Black History Month | Important Figures in Technology

Now that Black History month is here, it’s important to celebrate the achievements and positive contributions of African Americans across the world and over the decades, especially in the field of computer science. The field of computer science is often portrayed as white male dominated so it’s even more important to give extra notice to…

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Internet Censorship: Should Twitter have banned Trump?

Following the domestic terrorist insurrection attack on January 6, 2021 in the U.S. Capitol, there was an enormous response from several top social media outlets. Some of these companies, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, decided to temporarily ban former President Donald Trump from their platforms for inciting violence at the Capitol riots. Later on,…

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Dear Freshmen Flyers..

By Stephanie Quick I know when you were graduating high school and applying for colleges, you did not think that you would be joining most of your classes virtually and having that freshmen experience you always heard about taken away from you. On top of the anxiety of starting a new chapter of your life,…

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Gender gap still exists in technology despite significant achievements from women

By Nadia Beidas      Earlier this month, a TikTok video of a young female student, Claire McDonnell, in STEM [science, engineering, technology, and mathematics], interrupted by her male classmates during a video call went viral. Following the video, McDonnell received a lot of support from fellow women in STEM commiserating on their own experience as…

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Diversity in STEM: Why It Matters

By Stephanie Quick “A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs…

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A New Beginning: Future of the Flyer Tech Blog

By Stephanie Quick “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” – Albert Einstein My name is Stephanie Quick and I recently graduated from Lewis University this past May. I studied computer science, with concentrations in security and pervasive computing….

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Research opportunities provide students with practical experience

By Nadia Beidas      Lewis students can acquire a number of skills by joining research projects. Dr. Amanda Harsy, co-chair of the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, said these opportunities are “great for students who haven’t done research before to get started in research.”      “Doing research with faculty members from one’s own university…

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Innovation Hub offers opportunities for students and faculty to connect to the community

By Nadia Beidas      The Lewis University Innovation Hub is currently reviewing the applications of those interested in utilizing the hub to build their business plan. Ryan Butt, Dean of the College of Business and Director of the Innovation Hub, said the hub is a regional business incubator, a result of a joint partnership with…

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Florence Hudson delivers an inspirational speech to Lewis students

By Nadia Beidas      On February 4, ACM [Association for Computing Machinery] and IEEE [Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers] hosted renowned guest speaker, Florence Hudson, who has quite an impressive career and list of credentials.      Hudson worked at IBM for over 33 years. Her roles there included Director of Corporate Strategy and Internet…

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DataSAIL offers students opportunities with industry experience

By Nadia Beidas      DataSAIL [Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory] is an organization that involves faculty and students collaborating on projects related to data science and artificial intelligence. DataSAIL was founded in 2015 by Dr. Piotr Szczurek, Associate Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Data Science program. This semester, DataSAIL…

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Study abroad offers students unique experience in technology and growth

By Nadia Beidas      Lewis University offers opportunities for students to study abroad. Eric Spangler, Assistant Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, will be leading three opportunities in China.       Following the spring 2020 semester, the first opportunity is at Sanda University in Shanghai for about five to eight weeks. Students will be able to…

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