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-[ Updated June 8, 2012 ]-

Stay tuned for news updates from local and national media outlets about the future of CISE and the University of Florida.

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New articles from The Washington Post and GeekMom


The Washington Post: Athletics 1, academics 0: A guest post (May 10)

GeekMom: Computer Science Department’s Uncertain Future at University of Florida: Student Reactions (May 4)

ComputerWorld: Fla. university writing new computer science plan, cites ‘overwhelming’ backlash (April 27)


Joint Letter From CISE Faculty

The following is a letter to President Machen jointly written and unanimously approved by 25 CISE Faculty members on Friday 13, 2012 in response to Dean Abernathy’s proposed budget-cutting plan for the College of Engineering. You can find a pdf copy here.

April 13, 2012

Dear President Machen,

Thursday’s Faculty Senate Resolution (see Appendix) reaffirms the faculty’s and the administration’s responsibility to engage in a shared governance process concerning budget cuts and restructuring (required steps listed below, citing the UF Constitution Article VI(1)(E), Senate Bylaws 22, Dec 2009 Resolution).

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Appearance on Gainesville Television Network

Gainesville Television Network aired a report about the struggle going on in our department today.

Go here for the video.

How important is the CISE Department to Gainesville?

So why is the CISE department so important? Two important reasons are highlighted in the articles below.

At the University of Florida – perhaps best known for its championship Gators football teams – innovation isn’t the first thing on people’s minds. But that football team famously invented what you now know as Gatorade. And now they’re building Innovation Square, which they hope spearheads their town of Gainesville into becoming the “Silicon Valley of the Southeast.”

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Many professors of computer science say college graduates in every major should understand software fundamentals. They don’t argue that everyone needs to be a skilled programmer. Rather, they seek to teach “computational thinking” — the general concepts programming languages employ.

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Graduate engineering students protest proposed budget cuts

The following is an excerpt from an article published by the Alligator.

Hundreds of graduate students moved as one Thursday to protest proposed cuts to an engineering department.

They gathered on the Reitz Union Colonnade with posters, flooded the Rion Ballroom for a discussion and lined the auditorium walls at the McKnight Brain Institute for a Faculty Senate meeting…

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