Newsletter: Carleton Sentinel

"Keeping you in the loop since 2005"

  • Would you like to go to Chattanooga, and get an opportunity to help out at a CS education conference? Click above for more information.

  • Computer Science Lunch Table

    September 26, 2008

    Join us at noon on Thursday, October 2, in LDC 104 for the inaugural Computer Science Lunch Table. All CS majors, faculty, and students enrolled in a CS class are invited to attend as we meet new majors, catch up with the old ones, and say hello to the profs. Besides just socializing, this event will be an opportunity to engage in some technical discussion. Our first topic will be Google's browser, Chrome, and the future of the web. We hope to make this the first in a series of events throughout the term, so we'd love to see you there!

    If you're interested in a little background, you can read a comic strip prepared by Google detailing their vision for Chrome and the web:

  • Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science is offering a unique

    interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in designing, using, and evaluating computational technology to address complex social, political, legal, business and organizational issues. The information we received indicates that "COS Ph.D. students are pioneers who are unsatisfied with traditional degree programs and have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research incorporating sophisticated computational approaches." See the attached flyer that we received.

  • Analysis Group (AG), an economic consulting firm will be on campus Thursday, September 25. Click above for more information.

  • Programming Contest Kickoff

    September 17, 2008
    Once again, Carleton will be assembling teams of students to participate in the ACM Programming Contest. The experience is totally fun, and you get to practice different styles of programming than you may experience in your courses. The contest itself will be held on Saturday, November 15, at another college somewhere in our general vicinity. Want to participate and show how awesome Carleton is? Contact Dave Musicant (email dmusican) with questions or to express your interest by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 24. If you want to learn more about the contest in general, check out the contest website. You don't need to put in a lot of time into this: showing up at the main event in November and having fun is what matters most.
  • Epic Systems Corporation in Madison, WI has hired a number of our graduates in the past. They recently contacted us to tell us that they are looking to hire. Click above for more information.

  • ACM-W has announced a scholarship program to help undergraduate women attend research conferences. This program is open to undergraduate as well as graduate students, and they do not have to be presenting at the conference. The scholarships are for up to $500 each, and approximately 12 are awarded per year. For more information visit the following website:

  • Three Rings Is Hiring

    June 9, 2008

    Three Rings is a startup company located in San Francisco that produces online games. They are currently looking for developers in both full-time and intern capacities, and they are also looking to hire artists. We've been told that they have a frequently changing list of job options and opportunities, so if you're interested, you should check back often. For more information, visit the list of current openings.

  • Department Picnic

    May 29, 2008

    Come one, come all to the Joint Math Department/CS Department picnic! Let's celebrate the end of the year with a feast of good conversation and picnic food on the Hill of Three Oaks at noon on Tuesday, June 3rd. Enjoy the sunshine. Play games with and against the faculty. Make sure to put your name on the signup page by the glass doors on the second floor of the CMC. That's essential to ensure that we have enough food for everyone. Add your name by 4 pm on Friday, May 30. It's going to be fun; we hope to see you there!

  • Next week, Turing Award winner Ron Rivest will be visiting our department as part of the Carleton College Chesley Lecture program. The Turing Award is the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in computer science, so this is a big deal! Prof. Rivest is the "R" in the RSA encryption algorithm, which is used, well, everywhere. For example, it's how your web browser is communicating with secure websites when you see that padlock icon. Prof. Rivest is currently very interested in voting system security. If you've paid any attention at all to the debate that's occurred over the last few years regarding electronic voting systems, you'll really want to hear what he has to say. Click above for more details on his talks.

  • FreEner-g is a startup solar energy company that is looking for two computer science summer interns. One of these positions may ultimately lead to a full time job. Click above to see the ad that they sent us; for more information or to apply, contact Laura Cina.

  • Questions about CS or Math classes? Your student department advisers (SDAs) are having office hours, with pizza! Meet them on Wednesday, May 21 from 7pm to 9pm, 3rd floor CMC in the Math Skills Center. Also feel free to email the CS SDA Janara (christej) or the Math SDA Jonah (ostroffj) with questions.