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Intro to Computer Science is now the most popular freshman class at Harvard

Apparently, students at Harvard have figured IT out: "Harvard students are smart people," said Harry R. Lewis '68, former dean of Harvard College and current director of undergraduate studies for Computer Science. "They have figured out that in pretty much every area of study, computational methods and computational thinking are going to be important to the future." So, the introduction class to Computer Science CS50 logs record-breaking enrollment numbers at Harvard in Fall 2014. CS50 instructor, David J. Malan '99, and other computer science professors said that the boost in enrollment stems from increasing Harvard-wide and nation-wide interest in computer science. Congratulations to Harvard for a clever move!

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Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr Rod Byrne

The Computer Science Undergraduate Society held an awards ceremony on December 3. Dr. Rod Byrne was awarded the first Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Undergraduate Society. Congratulations, Dr. Byrne!


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'Phon' call

Gregory Hedlund and Dr. Yvan Rose

It might not cause quite as big a splash as a new version of the iPhone but a second iteration of the Phon software system is a major deal for researchers studying phonetics and phonology, especially in the areas of language acquisition and speech disorders.