EDITORS’ MESSAGE Mark Bailey Hamilton College Laurie Smith King College of the Holy Cross
Welcome to the June 2018 issue of Inroads. This issue’s cover highlights the column, The Continual Evolution of Interest in Computing Ethics, by Don Gotterbarn (East
Tennessee State University), Marty J. Wolf (Bemidji State University), Catherine Flick
(De Montfort University), and Keith Miller (University of Missouri). In this timely column,
the authors applaud increased interest in computing ethics but caution that “the belief
that these issues are brand new or unique to a specific sector is potentially harmful.” Instead,
revitalized interest should both acknowledge and be informed by the significant scholarly
work on “broad-based computing ethics scholarship, curriculum, and codes of ethics from
the past sixty years.”
At this year’s SIGCSE Technical Symposium, the program committee recognized the best
paper in each of three categories: CS Education Research; Experience Reports and Tools; and
New Curricula, Programs, Degrees, and Position. As is our tradition, we reprint each of these
best papers in Inroads. These papers span the computing discipline by covering the impacts
of pre-college computing experiences, scaling up computational thinking, and a cohort
approach to serving underrepresented students.
Turning to the Back Page, we continue with our series of winners of the Inroads
computer science puzzle contest with the second winner, Evolutionary Decision Tree, by
Marie desJardins (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Michael Littman (Brown
University). The solution to this puzzle is MUTATIONS. The solution for the March issue’s
Programming Language Puzzle by Zack Butler (Rochester Institute of Technology) is CROSS
COMPILERS. In the September issue, we will publish the final winning puzzle, Rook Jumping
Maze, from Todd Neller (Gettysburg College) as well as its solution.
This Inroads issue is the first to feature the new List of Common Acronyms and
References that we hope will help authors and readers. Here is how it works. Inroads
editorial policy requires that authors not place URLs within an article’s body, but to instead
place the URL in the article’s references with a matching citation within the body of the
article. The new List of Common Acronyms and References gathers together common URLs
and acronyms so that readers will find acronyms conveniently located in one place and
authors can use the list without adding a URL to the article’s list of references. We believe
this will streamline reference lists and require less reworking of reference lists by authors to
accommodate URLs originally placed in the body of an article. We expect this list and its
usage will evolve over time.
As we plan for the December special issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding
of SIGCSE (guest edited by Jane Prey!), we would like to draw your attention to the Inroads
special sections. Special sections are sections that gather together several articles with a
common theme. Special sections are proposed and edited by Inroads readers. If you have a
theme you would like to see in the pages of Inroads, please contact us to discuss your idea!
Mark Bailey and Laurie Smith King
DOI: 10.1145/3204172 Copyright held by authors.