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October 25, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Title: CSSH/CCIS Spring 2018 Course Showcase
Speaker(s): Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor, College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) at Northeastern University; Benjamin Hescott, Teaching Professor, Director of Broadening Participantion, College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) at Northeastern University
Location: Northeastern University, 115 Forsyth Street, Shillman Hall, 1st Floor, Room #105, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
NOTE: The location of this event was changed to Room #105 from its original location in Room #125.
Join us as Professors Ryan Cordell (English) and Ben Hescott (Computer Science) preview classes that they will be teaching during the spring semester. This is a great opportunity for CSSH students to get a feeling for what a programming class may feel like, and for CCIS students to apply their coding skills to the study of societies, culture, and politics.
About the Speaker(s)
Ryan Cordell is an Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and a core founding faculty member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media. Cordell collaborates with colleagues in English, history, and computer science on the NEH- and ACLS-funded Viral Texts project, which is using robust data mining tools to discover borrowed texts across large-scale archives of antebellum texts. Cordell is also a primary investigator in the Digging Into Data project Oceanic Exchanges, a six-nation project examining patterns of information flow across national and linguistic boundaries in nineteenth century newspapers.
Benjamin Hescott is a teaching professor and Director of Broadening Participation at Northeastern University. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Tufts University.
Hescott’s research interests include computational complexity, approximation algorithms, and computational biology. Most recently, he helped create a new metric of “closeness” for popular biological models. This work was used in the Dream Challenge for Disease Module Identification and received the “Best Performer” award. His students say that he works on using computer science to help cure human disease, he says he works on graphs.
His favorite place to be is in the classroom. He is continually searching for new tools and analogies to help make computer science and programming accessible to all. His teaching tools include everything from rolls of paper towels to model Turing Machine tapes to nesting Tupperware containers and yarn for linked lists.
Hescott graduated from Boston University with a PhD in Computer Science in 2008. He has been the faculty supervisor for the Student ACM Chapter and served as the liaison to the New England Undergraduate Computer Science Symposium. He is member of the leadership team for Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA) whose main purpose is encouraging, preparing, and retaining underrepresented minorities in computer science.
He is the recipient of the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, recognizing his contribution for making computer science accessible to all. During his time at Tufts Univeristy, Hescott won the 2011 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising, the 2012 Henry and Madeline Fischer Award (Engineering Teacher of the year award) and the 2012 Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising of Students. He was recognized in 2013 by the Tufts Graduate Student Council for Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Graduate Studies. In 2016, he was awarded the ROUTE award which recognizes undergraduate teaching and mentoring. That same year the Tufts Student Body awarded him “Professor of the Year.”