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Newly Expanded CRA Career Mentoring Workshops Now Accepting Industry Applications!

The Computing Research Association (CRA) is now accepting applications for its biennial CRA Career Mentoring Workshops (CMWs). The workshops provide valuable career advice and mentoring activities to people just beginning or in the early stages of their computing research careers. Building on the success of more than two decades of workshops for starting a tenure-track position in academia, this year’s program is expanded to include a workshop on teaching and a track on launching a computing research career in industry.

Taking place in Washington, D.C., participants have the option to join one or both workshops.

CMW: Teaching will be held February 20-21, offering participants the opportunity to hear from seasoned computing educators about the nuts and bolts of teaching large upper-division classes and graduate student seminars. The goal of this highly-interactive and engaging workshop is to help reduce the time you spend on teaching, reduce your frustration with teaching, and improve your teaching evaluations. Specifically, attendees will gain insight into how to write and edit course syllabi, be introduced to high-quality materials and master teacher models, go through a bootcamp on evidence-based practices such as active learning, and gain guidance on how to manage TAs and other administrative tasks.

CMW: Research will be held February 22-23, with two track options:

  • The Academic Track will provide advice and mentoring activities for those starting academic computing research careers. Session topics will include planning your research career, networking strategies, mentoring and managing students, preparing a tenure dossier, time management and work-life balance, among others.
  • The Industry Track will offer attendees advice and mentoring for launching a computing research career in industry. It will be led by experienced industry professionals and be focused on providing practical, actionable career advice, such as sessions on preparing a promotion application. Participants of the Industry Track will join the Academic Track as it makes sense, for session topics such as networking strategies and work-life balance.

The workshops, consisting of a series of panels, are interspersed with opportunities to network with senior researchers and representatives from government agencies.

Apply by December 11, 2023

Please submit your application no later than December 11, 2023. You will receive an email notification no later than December 20, 2023 on the status of your application and, if selected, next steps.

DoD Data Economy Study Request for Information Due 11/3

The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) is seeking to gather diverse perspectives for improving the collection, availability, analysis, and use of data within the Department of Defense (DoD). The DIB welcomes insights and best practices from industry, academia, uniformed personnel, and other interested parties. Expertise and feedback will help shape the DIB’s research and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense and other DoD leaders.  This survey will close on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET).  It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

Respondents are urged to contribute real-world examples, case studies, and practical insights to enhance the understanding and adoption of industry best practices for data within the DoD on the following topics:

  1. DATA GOVERNANCE: Best practices for data governance, including data security and compliance. Strategies for effective data management and protection. Examples of successful data governance frameworks and their outcomes.
  2. DATA SHARING: Strategies for fostering data sharing within and between organizations. Examples of successful data sharing initiatives and their impact on your data economy. Recommendations for overcoming barriers to data sharing.
  3. DATA ANALYTICS AND INSIGHTS: Approaches for deriving valuable insights from data. Successful data analytics use cases and their impact on decision-making. Tools and techniques for effective data analytics.
  4. DATA ARCHITECTURE: Best practices for data architecture, including data processing and integration. Recommendations for a well-designed data architecture wherein data is organized, accessible, and usable.
  5. DATA TALENT MANAGEMENT: Strategies for identifying and attracting data scientists, analysts, engineers, and other data professionals. Recommendations for addressing current data workforce gaps and anticipating future needs.
  6. DATA PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION: Strategies for forming data sharing agreements with trusted international partners. Insights into fostering trust and collaboration among data sharing partners.
  7. DATA ETHICS AND RESPONSIBLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI): Views on ethical and other considerations in data collection, processing, and use. Practices for ensuring responsible AI development and deployment in your organization. Real-world examples of organizations that have prioritized data ethics.
  8. DATA INNOVATION AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: Trends in data-related technologies (e.g., AI, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Quantum Computing) and their impact on the data economy. Innovative applications of data-driven technologies in different industries. Insights into fostering a culture of data-driven innovation.

Please fill out the survey here by Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET). 

Upcoming CRA-Industry Sharing Healthcare Data Roundtable

CRA-Industry will host a virtual roundtable on December 6th, from 3-4:30PM ET, centered around the critical theme of “Healthcare Data Sharing.”

The event will be moderated by Tammy Toscos from Parkview Health and Divesh Srivastava from AT&T. Confirmed speakers include Margarita Gonzales (Digital Transformation Leader, Georgia Tech Research), Belinda Seto (Deputy Director Office of Data Science Strategy, National Institute of Health), and John Kansky (President & CEO, Indiana Health Information Exchange). 

In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, the sharing of healthcare data has emerged as a transformative force with the potential to revolutionize patient care, research, and policy-making. However, this critical endeavor is not without its challenges, from privacy concerns to interoperability issues. 

This conversation will bring together academia, industry, medical practitioners, and the government to help tackle this crucial issue. Together, we aim to explore collaborative solutions to overcome challenges and shape the future of healthcare data sharing. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative conversation at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining on December 6th.