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Professor Whitehead Receives Grant Supporting Computer Science Content

Matthew Whitehead, assistant professor of math and computer science, has received a grant to support open computer science content generation. The funding organization hopes that these efforts will also help with the retention of women and other under-represented groups in this field.

The $5,000 grant is from Google and EngageCSEdu, a group managed by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

"I'm very interested in open academic content and increasing diversity in our computer science program, so it seemed a natural fit for me," Whitehead said. "I'm planning on collecting and organizing my course notes and assignment descriptions and then making them openly available with Creative Commons licensing. The EngageCSEdu group maintains a website for sharing introductory level academic computer science content, so I hope to continue to contribute to their collection. EngageCSEdu believes that offering engaging and open computer science course materials makes computer science more accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds and this is a goal that I share with them," he said.

Whitehead's dissertation work focused on machine learning through dataset preprocessing, and his research interests include data-mining, information retrieval, artificial intelligence, cryptography, and computer security, among other topics. He joined the Colorado College faculty in 2010 and teaches courses across the computer science curriculum.

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