Schanzer, +Kathi Fisler, Emma Youndtsmith, Rosanna Sobota, +Matthias Felleisen and others.
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The UI screenshots here show how easy it is to hide multiple-choice answers in digital watch displays (pretty cool, actually).  I suspect few faculty consider such scenarios, nor perceive the threats as sufficient to actually figure out how to act (sure, don't give multiple choice but that only addresses this particular threat).  Could be a fun/horrifying session for a lunchtime teaching seminar -- catching up the faculty on modern ways to cheat and discussing how to balance student trust against the risks.
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If you have to give paper exams, mix up the questions and answers so few students have the same version.
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Boston Globe's IT really is messed up.  On Tuesday, I signed up for a digital subscription so I could post a comment on the article they ran on Bootstrap.  

Repeat {
   Click link to comment  
   Site reports that I have to log in  
   I log in
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Contact customer support who contacts tech support who replies that this is a known problem but they don't have a resolution.   Next day, call customer service to request a refund.  They tell me my subscription isn't yet active (due to activate later this week).  

Why wasn't I informed that there would be a several day lag for this when I signed up?  Because the system handles your subscription at the first available opportunity (begging the question of how a digital subscription can take several days to activate).  Asked again for the refund since I paid for a service that I didn't receive.

Call gets forwarded to customer advocacy (my request is apparently outside the scope of the billing dept), which keeps me on musac for 15 minutes before a recording says that they are too busy and I should leave a callback number.  

And of course, one can't even cancel a subscription (which auto renews by default) without a phone call to customer service.  So I expect there's a lot more musac in my future over the next week.

No wonder newspapers are struggling ...
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Overview of work showing that people with more social power tend to be more dismissive of those with less social power.  Piece is broader than the title suggests, looking at both power beyond money and implications for public policy.  

Thinking about the connections between this piece and last week's NYTimes piece on women in science.  The social power in computing (at least through intro undergrad courses) seems to derive from programming ability, a narrow skill relative to the field as a whole.  If these results extend to academic disciplines, then perhaps computing's diversity imbalances have strong roots in social power differentials.  Not suggesting computing is unique in this, though how we express our social power might be.  
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  • Williams College
    Computer Science and Asian Studies
  • Indiana University
    Computer Science (MS and PhD)