WINI Stays Busy with Successful Events

March 23, 2012

The Women@INI student organization (WINI) is showing us how its done when it comes to balancing studies with grabbing the opportunity to exercise their leadership skills in the community. WINI is a group committed to promoting and supporting the professional and academic goals of students at the Information Networking Institute (INI). Two recent WINI events have provided fond memories for its participants at the INI.

On Monday, March 19, WINI members joined forces with students at the School of Computer Science (SCS) to teach a workshop on cryptography for local schoolchildren. The event was part of the TechNights series, an outreach program by Women@SCS student organization that focuses on exposing middle school girls to creative technologies. Using computer animation, web design, programming, robotics and interactive media, the CMU students hope to engage a future generation of women in technology.

On Monday, February 20, members of WINI gathered at Professor Lorrie Cranor's house to taste assortments of chocolate and appoint new officers. The new officers appointed were Anuja Shah and Apoorva Govind for the Pittsburgh campus, and Kathryn Thomas and Pooja Gada for the Silicon Valley campus, all of whom were selected based on the essays they submitted on why they wanted to serve as WINI officers.  

"This year for the first time, we did a presentation about the history of chocolate," previous WINI Officer Astha Singhal said. "The seminar was conducted by Dr. Susan Polansky, the head of the modern languages department."

The talk was titled "Food Currents between Spain and the Americas: The Case of Chocolate" and examined intercontinental exchanges, using chocolate as the example. It also covered the history of chocolate in the Americas and how it changed when the Spaniards settled here.

"After the talk, we tasted a bunch of dark chocolates that differed in cocoa percentage by a small amount, ranging from 67% cocoa to 82% cocoa," Singhal said. "We also had chili chocolate and bacon chocolate to try something different."

Those who attended and got to enjoy the presentation included Professor Lorrie Cranor, who is also the faculty advisor for WINI, INI students, staff members and INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis.