WHO: Jeannette Wing, Corporate V.P. of Microsoft Research; Head of Microsoft Research International
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
WHERE: Lecture Hall, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
NOTE: Email listed media contact to arrange interview opportunities with Emily Bell, director of the Tow center, and/or Jeannette Wing.
Jeannette Wing, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, will give a talk focusing on computational thinking, an essential element for 21st century digital journalism success. According to Wing, a well-known advocate for computational thinking, an approach to problem solving, designing systems, and understanding human behavior that draws upon concepts fundamental to computer science is an “universally applicable attitude and skill set that everyone, not just computer scientists, should be eager to learn and use.” She is also a leading figure in computer science research, particularly in formal methods, security and privacy.
She has held key positions in both academia and government, including Carnegie Mellon University and the National Science Foundation (NSF), serving as founder and director of the Center for Computational Thinking and assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, respectively.
Mark Hansen, professor and director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia Journalism School, will introduce Wing and discuss computational thinking and its relevance to the journalism curriculum. Visit www.towcenter.org follow @towcenter on Twitter for more information. The event is funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
About the Tow Center for Digital Journalism: The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, established in early 2010 and under the direction of Emily Bell, provides journalists with the skills and knowledge to lead the future of digital journalism and serves as a research and development center for the profession as a whole. Operating as an institute within Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, the Tow Center is poised to take advantage of a unique combination of factors to foster the development of digital journalism. Its New York location affords access to cutting-edge technologists, a strong culture of journalism and multiple journalism and communication schools, with outstanding universities attached to them. The Tow Center is where technology and journalism meet, and where education and practice meet.
Tow Center Speaker Series on Computational Journalism: Featuring established computing and information researchers to discuss their work and its impact on the interdisciplinary future of journalism, the Speaker Series on Computational Journalism, which is free and open to the public, aims to address how computing and information sciences are playing an increasingly important role in the practice of journalism and beyond.