[FoRK] [dave@farber.net: [IP] IBM, colleges: More top students needed]

Luis Villa luis.villa at gmail.com
Fri May 20 07:01:52 PDT 2005

On 5/20/05, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> Duke professor Owen Astrachan said his department wants to pay
> attention to "untapped" interdisciplinary alliances. Duke economic
> students, or business students, could benefit from taking computer
> science courses, Astrachan said.
> "The slope shows an unbelievable decline in computer science majors,"
> Astrachan said. "There are smart people no longer even signing up to
> take our introductory courses. We need to fix it, or there's not
> going to be a U.S. work force in computer sciences."

The saddest thing about this whole article, to me, is that if Owen
Astrachan were teaching Remedial Underwater Basket Weaving, I'd
recommend every single Duke student take his class. Probably the best
prof I had there. That he practically has to beg people to study CS is
pretty sad.


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