Computing Research News

March 2015 Vol. 27/No. 3     ∫ Download PDF Version - 3.4 MB

2014 Taulbee Report Sneak Preview

By Stu Zweben and Betsy Bizot Full Article

The 2014 Taulbee Report will be published in the May 2015 issue of CRN. As we have done for the past few years, we’re providing a preview of the degree and enrollment numbers for bachelor’s and doctoral level programs in the departments responding to the survey.

March Announcements

By CRA Staff Full Article

Here's what happened at CRA in March.

2015 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

By CRA Staff Full Article

The CRA Board of Directors has announced its selections of the 2015 Service and Habermann Awards.

NSF and the National Big Data Initiative

By Chaitan Baru, Senior Advisor for Data Science, CISE Directorate, National Science Foundation Full Article

Three years have passed since the launch in March 2012 of the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The breathtaking pace of activity in big data has continued unabated in the intervening years. In August 2014, Gartner declared that “big data” had passed the peak of the so-called “Hype Cycle.” This only means that the community can now roll up their collective sleeves and get to work on the real issues, rather than worrying about the hype!

Privacy by Design Workshop: Concepts and Connections

By CCC Blog Full Article

The following guest blog post is contributed by Ph.D. students Nick Doty and Richmond Wong working with Deirdre Mulligan from the University of California Berkeley School of Information.

Big Data Science at Johns Hopkins

By Alex Szalay, Johns Hopkins University Full Article

Last year Johns Hopkins University (JHU) started the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES, pronounced as “Ideas”), promoting the use of large data sets for scientific discovery across the whole university. IDIES spansAnchor the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Public Health, and Medicine. Hopkins president Ron Daniels and several deans have dedicated 10 new faculty positions to IDIES, all encouraging interdisciplinary research related to Big Data in science. Currently, IDIES has more than 80 faculty associates.

March 2015 CERP Infographic

By Ama Nyame-Mensah, CERP Research Associate Full Article

Black and Hispanic Students at Minority-Serving Institutions are more interested in a computing research career than their counterparts attending Non-Minority Serving Institutions

Disseminating CERP Research Findings to Promote Diversity in Computing and Other STEM Fields

By Jane Stout, CERP Director Full Article

Two years since its inception, CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) has proven to be a valuable resource for the computing community. CERP’s benchmark survey research mechanism, the Data Buddies Project, generates reliably large and diverse datasets pertaining to computing students’ experiences in their degree programs. CERP’s data had originally been slated primarily for “comparative evaluation” purposes; students’ experiences gleaned from survey data are pitted against each other as a function of whether or not they have participated in a given professional development program. Since August 2014, CERP’s data have been harnessed for a second purpose, which is to conduct basic social science research on issues of diversity of computing. This new focus is supported by a new grant awarded to CRA: NSF DUE-1431112, Promoting a Diverse Computing Workforce: Using National Survey Data to Understand Persistence Across Undergraduate Student Groups, which was written and is overseen by CERP Director, Jane Stout.

Expanding the Pipeline

G/rep{sec}  = underrepresesented groups in security research

By Terry Benzel, Susan Landau, and Hilarie Orman Full Article

Three years ago in May 2012, as Terry Benzel, Deputy Director, Computer Networks Division, Information Sciences Institute at USC, Hilarie Orman, The Purple Streak (a software security firm), and I, Susan, then a visiting scholar at Harvard, sat at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, we had trouble seeing any other women. As women researchers in security and privacy of a certain age, we were accustomed to that. But we were not accustomed to the original proposal for the program committee for the following year’s program committee: forty men, two women. We looked at each other. There was not “world enough and time” to wait for the situation to change; we needed to take action now.

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