Hi everyone. Welcome to Week 8, an A week. I hope everything's going well. On with the news, and rather a lot of it –
but something for everyone!
WELCOME FOUNDATIONERS. Welcome to our 19 Foundation Year students, who've joined us as part of their year's study before starting as 1st Year undergraduates next year. We hope to see you at some of our School events – you'll be made very welcome!
PASS-2. Essential for all 2nd Year students. Today, Monday 12 Nov at 1100 in the Collab. Come and meet 3rd Year students who'll share their experiences.
BADGES. To help you to get to know your lab demonstrators better, we've provided all demonstrators with name badges. We hope you'll find this helpful. Let me know what you think.
SOFTWARE UPDATES. Have you noticed that those annoying messages from Firefox and Thunderbird asking you to update have disappeared? We've now updated FF and TB on our Linux machines to the latest versions.
TEACHING PLAN. Each year we produce a Teaching & Learning Plan for the Undergraduate School, which identifies key objectives and actions for achieving them. It's not as boring as it sounds – I'd like you to see it, and I'd welcome your comments → http://staffnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/acso/documents/index.php?document=ug_action_plan_2012.pdf
MAN-UP. Today, Mon 12 Nov at 5pm in Kilburn LF15, Matt Schofield (Y3, CSwIE) will talk about his Industrial Experience year at Universal Music, on the ways creative content industries can use ideas like Data Mining and Software Engineering to bring their business into the 21st century. If you're interested in a completely non-typical placement/job after graduating, come and see what you might get up to. All students and staff welcome.
MOVEMBER. Yes, it's Facial Hair month. Head of School Jim Miles and other staff and students are "rockin' the mo" for Movember, an international event raising awareness for men's health. See how we're doing and donate (and feel free to laugh) → http://uk.movember.com/team/830989
POETRY SUCCESS! Congratulations to Katie McCarron (Y3, ICwIE) whose poem "Living Virtually" was a runner-up in the Faculty Student Poetry competition → www.eps.manchester.ac.uk/science-for-all/science-poetry
HACKING SUCCESS! On 28 Oct, overnight in the depths of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) our HackManchester team, Miso Zmiric (Y2, CS), Ted John (Y2, CS4) and James Roberston (Y2, CS4), coded the night away. They were competing against teams from Leeds, MMU, Salford, Cambridge and others – and they won! They built a "Chinese Whispers" program, which used 8 programming languages, 6 encodings, and 6 protocols, to send and encrypt (and then decrypt) a message between 3 different computers (running different OSs) and finally sending the decoded message to a phone via SMS. Wow! Congratulations to all! → https://hackmanchester.com
RESEARCH SHOWCASE. This week PhD student Alan Stokes on "Resilient sensor network query processing using logical overlays" – Ever wondered what the temperature is outside? Or the water level of your local river? We use Wireless Sensor Networks, and I'll be looking at how to solve the problem of parts of a network failing unexpectedly. All welcome! 3pm Weds 14 Nov, LT1.5. Signup → http://goo.gl/Z2zqa – and see vids of previous Research Showcases → http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/research/seminars/showcase
BYTE CAFE SURVEY. Got opinions on the Byte Cafe and food/drink in the Kilburn Building? We want to hear them! Take part in our quick survey and enter the lottery. 1st prize is £20 on your student card valid at all Food on Campus outlets; 3 runners-up will get £10 on their cards. → http://goo.gl/tswVg
TRAILBLAZING. The Guardian newspaper has an article featuring the Raspberry Pi Birdbox, from the School RPi work by Andrew Robinson, Tom Heyes (Y3, CS4), Tom Macperson-Pope (Y3, CS), Tom Preston (Y4, CS4), Ziyad Gideir (Y3, CS), Tomas Cepulis (Y2, CS), Mandi Banks and Jim Garside. "The students and staff of the University of Manchester's Computer Science department, the Raspberry Pi's most innovative trailblazers, have designed a DIY nesting box which can photograph birds and amalgamate data relating to their behaviour." → http://goo.gl/yUnby
FACEBOOK. The School's got a lovely new FB page → http://www.facebook.com/computersciencemcr
CHILDREN IN NEED. This Friday, 16 Nov, get involved with our annual Children in Need fundraising activities. This year: the online auction is back! We'll email you when it opens on Weds 14th. Meanwhile if you'd like to donate any unwanted stuff (cameras, bikes, golf clubs, cuddly toys, anything!) for the auction, please take it to Kilburn Room 2.127.
CREDIT SUISSE. Chat with Credit Suisse about careers opportunities at their drop-in session this Thursday 15 Nov 12-2pm on Kilburn LF.
CURRY NIGHT. This Thursday 15 Nov is the CSSoc Curry Night at Spicy Hut on the Curry Mile. Tickets are only £9.50, on sale in the Byte Cafe 12-2 all this week. Menu and details → http://tinyurl.com/cnmws3l
PAINLESS. Steve Pettifer and Toby Howard are researching the use of Virtual Reality to treat Phantom Limb Pain suffered by amputees. Their work is currently featuring in an exhibition at the Science Museum in London → http://painlessexhibition.wordpress.com
CALLING ENTREPRENEURS. This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and Manchester Business School is hosting three events – all welcome: 1) Progressing your Business → https://www.facebook.com/events/425679050831841 2) Social Enterprise - Improving people's lives → https://www.facebook.com/events/470704116301598 and
3) Global Poverty Entrepreneurship Challenge → https://www.facebook.com/events/107854156044165
MANCHESTER HACKATHON. FutureEverything, Manchester City Council and Open Data Manchester are running an event on Saturday 17 Nov for coders and developers to use open data sets to develop applications for future digital services in Manchester and beyond. Free to enter, with cash prizes. Sign-up → http://goo.gl/5MD8B
HAVE YOUR SAY. → http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/have-your-say
CAREERS. → http://moodle.cs.man.ac.uk/mod/forum/view.php?id=9430
COMPS. → https://www.facebook.com/groups/104658903001137
BROKEN THINGS? Tell us. Hardware/software → http://csis.cs.man.ac.uk. Hot/cold rooms etc → email@example.com
GET IN THE MAIL. Send me your news, deadline 5pm Friday → firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week!
Toby → http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~toby/