We write this Editor’s Message in the wake of the recent SIGCSE Technical Symposium in Seattle where we met
with many of you and recruited several
exciting new projects that will hit coming
issues of Inroads.
At this year’s Symposium, the SIGCSE
program committee recognized three best
papers. These are the best new work in three
distinct areas—CS Education Research, New
Program, and Experience Report. We reprint
each of these in this issue.
In this issue, we introduce a new feature: A Kernel of Truth. This is a one-page
opinion piece written by a guest columnist.
Jim Huggins authors The Light Is Better
Here (And That’s Okay). We appreciate
this sort of work and we know you will
too! Please consider taking an afternoon
to write your own kernel to share with the
We welcome two members to the Editorial Advisory Board. Zach Butler’s (RIT)
interests include puzzles and problem-based learning in addition to CS education.
Chris Stephenson heads the Computer Science Education Programs at Google. We
are excited to see Google so supportive
towards of CS education. Thank you, Zach
and Chris, for your willingness to serve and
thank you as well to the CS community for
your nominations—keep them coming!
Inroads Associate Editors do heavy
lifting to orchestrate the peer-review of
Inroads content, so we dedicate the rest of
this message to recognizing each of them.
Jian Zhang of Texas
Woman’s University (TWU)
is passionate about increas-
ing STEM awareness and in
the adoption of innovative
approaches to teaching
Computer Science. Jian has served as a
reader for the College Board AP Computer
Science program and on SIGCSE program
committees. Though originally from China,
Jian now shares her energy with the youth
of North Texas. She is active in TWU’s
Edible Car Contest for middle and
high-school girls and coordinates the
TWU/Air Force Association CyberCamp for
North Texas high school students. Thank
you, Jian, for all that you do. We admire
how quickly you ramped up for Inroads
and your exceptionally meticulous work.
Henry Walker of Grinnell
College, whose Inroads
column we all enjoy, is an
ACM Distinguished Educator
and received the 2013
SIGCSE Lifetime Service
Award. Since the 1980’s, Henry has
advanced computing education through
service, leadership, and scholarly contribu-
tions to the field. Thank you, Henry. We
appreciate the experience you bring to
Inroads, and we are routinely astounded by
your ability to turnaround high quality
work, within minutes when on deadline.
Michael Goldweber of
Xavier University has a
variety of professional
interests ranging from
distributed systems to
computing for the social
good in addition to his personal interests in
biking and traveling. Michael is currently
finishing a distinguished term as Chair of
ACM SIGCAS. Thank you so much, Mikey,
for never saying no, even to our unreason-
able requests, and for your wit and humor
that makes working with you a pleasure.
Lucia Dale of Sewanee: The
University of the South
specializes in actualizing
heuristic search algorithms
for high configuration
search spaces with interests
in robotics and visualization as well. While
employed at the General Dynamics
Corporation, Lucia developed flight
control software for the F- 16 and YF- 22
aircraft. Lucia’s current research concerns
front-end development of open source
databases to affect better visualization
and understanding of scientific data.
Lucia, we count on your constructive
remarks and the mentoring of novice
columnists. Thank you.
Tony Clear of Auckland
University of Technology,
whose Inroads column we all
appreciate, is active in
through his service to ACM
ITiCSE, to Australasian Computer Science
Week, and to Computer Science Education
and Software Engineering conferences
alike. In addition, Tony’s research interests
are in Global Software Engineering,
Collaborative Computing, and Global
Virtual Teams. Thank you for everything,
Tony—we especially value the deep
commitment to software engineering that
you bring to Inroads.
Michal Armoni of the
Weizmann Institute of
Science authors the Inroads
column on Computing in
Schools. Recipient of the
2003 Frontiers in Education
(FIE) New Faculty Fellowship Award,
Michal’s activities include conference
committee service for ACM’s ITiCSE, for
the Workshop in Primary and Secondary
Computing Education (WiPSCSE) confer-
ence, and for the ACM’s ICER conference.
Thank you for your service, Michal, and the
high standards you set to help keep
Inroads at the level our readers deserve.
Although we cannot adequately express
all our editors do, we greatly value their
enormous contributions to Inroads.
Mark Bailey and Laurie Smith King
DOI: 10.1145/3080621 Copyright held by authors.
EDITORS’ MESSAGE Mark Bailey Hamilton College Laurie Smith King College of the Holy Cross