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.
By Jake Baskin, CSTA Executive Director
Teaching is hard — and teaching computer science can be even harder. With the growing need for computer science teachers in the classroom and an increased focus on access to computer science education, the role of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is more important than ever. With the mission of supporting K–12 teachers in the field, CSTA provides educators with the professional development events and community they need to improve their craft.
By Betsy Bizot, CRA Director of Statistics and Evaluation
This article examines gender and residency/ethnicity differences in PhD specialty areas as reported to the CRA Taulbee Survey from 2012-2018. The Taulbee Survey is conducted each fall and, among other questions, asks doctoral departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information for data about each PhD they awarded in the previous academic year. The data on each new PhD includes gender, residency/race/ethnicity, and PhD specialty area. A total of 12,968 PhDs were awarded by Taulbee respondents during the 7 year period from 2012-2018. Of those, the specialty area was listed as Other or Unknown for 3,328. Those individuals are omitted from the analyses described here; individuals where gender was not provided or where residency/ethnicity was listed as Unknown are not included in the analysis by that category.
We are excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Returning Scholars pilot program. Designed to provide programming and mentoring for those interested in returning to graduate school and to research. Learn more and sign up to participate in the program today!
CRA-W Board Member and Roboticist Ayanna Howard explains what inspired her to work on assistive technologies for kids.
The ACM Future of Computing Academy is a new initiative enabling early-career researchers, practitioners, educators, and entrepreneurs to develop a strong and influential collective voice to help shape the future of computing. It consists of talented professionals who are committed to making a positive and lasting impact on ACM and the global computing profession. ACM is now accepting applications for membership. The application deadline is 23 August 2019.
CRA-W is pleased to announce Nadia Heninger is the recipient of the 2019 Borg Early Career Award (BECA).
The Borg Early Career Award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W, and is inspired by her commitment to increasing the participation of women in computing research. The annual award is given to a woman in computer science and/or engineering who has made significant research contributions and who has contributed to her profession, especially in the outreach to women.
Nadia received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in May 2011. She began her academic career at the University of Pennsylvania and is now at UC San Diego. Her research is in cryptography and systems security. Her outreach includes working with girl scouts, being a speaker at the 2016 Grace Hopper Conference, participating in and helping organize GREPSEC, an NSF workshop for women and under-represented groups interested in computer security research, and organizing research sessions in workshops for undergraduate women in cybersecurity.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for this year and we hope to see many more in the next cycle.
Check out this episode of the Catalyzing Computing podcast featuring CRA-W Board Member Holly Rushmeier. CRA’s Khari Douglas sits down with the CCC Content Generation for Workforce Training workshop organizers Holly Rushmeier (Yale) and Beth Mynatt (Georgia Tech) to discuss the goals and outcomes of the event. https://soundcloud.com/compcomcon/content-generation-for-workforce-training
This post was written by CRA’s Tisdale Policy Fellow for Summer 2019, Jesse Anderson.
On Wednesday, June 12 the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee convened a hearing, titled Combating Sexual Harassment in Science, to explore what the federal research agencies are, and are not, doing to confront sexual and gender harassment in the Federal research community. The committee received important insights regarding the measures that have been implemented across different Federal agencies and research fields. Though the committee agreed that the agencies need to do more to confront this issue, there was not a consensus on specific policies Congress wants to see.
On April 12-13, CRA-W hosted the 2019 Graduate Cohort for Women (CRA-W Grad Cohort) at the historic Chicago Hilton. The location provided elegance and grandeur as students spent two days in sessions tailored for their graduate student experience, based on their year in the program. Workshop participants had access to other participants, speakers, and the program through the CrowdCompass AttendeeHub mobile app, plus many opportunities to network with peers and senior researchers. They also had opportunities to meet and talk to potential employers during the workshop.