UD Senior Works with Cyber Professor to Launch WildChain

By Megan Wagner, MH ’16

Computer science major Clarissa Skipworth, BA ’22, interned with Associate Professor of Cybersecurity Renita Murimi, Ph.D., CISSP, as they launched the blockchain company WildChain. Using blockchain technology, they are aiding global conservation efforts. We wanted to learn more about Skipworth’s unique opportunity and what she’s learned on the job.   

How did you choose computer science as a major? What are your other academic areas of interest? 

I remained undeclared for my first year at UD while I took a lot of Core and some upper-level STEM classes to help me discern my major. I was torn between my passion for languages and the appeal of mathematical logic. I tried out computer science in my second year, and proceeded to adopt it as my major when I realized it was the intersection of these two passions: a way of communicating logic through programming languages.

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Carl Wellman, professor emeritus of philosophy in Arts & Sciences, 94 | The Source

Philosopher Carl Wellman, the Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, died of natural causes Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. He was 94.

Wellman (left) with his wife, Farnell Parsons, and their son Christopher. (Photo courtesy of the family)

Born in 1926 in Lynn, Mass., Wellman grew up in Manchester, N.H. As a child, he fought a long battle with Steven-Johnson syndrome and after high school, at his doctors’ recommendation, studied at the University of Arizona, in hopes that the desert climate might improve his health. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1949, double-majoring in philosophy and political science.

Wellman then pursued his doctorate in philosophy at Harvard University. He received Harvard’s Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, enabling him to spend a year at Cambridge University. There, he studied unpublished manuscripts by

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‘You could learn a lot from his perspective’: Duke professor Mathew McCubbins remembered for mentorship, selflessness

Mathew McCubbins, Ruth F. De Varney professor of political science and professor of law, died July 1 at the age of 64. He is remembered as a game-changer in the field of political science, a deeply engaged scholar and a dedicated mentor.

Throughout his career, McCubbins’ work focused on legislative majorities and how they control power in lawmaking bodies.

“He was a giant in the field of political institutions and Congress and legislators,” said Pablo Beramendi, professor of political science. 

Prior to teaching at Duke, McCubbins served as the provost professor of business, law and political economy at the University of Southern California and director of the USC-Cal Tech Center for the Study of Law and Politics at the Gould School of Law at USC.

He was an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2008, he won

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Game-theory research earns NSF CAREER Award for assistant professor

According to classic theories of communication — especially the pioneering model developed by electrical engineer Claude Shannon and mathematician Warren Weaver more than 70 years ago — the sender and receiver have the same goals. Both want to share whatever the message is, as free of errors and interference as possible.

But what if they have different goals? With our 21st-century technology increasingly stitched together using Wi-Fi or 5G networking, competing companies could try to prioritize their messages or otherwise seek an advantage.

Assistant Professor Emrah Akyol has ideas about how to solve those concerns, and they involve utilizing game theory to level the playing field again.

Game theory breaks down the interactions of rational decision-makers into mathematical models, assessing and attempting to compensate for any biases that individual participants may have. While it has been developed in the economics realm, STEM researchers also have applied game theory to numerous

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