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Overview of Fisk University. N. Horace Mann III Professor Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Fisk University. Description and Demographics. Small, historically-black institution founded in 1866 Academic emphasis in liberal arts and science

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overview of fisk university

Overview of Fisk University

N. Horace Mann IIIProfessorDepartment of Mathematics andComputer ScienceFisk University

description and demographics
Description and Demographics
  • Small, historically-black institution founded in 1866
  • Academic emphasis in liberal arts and science
  • Approximately 850 students from more than 40 states (70% female)
  • Forty (40) percent are science majors
history of achievements
History of Achievements
  • First HBCU to be awarded university status
  • First HBCU to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1930)
  • First HBCU to charter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (1952)
  • In proportion to enrollment, more Fisk graduates earn PhD’s than any other school
  • One-in-six of all African-American physicians is a Fisk graduate
science academic programs 1
Science Academic Programs (1)
  • Division of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Dual degree in engineering through Vanderbilt University and Howard University
  • Cross-enrollment with Vanderbilt in all areas including engineering
  • Internationally-renown NASA Center for Photonic Materials
science academic programs 2
Science Academic Programs (2)
  • Strong support for biology from the Howard Hughes Institute
  • Several funded research and education projects for Computer Science from NSF, NIGMS, and the DOE
medical informatics biocomputing

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student example 1
Student Example #1
  • Physics graduate student earning a second BS in Computer Science
  • Teamed with a Meharry microbiologist whose work is related to the Genome Project
  • Student uses the physical concept of entropy to quantify the information content of strands of DNA
  • Student is taking a sequential program that performs this calculation and is “parallelizing” it
potential benefits of msi availability
Potential Benefits ofMSI Availability
  • Graduate students at Fisk may receive distance learning courseware from the MSI project
  • Participate in the Summer Institute to be offered at Purdue
  • Resources of the MSI may be integrated into upper-level undergraduate courses to introduce students to state-of-the art concepts of computational science
student example 2
Student Example #2
  • Senior undergraduate student earning a BS degree in Computer Science
  • Teamed with a Meharry microbiologist whose work is related to the Genome Project
  • Student is configuring a data warehouse for mass storage of DNA sequences and developing a pattern recognition module that will identify sequences of interest
  • Must apply database technology, software engineering, along with implementing pattern recognition algorithms
potential benefits of msi availability16
Potential Benefits of MSI Availability
  • Resources from the MSI may be integrated into upper-level undergraduate courses to introduce students to advanced networking and data storage technology
  • Graduate students and faculty involved with the MSI may help in developing learning courseware for computer science courses and serve as TA’s
  • Increase Fisk computer science students likelihood of pursuing graduate degrees in computational science
possible long term benefits to fisk due to the msi 1
Possible Long-term Benefits to Fisk Due to the MSI (1)
  • Increased access to resources of Carnegie Research I class institution(s)
  • Development of an MSI node at Fisk and attachment to regional grid
  • Better preparation and increased likelihood for success at major research institutions on the graduate level
  • More potential to develop funded research and education projects at a small, teaching-oriented university
possible long term benefits to fisk due to the msi 2
Possible Long-term Benefits to Fisk Due to the MSI (2)
  • Supports solicitation of funding from the National Library of Medicine Office of High Performance Computing and Communications program in Biomedical Applications of the Next Generation Internet (RFP NLM 99-106/RMC)
  • Supports solicitation of funding from the National Science Foundation Minority Institution Infrastructure of the CISE directorate