Jeff Blake’s time at Hood College has been productive as he has tailored his educational needs to his future assignments within the U.S. Army. Jeff enjoys tutoring his fellow students and encourages them to excel in areas of weakness. In addition, Jeff served as an adjunct professor for the Hood ROTC program and volunteered his time on a regular basis as a teacher assistant within the Computer Science Suite. Jeff’s current assignment is as the Information Integration officer for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command G6 Communications Division. His performance in the IT program has been truly exemplary—he has continually been a leader among his peers—in and out of the classroom.
Greater Maryland Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is the local chapter of an international organization dedicated to empowering women in science. The GWIS mission is “to build a global community to inspire, support, recognize and empower women in science. The organization strives to build a powerful international network of women scientists, mentor the leaders of today so that they can inspire the leaders of tomorrow and empower women scientists to excel in their careers.”
GM-GWIS is granting a “Travel Award” for GM-GWIS members for their participation to the DC Science Writers Association (DCSWA) Professional Development Day (PDD) on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Professional Development Day has been DCSWA’s signature event since 2006. Each year,
100 to 150 science reporters, editors, radio and video producers, freelancers, and students gather for a fun and exciting day of networking and skill-building. This year, PDD will include six panel sessions, three interactive workshops, a plenary speaker, breakfast and lunch, all-day resume coaching, and an invitation to socialize with your colleagues following the event. See the day’s agenda at https://dcswa.org/professional-development-day-2017/
Benefits of the conference and award include: A great day of fun, learning, and networking opportunities, and the honor of placing the award on your resume.
The Travel Award will cover the registration fee and provide an additional $10 stipend for travel expenses such as gas or Metro, as breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Up to two (2) awards may be made this year. Awardees must register and attend the meeting, and then submit receipts to GM-GWIS following the event to be reimbursed immediately. All graduate students who are GM-GWIS members are eligible. To register for professional Development Day, visit https://dcswa.wildapricot.org/event-2477067
Application Process: Applicants will submit an essay of 300-500 words that explains how they might benefit from attending this event. Applications are due by Wednesday, March 22; send your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org; include name address, phone number, graduate school and major. If you do not receive next day e-mail confirmation of your submission, call: 301-304-0140. Awards will be announced on or before Sunday, March 26.
Applicants are encouraged to review the meeting agenda and the DCSWA website before completing their essay. Applicants do not need to be majoring in journalism or science writing. Science writing is a major part of many careers, and the information and networking opportunities of this meeting should benefit many types of STEM professions.
Application and Essay evaluation criteria:
1) Applicant is a graduate student and GM-GWIS member.
2) Essay quality:
• Writing, including grammar, structure, and use of support when needed
• Content convinces reviewer of applicant’s interest in the content of the meeting, and how it might benefit the applicant whatever her future career choice
3) Applications and essays will be evaluated by a panel of 3 or more members of the GM-GWIS Executive Committee.
* Awards may not be made if there are no applications that meet the guidelines proposed here, or if an awardee registers but does not attend the event.
FREDERICK, Md. — An international organization dedicated to empowering women in science is launching its 25th United States chapter Jan. 23.
The Greater Maryland Chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) will launch at 6 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons at Hood College. The event begins with an informal mixer followed by a lecture by featured speaker Col. Andrea Stahl, deputy commander of USAMRIID at Fort Detrick. Afterward, there will be a business meeting to discuss upcoming events for this new chapter.
The GWIS mission is “to build a global community to inspire, support, recognize and empower women in science. The organization strives to build a powerful international network of women scientists, mentor the leaders of today so that they can inspire the leaders of tomorrow and empower women scientists to excel in their careers.”
The event is free and open to the public. For more information about GWIS, visit www.gwis.org. For more information about the launch event, contact April Boulton, Dean of Hood College’s Graduate School and Associate Professor of Biology, and co-founding member of the new chapter, at 301-696-3600 or email@example.com.
Hood College’s Bachelor of Science program in computer science recently received the ABET accreditation which is a demonstration of its commitment to providing students quality education. The ABET accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations focus on program curriculum, faculty, facilities and institutional support and are conducted by teams of professionals from industry, academia and government with expertise in the ABET disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
This accreditation is noteworthy for students in our graduate programs who pay their way through school via tuition reimbursement from their employers. Several employers are only willing to reimburse students who enroll in schools with ABET accreditation. These employers see the accreditation as a measure of the quality of the programs at a school.
According to Xinlian Liu, Ph.D., co-chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, “this accreditation is expected to attract a lot more students to our programs, especially with our proximity to the I-270 technology corridor. We hope to see a lot more interest in our programs going forward”.
Find out more about the computer science department and programs, visit cs.hood.edu.
Hood College’s Graduate School is offering a new course focused on R programming this spring. The course, Advanced Data Analytics with R, is being offered by the Computer Science and Information Technology department.
According to Dr. Stephen Penn, program director of the Masters in Management Information Technology program and one of the faculty members who worked on developing the course, the course is being introduced to address the rise of job postings requiring R proficiency. Also, the R programming language is gaining in popularity according to several websites, especially KDNuggets.
Students who take this course will receive an introduction to R, become familiar with the use of R in solving problems in statistics, and by the end of the semester be able to continue to learn about R packages and advanced functionality. Students will use R to develop decision trees, neural networks, and regression models.
Penn added that the department plans to offer the course at least once a year in the spring semester. However, initial feedback about the course has been very high and the department is considering offering the course again in the fall.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are two important components of the academic experience for most F1 international students. These programs allow students to gain valuable experience and earn money while working on or off campus during the academic year (CPT) or during the summer (OPT). As part of the Graduate School’s efforts to empower students with resources that will contribute towards a successful graduate experience, an information session was held recently in partnership with the International Student Services Office and the Career Center.
This event provided an overview of the CPT/OPT process and also provided the opportunity for students to ask questions and receive immediate answers from Dr. Kiran Chadda, Director of International Student Services, Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. April Boulton and Lana Veres of the Career Center.
The presentations covered areas such as employment options available to F1 international students, procedures for obtaining employment authorization, late stage CPT and internships as well a demo of the GoinGlobal website for job search. Students were also treated to pizza and drinks.
To view the resources shared at the session, visit this link.
This fall, the Computer Science and Information Technology Department at Hood will be co-hosting a number of exciting events here on campus. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.
Python Frederick- 2nd Wednesday Talk – Jupyter Notebook
Thursday, September 14
Python Frederick has a talk the second Wednesday of each month. This month:
Jupyter Notebooks (http://jupyter.org/) are helpful tools for anyone working with data. Popular with scientists of all types, Jupyter Notebooks let you work with Python right from your web browser! You can easily graph data and share your findings with others.
You’ll learn how to use Jupyter Notebooks so you can learn to supercharge any research you’re involved in.
Python Frederick – 3rd Saturday Open Workshop – Python Serverless Microframework for AWS
Coblentz Hall Seminar Room
Saturday, September 17
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Python Frederick has an open workshop the 3rd Saturday of each month. You can work on a common project selected for the day or bring your own project and enlist the help of others.
Hack Frederick Hackathon
Coblentz Hall Seminar Room
Saturday, October 8
Registration is required to attend this event. Additional information is available at https://www.hackfrederick.com/. Interested students should contact Dr. George Dimitoglou at firstname.lastname@example.org to form teams.
Python Frederick- 2nd Wednesday Talk – pygame
Wednesday, October 12
Python Frederick’s Second Wednesday talk for October will talk gaming! We’ll discuss pygame, a Python library for making video games, with the Frederick Game Development meetup.
Hood College is now accepting applications for a new organizational leadership doctoral program. The 60-credit, three-year experience leads to a choice of two degrees: (1) Doctorate of Organizational Leadership (DOL) – For those in public and private education, the non-profit sector, training and development, government or military. (2) Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) – For those employed in business and industry who hold business and related graduate degrees.
The multidisciplinary program is structured by cohort. Both DOL and DBA candidates advance together through core and research courses. They then begin to differentiate their degree pursuit—DOL or DBA—by specializing in business, psychology and counseling or education courses. Finally, they complete their capstone work.
Classes are held on the college’s Frederick, Md., campus on a schedule that accommodates working professionals. The application period for the first cohort closes May 15, 2016. Learn more.
Can’t make it to campus but want to talk with top faculty about Graduate School programs? Six virtual open houses in November 2015 provide online opportunities to do just that.
Meet directors of the Biomedical Science, Environmental Biology, MBA, Management of Information Technology and Information Technology masters programs and the GIS and Cybersecurity certificate programs. Ask questions and get answers straight from the source. Go to the Visit Us page to register for your choice of sessions.
Faculty selected Hassan Alzahrani to receive the Gary Corsar Outstanding Information Technology Award for 2015.
Hassan had more than 16 years of experience in the field of computers and IT technologies before enrolling at Hood’s Graduate School. After earning his B.S. degree in information systems from King Saud University — a public university in Saudi Arabia — Hassan had major roles in the design, implementation, operation, and support of technical and commercial solutions of Hewlett Packard’s OpenView and Cisco Networking products. He was also involved in implementations of company/campus wireless networks, IP telephony and Virtual Switching Systems.
While at Hood, Hassan worked as a teaching assistant for Computer Forensics and Network and Telecommunications classes. He helped building Forensics Toolkit Product (FTK) Lab, and also the Graphical Network Simulator (GNS3) for Telecommunications purposes. He is now pursuing his doctorate degree at Towson University in the field of information technology.