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New Faces at CRA


By Elora Daniels, Communications Associate The Computing Research Association (CRA) is thrilled to welcome three exceptional professionals to our expanding team. With a diverse range of skills, experiences, and innovative perspectives, our new team members each uniquely align with CRA’s mission to advance computing research and change the world.  Join us in welcoming Barrington Davis, […]

2024 CRA Board of Directors Election Slate; Petition Nominees Sought 


By Matt Hazenbush, Director of Communications  CRA is pleased to announce the 2024 Election Committee’s slate of candidates for the CRA Board of Directors.  Academic (6 openings) James Allan* (University of Massachusetts Amherst) Srinivas Aluru (Georgia Institute of Technology)  Maureen Doyle (Northern Kentucky University) Joan Feigenbaum (Yale University) Ran Libeskind-Hadas* (Claremont McKenna College) Manuel Pérez […]

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CCC Receives $5 Million NSF Award to Continue Catalyzing the Research Community 


By Haley Griffin, Program Associate, CCC, and Matt Hazenbush, Director of Communications   Following an intensive recompete process, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue serving the computing research community for another two years.  Building on CCC’s […]

Jeannette Wing Joins CRA Board of Directors as an ACM Representative


By Matt Hazenbush, Director of Communications  Earlier this month, Jeannette Wing, PhD joined the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board of Directors as one of two representatives from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  Dr. Wing, who previously served on the CRA Board from 2011-12, is the Executive Vice President for Research and a Professor of […]

Mary Lou Maher to Join CRA as Director of Research Community Initiatives


By Matt Hazenbush, Director of Communications  The Computing Research Association (CRA) is excited to announce the naming of Mary Lou Maher, PhD to the position of Director of Research Community Initiatives. An accomplished researcher with leadership experience that spans the settings of universities, large research projects, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Maher joins […]

In Memoriam: Former CRA Board of Directors Chair John R. Rice


CRA was saddened to learn of the recent passing of John R. Rice, former CRA Board of Directors member and Chair/Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Purdue University.  The following tribute was written by current CRA Board Member and Professor of Computer Science Gene Spafford, with assistance by Simson Garfinkel. You can view the original […]

Scale Undergraduate Research at Your Institution: Apply to be a UR2PhD Institutional Partner


by the UR2PhD Team The Undergraduate Research to PhD program (“UR2PhD,” pronounced “you are 2 PhD”) is seeking institutional partners for the summer 2024 term.  UR2PhD is a national, virtual program with the goal of vastly increasing the number of women engaging in CS research–from the undergraduate level to the PhD. The UR2PhD program has […]

CRA-E at SIGCSE: Professional Development for Teaching-Track Faculty 


By Lauren Lashlee, Program Associate Applications for CRA-E’s Pre-TS Professional Development for Teaching Track Faculty, taking place at SIGCSE, are open! The priority application deadline is January 16, 2024. Additional applications received after the priority deadline will be considered as space is available. The final deadline for applications is February 16. High enrollment in computer science courses […]

Computing Researchers Get Crash Course in Government Advocacy at CRA’s Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI)


By Matt Hazenbush, Director of Communications, and Brian Mosley, Associate Director, Government Affairs  We live in a world dominated by computing. Many of the most significant problems facing the world and our country either have solutions in—or are caused by—computing. Yet, the nation’s elected representatives typically have limited knowledge of the field, creating a critical […]

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CRA Accepting Applications for Director of Research Community Initiatives 


By Maddy Hunter, Program Associate, CCC The Computing Research Association (CRA) is seeking high-achieving applicants for the position of Director of Research Community Initiatives.  This role is responsible for managing the internal Computing Community Consortium (CCC) staff and working closely with the CCC Council of 24 computing community members in their pursuit of high-impact research […]

CCC’s Ann Schwartz Embarks on New Journey at The White House


By Maddy Hunter, Program Associate, CCC Ann Schwartz, who has dedicated 11 years to the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC)–most recently as the Director of Research Community Initiatives–is now embarking on an exciting new opportunity with The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In her new role, Dr. […]

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CRA Is Hiring! Help Us Build Our Team


CRA is currently accepting applications for two great open positions: Specialist for Contracts and Grants Administration and Program Assistant or Associate for CRA-WP.  If you’re interested in working with some of the brightest minds in computing as we envision the future of computing, CRA wants you to join our team! We offer competitive pay with […]

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CRA Welcomes Curtis Cain as New Director of Broadening Participation in Computing Initiatives


A well-known and respected leader in the community, Dr. Cain brings valuable experience and expertise to his new role leading CRA’s Widening Participation committee. The Computing Research Association (CRA) is pleased to announce the naming of Curtis Cain, PhD, to the position of Director of Broadening Participation in Computing Initiatives. A long-time leader and researcher […]

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Meet CRA’s August and September Hires


It has been quite a summer of growth at CRA! In addition to our June and July new hires, CRA welcomed five new team members in August and September who quickly immersed themselves and are now making significant contributions in support of our busy organization. Kayley McDonald – Program Assistant Kayley is the Computing Research […]

2024 Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award – Nominations Open September 12


By Julia Sepulveda Avalos, Program Associate, CRA-E Each year, CRA celebrates and recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding potential in an area of computing research through the Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs). We encourage faculty to nominate undergraduate researchers who demonstrate strong interest in and commitment to contributing to the field. Award recipients will receive financial assistance […]

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New CRA Report Addresses Growing Integrity Concerns in Computing Research


By Alex Aiken (Co-Chair, CRA Working Group on Research Integrity; Member, CRA Board of Directors; Alcatel-Lucent Professor, Stanford University) and Nancy M. Amato (Co-Chair, CRA Working Group on Research Integrity; Chair, CRA Board of Directors; Abel Bliss Professor and Head, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)  It is difficult to overstate the importance to computing research of […]

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CRA Welcomes 2023 Tisdale Fellow


By Fatima Morera Lohr, 2023 TFAS Tisdale Fellow Hello! My name is Fatima Morera Lohr, and I am excited to be CRA’s Tisdale Fellow this year. I am a rising junior at Michigan Technological University, majoring in Computer Science and double minoring in Business and Mathematical Sciences. At Michigan Teach, I’ve been part of Society […]

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NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2023 Alan T. Waterman Award


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Alan T. Waterman Award. NSF’s highest honor for early-career researchers, the annual award recognizes exceptional individual achievement in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.  “The Alan T. Waterman Award plays a crucial role in supporting and motivating the next generation […]

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More New Staff Join CRA


CRA continues to grow! Joining the three new team members we announced last month are three additional new hires who have already hit the ground running in support of our mission.  Jacob Wolkenhauser – Senior Manager of Contracts and Grant Administration Jacob is CRA’s new Senior Manager of Contracts & Grants Administration. In this role, […]

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CRA Celebrates 50 Years of Impact at the Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC)


  In June, the brightest minds in computing research descended on Orlando, Florida to attend this year’s Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC). Organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) every four years, FCRC assembles a spectrum of affiliated research conferences and workshops into a week-long, co-located meeting that facilitates connections between researchers in different […]

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NSF Seeks Nominations for Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate


Last week the National Science Foundation (NSF) initiated a nationwide search for its next Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). A key position within NSF’s senior management and policy team, the position provides leadership and direction for CISE’s numerous programs and initiatives, as well as oversight of a staff of approximately […]

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Apply to Join LEVEL UP Regional Workshops on Inclusion in Undergraduate Computing


Computing education continues to face challenges around inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessible learning, and CRA believes change is possible through a coordinated effort among engaged computing leaders and faculty. The goal of the LEVEL UP project–a CRA-led shared effort across several organizations, including ACM and IEEE-CS–is to build consensus around a united vision of inclusive […]

CRA Welcomes New Staff Members


CRA is happy to announce the addition of three new team members to help advance our mission to catalyze computing research.  Matt Hazenbush – Director of Communications Matt will oversee the organization’s communications strategy and will work across all CRA committees and activities to craft communications that elevate their efforts and highlight the positive impact […]

NSF Extends Application Deadline for CSGrad4US: Third Year of NSF Fellowship Opportunity for CISE Bachelor’s Degree Holders to Return for PhD – Due June 26


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the third year of the CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship program. The 3-year fellowships support new Ph.D. students pursuing their degree in a CISE field which includes programs in Computer Science, Computer and Information Sciences, […]

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Takes New Steps to Advance Responsible Artificial Intelligence Research, Development, and Deployment


The following was originally posted on the CCC Blog.  The Biden-Harris Administration is continuing their recent efforts to advance the research, development, and deployment of responsible AI. With the rise of AI and its increasing capabilities these initiatives are meant to protect American citizens’ rights and safety. Last week the CCC blog highlighted responsible AI efforts from the […]

Call for Nominations: CRA/CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute – Nov 16-17, 2023


As part of its mission to develop the next generation of leaders in the computing research community, the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announces the sixth offering of the CRA-CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI), intended to educate computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated and how our government works. We […]

CRA-I Announces New Council Members!


The Computing Research Association-Industry Committee (CRA-I) is happy to announce the start of a new group of CRA-I visionary leaders charged with propelling the committee forward. This new Council of individuals will work closely with the Steering Committee to identify future committee directions, connect with the community, and achieve the goals of CRA-I.  CRA-I welcomes […]

CRA Senior Communications Specialist Shar Steed is Moving On!


Today marks the last of Shar Steed’s tenure at Computing Research Association (CRA), as she’s leaving us to pursue other opportunities. Shar has handled the bulk of CRA’s communications responsibilities since 2012, when she joined us as a Communications Specialist from AAAS. In the intervening 10+ years, she rose to Senior Communications Specialist and helped […]

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CSGrad4US @ Grad Cohort for IDEALS


CSGrad4US @ Grad Cohort for IDEALS 23′ CRA-WP and CRA-E recently celebrated the first inaugural CSGrad4US fellows at the 2023 Grad Cohort for IDEALS Workshop in Honolulu, HI. The event brought together the fellows, coaches, and program leaders, who networked and congratulated each other on their progress in their PhD programs. The 16 fellows, who […]

American Academy of Arts and Science New Members


The American Academy of Arts and Science (AAAS) recently announced 269 new members elected to the academy. Among them are nine new members under the “computer science” category, including several that have worked closely with the Computing Research Association, CRA-Widening Participation, and  Computing Community Consortium in the past.  The Academy is an honorary society that […]

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CRA Update: Keeping you in the know – Join CRA at the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference 2023


CRA is planning several activities at the ACM Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC) 2023 in June in Orlando, FL. FCRC assembles a spectrum of affiliated research conferences and workshops into a week-long, co-located, meeting. CRA will host a plenary panel session in honor of its 50th anniversary, a workshop on Computing Research in Industry, an information session on UR2PhD, a program that focuses on engaging more women in computer science PhD programs, and an academic careers workshop for graduate students and post-docs considering teaching-oriented faculty positions.

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Computing Research Association to Lead $1M Community Project to Chart a Pathway Toward Inclusive Computing


LEVEL UP, which is an NSF Computing in Undergraduate Education (CUE) Mobilizing project, is a collaboration between CRA, ACM,  IEEE-CS, several BPC Alliances (AccessComputing, CAHSI, CRA-WP, ECEP, IAAMCS, LEAP, NCWIT, and STARS), and the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University. We invite others interested in ensuring universities and colleges across the nation offer inclusive computing undergraduate education programs to engage as well.

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Assessing the Community’s Interest on Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PET)


As our world becomes increasingly connected and digital, concerns about data privacy and security are growing. Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PET) are tools and methods designed to protect personal information and enhance user privacy online. Most companies end up using a combination of different PET to ensure that their data remains private and secure.

The Computing Research Association- Industry (CRA-I) committee is interested in hearing from YOU on this topic. Please fill out this survey here and let us know if you would be interested in a roundtable discussion on this topic. 

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CSGrad4US: Third Year Call for NSF Fellowship Opportunity for CS Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Holders to Return for Ph.D.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the third year of the CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship program. The 3-year fellowships support new Ph.D. students pursuing their degree in a CISE field which includes programs in Computer Science, Computer and Information Sciences, […]

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CRA Update: Keeping you in the know – 2023 CRA Leadership Summit and Winter Board Meeting Recap


On February 23-24, 2023, CRA hosted its annual Leadership Summit for senior leadership of computing related professional societies as well as its winter Board meeting in Washington, DC. Below is a summary of the items discussed during the sessions. The next CRA Board of Directors meeting will be held July 13-14, 2023 in Portland, Oregon.

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CRA Education Committee Selects New Graduate Fellow – Alejandro Velasco Dimate


CRA’s Education Committee (CRA-E) has recently selected its 2023 CRA-E Graduate Fellow – Alejandro Velasco Dimate, from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. Alejandro (he/his) is a Ph.D student in computer Science at the College of William and Mary, currently advised by Dr. Denys Poshyvanyk. He earned both his Bachelor’s (2015) and Master’s (2019) […]

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In Memoriam: Former CRA Board Member William Wulf


CRA was sad to learn of the loss of former Board member William A. Wulf. He was an outstanding leader in the computing research community and will be greatly missed. We are grateful for Bill’s involvement in CRA and his deep engagement with and service to the computing research community. Our thoughts are with Anita, his family, and all those that had the pleasure of knowing him.

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CRA Accessible Technology for All Workshop Summary


On February 22-23, 2023 in Washington, DC, the Computing Research Association (CRA) held the Accessible Technology for All Workshop. 

The workshop was attended by over 40 participants from academia, industry, and government and 20 remote participants. The purpose of this workshop was to frame the state of the art of accessible technology, identify forces shaping the evolution of accessible technology, and develop an understanding of implications for the next wave of computer science research in accessibility. By the end of the workshop, important areas of future research were identified and the need for tech-informed policy were highlighted by the participants. A workshop report will be forthcoming. 

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Lynne Parker Receives the 2023 CRA Distinguished Service Award


The Computing Research Association (CRA) has selected Lynne Parker, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the AI Tennessee Initiative at the University of Tennessee, as the recipient of the 2023 CRA Distinguished Service Award for her unparalleled impact on the computing research community. Parker has displayed strategic vision, dedication, and forward-looking perspective while leading the nation’s strategic approach to AI research, workforce development, and infrastructure.

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2023 CRA Board of Directors Election Results; CRA Board Officers Also Elected


CRA members have elected five new members to its Board of Directors: Sandhya Dwarkadas, Kinnis Gosha, Samir Khuller, Ming Lin, and Lydia Tapia. During the Winter 2023 Board Meeting, the CRA Board of Directors held elections for Board Officers to serve two-year terms beginning July 1, 2023. Nancy Amato (University of Illinois) was re-elected Chair; Ran Libeskind-Hadas (Claremont McKenna College) was elected Vice Chair; Katie Siek (Indiana University) was elected Secretary; and James Allan (UMass Amherst) was re-elected Treasurer.

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Nanette Veilleux, William Wang, and Yi-Chieh (Jessica) Wu Receive the 2023 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award


The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) is proud to announce three recipients of the 2023 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award: Yi-Chieh (Jessica) Wu from Harvey Mudd College, William Wang from University of California, Santa Barbara, and Nanette Veilleux from Simmons University.

These outstanding individuals are being recognized for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of their students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

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Inaugural CRA Leadership Academy Accepting Nominations: Deadline Extended to February 6


The CRA Leadership Academy seeks to help inform and cultivate future leaders in computing and computing research through a one-day in-person workshop, and a few follow-up virtual meetings among the Leadership Academy cohort.  Participants will learn new skills and perspectives on leadership, hear from leaders in the field, test out leadership skills with scenarios, and build up their network of fellow leaders.

CCC Releases White Paper on Fostering Responsible Computing Research


This week, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) released a white paper titled, “Fostering Responsible Computing Research Report Recommendations for Computing Research Institutions: Actionable Steps.” The white paper outlines the conclusions of the National Academies report Fostering Responsible Computing Research: Foundations and Practices and presents community-generated ideas about implementing its findings at computing institutions. The paper also details CRA’s recently formed Socially Responsible Computing Working Group, led by co-chairs Ran Libeskind-Hadas and Ellen Zegura.

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CRA Welcomes Two New CRA Board Members


CRA would like to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors: Alan Edelman (MIT) and Dezhen Song (Texas A&M University). Edelman is the new SIAM Representative on the CRA Board replacing Eric de Sturler (who’s term as the SIAM Representative ended in 2022). Song replaces Ayanna Howard who has ended her term early due to new service appointments in 2022 (e.g., the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee). CRA thanks both de Sturler and Howard for their service and contributions on the CRA Board.

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CRA-Industry Call for Council Nominations


To fulfill its mission, CRA-I needs visionary leaders — people with great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work collaboratively to see things through to completion. To that end, CRA-I is starting a Council of eventually 21 researchers representing the breadth and diversity of industry today.

Given the support you have provided us in the past, please consider submitting a self-nomination for the Council and help us by nominating outstanding colleagues.

Analysis of Current and Future Computer Science Needs via Advertised Faculty Searches for 2023


This work uses the same methodology applied over nine years to study where Computer Science departments are choosing to invest faculty positions using data obtained from advertised tenure-track searches for the current hiring season.  While the number of and areas for faculty searches does not necessarily translate into the same for faculty hires, we believe […]

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CRA-Industry Announces New Blog!


Computing Research Association-Industry (CRA-I) is pleased to announce the new CRA-I Blog! 

As the committee grows, we would like to share interesting articles, updates, and industry related events in the community with you. If you have any articles you would like us to share on the blog, please let Helen Wright (hwright@cra.org) know. 

Please make sure to check the website regularly and subscribe to our CRA-I blog email here. If you subscribed to CRA-I’s updates within the past year, you will already be receiving the blog email. 

We look forward to sharing ideas through this blog with you!

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2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Recipients


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This year’s nominees are a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several are authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others have created papers for major conferences, as well as producing software, apps and algorithms.

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Applications Open for Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS): Deadline February 1


The SWSIS program provides scholarships of $2,000 or more for women studying for their Bachelors and Masters degrees in fields relating to information security. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in these fields.

SWSIS is a partnership of Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and CRA-WP.  Its long-term goal is to contribute to increasing the representation of women in the information security workforce.

Application Period: December 15 – February 1

Apply to SWSIS Now!

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CRA Board Member Diana Franklin Named Distinguished Member of ACM


Today, ACM named 67 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. CRA Board Member Diana Franklin was among those recognized for work that has spurred innovation, enhanced computer science education, and moved the field forward. From the announcement: “The ACM Distinguished Members program honors both accomplishment and commitment,” said ACM President Yannis Ioannidis. “Each […]

Call for White Papers: Mid-cycle Robotics Roadmap Update


Our objective is to develop a short mid-cycle update, identifying gaps that are not being addressed in current research, in funding opportunities, at companies, and in the government, which need to be addressed sooner than the next full roadmap update. To meet this objective, we want to engage a broad swath of researchers from academia and industry to ensure that the update is representative of the community’s view of what is needed in robotics research so that national priorities are met. 

We are asking researchers to submit a white paper / position statement, no longer than two pages, that addresses the following: What are the current gaps in robotics research and its ecosystem – and what are potential opportunities to fill those gaps? The white paper can focus on gaps across sectors or within one sector.  

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Inaugural CRA Leadership Academy Accepting Nominations: Due February 6


The CRA Leadership Academy seeks to help inform and cultivate future leaders in computing and computing research through a one-day in-person workshop, and a few follow-up virtual meetings among the Leadership Academy cohort.  Participants will learn new skills and perspectives on leadership, hear from leaders in the field, test out leadership skills with scenarios, and build up their network of fellow leaders.

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Undergraduate BPC Literature Database Launch


UCLA’s Momentum and CRA are excited to launch an Undergraduate BPC Literature Database that compiles scholarship on broadening participation in undergraduate computing. The focus of the included papers ranges from the implementation and evaluation of BPC interventions to theoretical pieces around broader social forces that cause longstanding inequalities in computing.

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Outcomes of Advertised Computer Science Faculty Searches for 2022


This work directly follows previous work that analyzed current and future Computer Science needs via advertised tenure-track faculty searches for 2022.  This follow-on work looked to understand the relative success of institutions in hiring the tenured/tenure-track faculty in the areas of Computer Science that were being sought.  This work also follows on a similar study of tenure-track faculty hiring outcomes last done in the pre-Covid impacted year of 2019. Survey respondents reported filling a total of 289 tenure-track faculty for an aggregate success rate of 76%, which is comparable to the 2019 study. 

View the full report at: https://web.cs.wpi.edu/~cew/papers/outcomes22.pdf

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Industry Report from CRA’s Conference at Snowbird


One of the tracks during the July 2022 Computing Research Association’s (CRA) flagship conference at Snowbird, Utah was “Computing in Industry,” which covered how research is conducted in industry and the partnership between industry and academia. This fall CRA-Industry (CRA-I) has been processing the discussions, slides, and notes from this track and our Inaugural CRA-I Meeting at Snowbird. We are pleased to release a report highlighting the common themes that emerged. It is clear that there is a much needed role for CRA-I in the community. The presentations and subsequent discussions showcased where the industry community is right now and what needs to be worked on with CRA-I’s help.

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Candidates Sought for CRA Board of Directors


The Computing Research Association seeks your help in recruiting candidates for its Board of Directors. We want individuals who have time, energy, initiative, and resources to work on CRA issues on behalf of the entire CRA community. We have a working Board, and all members are expected to work on community issues.

Members of the computing research community who are interested in serving on the CRA Board should nominate themselves by completing this form by December 16, 2022.  Nominees do not need to be affiliated with a CRA member organization.

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2022 CRA Academic Member Book Released


Published online each fall, the CRA Academic Member Book highlights institutions that are member departments of CRA. Each academic member department is invited to submit a one page- pdf about their department. Thanks to all the departments that took the time to prepare a submission.

This year’s book is available at:  https://cra.org/2022-member-book

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Computing Researchers Make the Case for Computing to Congress


On September 13th, 25 computing researchers from across the country took part in a virtual training session to prepare them to make the case to Congress for federally funded computing research. Holding the training virtually is a change from past Congressional Visit Days that CRA Government Affairs staff have run. Due to ongoing restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 Pandemic and post-January 6th security, the Congressional office buildings located in Washington D.C. are not open to the general public. Despite these obstacles, CRA organized a virtual event for computing researchers to meet with their Congressional representatives in web meetings in order to keep making the case for Federal support for computing research.

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Upcoming Virtual CCC Workshop: Building Resilience to Climate Driven Extreme Events with Computing Innovations: A Convergence Accelerator Workshop


On November 10, 2022 from 12:00-3:00pm EST, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is hosting a virtual workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program. This workshop will be the second of a two part workshop series titled, Building Resilience to Climate Driven Extreme Events with Computing Innovations: A Convergence Accelerator Workshop, the first of which will be held in late October.

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CRA Workshop on “Accessible Technology for All”


The Computing Research Association (CRA) is planning an Accessible Technology for All workshop co-hosted by CRA-Industry (CRA-I), Computing Community Consortium (CCC), and CRA-Widening Participation (CRA-WP) on February 22-23, 2023 in Washington, DC.  This workshop is one of the activities CRA is currently pursuing under the umbrella of Socially Responsible Computing, one of the topics identified in the recent CRA Strategic Planning Effort.

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Applications Open for Grad Cohort 2023 Workshops: November 30 Deadline


CRA-WP will host two Graduate Cohort Workshops in 2023! The Grad Cohort Workshop for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership Skills (GC-IDEALS) is designed specifically for graduate school populations underrepresented in computing research. The Grad Cohort Workshop for Women is designed for women students in their first, second, or third year of graduate school in computing fields.

Grad Cohort participants will have an opportunity to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks intended to form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate career and beyond.

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U.S. Must Follow Through on NSF Funding or Risk Falling Behind Competitors, Says Former CRA Board Chair


In an opinion piece published in The Hill, Dan Reed, former CRA Board Chair and current National Science Board Chair, and Darío Gil, a member of the National Science Board and senior vice president and Director of IBM Research, say that Congress must follow through on fully funding NSF or risk dooming the CHIPS and Science Act.

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CRA’s CV Database: Now open for 2022-23 recruiting season


In an effort to improve the recruiting process for academic and industrial/government positions, the CRA launched the CV Database initiative in Fall 2018. The CV Database (https://cra.org/cv-database/ ) allows candidates to upload their resumes, research and teaching statements, job objectives and other preferences, and a link to a presentation video. Recruiters with access are able to search this information and contact candidates. Recruiter access is available to CRA academic members. It is also available to industry or government members that have sponsored CRA-WP’s Grad Cohort at the silver level and above.

The CV Database is now open for the 2022-23 recruiting season! It can be accessed through https://cra.org/cv-database/. The CRA has opened access earlier than in previous years to accommodate those job seekers wanting to get on the market at the beginning of the academic year. Recruiter access is also available. Recruiters who do not have previous access can request access through the Recruiter Access Form.

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CRA Update: Keeping you in the know


As part of our efforts to increase communications, we welcome you to this CRA Update: Keeping you in the know column. For involvement in CRA activities, we will begin (on an annual basis) requesting nominations (self-nominations are welcome!) from the computing research community to participate in various CRA activities. We request you share the following form with anyone in your institution who might be interested in getting involved in CRA’s activities this academic year (though June 30th): cra.org/interest-form (Deadline: September 30th, 2022)

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July 2022 CRA Board Meeting Highlights


On July 18-19, the Computing Research Association (CRA) held its July board meeting immediately before the 2022 CRA Conference at Snowbird. The meeting was led by CRA Board Chair Nancy Amato, with assistance from Executive Director Tracy Camp (who began her new role on July 1). The Board discussed many new initiatives and board members were encouraged to consider volunteering for one of more of the committees/working groups that CRA will have this year.

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Nominations Open for 2023 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers


The Computing Research Association (CRA) is pleased to announce the annual CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers, which recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. The award is a wonderful way to recognize your best student researchers and your department.  

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Highlights from the 2022 CRA Conference at Snowbird


After a four year hiatus due to COVID, the Computing Research Association (CRA) was thrilled to host the 2022 CRA Conference in person from July 19-21 in Snowbird, Utah. CRA welcomed department chairs and computing research leaders from across the country to network and discuss common issues concerning the future of the field. There were several engaging conference sessions on Computing Departments, Computing Education, Computing in Industry, and Computing for Good.

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CRA Community Members to Speak on Social Responsibility in Computing


Chris Ramming, Senior Director for Research and Innovation at VMWare, will be a speaker at the Symposium on the Future of Computing Research held by the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute on September 12-13, 2022. Ramming is a member of both the CRA Board of Directors and the Computing Research Association-Industry (CRA-I) Steering Committee. His talk will discuss how to plan collaborative research between universities and companies and how researchers should tackle twenty-first century problems.

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National Science Foundation Selects Recipients of the 2022 CSGrad4US Fellowship Program


The National Science Foundation recently selected sixty-nine recipients of the 2022 CSGrad4US Fellowship Program. The objective of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US) is to increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in the CISE fields: computer science, computer engineering, or information science. CSGrad4US recipients will participate in the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program organized by the Computing Research Association with funding provided by the National Science Foundation through award #2231962. 

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CRA-E Announces New Board Members and Co-Chair


The CRA Education Committee (CRA-E) recently welcomed two new members to its board: Borja Sotomayor and Steven Swanson. Susanne Hambrusch (Purdue University) has stepped down as the committee Co-Chair, and Kelly Shaw (Williams College) has stepped into the role, serving along with Lori Pollock (Delaware). Susanne will remain a board member and continue her work in a different role. Brandon Myers will be leaving the CRA-E board in August, and CRA-E thanks him for contributions during his service on the committee.

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CRA Welcomes Tracy Camp as Executive Director and New Board Members


On July 1st, Dr. Tracy Camp officially took the helm as CRA Executive Director. Prior to joining CRA, Camp was the Founding Department Head of Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines (now Emeritus Professor). She brings to CRA strong experience as a leader in the computing research community, a history of spearheading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in computing, and a detailed vision for leading CRA into the future.

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Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research Report Released


Cloud computing has emerged as critical infrastructure for most enterprises worldwide and has become essential for computing research. It has introduced a revolutionary model in which computing resources can be used to store, manage, process, and share data thereby enabling novel workloads and efficiencies of scale. This is in contrast to the traditional model of enterprises relying entirely on acquiring and maintaining in-house local servers and personal computers. 

The Computing Research Association‘s newest committee, Computing Research Association-Industry (CRA-Industry), held its first workshop organized by Vivek Sarkar (Georgia Tech) and Fatma Özcan (Google) on Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research in March 2022. This workshop was built on a very successful September 2021 virtual roundtable discussion. It continued the momentum, and identified best practices on using the cloud for computing research in three different focus areas: research, education, and collaboration.

CRA Statement Applauding the Nomination of Arati Prabhakar to the Positions of Director of OSTP & the President’s Science Advisor


Yesterday, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to the positions of Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and, once confirmed by the Senate, will also serve as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. In this capacity, Dr. Prabhakar will also be, “the President’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and a member of the President’s Cabinet.”

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CRA Welcomes 2022 Tisdale Fellow


Hi! My name is Dalton Hellwege, and I am so excited and honored to be this year’s Tisdale Fellow at CRA. I am in my third and final year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), majoring in Statistics and Analytics with a minor in Studio Art. At UNC, I am on the Carolina Boxing Team and try to get involved when COVID permits.

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NSF CISE Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US) Program: June 30, 2022 application deadline


I would like to focus this month’s newsletter on an important program we are very excited about, the new NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US) program and its upcoming June 30, 2022 application deadline. The aim of this program is to grow the number and diversity of US citizen and permanent resident graduate students pursuing research careers in all areas of computer science, computer engineering, or information science.

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CSTB Releases Report Fostering Responsible Computing Research: Foundations and Practices


The National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) released a new report, Fostering Responsible Computing Research: Foundations and Practices. The report outlines recommendations for the computing research community to ensure ethical and societal impacts are thought through and a part of the conversation from the start.

2022 CRA Board of Directors Election Results and New Board Members


CRA members have elected three new members to its Board of Directors: Maria Gini, Gillian Hayes and Ben Zorn. Lorrie Cranor, Divesh Srivastava and Jaime Teevan were re-elected to the CRA Board. All of their terms run from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025. There are also changes to the appointed members to the board, who are not elected. Yolanda Gil has been appointed the new AAAI representative, replacing Charles Isbell. Beginning July 1, Dan Lopresti will replace Liz Bradley as the CCC Chair and representative on the CRA Board.

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CRA Opportunity Board


Last year the Computing Research Association (CRA) launched an Opportunity Board to enable recent new PhD graduates and members of the community that are looking for postdocs to connect. This is a continuation of the Opportunity Board used to match potential postdocs and mentors during the CIFellows 2021 process. The board allows for the posting of postdoc opportunities by potential mentors and posts by those looking for a postdoc opportunity. We encourage members of the community to use this as a resource.

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CRA-WP Featured in the 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase: Access, Inclusion, and Equity


A short video from CRA’s Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research (CRA-WP) is featured in the 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase May 10-17. CRA-WP’s video is entitled “Broadening Participation in Computing Research with CRA-WP” and highlights programs funded through National Science Foundation award #1840724. CRA-WP is a Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance that focuses on community building, career mentoring, information sharing, and effecting systemic change for undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and industry and government researchers. 

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The US Department of State, the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) are working together to help identify, and where possible assist with efforts to save/protect priceless Ukrainian archival, cultural, and scientific collections under threat.

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CRA Board Member Carla Brodley Receives the 2021 ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring


ACM has named Carla E. Brodley the recipient of the inaugural ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring. She is recognized for significant personal mentorship and leadership in creating systemic programs that have increased diversity in computer science by creating mentoring opportunities for thousands at Northeastern and other universities across the United States. Brodley is a member of the CRA Board and former member of the CRA-WP Board.

Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research Workshop


The Computing Research Association’s newest committee, Computing Research Association-Industry, held their first workshop at the end of March on Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research. It brought together 30 participants in a hybrid format in Washington, DC from industry, academia, and government. This workshop was based off of a very successful September 2021 roundtable event, in which over 50 members of the community attended. The goal of the workshop was to continue the momentum from the roundtable and identify best practices on using the cloud for computing research in three different areas, education, collaboration, and research.

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In Memoriam: Former CRA Board Member and CRA-WP Co-Chair Andrea Danyluk


CRA is sad to announce that on March 3, 2022, Andrea Pohoreckyj Danyluk passed away at age 59 after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. The CRA community is deeply saddened by the loss of an amazing mentor, friend, and champion for diversity. She was family to many of her former students, colleagues, and friends. Through trying times, Danyluk calmly navigated the group forward, making time and space for people to voice their opinions and concerns. In recognition of her successful and impactful efforts to build inclusive and diverse communities in computing, the Computing Research Association selected Andrea Danyluk as the recipient of the 2022 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award. Andrea profoundly impacted the lives of her family, friends, students, and colleagues. She will forever be remembered for her warm spirit, boundless energy, and infectious laughter.

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Virtual Roundtable on Building Stronger Regional Academia-Industry-Government Computing Research Partnerships


The Computing Research Association-Industry Committee is delighted to announce an upcoming virtual Roundtable on Building Stronger Regional Academia-Industry-Government Computing Research Partnerships on Wednesday, April 27th from 3:00-4:30 PM ET. Regional hotspots for innovative and high impact computing research, including the Boston area and Silicon Valley, are iconic. But how did these regions develop as they did and what are key elements in the collaboration between academia, industry, and government that make them successful?

In this roundtable, CRA-Industry will convene computing research partners across academia, industry, and government from Atlanta, Georgia to understand elements of successful approaches and to discuss the value of partnerships and best practices leading to success.

Confirmed speakers include Erwin Gianchandani (National Science Foundation Senior Advisor for Translation, Innovation, and Partnerships), Charles Isbell (Dean of Computing and The John P. Imlay Jr. Chair at Georgia Tech), Phyllis Schneck (Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Northrop Grumman) and Peter M. Williams (Director of Community Strategy & Engagement for BlackRock Atlanta). Read more about them here.

Please register here if you are interested in joining the webinar.

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CSGrad4US: Second Year Call for NSF Fellowship Opportunity for CS Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Holders to Return for PhD


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate has announced the second year of the CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship program. Goal and Motivation To increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in the CISE fields. The fellowship program, which will provide 3-year fellowship opportunities for […]

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Katherine Yelick Receives the 2022 CRA Distinguished Service Award


The Computing Research Association today announced it has selected Katherine Yelick, the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, as the recipient of the 2022 CRA Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding and sustained service contributions to the computing research community.

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Darko Marinov and Jelani Nelson Receive the 2022 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award


The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) is proud to announce two recipients of the 2022 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award: Darko Marinov from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Jelani Nelson from the University of California Berkeley.

These outstanding individuals are being recognized for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of their students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

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2021 AAAS Fellows Announced


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently announced its 2021 Fellows. The honor recognizes diverse accomplishments, including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations and advancing public understanding of science. 

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2022 CRA Conference at Snowbird Update


This year’s CRA Conference at Snowbird will explore the tremendous opportunities for computing research to dramatically benefit the human condition, as well as the related responsibility for computing research to consider the risks inherent in the work we do. Ensuring socially responsible intentions and practices is critical to realizing the future potential of computing research.

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Congratulations to the 2021 ACM Fellows!


The ACM recently named 71 of its members as ACM Fellows for wide-ranging and fundamental contributions in areas including algorithms, computer science education, cryptography, data security and privacy, medical informatics, and mobile and networked systems ─ among many other areas. The accomplishments of the 2021 ACM Fellows underpin important innovations that shape the technologies we use every day.

CCC Program Associate Position Openings


The Computing Research Association (CRA) seeks two highly-motivated individuals to join its staff as Program Associate or Senior Program Associate (depending on qualifications and experience). The positions involve work primarily with CRA’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) subcommittee, which aims to catalyze the computing research community to pursue innovative, high-impact research. The CCC is run as a cooperative agreement between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and CRA.

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2022 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Recipients


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This year’s nominees are a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several are authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others have created papers for major conferences, as well as producing software, apps and algorithms.

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Tracy Camp Named Computing Research Association Executive Director


The Computing Research Association recently announced Dr. Tracy Camp will become its next Executive Director starting July 1, 2022. Camp is currently the Department Head of Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines. She brings to the role strong experience as a leader in the computing research community at the national level, a history spearheading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in computing, and a detailed vision for leading the organization into the future.

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Technology Leaders Create Endowed Professorship Fund at University of Washington in Honor of Former CRA and CCC Chair Ed Lazowska


The University of Washington (UW) Allen School recently shared the story behind the creation of a new professorship honoring Ed Lazowska in recognition of his incredible impact on the computing research community. The Endowed Professorship in Computer Science & Engineering in Honor of Edward D. Lazowska was the brainchild of Peter Lee of Microsoft and […]

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Analysis of Current and Future Computer Science Needs via Advertised Faculty Searches for 2022


This work uses the same methodology applied over eight years to study where Computer Science departments are choosing to invest faculty positions using data obtained from advertised tenure-track searches for the current hiring season.  This work also provides an opportunity to continue to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on faculty hiring in Computer Science for hires starting in 2022.

We analyzed ads from 400 institutions seeking to fill hundreds of tenure-track faculty positions in Computer Science.  This number is a 70% increase from last year at this time (mid-November) and is a comparable number to the 394 institutions searching for 2020.  The number of tenure-track positions sought is doubled from last year and up 6% from two years ago indicating a recovery in demand after a one-year drop due to the pandemic. The number of BS/BA institutions seeking faculty is at an eight-year high with top PhD and private PhD institutions at eight-year highs in the number of positions being sought.

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NITRD 30th Anniversary Commemoration


Join us on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 12pm EST for a special virtual event marking the 30th anniversary of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program. For three decades, the NITRD program has coordinated federal investment at the frontiers of computing, networking, data, and software, leading to many of the breakthrough information technologies that define our lives today, like the modern Internet as well as 4G, LTE, and 5G wireless networks, expanding access to broadband connectivity, information, and other resources; vehicle-to-vehicle communication, enhancing driver safety and reducing traffic congestion; and machine learning and predictive modeling, advancing understanding of human diseases like COVID-19 leading to therapeutics.

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Candidates Sought for CRA Board of Directors


The Computing Research Association seeks your help in recruiting candidates for its Board of Directors. We want individuals who have time, energy, initiative, and resources to work on CRA issues on behalf of the entire CRA community. We have a working Board, and all members are expected to work on community issues. Candidates may nominate themselves by completing this form. The deadline for receipt of nominations is December 17, 2021. 

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CRA-WP 2022 Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) – Applications Open!


DREU interns have the opportunity to be directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for those who are considering graduate school; DREU will provide a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and increase interns’ competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships. Faculty mentors will have the opportunity to work on their research project with new students from other institutions and to mentor future graduate students.

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Applications Now Open for the MGB-SIAM Early-Career Fellowship


Applications are now open for the MGB-SIAM Early Career (MSEC) Fellowship. The MSEC Fellowship recognizes the achievements of early career applied mathematicians – particularly those belonging to racial and ethnic groups historically excluded from the mathematical sciences in the United States – and provides support for professional activities and career development.

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CRA’s CV Database Initiative Turns Three


The CRA CV Database is now open for applications for the 2021-22 recruiting season. It can be accessed through https://cra.org/cv-database/. Candidates will be able to upload their resumes, research and teaching statements, job objectives and other preferences, and a link to a short presentation video. Recruiters will be able to search this information and are encouraged to contact candidates starting mid-November.

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2022 CRA-WP Graduate Cohort Workshops – Applications Open!


CRA-WP will host two Graduate Cohort Workshops in 2022. The Grad Cohort Workshop for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership Skills (GC-IDEALS) is designed specifically for graduate school populations underrepresented in computing research. The Grad Cohort Workshop for Women (GC-Women) is designed for women students in their first, second, or third year of graduate school […]

CRA Taulbee Survey Announcement


The 2020 CRA Taulbee Survey will be starting soon. As has been our recent practice, the survey will be split into two parts, salary and main (everything else). This allows us to set an earlier deadline for the salary section in order to produce a preliminary salary report in December, while giving departments more time to collect and enter the information in the rest of the survey if needed.

Taulbee Schedule

  • By September 20: Each academic unit head will receive an email about this year’s survey and so will the Taulbee primary contact(s), if separate. The data-gathering pdf will also be available at this time.
  • September 27: Both Salary and Main surveys open for input
  • November 29: Due date for salary section.
  • Late December: Preliminary salary report available to participants.
  • January 24, 2022: Due date for the main Taulbee section.
  • April 2022: Full Taulbee report to CRA members and participating departments.
  • May 2022: Published in CRN.

The Taulbee Survey is open to all academic units that grant doctorates in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Information.  If you have any questions, contact Betsy Bizot at bizot@cra.org

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Nominations Open for 2022 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers


The Computing Research Association (CRA) is pleased to announce the annual CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers, which recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. The award is a wonderful way to recognize your best student researchers and your department.  

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CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Retires After Nearly Two Decades of Leadership


After nearly 20 years at the helm of the Computing Research Association, Executive Director Andrew Bernat has retired from his position, marking the close of his incredible career that has spanned more than 40 years. Over the course of his career, he was founding member and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso, a NSF Program Director and finally executive director of CRA since 2002. Under his leadership the association has seen a dramatic, positive transformation, more than tripling in size and launching significant new efforts in research visioning, widening participation, and postgraduate support, while remaining the organization of record for computing research issues in Washington policy circles.

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CERP to Support New NSF INCLUDES Alliance Focused on Increasing Equity and Broadening Participation in STEM


The CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) will support one of the new INCLUDES Alliances as a consultant representing BPCnet.org, a clearinghouse for the community to learn about and engage with ongoing projects to address underrepresentation in Computing. Through this collaboration, CERP will work to expand the BPCnet.org Statistics and Data Hub, an online tool that currently provides computing-related data at the K-12 and postsecondary levels.

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CRA-Industry Senior Program Associate Position Open


The Computing Research Association (CRA) seeks a full-time employee to join our team as a Senior Program Associate for the CRA Industry standing committee (CRA-Industry). CRA-Industry is a newly formed standing committee that convenes industry partners on computing research topics of mutual interest and connects our partners with CRA’s academic and government constituents for mutual […]

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CRA/CERP Program Assistant Position Open


The Computing Research Association (CRA) seeks a full-time employee to join our team as a Program Assistant working with the CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). The following description outlines the general nature of this position and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and skills necessary for this […]

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Announcing the 2021 Computing Innovation Fellows


This past spring, the Computing Research Association (CRA) and its Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announced funding for a cohort of Computing Innovation Fellows  (CIFellows) for 2021, with strong support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program sponsors two-year postdoctoral research positions in computing, as well as career development and cohort building activities, to provide a career-enhancing bridge experience for recent Ph.D. graduates. The program aims to address the continued disruption in hiring practices at academic institutions due to COVID-19.

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CRA Launches Opportunity Board to Assist with Postdoc and Mentor Matching


The CRA is excited to announce the launch of an Opportunity Board to enable recent new PhD graduates and members of the community that are looking for postdocs to connect. This is a continuation of the Opportunity Board used to match potential postdocs and mentors during the CIFellows 2021 process. The board allows for the posting of post doc opportunities by potential mentors and posts by those looking for a postdoc opportunity. We encourage members of the community to use this as a resource.

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Register Today for CRA-Industry Committee Virtual Roundtable: July 14


The CRA-Industry Committee is hosting a series of virtual roundtable meetings focused on issues of interest to our computing research industry partners. The first roundtable, “Corporate Responsibility and Computing Research” will be held on July 14, 2021 from 4:00-5:30 PM ET. In order to attend this event, please register here. Please forward this to your appropriate colleagues and encourage them to attend!

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CRA-E Announces Four New Committee Members


The CRA Education Committee (CRA-E) recently welcomed four new members to the committee: Janet Davis, Gary Holness, Victoria Interrante, and Brandon Myers. Christine Alvarado (University of California, San Diego) and Ran Libeskind-Hadas (Claremont McKenna College) will be leaving the committee after its August board meeting. Christine has served on the board from 2017-2021, and Ran co-founded the committee, serving as co-chair from 2011-2017 and board member from 2011-2021. Both have contributed significantly to the mission of CRA-E with work on various projects and awards. CRA-E thanks them both for contributions during their service on the committee.

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CRA Welcomes New Board Leadership, Board Members


In February, the CRA board of directors elected board officers to serve two-year terms beginning July 1, 2021. Nancy Amato is chair; Dan Grossman is vice-chair; Ran Libeskind-Hadas is secretary; and James Allan is treasurer. Today, CRA welcomes three new members to its board of directors: Diana Franklin, Eve Schooler and Katie Siek. Their terms run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.

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Registration Open for First CRA-Industry Committee Virtual Roundtable: Corporate Responsibility and Computing Research


The CRA-Industry Committee is hosting a series of virtual roundtable meetings focused on issues of interest to our computing research industry partners. The first roundtable, “Corporate Responsibility and Computing Research” will be held on July 14, 2021 from 4:00-5:30 PM ET. In order to attend this event, please register here. Please forward this to your appropriate colleagues and encourage them to attend!

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Margaret Martonosi Receives the 2021 ACM/IEEE-CS Eckert-Mauchly Award


The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society recently announced that former CRA and CRA-WP Board Member Margaret Martonosi is the recipient of the 2021 Eckert-Mauchly Award. She was cited for contributions to the design, modeling, and verification of power-efficient computer architecture. The Eckert-Mauchly Award is known as the computer architecture community’s most prestigious award

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2022 SIAM Major Prizes – Nominations Open!


Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is accepting nominations for major prizes that will be awarded in 2022. If you know someone who meets the criteria for one of the prizes below and deserves to be recognized for their achievements, please nominate them!

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CRA-Industry Committee Announces Virtual Round Table Series


CRA-Industry, a standing committee of the CRA, was created in the Fall of 2020 with the goal of reaching out to industry partners involved in computing research and giving them new opportunities to convene and connect on topics of mutual interest.  As a part of the CRA, CRA-Industry also facilitates the interaction between industry partners and other organizations deeply involved in computing research including academic institutions and government agencies.  You can learn more about CRA-Industry by visiting our web page and/or signing up for our mailing list.

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2020 Taulbee Survey: Bachelor’s and Doctoral Degree Production Growth Continues but New Student Enrollment Shows Declines


This article and the accompanying figures and tables present the results from the 50th annual CRA Taulbee Survey, which documents trends in student enrollment, degree production, employment of graduates, and faculty salaries in academic units in the United States and Canada that grant the Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering, or information.

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CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Announces Retirement


After nearly 20 years at the helm of the Computing Research Association, Executive Director Andrew Bernat announced he will retire from his position as of September 1. Bernat joined CRA in 2002 and under his leadership the association has seen a dramatic, positive transformation, more than tripling in size and launching significant new efforts in research visioning, widening participation, and postgraduate support, while remaining the organization of record for computing research issues in Washington policy circles.

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Apply Now to the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program


Are you interested in mentoring prospective graduate students through the application and reentry process?

The mentor and coach application is now available on the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program webpage. The goals of the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program are:

  • To guide returning students through the application process towards a successful CS PhD admission and school selection
  • To mentor them through the transition to PhD graduate study in the first year towards high retention.

Specific topics include the admissions process, preparation of all components of a strong graduate application, differences between graduate programs at different institutions, how to compare programs with respect to the Fellow’s goals and background, and general guidelines on making a selection among admission acceptances.

Applications received by June 1st will be given preference.
For questions regarding eligibility, please email csgrad4us@cra.org.

CCC Announces New Council Members Starting July 2021


CRA, in consultation with NSF, has appointed five new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council with terms starting on July 1.
Sven Koenig, University of Southern California
Chandra Krintz, University of California, Santa Barbara
William Regli, University of Maryland
Mona Singh, Princeton University
Ufuk Topcu, University of Texas at Austin

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CRA and CRA-WP Board Member Ayanna Howard Named ACM Athena Lecturer for Contributions to Robotics, AI and Broadening Participation in Computing


The recipient of the 2021- 2022 ACM Athena Lecturer Award is Ayanna Howard, Dean of The Ohio State University College of Engineering.

Her citation reads as follows:
For fundamental contributions to the development of accessible human-robotic systems and artificial intelligence along with forging new paths to broaden participation in computing through entrepreneurial and mentoring efforts.
To view the press release, please visit: https://awards.acm.org/about/2021-athena

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Nominations Open for the Inaugural IEEE Frances E. Allen Medal


Last year the IEEE announced the creation of the IEEE Frances E Allen medal, recognizing the contributions of Frances “Fran” E. Allen as an American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers.

Nominations for this award are open now and are due by June 15. Please honor Fran Allen and outstanding members of our research community by submitting a nomination.

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CRA and CERP Welcome Kristi Kelly


CRA has recently hired Kristi Kelly as a research associate for CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). As part of the CERP team, Kristi’s responsibilities include management of IRB submissions, survey development, and data analysis and reporting.

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Former CRA-WP Board Member Anna Karlin Elected to National Academy of Sciences


This year’s class of newly elected members includes a record number of women, including former CRA-WP Board Member Anna Karlin. She is the Microsoft Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science at the University of Washington. She has been active in several CRA-WP activities including Grad Cohort, Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall, and Career Mentoring Workshops.

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CRA and CRA-WP Welcome Elyse Okwu


CRA has recently hired Elyse Okwu as a program associate for the Widening Participation (CRA-WP) committee. In this role, she leads and supports CRA-WP programs that focus on increasing the success and participation of underrepresented groups in computing research.

Prior to joining CRA-WP, Elyse worked as a research associate at Arizona State University to examine factors of persistence for women in STEM doctoral programs nationwide. At the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, she worked with INVESTING NOW to expose young women to engineering. Elyse is passionate about working with underserved populations to ensure that access and equity are attainable in their quest for education in STEM.

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CRA Receives NSF Award to Develop a Mentoring Program for NSF’s CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship


In response to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s recently announced CSGrad4US Fellowship program, the Computing Research Association’s Education (CRA-E) and Widening Participation (CRA-WP) committees are working to develop a CSGrad4US Mentoring Program for recipients of the CSGrad4US Fellowship. 

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NSF Extends Application Deadline to May 19, 2021, for CSGrad4US: New NSF Fellowship Opportunity for CISE Bachelor’s Degree Holders to Return for PhD


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate has announced the new CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship program that aims to increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in the CISE fields. The new fellowship, which will provide 3-year fellowship opportunities for new Ph.D. students in the computing disciplines, was released in response to the increased demand for people with a Ph.D. in computer science (CS), the continued decrease of domestic students pursuing research and completing a Ph.D., and the overall small number of bachelor’s degree recipients in CS pursuing graduate school.

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Amplifying Resources for Inclusiveness in Computing: Racial Equity in STEM Education (EHR Racial Equity)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is soliciting proposals for projects addressing systemic racism in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research and practice. Those who have been impacted by the inequities caused by system racism should be the primary focus for all proposals. Competitive proposals will be clear with respect to how the work will advance racial equity and address system racism.

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CRA/CCC Announces CIFellows 2021 Program


  The Computing Research Association (CRA) and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) are pleased to announce a new Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) cohort for 2021. This program recognizes the continued disruption to hiring in academic institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As before, this program aims to provide a career-enhancing bridge experience for recent and soon-to-be […]

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Amplifying Resources for Inclusiveness in Computing: Reflections on Black in Computing


In June 2020, a community of Black people in computing from around the world published an open letter, initiated by the authors, and a call for action[b] to the global computing community. The letter began with, “The recent killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police has sparked a movement that began at the birth of our nation. Though George Floyd may have been the most recent instance, we should not forget the lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Philando Castille, Tanisha Anderson, Atatiana Jefferson, Eric Garner, Charleena Lyles, Eula Love, Michael Brown, Khalif Browder, Botham Jean, Tamir Rice, Latasha Harlins, Amadou Diallo, Mary Turner, Emmett Till, and too many other Black people who have been murdered …”

CCC Releases Additional Quadrennial Papers on Smart Technologies for Older Adults and the Integration of Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing with AI and IoT


As a continuation of our 2020 series, we are delighted to release two more papers titled: “Taking Stock of the Present and Future of Smart Technologies for Older Adults and Caregivers” and “Imagine All the People: Citizen Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Computational Research.” 

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CRA and CERP Welcome Taniya Ross-Dunmore


CRA has recently hired Taniya Ross-Dunmore as a research assistant for CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). In this role, she will assist in CERP’s research and evaluation projects and tasks. Taniya holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology from Spelman College where she obtained experience in data collection and evaluation, research methods, psychometrics, and more.

Prior to joining the CRA CERP team, she worked as a registered behavioral technician for children with autism and aided in the facilitation of a program which aimed to increase young women of color in the STEM and art fields. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and Netflix.

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2021 CRA Board of Directors Election Results


CRA members have elected three new members to its Board of Directors: Diana Franklin, Katie Siek and Eve Schooler. James Allan, Stephanie Forrest, Ayanna Howard, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Rachel Pottinger, and Chris Ramming were re-elected to the CRA board. All of their terms run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. Vivek Sarkar will remain on the board as the co-chair of the CRA Industry Committee. CRA would like to thank everyone who agreed to run this year.

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CRA Conference at Snowbird Update


After careful consideration of the current and projected situation surrounding the pandemic, CRA has unfortunately decided to cancel the in-person CRA Conference at Snowbird scheduled to take place this August. At this time, there are simply too many uncertainties to move forward.

We believe interaction is a critical feature of this conference. Given we held a virtual version last year, we have decided not to organize a hybrid or entirely virtual meeting this year, as this is typically an off year for Snowbird. CRA is currently planning to hold a full in-person Conference at Snowbird on July 19-21, 2022.

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Pandemic Informatics: Vaccine Distribution, Logistics, and Prioritization


In Fall 2020, the Computing Research Association released a series of planned white papers produced through its subcommittees (including the Computing Community Consortium), exploring areas and issues around computing research with the potential to address national priorities over the next four years. Called Quadrennial Papers, the white papers attempt to portray a broad picture of computing research detailing potential research directions, challenges, and recommendations for policymakers and the computing research community. 

One of those white papers Pandemic Informatics: Preparation, Robustness, and Resilience outlined a strategy to reduce the impact of global pandemics stressing early detection, predicting the public’s reaction and developing effective policies. 

Several months later, the pandemic is still ongoing but we are facing a new and different set of challenges that are both surprising and yet also somehow predictable. The authors of the paper have produced a March 22nd, 2021 Addendum to address current issues. 

See the March 22nd, 2021 Pandemic Informatics: Preparation, Robustness, and Resilience Addendum here for more details. 

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CIFellows Spotlight: Improving System Efficiency and Reliability with Causal Learning


The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is excited to announce the new website feature, “CIFellows Spotlight”, which will highlight the work of the Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) going forward. Announced in May 2020, the CIFellows program was created, with strong support from NSF,  to provide recent PhD graduates in computing research with the opportunity to continue their work despite the hiring disruptions in academic institutions due to COVID-19. These articles will give the CIFellows the opportunity to share their work with the community and dive deeper into the details of their current project(s).

Yi Ding began her CIFellowship in January 2021 after receiving her PhD from University of Chicago this past December. Ding is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with Michael Carbin, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and leader of the Programming Systems Group.

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SIGCSE 2021 Panel Recap: How Student Surveys Drive Change: Using the Data Buddies Department Report from the Computing Research Association


On Monday, March 15, CRA’s Burçin Tamer was a panelist at the SIGCSE 2021 session, “How Student Surveys Drive Change: Using the Data Buddies Department Report from the Computing Research Association.” Tamer and panelists discussed how departments can use their students’ responses to the Data Buddies survey to make meaningful changes in their department.

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SIGCSE Panel March 17- Exploring the Data on Dual Pandemics: How Racism and COVID-19 Have Impacted the Computing Community  


At SIGCSE 2021, CRA’s Betsy Bizot will be a panelist for the session, “Exploring the Data on Dual Pandemics: How Racism and COVID-19 Have Impacted the Computing Community“. Bizot will discuss the results from two CRA surveys about the COVID-19 disruption from summer 2020 and a few tidbits from this year’s CRA Taulbee Survey ahead of full publication in May. The session will be held from 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM EDT on Wednesday, March 17.

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Introducing the CERP Bulletin


The CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) is excited to launch a new blog called the CERP Bulletin to share news, research and evaluation findings, promote resources and community platforms, and provide helpful context to CERP’s mission. The CERP Bulletin will include CERP research activity, infographics, evaluation reports, and interesting CERP-related articles.

We encourage you to stay updated on CERP through the Bulletin by signing up for our mailing list, which you can do here.

This post is brought to you by the CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). CERP provides social science research and comparative evaluation for the computing community. Volunteer for Data Buddies by signing-up here.

 

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2021 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced


Mary Jane Irwin was selected to receive the 2021 A. Nico Habermann Award in recognition of her more than 30 years of diversity efforts, both in academia and in professional organizations. James Kurose was selected to receive the 2021 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his exemplary service to the computing research community. Through a career spanning more that 35 years, he has distinguished himself as national leader in numerous impactful service roles in the computing research community.

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Tijana Milenkovic and Saad Biaz Receive the 2021 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award


The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) is proud to announce two recipients of the 2021 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award: Tijana Milenkovic from University of Notre Dame and Saad Biaz from Auburn University. These outstanding individuals are being recognized for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of their students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

CRA Looking to Develop a Mentoring Program for NSF’s CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship


In response to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s recently announced CSGrad4US Fellowship program, the Computing Research Association’s Education (CRA-E) and Widening Participation (CRA-WP) committees, with CRA support, are exploring the development of a CSGrad4US Mentoring Program to support recipients of the CSGrad4US Fellowship.

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Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Accepting Nominations


The Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship recognizes emerging leaders in the field of computing who have exceptional talent for research and innovation. Qualifying faculty must have received their terminal degree in May 2016 or later, and their research must be closely related to the general research areas carried out by Microsoft Research. These full-time faculty members must also conduct research, advise graduate students, and teach in the classroom in North or South America. Provisions of the award include $100,000 USD awarded annually for two years starting in the fall of 2021.