Published: October 2017, Issue: Vol. 29/No.9, Download as PDF

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Nominees Sought for CRA Board of Directors


The Computing Research Association seeks your help in suggesting nominations for its board of directors. We want individuals who have the time, energy and initiative to work on CRA issues on behalf of the entire CRA community. We have a working board, and all members are expected to be involved with community issues.

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Nominations Open for 2018 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award


This award program honors faculty members in computing who have made a significant impact on students they have mentored. The CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award recognizes faculty members who have provided exceptional mentorship and undergraduate research experiences and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of these students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

CRA-E Graduate Fellows Program Accepting Nominations


The CRA Education Committee is now accepting applications for the CRA-E Graduate Fellows Program. The program provides opportunities for Ph.D. candidates in computing fields to contribute to CRA-E projects, network with computer science education advocates on the committee, engage in advocacy for mentoring undergraduate students and promote undergraduate research and education at the national level.

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Computing Researchers Travel to D.C. to Make the Case for Computing


On September 13, 14 computing researchers from across the country visited Washington, D.C. to make the case for federally funded computing research. In all, they participated in nearly 40 House and Senate meetings. Their message to Congress was very simple: Federally supported computing research is vital to the nation’s future. Using their own research and individual stories as support, and helped with additional information from CRA, they made the “federal case” for computing to Members of Congress and their staff.

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Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs 2017


The second CCC Computing Research Symposium has a program designed to illuminate current and future trends in computing and the potential for computing to address national challenges. Please see the agenda and symposium website for more information. The event will be livestreamed here starting at 8:30AM EDT on Monday, October 23. Join the conversation on twitter using #CCCSymposium!

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Computer Hardware’s Ongoing Metamorphosis, as reported in the New York Times


In a recent article, “Chips off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Cues From Human Brains,” the New York Times highlighted the latest new wave of innovation in computer hardware, the foundation of Information Technology that has so altered our world. This post analyzes the article and shares related CCC resources.

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Which Students are Attending Technical Conferences in Computing?


CERP data indicate first year and second year students were proportionally less likely to attend a technical conference in computing over the past year compared to upper division students. This finding is important because participation in conferences may help foster engagement and retention in computing, particularly among first and second year students.

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Why Social Science? Because It Makes Computing Work for People


Social science is instrumental to computing not just to help answer the question of “what can we do?”, but also “what should we do?” As algorithms and autonomous agents become increasingly part of daily life, the issue of algorithm bias, for example, requires much input from both social sciences and humanities. And as the world becomes ever more awash in digital data and as our technology becomes ever more adept at wading through it, social scientists are helping us understand the implications for privacy and offering ways to preserve it.

2018 IBM Two-Year Worldwide PhD Fellowship


IBM is pleased to announce the 2018 IBM Two-Year Worldwide PhD Fellowship for the academic years of 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.  Strong collaboration with faculty, students and universities is vital to IBM. The PhD Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognizing and supporting exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies.

Announcements


Are You Working on the Taulbee Survey?
The CRA Taulbee Survey is in progress. The deadline for the salary section is November 20 and the deadline for the rest of the survey is January 8, 2018.

CRA Summit on Technology and Jobs
On December 12, CRA will host a Summit on Technology and Jobs in Washington, DC.

Applications Open for CRA’s New URMD Grad Cohort Workshop
Applications are now open until October 15 for the inaugural CRA URMD Graduate Cohort Workshop, which will be held March 16-17, 2018 in San Diego, CA.

Nominations Open for 2018 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers
The deadline for nominations is October 27.

Nominations Open for CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awards
The deadline for receipt of nominations for both awards is December 8.

Save the Date: 2018 CRA Career Mentoring Workshop
CRA’s biennial Career Mentoring Workshop will be offered on February 26-27, 2018 at The Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA.