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                                                                                      Computer Science Department
                                                                              College of Basic and Applied Sciences




BUCHER I S HIRED AS F ULL-T IME T EMP
                              Rebecca           University of Memphis and received her
                              Bucher is not a   Master of Science in Biomedical Engineer-       Volume 5, Issue 1
                              newcomer to       ing in 1996.
                              the Computer
                                                                                                Spring 2006
                              Science De-       Rebecca lives in Woodbury with her hus-
                              partment. She     band, Andrew, who is a dentist. They have
                              served as an      two beautiful boys. Drew (3), has his own       Inside this issue:
                              adjunct faculty   computer (a very old one) and can navi-
                              member in the     gate to his favorite websites all on his own.   Li Receives Promotion         2
                              fall of 2004      He is already learning computer terms and       and Tenure
                              and did such a    even frustrations. "Mom, it's locked up
                              great job, she                                                    Computer Science Staff        2
                                                again!" "OK Drew, just hit ctrl-alt-delete,     News
was hired on as a one-year full-time tem-       then click this button and that button to end
porary instructor in the fall of 2005. Re-      task." Robert (1), is fascinated by all the     ACM Updates                   2
becca coordinates and teaches CSCI 1150,        blinking lights and takes great joy in turn-
Computer Science Orientation. She re-           ing the computers off and on, much to the       Monitoring Success            3
placed Joseph Driscoll who decided to go        angst of the rest of the family.
back to graduate school at Vanderbilt to
                                                                                                Nothing Artificial About It   3
study Physics.
                                                Rebecca has lived in Tennessee her whole
                                                life-from Knoxville to Nashville, to Mem-
Before coming to MTSU, Rebecca was a            phis, and now back to middle Tennessee          Spring Forward . . . Fall     4
Technical Instructor at New Horizons Com-                                                       Back
                                                However, this Tennessee native loves to
puter Learning Center where she was the         travel. She has been fortunate to partici-      Memory Lane                   4
instructor of a variety of networking classes   pate on mission trips to Egypt, Brazil, and
including Windows 2000 with a special           many cities in the US. Once the kids are
emphasis on SQL Server and also Oracle          older, she hopes to continue participating
Database Administration courses. She is a                                                       The Easter Lily. For
                                                in local and foreign short term mission pro-    many, the beautiful
Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Micro-       jects. Her favorite adventures include rid-
soft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE),                                                         trumpet-shaped white
                                                ing horseback at sunset around the great
Microsoft Certified Database Administrator                                                      flowers symbolize pu-
                                                pyramids, taking the subway in New York
(MCDBA) and an Oracle Certified Profes-                                                         rity, virtue, innocence,
                                                City and standing at the base of the Christ
sional (OCP).                                                                                   hope and life—the spiri-
                                                statue in Rio de Janerio. Her next travel
                                                                                                tual essence of Easter.
                                                dream is to rent a motor home and visit the
In 1994, Rebecca received her Bachelor of       national parks out west.
Engineering, double majoring in Biomedical
Engineering and Mathematics from Van-
derbilt University. She then attended the
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L I R E C E I V E S P RO M OT I O N A N D T E N U R E
Cen Li began her B.S. studies                            Computer Science De-          Cen likes to read, watch movies, play
in computer science at MTSU                              partment in the fall of       tennis, and travel. She lives in Brent-
in the summer of 1991. Before                            1999 and then hired as        wood with her husband and nine year
coming to MTSU, she studied                              an assistant professor        old daughter, Joyce. Her husband is a
Electrical Engineering at East                           (tenure-track) in the fall    professor in the Electrical Engineering
China Normal University,                                 of 2000.                      and Computer Science Department at
Shanghai, China.                                                                       Vanderbilt.
                                                         Cen teaches artificial
Cen completed both her M.S.                              intelligence, robotics, and   We congratulate Cen on her promo-
and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt in                               data mining. She is an        tion from Assistant Professor to Associ-
1995 and 2000 respectively.                              active researcher and a       ate Professor and for receiving tenure!
She was hired as a temporary                             member of the graduate
full-time faculty member in the                          faculty. In her spare time,



C O M P U T E R S C I E N C E S TA F F N E W S
Pat Abogado is the latest addition to       large corporation. She also managed        Please join
the Computer Science Department.            administration for the corporation’s       us in wel-
She replaced Gwen Williams who              computer networking division for a         coming
took a position at the campus library.      couple of years and she really en-         Pat to
Pat is married and has four grown           joyed working with the technicians.        MTSU!
children.
                                            In her spare time, Pat likes to organ-
Before moving to Murfreesboro in De-        ize, read, put puzzles together, make
cember 2002, Pat lived in suburban          jewelry, and dance to the oldies.
Chicago and worked as the assistant
to the chief information officer of a




AC M U P DAT E S
Dr. Medha                                                   Joshua Beard, Pho-         Special speakers this semester have
Sarkar serves as                                            tographer; and Cliff       included Mrs. Mimi Thomas, Career
this year’s ACM                                             Taylor, Secretary.         Placement Coordinator for MTSU Ba-
(Association for                                            Officers standing L-R      sic and Applied Sciences, Dr. Douglas
Computing Ma-                                               are Michael O’Brien,       Schimdt from Vanderbilt University,
chinery) advisor.                                           Vice President; Trevor     Dr. Jack Dongarra from the University
She has been                                                Brown, President;          of Tennessee at Knoxville and Dr. Pe-
very busy lining                                            Max Edmondson,             ter Cummings from Vanderbilt Univer-
up great speak-               ACM Officers L-R
                                                            Treasurer; and ACM         sity.
ers. Officers                                               faculty advisor,
kneeling L-R are                                            Medha Sarkar.
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M O N I TO R I N G S U C C E S S
 Ralph Butler, along with colleagues      Jungsoon Yoo and Sung Yoo pre-            the 2006 ACMSE Conference in Mel-
 Ross Overbeek and Tadhg Begley,          sented “Adaptive Tutor for Online         bourne, Florida on March 10-March
 published “The Subsystems Approach       Learning” at the SIGSCE 2006 ACM          12, 2006.
 to Genome Annotation and its Use in      Conference held in Houston, Texas on
 the Project to Annotate 1,000 Ge-        March 2-March 4. Jungsoon Yoo also
 nomes” in Nucleic Acids Research,        presented “Student Progress                       Suk Jai Seo presented “An
 2005, Vol. 33, No. 17.                   Monitoring Tool Using Tree-                       Introduction to Proper-
                                          view” co-authored with C.                         Coupled-Domination in
                                          Lance and J. Hankins.                             Graphs (R#49)” co-authored
 Sung Yoo attended Cisco Network                                                            with P. Slater at the 44th
 Security Boot camp in Louisville, Ken-                                                     ACM Southeast Conference
 tucky on January 13-16, 2006.            Suk Jai Seo presented “The
                                          Competition Number of Directed Cy-                in Melbourne, Florida on
                                          cled in a Graph” co-authored with P.      March 10-March 12, 2006.
 Ralph Butler traveled to Argonne Na-     Slater at the 37th Southeastern Inter-
 tional Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois   national Conference on Combinatorics      Cen Li presented “Modeling Student
 on January 31-February 3, 2006 to        Graph Theory and Computing on             Online Learning Using Clustering” co-
 conduct research on a parallel com-      March 6-March 10, 2006 held in Boca       authored with J. Yoo at the 2006
 puting project.                          Raton, Florida.                           ACMSE Conference in Melbourne,
                                                                                    Florida on March 10-March 12, 2006.
 Richard Detmer attended the SIGSCE       Jungsoon Yoo presented “Intelligent
 2006 ACM Conference held in Hous-        Tutoring System for CS-I and II Labo-
 ton, Texas on March 2-March 4.           ratory” co-authored with C. Pettey, S.
                                          Yoo, J. Hankins, C. Li and S. Seo at



N OT H I N G A RT I F I C I A L A B O U T I T
Those recognized for years of service     The Tennessee Delta Chapter Upsilon       Faculty and staff members recognized
at MTSU are: Mack Thweatt, 40             Epsilon (UPE) held its 13th Annual Ini-   as those “Making a Difference” in the
years; Michelle Higdon, 15 years;         tiation Ceremony on April 6, 2006 in      lives of our students include Pat
and Jungsoon Yoo, 15 years.               the James Union Building. UPE is the      Abogado, Ralph Butler, Al Cripps,
                                          first and only, existing international    Richard Detmer, Judy Hankins, Mi-
                                          honor society in the Computing and        chelle Higdon, Neal McClain, Brenda
The Computer Science Department           Information Disciplines. Ten students     Parker, Chrisila Pettey, Medha
received both the General Education       electing to join UPE this year are:       Sarkar, Mack Thweatt, and Roland
and Major Field Test awards for           Timothy Davies, Bradley Donegan,          Untch,
2004-2005.                                Maxwell Edmiston, Luke Eitneier,
                                          Craig Eli, Daniel Gibbs, Patrixit Kha-
                                          tri, Andrew Love, Rakesh Kuman
                                          Maskara and Tarak B. Patel.
                                       Spring Forward . . . Fall Back

                                       Following the 1973 oil embargo, the U.S. Con-
Computer Science Department            gress extended Daylight Saving Time to 8
P.O. Box 48                            months, rather than the normal six months. During
Murfreesboro, TN 37132                 that time, the U.S. Department of Transportation
http://www.mtsu.edu/~csdept            found that observing Daylight Saving Time in
                                       March and April saved the equivalent in energy
                                       of 10,000 barrels of oil each day - a total of
Editor: Michelle Higdon                600,000 barrels in each of those two years.

                                       Likewise, in 1986, Daylight Saving Time moved from the last Sunday in April to the first Sun-
                                       day in April. No change was made to the ending date of the last Sunday in October. Adding
                                       the entire month of April to Daylight Saving Time is estimated to save the U.S. about
                                       300,000 barrels of oil each year.

                                       Changing Again in 2007
                                       The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress and then signed into law by Presi-
                                       dent George W. Bush on August 8, 2005. Under the new law, Daylight Saving Time begins
                                       three weeks earlier than previously, on the second Sunday in March. DST is extended by one
                                       week to the first Sunday in November. The new start and stop period begins March 2007.




M E M O RY L A N E
Birth of Computer Science                     Machines that computed with continu-          cal computer, based on digital equip-
                                              ous values became known as the ana-           ment, was able to do anything that
                                              log kind. They used machinery that            could be described "purely mechani-
Before the 1920s, computers were              represented continuous numeric quanti-        cal." Alan Turing, known as the Father
human clerks that performed calcula-          ties, like the angle of a shaft rotation      of Computer Science, invented such a
tions. They were usually under the            or difference in electrical potential.        logical computer known as the Turing
lead of a physicist. Many thousands of                                                      Machine, which later evolved into the
computers were employed in com-                                                             modern computer. These new com-
merce, government, and research es-           Digital machinery, in contrast to ana-        puters were also able to perform non-
tablishments. Most of these computers         log, was able to render a state of a          numeric computations, like music.
were women, and they were known to            numeric value and store each individ-
have a degree in calculus. Some per-          ual digit. Digital machinery used dif-
formed astronomical calculations for          ference engines or relays before the          From the time when computational
calendars.                                    invention of faster memory devices.           processes were performed by human
                                                                                            clerks, the study of computability be-
                                                                                            gan a science by being able to make
After the 1920s, the expression com-          The phrase computing machine gradu-           evident which was not explicitly de-
puting machine referred to any ma-            ally gave away, after the late 1940s,         fined into ordinary sense more imme-
chine that performed the work of a            to just computer as the onset of elec-        diate.
human computer, especially those in           tronic digital machinery became com-
accordance with effective methods of          mon. These computers were able to
The Church-Turing Thesis. The thesis          perform the calculations that were            For more information on this topic, go
states that a mathematical method is          performed by the previous human               to:
effective if it could be set out as a list    clerks.                                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
of instructions able to be followed by
a human clerk with paper and pencil,                                                           History_of_computer_science
                                              Since the values stored by digital ma-
for as long as necessary, and without                                                          #Birth_of_computer_science.
                                              chines were not bound to physical
ingenuity or insight.
                                              properties like analog devices, a logi-

								
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