Published: April 2022, Issue: Vol. 34/No.4, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the April 2022, Vol. 34/No.4 issue.


Eugene Spafford Appointed to the CRA Board of Directors

Eugene H. Spafford has been appointed to serve as one of the two ACM representatives on the CRA Board of Directors, replacing Kathleen Fisher and joining Alexander Wolf. CRA would like to thank Fisher for her contributions during her term of service on the board. Spafford has been a member of CRA’s Government Affairs Committee for approximately 20 years, and this is his second stint on the CRA Board, having served previously from 1998 – 2007.


In Memoriam: Former CRA Board Member and CRA-WP Co-Chair Andrea Danyluk

CRA is sad to announce that on March 3, 2022, Andrea Pohoreckyj Danyluk passed away at age 59 after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. The CRA community is deeply saddened by the loss of an amazing mentor, friend, and champion for diversity. She was family to many of her former students, colleagues, and friends. Through trying times, Danyluk calmly navigated the group forward, making time and space for people to voice their opinions and concerns. In recognition of her successful and impactful efforts to build inclusive and diverse communities in computing, the Computing Research Association selected Andrea Danyluk as the recipient of the 2022 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award. Andrea profoundly impacted the lives of her family, friends, students, and colleagues. She will forever be remembered for her warm spirit, boundless energy, and infectious laughter.


2022 A. Nico Habermann Award Recipient: Andrea Danyluk

The Computing Research Association has selected Andrea Danyluk as the recipient of the 2022 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award, in recognition of her successful and impactful efforts to build inclusive and diverse communities in computing. In making this award, CRA recognizes that Danyluk was a leader in broadening participation in computing at the national level. Whether working with a single student, participating in a panel, or leading a national effort, she was always invested in the collaboration, organized in her work, and principled in her approach. Sadly, Danyluk passed away shortly after the award selection was made. The CRA community is deeply saddened by the loss of an amazing mentor, friend and champion for diversity. She will be sorely missed.

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Expanding the Pipeline: The SIGCSE 2022 Technical Symposium

The SIGCSE 2022 Technical Symposium was a hybrid event with both virtual and in-person participation in Providence, Rhode Island March 2-5. Across the three conference tracks of Computing Education Research, Experience Reports and Tools, and Position and Curricula Initiatives, there were 144 accepted papers. Additionally, there were 15 panels, 9 special sessions, 24 workshops, 15 papers as part of the ACM Student Research Competition, 34 birds of a feather sessions, 15 demos, 17 lightning talks, 6 nifty assignments, 99 posters, and 29 exhibitors. The Pathable platform was used to provide virtual participants access to the conference sessions.


Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research Workshop

The Computing Research Association‘s newest committee, Computing Research Association-Industry, held their first workshop at the end of March on Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research. It brought together 30 participants in a hybrid format in Washington, DC from industry, academia, and government. This workshop was based off of a very successful September 2021 roundtable event, in which over 50 members of the community attended. The goal of the workshop was to continue the momentum from the roundtable and identify best practices on using the cloud to enhance computing research. Discussions focused on three different areas: research, collaboration, and education/workforce development.


Virtual Roundtable on Building Stronger Regional Academia-Industry-Government Computing Research Partnerships

The Computing Research Association-Industry Committee is delighted to announce an upcoming virtual Roundtable on Building Stronger Regional Academia-Industry-Government Computing Research Partnerships on Wednesday, April 27th from 3:00-4:30 PM ET.

Regional hotspots for innovative and high impact computing research, including the Boston area and Silicon Valley, are iconic. But how did these regions develop as they did and what are key elements in the collaboration between academia, industry, and government that make them successful?

In this roundtable, CRA-Industry will convene computing research partners across academia, industry, and government from Atlanta, Georgia to understand elements of successful approaches and to discuss the value of partnerships and best practices leading to success.

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CSGrad4US: Second Year Call for NSF Fellowship Opportunity for CS Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Holders to Return for PhD

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate has announced the second year of the CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship program. NSF seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and strongly encourages women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Submit a Proposal for the 2023 AAAS Annual Meeting

After two years of being virtual, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is thrilled to announce the 2023 AAAS Annual Meeting will be held in person March 2-5, 2023 in Washington D.C. AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society dedicated to the advancement of science for societal good and each year they hold a Annual Meeting featuring lectures, flash talk sessions, e-poster presentations and international exhibit hall to bring together experts form a broad range of disciplines to discuss new research and developments in science, technology and policy.

The theme for next year is Science for Humanity and will aim to highlight groundbreaking multi-disciplinary research that advances knowledge and responds equitably to the needs of humanity. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has attended and hosted sessions since 2013. You can find out more about the CCC’s past contributions on our website.

They have just announced they are now accepting proposals for 2023 meeting sessions. Proposals are due before June 16th, 2022.

Community Response to RFI on Incentives, Infrastructure, and Research and Development Needs To Support a Strong Domestic Semiconductor Industry

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) with input from CRA-Industry recently responded to the Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Request for Information on Incentives, Infrastructure, and Research and Development Needs to Support a Strong Domestic Semiconductor Industry. The RFI was seeking information in order to inform
the planning and design of potential programs to: Incentivize investment in semiconductor manufacturing facilities and associated ecosystems; provide for shared infrastructure to accelerate semiconductor research, development, and prototyping; and support research related to advanced packaging and advanced metrology to ensure a robust domestic semiconductor industry.

CCC Releases “Meta Hybrid” Report Out

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored a hybrid workshop “Best Practices for Hybrid Workshops” where around 30 participants from the fields of academia, industry, and government were given the opportunity to discuss the costs, benefits, and risks of Hybrid conferences, which have become increasingly prevalent since the beginning of Covid-19.

Organized by Sujata Banerjee (VMware), Maria Gini (University of Minnesota), Daniel P. Lopresti (Lehigh University), and Holly Yanco (University of Massachusetts Lowell), this workshop focused on discussing the increased inequities introduced by hybrid conferences, such as difficulties for visually and verbally impaired individuals to follow presentations, the loss of social interaction between conference participants, and problems with incompatible technologies, such as outdated software on participants’ computers.

We are very pleased to release the Meta Hybrid Visioning Report Out that synthesizes the findings and best practices from the visioning activity. The report focuses on sustainability, social factors, technology and accessibility in the context of hybrid settings.

You can view the full report here.