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New CS Snips Podcasts

CSTA has a new collection of podcasts called CS Snipits that allows teachers to listen-in on interesting conversations with leaders and practitioners in the computer science (CS) field. These podcasts feature educators, industry folks, and students who are willing to take the time to chat with us about their passions.

The 2007 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference was held in Orlando, Florida, October 14-17. This conference celebrates the technical contributions and career interests of diverse people in diverse computing fields. I love this conference because it makes college and university students the primary focus, having them participate in a variety of presentations including technical papers, panels, workshops, posters, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions.

During our time at Tapia this year, I visited with many conference attendees, and talked specifically about projects for K-12 aimed at making computing more inclusive for all students. I especially loved interviewing the students who helped us appreciate their passion for computing and their drive to improve the world.

Here are just a few of our podcast from Tapia this year.

Edward Gonzales and Josef Sifuentes of Rice University energetically contend that if you think math isn't cool it is because you're not cool! Gonzales and Rice have launched the Math is Cool project to demonstrate how you can use mathematics, racing, and art to engage student interest in computing.

Richard Tapia of Rice University, recounts how his dreams of diversity in computing gave rise to the Tapia Conference. As a bridge-builder among ethnic groups, Richard has mentored dozens of students toward amazing successes in computing. His dedication to students is second to none.

To listen to these or any other CS Snipits, visit http://csta.acm.org/Resources/sub/Podcasts.html

Pat Phillips
Editor, CS Snipits

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