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On July 23, 1994, Adam Rifkin, a Caltech graduate student associated with the CRPC, gave a two-hour talk on the CRPC's research and outreach efforts at an education workshop at Spelman College in Atlanta. The four-day workshop, entitled "A Quality Computer Science Program on a Shoe-String Budget," was sponsored by the Association for Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI) and was attended by faculty and administrators from computer science departments at numerous minority colleges and universities.

"I really think the talk was a success," Rifkin said. "I was able to mention various projects on which the center has been working and how the attendees could access our public domain software." CRPC projects Rifkin discussed included MPI, PVM, P4, Fortran D and the D System, Fortran M, CC++, an online book on building parallel programs, PCN, XNetlib, and eText. He also covered the CRPC's Internet resources and ran videos of smog simulation, CC++ thread visualization, and a CRPC high school outreach program. In addition, he gave attendees information about some of the CRPC's outreach programs.

Rifkin noted progress in generating discussion after his talk about minority issues in higher education. At the 1995 National Education in Computing Conference, he and other attendees of the ADMI meeting are planning to hold a workshop on underlying attitudes that are preventing minority students from pursuing higher education. The conference will attract more than 5,000 people from several areas of computing education.

The workshop featured other speakers from universities, government research organizations, and funding agencies who covered areas such as networking, online retrieval tools, numerical packages, programming languages, visualization, applications, and proposal writing. Founded in 1989, ADMI is a national organization of minority institutions of higher education dedicated to exploring and providing remedies to minority issues in computer and information science and computer engineering education. The organization is composed of 77 members from 117 departments at 170 institutions.

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