Published: September 2021, Issue: Vol. 33/No.8, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the September 2021, Vol. 33/No. 8 issue.


CRA-Industry Virtual Roundtable on Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research – September 15

The purpose of this roundtable is to discuss best practices on using the cloud for computing research and the resulting synergistic opportunities across industry, academia, and government. 

Please let us know whether or not you plan to attend by registering here. If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending this roundtable discussion, please feel free to provide them with this registration link:

Nominations Open for 2022 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.  

Everything you need to submit a nomination for the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award, including detailed instructions and the nomination form, is available at:

Questions and inquiries about the awards should be sent to: The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 15, 2021, at 9 PM ET.


Computing Research for the Climate Crisis

CCC has released a new whitepaper on Computing Research for the Climate Crisis, coauthored by Nadya Bliss (Arizona State University), Elizabeth Bradley (University of Colorado Boulder), and Claire Monteleoni (University of Colorado Boulder), to highlight the role of computing research in addressing climate change-induced challenges.


Melanie Mitchell on the Importance of Training AI to Recognize Analogies

Melanie Mitchell, CCC Council member and Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, was recently featured in a Scientific American article, ‘The Computer Scientist Training AI to Think with Analogies’. The article focused on explaining the importance of getting Artificial Intelligence (AI) to recognize and use analogies and included an interview on the topic from Quanta.

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CRA Taulbee Survey Announcement

The 2021 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 20: Each academic unit head will receive an email about this year’s survey and so will the Taulbee primary contact(s), if separate. The data-gathering pdf will also be available at this time.
  • September 27: Both Salary and Main surveys open for input
  • November 29: Due date for salary section.
  • Late December: Preliminary salary report available to participants.
  • January 24, 2022: Due date for the main Taulbee section.
  • April 2022: Full Taulbee report to CRA members and participating departments.
  • May 2022: 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


CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Retires After Nearly Two Decades of Leadership

After nearly 20 years at the helm of the Computing Research Association, Executive Director Andrew Bernat has retired from his position, marking the close of his incredible career that has spanned more than 40 years. Over the course of his career, he was founding member and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso, a NSF Program Director and finally executive director of CRA since 2002. Under his leadership the association has seen a dramatic, positive transformation, more than tripling in size and launching significant new efforts in research visioning, widening participation, and postgraduate support, while remaining the organization of record for computing research issues in Washington policy circles.