Beginning in the fall of 2015, the College of Arts and Letters will offer a new minor in Computing and Digital Technologies (CDT), which is designed to supplement a traditional liberal arts education with technical instruction.Charles Crowell, associate professor of psychology and director of the minor, said the program will provide “more than a casual exposure to technology, which means that not only will you understand it, but you will also utilize it, and it can become a springboard for your job search and your professional activities later on.”“There’s little doubt that the world is going digital and increasingly so,” Crowell said. “People need to understand what digital technologies are and how they’re utilized.”He said the CDT minor was created on the recommendations of an advisory committee convened to review the 35-year-old Computer Applications Program (CAPP) supplementary major. Before the creation of the CDT minor, CAPP was the primary program through which Arts and Letters students gained exposure to technical training, Crowell said.“It was decided that we needed to make a few changes and what that culminated in was the creation of a new program that will, in essence, replace CAPP at the end of this academic year,” he said.A distinguishing feature of the CDT minor is the interdepartmental collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Letters, Duda Family Professor of Engineering Patrick Flynn said.Flynn said the minor will consist of a two-course core sequence in the programming language Python and three additional elective courses in a variety of disciplines that will build off of the material learned in the core sequence.“The idea was to provide a programming foundation to everyone in the program, so that at the end, regardless of what electives they chose, they at least have a fairly comprehensive exposure to a programming environment and the opportunity to have done some interesting things with it,” he said.Flynn, who will teach both core programming courses, said the CDT minor will provide students with technical skills that can be applied to every major and course of study.“Motivating the CDT program is a realization that computing is basically present in every discipline in one form or another,” he said.According to the website for the CDT minor, students can specialize in one of six tracks – User Interface and Experience, Cyber Safety and Security, Digital Humanities, Digital Arts, Cognitive Science and Technology Development and Management. Professor of English Matthew Wilkens, who will teach two courses in the Digital Humanities track next year, said the programming and technical knowledge taught in the CDT minor will prepare Arts and Letters students to be better scholars and prospective employees.“There’s a lot of demand for people who come out of an undergraduate program with this combination of talents — of real analytical ability, of power and effectiveness in communication and technical and quantitative analytical ability too,” he said. “That’s a really powerful combination for all kinds of things.”Tags: CAPP, CDT, Charles Crowell, College of Arts and Letters, College of Engineering, Computer Applications Program, Computing and Digital Technologies, Matthew Wilkins, Patrick Flynn
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Costa Rica’s fairy tale will extend to a quarter-final against Holland on Saturday after goalkeeper Keylor Navas’s penalty shoot-out heroics eliminated Greece here.It was Michael Umaña who scored the winning penalty for Costa Rica, their fifth, after Theofanis Gekas’s strike had been repelled by Navas’s strong hand — the only miss of the shoot-out.“Last night, I dreamt, this, it seems untrue,” Umana said. “I was relaxed because I dreamed it. I dreamed it but I didn’t tell anyone. I felt very confident.“This is for my family. It’s for the colleagues who got injured before coming here. They’re not with us, but they gave us a hand on the pitch.”While Umana was euphoric, there was also relief for the Costa Ricans, who had been forced to play for 54 minutes with 10 men after the 66th-minute dismissal of Oscar Duarte.They were leading at that point through a 52nd-minute Bryan Ruiz goal, but had to endure long periods of pressure before the Greeks secured an equaliser in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes But though Greece went on to dominate the extra period, Fernando Santos’s team were unable to finish off the exhausted Central Americans and Navas and Umana secured shoot-out victory.With it, they ended any fear that Costa Rica, who became only the third Concacaf nation after the United States (twice) and Cuba, to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals on foreign soil, would freeze on the big stage.Yes, they had beaten Italy and Uruguay and held England to a goalless draw while qualifying as winners of Group D, but the opportunity to surpass the tiny country’s heroes ofItalia 90, who made it to the second round, was a moment of history which for much of the game appeared to weigh heavily on the Costa Ricans.There was little freedom to their play, despite the best efforts of the creative Ruiz and energetic forward Joel Campbell. Greece were able to suffocate the game and turn it into a battle of attrition. As they proved when winning Euro 2004, Greece are the masters of shutting a game down and maximising any glint of a chance that comes their way. The Greek triumph 10 years ago in Portugal was achieved despite scoring just seven goals in six games, while none of their seven victories at major tournaments had been by more than one clear goal.Santos, the coach whose contract expires today, has bristled at suggestions his team are dull and destructive, but there has been little evidence that Greece have added a creative edge to their game that has been absent for over a decade.However, what they do, they do well and it would be unfair to dismiss the disciplined defensive qualities the Greeks possess. Their approach certainly stifled Los Ticos, with Christian Bolaños the only player to go close to testing Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis during a stultifying first half.It was Greece who carved out the better chances before the interval, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Georgios Karagounis going close from long range before Dimitrios Salpingidis was denied on 37 minutes when Navas produced a crucial save from the PAOK midfielder. The breakthrough that the game desperately needed came seven minutes into the second half, however, when Ruiz stroked the ball into the net from 20 yards.Clever build-up play by Campbell had released Bolaños down the left before the midfielder pulled the ball back for the Costa Rica captain. Ruiz appeared to have some work to do if he was to test the Greek goalkeeper, but after being left unmarked, he guided a left-foot shot into the far corner of the net, with Karnezis rooted to the spot as the ball trickled past him.The goal energised the Costa Ricans and they were unfortunate not to be handed the chance to double their lead within a minute when Dimitrios Salpingidis handled a cross in the penalty area.Australian referee Benjamin Williams missed the incident — a failure which appeared to unsettle the official, who proceeded to issue an array of cards in an attempt to reassert his authority.One of them, a second yellow awarded to Duarte for a foul on Jose Holebas, gave Greece renewed vigour, although it took another 24 minutes before Sokratis stunned the Central Americans by bundling in an equaliser to take the game into extra-time.Greece went closest to winning the game in the extra period, but Kostas Mitroglou spurned two clear chances. It came down to a test of nerve from 12 yards, though, and it was Los Ticos who came out on top.