The Allemall Foundation, along with Hood trustee Susan Whaley ’74, established the Afghan Women Scholarship fund for graduate study at Hood College in 2012. Foundation leaders Ed and Cathy Scott and Julia Soistman were recognized for their generosity at the International Graduate Students Welcome Reception in August. The scholarship will support Afghan women’s graduate education at Hood in the sciences. This year’s recipients, Aria Kazim and Maryam Faiz are enrolled in the Information Technology program.
In addition, Dr. Zyg Dembek, Graduate School Commencement speaker from two years ago, brought Dr. Sayed Shinwari to the reception. Dr. Shinwari is a pediatrician and a leading member of the Afghani community in the Washington, DC area. He has been featured in Voice of America videos aired in Afghanistan.
All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.
The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here .
The International Conference on Computer Games has accepted a paper written by grad student Turki Alkheliwi for publication and presentation at the CGAMES 2014 International Conference. CGames’ acceptance rate is just 32%.
Turki, a student in the Information Technology graduate program at Hood, submitted “Applying Game Theory Rules to Enhance Decision Support Systems in Credit and Financial Applications.” The paper examines the potential of applying game theory to data mining mechanisms to enhance the accuracy of risk predictions in financial settings.
The conference is acknowledged as one of the leading research conferences devoted to advancing the theory and practice of computer games development. Turki credits his Hood “family” for his success.
Several Cybersecurity and Information Technology graduate students and faculty appeared in a recent news show on the Alhurra TV station. The students, all from Saudi Arabia, are studying in the US with full scholarships administered through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission.
Alhurra is a United States-based, Arabic-language satellite TV channel that broadcasts news and current affairs programming to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa. Its mission is “to provide objective, accurate, and relevant news and information to the people of the Middle East about the region, the world, and the United States. Alhurra supports democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas, opinions, and perspectives available in the region’s media.”
The Hood segment appeared on the Al Youm show. Al Youm (Arabic for Today), is a live three-hour daily news magazine that originates simultaneously from five countries in three continents including Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Jerusalem and Alhurra’s headquarters in Springfield, Va.
Hood’s CUDA Teaching Center has passed a performance review and been granted a renewal. The achievement came with a hardware improvement grant of $6,500.
This renewal enhances the Graduate School’s capability to offer courses and student research in the High Performance Computing and Big Data areas. CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model created by NVIDIA and implemented by the graphics processing units they produce.
In July 2010, Hood College became the third higher education institution in Maryland to rise to CUDA center status, following Johns Hopkins University (CUDA Excellence Center), and University of Maryland College Park (CUDA Research Center).