Like computer science, only cooler

first_imgThere’s the website to help you figure out why you don’t feel so good. Then there’s the site that offers a new card game — with electronic cards, of course. There’s one that sells a grandmother’s handmade greeting cards. And there are so many more.Computer programming innovation — in both quality and quantity — was on display Friday (Dec. 10) at the Northwest Science Building in the CS 50 fair, an annual celebration of a semester’s worth of programming toil by hundreds of Harvard students, most of whom had taken their first foray into computer programming.CS 50, Introduction to Computer Science I, is a fast-growing lecture course taught by Lecturer on Computer Science David Malan. The class, taught long enough at Harvard for Malan himself to have taken it as an undergraduate in 1996, has drawn larger crowds in recent years, with enrollment rising to 500 this year from 300 last year. When the Extension School twin of the class, E-52, is added in, Malan said roughly 580 students took the course this fall.Malan credited technological trends in society — as evidenced by the popularity of Facebook and Google — along with increased efforts by the department to reach out to students less comfortable with technology for the increased interest in the course. Either way, so many students enrolled that they had to display their projects at the fair in three shifts.David J. Malan (right), lecturer on computer science, speaks with students Max Sabor ’13 (from left) and Arun Viswanath ’13 at the CS 50 fair. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThough the course has been around for more than two decades, the CS 50 fair itself is just in its third year. Projects were displayed on laptop computers arranged on rows of long, black-draped tables in the Northwest Science Building’s basement exhibit hall. An enthusiastic crowd filled the hall, chatting with students about their projects and munching on free candy, popcorn, and cupcakes. The conversational buzz was backed by a pulsing bass beat emitted by large speakers. White, blue, and black balloons were tethered to tables and railings.Megan Blewett, a senior chemistry concentrator from Currier House, developed a searchable medical database, called Voxhealth, where people suffering from certain symptoms can find information about illnesses that fit those symptoms. The site relies on free data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and contains information on 12,000 illnesses. Blewett is so excited about the project that she wants to continue working on it over the holiday break, even though the class will end before she heads home.“It’s kind of addictive, working on this,” Blewett said. “I thoroughly enjoyed it.”Cameron Ray Anaya, a senior applied-math concentrator from Leverett House, said he liked the class for its real world application. Anaya’s grandmother, who lives in Idaho, draws greeting cards, so Anaya created a website to sell them to the public. The site has a secure payment system, via PayPal. Anaya, like Blewett, wants to keep working on it in the weeks ahead to add functionality.The CS 50 experience seems to inspire enthusiasm in students. Malan himself credits it with changing him from a government concentrator to a computer science concentrator when he was an undergraduate.“I was on a very different track,” Malan said. “In CS 50, I discovered homework could actually be fun. After CS 50, I knew that was what I wanted to study.”He completed his doctorate at Harvard in 2007 and has been teaching the class since shortly after that, taking over from Michael Smith, who was named dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that year.“I think it’s really gratifying what you can do by immersing yourself in a new world and realizing what’s possible,” Malan said. “This is one of those courses at any university that you exit feeling smarter. You feel, wow, you came a huge distance.”last_img read more

Ricky Lee Sturgeon

first_imgRicky Lee Sturgeon, 67, of Lawrenceburg, IN, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Dillsboro, IN.He was born Sunday, September 26, 1948 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, son of the late Lloyd Sturgeon and the late Geneva Powell Sturgeon.He served his Country as a Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force.He was an owner and operator for Dearborn Heating & Cooling for over 20 years.Rick was a member of the Church of Christ Greendale, the Lawrenceburg Lions Club and in his younger years he proudly served as president of the Little League. He enjoyed singing, fishing, horseback riding and hunting. His favorite thing was his time with his family and he will be greatly missed.Surviving are sons, Doug (Mary) Sturgeon,Brian (Regan) Sturgeon and Jason (Rania) Sturgeon; beloved, Sharon Sturgeon; siblings, Jim (Vivian) Sturgeon, Dana (Phil) Schimmel, Debbie (Gary) Hensley, and Margie (Ken) Evans; grandchildren, Austin, Samuel, Violet, Griffin, Lena and Liam Sturgeon and Rachel and Jess Lambert.He was preceded in death by his parents.Memorial visitation will be Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 2:00 -5:00 pm at the Church of Christ, 421 Ridge Ave., Greendale, Indiana.Services will be held at 5:00 pm with Pastor Tim Russell officiating.Graveside service will be Monday, March 14th at 11:00 am in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, IN 47025.  Military services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Greendale Church of Christ. If you are unable to attend services you may call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Ronaldinho kicks Jesus in the face

first_imgNot many people would appreciate a kick to the face from an opponent, let alone offer to shake their hand afterwards… unless that opponent is Ronaldinho, of course. During a clash between Mexico’s Queretaro and Club America in the Liga MX on Friday night – which Queretaro won 3-2 – Jesus Molina was left seeing stars; but it wasn’t because he was in awe of the Brazilian World Cup winning hero.Half-way through the first half, Molina and the former Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder challenged for a high ball.Rather than using his head, Ronaldinho went in high with his boot, leathering the poor Club America player in the face  Interestingly enough Molina offered a truce with the culprit, who was not punished for his offence. Although the Samba star wasn’t on the scoresheet that night, his side were victorious with an injury time winner.last_img read more

GFA announced new management members, appointees without informing them

first_imgInvestigations conducted by JOY Sports can confirm that persons who have been appointed on the various Standing and Ad Hoc Committees of the Ghana Football Association(GFA) have not been officially written to and most of them too have not been informed of their new appointments.It has been three weeks, November 27, 2014 to be precise since the Ghana Football Association announced changes to the various Committees of the federation- changes which saw FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi stepping down as Black Stars Management Committee Chairman.But information gathered by JOY Sports indicates that,official letters have not been written to any of the appointees informing them of their appointments.This means the  GFA can’t be certain if those appointed have accepted or rejected the appointments. The GFA has also failed to fulfill its own promise of publishing the entire list of appointees and which committees those appointees are expected to serve on as stated at the Press Conference by the FA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi.Meanwhile, Executive Committee Member, Randy Abbey who was appointed Chairman of the Black Queens Management Committee, has written  to the FA to reject his appointment which he heard through media reports.A clear indication that prior discussions did not take place between Randy Abbey and the FA before his (Randy’s) appointment. JOY Sports can confirm that many of the appointees are unhappy with this unprofessional attitude of the GFA and have asked for official documentation regarding their appointments.There is no denying the fact that until appointment letters have been sent to the appointees and their acceptance letters received, it cannot be said that the new appointees have commenced work with the Ghana Football Association.last_img read more