Bridget B. Baird
Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science
Joined Connecticut College: 1982-2013
Bridget Baird retired from Connecticut College in 2013.
Professor Baird's current research has focused on generative art and the ways it can be used to produce artistic works that are based in data. These computer works have involved poetry, visuals and audio and have been realized both as interactive installations and as performances. Interests also include using multiple modalities to connect technology with the arts, and exploring topics in digital humanities.
Baird took her research into the classroom, teaching classes in both computer science and mathematics. She also supervised numerous student research projects, both during the academic year and during the summer.
A strong interest was in modifying the introductory computer science class to include a wider array of hands-on projects; and to show the applications of computer science in many different disciplines. For 11 years Baird served as the Director of the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology.
Baird is also interested in issues about gender equity and ways to increase the participation of women in computer science and mathematics.
Baird has published and made presentations extensively, most recently at the 2016 Arts & Technology Symposium at Connecticut College and at the 2015 Generative Art Conference in Venice.
Baird received many grants, including a Fulbright grant to teach and study in Ecuador (2009), a Mellon Foundation (2005-2007) grant to foster cooperation in computer science among Wesleyan, Trinity and Connecticut College; a Sherman-Fairchild Foundation (2006-2008) grant to encourage cooperative teaching in the arts; a Citizens Bank and AT&T grant to support the arts and technology symposium and outreach to local teachers (2006-2007); a National Science Foundation (2002-2006) grant to increase enrollments (particularly of women and minorities) in math and computer science; a Center for Teaching & Learning grant at Connecticut College (2003-2005) to develop curricula in ethnomathematics; an AT&T grant for professional development of local arts teachers (2001-2003); a National Science Foundation grant for visualization and immersion modules of scientific principles (1998-2000); and a Fulbright grant to teach in Mexico (1996).
Baird was the 2008 recipient of the Helen B. Regan Faculty Leadership Award, which recognizes faculty members who exemplify the College's commitment to shared governance, democratic process and campus community development.
She delivered the Convocation address, "Liberal Arts 2.0" in August, 2008. Baird was the recipient of the Student Government Association Excellence in Teaching Award for 1994.
For more information, visit Baird's personal website at cs.conncoll.edu/baird
Bridget B. Baird
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320