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Anthony Joseph Duben
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas
 

Duben is the Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics of the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He took this position after he retired as professor emeritus of computer science from Southeast Missouri State University, where he spent 22 years, rising from assistant professor to professor, and serving as associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and as chairman of the computer science department.

He studied chemistry and mathematics for his BS from Marquette University in Milwaukee. His PhD, in physical chemistry, is from the Pennsylvania State University. He was, and is, particularly interested in computational chemistry. His early exposure to computing was on an IBM 7094 using Fortran II, and he completed his dissertation research on an IBM 360. At that time, he discovered that a person could make a lot of friends if he knew OS360 JCL.

His interest in computational chemistry took him from large quantum mechanical calculations into statistical mechanical studies of glycoprotein geometries, as well as into instrument construction and computerized data collection and control systems.

Although he is a full-time administrator, he is still interested in computational science. In particular, he wishes he had the time to use the new college parallel processing cluster to work on some unresolved problems in molecular hydrodynamics and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of proteins and sugars. He is also interested in Extensible Markup Language (XML) applications in the sciences for data storage and portability among computer programs.

He belongs to the ACM, IEEE, and IEEE-Computer Society, and served the profession as an ABET-CAC accreditation evaluator (and hopes to continue doing so).


     

Surviving software dependencies
Cox R.  Communications of the ACM 62(9): 36-43, 2019. Type: Article

Software has been reused since the days of exchanging decks of punched cards wrapped in listings printed on green bar paper. Packages (that is, libraries) of code are everywhere and are used in an overwhelming number of applications. Starting with...

 

 Tools and weapons: the promise and the peril of the digital age
Smith B., Browne C.,  Penguin Press, London, UK, 2019. 368 pp. Type: Book (978-1-984877-71-0)

Digital technology is both a sword and a plowshare. It is disruptive both in positive and negative ways, often at the same time. This book is a superbly written assembly of stories describing how Microsoft, often in partnership with other technolo...

 

Integer linear programming in computational and systems biology: an entry-level text and course
Gusfield D.,  Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2019. 428 pp. Type: Book (978-1-108421-76-8)

Integer linear programming (ILP) is an optimization method that depends on the satisfaction of a set of linear equality or inequality relationships and has solutions with integer (rather than continuous) values. An important application area of IL...

 

Ray tracing: a tool for all
Peddie J.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 348 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030174-89-7)

In the appendix, Peddie makes the claim that artist Albrecht Dürer originated ray tracing with his 1502 painting of a hare, which displays all of the visual techniques of composition that ray tracing must apply in a good image. Computational ...

 

Economic growth and automation risks in developing countries due to the transition toward digital modernity
Nagano A.  ICEGOV 2018 (Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, Galway, Ireland,  Apr 4-6, 2018) 42-50, 2018. Type: Proceedings

When I read this paper, I recalled a news report from several months ago that describes a robot that can cut and sew fabric into garments. It is so sophisticated that it can handle patterned fabrics so that seams match and pockets are inconspicuou...

 
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