Published: March 2021, Issue: Vol. 33/No.3, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the March 2021, Vol. 33/No. 3 issue.

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2021 CRA Leadership Summit and Board Meeting Highlights


Leadership Summit participants heard from Dahlia Sokolov, Staff Director for the Research & Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, on congressional science priorities; CCC Chair Liz Bradley gave an update on the CRA Quadrennial Papers initiative; and CRA Board Chair Ellen Zegura moderated discussion on what each of the societies are doing around the subject of the societal impact of computing and how the societies can work together on umbrella efforts that cut across organizations.

Two leadership summit sessions were held jointly with the CRA board meeting. CRA Director of Government Affairs Peter Harsha discussed the current environment in D.C. for science policy, and Margaret Martonosi, Assistant Director for NSF CISE, discussed COVID-19 effects and various actions NSF has taken to mitigate the impacts to the computing community.

At the CRA Board Meeting, the board discussed strategic planning efforts, CRA Industry Committee initiatives and elected FY22 officers.

CRA FY22 Executive Committee  
The CRA board of directors held elections for board officers to serve two-year terms beginning July 1, 2021. Nancy Amato was elected chair; Dan Grossman was elected vice-chair; Ran Libeskind-Hadas was re-elected secretary; and James Allan was re-elected treasurer.

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2021 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced


Mary Jane Irwin was selected to receive the 2021 A. Nico Habermann Award in recognition of her more than 30 years of diversity efforts, both in academia and in professional organizations. James Kurose was selected to receive the 2021 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his exemplary service to the computing research community. Through a career spanning more that 35 years, he has distinguished himself as national leader in numerous impactful service roles in the computing community.

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Artificial Intelligence is Critical to National Security, Defense, U.S. Economy, and Worthy of Significant New Investment, Congressionally-chartered Commission Argues in Final Report 


The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, a congressionally-chartered committee charged with reviewing AI and related technologies and making recommendations to address U.S. national security and defense needs, recently released its final report, endorsing significant new investments in AI research, strategies for building the AI workforce, and guidance for using AI in warfare while upholding U.S. democratic values. The report is likely to inform policy activity around defense-related AI issues in Congress and at the Department of Defense over the next months and years.

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Tijana Milenkovic and Saad Biaz Receive the 2021 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award


The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) is proud to announce two recipients of the 2021 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award: Tijana Milenkovic from University of Notre Dame and Saad Biaz from Auburn University. These outstanding individuals are being recognized for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of their students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

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Introducing the CERP Bulletin


The CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) is excited to launch a new blog called the CERP Bulletin to share news, research and evaluation findings, promote resources and community platforms, and provide helpful context to CERP’s mission. The CERP Bulletin will include CERP research activity, infographics, evaluation reports, and interesting CERP-related articles.

We encourage you to stay updated on CERP through the Bulletin by signing up for our mailing list, which you can do here.

Call for Nominations: CRA-WP Early Career Awards


Nominations Due March 31: CRA-WP Skip Ellis Early Career Award
CRA-WP is excited to launch the second cycle of its newest award, the Skip Ellis Early Career Award. The award recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers in computing who identify as a member of a group underrepresented in computing (African-American, Latinx, Native American/First Peoples, and/or people with disabilities). Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found here.


Nominations Due March 31: CRA-WP Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA)
The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-WP and is inspired by her commitment to increasing the participation of women in computing research. Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found here.