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Wofford Receives Computational Science Institute Award

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC -- Wofford College has received a $10,000 award from the National Computational Science Institute (NCSI)/The Shodor Foundation for computational science education.

This is the second year Wofford has received a $10,000 award from NCSI. Most of the money will be used for students to do computational science modeling-related work. Computational science is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field that is at the intersection of the sciences, computer science and mathematics. At Wofford, the Emphasis on Computational Science program was designed with scientists and for science majors.

Dr. Angela Shiflet, chairman of the college’s computer science department, was awarded the NCSI funds, which were used last year primarily for student work in various computer modeling laboratories and student and professor attendance to programs related to the modeling work. She and Dr. George Shiflet, chairman of Wofford’s biology department, worked with students involved in making presentations at several conferences, including BioQUEST, the 2002 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics annual meeting, the Grace Murray Hopper Celebration of Women in Computers, the Consortium for Computer in Small Colleges-SE ’02, the 2002 Supercomputing Conference Educators Workshop, the American Society of Cell Biology, the Joint Mathematics Conference, and the SIAM-CSE Conference on Computational Science and Engineering.

Current students and recent graduates involved in those program include Wesley Benson, Kim McDonald, Amanda Nave, Craig Selander, Richard Webb and Diana Jackson. For the current grant, students Trey Wall (biology major with an emphasis in computational science) and Jonathan Debusk (computer science and history major) are doing computational science modeling with the Shiflets.

The Shodor Foundation, with President/Executive Director Dr. Bob Panoff, have been very supportive of modeling at Wofford and the college’s emphasis in computational science. A number of faculty members have attended NCSI/Shodor workshops, including one on campus during the spring.