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U.Va. Computer Science Professors Win IEEE Education Award

From UVa Today
February 20, 2009

By UVa Today

February 20, 2009 � University of Virginia computer science professors James P. Cohoon and Jack W. Davidson recently received the IEEE Taylor L. Booth Education Award, which is given for an outstanding contribution to computer science and engineering education. The award recognizes their sustained effort to transform introductory computer science education through laboratory-based multimedia pedagogy, coupled with examples that attract diverse students. Cohoon and Davidson will receive the award at an IEEE ceremony in Savannah, Ga., in May.

"Faculty across the world adopted their approach to teaching introductory computer science and made their Java and C++ textbooks best-sellers," reported their colleague, U.Va. computer science professor Anita Jones.

Cohoon's research involves algorithms, probabilistic search, genetic algorithms, simulated annealing and diversity in computer science education.

Supported by a major National Science Foundation grant, he has developed an innovative introductory computer science course that kindles interest in computing, particularly among students who have never been exposed to programming, and it targets students who might not otherwise consider computer science: women, African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans, for example.

 

Davidson performs research in programming languages, computer security, embedded systems and computer architecture.

With support from Microsoft Research and the National Science Foundation, he has developed an innovative curriculum in computer security. His course, Defense Against the Dark Arts, is designed to prepare engineering students to deal with serious Internet security challenges and attracts students from all corners of the University.


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