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2011-12 Wittenberg Saturday Science Program Continues Dec. 10

November 28, 2011  
 Filed in Community, Events, Science

Springfield, Ohio – The 2011-12 Wittenberg Saturday Science program continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center with a presentation titled “Cryptography for secure communication” by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Steven Bogaerts.

Wittenberg Saturday Science is an outreach program started in January 2009 that exposes area high school and home-schooled students to science and its many possibilities. A wide range of academic departments are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year.

While the format sometimes varies, programs normally feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. On Dec. 10, Bogaerts will discuss Internet communications, including online purchases, banking and personal records, and how confidentiality is maintained.

After a continental breakfast in the David L. Hobson Atrium, students then take part in a science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors. Bogaerts will lead a hands-on exploration of key concepts in cryptography, including how it can be used to maintain confidentiality and integrity of communications.

A Wittenberg faculty member since 2007, Bogaerts teaches a wide range of courses at Wittenberg, including introductory programming, algorithms, programming languages, artificial intelligence, and the senior seminar. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology before earning a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University.

Bogaerts has served as a research assistant for a project for distributed collaborative troubleshooting of Naval systems, a software developer at Children’s Research Institute of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and a developer at the Center for Healthy Communities of the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He has also written articles for several publications.

Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs, and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors.

There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. To register for the event, go to For more information, emails can be sent to

Written By: Ryan Maurer


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