Tag Archive: From the Board Chair

Articles from the Computing Research Association Board Chair, Susan Davidson.

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Message from the Board Chair: CRA Launches Strategic Planning Process


I am writing to share the timeline and process for the strategic planning effort that CRA is undertaking, as well as to highlight some of the opportunities for you to be involved. The ultimate goal of strategic planning is to determine how CRA can best serve its members and the computing research community.  Given the many challenges and opportunities, it is imperative that we clearly understand the needs of our members and focus our activities to address those needs.

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Message from the Incoming Board Chair


On July 1, Ellen Zegura will become chair of the CRA Board of Directors. Zegura is the Fleming Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. 

I am delighted to take the mantle from Susan Davidson as the next chair of the CRA Board. Under Sue’s leadership CRA strengthened its position in leadership and service to the computing community in North America and beyond. Over the next year CRA and the Board are embarking on a strategic planning effort to think broadly and ambitiously about the future of the organization. I welcome your thoughts on this or any other CRA issue at any time. I can be reached at ewz@cc.gatech.edu.

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CRA Board Member Highlight: IEEE Honors Susan Davidson With TCDE Impact Award


This year, CRA Board Chair Susan Davidson received the IEEE TCDE Impact Award for “expanding the reach of data engineering within scientific disciplines.” In this interview, Davidson reveals how her interest in bioinformatics came about and how her career led to this award. Two of her favorite problems have been data integration and data provenance.