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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 8, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 16
Carey Business School Launches IT Institute for High Schoolers

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Teens, summer and computers: three words that the Carey Business School hopes will equal success.

Later this year, the school will launch the Summer IT Institute at Johns Hopkins, a five-day intensive program that seeks to expose high school students to the fields of information systems and information technology. The institute, to be located at the university's Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, Md., will feature courses taught by both full-time and practitioner faculty at the Carey School.

The Summer IT Institute at Johns Hopkins is the brainchild of Jay Liebowitz, a professor in the Department of Information Technology, and Monica Mattey, the director of the IT Academy at the Thomas S. Wootton High School, which is located near Johns Hopkins' Montgomery County Campus.

Liebowitz said that the program will feature topics not traditionally covered in a high school curriculum.

"Students typically only hear about 'computer science,' but we will be emphasizing the applied side of IT that is used in decision making," he said. "Also, there is currently a shortage of U.S. IT workers, so this institute will help expose and hopefully excite the high schoolers about possibly majoring in IT/IS in college. I think the Summer IT Institute at Johns Hopkins will look great on someone's resume for college applications."

The institute will initially be offered to a maximum of 50 students from Wootton High School. If the program is successful, Liebowitz said, the intention is to increase enrollment and offer spots in subsequent years to students from other Montgomery County high schools.

The full-day program, which will be held from June 25 to 29, will focus on five major areas of information technology:

Artificial intelligence: An in-depth look at the applications. Students will develop an expert system prototype that can emulate human thinking.

Information security: Students will focus on techniques relating to individual and organizational issues.

Data mining: Discussion of techniques and how organizations are using data mining to their advantage.

Knowledge management and social networking: An examination of knowledge-sharing techniques, with special emphasis on social networking analysis.

Bioinformatics: An overview of drug discovery, human genomics, scientific visualization and other areas.

Students will attend a three-hour morning classroom session and then a three-hour afternoon lab, where they will get hands-on experience. The program will include a visit during the bioinformatics session to the Institute for Genomic Research, known as TIGR, which is also in Rockville. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate at a ceremony on June 29 that will feature guest speaker Michael Koval, senior vice president and chief information officer of Long and Foster Real Estate.

The institute will cost $350, and students have until Feb. 15 to apply. (The application is available online here .

For more information about the program, contact Liebowitz at 301-315-2893 or [email protected].


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