CRA is hiring! We’re looking for a new Policy Analyst on our Government Affairs staff. If you’re interested in helping the computing research community make its case in Washington, or know someone who is, please see the ad below!
The Computing Research Association, the national voice of the computing research community, seeks a Policy Analyst for its Government Affairs staff. This person will work closely with the Director of Government Affairs tracking and managing their own portfolio of policy issues, providing research support, planning events, handling some administrative duties, and helping communicate with CRA’s membership.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelors degree in information technology, public policy or a related field; some experience in a policy-oriented environment; some experience planning workshops or briefings; excellent verbal and written skills; web-skills; and a demonstrated interest in federal research policy and computing. Interested candidates should submit a resume with cover letter describing their qualifications and salary requirements via email to email@example.com
About CRA -
The Computing Research Association (CRA) is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies.
CRA’s mission is to enhance innovation by joining with industry, government and academia to strengthen research and advanced education in computing. CRA executes this mission by leading the computing research community, informing policymakers and the public, and facilitating the development of strong, diverse talent in the field.
After seven years as CRA’s Policy Analyst, Melissa Norr will be leaving CRA to begin a new career in library science. Melissa – who worked closely with Peter Harsha, CRA’s Director of Government Affairs, helping shape CRA’s policy mission — will be pursuing her passion for books with a position with the DC Public Library while she finishes a Masters in Library Science at Clarion University.
In her seven years at CRA, Melissa was instrumental in helping CRA and the computing community increase its influence on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. In particular, Melissa led CRA’s robotics and CS education policy efforts, in addition to being the organizing force behind CRA’s successful congressional visits’ days and Congressional Fall Fly-in events.
While she will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues at CRA and in the science advocacy community, we wish all the best for her as she embarks on her new career in the library.
The folks behind the 2013 Golden Goose Awards have put together a really nice video highlighting this year’s winners. You may recall that the Golden Goose Awards were the brainchild of Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) who had grown frustrated with the occasional targeting by his colleagues in Congress of so-called “silly-sounding science” — shrimp on treadmills, towel-folding robots, things that are easy to mock unless you understand the science behind the “silliness,” which many critics didn’t. So the Golden Goose Awards seek to highlight research that might have sounded silly at the outset, but have returned enormous payoff, often in unexpected ways. This year’s video is well-produced and well worth watching!