Published: August 2022, Issue: Vol. 34/No.7, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the August 2022, Vol. 34/No.7 issue.

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CRA Welcomes Tracy Camp as Executive Director

On July 1st, Dr. Tracy Camp officially took the helm as CRA Executive Director. Prior to joining CRA, Camp was the Founding Department Head of Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines (now Emeritus Professor). She brings to CRA strong experience as a leader in the computing research community, a history of spearheading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in computing, and a detailed vision for leading CRA into the future.


Highlights from the 2022 CRA Conference at Snowbird

After a four year hiatus due to COVID, the Computing Research Association (CRA) was thrilled to host the 2022 CRA Conference in person from July 19-21 in Snowbird, Utah. CRA welcomed department chairs and computing research leaders from across the country to network and discuss common issues concerning the future of the field. There were several engaging conference sessions on Computing Departments, Computing Education, Computing in Industry, and Computing for Good.

July 2022 CRA Board Meeting Highlights

On July 18-19, the Computing Research Association (CRA) held its July board meeting immediately before the 2022 CRA Conference at Snowbird. The meeting was led by CRA Board Chair Nancy Amato, with assistance from Executive Director Tracy Camp (who began her new role on July 1). The Board discussed many new initiatives and board members were encouraged to consider volunteering for one of more of the committees/working groups that CRA will have this year.

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CRA-WP Presents the 2022 CRA-WP Early Career Awards

The Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research (CRA-WP) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Early Career Awards.

Maya Cakmak of the University of Washington has been selected as the 2022 Anita Borg Early Career Award recipient.

Christina Harrington of Carnegie Mellon University has been selected as the 2022 Skip Ellis Early Career Award recipient.


CRA-E’s Undergraduate Research Highlights: ASU Student Decides to Research Group Decision-Making

CRA-E’s “Undergraduate Research Highlights” series showcases outstanding research done by undergraduate students at universities and colleges across North America.  Each article features the story of a successful undergraduate researcher and offers personal insights into their experiences with finding an advisor, undertaking new research projects, and discovering how research can impact their personal and professional future. It is one of a number of CRA-E’s activities that foster and recognize talented computing researchers with the goal of increasing the research pipeline, promoting graduate education, and advocating research-based careers.

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Rates of Participation in K-12 Outreach Vary Among Undergraduates in Computing

CRA’s Data Buddies Survey 2021 data indicate that 16% of undergraduates in computing fields have been involved in K-12 outreach during their degree program. Participation rates across different racial and ethnic groups varied. Within racial/ethnic groups, participation rates also varied as a function of gender identity. 

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Snowbird CCC “Reboot!” Session

Last month at CRA’s Conference at Snowbird the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) led an after-dinner brainstorming session, “Reboot!” to help members of the community engage in a visioning discussion. Led by Sujata Banerjee, Nadya Bliss, Liz Bradley, Bill Gropp, Dan Lopresti and Ann Schwartz, the session featured a series of discussions and idea sharing among the community pertaining to two topics chosen to inspire a lively discussion and to get people thinking outside of their areas – Neural Programming and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Customized to Human Norms.

CIFellows Research Poster Session

On May 25, 2022, the CIFellows were given the opportunity to present their research to the community during a poster session at the NITRD 30th Anniversary Symposium. The poster session was a great way to celebrate early career researchers and demonstrate the impact of federal investments in computing research.