The MACS club held an event where students were invited to come relax before finals. There was donuts, brownies, and cupcakes they could decorate along with hot apple cider and hot chocolate to drink. There was also a station where students could learn and make some origami. This event was a way for the club to reach out to the student body and let them know more about the MaCS Club and what events are planned for the future.
The inaugural vend of the soda machine project. Many CS students’ labor at work…
Students Phil Seidel, Alex Doccolo, and Sam Levin have our new robot, Pip, with its laser rangefinder, wandering around the robotics lab now.
Over the weekend of September 5-7 a three member team including Goucher Student Philip Seidel tied for third place among twenty seven teams at HopHacks. HopHacks is a student run 36-hour Hackathon at the Johns Hopkins University that occurs once every semester. Philip met his teammates Elizabeth Starkey (Penn State), and Katherine Young (Towson) during his 2013 and 2014 Summer Internships at Textron Systems Unmanned Systems. Although they were friends before the event, this was their first time working on a project together.
Their project, called Smooosh, is a Chrome Extension which makes reading scholarly articles easier. Smooosh replaces long citations like ‘(2008; see also Rayner, White, Johnson, & Liversedge, 2006)’ with ‘(…)’ and displays the original citation on mouse over. Smooosh increases comprehension by extracting and formatting the essential parts of the article using the Readability library.
For more information:
Smoosh’s Submission Website ( with screen shots! )
The winning entry for Lewand Beauty in Mathematics award is a computer music piece “Triangle Numbers”, by Aron Riesenfeld.
Congratulations to our award winners last night at the Torrey dinner!
The Torrey prize for a senior in Mathematics went to Renzo Tamiro Villazon Scholer.
The Ekin prize for a senior in Computer Science went to Ari Bornstein.
The Leavitt prize for a Mathematics went to Seth Hoesman.
The Lewand prize for Beauty in Mathematics went to Aron Riesenfeld.
A nice press account of Ari’s experience in Israel:
Ari Bornstein was one of 25 participants (out of 500 applicants) in the Israel Tech Challenge.
Students Ari Bornstein, Phil Seidel, and Aron Riesenfeld have worked this semester to complete a networked vending machine project that will allow users to order drinks online and retrieve them securely from a vending machine by authenticating themselves with their Goucher one cards. The project is set to deploy next semester.
Five students took the Putnam exam Dec. 7 from 10am to 6pm, with a lunch break in between. The exam had 5 questions in each section.
This year’s competitors were: