Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SBU CIS Faculty Research to be Published

Research to be published in the May 2012 issue of Journal for Computing Sciences in Colleges

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University's Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS)  announced today that three CIS Department faculty members and one SBU alum will be published in the May, 2012 issue of the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (JCSC). The faculty will present their work at the Central Plains Regional meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC-CP) in Springfield, Missouri, on March 31st. 

CIS Department professors Dr. James Cain, Jeff Kimball, and chair Dr. Tim DeClue collaborated on a paper titled “Learning Theory in Computer Science 1: An Experiment Supporting the Use of Multiple Languages.” The paper reported on an educational experiment conducted at SBU which documents the educational benefit to learning concepts of computer science through multiple computer languages.

The second paper, “Silent Partners: Discovering Computer Science in the Missouri K12 Math Curriculum,” reviews the connections between the Missouri K12 Math Curriculum and foundational topics in computer science.  Dr. DeClue teamed up with Ashley Copeland (SBU ’11), math teacher at Macks Creek High School and Jennifer Ray, math teacher at Stockton High School to explore how Missouri math teachers are using computer science in the classrooms. 

“It is an honor to be selected by such a prestigious conference and publication,” said Dr. DeClue.  “It speaks well of the SBU CIS Department that our faculty continue to have their work acknowledged.  I am also extremely grateful for the CIS Department Faculty and the help of Ashley Copeland and Jennifer Ray, both talented teachers at their respective schools.  I am sure I speak for everyone when I say it is a blessing to have your work recognized”

The JCSC is a publication of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, an endorsed society of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) the world’s largest and oldest association for computing professionals. Besides appearing in the JCSC, the papers will be housed in ACM’s searchable Digital Library.  According to the ACM, the DL is the leading digital library of computer science literature, world class publications, and online books.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has garnered multiple national awards in recent years, and is housed in the nationally ranked College of Business and Computer Science.


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