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Renaissance Computing

An Initiative for Promoting Student Participation in Computing

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The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is currently collaborating with colleagues from the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) on putting in place a new program called the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB) Undergraduate Minor. Computational Biology and Bioinformatics is a rapidly growing field that uses technology in computer science, engineering, statistics, and mathematics to explore and understand biological data from high-throughput experiments, such as genome sequencing, gene expression analysis, and proteomics experiments. It deals with a wide range of topics including gene identification, expression, function, and evolution; RNA, protein, and genome structure; and molecular and cellular systems and networks. There is a growing need for scientists in this interdisciplinary field. Graduates with this minor are expected to find their careers in pharmaceutical, biomedical, or biotechnology industries or to continue their academic training in graduate schools. Due to its highly interdisciplinary nature, students from different colleges will be interested in taking this minor. Training of students in this minor also requires cross-college efforts. In order to realize this new type of interdisciplinary training, we propose a new undergraduate minor, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB), as a campus-wide, cross-college minor. Stay tuned!

The Music Technology Minor offered by the School of Music is a program available for students at the University of Nebraska. This program will involve 1-2 courses in programming. A Co-PI of the Renaissance Computing project, Professor Brian Moore, is part of the program and is looking into how to incorporate programming courses (e.g., Renaissance Computing courses) as viable and attractive options for the students in this minor program. Once we have the courses, we will update you here.

There are also ongoing efforts in establishing technology- or computing-related courses/minors/specializations involving the Department of English and College of Journalism and Mass Communiations. We are participating in some aspects of the efforts, particularly relating to CS or programming courses to be offered.

If your department or academic unit is considering training your students in computational thinking and programming, via a sequence of courses, or a CS minor, or a minor in your program, or a specialization, and is looking into how to deliver such training, we encourage you to contact us at lksoh at cse dot unl dot edu. We may be able to help you find a solution through Renaissance Computing.

The Renaissance Computing Project is funded by the NSF.