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Building a culture of computing in the sciences using images as data within a community of practice
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  • Tessa Durham Brooks,
  • Raychelle Burks,
  • Mark Meysenburg,
  • Erin Doyle,
  • Chris Huber
Tessa Durham Brooks

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Raychelle Burks
Mark Meysenburg
Erin Doyle
Chris Huber


The Digital Imaging and Vision Applications in Science (DIVAS) program was built to improve the computational self-efficacy and skill of first- and second-year college students majoring in biological and chemical sciences. Our three-year pilot study showed that the program could be successful in both fronts. The scholars, faculty, and staff who participated formed a community of practice that became the heart of the DIVAS program. Through this community, we expanded access to the image processing workshop in collaboration with The Carpentries, supported faculty and secondary educators in developing computing modules for their classrooms, and created and staffed a "writing center for computing" on the host campus. Overall, the DIVAS program has sparked a local computing culture. DIVAS interventions and resources are freely available for adoption by other institutions. We hope to grow the community in a way that builds student access and opportunities and supports educators in the process.
25 Aug 2021Submitted to Computing in Science and Engineering
26 Aug 2021Published in Computing in Science and Engineering
01 Sep 2021Published in Computing in Science & Engineering volume 23 issue 5 on pages 67-71. 10.1109/MCSE.2021.3108617