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Don Winiecki and Noah Salzman awarded ‘Distinguished Paper’

Don Winiecki and Noah Salzman awarded ‘Distinguished Paper’

Don Winiecki, Ed.D., and Noah Salzman, Ph.D., were awarded ‘Distinguished Paper’ for their paper “Teaching Professional Morality & Ethics to Undergraduate Computer Science Students through Cognitive Apprenticeships & Case Studies: Experiences in CS-HU 130 ‘Foundational Values’” presented at the RESPECT 2019 conference (

The RESPECT (Research on Equity & Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, & Technology) conference was held parallel with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) conference on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) in Minneapolis, February 27-March 2, 2019.

As a result of their ‘Distinguished Paper’ award, Don and Noah were invited to present their work at SIGCSE on February 28, 2019. SIGCSE is largest computing education conference worldwide organized by ACM. It involved over 1,500 researchers, educators, and others interested in improving computing education in K-12 and higher education.

Don and Noah reported some of their research and development with the Boise State University Department of Computer Science in the ‘Computer Science Professional’s Hatchery’ (CSP-Hatchery). They focused on the design, methods and outcomes in one course: “CS-HU 130 ‘Foundational Values” and how it is effective in helping computer science students identify problems and develop systemic and sustainable processes to improve ethics and professional morality in computer science.

The CSP-Hatchery is part of an initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation to ‘Revolutionize Engineering & Computer Science Departments’. It is being funded by a $2 million National Science Foundation five-year award led by Amit Jain, chair of Department of Computer Science.

Don is active in research and development to infuse ethics, professional morality, inclusion, diversity, and social justice into computer science education at Boise State. Don is also active across the College of Engineering in research and developing and delivering curriculum, and supporting faculty efforts to infuse ethics and professional morality through engineering.

Noah leads efforts in engineering education both in the College of Engineering, and through the IDoTeach program.

Don is Professor in the Organizational Performance & Workplace Learning (OPWL) department in the College of Engineering.

Noah is Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering department, and the IDoTeach program in the College of Education.

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