Winter 2012 Newsletter

Winter
2012
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Partnership is the lifeblood of our department. Partnerships, spanning a wide range of initiatives, provide nourishment to fuel education and research projects. In this issue, we highlight some recent partnerships.

From the Chair - Partnership

From the Chair - Partnership

Every good partnership strengthens all the partners, and our new relationship with SunGard Availability Services is a perfect example. SunGard is a Fortune 500 company, founded in 1983 to provide software and IT services for the financial industry, higher education and the public sector. ...

The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex/Dell Computer Science Hall

The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex/Dell Computer Science Hall

Through a shared vision, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin and UT System, and the Department of Computer Science ...

External and Interdisciplinary Partnerships

External and Interdisciplinary Partnerships

UTCS partners with industry and other disciplines within the university to enrich the educational experience of our students. ...

Research Corner: Gates Building Prediction Market

Research Corner: Gates Building Prediction Market

Prediction markets are popular for aggregating opinions regarding the likelihood of future events by enabling people to buy and sell "shares" that indicate whether or not they think the event will happen. There has been some evidence that the market prices are reasonably accurate predictors of whether those events will actually happen. ...

Faculty Research Gifts

Faculty Research Gifts

UTCS is a leading research institution in computer science. Collaborations with industry and industry support ensure superior research continues to move the Texas digital economy forward. ...

Partners in Outreach and Diversity

Partners in Outreach and Diversity

This year, university and high school students learned more about software development, computer programming and, perhaps, their future careers through events generously funded by FoCS partners Yahoo!, Lockheed Martin, ConocoPhillips and Schlumberger. ...

Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarships & Fellowships

UTCS is grateful to our scholarship and fellowship donors whose partnerships with the department afford promising and deserving students the opportunity to study at a top-10 ranked department. These companies, foundations and individuals are crucial in enabling UTCS to recruit and retain top students. ...

Equipment Donations

Equipment Donations

Equipment donations to UTCS can be a key component of partnerships between industry and the department. Equipment donations allow the department to offer state-of-the-art equipment for faculty and student use as well as afford donor recognition and visibility within department labs and spaces. ...

FoCS Welcomes New Members

FoCS Welcomes New Partners

The UTCS Friends of Computer Science (FoCS) program welcomes new partners: eBay/PayPal, Rackspace, Rivet Software, Tata Consultancy Services, and Union Pacific Railroad. ...

Alumni Reconnect: Who Wants a Brick?

Alumni Reconnect: Who Wants a Brick?

As many of you know, Taylor Hall has been demolished to make way for the new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, due to open in December 2012. Original bricks from UTCS's old home, Taylor Hall, have been salvaged, mortar and all! ...

Faculty News

Faculty at the The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science (UTCS) are at the forefront of the digital revolution. We invite you to read about recent faculty awards and view our faculty awards, honors and books.

We congratulate the following faculty on their promotions, effective September 1, 2012:

  • Anna Gal, for her promotion to Professor;
  • Kristen Grauman, for her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure;
  • Elaine Rich, for her promotion to Distinguished Senior Lecturer; and
  • Peter Stone, for his promotion to Professor.

Staff News

UTCS welcomes new employees
  • Johna May - Administrative Associate in the Chair's Office
  • Lori McNabb - Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives
  • Liz Whittenton - Administrative Associate in Academics

We also congratulate:

  • Toren Smith, Software Engineer, who won the 2011 Staff Excellence Award;
  • Greg Daniel, T.A. for CS 302, who won the 2011 Outstanding T.A. award;
  • Fangkai Yang, T.A. for CS 313H, who received the 2011 Outstanding T.A. Honorable Mention; and
  • Joseph Trent, for his promotion to Senior System Administrator.

and says farewell to

  • Carol Hyink and Robert Walker, who retired in August 2011; and
  • Fletcher Mattox, who retired on January 15th.

Homegrown Scholarship

Two UTCS staff members have joined together to create their own scholarship. The $2400 per year NettleBush Scholarship was established this year by Systems Administrator Amy Bush and Senior Systems Administrator Kay Nettle. Kay got the idea for the scholarship from her husband, who gives money to the Women in Engineering program. "Kay asked me, and I was thrilled with the concept and was immediately on board," said Amy. "When I was a CS undergrad, I was definitely a minority as a female, and (now that I'm a female minority on the tech staff) I'm excited to make whatever small difference I can in encouraging women to love Computer Science." The semesterly scholarship for female CS undergraduates with a GPA of 2.5 or greater already has its first recipient!

Would you like to create your own scholarship? Contact tgrady [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu (Tiffany Grady) for more information.