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WSJ Coverage: Students Pick Easier Majors Despite Less Pay

Wall Street Journal is touching on some of the same themes as the recent NYTimes article.  I’m particularly excited by this one because my name appeared and I got two pictures in the paper! 🙂

Educators have tried to tackle the attrition problem with new programs that they say make engineering more accessible. In 2003, Georgia Institute of Technology split its introductory computer-science class into three separate courses. One was geared toward computer science majors, another to engineering majors, and a third to liberal arts, architecture and management majors. The liberal arts course cut down on computer-science theory in favor of practical tasks like using programming to manipulate photographs, says computer science professor Mark Guzdial. Since the switch, about 85% of students pass, he says.

via Generation Jobless: Students Pick Easier Majors Despite Less Pay –

November 9, 2011 at 9:35 am 2 comments

Trivia from Lion King supporting Media Computation

14. While the characters in the movie are all hand-drawn, computers were used for assistance in some sequences, notably, the wildebeest stampede. In that sequence, a computer multiplied several hand-drawn animals into hundreds and created random paths for them. The resulting two-and-a-half-minute sequence took more than two years to create.

via 17 Things You Might Not Have Known About ‘The Lion King’ – The Moviefone Blog.

And one semester to explain. That paragraph is the heart of our Media Computation data structure’s class. (Thanks to Bill Leahy for the link!)

November 9, 2011 at 7:40 am Leave a comment

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