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Dr. Dan Garcia
ddgarcia@cs.berkeley.edu

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart...pursue those.
-- Anonymous
(Photo of Dan)

Who am I? (Hi-from-Dan Sound) (short biography, curriculum vitæ)

I'm a Senior Lecturer SOE in the Computer Science division of the EECS department at the University of California, Berkeley. I graduated with a Ph.D. from the same department in May 2000, where I worked with the OPTICAL project doing Computer Graphics and Scientific Visualization. On the personal side, I'm married to the beautiful and brilliant Tao Ye and have two wonderful young children.

Teaching

In the Fall of 2014 I'll be co-teaching (with my EE colleague Miki Lustig) our sophomore-level computer architecture course: CS61C : Great Ideas in Computer Architecture (formerly Machine Structures), and co-teaching (with my colleague James O'Brien) an Art+CS course Advanced Digital Animation (CS194-8, also cross-listed as CNM190-2). We (co-PIs Lecturer SOE Brian Harvey and Prof Tiffany Barnes of NC State) received two NSF CE21 grants to train local Bay Area teachers and 100 more nationwide in our AP CS Principles Beauty and Joy of Computing course using the awesome Snap! (Build Your Own Blocks) graphical programming environment and the Blown to Bits book.

Service

I'm deeply interested and active in computer science education, having presented at the SIGCSE annual conference every year since 2001, and was honored to be chosen an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012. Recently, I was co-guest-editor (with Moti Ben-Ari and Tom Murphy) of the TOCE journal Special Issue on Concurrent, Parallel and Distributed Computation and served on the GRE Computer Science Committee. I currently serve on the ACM Education Board (chairing the Technology that Educators of Computing Hail [TECH] project), the College Board's AP Computer Science: Principles {development committee, pilot team, and teaching guide authoring team}, SRI's PACT Advisory Board, and I'm actively involved with the Ensemble NSF project to create a website for computing educators. Locally, I am the Faculty Supervisor for our five summer classes, charged with hiring and nurturing the best instructors to cover our summer courses. I'm the faculty advisor for our local chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the EECS honor society. I serve as the lead faculty advisor for BFOIT, a wonderful Berkeley outreach effort. Finally, I do everything I can to help our local CSTA chapter (CA-Golden Gate) thrive through monthly meetings I help facilitate on campus (and running CS4HS workshops every summer).

Active RAD (Research, Art & Development) Student Groups and Projects

I'm quite enthusiastic about the RAD (research, art & development) groups I advise. If you're interested in joining one of these groups (shown below), check their schedules for times and locations.

Game Theory
(GamesCrafters)
3D Animation
(UCBUGG)
Mac+iOS Coding
(MS-DOS X)
BJC/EdX
Development

(often wacky!)

(who are often wacky!)

(who are often wacky!)

(who are often wacky!)
Fall 2014 Mtgs
MWF 11am-noon in 606 Soda
(Taught as a Decal)
Fall 2014 Mtgs
TuTh 7-9pm in 200 Sutardja-Dai Hall
(Taught as a Decal)
Fall 2014 Mtgs
MoWe 7-9pm in 200 Sutardja-Dai Hall
(Taught as a Decal)
Fall 2014 Mtgs
Mtg Day/Time TBA

Not-so-active recent RAD Projects

Weiner Lecture Archives (WLA) Time-lapse HD CS Illustrated Ensemble
Computing Portal


Untitled Document

Spring 2015 Receiving P/F credit for doing great things with Dan

Who Are You? Course CCN Units
"Lab Assistant" (now called "academic interns") for CS10 or CS61C CS 97-200 (for fr/so)
CS 197-200 (for jr/sr)
26235
26634

1 unit for every 3 hrs/wk you work

Student researcher with Dan. (E.g., ensemble, CS Illustrated, online instruction, etc.) CS 99-6 (for fr/so)
CS 199-28 (for jr/sr)
CS 299-34 (for grads)
26283
26715
26955
1 unit for every 3 hrs/wk you work
A TA for CS10, CS61C, Self-paced (grads only), or student leader for UCBUGG/MS-DOS X CS 399-7 27096 1 unit for every 10 hrs/wk you work

Upcoming Travel (when I'll be relatively out of touch)

* 2015-01-08 - 2015-01-11: (Week -1    RFSS) AP CS Principles Development Committee Meeting in Atlanta, GA
* 2015-01-12 - 2015-01-12: (Week 00 M      ) SMASH Advisory Board in Oakland, CA
* 2015-01-13 - 2015-01-13: (Week 00  T     ) ACM Education Board Mtg in San Francisco, CA
* 2013-01-22 - 2013-01-23: (Week 01    RF  ) 2014 Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) PI and Community Mtg in Baltimore, MD
* 2015-02-18 - 2015-02-21: (Week 05   WRFS ) ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in Boston, MA
* 2015-02-23 - 2015-02-24: (Week 06 MT     ) AP CS Principles 2015 Higher Ed Advisory Summit in Maryland
* 2015-02-28 - 2015-02-28: (Week 06      S ) TEDxBerkeley in Berkeley, CA
* 2015-03-03 - 2015-03-08: (Week 07  TWRFSS) SIGCSE 2014 in Kansas City, MO
* 2015-03-14 - 2015-03-15: (Week 08      SS) Learning@Scale 2015 in Vancouver, BC
* 2015-03-26 - 2015-03-29: (Week 10    RFSS) AP CS Principles Development Committee Meeting in Atlanta, GA
* 2015-04-18 - 2015-04-18: (Week 13      S ) Cal Day 2015 in Berkeley, CA
* 2015-04-27 - 2015-04-27: (Week 15 M      ) EDC Advisory Board Meeting in Waltham, MA
* 2015-04-30 - 2015-05-03: (Week 15    RFSS) Academic Careers Workshops for Underrepresented Participants in Houston, TX
* 2015-06-07 - 2015-06-10: (Week SS SMTW   ) AP CS Principles Development Committee Meeting in Kansas City, MO
* 2015-07-13 - 2015-07-14: (Week SS MT     ) CSTA Annual Conference 2014 in Grapevine, TX
* 2015-07-22 - 2015-07-23: (Week SS   WR   ) AP CS Principles Piloters Meeting in Austin, TX

Spring 2015 Tentative Schedule

Dan Garcia : Schedule
proposed
items
in italics
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 BJCx
Leads Mtg
777 Soda
  CNM190
Staff Mtg
777 Soda

Working from home

(off-campus)

 

 

  10:00
10:30 10:30

11:00

CS10
Lecture
105 Stanley
FRABJOUS CS
Mtg
777 Soda
CS10
Lecture
105 Stanley
CS10
Office Hrs
777 Soda

11:00

11:30

11:30

12:00

Faculty
Lunch
Woz
BJC edX
Mtg
777 Soda
Grad Student
BYOL Mtg
777 Soda
Lecturers
Lunch
Northside

12:00

12:30

12:30

1:00

CNM190
CS194-8

Class
606 Soda
  CNM190
CS194-8

Class
606 Soda
CS10
Staff Mtg
777 Soda

1:00

1:30

1:30

2:00 Teaching Privacy
Staff Mtg
ICSI
 

2:00

2:30

2:30

3:00

GamesCrafters
Meeting
606 Soda
  GamesCrafters
Meeting
606 Soda
GamesCrafters
Meeting
606 Soda

3:00

3:30 3:30

Teaching Awards

* 2013 My CS10 Course has 106 women and 104 men, the first time that more women than men took an introductory computer science course at UC Berkeley (since they started digitizing records in 1993, and most believe ever, since the numbers were very bad in the earlier years). (2 years after our NSF CE21 award)
* 2013 Chosen as Top 5 Professors to take classes with at UC Berkeley (2 years after our NSF CE21 award)
* 2012 Chosen as an ACM Distinguished Educator (22 years after joining ACM)
* 2012 CS10 Listed as one of the famous courses at Cal (2 years after starting CS10)
* 2012 Listed as 10 Really Awesome Computer Science Professors (2 years after starting CS10)
* 2011 CS10 : The Beauty and Joy of Computing chosen as a NSF CE21 grant winner (2 years after we started offering it)
* 2011 CS10 : The Beauty and Joy of Computing chosen as a UC Online Pilot (2 years after we started offering it)
* 2010 CS10 : The Beauty and Joy of Computing chosen as one of five National Pilots for new non-majors computing course AP CS : Principles by College Board (2 years after we decided to create it)
* 2006 Highest HKN Teaching Effectiveness rating (6.7) of any EECS LowerDiv instructor, ever (2 years after the previous high mark)
* 2005 UC Berkeley Everyday / Unsung Hero (2 years after my promotion to PSOE)
* 2005 CS Division IT Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2 years after my promotion to PSOE)
* 2004 Highest HKN Teaching Effectiveness rating (6.6) of any CS LowerDiv instructor, ever (tied w/1 other) (2 years after the McEntyre Award)
* 2002 CS Division Diane S. McEntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching (2 years after my UCB CS Ph.D.)
* 1997 EECS Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (2 years after my UCB CS M.S.)
* 1992 UCB Outstanding CS Graduate Student Instructor (2 years after my MIT CS B.S.)

Dan in the News

* 2014-10-01 EdX To Offer High School Level Courses, Harvard Crimson
* 2014-08-27 California Shores up Support for Computer Science Education, Center for Digital Education
* 2014-08-07 Harvey Mudd's Klawe Draws Blueprint for Closing Gender Gap: Tech, Washington Post (with Bloomberg)
* 2014-07-23 CS4HS at Kean University provides high school teachers with tools for success, NJ Suburban News
* 2014-07-10 As Silicon Valley Earns Image as a Boys' Club of "Tech Bros," Score One for Diversity, Cal Alumni Association
* 2014-05-29 Local professors work to make tech world more diverse, KTVU news (with video)
* 2014-05-28 Computer science's diversity gap starts early, PBS NewsHour
* 2014-05-19 What better way to get ready for your final?, FOX KTVU Right This Minute (video)
* 2014-05-16 UC Berkeley Professor Drops Pre-Final Computer Science Rap, Huffington Post (with video)
* 2014-05-07 State senate passes bill to allow high school computer science classes to meet college admissions requirements, The Daily Californian
* 2014-04-22 Innovations in Teaching: The Beauty and Joy of Computing, Phi Beta Kappa News
* 2014-03-20 The New Face of Tech...Is Wearing Mascara, Verizon Wireless newscenter (remix of SF Chronicle article)
* 2014-03-07 Programming for all?, Linking and thinking on education
* 2014-03-03 One Small Tweak Made a World of Difference in This Computer Science Class, NationSwell (remix of SF Chronicle article)
* 2014-03-01 We need a moon shot to propel women into computer science careers, San Jose Mercury News (front page)
* 2014-03-01 CS KickStart gives budding female computer scientists a window to the programming world, San Jose Mercury News (photo only)
* 2014-02-26 Women in Tech: Ladies outnumber men in UC Berkeley computer class for the first time ever, Bustle (remix of SF Chronicle article)
* 2014-02-25 Foodies using technology to get tough reservations, ABC 7 News (with video)
* 2014-02-24 There Was a Major Step Forward for Women and Tech at Berkeley, Identities.Mic (remix of SF Chronicle article)
* 2014-02-24 For the First Time Ever, More Women Than Men Enroll in UC Berkeley Intro to CS, women2.0 (remix of TechCrunch article)
* 2014-02-22 Women Outnumber Men in Berkeley's Intro to Computer Science, bigthing (remix of TechCrunch article)
* 2014-02-22 Women Outnumber Men For The First Time In Berkeley's Intro To Computer Science, Y combinator Hacker News (remix of TechCrunch article)
* 2014-02-21 Women Outnumber Men For The First Time In Berkeley's Intro To Computer Science Course, TechCrunch
* 2014-02-21 For the First Time, Women Outnumber Men in a UC-Berkeley Computer Science Course, slate (remix of SF Chronicle article)
* 2014-02-18 Tech shift: More women in computer science classes, San Francisco Chronicle (front page)
* 2013-12-11 Hundreds of teens attend Computer Science Education Day at Cal, Contra Costa Times
* 2013-11-20 Online Education, berkeley science review
* 2013-11-17 UC unveils 20 new online courses for high-demand classes, The Daily Californian
* 2013-08-20 How to win at Connect Four every time! A link to a game solver that you can use on your smartphone or computer, Mind Your Decisions (blog)
* 2013-03-21 UC Berkeley aims to stay ahead of the curve in age of tech, The Daily Californian
* 2013-02-27 Professors see varying success in online courses, The Daily Californian (with video)
* 2013-01-08 One Professor's Approach to Online Learning: He's Learning Too, PBS NewsHour (with video)
* 2012-11-14 Compulsory Computing, The Daily Californian
* 2012-11-13 Female students still struggle to find foothold in engineering, computer science, The Daily Californian
* 2012-10-29 A Reboot in Recruiting Women Into Computer Science, The Chronicle of Higher Education
* 2012-09-09 UC Berkeley instructors develop new computer science course, The Daily Californian
* 2012-03-19 Campus increases use of social media, online platforms for discussion, The Daily Californian
* 2012-02-20 UC inaugurates pilot program for online classes, The Daily Californian
* 2010-08-19 Why Build Your Own Blocks?, Hélène Martin (blog)
* 2009-12-15 Oh! The Beauty and Joy of Computing, Berkeley Engineering

RAD Activities (archived)

* Computer Science Education (along with course development and diversity / community outreach)
LEGEND
* Birds of a Feather
* Special Session
* Workshop
* Paper
* Poster
* Invited Talk
* Panel
2014
* Garcia, Daniel D. Transforming K-12 Computer Science: The Beauty and Joy of Computing (Keynote), The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference 2014, Seattle, WA, February 5-8, 2014.
* Computational Game Theory (I developed Gamesman under Prof. Elwyn Berlekamp!)
* Berkeley Graphics Recreational Computer Graphics & Animation (Here is some CGI I've done with textures and icons)
* Programming Mac OS X, iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads

Fun Interests

* Heart Candy (friends)
* Tao Ye, mi amor y esposa
* Dr. Michael Rehl, my best friend (since 1977!), who's now a Walnut Creek Chiropractor!
* Family and friends, although keeping up with email is difficult
* GTAT: Angie Schuett, Drew Roselli, Dan Rice and Fielding Mellish
* Jaycito Cofresi, my second cousin from 'da Bronx
* Ronnen Levinson, my fellow upstate NYer ex-housemate
* Would you believe I'm not the only Dan Garcia!
* (Icon of CCS Alumni) Cooperstown Central School (NY) Alumni
* Eye Candy (Television and Movies and Images)
* Anything by Aardman Animations (like Wallace & Gromit)
* Photography (I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and am loving the new 70-200 f/2.8 lens)
* Body Candy (Sports and Recreation)
* Golf! (low:93, avg:100) My swing w/iron and wood 1, 2, 3 times has changed!! I once hit two birdies!
* Ultimate
* Hoops My high school hoops team finished fourth in the state and has been inducted into the school's athletics Hall of Fame!
* Rock Climbing at the RSF, Tilden Park and nearby parks
* Softball. My ex-teams: Badness 10000 and NP Complete Idiots (who went 8-0 in league play!). I batted, uh, pretty well
* Juggling I learned to do a 5-ball cascade!
* Brain Candy (Puzzles and Games and Learning)
* Puzzles (logic, math, programming, etc.) Books, videos and CDROMs I own
* My Atari 2600, 7800 & emulators. Wanna trade carts?
* Computer Games: TIM, Firestorm, Smart Games, MacMAME.
* Ear Candy (Music and Humor)
* Listening to Monty Python and memorizing sketches
* Jazz, Salsa, Classic Rock, Folk, Rap, Classical, Opera
* Woody Allen films, books, CDs Moose Kidnapped
* Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Cheech & Chong, Eddie Murphy, Smothers Brothers, and other classic comedians
* Random comedy. (e.g. the real and faked "bambulance")
* Random Candy
* My Apple 3.0GHz 8-core 64GiB-RAM 1TB-HD Mac Pro and 2.6GHz 15-inch 16GiB-RAM MacBook Pro Retina (Ferris Sound)
* (Icon of SPAM) SPAM (the food)
* Puerto Rico (PR Flag) ¡Soy Borinqueño (de Nueva York)... Soy ¡Nuyorican!

Education

* Fatherhood! 2005, 2009
* Ph.D. in Computer Science UCB 2000
* M.S. in Computer Science UCB 1995
* B.S. in Computer Science (VI-III) MIT 1990 (entered in Class of 1989) Baker House
* B.S. in Electrical Engineering (VI-I) MIT 1990 (entered in Class of 1989)
* N.Y.S. Regents Diploma from Cooperstown (NY) Central HS 1985
* Public Grade School Education from Public School 94 in 'da Bronx, NY (just like comedian Robert Klein!)

Six month plan

* Be a great mentor to my Master's students Zach MacHardy and Jonathan McKinsey
* Teach CS10 (The Beauty and Joy of Computing) and build the world's best edX course around it.
* Be a great EECS / CITRIS AV Czar

Life plan (Monty Python Sound)

* Be a super dad to my two children, a super husband to my wife Tao, and a super [grand]son to my [grand]parents.
* Be the best computer science instructor I can be.
* Research my family genealogy
* Reduce personal entropy.
* Break 90 on the links (previous low: 93 on par 72 course)


Dan Garcia (ddgarcia@cs.berkeley.edu) This page last modified: 2014-12-07@04:44:32 PST
Office: 777 Soda Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 94720-1776 (o) 510-517-4041 (f) 510-642-5775
Computer Science Dept., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, (Bay Area)

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