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  1. Novice programmers need to write basic code as part of the learning process, but they often face difficulties. To assist struggling students, we recently implemented personalized Parsons problems, which are code puzzles where students arrange blocks of code to solve them, as pop-up scaffolding. Students found them to be more engaging and preferred them for learning, instead of simply receiving the correct answer, such as the response they might get from generative AI tools like ChatGPT. However, a drawback of using Parsons problems as scaffolding is that students may be able to put the code blocks in the correct order without fully understanding the rationale of the correct solution. As a result, the learning benefits of scaffolding are compromised. Can we improve the understanding of personalized Parsons scaffolding by providing textual code explanations? In this poster, we propose a design that incorporates multiple levels of textual explanations for the Parsons problems. This design will be used for future technical evaluations and classroom experiments. These experiments will explore the effectiveness of adding textual explanations to Parsons problems to improve instructional benefits. 
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    Free, publicly-accessible full text available March 14, 2025
  2. Globally, traumatic injury is a leading cause of suffering and death. The ability to curtail damage and ensure survival after major injury requires a time‐sensitive response balancing organ perfusion, blood loss, and portability, underscoring the need for novel therapies for the prehospital environment. Currently, there are few options available for damage control resuscitation (DCR) of trauma victims. We hypothesize that synthetic polymers, which are tunable, portable, and stable under austere conditions, can be developed as effective injectable therapies for trauma medicine. In this work, we design injectable polymers for use as low volume resuscitants (LVRs). Using RAFT polymerization, we evaluate the effect of polymer size, architecture, and chemical composition upon both blood coagulation and resuscitation in a rat hemorrhagic shock model. Our therapy is evaluated against a clinically used colloid resuscitant, Hextend. We demonstrate that a radiant star poly(glycerol monomethacrylate) polymer did not interfere with coagulation while successfully correcting metabolic deficit and resuscitating animals from hemorrhagic shock to the desired mean arterial pressure range for DCR – correcting a 60% total blood volume (TBV) loss when given at only 10% TBV. This highly portable and non‐coagulopathic resuscitant has profound potential for application in trauma medicine.

     
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  3. Introductory programming courses aim to teach students to write code independently. However, transitioning from studying worked examples to generating their own code is often difficult and frustrating for students, especially those with lower CS self-efficacy in general. Therefore, we investigated the impact of using Parsons problems as a code-writing scaffold for students with varying levels of CS self-efficacy. Parsons problems are programming tasks where students arrange mixed-up code blocks in the correct order. We conducted a between-subjects study with undergraduate students (N=89) on a topic where students have limited code-writing expertise. Students were randomly assigned to one of two conditions. Students in one condition practiced writing code without any scaffolding, while students in the other condition were provided with scaffolding in the form of an equivalent Parsons problem. We found that, for students with low CS self-efficacy levels, those who received scaffolding achieved significantly higher practice performance and in-practice problem-solving efficiency compared to those without any scaffolding. Furthermore, when given Parsons problems as scaffolding during practice, students with lower CS selfefficacy were more likely to solve them. In addition, students with higher pre-practice knowledge on the topic were more likely to effectively use the Parsons scaffolding. This study provides evidence for the benefits of using Parsons problems to scaffold students’ write-code activities. It also has implications for optimizing the Parsons scaffolding experience for students, including providing personalized and adaptive Parsons problems based on the student’s current problem-solving status. 
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  5. Novice programmers struggle with writing code from scratch. One possible way to help them is by using an equivalent Parsons problem on demand, where learners place mixed-up code blocks in the correct order. In a classroom study with 89 undergraduate students, we examined how using a Parsons problem as scaffolding impacts performance and problem-solving efficiency. Results showed that students in the Parsons as Help group achieved significantly higher practice performance and problem-solving efficiency than students who wrote code without help, while achieving the same level of posttest scores. These results improve the understanding of Parsons problems and contribute to the design of future coding practices. 
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  6. In cloud-native environments, containers are often deployed within lightweight virtual machines (VMs) to ensure strong security isolation and privacy protection. With the growing demand for customized cloud services, third-party vendors are turning to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud providers to build their own cloud-native platforms, necessitating the need to run a VM or a guest that hosts containers inside another VM instance leased from an IaaS cloud. State-of-the-art nested virtualization in the x86 architecture relies heavily on the host hypervisor to expose hardware virtualization support to the guest hypervisor, not only complicating cloud management but also raising concerns about an increased attack surface at the host hypervisor. This paper presents the design and implementation of PVM, a high-performance guest hypervisor for KVM that is transparent to the host hypervisor and assumes no hardware virtualization support. PVM leverages two key designs: 1) a minimal shared memory region between the guest and guest hypervisor to facilitate state transition between different privilege levels and 2) an efficient shadow page table design to reduce the cost of memory virtualization. PVM has been adopted by a major IaaS cloud provider for hosting tens of thousands of secure containers on a daily basis. Our experiments demonstrate that PVM significantly outperforms current nested virtualization in KVM for memory virtualization, particularly for concurrent workloads, while maintaining comparable performance in CPU and I/O virtualization. 
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