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Does Computer Science Need a Sputnik Moment?

Interesting article from the Seattle Post Intelligencer today on discussions at CRA member Microsoft Research’s Faculty Summit about declining computer science enrollments. Here’s a bit: Gates touts computer science By Todd Bishop SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Does the U.S. computer-science industry need a Sputnik moment? It wouldn’t hurt, Bill Gates said yesterday, answering a question from […]

Pics from the CNSF Science Exhibition on Capitol Hill

CRA joined 31 other scientific societies and universities yesterday in showing off the results of NSF-sponsored research at the 10th annual Coalition for National Science Funding Science Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill. CRA was ably represented at the event by DK Panda and his students (Jiuxing Liu, Pavan Balaji, Ranjit Noronha, and Sayantan Sur) […]

Administration says more Cyber Security Research and IT Security Personnel Needed

Thanks to Jeff Grove of ACM for pointing out this story (subscription req’d), by William New, in National Journal’s Tech Daily (sub req’d) covering remarks by Department of Homeland Security Chief Security Officer Jack Johnson, DHS Chief Information Officer Steve Cooper, and FAA Deputy Director Thomas O’Keefe suggesting the great need for information security professionals […]

Kudos to Google

The Anita Borg Institute announced the winners of the 2004 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, given on merit to female undergrad and graduate students earning computer science degrees during the 2004-05 academic year. Kudos to Google for awarding 8 scholarships of $10,000 each, plus 11 more $1,000 scholarships. Google blogged the release on the relatively […]

Pics from the CRA-W Presidential Award Ceremony

(Clicking the thumbnail gets you a larger version) Accepting the Award From left: NSF Director Arden Bement, CRA-W Co-Chair Mary Jean Harrold, former CRA-W Co-Chair Jan Cuny, White House OSTP Director John Marburger Group shot of all PAESMEM Awardees Harrold and Cuny in the top row, third and fourth from the left, respectively Post Awards […]

President Honors CRA-W with Award for Mentoring

WASHINGTON, DC — President George W. Bush today awarded the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) for “significant achievements in mentoring women across educational levels.”

NPR Discusses Decline in CompSci Enrollments

More media coverage of CRA’s Taulbee Survey results that show a 23 percent decrease in undergraduate computer science majors in 2003. This time it’s a piece on NPR’s Morning Edition. You’ll need Real Player or Windows Media Player to listen. Other stories on the subject are linked here.

GrepLaw Interview With Spaf

GrepLaw, run by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, has an interview with CRA board member Gene Spafford (“Spaf”), on what it’s like to testify before Congress, the current spate of virus and worm attacks, his favorite operating systems, and his suggested reading list for “geeky legal types who want to become […]

Dan Geer in AP

CRA Grand Challenges in Information Security and Assurance participant Dan Geer is the subject of an Associated Press piece today on his concerns about a software “monoculture.” Yahoo! News – Experts Warn of Microsoft ‘Monoculture’