ESP Biography



MELODY SPENCER, Senior in Computer Science




Major: Computer Science

College/Employer: Cornell

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! I am a senior in the College of Engineering at Cornell. I'm originally from Central MA (West Brookfield). Although my major is Computer Science, I also have a passion for the natural sciences, especially Climatology and Earth Science. I believe that both technology and our natural world are super interesting and important for our way of life. My favorite pastimes are video games (both playing and making!) and reading about science/technology. I also love long distance running!

If you have questions about Cornell or are looking for resources to learn how to code, feel free to email me!



Past Classes

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The Future of Humanity: A discussion on Technology, Biology, and Ethics in Splash Fall 17
What do the Matrix, Gattaca, and Star Trek have to do with our future? Are these movies purely fictional, or do they contain a sliver of truth? Inspired by these ideas, scientists look at the knowledge we have today to make predictions about future technology. Is it possible to control our genes, and if so, how will that change our society? Is it possible for humans to explore deep space, and if we can, will we colonize other planets? Look at the science with us and make your own predictions!


Intro to Computer Hardware: Building or Buying like an Expert in Splash Spring 17
How would you go about building a computer? What would your shopping list look like? What would it cost? How would you know that you're getting the best parts for the best price? How would you know that you're buying the best laptop for your price range? $$\\$$ $$\\$$ We'll be learning about computer hardware! Topics and skills covered include: $$\\$$ - Basic Computer Hardware $$\\$$ - Computer Performance (what makes a computer "good" or "fast") $$\\$$ - Walking into Best Buy like you own the place


Intro to Computer Hardware: Building (or Buying) like an Expert in Splash Fall 2016
How would you go about building a computer? What would your shopping list look like? What would it cost? How would you know that you're getting the best parts for the best price? How would you know that you're buying the best laptop for your price range? $$\\$$ $$\\$$ We'll be learning about computer hardware! Topics and skills covered include: $$\\$$ - Basic Computer Hardware $$\\$$ - Computer Performance (what makes a computer "good" or "fast") $$\\$$ - Walking into Best Buy like you own the place


What's with Weather? in Splash Fall 2015
Weather and Climate have a huge impact on our everyday lives. Last year, Boston, MA had the most snow they have ever had in one winter- 12 feet in total! Throughout the Northeast we saw record-breaking cold and snowfall. Despite this, 2014 was officially named the hottest year in modern history, and 2015 is on course to take that title again. This year, we are on track to have a very warm fall and mild winter due to a massive El NiƱo event. What is happening to the weather!? Learn the fundamentals of weather and climate change, including current major weather events! Turn your mundane "how's the weather" conversation into a discussion on global climate phenomenon!


The Future of Humanity: A discussion on Technology, Biology, and Ethics in Splash Spring 2015
What do the Matrix, Gattaca, and Star Trek have to do with our future? Are these movies purely fictional, or do they contain a sliver of truth? Inspired by these ideas, scientists look at the knowledge we have today to make predictions about future technology. Is it possible to control our genes, and if so, how will that change our society? Is it possible for humans to explore deep space, and if we can, will we colonize other planets? Look at the science with us and make your own predictions!


Biohistory: The Evolution of Us in Splash Fall 2014
Humans are weird. We stand upright, have huge brains, talk to each other, etc. It is estimated that we share 95-99% of our genes with our closest ancestors, the great apes, yet we look and act so differently... or do we? Learn about the evolutionary history of humankind, from why we are so smart to where diabetes comes from. We will also talk about current forces of natural selection and where they may take us in the future. This class will be a lecture/discussion combination. Talking will be encouraged!