Glencora Borradaile

         Associate Professor & College of Engineering Dean's Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University

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January 7, 2017

Teaching Communications Security and Social Movements

My reaction to the Snowden disclosures was a mix of “I’m not surprised” with “this is a lot worse than I imagined”.  Not long after, I went to a small workshop and during breaks tried to engage colleagues in discussing the implications of the capabilities of the surveillance state of which we were now at […]

July 20, 2015

Work is work and it shouldn’t be expected on the weekends

written on December 27, 2013 and saved for publication until tenure A month or so ago, the STOC’14 PC chair took an informal poll of when we wanted the PC meeting: Friday & Saturday, Saturday & Sunday, Sunday & Monday. What the hell?  Why not any two day combinations that don’t include a weekend day?  […]

December 18, 2014

The negative impacts of random conference decisions

The NIPS experiment is making waves.  If you are unaware, for the last NIPS conference, the PC was broken into two independent halves A and B.  A random selection of the submissions were assigned to both committees.  The result: 57% of the papers that were accepted by committee A were rejected by committee B (and […]

April 1, 2014

Source for open-source textbooks for computer science?

Filed under: Silent Glen Speaks @ 7:56 pm

My soon-to-defend Ph.D. student, Theresa Migler, pointed me to the Open Textbook Initiative by AIM, with the question as to whether a similar resource exists or is in development for computer science.  I am now forwarding that question to you. The Open Textbook Initiative looks awesome.  It is more than just a collection of textbooks […]

The ball-coverage property and a great journal turnaround time

Filed under: Silent Glen Speaks @ 7:37 pm

Erin Wolf Chambers and I had a paper accepted yesterday to the journal Discrete & Computational Geometry, a journal I now highly recommend.  This entry is a story about that paper as well as the journal. In a keynote talk at CanaDAM 2011, Stéphan Thomassé referred to the following theorem of Chepoi, Estellon and Vaxès: […]

January 17, 2014

Conversations with graduate students

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A male graduate student told me he started taking a yoga class only to find that there was only one other man and the remaining 29 were women.  He said he didn’t feel like he belonged and so he dropped the class. A female graduate student at SODA told me she didn’t see a single […]

January 13, 2014

Bringing current events into the technical classroom

I spent last summer thinking about how to bring something related to the climate crisis into my fall undergraduate algorithms class.  In this class, I have converged on having 4-5 projects covering iterative, divide and conquer, dynamic programming, linear programming and heuristics.  These projects each have a practical component where an algorithm is implemented.  Linear […]

December 9, 2013

Undergraduate algorithms study guide

A year ago, I was just finishing putting together materials for the new online version of our undergraduate algorithms course.  I’ve finally compiled all that material into one webpage: available here. There are a few things not yet posted, but this is essentially the content of our undergraduate algorithms course less the assignments and exams. […]

December 3, 2013

Women in Theory Workshop: Call for Participation

via Lisa Zhang, Tal Rabin and Shubhangi Saraf: The Women in Theory (WIT) Workshop is intended for graduate and undergraduate students in the area of theory of computer science. The workshop will feature technical talks and tutorials by senior and junior women in the field, as well as social events and activities. The motivation for […]

December 1, 2013

Mentoring junior faculty — what does your school do?

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I’ve been charged (with the help of others) with formalizing our junior-faculty mentoring practices.  Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ve been looking into what other universities do.  It’s a little bit of information overload.  For example, these sites provide a glut of information.  It would be more helpful for me to have case studies — […]

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