Published: January 2010,  Issue: Vol. 22/No.1, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the January 2010, Vol. 22/No.1 issue.

Connecting Teachers with Computer Scientists

Hands-on, discovery-based, lab experiences are known to be an essential part of middle and high school students’ education in all STEM disciplines, including computing. We tend to think of “labs” as test tubes and beakers, ramps and levers, or frogs and bugs, but in reality they can be defined much more broadly. A lab can be any place where students can explore, experiment, test, design, and get their hands dirty and their minds engaged.

Are We Fully Training Our Graduates?

Many institutions are about to head into recruiting season, during which we carefully scour applications, statements of research interest, letters of reference, and sample publications, looking to identify that great candidate who is going to boost our institution’s productivity and reputation for the next 40 years.

Discovery and Innovation in Health IT

On October 29-30, 2009, 97 people gathered at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, CA, for the “Discovery and Innovation in Health IT” workshop. This invitation-only event, co-sponsored by several federal agencies and non-profit organizations, sought—through a series of plenary and breakout sessions—to explore and define fun-damental research challenges and opportunities in using information technology to improve health and healthcare.

Congress Approves Increases for Science, Computing Research

Computing research programs at the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science are among those slated for increases in fiscal year 2010, thanks to appropriations legislation that would keep those agencies on a path to double their budgets over the next six years. Congress approved the last of twelve annual appropriations bills necessary to fund the operations of government on December 18, providing a healthy increase to the NSF budget, a more modest increase to DOE’s Office of Science, and a slight increase in real terms for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.