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I'ajre A-fi THE NEWS. Frederick. .Maryland Thursday March 12. 19TO Hood, St. Joseph, Ml. St. Mary's Three County Colleges Take Part In NBS Computer Science Program WASHINGTON -- II seems natural to assume that only large colleges can easil\ offer courses in which students can actualh use a computer. Howe\er. a one-year course "Introduction to C o m p u t e r Science." that includes computer experience is now in its fourth year at four Maryland colleges three of them in Frederick Count\ It resulted from cooperative planning b\ the National Bureau of Standards (U S Department of Commerce) and Hood College a small liberal arts college for women 25 miles a \ \ a \ at f--o' 3 ^«-*n!.- When the course was first offered. NBS instructed students and faculty members from Hood College, Saint Joseph College. Emmitsburg. and Mount Saint Agnes College. Baltimore (The\ were joined in the second \ ear b\ Mount Saint Mary's College, also of Emmitsburg ) The following \ear the colleges supplied much of the instruction a n d o f f e r e d t h e s t u d e n t s , experience in ai.tuall using a ] computer The colleges find that ' w i t h minimal assistance this is ! well within their means and three of them are continuing the ! program i Planning and preparation for , the cooperative course was done 1 b\ Margaret R Fox and the late I Samuel" Alexander both of the i NBS C e n t e r for C o m p u t e r i Science* and Technology and I Ptnlhdd Willis chairman of the t Hood College Department of i Physical Sciences ' They had been b r o u g h t together by Dr S h i r l e i g h S i h e r m a n t h e B u r e a u ' s associate director for academic- liaison Dr \ \ i l h s o b t a i n e d support of the National Science Foundation's Special Projects P r o g r a m , \ \ h i l e Miss Fox coordinated planning of the course content In designing the content, she had the assistance of many members of the Bureau s staff and the enthusiastic cooperation of Mr Alexander, for many \ears chief ot the Bureau's computer laboratory The cotrputer course was p l a n n e d i n p h a s e s , each consisting of an academic y e a r and summer work in laboratories using computers The first phase began in the fall of 1966 with the course administered by Hood funded largely by the NSF gran! instructed at the Bureau by \olunteers from its staff, and attended by students and faculty members from Hood. St Joseph and Mount St Agnes Selected faculty members and students then worked at the Bureau or at the National Institutes of Health for 10 weeks, with stipends paid by the NSF The course was considerably altered for the second year, in that faculty members could then teach some sessions at the campuses and because use of a computer became part of the course The students used remote terminals installed at t h e i r campubeb and connected by conventional telephone lines to two business computers (C-E-I- R s GE 265 and GE 420) in Bethesda Each student was assigned class* ork to be done w i t h the computer At Hood each student was also required to soh e a problem of his ow n choosing by means of it The course was again followed by computer experience for selected students and faculty members at NBS This program demonstrated how a small college can develop capability to teach a course in computer programming and use and especially that it can offer the class access to a computer The essential requisites are the a i d o f n e a r b y c o m p u t e r pl'OlfbSlUliaib ami u limc-aluiiiu computer sen ice near enough so that telephone toll charges are minimized In the case of the Hood cooperative venture computer charges were about S3500 for an academic year, rent for three teletypewriter terminals SI.800, and telephone bills about $1,000 Economies that helped make this possible were use of n o n p r i m e c o m p u t e r t i m e , locating one of the terminals to serve two adjacent campuses, and minimizing computer time by encoding programs on punched tape for fast input to the computer The college curriculum is not the sole beneficiary of such a program The computer industry benefits, obviously, from the output of computer professionals and especially of computer! oriented business people and I scientists -- both physical and social And since the terminals were available for use by the faculty and students other than those taking the current course, they became useful facilities for the campuses. The present academic year's course is being held at three of i the campuses for students from the participating colleges None · of the courses is any longer j dependent on the Bureau in any ! wav Court Clears Roadblock For Lt. Gov. ANNAPOLIS (AP) - The which the legislature hopes to I Assembly the right to prescribe ,--·--a/· ,,! \-,n .vj-.ii- hac pass in this session. the form in which the amend- In the 13-page opinion, Evans merit may be presented." said the "powers of the legisla- I And he concurred in the fav- ^ ,,,,,, ture are plenary except as re- j orite arguments offered by those mentis' it had passed last year, strained or confined by the fed- j who insist that the legislature " " -- ' · does indeed have authority to !cha-,~e proposed i amendments until they are put before the voters. i Senate Amends ! Code On Ethics Maryland General Assembly has cleared its first legal roadblock in its efforts to revise certain proposed constitutional amend- ents it had passed last year. , 0 i.i»iMcx» _»i t,uiumcu ^j .nc Chief Judge Matthew S. Evans j e ral or state constitution." ol Anne Aruiuiei Circuit Court ruled Wednesday that the legislature was within its authority when it passed a proposed amendment creating the office of Lieutenant-Governor and at the same time repealing a similar amendment that had been passed in 1969 The judge said that the Maryland constitution "does not expressly limit the recall and repeal power to the legislature and since no case has been pre- limitation, the court must find ~^v ... ^ ifor the defendant 0" this case, The amendment was chosen the state) _« as a test case from among a Evans ruled that the constitu- number of similar amendmentsUj on "reserves to the General Such an amendment, Evans ruled, "continues to be a bill sented which would imply "that | and never becomes a law until - - - i ratified." i The decision will now be taken i to the Court of Appeals, which j will be the final arbiter in the ! case. ANNAPOLIS, Md. 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