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Gaines Participates in the iPDC Summer Institute at Tennessee Tech University

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Dr. Tisha Gaines, who will be joining the Mathematics & Computer Science department at Belmont this fall, has been accepted to participate in the iPDC summer institute at Tennessee Tech University from July 23 – July 27. Gaines is only one of 15 participants who were accepted this year.

The ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) and IEEE Computer Society added Parallel and Distributed Computing (PDC) as a required knowledge unit in their 2013 CS curriculum recommendation. Both ACM and NSF/IEEE have developed a PDC curriculum to be integrated in undergraduate Computer Science programs.

The Computer Science Department at Tennessee Tech will host a week-long faculty development workshop on how to integrate PDC in introductory programming classes (funded by the National Science Foundation). This hands-on workshop will expose the participants to programming in parallel in shared memory environments using C/C++ and Java. After the participants become comfortable in parallel programming, the workshop will introduce the participants to pedagogy and techniques for introducing PDC in CS0, CS1 and CS2. The workshop will provide easy to integrate materials (lecture slide, hand on lab assignments with solutions, question banks with answers, etc.) to the participants.

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