Archive of articles published in the 2018 issue.


Highlights from the 2018 CRA Conference at Snowbird

From July 16-18, the Computing Research Association (CRA) held its biennial Conference at Snowbird with more than 300 people in attendance. Every two years, the chairs of computing and information departments, as well as the leaders of government and industrial laboratories from across the country and the world, gather in Snowbird, Utah, to network and discuss common issues concerning the future of the field.

Students Who Participated in Diversity Conferences are More Confident in Their Ability to Complete Their Undergraduate Degree in Computing

Diversity-focused conferences such as the Grace Hopper Celebration and Richard Tapia Conference provide an opportunity for students who are underrepresented in computing to meet other students and professionals who have similar experiences. Data Buddies Survey data show that students who participated in these conferences feel more confident in their ability to complete their degree in computing than the students who did not participate.

Vicki HansonVicki Hanson

Expanding the Pipeline: Diversity Sessions at the CRA Conference at Snowbird with a Focus on Women, Bias, and Harassment

At the recent CRA Conference at Snowbird several sessions focused increasing diversity in computing. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to spread the message of increasing inclusion in computing to a wide audience of department chairs and leaders of government and industrial laboratories.

Vivek SarkarVivek Sarkar

My Parallel Careers in Industry and Academia

As a researcher, I am fascinated by the challenge of advancing the high-level foundations of computer software (programming models, compilers, and runtimes) to productively exploit the latest advances in computing systems. While there has been a long tradition of research in this area since the dawn of computing, the rapid evolution of hardware has continuously fueled a need for new software technologies as old approaches quickly become obsolete. Current explorations of new hardware directions that go beyond Moore’s law have further amplified the motivation for this research direction.


Eben Tisdale Fellows Attend Policy Presentation at CRA Government Affairs Office

On Friday, June 29th, the CRA Government Affairs Office welcomed the 2018 class of Eben Tisdale Science Policy Fellows to the CRA office in Washington, D.C.  These fellows, undergraduates at universities and colleges from across the United States, spent the summer at high-tech companies, firms, or trade associations in Washington, learning the intricacies of technology policy.  This year’s Tisdale Fellow for CRA is Amita Shukla, who is a rising junior at Columbia University, pursuing a major in computer engineering with a minor in political science; she is also a Presidential Global Fellow.

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CRA Taulbee Survey Correction to Tables by Specialty Area

In the report of the CRA Taulbee Survey published in the May 2018 CRN, there is an error in specialty area labeling in Tables D4 (Employment of New PhD Recipients by Specialty) and D4a (Detail of Industry Employment).  In both D4 and D4a, the column labels for High Performance Computing and Human Computer Interaction were swapped. In addition, in D4a the column labels in alphabetical sequence between Informatics: Biomedical/Other Science and Social Computing/Social Informatics were incorrect.

Correct tables for 2017 are provided here. However, the High Performance Computing / Human Computer Interaction label swap goes back to 2014, and the D4a labeling error goes back to 2016. Corrected versions of those year’s Taulbee reports will be posted online at

CRA regrets the error. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Betsy Bizot, CRA Director of Statistics and Evaluation, at