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With Co-PIs Wendy Smith, Gwen Nugent, Guy Trainin, and Kent Steen, last year we received funding from NSF’s CSforAll RPP program for our project to adapt, implement, and research K-12 CS education in the state of Nebraska (the AIR@NE project). Recently, we successfully concluded two summer courses, with a cohort of 28 teachers!

Congratulations to Krishna Venkata and Sudeep Basnet for having successfully defended their M.S. theses!

Together with collaborators Deepti Joshi, Ashok Samal, Regina Werum, and Mike Hayes, we have received new funding from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to expand our work on anticipating social unrest!

We recently received new funding from the Library of Congress to continue to work on our intelligent analysis of historical documents. Ph.D. students Yi Liu and Mike Pack are now in Washington, D.C. to work with the Library of Congress. They will be there for six weeks.

The RICE Lab recently presented two technical papers at SIGCSE’2019, presented a poster at RESPECT’2019, presented a poster at the CSforAll RPP session at SIGSCE’2019, organized a successful workshop on computational creativity at SIGCSE’2019, and presented the IC2Think project at the NSF Showcase at the conference.

The IAMAS research lab now has members: Yi Xia, Yi Liu, Mike Pack, and Kyle Janvrin. Check out http://cse.unl.edu/agent

Professor Soh is now a Co-PI and collaborator on the NSF NRT-funded project with a research focus on resilience. Visit https://nrt.unl.edu/

Welcome to Patrick Morrow, Emma Hubka and Dana Hoppe to the Research and Innovation in Computing Education (RICE) Lab (http://rice.unl.edu)!

Together with PI Behzad Esmaeili of George Mason University, and Mike Dodd (UNL), Professor Soh (as Co-PI) received funding to do research in intelligent decision making, from NSF Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences, “Collaborative Research: Measuring Attention, Working Memory, and Visual Perception to Reduce Risk of Injuries in the Construction Industry”

Professor Soh received two recent grants on Teacher Preparation:

1.  With PI Amanda Thomas of UNL, Soh as Co-PI received the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, “NebraskaSTEM: Supporting Elementary Rural Teacher Leadership”.

2.  With PI Guy Trainin of UNL, Soh as Co-PI received the Google’s CS Teachers Professioanl Development grant, “Computer Science in Rural Nebraska”.

These are new efforts that Professor Soh has undertaken towards CS education, focusing on teacher preparation.