Computer Science Welcomes Larry Peterson Back to the Department.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Prof. Larry Peterson back to the department. Larry was on our faculty from 1985 to 1998, serving as Head from 1996 to 1998. From 1998 to 2013, Larry was the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science at Princeton, where he was also Department Chair from 2003-2009.
Why Learn Computer Science?
iPlant: Cyberinfrastructure for Plant Sciences
Several Computer Science faculty and students are involved in the iPlant Collaborative,
which is building a national cyberinfrastructure to enable the solution of "grand challenge" problems in the plant sciences. The national project is led by a University of Arizona team and is
funded by a $50 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Gregory Andrews is
on the leadership team for the project. He and John Hartman are supervising a research
project to build tools for reproducing software experiments.
Kobus Barnard is leading a project to evaluate the use of
educational video searching and browsing in the context of iPlant.
John Hartman and David Lowenthal are supervising a project to evaluate the use
of graphical processing units to speed the construction of evolutionary trees for the
iPlant tree-of-life grand challenge.
Suzanne Westbrook is leading efforts to develop materials for teaching computational
thinking to college students in the physical and life sciences.
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