Published: September 2018, Issue: Vol. 30/No.8, Download as PDF

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Nominations Open for CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awards


The CRA Distinguished Service Award is presented to a person or multiple people who have made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. The CRA A. Nico Habermann Award is presented to a person or multiple people who have made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented groups in the computing research community.

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Nominations Open for 2019 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.  

Thermodynamic Computing Workshop – Call for White Papers


CCC will hold a workshop from January 3rd to 5th, 2019 in Hawaii to create a vision for thermodynamic computing, a statement of research needs, and a summary of the current state of understanding of this new area. Workshop attendance will be by invitation only and travel expenses will be available for select participants. We seek short white papers to help create the agenda for the workshop and select attendees.

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Participants in the CRA Grad Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities + Persons with Disabilities Report Stronger Professional Skills After Attending the Workshop


In 2018, CRA launched the Grad Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities + Persons with Disabilities (Grad Cohort URMD) workshop. CERP found that compared to before the workshop, participants reported stronger knowledge about a number of professional skills after attending Grad Cohort URMD. Applications for the 2019 workshop will open October 2018.

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Participants Reflect on the 2018 CRA URMD Grad Cohort in Short Video


Listen to what participants have to say about the inaugural CRA Graduate Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities and Persons with Disabilities (URMD Grad Cohort) in this recently released video.

The upcoming CRA URMD Grad Cohort will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii on March 22-23, 2019. In addition, next year’s CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women will be held at the Hilton Chicago on April 12-13, 2019.

Both applications will open in early October.

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Expanding the Pipeline: iAAMCS Releases Guidelines for Successfully Mentoring Black/African-American Computing Sciences Doctoral Students


These guidelines were established to articulate successful strategies for mentoring African-American doctoral students in Computing Sciences (CS). iAAMCS defines “student mentoring” as the process of supporting, encouraging and guiding students’ academic and social progress with the goal of facilitating career and personal development. Grounded in project-based results and similar empirical research, the following guidelines emerged: (1) recruit strategically, (2) establish community, (3) foster a research culture, (4) provide holistic advising, (5) provide funding and (6) promote professional development. iAAMCS hopes that institutions, departments and faculty use these guidelines to bolster the participation of African-American students pursuing doctoral degrees in CS.

Although the iAAMCS Guidelines serve as best practices for mentoring African-American students in computing, these strategies are useful for optimal mentoring all students.

CRA Taulbee Survey Announcement


The 2018 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 17: All doctoral departments will be contacted to update Taulbee user information. The academic unit head will receive an email and so will the Taulbee primary contact, if separate. Pdf will be available for data gathering.
  • September 19: Both Salary and Main surveys open for input
  • November 27: Due date for salary section.
  • Late December: Preliminary salary report available to participants.
  • January 15, 2019: Due date for the main Taulbee section.
  • April 2019: Full Taulbee report to CRA members and participating departments.
  • May 2019: 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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Former CRA Board Member Marie desJardins Named Dean of Simmons’ College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences


Simmons University has announced the appointment of Marie desJardins, as Dean of the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences. desJardins is a former CRA board member and current chair of the CRA Dean’s Group.

In her new position, desJardins will work with faculty, students, and the Simmons community to build a new interdisciplinary college to integrate computational disciplines, traditional and digital information sciences, and the business school, approaching entrepreneurship and leadership in a new, more robust way.