Lenore and Manuel Blum recently teamed up to give the Blum Doubleheader Distinguished Lectures at Georgia Tech. Lenore presented a lecture titled “Alan Turing and the Other Theory of Computation.” Her talk explored one of Turing’s lesser-known papers from 1948 that set “the stage for a natural theory of complexity for computational mathematics, the ‘other theory of computation.’” Manuel, a Turing Award winner, presented a distinguished lecture titled “Human Computation with an Application to Passwords.” Lenore is the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, founding director of Project Olympus and co-director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. Manuel is the Bruce Nelson University Professor Computer Science.
Manuel Blum, the Bruce Nelson University Professor of Computer Science, authored a book review of “Rebel Genius: Warren S. McCullough’s Transdisciplinary Life in Science” by Tara Abraham for Nature. McCullough, a pioneer in cybernetics — the scientific study of control and communication in the animal and the machine — was a mentor to Blum during the late 1950s and early ‘60s at MIT. Blum says, “Abraham appraises the McCullough I knew knowledgeably, accurately and insightfully. … There are also many aspects of McCullough in Abraham’s book that I did not know, a lot that I wanted to know and got, and a lot that I did not even know I wanted to know. … What Abraham does not capture enough of, for my taste, is the striking impression that McCullough made on his audience — intellectually, through his astute observations, and visually, through his erudite Scottish bearing.” Read the review.
Ken Hovis, a 2011 Ph.D. graduate of the Mellon College of Science (MCS), has been appointed assistant dean for Educational Initiatives at MCS. In this newly created position, Hovis will oversee the MCS Core Education, an innovative program that prepares undergraduates to be 21st century scientists by fostering their growth as scholars, professionals, citizens and people. He also will serve as a liaison between MCS and Carnegie Mellon’s Qatar campus (CMU-Q), where he has been a faculty member since 2011. CMU-Q offers a bachelor’s program in biological sciences and computational biology. Find out more.
The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) recently named the Software Engineering Institute’s Robert Binder winner of its 2016 International Software Testing Excellence Award. The ISTBQ presented the award to Binder on Oct. 21 at its annual General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. The award recognizes Binder’s long commitment to software quality and the testing profession. Binder joined the SEI in 2015 and serves as senior engineer responsible for client engagements and applied research related to architecture, assurance and automated testing. Find out more.
Neil M. Donahue, the Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry, professor of chemical engineering and engineering and public policy, has received the 2016 Pittsburgh Award from the American Chemical Society's Pittsburgh Section. Donahue, who is also director of CMU's Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, was honored for his high-impact research in atmospheric chemistry and leadership in climate science locally and nationally. The award "symbolizes the honor and appreciation accorded to those who have rendered distinguished service to the field of chemistry." Learn more.
Scott Barsotti, content writer for the Heinz College, has authored a science-fiction novel titled “Single Version.” The story is set in Chicago, where a private paramilitary company has replaced the police force and the general public is fully armed. Meanwhile, the population of cockroaches has exploded worldwide. Learn more.