Hello my Badger Friends!
What an odd time we are living through! I do hope that despite everything, you have been healthy and as happy as possible, and that things continue to improve for you wherever you are.
On campus, we are looking forward to fall and hopefully a more usual kind of year. Alas, the news seems to change day by day. In the meanwhile, we are both planning for as much in-person instruction as is safe, while also putting contingencies in place. One thing is certain: we do miss seeing our students, and hope we can find more ways to connect with them regardless of
I have some exciting news to share about a new buildling for the School of
Computer Data & Information Sciences (CDIS): ground will be broken in early
2023! As I mentioned last time, the building will house all three CDIS departments (CS, the iSchool, and Statistics), as well as some colleagues from Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, and will serve as a key part of an emerging "tech corridor" on campus (near the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Engineering). We will share more plans and news as the project progresses.
In this issue, we have some great stories to share with you. CS has reached
a huge milestone: 2,022 majors, making us the largest major on campus (by far). Michael Ferris has been working on a project to give everyone access to COVID-19 vaccines. Paul Barford has created and taught a course on ethics in computer science. We have two stories to share about Suman Banerjee, who has received an award to design augmented reality headsets to help first responders and is part of a new NSF AI institute. Finally, CS Instructor Amber Field has designed and taught the first CS Capstone course for undergraduates. You can read about these innovative projects at the link below. Finally, we'll have four new faculty members join us this fall; you can read about them in the next issue.
We hope you are doing well and look forward to being able to reconnect in person sometime soon. Take care! And please reach out at any time; I'm always happy to hear from our wonderful alumni.