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Congratulations to Allison Seidel, a senior Computer Science/Information Technology major and Criminal Justice minor, on being selected as the KU nominee for the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence. The recipient for the award will be selected from nominees from all PASSHE schools.

Allison Seidel is a recipient of the Clarence Schock Foundation Fellowship for 2014-2015. Allison is currently working on a Senior Seminar project for encrypting network-layer headers for security purposes. She is also being funded by a KU Assessment Grant to work with Dr. Dale Parson on using automatic collection of student work actions during software development and data mining analysis of those work actions. The analysis will be used to determine the correlation between student time management patterns and effectiveness in programming project completion. Allison co-authored a paper with Dr. Parson entitled "Mining Student Time Management Patterns in Programming Projects", which was presented at World Comp '14.

Nicole Cresse, a senior Computer Science/Information Technology major, collaborated with Dr. Dale Parson of KU and Dr. Margaret Schedel of Stony Brook University on instrumenting and composing music designed for computer processing of stringed instruments. Custom project software analyzed audio signals from Cresse's electric violin, Schedel's cello, and Parson's banjo, generated custom computer graphics that were visual representations of the live musical performance. The project culminated in a performance by Schedel, Cresse and Parson in Kutztown's Grim Planetarium on March 29, 2014 at 6 PM that projected the real-time visualization of their music onto the dome. The performance was part of a seminar intended to encourage the participation of undergraduate women in computing research.

Nicholas Evans, a senior Computer Science/Software Development major, was awarded a $1,500 Carole and Ray Neag Undergraduate Research Grant to develop a server architecture for large format local multiplayer gaming. Evans plans to transform the gamer's experience by using movie theater or planetarium projection screens to display game graphics and action to many players at the same time. Participants will be able to use a device that connects to Wi-Fi to act as the controller, with a touch screen for optimal performance. Funds from the Neag grant will be used to upgrade Evans' hardware, hopefully enabling up to 200 users to play at the same time.