CRA Board Member Highlight: Carla Brodley

For the past 30 years I have had two passions – machine learning (ML) that makes a difference in the real world and increasing diversity in computer science (CS). For the first 26 years, I focused on my first passion and developed new approaches to ML though applications to remote sensing, neuroscience, digital libraries, astrophysics, content-based image retrieval of medical images, computational biology, chemistry, evidence-based medicine, detecting lesions in the MRIs of epilepsy patients, and predicting disease progression for MS patients. For the last four years, my focus has been on my second passion: increasing diversity in CS.

Mary Fernández Receives 2018 Service to CRA Award

CRA is pleased to honor Mary Fernández with the 2018 Service to CRA Award for her work in transforming the visual identity and communications of the organization. Mary was a member of the CRA board from 2009 to 2015, during which time she spearheaded several key initiatives to re-brand and revitalize communications. Mary first became involved with CRA in 2008 by serving as a speaker and mentor at CRA-W’s Advanced Career Mentoring Workshop. Mary was also a speaker at CRA-W Grad Cohort 2011, the CRA-W Mentoring Tracks at Grace Hopper in 2012 and CRA-W’s Distinguished Lecture Series in 2017.

Host a Discipline Specific Workshop (DSW): Proposals Due December 15

Help fund your next workshop! Discipline Specific Workshops provide career mentoring and networking opportunities in the context of a specific research area. The ultimate goal is to increase participation of members of underrepresented groups within a specific research area. The workshops focus on helping young researchers at the graduate or post-graduate level become interested in and knowledgeable about the research and research paradigms of a specific discipline.

Apply to host a DSW today!

Register for the Next Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall: June 28

Research Presentation:  A Knowledge Base Analysis for Rosemary Officinalis Essential Oil (EO)
Speaker: Aneeta Uppal
As the world of essential oils continues to grow, researchers are becoming intrigued by what possible therapeutic benefits these oils may contain. This presentation will go over how a knowledge base on already existing data from multiple platforms can be used to predict the possible molecular mechanisms of essential oils by looking at their chemical constituents.

Mentor Presentation: Making Your Health a Priority in Graduate School
Speaker: Lori Pollock

Post-Discussion Chat: Join Aneeta Uppal & Lori Pollock for a chat to continue the discussion about undergraduate research opportunities, meet fellow students, and share your experiences.
Join us June 28th at 5:00pm ET

Prepare a Proposal for Our Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)

The Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) brings prominent faculty and industry researchers to campuses across the US.

The purpose of these visits is to provide inspiring role models that will encourage students to pursue research in computer science and engineering.

Submit a DLS Proposal: Prospective DLS organizers are requested to complete the DLS proposal application at least 6-9 months prior to the proposed event date. Submit a proposal today!

Scholarship Application for National Society of Blacks in Computing Conference

The Institute for African American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS) is offering scholarships to the 1st annual conference by the National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC). The scholarship will cover your costs for attending including registration fees, lodging, travel (up to $450), and conference meals.

– U.S. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States or its territories,
– Currently attending U.S. institutions, and
– Underrepresented minorities and women in the computational science (computer science, applied mathematics, high performance computing applications) and engineering.

Scholarships to all others are considered as funding is available and on a case-by-case basis.
Conference Dates: August 9-11 2018
Location: New Orleans, LA – Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as they are received, until all spots are filled.

Expanding the Pipeline: 2018 CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women Inspires Attendees to Persist in Computing

On April 13-14, more than 400 women graduate students in computing from more than 150 institutions converged on San Francisco, CA, for the 2018 CRA-W Graduate Cohort for Women (CRA-W Grad Cohort). Throughout the two-day workshop, professional connections were made, new friendships were formed, and mentoring relationships with senior researchers were established. CRA-W organizes this workshop as part of its mission to increase the success and participation of women in computing research.

Expanding the Pipeline: ACM-W Programs Expand to Support Students and Professional Women in Computing

By Jodi Tims

Supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in computing is the mission that lies at the heart of the activities of ACM-W.  Our longstanding projects of scholarships, celebrations, and student chapters provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to increase their technical knowledge while networking and building community. Recently we have begun to expand our activity to include projects that support populations of women in computing beyond students.  This article provides an overview of all of our projects, old and new.  Read more.

CRA-E Showcases Stories of Undergraduate Researchers on its Conquer Website

CRA-E’s new “Undergraduate Research Highlights” series showcases outstanding research done by undergraduate students at universities and colleges across North America.

Each article features the story of a successful undergraduate researcher and offers personal insights into their experiences with finding an advisor, undertaking new research projects, and discovering how research can impact their personal and professional futures. New additions to this series will be posted regularly on the Conquer website. You can subscribe to be notified of new articles here.