Faculty Teaching Workshop

August 6-7, 2014
University of California, San Diego

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Workshop Summary

Outcomes of the third annual Teaching Science of Information workshop involved 19 faculty, postdocs, and staff representing 17 institutions. Eleven of the attendees gave presentations on their efforts to develop and teach new courses and/or topic modules in coordination with Center for Science of Information, and two staff members from the Center providing updates and overviews on an online platform "hub" to deliver content with integrated assessment and evaluation tools. Productive discussions and exchanges occurred with the group leading to continued improvements and new developments for teaching science of information across a diverse set of institutions at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Developing and Teaching a Science of Information Course or Module

Note: This workshop was concurrent with the 2014 Science of Information Summer School
August 4th evening - August 8th noon.

Team building for collaborative Science of Information courses and modules:

  • Discuss ideas, approaches, and share course & module content
  • Discover funding opportunities for developing and teaching a SoI course or module

The interdisciplinary topic is "Science of Information". This workshop is aligned with a $25 million NSF initiative: The Center for Science of Information based at Purdue University.

The organizers will share materials from courses and module topics we have taught in Science of Information. Attending faculty will likewise share their own course experiences.

As a key outcome, faculty will be prepared to teach their own Science of Information courses and modules spanning the computational and mathematical sciences, biology, engineering, physics, and beyond.

The workshop is especially well-suited for faculty who are interested in discussing and learning about teaching courses in the emerging Science of Information field.


Schedule for workshop will be approximately 2:00pm - 5pm on Wednesday August 6 and Thursday August 7.

Workshop participants are welcome to attend the morning sessions of the 2014 Science of Information Summer School (no additional registration or fees required). Please indicate your preference on the registration form so we may plan accordingly.


These slides are graciously shared by the workshop participants

Faculty NameUniversityTitle
Mr. Mike AtwellPurdue UniversityLearning Hub Update
Dr. Anil BamezaiVillanova UniversityInformation of Cell Signaling: Course Design and Highlights
Dr. Haiyan ChengWillamette UniversityIntroducing Science of Information into a CS Upper Level Class
Dr. Pulkit GroverCarnegie Mellon UniversityUnderstanding Large Networks: Engineered and Natural
Dr. Juan Guillermo LalindeUniversidad EAFITA General Course on Science of Information
Dr. Deepak KumarBryn Mawr CollegeIntro to SoI
Mr. Brent LaddPurdue UniversitySoI Curriculum - Evaluation and Funding Support
Dr. Paul RuvoloOlin College of EngineeringData Science
Dr. Yosi ShibberuRose-Hulman InstituteInformation Theory and Sequence Logos
Dr. Alex SprintsonTexas A&M UniversityNetwork Coding Teaching Module
Dr. Shan SuthaharanUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroThe Science of Information: Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning
Study Planner

ACM Journal Paper: FLaSKU - A Classroom Experience with Teaching Computer Networking: Is it useful to others in the field?
Dr. Karen WatanabeOregon Health & Science UniversityData Quality
Dr. Matthew WrightUniversity of MinnesotaTopological Data Analysis
Dr. Dianna XuBryn Mawr CollegeData Science

Participant Roster


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Workshop Facilitator:

Dr. Deepak Kumar from the Center for Science of Information will be leading the workshop, sharing lessons learned and course materials developed from Science of Information courses developed thus far. Previous workshop participants who are developing modules and courses will also present their experiences.


The event will be held in the Department of Bioengineering, Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA 92161.


  • Parking Lot P502 is along Voigt Drive and just Northwest of Warren College/PFBH it has 12 visitor "pay and display" spots, but we are told this lot is usually full by 8:30am. There's about 3-5 minute walk to Bioengineering Hall.
  • The Hopkins Garage at corner of Hopkins Dr. and Voight Lane has 93 visitor "pay and display" spots on the 7th level. 8-10 minute walk to Bioengineering Hall.

Guest Internet Access

Lodging Information

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel adjacent to UCSD campus. The group rate is $164 + taxes per night, $13/night parking.

You will need to call and reserve your room within the CSoI block prior to July 13th, and pay for your room. Ask for the "CSoI Group Rate" (available for nights of 8/4, 8/5, 8/6, and 8/7). Save all receipts to be reimbursed after the workshop (see instructions below). *We will be updating this with cancelation policy on the rooms as soon as we have that information.

The hotel website is: http://www.sheratonlajolla.com/

Funding for Travel, Lodging

Funds for travel reimbursement are available for up to 30 Teaching Workshop participants. Up to $1000 per participant will be available based on submission of receipts of actual expenditures (lodging and travel only). Faculty at U.S. 4-year institutions and postdocs are eligible to apply. To apply for travel funding, please check the Travel Reimbursement box on the Registration page.

Purdue contacts for Reimbursement

Shaun Ponder, STATS, Purdue will be handling reimbursements for participants going through Purdue (invited by Mark Ward). email: ponders@purdue.edu, phone: 765-494-1911.

Dr. Mark D. Ward, Project PI, Purdue (mdw@purdue.edu)

Bryn Mawr contact for Reimbursement

Dr. Deepak Kumar, Project PI, Bryn Mawr (dkumar@cs.brynmawr.edu)



This Faculty Enhancement Workshop is made possible through a grant project supported by the National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES).