Published: May 2013,  Issue: Vol. 25/No.5, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the May 2013, Vol. 25/No.5 issue.

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Highlights of the CISE Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request

On April 10th, the President delivered the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request to Congress. The Administration is requesting a total of nearly $7.6 billion dollars for NSF, which is an increase of $593 million, or almost 8.4 percent, over the FY 2012 NSF Enacted level. The Request also includes an increase of $85 million, or 9.8 percent, over the FY 2012 Enacted Level for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate, for a total of $950.25 million.

2012 Taulbee Survey

The CRA Taulbee Survey is conducted annually by the Computing Research Association to document 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. Most of these academic units are departments, but some are colleges or schools of information or computing. In this report, we will use the term “department” to refer to the unit offering the program. This article and the accompanying figures and tables present the results from the 42nd annual CRA Taulbee Survey.

2013 CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop

Boston offered up a sunny and brisk 52 degrees on April 4th as 338 participants, speakers, and staff began to arrive at the Seaport Hotel near the Boston Harbor. The hotel was the site of the 2013 CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop on April 5-6, 2013.This year’s Grad Cohort was the largest to date with 302 graduate students representing 118 institutions across the United States and Canada.

Expanding the Pipeline: Diversity Drives Innovation

Lack of diversity in computing is an enormous opportunity cost for technical innovation. For example, recent studies published by NCWIT show patents with diverse authors are cited more and companies with a more diverse sales force have more income. Diversity drives innovation. Even as demand for computing professionals grows, women and minorities are severely under-represented.