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ACM Student Quick Takes

ACM Student Quick Takes

ACM Student Quick Takes


ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest. This page contains archives of some of the previous issues of SQT.


ACM Student Quick Takes

Issue Archives


Spring 2015 Issue
Winter 2014 Issue
Fall 2014 Issue
Summer 2014 Issue
Spring 2014 Issue
Winter 2013-14 Issue
Summer 2013 Issue
Spring 2013 Issue
Winter 2012-13 Issue
Fall 2012 Issue
Summer 2012 Issue
March 2012 Issue
September 2011 Issue
December 2011 Issue
June 2011 Issue
May 2010 Issue
November 2009 Issue
September 2009 Issue
March 2009 Issue
November 2008 Issue
September 2008 Issue
May 2008 Issue
February 2008 Issue
September 2007 Issue
April 2007 Issue
February 2007 Issue
September 2006 Issue
May 2006 Issue


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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Spring 2015 Issue

Issue Contents

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Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.

  1. Welcome, New Student Chapters!
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. The Application Round for the 3rd Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is Now Closed
  4. Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
  5. New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
  6. 2015 ACM-ICPC
  7. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  8. Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
  9. Free ACM Student Materials
  10. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  11. Register to View Our Recent Learning Webinars Now Available On-Demand
  12. Get Involved with XRDS!
  13. Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
  14. 2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM Program
  15. Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
  16. Recent Additions to Skillsoft IT and Desktop Video Library
  17. Solar Powered Micro-Data Center Design Challenge


Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Azerbaijan Technical University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Bethel University ACM Student Chapter
  • Boun ACM Student Chapter
  • Brown University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • BV College of Engineering ACM-W Student Chapter
  • CISC ACM Student Chapter
  • City Tech ACM Student Chapter
  • Connecticut College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • CSE-IMSEC ACM Student Chapter
  • EBONYI State University ACM Student Chapter
  • Fahad Bin Sultan University ACM Student Chapter
  • FI-UAC ACM Student Chapter
  • HKUST ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Hong Kong University of Sci. & Tech. ACM Student Chapter
  • INTEGRAL UNIVERSITY ACM Student Chapter
  • IoBM ACM Student Chapter
  • Jayamukhi ACM-W Student Chapter
  • JECRC University Jaipur ACM Student Chapter
  • Keene State College ACM Student Chapter
  • MARIBOR ACM Student Chapter
  • MMCOE ACM Student Chapter
  • N.M.I.E.T ACM STUDENT CHAPTER
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter
  • PAF-KIET ACM Student Chapter
  • PVPIT Pune ACM Student Chapter
  • RPI ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Sheridan CSS ACM Student Chapter
  • Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University ACM Student Chapter
  • Sri Aurobindo Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • Sri Aurobindo Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Tula's Institute ACM Student Chapter
  • UC Berkeley ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter
  • UCLA ACM-W Student Chapter
  • UNCC ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Houston ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Richmond ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Washington ACM SIGCHI Student Chapter
  • Villanova University ACM Student Chapter

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

The Application Round for the 3rd Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is Now Closed
The second Heidelberg Laureate Forum that took place September 21-26, 2014 in Heidelberg, Germany provided a unique opportunity for luminaries in the fields of computer science and mathematics to meet with and inspire the best and brightest of young researchers from around the world. The laureates included recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (computer science), the Abel Prize, the Nevanlinna Prize and the Fields Medal (mathematics). The week-long event focused on scientific inspiration and exchange through a series of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and social events. Among the 16 laureates who participated in this year's event waslesl 2013 Turing Award recipient Leslie Lamport. ACM, in cooperation with the Klaus Tschira Foundation in Heidelberg, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the International Mathematical Union, created the HLF in 2012 as an annual event, in part to raise the visibility of the Turing Award and ACM, but also to advance computer science and mathematics for the next generation. The 3rd HLF is taking place August 23-28, 2015.

Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
ACM's partnership with the Teradata University Network enables student members to access complimentary software from Teradata, MicroStrategy, SAS, Tableau, and other software tools, as well as datasets, case studies, free certification training, and other content. Currently present in 98 countries and accessed by students from over 1,700 universities, Teradata University Network (TUN) offers a unique learning and teaching experience that is supported by distinguished academics around the world. TUN provides hands-on training in combination with technical expertise. The goal of TUN is to challenge students to become innovative thinkers who know how to use data warehousing to create and enhance business value. TUN prepares its students for a competitive marketplace through offering corporate reality experience using Teradata data warehousing technology, and providing access to resources that would otherwise be overwhelmingly expensive for universities to develop and maintain. TUN is a free web-based portal for both faculty and the students, and supports students at undergraduate and graduate levels. To gain access to TUN resources visit http://learning.acm.org/courses/tun.cfm.

New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
This winter, the Learning Center's collection of Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress books has expanded, with extended, updated coverage of hot topics areas such as cyber warfare, data mining and modeling, digital technology law, software defined networks, user experience design, and web hacking. Newly added titles include Applied Network Security Monitoring, Economics-Driven Software Architecture, Essential MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design for Information Systems, Peter Norvig's classic textbook Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming, Principles of Computer System Design, and the new edition of Visual Computing for Medicine.

Here are some additional titles you will find in the collection:

2015 ACM-ICPC
Did your school participate in the 2014 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC)? The contest is a multitier, team-based programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

The next round of world finals will take place in Morocco May 16–21, 2015, and will be hosted by Mohamed the Fifth, Al Akhawayn and Mundiapolis Universities.

Student Research Competition (SRC)
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at ASPLOS 2015 (SIGARCH) in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2015. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Gennady Pechimenko, Carnegie Mellon University for "Energy-Efficient Data Compression for GPU Memory Systems." 2nd place went to Charlie Curtsinger, UMass, Amherst, for "Causal Profiling: Finding Optimizations that Count." And 3rd place went to Ali Javadiabhari, Princeton University, for "Fine-Grain, Compile-time Optimizations of Communication Bandwidths in a Tiled Quantum Architecture."

Next two open calls for submissions are for SIGCOMM 2015, August 17-21, 2015, with a deadline of May 8, 2015 and for ASSETS 2015, October 26-28, 2015, with a deadline of June 25, 2015. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Free ACM Student Materials
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Register to View Our Recent Learning Webinars Now Available On-Demand

Register to view our most recent webinars of 2015:

The March 31 on-demand webinar is presented by Salman Habib, member of the High Energy Physics and Mathematics and Computer Science Divisions at Argonne National Laboratory, "Extreme Scaling and Performance across Diverse Architectures." Because future supercomputing architectures-leading up to exascale-will follow diverse paths, it is important to articulate principles for designing applications that can run at extreme scale and high performance on a variety of systems. It is unlikely that automated solutions can provide more than incremental improvements in the near term. It is therefore important, when developing new applications, to be cognizant of future hardware possibilities and to follow a design approach that allows for rapid deployment and optimization, including the use of multiple algorithms targeted to different architectures. This approach will be presented using the Hardware/Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Code (HACC) framework. HACC runs efficiently on all current supercomputer architectures and scales to the largest of today's systems.

The February 18 on-demand webinar is presented by Bertrand Meyer, Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich and an ACM Fellow, and Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, "Agile Methods: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly." This webcast takes an objective look at agile methods by explaining the essentials and helping sort the wheat from the chaff. It presents agile methods in the broader perspective of software engineering methods and tools, showing how they complement, rather than contradict, the best practices in the field. Meyer also warns against exaggerated claims, enabling you to retain the truly unique agile contributions and make your projects agile in the best sense of the term. There is a Part II that was done on March 27. However, it is helpful to watch the February 18 webinar first, as a significant portion of this follow-up webcast is dedicated to answering audience questions from the original presentation.

The January 28 on-demand webinar is presented by Steve McConnell, CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software, "Stranger than Fiction: Case Studies in Software Engineering Judgment." High-profile software project disasters have been commonplace for decades. Failed projects are followed by hand-wringing and cries of, "Where did we go wrong?" In this talk, award-winning author Steve McConnell uses the "Four Core Influences" framework from his upcoming book, Software Engineering Essentials, to dissect published reports of software project outcomes. He demonstrates how to use sound software engineering judgment to vastly improve understanding of software project dynamics, which in turn leads to correct diagnosis of failure, more effective corrective actions for projects already underway, and a significantly improved chance of success on every project.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Don't miss out on the Spring issue of XRDS with contributions from the who's who of cryptography. Inside you will find a range of articles from the early beginnings of cryptography through present-day research. Discover modern cryptographic techniques like searchable encryption, read interviews with leading researchers in the field, and enjoy a wonderful look back at Bletchley Park, home of Colossus (the world's first electronic digital computer). You still have time to submit for the Fall Issue on virtual reality; email the editors at xrds@acm.org.

There are also currently several opportunities to get involved with the XRDS: Crossroads team. Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar-there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
Networking Networking Women (N² Women) is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields, fostering connections among under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. The group offers fellowships covering travel costs for female graduate students planning to attend premier technical conferences in networking and communications. In exchange, the students help organize the N² Women meeting at the conferences. Funding is provided by Microsoft Research, HP Labs and IEEE CS TCCC, and will partially cover a student's travel cost (up to $500) to an event where an N² Women meeting is held. SIGMOBILE is also supporting the N2 Women Young Researcher Fellowship awards by covering all the costs associated with the processing of the funds. Please click on the Fellowships link of the website for a complete listing of opportunities and deadlines.

2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM Program
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

Recent Additions to Skillsoft IT and Desktop Video Library
Did you know that ACM members have access to thousands of IT and productivity videos from Skillsoft in the ACM Learning Center? Covering a variety of today's hottest topics, these videos offer "on-the-job" support and solutions for busy practitioners.

Recently, Skillsoft added significant video content in the following knowledge areas: Advanced Scrum, ANSI C, ASP.NET MVC 4, CompTIA Linux+ 2014 CompTIA Mobility+, Data Science Fundamentals in R, Hadoop and MapReduce, Implementing Cisco Secure Mobility Solutions (SIMOS) 1.0, Java SE 8 Programming, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Microsoft Entity Framework, Microsoft Security Fundamentals, Microsoft SQL Server 2014, MongoDB, OpenStack Fundamentals, Responsive Web Design, Software Testing Fundamentals, UX Foundations, and Windows 8. To access these and other videos, visit the Learning Center, log into Skillsoft and Books 24x7 with your ACM member credentials, then browse by IT and Technical Video Topics. See the video page for more video listings.

Solar Powered Micro-Data Center Design Challenge
Inveneo is seeking students, engineers, researchers, and innovators to submit their design of a solar powered micro-data center. Given the harsh environments present in much of the developing world, designers will need to create a functional micro-data center that can be powered with a solar photovoltaic system, withstand intense heat and humidity, and run completely without access to standard air conditioning.

The contest is open to applicants who are at least 18 years of age, in teams that range from three to seven members. The contest's panel of judges includes industry experts from Inveneo, ARM, and LeMaker, among others. The signup deadline is June 10, 2015 at midnight PDT. More information at http://www.inveneo.org/designchallenge/.


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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Winter 2014 Issue

Issue Contents

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Welcome to the Winter 2014 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.

  1. Welcome, New Student Chapters!
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. The Application Round for the 3rd Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is Now Open
  4. The DHS Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative
  5. Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
  6. New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
  7. 2015 ACM-ICPC
  8. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  9. ACM Student Member Access to Safari Books and Videos Extended
  10. Book Swap Adds Nearly 200 New eBooks and Videos to ACM Learning Center
  11. Launching the First-Ever National Data Science Bowl
  12. Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
  13. Free ACM Student Materials
  14. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  15. Register to View Our Recent Learning Webinars Now Available On-Demand
  16. Get Involved with XRDS!
  17. Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
  18. 2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM Program
  19. Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School


Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • AUD ACM Student Chapter
  • Azerbaijan Technical University ACM Student Chapter
  • Bharath University ACM Student Chapter
  • Bloomfield College ACM Student Chapter
  • BML Munjal University ACM Student Chapter
  • BUEST ACM Student Chapter
  • Champlain College ACM Student Chapter
  • Claflin University ACM Student Chapter
  • Colorado State University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Cornell College ACM Student Chapter
  • DeSales University ACM Student Chapter
  • DHA Suffa University ACM Student Chapter
  • GKM ACM Student Chapter
  • Goa University ACM Student Chapter
  • IFTM University ACM Student Chapter
  • Kansas State University ACM-W Chapter
  • Lake Superior State University ACM Student Chapter
  • Letterkenny Institute ACM-W Student Chapter
  • LYIT ACM Student Chapter
  • MIT India ACM Student Chapter
  • Muthoot Institute of Technology and Science ACM Student Chapter
  • NUST SEECS ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Penn State Behrend ACM Student Chapter
  • Prairie View University ACM Student Chapter
  • Reynolds Community College ACM Student Chapter
  • Rutgers Univ Camden ACM Student Chapter
  • Simmons College ACM Student Chapter
  • SNU ACM Student Chapter
  • Southeast Missouri State University ACM Student Chapter
  • Southeast Missouri State University ACM-W Chapter
  • SPMC ACM Student Chapter
  • St. Cloud State University ACM Student Chapter
  • St. Martins Engineering College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Sukkur IBA ACM Student Chapter
  • SV College ACM Student Chapter
  • SXCCE ACM Student Chapter
  • Tai Yuan ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Bradford ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Denver ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Prishtina ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Virginia ACM-W Student Chapter
  • UPRM ACM-W Student Chapter
  • USIL'S ACM Student Chapter
  • USMA ACM SIGSAC Student Chapter
  • Vellore Institute of Technology University, Chennai Campus ACM Student Chapter
  • WCC ACM Student Chapter
  • Wellesley College ACM Student Chapter
  • Wichita State University ACM Student Chapter
  • WiCS ACM-W Student Chapter

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

The Application Round for the 3rd Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is Now Open
The second Heidelberg Laureate Forum that took place September 21-26 in Heidelberg, Germany provided a unique opportunity for luminaries in the fields of computer science and mathematics to meet with and inspire the best and brightest of young researchers from around the world. The laureates included recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (computer science), the Abel Prize, the Nevanlinna Prize and the Fields Medal (mathematics). The week-long event focused on scientific inspiration and exchange through a series of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and social events. Among the 24 laureates who participated in this year's event were 2013 Turing Award recipient Leslie Lamport and 2004 Turing Award recipient and ACM Past President Vint Cerf. ACM, in cooperation with the Klaus Tschira Foundation in Heidelberg, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the International Mathematical Union, created the HLF in 2012 as an annual event, in part to raise the visibility of the Turing Award and ACM, but also to advance computer science and mathematics for the next generation.

The application round for the 3rd HLF, taking place August 23–28, 2015, is scheduled from November 17, 2014–February 28, 2015.

The DHS Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative
The DHS Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative is accepting applications from current undergraduate students until Friday, January 9. Selected students learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission, complete hands-on cybersecurity work, and build technical experience in key areas such as digital forensics, network diagnostics, and incident response. Each assignment will be unique. Additionally, students will participate in mentoring and professional development activities with DHS managers and senior leaders.

DHS expects to place 75+ student volunteers at 50+ DHS offices nationwide in 2015.

Students must be U.S. citizens, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and have a projected graduation date of September 2015 or later. These are unpaid positions. Interested students can learn more about the program and apply online through USAJobs.

Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
ACM's new partnership with the Teradata University Network enables student members to access complimentary software from Teradata, MicroStrategy, SAS, Tableau, and other software tools, as well as datasets, case studies, free certification training, and other content. Currently present in 98 countries and accessed by students from over 1,700 universities, Teradata University Network (TUN) offers a unique learning and teaching experience that is supported by distinguished academics around the world. TUN provides hands-on training in combination with technical expertise. The goal of TUN is to challenge students to become innovative thinkers who know how to use data warehousing to create and enhance business value. TUN prepares its students for a competitive marketplace through offering corporate reality experience using Teradata data warehousing technology, and providing access to resources that would otherwise be overwhelmingly expensive for universities to develop and maintain. TUN is a free web-based portal for both faculty and the students, and supports students at undergraduate and graduate levels. To gain access to TUN resources visit http://learning.acm.org/courses/tun.cfm.

New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
ACM's ebook collection now contains 225 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress, with greater and fresher coverage of the most bleeding- and cutting-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. All books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular ebook reader on your mobile device. All ACM members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center eBooks catalog as well as the ACM Digital Library.

Here are some titles you will find in the collection:

2015 ACM-ICPC
Did your school participate in the 2014 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC)? The contest is a multitier, team-based programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

The next round of world finals will take place in Morocco May 16–21, 2015, and will be hosted by Mohamed the Fifth, Al Akhawayn and Mundiapolis Universities.

Student Research Competition (SRC)
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at PLDI 2014(SIGPLAN) in Edinburgh, UK in June 2014. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Emma Tosch, University of Massachusetts for "Programming and Debugging Surveys." 2nd place went to Veselin Raychev, ETH Zurich, for "Probabilistic Name and Type Inference." And 3rd place went to Khan Nguyen, University of California, Irvine, for "FACADE: A Compiler and Runtime for (Almost) Object-Bounded Big Data Applications." In the Undergraduate category, 1st place went to Matthew Loring, Cornell University for "Generics in Jif."

Next two open calls for submissions are for CHI 2015, April 18-23, 2015, with a deadline of January 5, 2015 and for MOBILESoft 2015, May 16-17, 2015, with a deadline of January 16, 2015. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

ACM Student Member Access to Newly Updated Safari Books and Videos Collection Extended
Good news: Earlier this year, ACM has extended student member access to the full custom collection of 700 Safari books and video titles, including award-winning, best-selling technical books and videos from leading publishers such as Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, McGraw Hill, Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, Peachpit Press, Pearson Education, Que, Wiley, and more. This extensive electronic reference library contains books on the latest software and technologies, certification study guides, video tutorials and recordings from O'Reilly conferences. In addition to being able to download books and print custom summary documents, ACM Student Members can build their own custom libraries with favorite folders, saved searches, and smart folders, and access their books offline with Safari's mobile app. For more information on Safari Books Online, please visit http://learning.acm.org/books/index.cfm. To access Safari Books Online, log in with your ACM Student Member credentials through the ACM Learning Center or through myACM. Check out our full e-book catalog as well as the Safari Books Online FAQ, which may answer many of your questions: http://learning.acm.org/about/saf_faq.cfm.

On September 4 the ACM Learning Center updated the entire collection of its Safari books and videos to reflect current trends in computing and to update existing editions.

Book Swap Adds Nearly 200 New eBooks and Videos to ACM Learning Center
Recently, ACM added dozens of new titles to the ACM custom eBook and Safari video collections to update existing editions, fill coverage gaps, and introduce new coverage reflecting current trends in computing. In our refreshed Safari Books Online collection, ACM members will find updated coverage of popular web and mobile programming toolkits, as well as titles for mobile and Java developers, and open source tools. Safari videos cover Android application development fundamentals (update), Hadoop, Java, and software architecture. Check out what's new on the Safari swap page.

More than 120 new book titles have been added to the Books 24x7 collection, including Oracle Database 12C, parallel programming with Ada, PHP programming with the Zend framework, Windows 8, and Xcode 5, as well as business titles on healthcare information systems and management information systems, and popular vendor certification prep guides. The book swap also highlights new and emerging bodies of research in computer vision and image processing, ethical computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning in image steganalysis, recommender systems, and securing critical infrastructures and critical control systems. Check out what's new on the Books 24x7 swap page.

Launching the First-Ever National Data Science Bowl
ACM is a partner in the first-ever National Data Science Bowl, which launched December 15, 2014. This 90-day competition offers data scientists the chance to solve a critical problem facing our world's oceans using the power of data. Participants are challenged to examine nearly 100,000 underwater images to develop an algorithm that will enable researchers to monitor certain sea life at a speed and scale never before possible. $175,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top three individual contestants and the top academic team.

Click here for more information. The competition ends March 16, 2015.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Free ACM Student Materials
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Register to View Our Recent Learning Webinars Now Available On-Demand
Register to view our December 18 on-demand webinar with Ron Woerner, Director of Cybersecurity Studies, Bellevue University, "Getting Cyber Safety Through to Employees (and anyone else):" People are and always will be the weakest link in security. Yet, it's an often overlooked topic. This session discussed people skills, influence, and social engineering in security education. It educated attendees on human motivation and interaction, how security controls may be bypassed by a person's intentional or unintentional acts, and methods for reducing the cyber risks associated with people. It concluded with online references that can be immediately used to inform on simple steps for cyber safety.

Register to view our December 3 on-demand webinar with Terry Coatta, CTO, Marine Learning Systems; ACM Practitioners Board:"Data Access and Entity Framework." This seminar looked at the issue of building a data access layer, and focused on situations in which a more traditional SQL database makes a reasonable foundation for a data access layer. We then took a step further and looked at the use of Object Relational Managers (ORM) within the data access layer and provided some specific guidance with respect to making use of Microsoft's Entity Framework.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
Networking Networking Women (N² Women) is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields, fostering connections among under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. The group offers fellowships covering travel costs for female graduate students planning to attend premier technical conferences in networking and communications. In exchange, the students help organize the N² Women meeting at the conferences. Funding is provided by Microsoft Research, HP Labs and IEEE CS TCCC, and will partially cover a student's travel cost (up to $500) to an event where an N² Women meeting is held. SIGMOBILE is also supporting the N2 Women Young Researcher Fellowship awards by covering all the costs associated with the processing of the funds. Please click on the Fellowships link of the website for a complete listing of opportunities and deadlines.

2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM Program
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!


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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Fall 2014 Issue

Issue Contents

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Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. Welcome, New Student Chapters!
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. Eleven Turing Award Recipients Participate in 2nd Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum
  4. Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
  5. New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
  6. 2015 ACM-ICPC
  7. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  8. ACM Student Member Access to Safari Books and Videos Extended
  9. Microsoft Research Faculty Summit
  10. Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
  11. Free ACM Student Materials
  12. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  13. Get Involved with XRDS!
  14. Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
  15. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  16. 2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM Program
  17. Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School

Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Dokuz Eylul University ACM Student Chapter
  • Easwari ACM Student Chapter
  • ERU ACM-W Student Chapter
  • GITAM ACM Student Chapter
  • Gogte Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • Humboldt State University ACM Student Chapter
  • IntelliTec College ACM Student Chapter
  • Iowa State University ACM Student Chapter
  • ITM University ACM Student Chapter
  • Johnson & Wales University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Michigan State University ACM-W Chapter
  • MITS ACM Student Chapter
  • Narasaraopeta Engineering College ACM Student Chapter
  • NMIMS Shirpur ACM Student Chapter
  • PUC ACM Student Chapter
  • Rollins College ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Cincinnati ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Florida ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Gujrat Sialkot ACM Student Chapter
  • UPV ACM-W Student Chapter

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

Eleven Turing Award Recipients Participate in 2nd Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF)
The second Heidelberg Laureate Forum, taking place September 21-26 in Heidelberg, Germany, provides a unique opportunity for luminaries in the fields of computer science and mathematics to meet with and inspire the best and brightest of young researchers from around the world. The laureates include recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (computer science), the Abel Prize, the Nevanlinna Prize and the Fields Medal (mathematics). The week-long event focuses on scientific inspiration and exchange through a series of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and social events. Among the 24 laureates participating in this year's event are 2013 Turing Award recipient Leslie Lamport and 2004 Turing Award recipient and ACM Past President Vint Cerf. ACM, in cooperation with the Klaus Tschira Foundation in Heidelberg, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the International Mathematical Union, created the HLF in 2012 as an annual event, in part to raise the visibility of the Turing Award and ACM, but also to advance computer science and mathematics for the next generation. Student nominations for HLF 2015 will open in November.

The HLF will offer its own two blogs in English and German within the Scilogs-Community: In the blogs you will find background stories of the HLF, of the Laureates and young researchers, as well as interviews, selected quotes of the day and many more. During the Forum the bloggers will cover lectures, panel discussions and social events. The blog officially starts September 15. Add it to your feed-reader now so you will not miss out on anything. All HLF participants are warmly welcome to blog as a guest bloggers (just send an e-mail to blog@heidelberg-laureate-forum.org).

Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
ACM's new partnership with the Teradata University Network enables student members to access complimentary software from Teradata, MicroStrategy, SAS, Tableau, and other software tools, as well as datasets, case studies, free certification training, and other content. Currently present in 98 countries and accessed by students from over 1,700 universities, Teradata University Network (TUN) offers a unique learning and teaching experience that is supported by distinguished academics around the world. TUN provides hands-on training in combination with technical expertise. The goal of TUN is to challenge students to become innovative thinkers who know how to use data warehousing to create and enhance business value. TUN prepares its students for a competitive marketplace through offering corporate reality experience using Teradata data warehousing technology, and providing access to resources that would otherwise be overwhelmingly expensive for universities to develop and maintain. TUN is a free web-based portal for both faculty and the students, and supports students at undergraduate and graduate levels. To gain access to TUN resources visit http://learning.acm.org/courses/tun.cfm.

New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
ACM's ebook collection now contains 225 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress, with greater and fresher coverage of the most bleeding- and cutting-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. All books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular ebook reader on your mobile device. All ACM members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center eBooks catalog as well as the ACM Digital Library.

Here are some titles you will find in the collection:

2015 ACM-ICPC
Did your school participate in the 2014 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC)? The contest is a multitier, team-based programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

The next round of world finals will take place in Morocco on May 16- 21, 2015, and will be hosted by Mohamed the Fifth, Al Akhawayn and Mundiapolis Universities.

Student Research Competition (SRC)
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at PLDI 2014(SIGPLAN) in Edinburgh, UK in June 2014. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Emma Tosch, University of Massachusetts for "Programming and Debugging Surveys." 2nd place went to Veselin Raychev, ETH Zurich, for "Probabilistic Name and Type Inference." And 3rd place went to Khan Nguyen, University of California, Irvine, for "FACADE: A Compiler and Runtime for (Almost) Object-Bounded Big Data Applications." In the Undergraduate category, 1st place went to Matthew Loring, Cornell University for "Generics in Jif."

Next two open calls for submissions are for SIGCSE 2015, March 4-7, 2015, with a deadline of September 29, 2014 and for ASPLOS 2015, March 14-18, 2015, with a deadline of November 14, 2014. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

ACM Student Member Access to Newly Updated Safari Books and Videos Collection Extended
Good news: Earlier this year, ACM has extended student member access to the full custom collection of 700 Safari books and video titles, including award-winning, best-selling technical books and videos from leading publishers such as Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, McGraw Hill, Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, Peachpit Press, Pearson Education, Que, Wiley, and more. This extensive electronic reference library contains books on the latest software and technologies, certification study guides, video tutorials and recordings from O'Reilly conferences. In addition to being able to download books and print custom summary documents, ACM Student Members can build their own custom libraries with favorite folders, saved searches, and smart folders, and access their books offline with Safari's mobile app. For more information on Safari Books Online, please visit http://learning.acm.org/books/index.cfm. To access Safari Books Online, log in with your ACM Student Member credentials through the ACM Learning Center or through myACM. Check out our full e-book catalog as well as the Safari Books Online FAQ, which may answer many of your questions: http://learning.acm.org/about/saf_faq.cfm.

On September 4 the ACM Learning Center updated the entire collection of its Safari books and videos to reflect current trends in computing and to update existing editions.

Microsoft Research Faculty Summit
The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit took place on July 14, 2014. This free online event offered keynotes and demo presentations from the Faculty Summit as well as lively discussions with leading scientific and academic researchers about their investigations into future trends in computer science research. The program included the following featured speakers: Harry Shum, Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Technology and Research group, and Dr. Leslie Lamport, Principal Researcher at Microsoft and winner of the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award, among others.

Click here to watch the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on demand.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Free ACM Student Materials
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
Networking Networking Women (N² Women) is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields, fostering connections among under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. The group offers fellowships covering travel costs for female graduate students planning to attend premier technical conferences in networking and communications. In exchange, the students help organize the N² Women meeting at the conferences. Funding is provided by ACM SIGMOBILE, HP Labs, and Microsoft Research, and will partially cover a student's travel cost (up to $500) to an event where an N² Women meeting is held. Please click on the Fellowships link of the website for a complete listing of opportunities and deadlines.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. This exposure to the CS research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in 6 groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT) the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG.

The next application deadline is October 15, 2014. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarship.

2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM Program
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2014-2015 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!


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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Summer 2014 Issue

Issue Contents

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Welcome to the Summer 2014 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. Welcome, New Student Chapters!
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
  4. Google Names Participants for 2014 Summer of Code Program
  5. New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
  6. 2014 ACM-ICPC
  7. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  8. ACM Student Member Access to Safari Books and Videos Extended
  9. Microsoft Research Faculty Summit
  10. Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
  11. Free ACM Student Materials
  12. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  13. Get Involved with XRDS!
  14. Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
  15. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  16. 2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM Program
  17. Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
  18. ACM-IEEE CS 2013 George Michael Memorial Fellowship Recipients

Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • ABES ACM Student Chapter
  • Ahmedabad University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • American University ACM Student Chapter
  • AMU ACM Student Chapter
  • Andrews University ACM Student Chapter
  • BVB ACM Student Chapter
  • CEC ACM Student Chapter
  • DA-IICT ACM Student Chapter
  • DMIETR ACM Student Chapter
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • Emory University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Fatih University ACM Student Chapter
  • Fatih University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • HIT ACM Student Chapter
  • IEM ACM Student Chapter
  • Indiana State University ACM Student Chapter
  • ISCTE-IUL ACM Student Chapter
  • ITT Technical Institute Henderson NV ACM Student Chapter
  • JIS ACM Student Chapter
  • Leeward Community College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • MJCET ACM Student Chapter
  • NIT Agartala ACM Student Chapter
  • NUCES Peshawar ACM Student Chapter
  • Okan University ACM Student Chapter
  • Oxford College ACM Student Chapter
  • Pacific University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • PSUT ACM Student Chapter
  • Qassim University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Regis University ACM Student Chapter
  • Selcuk University ACM Student Chapter
  • Siena College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • UEM Jaipur ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Dallas ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Salamanca ACM Student Chapter
  • USC ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
ACM's new partnership with the Teradata University Network enables student members to access complimentary software from Teradata, MicroStrategy, SAS, Tableau, and other software tools, as well as datasets, case studies, free certification training, and other content. Currently present in 98 countries and accessed by students from over 1,700 universities, Teradata University Network (TUN) offers a unique learning and teaching experience that is supported by distinguished academics around the world. TUN provides hands-on training in combination with technical expertise. The goal of TUN is to challenge students to become innovative thinkers who know how to use data warehousing to create and enhance business value. TUN prepares its students for a competitive marketplace through offering corporate reality experience using Teradata data warehousing technology, and providing access to resources that would otherwise be overwhelmingly expensive for universities to develop and maintain. TUN is a free web-based portal for both faculty and the students, and supports students at undergraduate and graduate levels. To gain access to TUN resources visit http://learning.acm.org/courses/tun.cfm.

Google Names Participants for 2014 Summer of Code Program
The 10th Annual Google Summer of Code program involves 1,307 students working with 190 mentoring organizations to create open source code that will be shared with the world. To date, the program has included more than 8,500 college and university students from more than 100 countries who have created more than 50 million lines of code. The participating students enter the community bonding period during which they will become familiar with their mentors and prepare for the program, says the Google Open Source Programs Office's Carol Smith. "While the majority of past student participants were enrolled in university or college computer science and computer engineering programs, Google Summer of Coders come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and degree programs, from computational biology to mining engineering," according to the program's website. The mentoring organizations working with the students this summer include the Apache Software Foundation, the 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software, CERN SFT, Blender Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation, Wikimedia, GNU Project, Drupal, Debian Project, and Copyleft Games. The program started May 19 and the final results will be announced on Aug. 25. You can view the full article here.

For any further information, please visit Google's Summer of Code homepage at http://www.google-melange.com/. You can view the list of projects accepted into Google Summer of Code 2014 here.

New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
ACM's ebook collection now contains 225 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress, with greater and fresher coverage of the most bleeding- and cutting-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. All books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular ebook reader on your mobile device. All ACM members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center eBooks catalog as well as the ACM Digital Library.

Here are some titles you will find in the collection:

2014 ACM-ICPC
Was your school participating in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC)? The contest is a multitier, team-based programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

This year St. Petersburg State University earned the first place at the ACM-ICPC World Finals that took place in Ekaterinburg, Russia, solving seven problems to win the contest. The team beat Moscow State University, which although solving the same number of problems took more time to do so, the given time limit was five hours. Peking University took the third and National Taiwan University the fourth place. New York University won the North American Championship solving four problems.

Student Research Competition (SRC)
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at PLDI 2014(SIGPLAN) in Edinburgh, UK in June 2014. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Emma Tosch, University of Massachusetts for "Programming and Debugging Surveys." 2nd place went to Veselin Raychev, ETH Zurich, for "Probabilistic Name and Type Inference." And 3rd place went to Khan Nguyen, University of California, Irvine, for "FACADE: A Compiler and Runtime for (Almost) Object-Bounded Big Data Applications." In the Undergraduate category, 1st place went to Matthew Loring, Cornell University for "Generics in Jif."

Next two open calls for submissions are for ICFP 2014, September 1-3, 2014, with a deadline of June 29, 2014 and for FSE 2014, November 16-22, 2014, with a deadline of June 30, 2014. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org. ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, has announced its Grand Finals winners. All first place undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where they are evaluated by a panel of judges via the Web. This year's SRC Grand Finals winners are, in the Graduate Category: First Place: Aadithya Karthik, University of California, Berkeley (ICCAD 2013); Second Place:Sai Zhang, University of Washington (ICSE 2013); and Third Place:Ehsan Totoni, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (SC 2013). In the Undergraduate Category the winners are: First Place: Bernd Huber, Technical University Munich (CHI 2013); Second Place: James Bornholt, Australian National University (PLDI 2013); and Third Place: Carlo Del Mundo, Virginia Tech (SC 2013). The winners were invited, along with their advisors, to attend the annual ACM Awards Banquet held in San Francisco, California on June 21, where they received formal recognition.

ACM Student Member Access to Safari Books and Videos Extended
Good news: ACM has extended student member access to the entire custom collection of 700 Safari books and videos titles, including award-winning, best-selling technical books and videos from leading publishers such as Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, McGraw Hill, Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, Peachpit Press, Pearson Education, Que, Wiley, and more. This extensive electronic reference library contains books on the latest software and technologies, certification study guides, video tutorials and recordings from O'Reilly conferences. In addition to being able to download books and print custom summary documents, ACM Student Members can build their own custom libraries with favorite folders, saved searches, and smart folders, and access their books offline with Safari's mobile app. For more information on Safari Books Online, please visit http://learning.acm.org/books/index.cfm. To access Safari Books Online, log in with your ACM Student Member credentials through the ACM Learning Center or through myACM. And check out the Safari Books Online FAQ, which may answer many of your questions: http://learning.acm.org/about/saf_faq.cfm.

Microsoft Research Faculty Summit
The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit is on July 14 from 9:00am-5:30pm Pacific Time (Noon-8:30pm Eastern Time). This free online event offers keynotes and demo presentations from the Faculty Summit as well as lively discussions with leading scientific and academic researchers about their investigations into future trends in computer science research. The program includes the following featured speakers: Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft's Technology and Research group and Dr. Leslie Lamport, principle researcher at Microsoft and winner of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, among others.

Please visit http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/fs2014/ for any further information.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Free ACM Student Materials
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
Networking Networking Women (N² Women) is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields, fostering connections among under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. The group offers fellowships covering travel costs for female graduate students planning to attend premier technical conferences in networking and communications. In exchange, the students help organize the N² Women meeting at the conferences. Funding is provided by ACM SIGMOBILE, HP Labs, and Microsoft Research, and will partially cover a student's travel cost (up to $500) to an event where an N² Women meeting is held. Please click on the Fellowships link of the website for a complete listing of opportunities and deadlines.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. This exposure to the CS research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in 6 groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT) the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG.

The next application deadline is August 15, 2014. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarship.

2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM Program
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

ACM-IEEE CS 2013 George Michael Memorial Fellowship Recipients
Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC Conference support this award.

Fellowship winners are selected each year based on overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community, academic progress to date, recommendations by their advisor and others, and a demonstration of current and anticipated use of HPC resources. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium, plus travel and registration to receive the award at the annual SC conference. The recipients for 2013 are:
  • Jonathan Lifflander (University of Illinois), for "Scalable Algorithms for Dynamic Large-Scale Systems"
  • Edgar Solomonik (University of California, Berkeley), for "Communication-Optimal Parallel Algorithms for Solving Physical Equations"


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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Spring 2014 Issue

Issue Contents

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Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. Welcome, New Student Chapters!
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. Complimentary Access to Safari Books Online Through May 31
  4. New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
  5. 2014 ACM-ICPC
  6. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  7. ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship
  8. Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
  9. Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
  10. Free ACM Student Materials
  11. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  12. Get Involved with XRDS!
  13. Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
  14. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  15. 2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM Program
  16. Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School

Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • BVB ACM Student Chapter
  • CEC ACM Student Chapter
  • Colorado School of Mines ACM Student Chapter
  • Colorado School of Mines ACM-W Chapter
  • COMSATS IIT ACM Student Chapter
  • DDUC ACM Student Chapter
  • Fontbonne University ACM Student Chapter
  • IBA ACM Student Chapter
  • IIT Roorkee ACM Student Chapter
  • ITT Technical Institute San Antonio East ACM Student Chapter
  • J.B.I.E.T. ACM STUDENT CHAPTER
  • Jayamukhi ACM Student Chapter
  • JNEC Aaurangabad ACM Student Chapter
  • JUIT ACM Student Chapter
  • Lynchburg College ACM Student Chapter
  • MHSSCOE ACM Student Chapter
  • Monmouth College ACM Student Chapter
  • NA University ACM Student Chapter
  • SCAD Atlanta ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter
  • Sree Vidyanikethan Engg.College ACM Student Chapter
  • SUAGM ACM Student Chapter
  • SUNY Oswego ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Thapar University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Trinity College ACM Student Chapter
  • Trinity University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Troy University ACM Student Chapter
  • UIPR-ICSA ACM Student Chapter

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

Complimentary Access to Safari Books Online Through May 31
From now through May 31, 2014 ACM is pleased to extend complimentary access to our custom collection of Safari Books Online books and videos for all Student Members. Use your ACM Student Member account to log into Safari via the ACM Learning Center (clicking the Safari link in the top right corner) or through myACM (clicking the Safari Books link in the left sidebar navigation).

Normally available only to ACM Professional Members, our custom collection of Safari titles includes 700 books and videos on the latest topics and skill areas in computing, including authoritative texts as well as coverage of fast-developing and emerging technologies. You can find the most recently added Safari titles here. And check out our full e-book library.

New Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress Ebook Titles
ACM's ebook collection now contains 225 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress, with greater and fresher coverage of the most bleeding- and cutting-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. All books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular ebook reader on your mobile device. All ACM members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center ebook catalog as well as the ACM Digital Library.

2014 ACM-ICPC
Is your school participating in the ACM-ICPC? The contest is a multitier, team-based programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. Ural Federal University is hosting the 2014 ACM-ICPC World Finals June 22-26 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Student Research Competition (SRC)
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at SIGCSE 2014 (Computer Science Education) in Atlanta, GA in March 2014. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Zalia Shams, Virginia Tech for "Evaluating Quality of Student-Written Tests." 2nd place went to Amber Wagner, University of Alabama for "Myna: A VUI for Programming by Voice." And 3rd place went to Michael Whitney, University of North Carolina, Charlotte for "Secure Coding Integrative Touchpoint Model." In the Undergraduate category, 1st place went to John Hirdt, St. Joseph's College for "Network Analysis of Nuclear Databases." 2nd place went to Gili Rusak, Siena College for "Properties of Twitter Network Communications among Teenagers." 3rd place went to Patrick D'Errico, The College of New Jersey for "BookNav: A System for Accessible Indoor Navigation on Mobile Android Devices."

The next open call for submissions is for SIGGRAPH 2014 (Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques), June 10-13, 2014, with a deadline of May 6, 2014. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship
The ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship is now open for submissions from exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high-performance computing applications, networking, storage, or large-scale data analysis using the most powerful computers that are currently available. Recipients receive a $5,000 honorarium, travel and registration for SC14, and recognition at the SC14 Awards Ceremony. Submissions are due May 1.

Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Founded in 1997, MentorNet now boasts 30,000 mentor/protégé relationships that encourage and inspire students considering careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

Check out MentorNet's newly redesigned website at http://www.mentornet.net/.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Free ACM Student Materials
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
Networking Networking Women (N² Women) is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields, fostering connections among under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. The group offers fellowships covering travel costs for female graduate students planning to attend premier technical conferences in networking and communications. In exchange, the students help organize the N² Women meeting at the conferences. Funding is provided by ACM SIGMOBILE, HP Labs, and Microsoft Research, and will partially cover a student's travel cost (up to $500) to an event where an N² Women meeting is held. Please click on the Fellowships link of the website for a complete listing of opportunities and deadlines.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. This exposure to the CS research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in 6 groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT) the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG.

The next application deadline is April 15, 2014. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarship.

2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM Program
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!


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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Winter 2013-14 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the Winter 2013-14 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. New Student Chapters
  2. Student Chapter Excellence Awards Announced
  3. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  4. 2013 ACM-ICPC Winners
  5. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  6. ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship Recipients
  7. Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
  8. New Online Courses from Skillsoft
  9. Site Connects Students to Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
  10. Free ACM Student Materials
  11. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  12. Get Involved with XRDS!
  13. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  14. Winners of 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM Program
  15. Distinguished Speaker Program
  16. Job Tips from Kate Matsudaira
  17. Watch Microsoft Research Faculty Summit On Demand

Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Ahram Canadian University ACM Student Chapter, Giza, Egypt
  • Amrita School of Engineering/Bangalore ACM Student Chapter, Bangalore, India
  • Benha University ACM Student Chapter, Benha, Egypt
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, New Delhi, India
  • Bilkent University ACM Student Chapter, Ankara, Turkey
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College ACM-W Student Chapter, Lexington, KY
  • Clark University ACM Student Chapter, Worcester, MA
  • Cornell University ACM-W Student Chapter, Ithaca, NY
  • Dr.Paul Raj Engg. College ACM Student Chapter, Bhadrachalam, India
  • Golden Coders, Lawton, OK
  • Hunter College ACM Student Chapter, New York, NY
  • IIIT-Bh ACM Student Chapter, Bhubaneswar, India
  • Imperial College London ACM Student Chapter, London, United Kingdom
  • Indiana University - Bloomington ACM Student Chapter, Bloomington, IN
  • Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto ACM Student Chapter, Porto, Portugal
  • Longwood University ACM Student Chapter Farmville, VA
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts ACM Student Chapter, North Adams, MA
  • Mind´s String ACM Student Chapter, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • NIT Surat ACM Student Chapter, Surat, India
  • Northeastern Illinois University ACM Chapter, Chicago, IL
  • Purdue University ACM-W Student Chapter, West Lafayette, IN
  • Rhodes College ACM-W Student Chapter, Memphis, TN
  • Spokane Falls Applied Technology ACM Student Chapter, Spokane Valley, WA
  • UMT Sialkot ACM Student Chapter, Sialkot, Pakistan
  • Universidad Autonoma de Campeche ACM Student Chapter, Campeche, Mexico
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria ACM Student Chapter, Huancayo, Peru
  • Universidad Politécnica de Altamira ACM Student Chapter Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • University of Hartford ACM Student Chapter, West Hartford, CT
  • UPRB ACM Student Chapter, Bayamon, PR
  • USC Beaufort ACM Student Chapter, Bluffton, SC

Student Chapter Excellence Awards Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012-2013 Student Chapter Excellence Awards! This program recognizes ACM student chapters worldwide that display considerable initiative during the academic year. Chapters submit applications in five areas: Outstanding Chapter Activity, Outstanding Website, Outstanding Recruitment Program, Outstanding Community Service, and Outstanding School Service. Winning chapters in each of these five areas receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's Web page. The winners for 2012-2013 are:

  • Outstanding Chapter Activities: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Outstanding Community Service: Lebanese American University
  • Outstanding Website: CA State University of Long Beach
  • Outstanding Recruitment Program: University of Tehran
  • Outstanding School Service: National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) School of Engineering & Computer Sciences
Learn more about what's happening at these schools by reading their winning submissions, and how you can enter your school's chapter in next year's competition, on the Student Chapter Excellence Awards website.

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

2013 ACM-ICPC Winners
Russian universities placed in several of the top 10 spots, and Polish and Chinese universities in two, in the 2013 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), held June 30-July 4 in St. Petersburg, Russia. First place went to St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics, followed by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, The University of Tokyo, National Taiwan University, St. Petersburg State University, University of Warsaw, Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University, Belarusian State University, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Moscow State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Tsinghua University, and Perm State University.

Is your school participating in the ACM-ICPC? The contest is a multitier, team-based, programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

Student Research Competition: Calls for Submissions
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at PLDI 2013 (Programming Language Design and Implementation) in Seattle, WA in June 2013. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Vu Le, UC Davis for "Program Synthesis via Reverse Parsing." 2nd place went to Minjia Zhang, Ohio State University for "LarkTM: Efficient, Strongly Atomic Software Transactional Memory." And 3rd place went to Qirun Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong for "Scaling CFL-Reachability-Based Alias Analysis for C: 10M SLoC in 10 Seconds." In the Undergraduate category, 1st place went to James Bornholt, Australian National University for "Uncertain: Uncertain data as a first-order type." 2nd place went to Matthew Torok, UC Berkeleyfor "Superconductor: GPU-accelerated Big Data Visualization for the Browser." 3rd place went to Eric Atkinson, UC Berkeley for "Parallel Browser Layout."

The next open call for submissions is for SC 2013 (Supercomputing), November 17-22, with a deadline of July 31, 2013. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship Recipients
Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial Fellowships honor exceptional Ph.D. students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high-performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC Conference support this award.

Fellowship winners are selected each year based on overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community, academic progress to date, recommendations by their advisor and others, and a demonstration of current and anticipated use of HPC resources. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium, plus travel and registration to receive the award at the annual SC conference. The recipients for 2012 are:

  • Ryan Gabrys (University of California, Los Angeles), for "Extending the Lifetime of New Storage Devices Using Coding Techniques"
  • Gagan Gupta (University of Wisconsin-Madison), for "Restartable Parallel Execution of Sequential Programs on HPCs"
  • Amanda Peters Randles (Harvard University), for "Multiscale Hemodynamics"
  • Yanhua Sun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), for "Performance Analysis and Optimization of a Message-Driven Asynchronous Parallel Programming Model on Exascale"

Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Founded in 1997, MentorNet now boasts 30,000 mentor/protégé relationships that encourage and inspire students considering careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

Check out MentorNet's newly redesigned website at http://www.mentornet.net/ and this short video for protégés, which will walk you through the steps of creating a profile and connecting with others in the MentorNet community.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

New Online Courses from Skillsoft
The recent ACM "Course Exchange" added several cutting-edge courseware packages to our collection. Notably, we are now offering a full suite of project management courses aligned with the latest Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition) that will prepare you for brand new PMP and CAPM exams to be offered after July 31 and July 1, 2013, respectively. Other notable courseware:

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) 2012
  • Cisco Routing, Switching, Troubleshooting, Voice (aligned with CCNA, CCNP, and CCDP certifications)
  • CompTIA Network+ 2012
  • Java Programming (Hibernate framework)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Querying
  • Mobile Programming (Android, iOS)
  • PHP
  • Project Management (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition; aligned with CAPM and PMP certifications)
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Six Sigma and Lean Management
  • Software Testing
Click here to see the full list of courses that have been added to our collection and get more information on the course exchange. You can leave your course suggestions in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W is pleased to announce additional scholarship awards for women students to attend research conferences, made possible by Microsoft Research. Microsoft has given ACM-W $20,000 to support scholarships for women of European citizenship. The student does not have to be attending a European school in order to be eligible, and the amount of the award is based on where she attends school relative to where the conference is. The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, and now Microsoft Research Advanced Technmology Labs Europe, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. The ACM-W/Wipro funds are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. The ACM-W/Microsoft scholarships include conference registration plus an additional $600 for intra-continental travel or $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

The next application deadline is August 15, 2013. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

Winners of 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM Program
The winners of the 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM program are in: Venkata R. G. Nallagattla, Assistant Professor at PVP Siddhartha Instititue of Technology, Vijayawada Area, India qualified for the first Grand Prize, an Android tablet. The Second Grand Prize, a Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader, went to Anant Bhaskar Garg, an assistant professor at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. The top Ambassador for the month of June was Sarabjeet S. Waraich.

The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

Job Tips from Kate Matsudaira
Kate Matsudaira, Founder and CTO of popforms, recently profiled in an ACM Queue Video Portrait, also has a popular blog which deals with issues in leadership and management. Don't miss Kate's posts on job hunting, interview questions, and more.

Watch Microsoft Research Faculty Summit On Demand
The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, streamed live on July 15, is now available on demand. This free online event offers highlights, such as the opening and closing keynotes, streamed on location from the Faculty Summit, with a lineup of leading scientific and academic researchers who are making social and scientific advances—from prediction engines to quantum computing breakthroughs—with the help of technology. The event will feature such luminaries as:

  • Bill Gates, former Chief Executive and current Chairman of Microsoft
  • Krysta Svore, Researcher and Manager of the Quantum Architectures and Computation Group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington
  • Doug Burger, Director, Client and Cloud Apps, Microsoft Research
  • David Pennock, Principal Researcher and Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research, New York City

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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Summer 2013 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the Summer 2013 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.

  1. New Student Chapters
  2. Student Chapter Excellence Awards Announced
  3. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  4. 2013 ACM-ICPC Winners
  5. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  6. ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship Recipients
  7. Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
  8. New Online Courses from Skillsoft
  9. Site Connects Students to Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
  10. Free ACM Student Materials
  11. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  12. Get Involved with XRDS!
  13. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  14. Winners of 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM Program
  15. Distinguished Speaker Program
  16. Job Tips from Kate Matsudaira
  17. Watch Microsoft Research Faculty Summit On Demand

Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Ahram Canadian University ACM Student Chapter, Giza, Egypt
  • Amrita School of Engineering/Bangalore ACM Student Chapter, Bangalore, India
  • Benha University ACM Student Chapter, Benha, Egypt
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, New Delhi, India
  • Bilkent University ACM Student Chapter, Ankara, Turkey
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College ACM-W Student Chapter, Lexington, KY
  • Clark University ACM Student Chapter, Worcester, MA
  • Cornell University ACM-W Student Chapter, Ithaca, NY
  • Dr.Paul Raj Engg. College ACM Student Chapter, Bhadrachalam, India
  • Golden Coders, Lawton, OK
  • Hunter College ACM Student Chapter, New York, NY
  • IIIT-Bh ACM Student Chapter, Bhubaneswar, India
  • Imperial College London ACM Student Chapter, London, United Kingdom
  • Indiana University - Bloomington ACM Student Chapter, Bloomington, IN
  • Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto ACM Student Chapter, Porto, Portugal
  • Longwood University ACM Student Chapter Farmville, VA
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts ACM Student Chapter, North Adams, MA
  • Mindґs String ACM Student Chapter, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • NIT Surat ACM Student Chapter, Surat, India
  • Northeastern Illinois University ACM Chapter, Chicago, IL
  • Purdue University ACM-W Student Chapter, West Lafayette, IN
  • Rhodes College ACM-W Student Chapter, Memphis, TN
  • Spokane Falls Applied Technology ACM Student Chapter, Spokane Valley, WA
  • UMT Sialkot ACM Student Chapter, Sialkot, Pakistan
  • Universidad Autonoma de Campeche ACM Student Chapter, Campeche, Mexico
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria ACM Student Chapter, Huancayo, Peru
  • Universidad Politйcnica de Altamira ACM Student Chapter Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • University of Hartford ACM Student Chapter, West Hartford, CT
  • UPRB ACM Student Chapter, Bayamon, PR
  • USC Beaufort ACM Student Chapter, Bluffton, SC

Student Chapter Excellence Awards Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012-2013 Student Chapter Excellence Awards! This program recognizes ACM student chapters worldwide that display considerable initiative during the academic year. Chapters submit applications in five areas: Outstanding Chapter Activity, Outstanding Website, Outstanding Recruitment Program, Outstanding Community Service, and Outstanding School Service. Winning chapters in each of these five areas receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's Web page. The winners for 2012-2013 are:

  • Outstanding Chapter Activities: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Outstanding Community Service: Lebanese American University
  • Outstanding Website: CA State University of Long Beach
  • Outstanding Recruitment Program: University of Tehran
  • Outstanding School Service: National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) School of Engineering & Computer Sciences
Learn more about what's happening at these schools by reading their winning submissions, and how you can enter your school's chapter in next year's competition, on the Student Chapter Excellence Awards website.

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

2013 ACM-ICPC Winners
Russian universities placed in several of the top 10 spots, and Polish and Chinese universities in two, in the 2013 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), held June 30-July 4 in St. Petersburg, Russia. First place went to St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics, followed by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, The University of Tokyo, National Taiwan University, St. Petersburg State University, University of Warsaw, Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University, Belarusian State University, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Moscow State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Tsinghua University, and Perm State University.

Is your school participating in the ACM-ICPC? The contest is a multitier, team-based, programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

Student Research Competition: Calls for Submissions
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at PLDI 2013 (Programming Language Design and Implementation) in Seattle, WA in June 2013. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Vu Le, UC Davis for "Program Synthesis via Reverse Parsing." 2nd place went to Minjia Zhang, Ohio State University for "LarkTM: Efficient, Strongly Atomic Software Transactional Memory." And 3rd place went to Qirun Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong for "Scaling CFL-Reachability-Based Alias Analysis for C: 10M SLoC in 10 Seconds." In the Undergraduate category, 1st place went to James Bornholt, Australian National University for "Uncertain: Uncertain data as a first-order type." 2nd place went to Matthew Torok, UC Berkeleyfor "Superconductor: GPU-accelerated Big Data Visualization for the Browser." 3rd place went to Eric Atkinson, UC Berkeley for "Parallel Browser Layout."

The next open call for submissions is for SC 2013 (Supercomputing), November 17-22, with a deadline of July 31, 2013. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship Recipients
Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial Fellowships honor exceptional Ph.D. students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high-performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC Conference support this award.

Fellowship winners are selected each year based on overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community, academic progress to date, recommendations by their advisor and others, and a demonstration of current and anticipated use of HPC resources. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium, plus travel and registration to receive the award at the annual SC conference. The recipients for 2012 are:

  • Ryan Gabrys (University of California, Los Angeles), for "Extending the Lifetime of New Storage Devices Using Coding Techniques"
  • Gagan Gupta (University of Wisconsin-Madison), for "Restartable Parallel Execution of Sequential Programs on HPCs"
  • Amanda Peters Randles (Harvard University), for "Multiscale Hemodynamics"
  • Yanhua Sun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), for "Performance Analysis and Optimization of a Message-Driven Asynchronous Parallel Programming Model on Exascale"

Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Founded in 1997, MentorNet now boasts 30,000 mentor/protйgй relationships that encourage and inspire students considering careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

Check out MentorNet's newly redesigned website at http://www.mentornet.net/ and this short video for protégés, which will walk you through the steps of creating a profile and connecting with others in the MentorNet community.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

New Online Courses from Skillsoft
The recent ACM "Course Exchange" added several cutting-edge courseware packages to our collection. Notably, we are now offering a full suite of project management courses aligned with the latest Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition) that will prepare you for brand new PMP and CAPM exams to be offered after July 31 and July 1, 2013, respectively. Other notable courseware:

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) 2012
  • Cisco Routing, Switching, Troubleshooting, Voice (aligned with CCNA, CCNP, and CCDP certifications)
  • CompTIA Network+ 2012
  • Java Programming (Hibernate framework)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Querying
  • Mobile Programming (Android, iOS)
  • PHP
  • Project Management (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition; aligned with CAPM and PMP certifications)
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Six Sigma and Lean Management
  • Software Testing
Click here to see the full list of courses that have been added to our collection and get more information on the course exchange. You can leave your course suggestions in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W is pleased to announce additional scholarship awards for women students to attend research conferences, made possible by Microsoft Research. Microsoft has given ACM-W $20,000 to support scholarships for women of European citizenship. The student does not have to be attending a European school in order to be eligible, and the amount of the award is based on where she attends school relative to where the conference is. The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, and now Microsoft Research Advanced Technmology Labs Europe, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. The ACM-W/Wipro funds are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. The ACM-W/Microsoft scholarships include conference registration plus an additional $600 for intra-continental travel or $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

The next application deadline is August 15, 2013. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

Winners of 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM Program
The winners of the 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM program are in: Venkata R. G. Nallagattla, Assistant Professor at PVP Siddhartha Instititue of Technology, Vijayawada Area, India qualified for the first Grand Prize, an Android tablet. The Second Grand Prize, a Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader, went to Anant Bhaskar Garg, an assistant professor at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. The top Ambassador for the month of June was Sarabjeet S. Waraich.

The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2013-2014 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

Job Tips from Kate Matsudaira
Kate Matsudaira, Founder and CTO of popforms, recently profiled in an ACM Queue Video Portrait, also has a popular blog which deals with issues in leadership and management. Don't miss Kate's posts on job hunting, interview questions, and more.

Watch Microsoft Research Faculty Summit On Demand
The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, streamed live on July 15, is now available on demand. This free online event offers highlights, such as the opening and closing keynotes, streamed on location from the Faculty Summit, with a lineup of leading scientific and academic researchers who are making social and scientific advances—from prediction engines to quantum computing breakthroughs—with the help of technology. The event will feature such luminaries as:

  • Bill Gates, former Chief Executive and current Chairman of Microsoft
  • Krysta Svore, Researcher and Manager of the Quantum Architectures and Computation Group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington
  • Doug Burger, Director, Client and Cloud Apps, Microsoft Research
  • David Pennock, Principal Researcher and Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research, New York City

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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Spring 2013 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the Spring 2013 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.

 

  1. New Student Chapters
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. New Program Allows Graduate and Professional Students to Tackle Real-World Problems
  4. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  5. Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
  6. New E-Books Available for Student Members
  7. Grow Your Skills with ACM Online Courses
  8. Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
  9. Free ACM Student Materials
  10. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  11. Get Involved with XRDS!
  12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  13. Refer Your Friends to ACM and Win Prizes
  14. Distinguished Speaker Program
  15. International Collegiate Programming Contest
  16. Mentoring Program for Women in Technology
  17. Member Discount on Renters Insurance
  18. First ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award
  19. Fellowships for Doctoral Students in High Performance Computing

 

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Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • AmritaSai ACM Student Chapter(AASC), Vijayawada, India
  • Boise State University ACM-W Student Chapter, Boise, ID
  • Brooklyn College ACM-W Student Chapter, Brooklyn, NY
  • California State University-Long Beach ACM SIGWEB Student Chapter, Long Beach, CA
  • El Paso Community College ACM Student Chapter, El Paso, TX
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University ACM Student Chapter, New Delhi, India
  • National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, Jamshedpur, India
  • NIT Warangal ACM Student Chapter, Warangal, India
  • OC Technical College ACM Student Chapter, Orangeburg, SC
  • Old Dominion University ACM-W Student Chapter, Norfolk, VA
  • RGCER IT ACM Student Chapter, Nagpur, India
  • Sree Buddha College of Engg. ACM Student Chapter, Alappuzha, India
  • SriGuru ACM Student Chapter, Coimbatore, India
  • Surya School of Engineering and Technology ACM Student Chapter, Rajpura, India
  • Talladega College ACM Student Chapter, Talladega, AL
  • Thapar University ACM Student Chapter, Patiala, India
  • The College of New Jersey ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, Ewing, NJ
  • TOBB University of Economics and Technology ACM Student Chapter, Ankara, Turkey
  • UMass Lowell ACM Student Chapter, Lowell, MA
  • UNC-Chapel Hill ACM Student Chapter Chapel Hill, NC
  • University of California, Irvine ACM-W Student Chapter, Irvine, CA
  • University of Colorado, Denver ACM Student Chapter, Denver, CO
  • University of Texas Pan American ACM-W Student Chapter, Edinburg, TX
  • University of Utah ACM Student Chapter, Salt Lake City, UT
  • UW-Whitewater ACM Student Chapter Whitewater, WI

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

New ELISS Program Offers Graduate and Professional Students an Opportunity to Make a Real-World Difference
Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) is a competitive, one-year program for full-time students, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and developed by former graduate students in response to requests for more opportunities to contribute to solutions for real-world problems. The program will inspire and prepare students to change the world by developing leadership skills, introducing them to a diverse group of peers and advisors, and helping them gain a big-picture understanding of a societal challenge and potential solutions.

Students will join a cross-disciplinary, national team in a theme area such as health, environment, community, and economy. The team will work to inform local and national understanding of a timely issue, which may range from the role of universities in regional economic development to food security in a drought.

ELISS welcomes talented graduate and professionally-oriented students from all fields, including natural and social sciences, engineering, business, law, medicine, humanities, and the arts. Basic and applied researchers and those who are training to become practitioners in fields ranging from journalism to health care are also welcome. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to have an impact in academia, industry, government, or nonprofit areas. Only students at partner campuses may apply for ELISS. To learn more about the program, please visit the ELISS website at http://www.aaas.org/cspsp/eliss/. A call for applications is expected to be released in spring of 2013.

Student Research Competition: Calls for Submissions
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community

The most recent SRC winners presented at SC 2012 (Supercomputing) in Salt Lake City, Utah in November 2012. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Sarat Sreepathi, North Carolina State University for Optimus: A Parallel Optimization Framework with Topology Aware PSO and Applications. 2nd place went to Ellis H. Wilson, Pennsylvania State University for Performing Cloud Computation on a Parallel File System. And 3rd place went to Joshua D. Booth, Pennsylvania State University, for Norm-Coarsened Ordering for Parallel Incomplete Cholesky Preconditioning. In the Undergraduate category, 1st place went to Kayo Teramoto, Yale University for Pay as You GO in the Cloud: One Watt at a Time. 2nd place went to Matthew Wezowicz, University of Delaware for On the Cost of a General GPU Framework- The Strange Case of CUDA 4.0 vs. CUDA 5.0.

The next open call for submissions is for PLDI 2013 (the ACM SIGPLAN conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation), July 16-22, with a deadline of March 11, 2013. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Founded in 1997, MentorNet now boasts 30,000 mentor/protégé relationships that encourage and inspire students considering careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

Check out MentorNet's newly redesigned website at http://www.mentornet.net/ and this short video for protégés, which will walk you through the steps of creating a profile and connecting with others in the MentorNet community.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

New E-Books Available for Student Members
On February 27, we added more than 80 new Books 24x7 titles to the ACM e-book catalog! You'll find new titles on the Android 4 and iOS 6 development (including games), broader HTML5 coverage, and introductions to newer programming frameworks and tools such as Pro C# 5.0 with ASP.NET 4.5, Windows 8 web development, and Xcode 4. There is also first-time coverage of existing technologies such as CouchDB and MongoDB, Fortran, LaTeX, and R and Scala programming.

Some of the "hot" titles you may want to check out include:

  • Agile Project Management for Dummies
  • Beginning Android 4 Application Development
  • Beginning C++ Through Game Programming, Third Edition
  • Business Analysis; Second Edition, CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide; Fifth Edition
  • Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques; Third Edition
  • Excel 2010 Bible
  • Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications
  • Information Storage and Management: Storing; Managing; and Protecting Digital Information
  • ITIL® Foundation Exam Study Guide
  • OCA Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert Exam Guide—(Exam 1Z0-047)
  • Operating System Concepts: Update; Eighth Edition
  • PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, & Explanations, 2012 Edition
  • Pro jQuery
  • Pro Spring 3
  • Professional ASP.NET MVC 4
  • Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, Third Edition
  • Programming in Scala; Second Edition
  • Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job
  • Programming Massively Parallel Processors: A Hands-on Approach
  • The Art of R Programming
  • The Definitive Guide to HTML5
  • Web Developer's Cookbook: More than 300 Ready-Made PHP; JavaScript; and CSS Recipes

To prepare you for exams leading to certification, several books have been added, covering: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security (CISSP), CompTIA (A+, Network+, and Project+), Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), MCTS Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Configuration, OCA Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert, Project Management Professional (PMP), and VCP VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5.

ACM Online Courses from Skillsoft
Have you taken advantage of ACM's online courses, complimentary for all members? With a variety of learning assets, including online courses and project simulations, our package of award-winning Skillsoft courses provides broad and comprehensive coverage of the latest industry standards, such as CISSP 2012, HTML 5, Java SE, Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Oracle 11g, and SharePoint 2010.

Areas of IT coverage include cloud computing, data storage and virtualization (including EMC and VMware solutions), enterprise database systems, information security, internet and networking technologies, operating systems and servers, software development (including .NET, C, C++, Java 2, and Perl), and web-oriented design and development (Ajax, DHTML, HTML5/CSS3, JavaScript, XML). On the business side, you will find curricula in customer service, enterprise resource planning with SAP solutions, and project management.

For those learners interested preparing for popular certifications, the course collection offers a broad range of tracks aligned with:

  • Cisco's CCNA and CCNT
  • CISSP
  • CompTIA (A+, Linux +, and Security+)
  • ITIL
  • LPI (Linux)
  • Microsoft (MCITP, MCSA, MCTS)
  • PMI (CAPM and PMP)
  • Oracle (Java and SQL databases)

Many courses feature complimentary online "mentoring" from certified subject area experts. Courses are also downloadable to an offline player for your convenience. Check out the full Skillsoft Course Catalog at http://learning.acm.org/skillsoft/index.cfm and leave your course suggestions in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.

To find out how you can download Skillsoft courses offline, access mentoring, and for other frequently asked questions, visit http://learning.acm.org/about/skillsoft_faq.cfm.

Did You Know: Your Skillsoft login (through the ACM Learning Center) provides access to both books and courses, since Skillsoft serves both courses and our Books 24x7 program through the Skillport learning portal. You can search across book and course content by topic within Skillport and get to your professional development assets faster.

Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W is pleased to announce additional scholarship awards for women students to attend research conferences, made possible by Microsoft Research. Microsoft has given ACM-W $20,000 to support scholarships for women of European citizenship. The student does not have to be attending a European school in order to be eligible, and the amount of the award is based on where she attends school relative to where the conference is. The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, and now Microsoft Research Advanced Technmology Labs Europe, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. The ACM-W/Wipro funds are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. The ACM-W/Microsoft scholarships include conference registration plus an additional $600 for intra-continental travel or $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

The next application deadline is April 15, 2013. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

2012-13 Ambassadors for ACM: Get Prizes and Rewards When You Invite Your Friends to Become ACM Student Members
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize: an Android Tablet and a Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader, respectively.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

ACM-ICPC Contest
Is your school participating in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)? The ACM-ICPC is a multitier, team-based, programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. The National Research University ITMO in St. Petersburg, Russia hosts the 2013 ACM-ICPC World Finals (June 30-July 4, 2013).

Mentoring Program for Women in Technology
Recently launched by Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe, Women in Technology Sharing Online (WitsOn) is a project that organizes hundreds of prominent women working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) industries to become online mentors for college students. WitsOn is part of a six-week program to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. The program connects young students with accomplished women working in technology. Prominent mentors include Mae C. Jemison, the first black female astronaut, California Institute of Technology chemistry chairperson Jacqueline K. Barton, and Cisco chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior, as well as about 300 other mentors. The mentors will answer questions submitted online by students at any of the universities participating in the project.

Member Discount on Renters Insurance
Insurance isn't exactly a burning issue in the minds of young adults-even those who have lived on their own for a while. But the truth is that the value of your belongings adds up (computer, smart phone, clothes, jewelry and sporting equipment) and in the event of fire or theft only the building is protected-not your personal belongings. That's why ACM offers members a special rate on renters insurance through a partnership with Liberty Mutual. For as little as $20 a month, renters insurance provides protection and a sense of security. Plus, renters insurance doesn't stop when you leave your apartment. Your personal property is also covered in the car, on vacation in a hotel room, and when you move to a new place.

For all insurance plan offers for ACM member, visit http://www.acm.org/membership/insurance.

First ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award
ACM India presented the first ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award on January 25, 2013 during the ACM India event in Chennai. The 2012 winner was Ruta Mehta of IIT, Bombay for "Nash Equilibrium Computation in Various Games." Honorable Mention went to Srikanth Srinivasan of IMSc, Chennai for "New Directions in Arithmetic and Boolean Circuit Complexity." Created in 2011, the 2012 award is for Ph.D. theses that were completed in the academic years 2010-11 and 2011-12. Tata Consultancy Services is a founding sponsor of the award.

ACM congratulates the winners and thanks the institutions for nominating their top dissertations and the eminent members of the jury who helped us select the awards. Please check the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation nominations page (at http://india.acm.org/) via the top menu tab of the ACM India home page soon for future nomination deadlines for 2013.

Fellowships for Doctoral Students in High Performance Computing
Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis. ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the SC Conference support this award.

Fellowship winners are selected each year based on overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which technical interests align with those of the HPC community, academic progress to date, recommendations by their advisor and others, and a demonstration of current and anticipated use of HPC resources. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium, plus travel and registration to receive the award at the annual SC conference. Submissions for this year's award close on May 1, 2013. Visit http://sc13.supercomputing.org/content/acmieee-cs-george-michael-memorial-hpc-fellowship for application criteria and instructions.


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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Winter 2012-13 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the Winter 2012-13 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.
  1. New Student Chapters
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. New Program Allows Graduate and Professional Students to Tackle Real-World Problems
  4. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  5. Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
  6. Free ACM Learning Webinar on SaaS (Software as a Service)
  7. Site Connects Students to Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
  8. Free ACM Student Materials
  9. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  10. Winter 2012 XRDS Highlights
  11. Get Involved with XRDS!
  12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  13. Refer Your Friends to ACM and Win Prizes
  14. Distinguished Speaker Program
  15. International Collegiate Programming Contest
  16. Mentoring Program for Women in Technology
  17. Leading Minds in Math and Computer Science to Meet at Heilderberg Laureate Forum
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Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Aarhus University ACM-W Student Chapter, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Amity ACM Student Chapter, Noida, India
  • Bipin Tripathi Kumaon Institute Of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Dwarahat, India
  • California State University, Fullerton ACM Student Chapter Fullerton, CA
  • Capella University ACM Student Chapter Minneapolis, MN
  • Central Michigan University ACM Student Chapter, Mount Pleasant, MI
  • CITY College ACM-W Student Chapter, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Claremont Colleges ACM-W Student Chapter, Claremont, CA
  • Colonial Forge HS ACM Student Chapter, Stafford, VA
  • Columbus State University ACM Student Chapter, Columbus, GA
  • DeVry-Houston ACM Student Chapter, Houston, TX
  • Durham College ACM Student Chapter, Oshawa, ON
  • IIT Mandi ACM Student Chapter, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Inderprastha Engineering College Gzb ACM Student Chapter, Ghaziabad, India
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Minatitlan ACM Student Chapter, Minatitlan, Mexico
  • ITNL ACM Student Chapter, Guadalupe, Mexico
  • Jerusalem College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, Chennai, India
  • King Abdullah University ACM Student Chapter, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • Lahore College for Women University ACM-W Student Chapter, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Methodist University ACM Student Chapter, Fayetteville, NC
  • MITS University ACM-W Student Chapter, Lakshmangarh, India
  • MKSSS's Cummins College of Engineering for Women ACM-W Student Chapter, Pune, India
  • Morehouse College ACM Student Chapter, Atlanta, GA
  • MUET ACM Student Chapter, Jamshoro, Pakistan
  • Nazarbayev University ACM Student Chapter, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • NIT Calicut ACM Student Chapter, Calicut, India
  • Northern Michigan Univ ACM Student Chapter, Marquette, MI
  • NSIT ACM Student Chapter, New Delhi, India
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali ACM Student Chapter, Cali, Colombia
  • PRADNYAN DYPCOE-AK ACM Student Chapter, Pune, India
  • Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University ACM-W Student Chapter, AlKhobar, Saudi Arabia
  • PSU-Harrisburg ACM Student Chapter, Middletown, PA
  • Qatar University ACM Student Chapter, Doha, Qatar
  • Schreiner University ACM Student Chapter, Kerrville, TX
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design ACM Student Chapter, Singapore, Singapore
  • Sullivan University ACM Student Chapter Louisville, KY
  • Tec de Monterrey, Guadalajara ACM Student Chapter, Zapopan, Mexico
  • UAT ACM Student Chapter Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • UCSP ACM Student Chapter, Arequipa, Peru
  • Univ of Rhode Island ACM Student Chapter, Kingston, RI
  • Universidad de Monterrey ACM Student Chapter, San Pedro Garza Garcнa, Mexico
  • University of Kurdistan ACM Student Chapter, Sanandaj, Iran
  • USC ACM Student Chapter Columbia, SC
  • UTEP ACM-W Student Chapter, El Paso, TX
  • Vardhaman College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, HYDERABAD, India
  • VCET ACM Student Chapter, Madurai, India
  • Washington & Lee University ACM Student Chapter, Lexington, VA

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

New ELISS Program Offers Graduate and Professional Students an Opportunity to Make a Real-World Difference
Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) is a competitive, one-year program for full-time students, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and developed by former graduate students in response to requests for more opportunities to contribute to solutions for real-world problems. The program will inspire and prepare students to change the world by developing leadership skills, introducing them to a diverse group of peers and advisors, and helping them gain a big-picture understanding of a societal challenge and potential solutions.

Students will join a cross-disciplinary, national team in a theme area such as health, environment, community, and economy. The team will work to inform local and national understanding of a timely issue, which may range from the role of universities in regional economic development to food security in a drought.

ELISS welcomes talented graduate and professionally-oriented students from all fields, including natural and social sciences, engineering, business, law, medicine, humanities, and the arts. Basic and applied researchers and those who are training to become practitioners in fields ranging from journalism to health care are also welcome. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to have an impact in academia, industry, government, or nonprofit areas. Only students at partner campuses may apply for ELISS. To learn more about the program, please visit the ELISS website at http://www.aaas.org/cspsp/eliss/. A call for applications is expected to be released in spring of 2013.

Student Research Competition: Calls for Submissions
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at SC 2012 (Supercomputing) in Salt Lake City, Utah in November 2012. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Sarat Sreepathi, North Carolina State University for Optimus: A Parallel Optimization Framework with Topology Aware PSO and Applications. 2nd place went to Ellis H. Wilson, Pennsylvania State University for Performing Cloud Computing on a Parallet File System. And 3rd place went to Joshua D. Booth, Pennsylvania State University, for Norm-Coarsened Ordering for Parallel Incomplete Cholesky Preconditioning. In the Undergraduate category, 1st place went to Kayo Teramoto, Yale University for Pay as You GO in the Cloud: One Watt at a Time. 2nd place went to Matthew Wezowicz, University of Delaware for On the Cost of a General GPU Framework- The Strange Case of CUDA 4.0 vs. CUDA 5.0.

The next open call for submissions is for SIGGRAPH 2013, July 21-25, with a deadline of February 12, 2013. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

Do You Have a Mentor Yet?
ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Founded in 1997, MentorNet now boasts 30,000 mentor/protйgй relationships that encourage and inspire students considering careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

Check out MentorNet's newly redesigned website at http://www.mentornet.net/ and this short video for protégés, which will walk you through the steps of creating a profile and connecting with others in the MentorNet community.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

Free ACM Learning Webinar
Now available on demand, "Condos and Clouds: Patterns in SaaS Applications" examines a very common pattern in the implementation of “software as a service” and proposes ways in which this pattern may be better supported in a multi-tenant fashion The webinar is presented by Pat Helland, a software architect at Salesforce.com. Yannis Ioannidis, of the University of Athens and "Athena" Research Center, and the Chair of ACM SIGMOD, moderates.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), has launched a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Winter 2012 XRDS Highlights
The Winter 2012 issue of XRDS: Crossroads focuses on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD). Atanu Garai delves into Seven factors for designing successful mHealth projects. Sheena Lewis Erete looks at Crime prevention technologies in low-income communities. Kathleen Diga covers the work of ICTD researchers across the Atlantic who are Facing the African ICTD academic divide; and much more!

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W is pleased to announce additional scholarship awards for women students to attend research conferences, made possible by Microsoft Research. Microsoft has given ACM-W $20,000 to support scholarships for women of European citizenship. The student does not have to be attending a European school in order to be eligible, and the amount of the award is based on where she attends school relative to where the conference is. The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, and now Microsoft Research Advanced Technmology Labs Europe, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. The ACM-W/Wipro funds are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. The ACM-W/Microsoft scholarships include conference registration plus an additional $600 for intra-continental travel or $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

The next application deadline is February 15, 2013. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

2012-13 Ambassadors for ACM: Get Prizes and Rewards When You Invite Your Friends to Become ACM Student Members
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize: an Android Tablet and a Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader, respectively.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

ACM-ICPC Contest
Is your school participating in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)? The ACM-ICPC is a multitier, team-based, programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. The National Research University ITMO in St. Petersburg, Russia hosts the 2013 ACM-ICPC World Finals (June 30-July 4, 2013).

Mentoring Program for Women in Technology
Recently launched by Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe, Women in Technology Sharing Online (WitsOn) is a project that organizes hundreds of prominent women working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) industries to become online mentors for college students. WitsOn is part of a six-week program to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. The program connects young students with accomplished women working in technology. Prominent mentors include Mae C. Jemison, the first black female astronaut, California Institute of Technology chemistry chairperson Jacqueline K. Barton, and Cisco chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior, as well as about 300 other mentors. The mentors will answer questions submitted online by students at any of the universities participating in the project.

Apply to Attend Heidelberg Laureate Forum and Meet Leading Minds in Math and Science
Young researchers in the fields of mathematics and/or computer science are invited to participate in an extraordinary opportunity to meet some of the pre-eminent scientists in the field. ACM has joined forces with the newly created Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) at http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org to bring students together with the very pioneering researchers who may have sparked their passion for science and math. These role models include recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, and the Fields Medal.

The first Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place September 22-27, 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany. The week-long event will focus on scientific inspiration and exchange through a series of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and social events involving both the laureates and the young scientists. The HLF invites new and recent Ph.Ds, Ph.D candidates, and other graduate students involved in research, and undergraduate students with solid experience in, and a commitment to, computing research to apply.

Young researchers can apply online: https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/intern/reg_registration_for.php. The materials required for a complete application are listed on the site. To nominate a young researcher for this program, visit: https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/intern/reg_nom_registration_for.php The deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2013 and will receive full support to attend the Forum.


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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Fall 2012 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the Fall 2012 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. New Student Chapters
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. Be a Part of CSEdWeek 2012
  4. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  5. Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
  6. Free ACM Learning Webinar on Business Intelligence and Big Data
  7. Site Connects Students to Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
  8. Free ACM Student Materials
  9. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  10. Summer 2012 XRDS Highlights
  11. Get Involved with XRDS!
  12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  13. Refer Your Friends to ACM and Win Prizes
  14. Distinguished Speaker Program
  15. International Collegiate Programming Contest
  16. Mentoring Program for Women in Technology
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Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Bears University of Central Arkansas ACM Student Chapter,Conway, AR
  • CITY College ACM-W Student Chapter, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Columbus State University ACM Student Chapter, Columbus, GA
  • Governors State University ACM Student Chapter, University Park, IL
  • IT-KKWIEER ACM Student Chapter, Nashik, India
  • King Abdullah University ACM Student Chapter, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • Nazarbayev University ACM Student Chapter, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • NIT Calicut ACM Student Chapter, Calicut, India
  • NSIT ACM Student Chapter, New Delhi, India
  • PCCOE ACM Student Chapter, Pune, India
  • Perm ACM Student Chapter, Perm, Russian Federation
  • PSU-Harrisburg ACM Student Chapter, Middletown, PA
  • Qatar University ACM Student Chapter, Doha, Qatar
  • Schreiner University ACM Student Chapter, Kerrville, TX
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design ACM Student Chapter, Singapore, Singapore
  • SSN ACM Student Chapter, Chennai, India
  • UAT ACM Student Chapter Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • UGA ACM Student Chapter Athens, GA
  • USP ACM Student Chapter Suva, Fiji
  • UTEP ACM-W Student Chapter, El Paso, TX
  • Vardhaman College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, Hyderabad, India
  • VCET ACM Student Chapter, Madurai, India

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

Be a Part of CSEdWeek 2012
Get ready for the 2012 Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15! CSEdWeek recognizes that computing is ubiquitous, touches everyone's daily life, plays a critical role in society, drives innovation and economic growth, and provides rewarding job opportunities. Take part in the celebration and connect with the next generation of CS enthusiasts. Join forces with fellow students to visit local middle and high schools and share the magic, beauty, and awe of computing-and your own passion for it-with an eager young audience. And don't forget to mention the amazing career opportunities computing opens up like no other field. Visit http://www.csedweek.org to download valuable resources and pledge your support and participation in the week's activities. Start planning now!

Student Research Competition: Calls for Submissions
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at PACT 2012 (Parallel Architectures and Implementation Techniques) in Minneapolis, Minnesota in September 2012. 1st place went to Matthew Gaudet, University of Alberta for Transactional Event Profiling in a Best-Effort Hardware Transactional Memory System. 2nd place went to Gennady Pekhimenko, Carnegie Mellon University for Efficient Data Compression for Memory Hierarchies. And 3rd place went to Hari K. Pyla, Virginia Tech, for Transparent Runtime Deadlock Elimination.

See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

Free ACM Learning Webinar
Now available on demand, "Recommender Systems: The Power of Personalization" provides an introduction to recommender systems, describing the different types of recommendation technologies behind some of your favorite websites and how they are used in different applications today. You’ll learn about:

  • What are recommender systems and how are they used today?
  • The different types of recommender systems:

  • content-based vs. collaborative recommendation

  • ephemeral vs. persistent personalization
  • User profiles, site logs, and the information used in recommendation
  • An introduction to the basic technology of recommendation
  • Pointers to resources for further learning
The webinar is presented by Joseph A. Konstan, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, a renowned researcher in the field of recommenders. Gary M. Olson, Donald Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, moderates.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), has launched a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Fall 2012 XRDS Highlights
The Fall 2012 issue of XRDS: Crossroads focuses on Big Data. Several interns relate their experiences working in the big data space in Big data and internships at Cloudera. IBM Big Data expert Anjul Bhambhri has Six tips for students interested in big data analytics. Jelani Nelson explores techniques for Sketching and streaming algorithms for processing massive data; and much more!

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W is pleased to announce additional scholarship awards for women students to attend research conferences, made possible by Microsoft Research. Microsoft has given ACM-W $20,000 to support scholarships for women of European citizenship. The student does not have to be attending a European school in order to be eligible, and the amount of the award is based on where she attends school relative to where the conference is. The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, and now Microsoft Research Advanced Technmology Labs Europe, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. The ACM-W/Wipro funds are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. The ACM-W/Microsoft scholarships include conference registration plus an additional $600 for intra-continental travel or $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

The next application deadline is October 15, 2012. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

2012-13 Ambassadors for ACM: Get Prizes and Rewards When You Invite Your Friends to Become ACM Student Members
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize: an Android Tablet and a Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader, respectively.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

ACM-ICPC Contest
Is your school participating in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)? The ACM-ICPC is a multitier, team-based, programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. The National Research University ITMO in St. Petersburg, Russia hosts the 2013 ACM-ICPC World Finals (June 30-July 4, 2013).

Mentoring Program for Women in Technology
Recently launched by Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe, Women in Technology Sharing Online (WitsOn) is a project that organizes hundreds of prominent women working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) industries to become online mentors for college students. WitsOn is part of a six-week program to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. The program connects young students with accomplished women working in technology. Prominent mentors include Mae C. Jemison, the first black female astronaut, California Institute of Technology chemistry chairperson Jacqueline K. Barton, and Cisco chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior, as well as about 300 other mentors. The mentors will answer questions submitted online by students at any of the universities participating in the project.

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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

Summer 2012 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the Summer 2012 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. New Student Chapters
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. ACM Student Chapter Excellence Winners Announced
  4. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  5. Free ACM Learning Webinar on Business Intelligence and Big Data
  6. Site Connects Students to Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
  7. Free ACM Student Materials
  8. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  9. Summer 2012 XRDS Highlights
  10. Get Involved with XRDS!
  11. Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
  12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  13. Refer Your Friends to ACM and Win Prizes
  14. Distinguished Speaker Program
  15. International Collegiate Programming Contest Results
  16. New Card Game for Hackers
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Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ACM-W Student Chapter, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jaypee Institute of Information Technology ACM Student Chapter, Noida, India
  • Lewis University ACM Student Chapter, Romeoville, IL
  • Middle East Technical University (METU-CENG) ACM Student Chapter, Ankara, Turkey
  • Morrison University ACM Student Chapter, Reno, NV
  • Middle Tennessee State University ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, Murfreesboro TN
  • Mehran University of Engineering & Technology ACM Student Chapter, Jamshoro, Pakistan
  • Salem International University ACM Student Chapter, Salem, NC
  • Santa Clara University ACM-W Student Chapter, Santa Clara, CA
  • SJB Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Bangalore, India
  • South Asian University ACM Student Chapter, New Delhi, India
  • University of Alaska Anchorage ACM Student Chapter Anchorage, AK
  • University of Canberra ACM Student Chapter, Canberra, ACT, Australia
  • University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM-ECE) ACM Student Chapter, Mayaguez, PR
  • University of the South Pacific ACM Student Chapter, Suva, Fiji
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater ACM-W Student Chapter, Whitewater, WI

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

2011-12 ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Winners
The 2011-12 ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Winners are:

  • Outstanding Chapter Activities: University of Peloponnisos ACM Student Chapter
  • Outstanding Chapter Website: Ain Shams University ACM Student Chapter
  • Outstanding Community Service: University of Central Florida ACM Student Chapter
  • Outstanding Recruitment Program: University of Tehran ACM Student Chapter
  • Outstanding School Service: NUST SEECS ACM Student Chapter
The ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Program recognizes chapters that display considerable initiative during the academic year. All student chapters in good standing are encouraged to apply for this award in five key areas. Winning chapters in each of these five areas receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's Web page. These chapters are featured on the ACM website and in ACM MemberNet. Check the ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards page soon for information on the 2012-2013 awards.

Student Research Competition: Calls for Submissions
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at PLDI 2012 (Programming Language Design and Implementation) in Beijing, China in June 2012. 1st place went to Jeff Huang, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for Lightweight Concurrency Crash Reproduction Without Logging Shared Memory Dependencies and Program States. 2nd place went to Leo Meyerovich,UC Berkeley for Synthesizing and Parallelizing Layout Languages. And 3rd place went to Michael M. Vitousek, University of Colorado at Boulder, for Gradual Typing with Efficient Object Casts.

See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

Free ACM Learning Webinar
Now available on demand, "2012 - Big Data: End of the World or End of BI?" explores the emerging ecosystem and poses some interesting challenges for BI vendors and implementers in 2013. You’ll learn about:

  • The meaning and emergence of the biz-tech ecosystem
  • The re-convergence of operational and informational systems
  • Data, information and knowledge – reopening Pandora’s Box
  • Millennials and team decision making – the whys and wherefores
  • Architectural models for 2013 and beyond
The webinar is presented by data warehousing authority Barry Devlin of 9sight Consulting, and an editor of the ACM Business Intelligence/Data Management Tech Pack. Ankur Teredesai, an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Systems at the Institute of Technology, University of Washington Tacoma and the information officer for SIGKDD, moderates.

New Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), has launched a unique new website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Summer 2012 XRDS Highlights
The Summer 2012 issue of XRDS: Crossroads focuses on "The role of academia in the startup world." Jordan Friedman compares and contrasts the entreprenurial and academic mindsets in How to be an "entrepredemic". VMware founder and Stanford professor Mendel Rosenblum explains how an academic research project evolved into an idea. Peter Levine, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz and lecturer at Stanford, shares his insights on how startups should assemble their initial team and create their first product; and much more!

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
ACM-W is pleased to announce additional scholarship awards for women students to attend research conferences, made possible by Microsoft Research. Microsoft has given ACM-W $20,000 to support scholarships for women of European citizenship. The student does not have to be attending a European school in order to be eligible, and the amount of the award is based on where she attends school relative to where the conference is.

The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, and now Microsoft Research Advanced Technmology Labs Europe, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. The ACM-W/Wipro funds are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. The ACM-W/Microsoft scholarships include conference registration plus an additional $600 for intra-continental travel or $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

The next application deadline is August 15, 2012. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

Ambassadors for ACM: Get Prizes and Rewards When You Invite Your Friends to Become ACM Student Members
ACM congratulates the top recruiters for this year's member referral campaign, Ambassadors for ACM. Amarendra Kothalanka of Dadi Institute of Engineering & Technology in Anakapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India qualified for the first Grand Prize, an Android tablet. The Second Grand Prize, a Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader, went to Arvind R. Hulgeri of Persistent Systems Limited in Erandwane, Pune, India.

The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The 2012-2013 Ambassadors for ACM program is underway, with opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

ACM-ICPC 2012 Contest Winners
The results are in, and the 2012 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) winner is the team from St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics. Other top finalists included the University of Warsaw, Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Belarusian State University, Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen) University, Harvard University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Waterloo, Moscow State University, University of Tokyo, and Belarus State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics.

Is your school participating in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)? The ACM-ICPC is a multitier, team-based, programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. Check for info on the 2013 ACM-ICPC World Finals.

Hacking Card Game Featured at BlackHat 2012
Partially funded by SIGCSE, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, “Control-Alt-Hack” is a new table-top card game whose theme is Internet security. Recently presented at the Black Hat 2012 conference in Las Vegas, the game employs cybersecurity concepts and, according to its creator Yoshi Kohno (Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington), could support computer science curricula at the high school and college levels.

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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

March 2012 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the March 2012 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. New Student Chapters
  2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  3. Deadline for ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Nominations April 27
  4. Student Research Competition (SRC)
  5. April 12: Free ACM Learning Webinar on CyberSecurity
  6. Site Connects Students to Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
  7. Free ACM Student Materials
  8. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  9. Winter 2011 XRDS Highlights
  10. Get Involved with XRDS!
  11. Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
  12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  13. Refer Your Friends to ACM and Win Prizes
  14. Distinguished Speaker Program
  15. Compete in the International Collegiate Programming Contest
  16. ACM Queue Online Programming Challenge-The Winners!
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Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Anurag Engineering College ACM Chapter, Anathagiri(V), India
  • Armstrong ACM Student Chapter, Savannah, GA
  • AVCOE IT ACM Student Chapter, Sanagmner, India
  • Computer Science Club at Kuwait University ACM Student Chapter, Khaldiya, Kuwait
  • DeVry Chicago ACM Student Chapter, Chicago, IL
  • duPont Manual High School ACM Student Chapter, Louisville, KY
  • Firat University ACM Student Chapter, Elazig, Turkey
  • Illinois Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Chicago, IL
  • NC State University ACM SIGDOC Student Chapter, Raleigh, NC
  • PASC ACM Student Chapter, Pune, India
  • Purdue University College of Technology ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, New Albany, IN
  • Qafqaz University ACM Student Chapter, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Rajalakshmi Engineering College ACM Student Chapter, Chennai, India
  • Salem State University ACM Student Chapter, Salem, MA
  • SR Engineering College ACM Student Chapter, Warangal, India
  • SUNY Potsdam ACM Student Chapter, Potsdam, NY
  • Texas Lutheran University ACM Student Chapter, Seguin, TX
  • VRS ACM Student Chapter, Vijayawada, India
  • VSU ACM Student Chapter Petersburg, VA, USA
  • WFU ACM Student Chapter, Winston Salem, NC
  • WSU Vancouver ACM-W Student Chapter, Vancouver, WA

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

Deadline for ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Nominations April 27
The ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Program recognizes chapters that display considerable initiative during the academic year. All student chapters in good standing are encouraged to apply for this award in five key areas:

  • Chapter Activities
  • Website
  • Community Service
  • Recruitment
  • School Service
Winning chapters in each of these five areas receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's Web page. These chapters are featured on the ACM website and in ACM MemberNet. To be considered for one or more of these awards, ACM student chapters must submit an application in Word or Plain Text format (please, no PDFs), to local_activities@acm.org. In the subject line please state your chapter name and the categories for which you would like your chapter to be considered. Applications should be received by ACM no later than April 27, 2012 to be considered for the award.

Student Research Competition: Calls for Submissions
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The most recent SRC winners presented at SIGCSE 2012. The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The next deadline opportunity for submissions is Sunday, April 8, 2012 for the Design Automation Conference (DAC 2012). See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

April 12: Free ACM Learning Webinar on CyberSecurity
Register TODAY for the FREE ACM Learning Webinar "Security: Computing in an Adversarial Environment." This free webinar will educate you on the security mindset and why it's needed; the social side of security; and the insider threat as a case study—what it is, how to detect it, how to prevent it. Carrie Gates, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, CA Labs, will be the presenter, and Christopher W. Clifton, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University, will moderate. Whether you're a software developer, engineer, or architect; a manager; or an IT professional, student, or educator interested in cybersecurity, register now, as space is limited!

New Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), has launched a unique new website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
  • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Spring 2012 XRDS Highlights
The Spring 2012 issue of XRDS: Crossroads explores Alan Turing's legacy as we celebrate the centenary of his birth. Arefin Huq considers "The nature and limits of computation." Dennis Shasha looks at the "Future of computing." Aram Harrow explains "Why now is the right time to study quantum computing," and much more!

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. As of 2011, 20 ACM-W/Wipro scholarships will be funded annually: 10 scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra-continental conference travel, and 10 scholarships of up to $1,200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGSOFT, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGOPS, and SIGPLAN), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

The next application deadline is April 15, 2012. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

Ambassadors for ACM: Get Prizes and Rewards When You Invite Your Friends to Become ACM Student Members
The 2011-12 Ambassadors for ACM (formerly known as the Member-Get-a-Member Drive) is going strong! Get involved and put yourself in the running for exciting prizes. You earn gifts for all referrals. The top recruiter, selected shortly after June 30, 2012, wins an Android tablet, and the second-place recruiter wins a Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

ACM-ICPC: Test Your Skills Against the World's Best Programmers
Is your school participating in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)? The ACM-ICPC is a multitier, team-based, programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. The next ACM-ICPC World Finals will be held May 14-18, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

ACM Queue Online Programming Challenge-The Winners!
ACM Queue congratulates the winners of the 2012 Queue ICPC Challenge. The online programming competition was based on the 2011 International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) Challenge problem and was conducted from January 15 to February 12. This year's challenge attracted 59 participants who coded players for a territory-capturing game called "Coercion." Sterling West won first place. Click here to watch an animation of the final match, and view the final standings here. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

September 2011 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the September 2011 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. CSEdWeek
  2. Student Research Competition (SRC)--Looking Ahead to 2012
  3. Additions to ACM Learning Center
  4. New Site Connects Students to Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
  5. Free ACM Student Materials
  6. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  7. September 2011 XRDS Highlights
  8. Get Involved with XRDS!
  9. Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
  10. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  11. Refer Your Friends to ACM and Win Prizes
  12. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
  13. Distinguished Speaker Program
  14. Federated Computing Research Conference Videos
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Be a Part of CSEdWeek 2011
Get ready for 2011 Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10! CSEdWeek recognizes that computing is ubiquitous, touches everyone's daily life, plays a critical role in society, drives innovation and economic growth, and provides rewarding job opportunities. Take part in the celebration and connect with the next generation of CS enthusiasts. Join forces with fellow students to visit local middle and high schools and share the magic, beauty, and awe of computing-and your own passion for it-with an eager young audience. And don't forget to mention the amazing career opportunities computing opens up like no other field. Visit http://www.csedweek.org to download valuable resources and pledge your support and participation in the week's activities. Start planning now!

Student Research Competition
It's never too early to start preparing for the 2012 Student Research Competition. The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The most recent SRC winners presented at SIGCOMM 2011. The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
  • The next deadline opportunity for submissions is Sunday, October 16th, 2011 for the Aspect-Oriented Software Development conference (AOSD 2012). Submissions. More information at http://src.acm.org.

    Additions to ACM Learning Center
    On September 28, 2011, ACM is refreshing its Books 24x7 custom collections of online books. You'll find updated editions of authoritative texts as well as expanded coverage of topics like enterprise architecture, game and interaction design, programming, and preparatory guides for CISSP, CompTIA, Microsoft, and Oracle certifications. See full Books 24x7 catalog: http://learning.acm.org/books/b24x7_catalog.cfm.

    And take advantage of ACM Tech Packs, reading lists on important computing topics annotated by experts like Brian H. Cameron, Executive Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State University, and author of the just-released Tech Pack on Enterprise Architecture. If you're looking to learn Ruby, a great starting point is our Ruby Learning Path, rich with code and sample problems, and built by Ruby guru David A. Black.

    New Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
    The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), has launched a unique new website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

    • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
    • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
    • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

    Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
    Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

    Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
    Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

    If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

    September 2011 XRDS Highlights
    The September 2011 issue of XRDS: Crossroads highlights "Neuroscience and computing", including projects to visualize 100 billion neurons and literally illuminate the brain, as well as brain sensor hardware from around the world. Also, Vaggelis Giannikas offers some indispensable tips to aspiring postgrads in "Applying for postgraduate studies"; and Daniel Gooch introduces students to ACM Tech Packs, integrated learning packages that cover important topics in computing with reading lists annotated by technical experts.

    Get Involved with XRDS!
    Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

    For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

    Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
    ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

    ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. As of 2011, 20 ACM-W/Wipro scholarships will be funded annually: 10 scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra-continental conference travel, and 10 scholarships of up to $1,200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

    If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGSOFT, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGOPS, and SIGPLAN), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

    The next application deadline is October 15, 2011. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

    Ambassadors for ACM: Get Prizes and Rewards When You Invite Your Friends to Become ACM Student Members
    The 2011 Ambassadors for ACM (formerly known as the Member-Get-a-Member Drive) is going strong! Get involved and put yourself in the running for exciting prizes. You earn gifts for all referrals. The top recruiter wins an Android tablet, and the second-place recruiter wins a Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader.

    For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

    Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
    Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

    Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
    ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information.

    FCRC Video Presentations on Cloud Computing and Algorithms
    Don't miss the plenary talks from the 2011 Federated Computing Research Conference, now available on video. In "Warehouse-Scale Computing: Entering the Teenage Decade," Google's Luiz Andre Barroso describes Warehouse-scale computing as "the machinery that runs the cloud." Microsoft Research's Ravi Kannan who won the 2011 Knuth Prize, discusses influential algorithmic techniques aimed at solving long-standing computational problems in "Algorithms: Recent Highlights and Challenges." Kannan's contributions address the challenges of computation with massive data that characterize today's information-driven environment.

    To access this video from the ACM Digital Library, log in with your ACM Web Account username and password. To view it, click on the "Source Materials" tab and choose either the MP4 download or the Flash streaming service.


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    The Association for Computing Machinery

    December 2011 Issue

    Issue Contents
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    Welcome to the December 2011 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


    1. New Student Chapters
    2. Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
    3. CSEdWeek 2011
    4. Student Research Competition (SRC)
    5. ACM Learning Center: Mobility Tech Pack, Python Learning Path, Free Webinar
    6. Site Connects Students to Summer Research Opportunities, Grad School Info
    7. Free ACM Student Materials
    8. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
    9. Winter 2011 XRDS Highlights
    10. Get Involved with XRDS!
    11. Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
    12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    13. Refer Your Friends to ACM and Win Prizes
    14. Distinguished Speaker Program
    15. Compete in the International Collegiate Programming Contest
    16. Take the ACM Queue Magazine Online Programming Challenge
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    Welcome, New Student Chapters!
    ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

    • ERU ACM Student Chapter; Kayseri, Turkey
    • Grinnell College ACM Student Chapter; Grinnell, IL, USA
    • Illinois State University ACM Student Chapter; Normal, IL, USA
    • ITT Technical Institute Mount Prospect ACM Student Chapter; Mount Prospect, IL, USA
    • KU ACM-W Student Chapter; Istanbul, Turkey
    • LMU ACM Student Chapter; Los Angeles, CA, USA
    • Nairobi-Kenya ACM-W Chapter; Nairobi, Kenya
    • Norfolk State University ACM SIGSAC Student Chapter; Norfolk, VA, USA
    • OCTC ACM Student Chapter; Owensboro, KY, USA
    • Reed College ACM Student Chapter; Portland, OR, USA
    • RIT ACM Student Chapter; Rochester, NY, USA
    • San Luis Potosi ACM Student Chapter; San Luis Potosi, Mexico
    • SeTI ACM Student Chapter; Severodonetsk, Ukraine
    • Shahid Beheshti University ACM Student Chapter; Tehran, Iran
    • Sullamussalam Science College; Malappuram (Dt), Kerala(St), India
    • TCET ACM SIGITE Student Chapter; Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
    • UC Irvine ACM Student Chapter; Irvine, CA, USA
    • UCCS ACM Student Chapter; Colorado Springs, CO, USA
    • UNAM ACM Student Chapter; Mexico City, Mexico
    • UNC Greensboro ACM Student Chapter; Greensboro, NC, USA
    • University of Michigan ACM Student Chapter; Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    • University of Montana-Missoula ACM Student Chapter; Missoula, MT, USA
    • UPQ ACM Student Chapter; Querйtaro, Mexico

    Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
    Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

    CSEdWeek 2011 a Big Success
    The 2011 Computer Science Education Week, which took place December 4-10, was a major success! More than 3300 people pledged their support, nearly doubling the pledges from 2010, with many participating or hosting events. CSEdWeek recognizes that computing is ubiquitous, touches everyone's daily life, plays a critical role in society, drives innovation and economic growth, and provides rewarding job opportunities. Don't wait for CSEdWeek 2012; continue the celebration and connect with the next generation of CS enthusiasts throughout the year. Visit http://www.csedweek.org for more information and to download valuable resources.

    Student Research Competition: Calls for Submissions
    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The most recent SRC winners presented at SC 2011. The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

    • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
    • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
    • Understand the practical applications of research
    • Perfect your communication skills
    • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
    The next deadline opportunity for submissions is Sunday, January 9, 2012 for the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012). See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

    ACM Learning Center News
    ACM continues to add professional development offerings to the ACM Learning Center. The newest Tech Pack, Mobility, was edited and annotated by Roy Want, Chair of ACM SIGMOBILE, and his Mobility Tech Pack Committee. It includes original work, must-read texts, and the latest research from the ACM Digital Library and beyond. All Digital Library materials found in the Tech Pack are free to ACM Student Members! In addition to valuable supplemental material such as tutorials, newsletters, blogs, and videos, the Tech Pack also includes ACM's recent podcast interview with Roy Want, who discusses his research, work on the Tech Pack, SIGMOBILE, and the future of mobile computing.

    The Python Learning Path, created by self-confessed "Pythonista" Bill Punch of Michigan State University, serves up a fun and unique introduction to the Python programming language. Starting with Python's history and philosophy, Punch provides a balanced overview of Python's strengths (and weaknesses). With his refreshingly informal and accessible language and practice problems, he guides users through startup basics, built-in datatypes, functions, classes and object-oriented programming (OOP), and offers a number of additional resources from the very rich and vibrant Python community.

    Mark your calendars for January 26 at 2 p.m. EST, when ACM will present its first free learning webinar: "The Cloud in Your Hands—Marriage of Cloud Computing with Smart Devices." Designed for IT managers and developers, this session will provide an introduction to the exciting new world of cloud-enabled mobile computing. Speakers Arjmand Samuel, Senior Research Program Manager, and Danny Dalal, Senior Development Lead (both at Microsoft Research) will lead the session moderated by David Johnson, Rice University professor and Past Chair of ACM SIGMOBILE. Innovations in wireless networking technology are driving our increasingly connected world, with mobile devices gaining acceptance for both professional and private use. The future promises a vast majority of devices relying on cloud services to enhance end user experiences. Registration is required for this event, as space is limited.

    New Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
    The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA), has launched a unique new website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://cra.org/ccc/csgs, where you'll find:

    • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
    • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).
    • The URO Zone (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Zone), which provides guidance on finding undergraduate summer research positions nationwide, examples of recent undergraduates and their research projects, and details about the CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs.

    Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
    Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

    Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
    Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

    If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

    Winter 2011 XRDS Highlights
    "CS in Service of Democracy" is the theme of the Winter 2011 issue of XRDS: Crossroads. Joshua Tauberer mulls the idea of "Inventing Open Government." Harlan Yu and Stephen Schultze explore some legal applications of computing in "Using Software to Liberate U.S. Case Law." Peter Kinnaird interviews Dr. Beth Simone Noveck, former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Also, Sarah Cohen looks at the difference between aggregating public data and investigative journalism in "Shared Values, Clashing Goals," Luigi Montanez asks "How Can Software Engineers Help Make Government Better," and much more!

    Get Involved with XRDS!
    Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

    For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

    Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
    ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

    ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. As of 2011, 20 ACM-W/Wipro scholarships will be funded annually: 10 scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra-continental conference travel, and 10 scholarships of up to $1,200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

    If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGSOFT, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGOPS, and SIGPLAN), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

    The next application deadline is February 15, 2012. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

    Ambassadors for ACM: Get Prizes and Rewards When You Invite Your Friends to Become ACM Student Members
    The 2011-12 Ambassadors for ACM (formerly known as the Member-Get-a-Member Drive) is going strong! Get involved and put yourself in the running for exciting prizes. You earn gifts for all referrals. The top recruiter, selected shortly after June 30, 2012, wins an Android tablet, and the second-place recruiter wins a Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book Reader.

    For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

    Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
    ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information.

    ACM-ICPC: Test Your Skills Against the World's Best Programmers
    Is your school participating in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)? The ACM-ICPC is a multitier, team-based, programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world. The next ACM-ICPC World Finals will be held May 14-18, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

    Take the ACM Queue Magazine Online Programming Challenge
    ACM Queue Magazine is offering an online programming competition based on the 2011 International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) Challenge problem. The Queue ICPC Challenge consists of a game called "Coercion" in which participants code "players" in C++, C#, Java, Python, or JavaScript to compete with other programmers. Participants will have four weeks to develop their players, and can compete against preliminary players. The game begins January 15 and ends at midnight GMT February 12, and is open to all ACM Queue readers. To enter the game, sign in with your ACM Web Account or register for a free ACM Web account if you don't already have one.

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ACM Student Quick Takes
The Newsletter for Student Members of
The Association for Computing Machinery

June 2011 Issue

Issue Contents
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Welcome to the June 2011 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.


  1. August Deadline for Supercomputing 2011 Conference Student Volunteers: Apply Now!
  2. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners!
  3. Chinese, Russian, U.S. Schools Take Top Spots in International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)
  4. URO Zone Connects Students with Opportunities for Undergraduate Research
  5. Free ACM Student Materials
  6. Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
  7. Summer 2011 XRDS Highlights
  8. Get Involved with XRDS!
  9. Do You Have an e-Mentor Yet?
  10. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  11. Refer Your Friends to ACM and Win Prizes
  12. New ACM Student Chapter Opens in Pakistan
  13. Academic Grants to Support Teaching Parallelism
  14. Computing on Campus Gets Cooler
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Supercomputing 2011 Conference Student Volunteers: Apply Now!
SC11, the International Conference for High Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage and Analysis, invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply as volunteers to help with the administration of the conference. As a student volunteer, you will have an opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest high performance computing and networking technologies and meet leading researchers from around the world while, at the same time, contributing to the success of SC11.

In exchange for volunteering, you will receive complimentary conference registration, housing (for out-of-town volunteers), and most meals. Limited support for transportation expenses is available for international students and students from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in HPC (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, the physically challenged and women).

Hurry—apply by August 12, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by September 9, 2011. Student Volunteer application forms are available at the SC11 Submissions site at http://submissions.supercomputing.org. If you have questions, please contact student-vols@info.supercomputing.org.

Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners!
The 2011 ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners in the Graduate category are Swapnil Patil, Carnegie Mellon University (First Place); Nurcan Durak, University of Louisville (Second Place); and Xiangyu Dong, Pennsylvania State University (Third Place). In the Undergraduate Category, First Place went to Peter Calvert of the University of Cambridge, while Tsung-Wei Huang of National Cheng Kung University took Second Place and Timothy Walsh of the University of Delaware took Third Place. All Grand Finals winners were honored June 4 at the ACM Awards Banquet in San Jose, CA.

The graduate and undergraduate winners competed against more than 50 participants in contests held at 13 ACM conferences. Their research covered a range of computing innovations that have applications for high-performance computer systems designs, image retrieval systems for astrophysicists, scalability for file system directories, improvements in massively-parallel graphics processors, biochips for clinical diagnostics and biochemical procedures, and assistive technologies for speech-impaired people. For the full list of 2011 SRC Winners and their papers visit http://src.acm.org/candidates2011.html.

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first!

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
More information at http://src.acm.org.

Chinese, Russian, U.S. Schools Take Top Spots in International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)
The 2011 ICPC World Finals were held May 27-31 in Orlando, FL. Chinese universities placed first and third, and an American university took the second spot, with five Russian Federation universities among the top twelve rankings. First place went to Zhejiang University, with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in second, followed by Tsinghua University in third. Among the top winning teams were universities from Germany, Ukraine, Poland, and Canada. See full results.

URO Zone Connects Students with Opportunities for Undergraduate Research
The Computing Research Association (CRA) has launched a new website to help undergraduate students identify computing research opportunities. The site—URO (Undergraduate Research Opportunities) Zone—provides links to a range of summer undergraduate research resources. It also posts profiles of undergraduates and details their recent computing research projects. URO Zone offers guidelines to help students discover research opportunities in a variety of areas ranging from applied to theoretical computer science. It defines specific research fields, describes CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs, and lists links for finding computing research opportunities. To check out the site, please visit: http://cra.org/ccc/uro-zone.php.

Remind Your Professors They Can Order Free ACM Student Materials!
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Summer 2011 XRDS Highlights
The Summer 2011 issue of XRDS: Crossroads highlights "Green Technologies" and looks at how Google addresses energy and environmental issues to build Sustainable data centers. Also, GrowFood.org reveals how new social media is helping connect students to apprenticeships in the practice of organic farming and prizes and the electric car revolution is back in gear and ready to plug into the mass market in The networked vehicle 1.0.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Are you looking to become part of the XRDS: Crossroads team? There are currently several opportunities to get involved! Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar—there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Protégé Meets Mentor Face-to-Face: A MentorNet Success Story
ACM protégé Eduardo Valle, a native of Brazil, recently met his MentorNet mentor, Jim Rowland from AT&T, who invited him to a talk at the AT&T labs. As a result, Eduardo is now collaborating with Jim's colleague at AT&T on using visual recognition techniques to optimize text to speech solutions. Recently offered a professorship at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Eduardo now plans to become a MentorNet mentor himself. You can read more about this successful MentorNet relationship at http://news.mentornet.net/content/mentor-and-protege-meet-face-face.

ACM partners with MentorNet to develop e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain valuable career advice, encouragement and support from professionals who lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

ACM Student Members can participate as protégés if they are undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students, or untenured faculty. For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. Students are not required to present papers at the conferences they attend. High school students are also considered for conference support. As of 2011, 20 ACM-W/Wipro scholarships will be funded annually: 10 scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra-continental conference travel, and 10 scholarships of up to $1,200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.

If the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGSOFT, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGOPS, and SIGPLAN), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

The next application deadline is August 15, 2011. For application forms, notification dates, and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship.

Member-Get-a-Member: Get Prizes and Rewards When You Invite Your Friends to Become ACM Student Members
The 2011 Member-Get-A-Member Drive is going strong! Get involved and put yourself in the running for exciting prizes. You earn gifts for all referrals. The top recruiter wins an iPAD, and the second-place recruiter wins a Flip Video camera.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the MGM site: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/index.html.

New ACM Student Chapter Opens in Pakistan
A new ACM Student Chapter recently opened at Iqra University in Pakistan. According to Pakistan's The News International, Iqra University Dean Dr. Jamil Ahmad noted ACM's role in keeping Iqra University computing students informed about international trends and industrial innovation. Dr. Jamil highlighted the importance of industrialization to Iqra, "where 99% of the technology is coming from abroad." Read more at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=51529&Cat=6.

Tell Your Professor About Academic Grants to Support Teaching Parallelism
Working closely with ACM and others, Intel is providing resources to help faculty integrate parallelism into their undergraduate curricula. There are several sponsored grants including free Software Tools Grants for classroom use, microgrant funding for course material creation around parallelism, the NSF/IEEE-TCPP Early Adopter program, and EAPF Grants. Information on Intel's free resources is available to educators through the Intel Academic Community website. The Educational Exchange houses over 200 pieces of parallelism courseware. Faculty can also submit a request for remote access to the Intel Manycore Testing Lab, a 40-core complete development environment set up to give your students hands-on experience.

Computing Cachet, Enrollment Grow on Campus
As recently reported in the New York Times, interest in computing among college students is growing, fueled by iPhone apps, movies like The Social Network, and celebrity entreprenerus such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. According to the Computer Research Association (CRA), after several years of decline following the dot-com bubble, the number of computer science degrees awarded in the United States has rebounded. Growing since 2010, it will reach 11,000 this year, while the number of students pursuing CS degree without declaring it as a major was up 50 percent in 2010. "It's a national call, a Sputnik moment," Mehran Sahami was quoted in the article, echoing President Obama's State of the Union Address. Dr. Sahami, Associate Chair for Education and Director of Educational Affairs in Computer Science at Stanford University, is also Co-Chair of the CS2013 Steering Committee, a joint ACM/IEEE Computer Society task force charged with producing revised computer science curricular guidelines.


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    The Association for Computing Machinery

    May 2010 Issue

    Issue Contents
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    1. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    2. Introducing the NEW XRDS: Crossroads, the ACM Student Magazine

    3. ACM's Online Courses Increase to 3,200

    4. Why You Should Apply for ACM-W's Scholarship Program

    5. ACM Member-Get-A-Member 2009-2010 Campaign Ends on June 30th

    6. Start a New Student Chapter in Just Four Easy Steps!

    7. Complimentary ACM Materials Available

    8. Are You in an e-Mentoring Relationship Through MentorNet®?

    9. UPE/ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award

    10. Have you been taking advantage of all that your ACM Student Membership has to offer?

    11. Internships with SIGCOMM 2010's Supporters

    12. Conference Volunteer Opportunities

    13. Subscription Information

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    Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership for $49 USD (regularly $99) to help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers. This one-year transition rate offers all the benefits of Professional Membership including: 600 online books from Safari® featuring O'Reilly; 500 online books from Books24x7®; 3,200 online courses from Element K®; the ACM Career Resource Center, and much more. The option to add an ACM Digital Library subscription for just $50 more is also available. Recent graduates can access this special transition offer through ACM's convenient online renewal form, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.

    For more information, visit: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

    If you are graduating soon, please visit: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads

    Introducing the NEW XRDS: Crossroads, the ACM Student Magazine
    XRDS is the newly designed and soon-to-be-released official magazine for ACM student members. XRDS is designed to give students what they need to succeed in their academic and future professional careers. The debut issue on The Future of Interaction features a profile of Hiroshi Ishii, an inside look at what it's like to be an intern at Microsoft Research Redmond, and much more. Each issue is packed with information about careers in computing, interviews and profiles of leaders in the field, highlights from incredible research being done at universities and labs around the world, and feature articles about topics that matter to students.

    ACM's Online Courses Increase to 3,200
    The ACM E-Learning Catalog includes 3,200 online courses and the number is growing. The program offers a wide range of computing and business topics, in multiple languages. Among their newest offerings are: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM®) Certification (Comprehensive; Making Google Work For You; Certified Tester, Foundation Level (CTFL); CompTIA® Strata™ - Green IT.

    In addition to the online courses, all student members have access to 1,000 unique Exclusive vLab® Virtual Labs and Reference Tools. Log in to myACM and follow the "Element K Courses" link to explore ACM's extensive selection of online courses.

    Visit: https://pd.acm.org/lmnk/ek.cfm to find out more.

    Why You Should Apply for ACM-W's Scholarship Program
    The ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences program continues to develop and expand. Directed toward women students in Computer Science and related fields, it provides support for undergraduate and graduate students to attend research conferences. ACM-W believes that at key points in a student's academic progress, exposure to the CS research world can be an important factor that encourages them to advance to the next level. In cases of exceptional demonstrable interest in pursuing study and research in CS, high school students will also be considered for conference support. ACM-W now funds 20 awards of $500 per year (up from the original 12) in 6 award cycles, giving between 2 and 6 awards per cycle.

    To learn more about the scholarships and to access the application form, go to: http://women.acm.org/participate/scholarship/index.cfm


    ACM Member-Get-A-Member 2009-2010 Campaign Ends on June 30th
    There is still time to recruit your classmates and colleagues! Follow the easy Member Recruitment Tips and earn prizes fast!

    Tips for recruiting your peers as ACM student members: Be familiar with the many benefits of an ACM Membership such as the new XRDS student magazine, free online courses and books, ACM's award-winning publications and popular email news digests, and more!

    Visit: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/benefits/ for more information on ACM's student membership benefits, and if you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask. The ACM Member Services Department is here to help, and can be reached via any of the following methods:

    Phone: 1-800-342-6626 (US and Canada)
    +1-212-626-0500 (Global)
    Office Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, US Eastern Time
    Fax: +1-212-944-1318
    Email: acmhelp@acm.org

    Start a New Student Chapter in Just Four Easy Steps!
    Begin by visiting: http://campus.acm.org/chapters/autochap/

    Step 1: Enter chapter name, chapter email address, chapter type, and chapter sub-type.

    Step 2: Enter the names of three individuals to serve as Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. These individuals must be ACM Student Members. In addition, a Faculty Sponsor with an ACM Professional Membership is required.

    Step 3: Enter chapter contact information (postal address and phone Number).

    Step 4: Enter the names of at least ten (10) individuals willing to carry out the chapter's mission and participate in activities.

    For more information on ACM Student Chapters, go to: http://www.acm.org/chapters

    Complimentary ACM Materials Available
    As an organization dedicated to the advancement of computing as a science and profession, ACM offers complimentary materials to students and faculty to distribute to others interested in the field of computing.

    Simply visit the following link to receive your free materials: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/benefits/


    Are You in an e-Mentoring Relationship Through MentorNet®?
    ACM partners with MentorNet, an organization that promotes e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors from industry, academia, and government who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Who is eligible? ACM Student Members can participate in this program as protégés if they are Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Doctoral students, or Untenured Faculty.

    UPE/ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award
    Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Honorary Computer Science Society, and ACM encourage academic excellence for students in the computing discipline. UPE initiated this award with ACM to raise the importance of academic achievement and professional commitment in our future computer professionals. Up to two awards of $1,000 each are given from UPE each year to competition winners. Winners also receive a certificate of commendation.

    To get information on how to apply, visit: www.acm.org/chapters/students/upe_award01

    Have you been taking advantage of all that your ACM student membership has to offer?
    TACM Student Membership offers unbeatable value you won't find anywhere else. If you haven't explored all of these amazing resources, from free online books and courses to top publications and career resources, we strongly urge you to do so today!

    ACM Student Resources include: XRDS: The ACM Magazine for Students; ACM Online Books & Courses; Communications of the ACM; ACM Digital Library; ACM Professional Development - Free software and courseware; ACM Local Chapters; ACM Conference Discounts; ACM Publications; ACM Special Interest Groups; ACM Electronic Services; ACM-W - Engaging women in computing; Career & Job Center

    Explore all the benefits Student Members can enjoy at: www.acm.org/membership/student/resources

    Internships with SIGCOMM 2010's Supporters
    Infosys Technologies Research Lab is seeking qualified interns to conduct leading-edge research at Bangalore/India in networking with special interest in the areas of Network Virtualization, Open Flow, Distributed Storage-based Media Networking, Next-Gen Wireless Networks, and Energy-efficient Networking. Please contact sanjoy_paul@infosys.com

    Microsoft Research offers internships year-round at its laboratories in Bangalore, Beijing, Cambridge (UK), Cambridge (USA), Redmond, and Silicon Valley.Visit: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/jobs/intern/default.aspx for more information.

    Bell Labs India invites interns interested in working in the following areas: Wireless networks (whitespaces, 4G), mobile applications, data mining and green networking. Please send your resume to blrindia@alcatel-lucent.com or visit: www.alcatel-lucent.com/careers/students.html

    AT&T Labs Research has extensive university collaborations, and offers research internships at its laboratories in Florham Park and Middletown, New Jersey, USA. Visit: www.research.att.com/evergreen/working_with_us/internships.html for more information.

    Telefónica R&D is accepting internship applications in the areas of distributed systems and networks (p2p, content distribution, distributed systems, social networks, databases/storages, fault tolerance, wireless networks, graph theory, complex networks) for Internet Research Team in Barcelona. Send resume to: careers_research@tid.es or visit: www.tid.es/trabaja_investigacion_desarrollo/DescripcionVacante?cod=2744

    IMDEA Networks launches its inaugural Doctoral Research Internship program in Internet economics, real-cost analysis, routing, service differentiation, wireless performance analysis, and energy efficiency. For more information: www.networks.imdea.org/Careeropportunities/Internships/tabid/2996/Default.aspx

    Conference Volunteer Opportunities

    Most conference volunteers are eligible for Travel Assistance Awards, which offer financial help for travel to and from the conference, as well as opportunities for free housing. ACM Conferences with Student Volunteer opportunities include:

    SIGGRAPH:www.siggraph.org/s2010/call_for_volunteers/student_volunteers/index

    SIGPLAN: Sponsors or co-sponsors a half-dozen conferences and workshops each year. Volunteers are needed to help with publicity, registration, and local arrangements. Students wishing to volunteer for the SPLASH (formerly OOPSLA) Conference can review the call for participation for details at: http://splashcon.org/ or send email to: oopsla_student_vol@acm.org.

    For a complete list of ACM SIG conferences and please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar

    Subscription Information We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage at http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail . As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes." A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership.


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    The Association for Computing Machinery

    November 2009 Issue

    Issue Contents

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    1. Computer Science Education Week to Encourage Increased Participation in Computer Science at All Levels

    2. SIGGRAPH Asia to be Held on December 16th-19th in Japan  

    3. ACM-BCS Visions of Computer Science 2010 Conference    

    4. Start an ACM-W Student Chapter 

    5. Refer your friends to join ACM and Win!    

    6. Discounted Courses for All ACM Members     

    7. ACM Multimedia Center Now Available  

    8. Apply for an ACM-W Scholarship 

    9. Google RISE Award 2010 Funding Now Available

    10. Are you in an e-Mentoring Relationship through MentorNet®?

    11. Student Volunteer Opportunities      

    12. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate     

    13. Subscription Information      

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    1. Computer Science Education Week to Encourage Increased Participation in Computer Science at All Levels

    Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 6–12, will recognize the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster Computer Science at all educational levels. Recently designated by the U.S. House of Representatives, CSEdWeek aims to highlight how computing drives innovation, economic growth and societal change, and draw  attention to the need for an educational system that values Computer   Science as a discipline and places it squarely within the national science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)conversation. ACM and its partners will promote CSEdWeek to: raise awareness of the critical role of computing for our global information society; promote efforts to expose students—particularly in grades K–12—to robust Computer Science education; highlight the challenges faced by Computer Science education; and engage supports to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century. CSEdWeek is a joint effort led by ACM with the cooperation and deep involvement of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the National Science Foundation, and the Computing Research Association (CRA), and with the strong support of Google, Inc., Intel, and Microsoft.

    A robust website will go live within the next two weeks featuring numerous resources and the opportunity to join the conversation through social media channels. A press release on CSEdWeek was posted last month at http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/cs-education-week.

    2. SIGGRAPH Asia to be Held December 16th-19th in Japan

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 follows a very successful inaugural conference last year, where researchers, developers, producers, and providers of  computer graphics and interactive techniques found a new international venue in which to network and share ideas. The 2009 conference, which will take place December 16 to 19 in Yokohama, Japan, has many of the   featured events of the American SIGGRAPH, including Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies exhibitions, Computer Animation Festival, and job    fair. Featured speakers are Joe Rohde, Executive Designer and Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering; Graphics-technology expert David Kirk; and award-winning human-computer interaction pioneer Jun Rekimoto. Visit the SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 web site at www.siggraph.org/asia2009/ as well as on Facebook and YouTube pages for more information.

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 was recently awarded the Association Conference of the Year Award by the Singapore Tourism Board in the inaugural Singapore Experience Awards. The award recognizes association conferences that have demonstrated excellence in organizing and delivering a quality event. Read the news article here:

    http://www.onscreenasia.com/article-6106-siggraphasia2008rankedassociationconferenceoftheyear-OnScreenAsia.html

    3. ACM-BCS Visions of Computer Science 2010 Conference

    The joint ACM-BCS 2010 Visions of Computer Science conference (www.bcs.org) will take place April 13-16, 2010 at the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh University, Scotland.

    This flagship event, a joint effort of ACM and the British Computer Society, aims to energize the computing community and bring it together around some positive and inspiring visions of our discipline and follows the highly successful Visions of Computer Science conference in 2008.

    The submission deadline for papers is December 18. For more information or to submit a paper, visit: http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.11983

    The proceedings will be published on USB and in the electronic proceedings series (www.bcs.org/ewic). Some of the best papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library and The Computer Journal, the archival research publication of the BCS.

    4. Start an ACM-W Student Chapter

    The goal of ACM-W student chapters is to recruit and retain women students in undergraduate and graduate computing programs. The chapters provide a variety of activities to educate women about the opportunities in the field of computing, engage women students in exciting computing activities, connect students with women leaders in the field, encourage students to promote the field of computing to young girls, and promote the activities of ACM. For those many institutions that already offer informal mentoring programs with similar goals and activities, formalizing these groups into ACM-W chapters can provide additional resources and networking opportunities.

    There is a new opportunity for ACM-W student chapters. UPE (Upsilon Pi  Epsilon has traditionally accepted up to two scholarships from each UPE chapter (one for an undergraduate and one for a graduate). All ACM-W chapters are now invited to submit an additional application to the UPE scholarship program. See the UPE website (at http://upe.acm.org/) for application information.

    To get more information about ACM-W and other opportunities to be involved, go to: http://women.acm.org/

    5. Refer your friends to join ACM and Win!

    ACM recently launched its new 2009–2010 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new prizes added to the already great selection, plus an Amazon Kindle® as the grand prize!

    As a current member, you are an ideal ambassador to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. By spreading the word about ACM, you may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. The drive ends June 30, 2010. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member drive page at: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/

    6. Discounted Courses for All ACM Members

    Currently, all ACM members are eligible for a 10% Discount offered through Stevens Institute of Technology on All Online Graduate Degree Programs!

    For more information on the Graduate Programs, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/discounts/webcampustevens

    7. ACM Multimedia Center Now Available

    The Multimedia homepage features a collection of videos from various areas of interest in computing. Our collection consists of a weekly featured video with an archive of each video that has been added to the page. Videos range from lectures, animation and much more.

    To view the collection, go to: http://multimedia.myacm.org/

    8. Apply for an ACM-W Scholarship

    ACM-W awards scholarships to women students for attendance at research  conferences. Currently approximately 12 scholarships of up to $500 each  are awarded in 6 funding cycles per year. The scholarships are open to women internationally at all levels of study.

    To get more information, visit ACM-W at: http://women.acm.org/

    9. Google RISE Award 2010 Funding Now Available

    Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards are designed to promote and support science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science (CS) education initiatives. We provide awards to organizations working with university and pre-university students to provide enrichment programs in these fields.

    Google believes that technology will continue to play an important role in shaping our future, and the youth of today will help innovate and drive these technologies for years to come. If all things were equal and the playing field was flat, all students would have a chance to reach their potential and achieve great things in science. Through the Google RISE Awards Program, we aspire to help students take one step closer to achieving their potential by offering growth and development  opportunities.

    Support may include a combination of monetary awards, volunteer resources and in-kind donations. Award amounts range from $500 - $10,000.

    Visit the official Google Rise homepage for program details at:  http://www.google.com/corporate/diversity/rise/index.html

    10. Are you in an e-Mentoring Relationship through MentorNet®?

    ACM partners with MentorNet, an organization that promotes e-mentoring  relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email  relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government—who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Who is eligible?

    ACM Student Members can participate in this program as protégés if they are Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Doctoral students, or Untenured Faculty.

    To find out more information about ACM’s involvement with the innovative MentorNet program, go to:   http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet

    11. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a  member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity. http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps

    12. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:

    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition

    13. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading!  For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing     yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org.  As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."
    A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership.  

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    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery


    September 2009 Issue
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    Issue Contents

    1.  Register for the International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications

    2.  Winners from the 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Announced!

    3.  ACM launches its new 2009-2010 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    4.  Annual ACM Awards Ceremony Held in San Diego, CA

    5.  Books24x7® Upgrade Available at a 40% Discount

    6.  Are you in an e-Mentoring Relationship through MentorNet®?

    7.  ACM announces new acmqueue website with expanded content and advanced features

    8.  Visit ACM on Facebook!

    9.  Connect with Fellow ACM Members (and potential employers!) by Joining the “Official ACM Group” on LinkedIn

    10. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    11. ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    12. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    13. Subscription Information

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    1. Register for the International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications

    OOPSLA 2009, the International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN, will take place October 25 to 29 in Orlando, Florida.

    Cloud computing, social networking sites, and agile software development will be among the topics presented in workshops, panels, tutorials, papers, posters, and more. Scheduled speakers include 2008 ACM Turing Award winner Barbara Liskov, Jeannette Wing (NSF), Gerard Holzmann (NASA/JPL Laboratory for Reliable Software), Tom Malone (MIT), and Brion Vibber (Wikimedia).

    Register at: http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2009/

    2. Winners from the 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Announced!

    Now that ACM's 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive has come to a close, ACM would like to congratulate top recruiter Carolyn Nerber and second-place recruiter Stefano Visconti, who were rewarded with an Apple iPhone® and a Cyber-shot® Digital Camera, respectively. The response to the program was our best to date, and we would like to thank all of our recruiters, and the new members, for their interest and participation!

    3. The 2009-2010 ACM Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Launched!

    With new prizes added to our already great selection, and an Amazon Kindle® grand prize, we invite you to spread the word about ACM and start earning prizes!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include a messenger bag, a backpack, a stainless travel mug, a measuring tape leveler, a jotter pad, a world-clock calculator, plus two styles of ACM hats. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, an ACM watch, a laptop attaché bag, Bushnell Powerview binoculars, or a Java Set for Four. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an Amazon Kindle® and a digital camera.

    The 2009-2010 Member-Get-A-Member Drive runs through June 30, 2010.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive

    4. Annual ACM Awards Ceremony Held in San Diego, CA

    ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. ACM’s overarching goal is to advance computing as a science and profession. A very important part of this goal is to recognize outstanding technical and professional achievements in computing and computer science through our eminent series of awards.

    The award recipients included on this page were honored at the 2009 ACM Awards Banquet on June 27, 2009, at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, California.

    View the photo album on flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/41217246@N04/sets/72157622037470052/  

    Download the ACM Awards 2009 Presentation Booklet in PDF format:

    http://awards.acm.org/2009/awardsbooklet09.pdf

    5. Books24x7® Upgrade Available at a 40% Discount

    With your ACM membership you can upgrade to the ITPro collection at a 40% discount. You gain access to both broad and deep coverage of over 100 different technology topics in over 20,000 books, making this collection a must-have resource for just-in-time learning. Premier industry publishers, such as Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and many more, contribute front-list, best selling, classic and niche titles. Popular book series, such as The Complete Reference, Inside Out, Bibles and many others provide multifaceted, multi-skilled approaches to topics.

    Go to:http://pd.acm.org/books/purchase/login_books.cfm?id=252 to find out how.

    6. Are you in an e-Mentoring Relationship through MentorNet®?

    Do you have questions related to any of these topics?

    What's it like to work in industry?; What is graduate school all about, and is it for me?; How do I manage a career and a life?

    Then explore MentorNet!

    ACM partners with MentorNet, an organization that promotes e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government — who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Who is eligible?

    ACM Student Members can participate in this program as protégés if they are Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Doctoral students, or Untenured Faculty.

    To find out more information about ACM’s involvement with the innovative MentorNet program, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet

    7. The new acmqueue website offers expanded content and advanced features

    Content on the acmqueue site provides a critical perspective on current and emerging information technologies, highlighting the technical challenges and problems that software engineers are likely to encounter when using them. In doing so, acmqueue helps readers sharpen their own thinking and pursue innovative solutions in their own work.

    acmqueue's core content includes in-depth articles and insightful columns written by accomplished software engineers, as well as interviews with legends (and future legends) in the field. Planet queue, an aggregation of blogs by acmqueue authors commenting on articles of interest to them in the ACM Digital Library collection, complements the site's core content. When Planet queue bloggers critique articles from the Digital Library, the articles are unlocked, making the full text available to acmqueue website users.

    The site also includes a growing archive of podcasts and video presentations that offer insights from leaders in the software engineering field.

    Visit acmqueue at: http://queue.acm.org/

    8. Visit ACM on Facebook!

    Stay tuned with the latest ACM news, posted in real time on the ACM Facebook page. Facebook is like a one-stop shop for media, blogging, communicating, calendaring and sharing information and ideas. Join thousands of ACM members who have already joined the ACM Facebook Group—and extend your network by adding new friends and peers on your Facebook profile, and creating your own discussion groups. Because it is completely mobile phone compatible, you can update your Facebook profile by using your phone. Facebook is also accessible to selected universities and has a high level of security.

    Find us at: http://facebook.com/

    9. Connect with Fellow ACM Members (and potential employers!) by Joining the “Official ACM Group” on LinkedIn

    Use ACM’s LinkedIn group to make direct connections, the connections of each of their connections (termed second-degree connections) and also the connections of second-degree connections (termed third-degree connections). This can be used to gain an introduction to someone you wish to know through a mutual, trusted contact.

    This resource can then be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by someone in one's contact network. Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates. Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.

    The "gated-access approach" (where contact with any professional requires either a preexisting relationship, or the intervention of a contact of theirs) is intended to build trust among the service's users. LinkedIn participates in EU's International Safe Harbor Privacy Principles.

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=36836 

    10. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity.

    http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps

    11. ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html

    12. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition

    13. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading!  For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org.  If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org.  As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes." A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership.

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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    May 2009 Issue
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    Issue Contents

    1. New and Improved ACM Student Academic Initiative
    2. SC09 Offers Student Mentoring and Grants for Travel Assistance
    3. Complimentary Access to the 2009 Sun JaveONE Conference June 2-5,2009
    4. Bringing Innovative Computing Courses Across the Digital Divide 3C
    5. Jon Kleinberg named recipient of 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
    6. The New ACM Featured Book Program
    7. New Online Course Program
    8. New Books24x7 Selections
    9. New “Communications of the ACM” Website Launched
    10. 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Winners Announced
    11. What Are ACM Student Members Saying about MentorNet®?
    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Has a New Look
    13. There’s Still Time to Participate in ACM’s 2008/2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Through June 30, 2009
    14. Student Volunteer Opportunities
    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    16. Subscription Information

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    1. New and Improved ACM Student Academic Initiative
    2. SC09 Offers Student Mentoring and Grants for Travel Assistance
    3. Complimentary Access to the 2009 Sun JaveONE Conference June 2-5,2009
    4. Bringing Innovative Computing Courses Across the Digital Divide 3C
    5. Jon Kleinberg named recipient of 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
    6. The New ACM Featured Book Program
    7. New Online Course Program
    8. New Books24x7 Selections
    9. New “Communications of the ACM” Website Launched
    10. 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Winners Announced
    11. What Are ACM Student Members Saying about MentorNet®?
    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Has a New Look
    13. There’s Still Time to Participate in ACM’s 2008/2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Through June 30, 2009
    14. Student Volunteer Opportunities
    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    16. Subscription Information

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    1. New and Improved ACM Student Academic Initiative

    CA, one of ACM’s valued Student Academic Program partners has created an updated, more comprehensive website that can be accessed only by ACM Student Members. To access CA’s expanded site, login to your ACM Student Account via myACM:
    https://www.myacm.org/dashboard.cfm

    2. SC09 Offers Student Mentoring and Grants for Travel Assistance

    SC09, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, takes place November 14-20, 2009 in Austin, Texas.

    SC09, sponsored by the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society, offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. http://sc09.supercomputing.org/

    The SC09 Broader Engagement (BE) initiative will award participation grants to provide travel assistance to individuals from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in computing.

    Applications for SC09 Broader Engagement travel assistance grants are being accepted through August 3, 2009. In addition to receiving complimentary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for their SC09 lodging and transportation expenses. Applications are encouraged from students and young professionals in all computing-related disciplines.

    For more information, including a link to the application form, go to:
    http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=broadeng.html

    3. Complimentary Access to the 2009 Sun JaveONE Conference, June 2-5, 2009

    ACM Student Members can get free admission to JavaOne this year, including CommunityOne!

    A full pass includes: JavaOne general and technical sessions, panel discussions, HOLs (Hands-on-labs), BOFs (Birds-of-a-feather), the Pavilion and the After Dark Bash/Networking Mixer!  Not to mention a "hang space" (video games, movies & more!), plus you will be able to check email any time at one of our many hacker stations.

    PLUS: Admission to the CommunityOne Deep-Dives: FREE training by SLS on some really great topics, plus discounted certification vouchers will be handed out - certification can even be done on-site!  There will also be numerous parties and chances for you to network with the best and brightest in the industry.

    Please use the registration form at the URL below to access this offer:
    http://java.sun.com/javaone/2009/students_and_educators/index.jsp

    Please note that ACM is not affiliated with the JavaOne event, and is not responsible for any matters relating to the event or this offer.

    4. Bringing Innovative Computing Courses Across the Digital Divide

    WHAT: Luncheon and Briefing. Academic and policy experts present exciting new computing curricula and teacher preparation

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE: B339 Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Avenue between South Capitol Street and First Street, Washington DC, USA

    Academic and policy experts will present exciting new computing curricula and teacher preparation funded by the National Science Foundation and Microsoft. The event is sponsored by ACM and features prominent spokespeople from the Education Policy Committee, such as Dr. Chris Stephenson, Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).

    To read more about this important event, go to:http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/stem-ed-caucus/

    5. Jon Kleinberg named recipient of 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences

    Popular Cornell University professor Jon Kleinberg, 37, has been named recipient of 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in recognition of his contributions to the science of networks and the World Wide Web. Kleinberg developed models that document how information is organized on the Web, how it spreads through large social networks, and how these networks are structured to create the small world phenomenon known as "six degrees of separation." Kleinberg's use of mathematical models to illuminate search and social networking tools that underpin today's social structure has created interest in computing from people not formerly drawn to this field.

    Learn more and access videos with Jon Kleinberg at:
    http://awards.acm.org/2008/acm-infosys-award.cfm

    Access an audio interview with Jon Kleinberg, or read selected excerpts:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/kleinberg-interview

    6. The New ACM Featured Book Program

    Choosing the best books in ACM’s Online Book Collection is about to become even easier! You will soon be receiving a monthly email with an ACM Featured Online Book. The books will be selected based on various criteria, including: popularity, vendor recommendations, release dates, leading topics, and best reviews.

    Check your inbox in the coming weeks for the first ACM Featured Book email!

    7. New Online Course Program

    ACM is excited to have recently launched a new online course program through leading provider Element K®. This program includes more than 2,500+ online courses on a wide range of computing and business topics in multiple languages, 1,000 unique vLab exercises, an e-Reference Library, as well as a downloadable player that allows members to access assessments and self-study courses offline. The ACM Online Course Program is open to ACM Professional and Student Members. Log in to myACM and follow the "Element K Courses" link to try out our new online courses.http://pd.acm.org

    8. New Books24x7® Selections

    ACM’s Online Books Collection has a number of new Books24x7 titles including:

    • Big Java, Third Edition
    • 175 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time!
    • Professional C# 2008

    View the complete Books24x7® book listing at:http://pd.acm.org/books/b24x7_books.cf

    9. New “Communications of the ACM” Website Launched

    ACM has launched a new Website for its flagship publication “Communications of the ACM,” the world's premier monthly magazine for the computing and information technology fields.

    The Website features a wide range of high-quality and topical News, Opinion, Research, and Practitioner-oriented content from the magazine, as well as original and user-generated content that is exclusive to the new site. Among the site's numerous features is access to the “Communications” archive spanning more than 50 years of in-depth coverage of the computing profession.

    In addition, the site contains extensive blog content, including a group expert blog called the BLOG@CACM, which provides a completely new forum for a growing community of the world's leading industry and academic experts on a range of topics within computing, and a Blogroll of established syndicated bloggers that reflects the geographic and intellectual scope of the computing world with entries and related discussions.

    To explore the new site, go to: http://cacm.acm.org/

    9. New “Communications of the ACM” Website Launched

    ACM has launched a new Website for its flagship publication “Communications of the ACM,” the world's premier monthly magazine for the computing and information technology fields.

    The Website features a wide range of high-quality and topical News, Opinion, Research, and Practitioner-oriented content from the magazine, as well as original and user-generated content that is exclusive to the new site. Among the site's numerous features is access to the “Communications” archive spanning more than 50 years of in-depth coverage of the computing profession.

    In addition, the site contains extensive blog content, including a group expert blog called the BLOG@CACM, which provides a completely new forum for a growing community of the world's leading industry and academic experts on a range of topics within computing, and a Blogroll of established syndicated bloggers that reflects the geographic and intellectual scope of the computing world with entries and related discussions.

    To explore the new site, go to: http://cacm.acm.org/

    10. 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Winners Announced

    Students from St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics have been crowned the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Champions. The 2009 World Finals Awards Ceremony took place in the Stockholm Concert Hall where the Nobel Prizes are presented every year.  KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden hosted this year's event.

    Referred to as "The Battle of the Brains," the ACM-ICPC World Finals challenged the world's top 100 university teams to use open standard technology in designing software that solves real-world problems. The teams were awarded medals based on the number of problems they solved correctly in the shortest amount of time.

    Tsinghua University in China, St. Petersburg State University in Russia, and Saratov State University in Russia finished the competition in second, third, and fourth places and all won Gold medals.

    To read the ACM Press Release on the ICPC Contest, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/acm-icpc-09

    11. What Are ACM Student Members Saying about MentorNet®?

    According to ACM MentorNet participant Daniel Gilbert “The recipe to predict the future is to ask someone who's been there. By allowing me to interact with a mentor who's gone down my desired career path, MentorNet has allowed me, in a sense, to project myself into the future and thus plan better my career.”

    "MentorNet has given me a very valuable perspective on professional life.  This would have been very hard -if not impossible- to get as a student or intern.  ACM's participation in MentorNet has convinced me further of the association's commitment to offering practical help with students' professional growth.  This sets ACM apart as a professional association in my mind."

    To find out more information about ACM’s involvement with the innovative MentorNet® program, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet

    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Has a New Look

    ACM's redesigned Job Board debuted recently with new and updated graphics and easier-to-navigate categories for both job seekers and employers. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date functionality to job seekers, the site now includes an advanced résumé data parsing system that allows users to simply upload their résumé as a Word or PDF document. Whether you are an active job seeker or just like to keep abreast of what's available in the computing industry and academia, be sure to visit ACM's Job Board to create a new résumé in the Résumé Bank, update your résumé, or view job openings. http://www.acm.org/careercenter

    13. There’s Still Time to Participate in ACM’s 2008/2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Through June 30, 2009

    There's still plenty of time to participate in the ACM 2008–2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive! Eligible recruiters can choose from a great selection of prizes, and compete for our Apple iPhone grand prize! Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition. ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. The drive ends June 30, 2009. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page.

    For more information visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page. http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/

    14. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM’s Special Interest Groups (SIGS) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity. http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps

    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition

    16. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading!  For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org.  If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org.  As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes." A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership.  Should you wish to be removed from the Student Quick Takes listserv, please follow the instructions at the end of this message.


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    March 2009 Issue
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    Issue Contents

    1. NEW! ACM Student Academic Initiatives
    2. ACM President, Dame Wendy Hall Interview
    3. Complimentary Access to the Sun CommunityONE event March 18th and 19th
    4. ACM's Featured Book through Books 24x7
    5. SIGGRAPH Academy Award Nomination and call for Volunteers
    6. Complimentary E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®
    7. CHI 2009 Will Showcase Technologies That Bring Digital Life to Reality
    8. Crossroads Survey
    9. ACM-W Scholarship Opportunities
    10. ACM Names 44 Fellows for Contributions to Computing and IT
    11. USACM on Open Government
    12. Student Chapter Excellence Awards
    13. ACM Student Research Competition, Call for Submissions!
    14. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open
    15. ACM's Career Job Center Powered by JobTarget®
    16. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    17. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    18. 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winner Named
    19. Subscription Information


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    1. New! ACM Student Academic Initiatives

    ACM has developed special relationships with several partners to offer valuable resources specifically for student members - at no additional cost! Participating partners include Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and CA. ACM Student Members now have the unique opportunity to access complimentary software and courseware, and to become a part of a large community in the process. For more information on this exciting and valuable development, please go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student

    2. ACM President, Dame Wendy Hall Interview

    ACM President Dame Wendy Hall, appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in December, was interviewed recently by Stephen Ibaraki as part of his interview series for "CIPS Connections." The 30-minute segment includes Dame Wendy's views on key issues as they relate to ACM and the entire computing profession, and is available in MP3 format to listen to online.

    2. ACM President, Dame Wendy Hall Interview

    ACM President Dame Wendy Hall, appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in December, was interviewed recently by Stephen Ibaraki as part of his interview series for "CIPS Connections." The 30-minute segment includes Dame Wendy's views on key issues as they relate to ACM and the entire computing profession, and is available in MP3 format to listen to online.

    Included are her thoughts on: the three top challenges facing our field today; the need for professionalism in IT; the burgeoning markets for technology in China and India; the future for business and IT professionals; personal career management; and ACM's role in internationalization and in shaping the impact of technology through policy initiative. Please visit An Exclusive Interview with Dame Wendy Hall for selected excerpts, as well as additional background:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/hallinterview


    3. Complimentary Access to the Sun CommunityONE event March 18th and 19th

    ACM Student Members can attend Sun CommunityONE Conference to be held in New York City on March 18th and 19th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. More than 30 technical sessions will cover a wide range of free and open-source projects. Hands-on demos will give you a chance to test drive cutting-edge tools and solutions. The second day offers "Deep Dive" tutorials. These sessions will allow you to hone your skills and accelerate your productivity in Deep Dives taught by expert educators from Sun Learning Services.

    Contact Christopher.McDonald@Sun.COM via email to reserve your spot!

    For full details on the conference go to: http://developers.sun.com/events/communityone/2009/east/index.jsp

    Please note that Sun Microsystems has partnered with ACM to participate in the ACM Student Academic Initiative (SAI see Item 1). ACM is not affiliated with the Sun CommunityONE Conference.


    4. ACM's Featured Book through Books24x7®

    Each month, ACM's Online Books & Courses page will now highlight a popular, useful, and highly-reviewed book available to student members from ACM's Books 24x7® collection.

    The March featured book is "Introduction to Algorithms" by:

    Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest and Clifford Stein.

    To find out more, go to the ACM Online Books & Courses site. ACM student members can simply log in with an ACM Web Account to take advantage of all available resources. http://pd.acm.org/


    5. ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Receives Oscar for Contributions to Computer Graphics

    ACM Fellow Ed Catmull was presented with an Oscar statuette for the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Conferred at the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentations earlier this month, the award is in recognition of his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry. In addition to being a noted computer scientist, Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He is also widely regarded as a leading innovator by the ACM SIGGRAPH community for his key contributions to fundamental computer graphics concepts. The Oscar is the latest in a series of recognitions he has received from the Academy since 1992.

    Read the ACM Press Release: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/catmull-oscar/


    Visit the ACM SIGGRAPH Web site: http://www.siggraph.org/


    6. Complimentary E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM is now partnering with MentorNet®, an organization that promotes e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors-from industry, academia, and government-who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields. To find out more information about ACM's involvement with the innovative MentorNet® program, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet


    7. CHI 2009 to Showcase Technologies That Bring Digital Life to Reality

    CHI 2009, sponsored by ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, will showcase technologies, designs, and ideas that bring digital life to reality. The conference will offer a diverse program that includes a video showcase, job fair, and design vignette demos, as well as world-renowned experts on innovation in computer user design. Research highlights to be presented at the conference include designing digital games for rural children in India; effects of personal photos and presentation intervals on perceptions of recommender systems; a tool that increases Wikipedia credibility; home computer power management strategies; privacy concerns in everyday Wi-Fi use; and improving users gaming experience.

    Online registration is available for CHI 2009, which takes place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on April 4-9. For more information and to register, click on http://www.chi2009.org


    8. Crossroads Survey

    ACM asks that you take just 15 minutes out of your busy schedule to help us understand how we can better serve ACM Student Members and Crossroads readers; help us to understand those features that are, and would be, valuable and indispensable to you. Your feedback is very important to us! To participate in this short survey, go to:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=DvCQP7ByN203QNvjVY3TDA_3d_3d


    9. ACM-W Scholarship Opportunities

    ACM-W is pleased to announce a new program that will provide support for women students in Computer Science and related programs (at the undergraduate or graduate levels) who wish to attend research conferences. Exposure to the CS research world can be an important factor in encouraging a student to continue on to the next level (undergraduate to graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). It is not required that the student be presenting a paper at the conference she attends. In cases of exceptional demonstrable interest in pursuing study and research in CS, high school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially up to 12 such scholarships, of up to $500 each, will be awarded annually. ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. Applications will be evaluated in 6 groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with 1-3 awards given for each group of applications. To get more information on the application process, go to: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html


    10. ACM Names 44 Fellows for Contributions to Computing and IT

    ACM has recognized 44 of its members for their contributions to computing technology that have generated a broad range of innovations for industry, commerce, entertainment, and education. The 2008 ACM Fellows, from the world's leading universities, industries, and research labs, created advances in computer theory as well as practice.  These technology developments have consistently demonstrated their crucial role in forming the foundation for sustained economic growth in an information-based society.

    To read the ACM Press Release, go to: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/fellows-2008


    11. USACM on Open Government

    ACM's public policy committee, USACM, recently issued recommendations to make the growing body of US government data open and accessible to all Americans. USACM issued the statement to encourage government policy makers to use these guidelines when they build federal websites. USACM also applauded the new US Administration's efforts to create openness in government. USACM's recommendations advise that government data: be in formats promoting analysis; preserve the machine-readability when republished be accessible to citizens with limitations and disabilities; be downloadable; be accessible using standard queries; be published using data formats that do not include executable content; be digitally signed or include attestation of publication/creation date, authenticity, and integrity. To view the ACM press release, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/open-government


    12. Student Chapter Excellence Awards

    ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards are given in the following areas:

    • For ACM student chapters that sponsor a series of exceptional activities throughout the year or have focused their efforts on a  single major activity
    • For ACM student chapters that maintain an outstanding chapter web site
    • For ACM student chapters that have done an excellent job of recruiting student ACM members
    • For ACM student chapters that have made significant contributions to their communities through one major service project or aseries of smaller projects
    • For ACM student chapters that have made significant contributions to their own schools through one major service project or a series of smaller projects
    For details on ACM Student Chapters and the Excellence Awards, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/students/essay-contest/essay_contest-toc


    13. ACM Student Research Competition, Call for Submissions!

    Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the ACM Student Research Competition is an internationally recognized venue enabling
    undergraduate and graduate students to:
    • Experience the research world - for many undergraduates this is a first!
    • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students,judges, and conference attendees
    • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
    • Understand the practical applications of their research
    • Perfect their communication skills
    • Receive prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community

    For more information, including details on entering the competition, go to: http://www.acm.org/src/students.html


    14. Current ACM Member-Get-A-Member 2008-2009 Campaign Ends June 30

    ACM's current Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive is scheduled to end on June 30, 2009, but there is still plenty of time to participate and win prizes! A large selection of prizes are available, in addition to an Apple iPhone as the grand prize!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition. ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/


    15. ACM's Career Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center is getting a new look. Over the next few months, ACM's Job Board will debut new and updated graphics and easier-to-navigate categories for both job seekers and employers. Whether you are an active job seeker or just like to keep abreast of what's available in the computing industry and academia, be sure to visit ACM's Career & Job Center to post your resume in the Resume Bank and view job openings. http://campus.acm.org/careercenter/


    16. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGS) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity.
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps


    17. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition


    18. 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winner Named

    ACM has named Barbara Liskov the recipient of the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award for her contributions to practical and theoretical foundations of programming language and system design, especially related to data abstraction, fault tolerance, and distributed computing.
    To read more, view the ACM Press Release here: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/turing-award-08/


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    November 2008 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. ACM Student Members Receive Free Access to 100+ Software Packages
    2. Resources for New Student Members Website Launched
    3. Updated ACM Books for Student Members
    4. Updated ACM Courses for Student Members
    5. Browser Updates for Skillsoft
    6. New ACM Online Books and Courses E-Newsletter Debuts
    7. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    8. How to Start an ACM Student Chapter
    9. ACM Student Chapters Can Request Speakers for the Distinguished Speakers Program
    10. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open
    11. Google Policy Fellowship Program Open for Applications
    12. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet(R)
    13. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget(R)
    14. New Image for Computing Project Launched
    15. SIGGRAPH Asia Conference to Debut in December
    16. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions, Call for Submissions
    17. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    18. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    19. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    20. Subscription Information
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    1. ACM Student Members Receive Free Access to 100+ Software Packages

    ACM has signed a licensing agreement with the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) providing all ACM Student Members with access, at no charge, to a variety (~ 100) of software packages.  The goal of this program is to get these tools into the hands of current students.

    All active ACM Student Members are eligible to participate in the ACM/MSDNAA Program.    
        
    Some of the software packages included are:    

    • Windows Vista    
    • Windows XP Professional    
    • Windows Server 2008    
    • Visual Studio 2008 Professional    
    • Visio Professional 2007    
    • Office Project Professional 2007    
    • Access 2007    
    • Visual Studio 2005 Team System    
    • SQL Server 2005    
    • Expression Studio    
    • Sharepoint Designer 2007    
    • Virtual PC 2007    
    • Virtual PC for Mac 7.0.2    
    • Visual C# 2005 Express Edition    
    • Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition    
    • And much, much more!    

        
    Also, as part of the ACM/MSDN AA partnership, ACM student members can obtain a no-cost Microsoft Academy Student Pass  
    that provides free e-learning courses to students who are interested in expanding their IT or developer skills with Microsoft technologies.  With this pass, students can explore five Microsoft technical certification paths:   

    • Windows Developer    
    • Web Developer    
    • Database Developer    
    • Windows Server IT Professional    
    • Windows Client IT Professional    

        
    The IT Academy Student Pass offers 12 to 22 hours of FREE e-learning courses, aligned to the first set of topics you need to master for the first Microsoft certification exam within the track.  Each track is unique, and most will require you to take additional e-learning courses to complete all of the topics you need to succeed on the certification exam.    
        
    The goal of the IT Academy Student Pass is to give you a head start by providing hours of e-learning content that sets the stage for the learning to come.    
        
    To sign up for an MSDNAA account, log in to myACM at http://www.myacm.org/, check the appropriate box, and click on "Submit."  For more information, visit the MSDNAA FAQ page at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/msdnaa-faq.

    2. Resources for New Student Members Website Launched

    ACM is proud to announce a new Resources for New Student Members website! The site, found at http://www.acm.org/membership/resources-new-stu-members, is designed as a one-stop destination for all new Student Members to learn more about ACM and take full advantage of an ACM Student Membership.

    The site is divided into four sections:

    • What you should do as a new member
    • Engaging/Volunteering with ACM
    • ACM Benefits
    • ACM in the News

    While the site is designed to aid new members, established members may also find the site useful in the depth of information and resources it provides. The site will continue to be updated as more benefits or newsworthy items arise.

    A similar website for ACM Professional Members can be found at:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/resources-new-prof-members

    If you have any questions, or have any suggestions for the site, please contact: mktg2@acm.org


    3. Updated ACM Books for Student Members

    ACM Student Members have full, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7®.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    In October, the least utilized books (125 titles) were removed from the ACM Collection and replaced with books which our members requested or are in areas of high interest. The new titles include:

    • Blade Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting CostsFoundations of Qt DevelopmentMicrosoft Vista for IT Security Professionals Professional C# 2008
    • SQL All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
    • And much more!

    The recently added Bookes24x7 offering can be found at http://pd.acm.org/books/b24x7_new_books.cfm

    You can see the complete Books24x7 book listing at http://pd.acm.org/books/b24x7_books.cfm


    4. Updated ACM Courses for Student Members

    The ACM Online Course Program, includes full and unlimited access to over 3,000 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft®. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course. They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. They are designed to be used as an instant reference.Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded discussion groups and is available 24x7. This feature is available on the course summary screen.Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands. This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment. A Simulation allows you to practice using the application. A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added a number of new courses. Unlike the books which are swapped, courses are continually added and improved. Among the newest courses are:

    • Introducing Windows Server 2008
    • Mentoring 70-536 VB - TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation
    • Introducing .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

    You can see a complete list of all the courses at http://pd.acm.org/sks_listing_courses.cfm


    5. Browser Updates for Skillsoft®

    As of November 1, 2008 SkillSoft has discontinued support for certain older browsers across all product lines. In general, these browsers are no longer supported by the vendors, and recent statistics has shown Skillsoft that the usage share of the web browsers listed below is very small.

    The following browsers will no longer be officially supported:

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5x and earlier
    • Firefox 1x and earlier
    • Safari 2x and earlier
    • All versions of Netscape

    Currently released products should continue to function as expected on these older browsers; but as of November 1, 2008, SkillSoft will no longer test product releases and updates against these unsupported browsers, and will not be addressing issues specifically associated with them. New product releases such as SkillPort 7.0 will not be tested against and likely will not function properly using these older browsers.

    If you like to test whether your browser will still work, please visit http://browser.skillport.com/bh/default.asp


    6. New ACM Online Books and Courses E-Newsletter Debuts

    The premiere issue of the ACM Online Books and Courses newsletter debuted last month. This quaterly e-newsletter will be timed with the book swap for Books24x7. The newsletter features course additions/enhancements; Member testimonials; and a Highlighted Topic that includes Suggested courses, books, and applicable Digital Library articles. If you didn't receive the first issue at the end of October, please log in to myACM at http://www.myacm.org/, select "Listservs" from the menu on the left, and click the appropriate box. For more information on the ACM online books and courses program, please visit http://pd.acm.org If you have any feedback or recommendations on the program, please contact David Schneider, ACM's Education Manager, at shneider@hq.acm.org


    7. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Full access to 1,100 online books, 600 from Safari and 500 from Books24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • Full access to over 3,000 online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • Discounts to ACM SIG conferences
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online
    • An opportunity to vote for key ACM positions and thereby influence the way ACM is governed
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of 92,000+ fellow ACM members

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    8. How to Start an ACM Student Chapter

    ACM's Professional and Student chapters worldwide serve as nodes of activity for ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, lectures, and the opportunity to meet peers and experts in many fields of interest.

    ACM Student Chapters provide its members with the following benefits:

    • Industry contacts and networking
    • Professional growth and continued learning
    • Development of leadership capabilities
    • Career developments/opportunities
    • Representation in the Association

    Starting a chapter is relatively easy. Once a group of at least ten interested students is formed, find an ACM Professional Member to sponsor your chapter. Elect four officers out of the group, and begin the chartering process.

    For a more detailed explanation on starting an ACM Student Chapter, please visit:
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/students/form-gen-interest

    If you have any questions about starting a chapter, please contact Lauren Ryan, the ACM Local Activities Coordinator, at: chartering@acm.org


    9. ACM Student Chapters Can Request Speakers for the Distinguished Speakers Program

    ACM has revitalized its Distinguished Speakers Program, the long-standing speaker series for student and professional chapters: http://dsp.acm.org.

    In addition to a new website and online request process, the program now offers a network of over seventy speakers who are available to address chapters. Seventy four speakers from academia and industry are now part of the program, speaking on a variety of topics, from artificial intelligence and computer graphics, to emerging technologies and mobile computing. The speaker roster doubled in size during the fiscal year 2008, and of the forty speaking engagements that took place, twelve were hosted by international chapters.

    ACM pays for the speaker's travel to a chapter meeting; chapters are responsible for the speaker's local expenses.

    To request a speaker, please choose a talk from the website, and click on the request form. The request will be sent to ACM headquarters before it is forwarded to the speaker.

    Through the Distinguished Speakers Program, ACM helps with the costs of building quality programs for chapters. We encourage all chapters to take advantage of the program by inviting a speaker in the DSP network, or by nominating a speaker.


    10. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open

    Now that ACM's 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive has come to a close, ACM would like to congratulate top recruiter Tim Meakin and second-place recruiter Glenn Zink, who were rewarded with an Apple Store gift card valued at $350 (USD) and a Canon PowerShot SD-790IS digital camera, respectively. The response to the program was our best to date, and we would like to thank all of our recruiters, and the new members, for their interest and participation!

    ACM recently launched its new 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new prizes added to our already great selection, and an Apple iPhone grand prize!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone(R) and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2009.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at http://www.acm.org/memberdrive


    11. Google Policy Fellowship Program Open for Applications

    Google is sponsoring students interested in technology policy to spend the summer at think tanks and public interest groups through a program called the Google Policy Fellowship.

    Now in its second year, the Google Policy Fellowship will be funding students at fifteen organizations doing great work on Internet policy in the U.S. and Canada. A full listing of these organizations can be found at http://www.google.com/policyfellowship/hosts.html

    Applications are being accepted now through December 12. If you think you might be a good fit for this program, please visit: http://www.google.com/policyfellowship for more information.

    If you have any specific questions about the program, you can reach the Google Policy Fellowship program administrators via email at: policyfellowship@google.com


    12. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM is partnering with MentorNet, the award-winning not-for- profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math. Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one- on-one email relationships with mentors - from industry, academia, and government - who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Since its launch in September 2007, ACM's partnership with MentorNet has proven to be a valuable source for both Mentors and Protégés. Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, ATT Labs - Research, writes, "My mentor, Brian Kernighan, helped me navigate graduate school. Having learned the value of mentoring, I became a mentor myself...."

    Shannon McMaster, a protégé, commented: "I was able to find a mentor that was helpful and cared about learning about me and my goals. She helped me decide definitively on whether my major was the right fit for me by telling me stories about her job and responsibilities. She helped me see the various aspects of her job and how she was able to manage her family and work lives...."

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés! Learn more about becoming a protégé at: www.acm.org/mentornet


    13. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center features a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry. ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.

    Many job seekers and employers have taken advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center: the site receives approximately 1,500 to 2,000 "job views" each day, and on average lists more than 300 jobs (refreshed daily). More than 3,000 employers have registered with JobTarget, while over 500 resumes have been posted.

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!


    14. New Image for Computing Project Launched

    The WGBH Educational Foundation and ACM are working together on a project entitled “New Image for Computing” (with funding from NSF) that will improve the understanding of and image of computing among high school students, with special efforts to reach Latina females and African-American males.

    ACM is putting together a Teen Advisory Group (TAG Team), comprised of individuals between 18 and 23 years of age, that will help us raise the visibility of the New Image for Computing Project in the areas representing teen computing. Given the popularity of social networks, raising visibility of the project might be best done through these networks; TAG Team members will actively encourage other teens to affiliate with the New Image for Computer endeavor.

    We would expect members of the TAG Team to serve on the project for at least a year, and during this year there will be periodic conference calls. We are especially interested in recruiting members from the Southwest and the Northeast.

    For more information, please visit http://www.acm.org/membership/the-new-image-of-computing

    Please contact Lillian Israel, ACM Director of Membership, at israel@acm.org if you are interested in working on this project.


    15. SIGGRAPH Asia Conference to Debut in December

    The first ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2008) will take place at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore from December 10 to 13.

    In addition to the trade exhibition, the conference will offer many opportunities to experience the latest technologies in an interactive environment, including an Art Gallery, a Computer Animation Festival, technical courses, an educators program, an Emerging Technologies program, sketches and posters, a Job Fair, and technical papers.

    The Computer Animation Festival will present creative achievements in every genre, plus "hybrid" innovations that mix state-of-the-art animation techniques with traditional storytelling approaches.

    Featured speakers will include Computer Graphics Pioneer Don Greenberg of Cornell University, and Rob Cook, Vice President for Technology, Pixar Animation Studios.

    Please visit the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 website at http://www.siggraph.org/asia2008/ for more information.


    16. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions, Call for Submissions

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees. The following ACM Student Research Competitions are currently accepting submissions for 2009:

    CHI 2009, April 4-9, 2009
    Submission deadline: January 7, 2009
    Chairs: Rob Miller and Joanna McGrenere, studentresearch@chi2009.org

    PLDI '09, June 15-20, 2009
    Submission deadline: March 15, 2009
    Chair: Marco Pistoia, pistoia@us.ibm.com

    For more information on ACM Student Research Competitions, please visit: http://www.acm.org/src


    17. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm (you will need to login with your ACM username and password), which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    18. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGCSE 2009
    The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    Chattanooga, TN, 4-7 March 2009
    http://www.cs.arizona.edu/groups/sigcse09/volunteers.html

    CHI 2009
    Computer-Human Interaction 2009
    Boston, MA, 4-9 April 2009
    http://www.chi2009.org/  (email: studentvolunteers@chi2009.org)

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    19. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two- day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at coordinator@csta.acm.org.


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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. ACM Student Members Receive Free Access to 100+ Software Packages
    2. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    3. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open
    4. ACM Awards Banquet Recognizes Top Achievers in Computing
    5. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
    6. Student Chapters Excellence Awards
    7. ACM Honors Top Students at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
    8. ACM Issues Statement on Passing of Computing Pioneer Randy Pausch
    9. ACM-W Newsletter Features Interview with New ACM President Wendy Hall
    10. High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship
    11. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet(R)
    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget(R)
    13. Over 3,000 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership
    14. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7(R) included with ACM Student Membership
    15. ACM Books Program Featured in TechRepublic Blog: "10 ways to learn new skills on the cheap"
    16. Computing Educators Investigate Influences that Drive CS as Career Path
    17. ACM Education Policy Group Applauds Use of Computing Course to Meet Math Requirements
    18. SIGGRAPH 2008 Boasts 28,000+ Attendence
    19. Grace Hopper Celebration, Largest Gathering of Women in Computing
    20. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    21. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    22. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    23. Subscription Information
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    1. ACM Student Members Receive Free Access to 100+ Software Packages

    ACM has signed a licensing agreement with the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) providing all ACM Student Members with access, at no charge, to a variety (~ 100) of software packages.  The goal of this program is to get these tools into the hands of current students.      
        
    All active ACM Student Members are eligible to participate in the ACM/MSDNAA Program.    
        
    Some of the software packages included are:    

    • Windows Vista    
    • Windows XP Professional    
    • Windows Server 2008    
    • Visual Studio 2008 Professional    
    • Visio Professional 2007    
    • Office Project Professional 2007    
    • Access 2007    
    • Visual Studio 2005 Team System    
    • SQL Server 2005    
    • Expression Studio    
    • Sharepoint Designer 2007    
    • Virtual PC 2007    
    • Virtual PC for Mac 7.0.2    
    • Visual C# 2005 Express Edition    
    • Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition    
    • And much, much more!    

        
    Also, as part of the ACM/MSDN AA partnership, ACM student members can obtain a no-cost Microsoft Academy Student Pass  
    that provides free e-learning courses to students who are interested in expanding their IT or developer skills with Microsoft technologies.  With this pass, students can explore five Microsoft technical certification paths:

    • Windows Developer    
    • Web Developer    
    • Database Developer    
    • Windows Server IT Professional    
    • Windows Client IT Professional    

    The IT Academy Student Pass offers 12 to 22 hours of FREE e-learning courses, aligned to the first set of topics you need to master for the first Microsoft certification exam within the track.  Each track is unique, and most will require you to take additional e-learning courses to complete all of the topics you need to succeed on the certification exam.    

    The goal of the IT Academy Student Pass is to give you a head start by providing hours of e-learning content that sets the stage for the learning to come.
        

    To sign up for an MSDNAA account, log in to myACM at http://www.myacm.org/, check the appropriate box, and click on "Submit."

    For more information, visit the MSDNAA FAQ page at http://www.acm.org/membership/student/msdnaa-faq.


    2. Graduating Students Eligible for Special

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning    
    opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.  An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Full access to 1,100 online books, 600 from Safari® and 500 from Books24x7®, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley 
    • Full access to over 3,000 online courses from leading provider SkillSoft®   
    • Discounts to ACM SIG conferences   
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews   
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online    
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering    
    • A professional network of 90,000 fellow ACM members     

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal    
    process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    3. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open

    Now that ACM's 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive has come to a close, ACM would like to congratulate top recruiter Tim Meakin and second-place recruiter Glenn Zink, who were rewarded with an Apple Store gift card valued at $350 (USD) and a Canon PowerShot SD-790IS digital camera, respectively.  The response to the program was our best to date, and we would like to thank all of our recruiters, and the new members, for their interest and participation!     
        
    ACM recently launched its new 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new prizes added to our already great selection, and an Apple iPhone grand prize!    
        
    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members.  The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other     
    (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral.  Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas.  For everenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift.  Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars.  Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone(R) and a digital camera.   

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2009.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    4. ACM Awards Banquet Recognizes Top Achievers in Computing

    A glittering array of the computing world's distinguished luminaries and guests gathered in San Francisco in June for ACM's annual Awards Banquet to celebrate the past year's innovators and their achievements. The gala event paid homage to computing professionals from internationally recognized universities, corporations, and research laboratories whose contributions in a range of disciplines have advanced society in the information age.

    Among the acclaimed recipients of ACM's prestigious honors were 2007 Turing Award winners Edmund M. Clarke of Carnegie Mellon University, E. Allen Emerson of the University of Texas at Austin, and Joseph Sifakis of CNRS, Verimag Laboratory for their research in a quality assurance process known as Model Checking.

    The event also presented the first-ever ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences to Daphne Koller of Stanford University.  Koller was recognized for her innovative approach to Artificial Intelligence that allows computers to reason and learn about the world from real-world data.

    Student achievements were also celebrated, as ACM's first-place winner in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) first-place team, and Student Research Competition Grand Finals winners received their awards.

    To view a list of all the award winners and photos of the award banquet, visit:
    http://awards.acm.org/current_recipients.cfm?yr=2007


    5. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees.     
        
    There are two rounds of competition at each conference hosting an SRC and a Grand Finals competition.  All undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where they are evaluated by a different panel of judges via the Web.     
        
    This year's SRC Grand Finals winners are, in the Graduate Division:   

    • 1st Place, Himabindu Pucha, Purdue University    
    • 2nd Place, Lakshminarayanan Renganarayana, Colorado State University    
    • 3rd Place, Junqing Sun, University of Tennessee at Knoxville    

        
    And in the Undergraduate Division:    

    • 1st Place, Neha Singh, IIT Bombay    
    • 2nd Place, Jerry Backer, The City College of the City University of New York    
    • 3rd Place, Matei Zaharia, University of Waterloo    

        
    Congratulations and thank you for participating!    
        
    To find out more about the ACM SRC, please visit http://www.acm.org/src/


    6. Student Chapters Excellence Awards

    Each year ACM rewards excellence in ACM Student Chapters in five categories.  The winning chapters receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's web page.

    The winners of the 2007-2008 Student Chapter Excellence Awards are:

    • Community Activities: American University in Bulgaria ACM Student Chapter    
    • Outstanding Community Service: Northwestern University ACM-W Student Chapter     
    • Outstanding Website: Northeastern University ACM Student Chapter    
    • Outstanding Recruitment Program: University of Texas at  Austin ACM Student Chapter    
    • Outstanding School Service: NUST School of Engineering and Computer Sciences ACM Student Chapter    


    To learn more about the awards and this year's winners, visit:
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/students/essay-contest/essay_contest-toc


    7. ACM Honors Top Students at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

    The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 40 countries to showcase their independent research. The Intel ISEF is the premiere science competition in the world exclusively for students in
    grades 9-12.

    This year's Intel ISEF was held in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2008,where the ACM judges David S. Wise and Cynthia Brown presented:

    First Award of $1,000:

    • David Christopher Williams-King, Argyll Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Second Award of $500:

    • Dongyoung Kim, Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, South Korea

    Third Award of $300:

    • Martin Christoph Maas, Georg Cantor Gymnasium, Halle (Saale), Germany

    Fourth Award of $200:

    • Lucia Mocz, Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaii
    • Ken Miura, Mami Inoue, and Mayu Suzuki, Shizuoka-Prefectural Hamamatsu Kita High-School, Shizuoka, Japan
    • Maxim Gennadievich Gridnev, Andrey Anatolievich Churinov, and Leonid Andreevich Mashinskiy, Physical and Mathematical Lyceum #30, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

    All ACM winners will also receive complimentary ACM Student Memberships for the duration of their undergraduate education. To learn more about the Intel ISEF, visit: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/index.asp


    8. ACM Issues Statement on Passing of Computing Pioneer Randy Pausch

    ACM has issued the following statement on the death of Randy Pausch, professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University:

    "It is with extreme sadness that we mark the passing of a great visionary and a compelling figure in the world of computing.  Randy Pausch's revolutionary software achievements reformed the art of teaching and mentoring in the computing field with tools that appealed to those not normally exposed to the discipline.  His exceptional humanity inspired the computing community to build virtual worlds that reflected his commitment to collaboration between artists and technologists..."

    Randy Pausch received the 2007 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.  An active leader for  many years in the ACM Special Interest Groups on Graphics (SIGGRAPH) and Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), Pausch served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for several ACM peer-reviewed publications, including ACM Interactions, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, ACM Transactions on Graphics, and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology.  He was also named a 2007 ACM Fellow.  Pausch also received SIGCSE's 2007 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education.

    Read the ACM press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/pausch-in-memoriam

    View other news coverage at: http://www.acm.org/news/featured/pausch


    9. ACM-W Newsletter Features Interview with New ACM President Wendy Hall

    The second issue of the ACM-W newsletter features an interview with the new ACM president, Wendy Hall.

    Several articles on projects and activities of particular interest to women in computing include an update on the Computing Educators Oral History Project (CEOHP) and a new feature, "Tales from the Career Front."  The newsletter also includes exciting reports from the UK and Brazil, celebrations, awards, and a calendar of upcoming events.

    View the newsletter online at: http://women.acm.org/newsletter_v01.02.pdf


    10. High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship

    The ACM/IEEE Computer Society High Performance Computing (HPC) Ph.D. Fellowship Program is now accepting nominations for its second annual competition at: https://submissions.supercomputing.org.

    The deadline for submissions is September 8.

    The ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program honors exceptional Ph.D. students throughout the world with the focus areas of HPC, networking, storage and analysis.  HPC covers the areas of computational sciences, computational engineering, and computer science using the most powerful computers available at a given time.  The Program also supports the sponsors' long-standing commitment to workforce diversity and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to diversity.

    The fellowships are awarded with a certificate and a stipend of at least $5,000 (US) for one academic year.  All ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D. Fellows are invited to attend at least one SC conference(usually the one after one year of receiving the award).  The SC Steering Committee and other conference volunteers are also willing to facilitate, where possible, internships for Fellows at HPC research or development sites.

    For more information about the program, visit the HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program webpage at:
    http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=hpcfellowships.html


    11. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM has partnered with MentorNet, the award-winning not-for-profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math.  Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals.  Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors - from industry, academia, and government - who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Since its launch in September 2007, ACM's partnership with MentorNet has proven to be a valuable source for both Mentors and Protégés.  Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, ATT Labs - Research, writes, "My mentor, Brian Kernighan, helped me navigate graduate school.  Having learned the value of mentoring, I became a mentor myself...."

    Shannon McMaster, a protégé, commented: "I was able to find a mentor that was helpful and cared about learning about me and my goals.  She helped me decide definitively on whether my major was the right fit for me by telling me stories about her job and responsibilities.  She helped me see the various aspects of her job and how she was able to manage her family and work lives...."

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés!  Learn more about becoming a protégé at: www.acm.org/mentornet


    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center features a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry.  ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites 
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Live career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.  

    Many job seekers and employers have taken advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center: the site receives approximately 1,500 to 2,000 "job views" each day, and on average lists more than 300 jobs (refreshed daily).  More than 3,000 employers have registered with JobTarget, while over 500 resumes have been posted.

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!


    13. Over 3,000 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership

    The ACM Online Course Program, includes full and unlimited access to over 3,000 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft.  You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course.  They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic.  They are designed to be used as an instant reference.
    • Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded  discussion groups and is available 24x7.  This feature is available on the course summary screen.
    • Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands.  This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment.  A Simulation allows you to practice using the application.  A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.  

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added dozens of new courses, including nine new Cisco DESGN 2.0 courses on topics such as: Network Design, Structuring and Modularizing the Network Multilayer Campus Design, IP Address and Routing Protocol Design, Network Security Solutions, Voice Networking, Wireless Networking, and Data Integration/Database Environments.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information.


    14. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership

    ACM Student Members also have full, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills.  This virtual high tech library of online  books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach.  You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover.  Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information.  Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    15. ACM Books Program Featured in TechRepublic Blog: "10 ways to learn new skills on the cheap"

    A recent TechRepublic blog post included the ACM Online Books program in their recent list of the 10 most affordable ways to stay current with constantly changing technology, and acquiring the skills needed to support it.

    "National organizations typically have a number of resources that you, as a member, can participate in. ...There may be a cost associated with some of this training, and access to some of the resources may require a paid, or premium (read: more expensive), membership.  But when you consider that a membership to the Association [for] Computing Machinery, for example, can give you access to more than 1,100 books online, in addition to their journals and proceedings, it might well  
    be worth the annual membership fee."

    View the entire post at: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=417


    16. Computing Educators Investigate Influences that Drive CS  as Career Path

    The Computing Educators Oral History Project (CEOHP), a grassroots project to capture computer history with a special focus on education, is supported by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W), ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT), and NSF.

    The project, which is led by Barbara Boucher Owens of Southwestern University, began with a Working Group at the 2005 ITiCSE conference, which established a protocol for conducting interviews to investigate the influences that inspired, supported, or discouraged individuals who followed this career path.

    The ultimate goal of CEOHP is a searchable repository of artifacts that includes items such as digital audio, video, transcripts, and photos.  In addition, CEOHP will include associated instructional materials designed for use at the pre-college and college levels, with a particular eye toward supporting recruitment and retention of under-represented groups.  The goal is to balance the collection with respect to factors such as gender, ethnicity, geography, institution size, and academic rank.  One strategy will be to interview individuals recognized with awards such as the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award and the SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education.

    To date, the CEOHP site includes audio files and transcripts for 17 individuals, with additional interviews being prepared.  A new Working Group will convene at the 2008 ITiCSE conference in Madrid later this month.

    For more information, visit the CEOHP website at: http://cs.southwestern.edu/CEOHP/


    17. ACM Education Policy Group Applauds Use of Computing Course to Meet Math Requirements

    As a major endorsement of the importance of computer science education in today's K-12 classrooms, an independent review conducted by the Dana Center and Achieve, Inc. selected Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A as meeting its high standards for a fourth-year, post-Algebra II, mathematics capstone course for high school seniors.

    The Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Education Policy Committee and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) applaud the recommendation for this rigorous computing course to be offered to high school students to maintain the necessary momentum of their mathematics education in that crucial fourth year.

    Achieve and the Charles A. Dana Center at University of Texas-Austin collaborated on this web-based effort to offer tools and resources to mathematics educators to ensure that K-12 mathematics education prepares students for college and careers, including fourth year high school or "capstone" courses.  More information about the capstone courses, as well as the other resources, can be found on the Dana Center's Mathematics Benchmarks site at:
    http://www.utdanacenter.org/k12mathbenchmarks/resources/capstonecourses.php

    Visit the ACM Education Policy Committe website at: http://www.acm.org/public-policy/education-policy-committee

    Visit the CSTA website at: http://csta.acm.org/


    18. SIGGRAPH 2008 Boasts 28,000+ Attendence

    An estimated 28,400 participants attended SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, held August 11 to 15 in Los Angeles.

    Highlights included an expanded Computer Animation Festival, which was open to the public for the first time; keynote speakers from the film industry, music video, and robotics research fields; and a Second Life portal into the Space Time Exhibition.  As always, papers presenting cutting-edge research, a comprehensive exhibit showcasing the latest technology, and classes and workshops rounded out the program.

    Visit the SIGGRAPH 2008 webpage at: http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/

    Next year's SIGGRAPH takes place in New Orleans, August 4 to 6, 2009. Visit the SIGGRAPH 2009 webpage at: http://www.siggraph.org/s2009/

    The first ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2008) will take place at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore from December 10 to 13.  Visit the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 webpage at: http://www.siggraph.org/asia2008/


    19. Grace Hopper Celebration, Largest Gathering of Women in Computing

    The 2008 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, hosted by ACM and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI), is planned for the Keystone Resort in Colorado October 1 to 4.

    GHC attracts an international array of speakers, more than 88 sessions across seven tracks, as well as panels, workshops, new investigator technical papers, Ph.D. forums, and achievement awards.

    With the theme "We Build a Better World," this year's GHC, now an annual event, will recognize the significant role women play in creating and utilizing technology to improve world conditions.  Sessions will include strategies for aligning research with the business goals of a commercial organization; political initiatives to encourage diversity in the ICT workforce; and a keynote speech by IBM Fellow Emerita and 2006 ACM Turing Award winner Fran Allen.

    Visit the GHC webpage at: http://gracehopper.org/2008/


    20. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences.  It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends.  High school students will also be considered for conference support.  Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.  Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter.  For application and notification dates and more information, please visit: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm (you will need to login with your ACM username and password), which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    21. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students.  Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    CSCW 2008
    The 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    San Diego, California, 8-12 November 2008
    http://www.cscw2008.org/sv.html

    SIGCSE 2009 
    The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education  
    Chattanooga, TN, 4-7 March 2009 
    http://www.cs.arizona.edu/groups/sigcse09/volunteers.html

    CHI 2009 
    Computer-Human Interaction 2009 
    Boston, MA, 4-9 April 2009 
    http://www.chi2009.org/ (email: studentvolunteers@chi2009.org)

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates.  For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at: http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    22. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community.  Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association).  At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science.  Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters.  Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.  It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school?  Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at: coordinator@csta.acm.org.


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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Closes June 30th
    2. New Online Career Resources Site for Graduating Students and ACM Members
    3. Russian, US Universities Win Top Places at International Collegiate Programming Contest
    4. ACM Names Daphne Koller Recipient of 2007 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
    5. ACM Experts Contribute to Understanding Computers: Today & Tomorrow
    6. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®
    7. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®
    8. 2,500 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership
    9. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership
    10. ACM Prepares to Re-Launch Flagship Publication Communications of the ACM
    11. ACM Launches Beta Version of Author Profile Pages in Digital Library
    12. netWorker Digital Edition Debuts
    13. ACM-W Honors Shafi Goldwasser with Athena Lecturer Award
    14. SC08 Broader Engagement Offers Mentoring and Travel Assistance Grants
    15. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions, Call for Submissions
    16. CSTA Launches Two K-12 Outreach Projects for Computer Science Educators
    17. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    18. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    19. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    20. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
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    1. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Closes June 30th

    The 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Drive is coming to an end!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone(R) and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2008.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    2. New Online Career Resources Site for Graduating Students and ACM Members

    As the world's leading organization dedicated to the advancement of computing as a science and profession, ACM takes pride in helping its members succeed in their careers. For this purpose, ACM has gathered an extensive list of online career resources on a new site called Online Resources for Graduating Students.

    Created in response to requests from students who will be entering the workplace in the near future, the site is also a valuable resource for any member at any stage in their education or career.

    The site includes eight sections, each linking to a host of resources available on the web. The sections are:

    • ACM Career Resources
    • Selected Career Websites
    • Computing/IT-Oriented Career Websites
    • Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interview Tips
    • Online Professional Networking
    • Salary Survey Sites
    • Career-Related Blogs
    • Other Career/Job Search Advice Articles

    The purpose of this site is to put a host of useful resources right at your fingertips!

    You can visit the site at http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads

    If you have any additional links or content you would like to see featured on the site, please email us at mktg@acm.org. We'd love to hear from you!


    3. Russian, US Universities Win Top Places at International Collegiate Programming Contest

    The 32nd ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) took place April 6 to 10 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

    One hundred teams advanced to the Finals from regional competitions held around the world. Of the top ten winners, four teams were from Russian universities, one was from Ukraine, a former member of the USSR, and three were teams representing universities in North America, including Canada and the United States.

    First place went to St. Petersburg University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics (Russia), followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.), Izhevsk State Technical University (Russia), Lviv National University (Ukraine), and Moscow State University (Russia). Also among the top ten finishers were teams from Tsinghua University (China), Stanford University (U.S.), University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Waterloo (Canada), and Petrozavodsk State University (Russia).

    With IBM's sponsorship, begun in 1997, participation has increased eightfold, extending the opportunity to more students to compete for awards, prizes, scholarships, and bragging rights. Earlier rounds of the competition featured 6,700 teams representing 1,821 universities from 83 countries. The ACM ICPC is sponsored by IBM.

    See the final results of the ICPC at: http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/Finals/v2/default.asp?page=results

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/icpc08


    4. ACM Names Daphne Koller Recipient of 2007 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences

    Daphne Koller, a professor at Stanford University, has been awarded the first-ever ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences.

    Koller, 39, is being recognized for her innovative approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) that allows computers to reason and learn about the world from real-world data. By combining the previously incompatible tools of logic and probability that are the basic principles of intelligent reasoning, she created a new field of learning that has transformed the way computers can process vast amounts of diverse, uncertain, often-conflicting data to solve complex real-world problems.

    This new award, announced in August 2007, recognizes personal contributions by young scientists and system developers to a contemporary innovation that exemplifies the greatest recent achievements in the computing field. Financial support for the $150,000 award is provided by an endowment from the Infosys Foundation.

    ACM will present the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 21, 2008, in San Francisco, CA.

    For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/infosys_award.

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/infosys-award-07


    5. ACM Experts Contribute to Understanding Computers: Today & Tomorrow

    Five ACM professional members have contributed information included in the 12th Edition of Deborah Morley's college textbook Understanding Computers: Today & Tomorrow. The edition features Stuart Feldman, President of ACM and Vice President, Engineering, Google, as a Guest Expert for the Systems module. Also included are contributions from Kathleen Fisher of AT&T Research and SIGPLAN Chair; Chandra Krintz of UC Santa Barbara and SIGPLAN Vice Chair; Kevin Scott of AdMob and ACM's Executive Committee and Education Board; and Moshe Vardi of Rice University, the new Communications of the ACM Editor-in-Chief.

    Offering his expert insight on Systems, Stuart Feldman shares his thoughts on what's important to know, including that: the world of data has shifted radically; programming languages last a long time; the impact of systems on society is tremendous.

    He goes on to discuss how he uses technology, what he feels the future will hold, and offers advice to students such as "The best preparation for a long and successful career is to understand the fundamentals of computing deeply, and be able to apply them to new situations."

    Read the contributions of all five experts at: http://www.acm.org/membership/experts


    6. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM has partnered with MentorNet, the award-winning not-for- profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math. Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one- on-one email relationships with mentors - from industry, academia, and government - who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Since its launch in September 2007, ACM's partnership with MentorNet has already proven to be a valuable source for both Mentors and Protégés. Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, ATT Labs - Research, writes, "My mentor, Brian Kernighan, helped me navigate graduate school. Having learned the value of mentoring, I became a mentor myself...."

    Shannon McMaster, a protégé, commented: "I was able to find a mentor that was helpful and cared about learning about me and my goals. She helped me decide definitively on whether my major was the right fit for me by telling me stories about her job and responsibilities. She helped me see the various aspects of her job and how she was able to manage her family and work lives...."

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés! Learn more about becoming a protégé at www.acm.org/mentornet.


    7. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center features a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry. ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Live career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.

    Many job seekers and employers have taken advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center: the site receives approximately 1,500 to 2,000 "job views" each day, and on average lists more than 300 jobs (refreshed daily). More than 3,000 employers have registered with JobTarget, while over 500 resumes have been posted.

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!


    8. 2,500 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership

    The ACM Online Course Program, includes full and unlimited access to 2,500 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course. They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. They are designed to be used as an instant reference.
    • Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded discussion groups and is available 24x7. This feature is available on the course summary screen.
    • Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands. This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment. A Simulation allows you to practice using the application. A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added dozens of new courses, including nine new Cisco DESGN 2.0 courses on topics such as: Network Design, Structuring and Modularizing the Network Multilayer Campus Design, IP Address and Routing Protocol Design, Network Security Solutions, Voice Networking, Wireless Networking, and Data Integration/Database Environments.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org today!


    9. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership

    ACM Student Members also have full, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information.

    Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    10. ACM Prepares to Re-Launch Flagship Publication Communications of the ACM

    To keep pace with the ever-changing technology industry and ACM membership base, Communications of the ACM (CACM), ACM's monthly flagship magazine, will be undergoing a significant change starting with the July 2008 issue.

    The CACM re-launch includes a complete redesign of its look and feel and editorial model. Development of a new dynamic website that will appeal to ACM members, industry leaders, and advertisers is scheduled for later in the year.

    University of California at Berkeley professor and former ACM President David Patterson discusses the redesign via a video presentation which can be viewed at http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm/d_patterson.mov (QuickTime player required). A transcript of the presentation is also available at http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm/video-transcript

    You can learn more about the redesigned CACM from its new Editor-in-Chief, Moshe Vardi, at: http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm/moshe-vardi

    Visit the CACM homepage at http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm


    11. ACM Launches Beta Version of Author Profile Pages in Digital Library

    ACM has launched the beta version of Author Profile Pages in the Digital Library in an effort to normalize author names and to gather citation and usage statistics. This new feature includes authors' papers from the Guide to Computing Literature, citation and usage statistics, links to personal home pages, professional affiliations and colleagues, and more.

    Author Profile Pages, which also include some Bibliometrics, supply a quick snapshot of an author's contribution to the field and a basic measure of its influence. Over time, the contents of the Author Profile page may expand at the direction of the community.

    Learn more about Author Profile Pages by visiting http://www.acm.org/membership/author_pages

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/author-pages


    12. netWorker Digital Edition Debuts

    The March 2008 issue of netWorker, the magazine for the ACM networking community, marked the first digital edition of the magazine. The digital format is an added benefit to subscribers, complementing the current print edition of the magazine and articles posted in the ACM Digital Library. It enables members to view a true digital representation of the entire print magazine from cover to cover in an easy-to-use digital format. netWorker is the newest addition to ACM's digital- format magazines, which include Communications of the ACM, interactions, and Crossroads.

    The new edition can be viewed at: http://mags.acm.org/networker/200803/


    13. ACM-W Honors Shafi Goldwasser with Athena Lecturer Award

    ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) has named Shafi Goldwasser of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Weizmann Institute of Science as the 2008-2009 Athena Lecturer for her outstanding research contributions to cryptography, complexity theory, and number theory.

    Goldwasser is the co-inventor of zero-knowledge proofs, a key tool in the design of cryptographic protocols. Her work on interactive and zero-knowledge proofs provides the underpinnings for secure transmission of information over the Internet.

    The Athena Lecturer is invited to present a lecture at an ACM event. Goldwasser will address the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT), in Washington, DC in May 2009.

    Each year, the Athena Lecturer honors a preeminent woman computer scientist. Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom. With her knowledge, sense of purpose, and willingness to enter the fray, she epitomizes the strength, determination, and intelligence of the "Athena Lecturers." The 2008-2009 Athena Lecturer Award will be presented at the ACM Annual Awards Banquet, June 21, in San Francisco, CA.

    The Athena Lecturer Award, which celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science, includes a $10,000 honorarium, which is provided by Google Inc.

    Visit the ACM-W website at: http://women.acm.org/

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/athena-award-08


    14. SC08 Broader Engagement Offers Mentoring and Travel Assistance Grants

    Interested in understanding what supercomputing means? Want to learn how next-generation computing, networking and storage technologies help to solve our world's challenges and problems? Do you want to be in a place that brings together scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers to discuss, discover and innovate the path forward for computing? If so, the SC08 Broader Engagement initiative might just be for you.

    SC08, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, takes place November 15-21, 2008 in Austin, Texas. For twenty years, the SC conference has showcased the latest advances in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Over the years, the conference has expanded its breadth to reach a wider community. For example, the Education Program helps teachers integrate high performance computing into the classroom, while the Doctoral Consortium provides a forum in which graduate students can present their research. And a series of competitive "challenges" have been created to test both expertise and teamwork.

    In addition, the conference is committed to broadening the engagement of individuals from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in high performance computing.

    The SC08 Broader Engagement (BE) initiative will award participation grants to provide travel assistance to individuals from groups that have traditionally been under- represented in computing: African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, women and physically-challenged people. These grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full time for at least one semester during the 2007-2008 academic year and are at least 18 years of age. Faculty and young professionals also will be considered, with a preference for faculty whose students are receiving SC08 BE grants.

    "Successful applicants for our travel assistance grants will have access to unprecedented opportunities through the SC08 Broader Engagement initiative," said Tony Baylis of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, SC08's Broader Engagement Chair. "Our mentorship program plans to provide hands-on learning, while connecting students with leaders in high performance computing and related fields. For the right individuals, this can be a career changing experience."

    Applications for SC08 Broader Engagement travel assistance grants are being accepted through August 15, 2008. In addition to complimentary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for expenses associated with SC08 lodging and transportation, up to a pre-determined amount.

    More information, including a link to the application form, can be found at http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=broadeng.html.

    For more information about SC08, please visit http://sc08.supercomputing.org/.


    15. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions, Call for Submissions

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees.

    The following ACM Student Research Competitions are still accepting submissions for 2008:

    Assets 2008, October 13-15
    Submission deadline: June 23, 2008
    Chair: Matt Huenerfauth, matt@cs.qc.cuny.edu

    SIGCSE 2009, March 4-7, 2009
    Submission deadline: September 28, 2008
    Chair: Ann Sobel, sobelae@muohio.edu

    For more information on ACM Student Research Competitions, please visit: http://www.acm.org/src.


    16. CSTA Launches Two K-12 Outreach Projects for Computer Science Educators

    The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and SIGCSE, ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, are joining forces for the first workshop for college and university faculty who are interested in reaching K-12 students via "road shows."

    The road shows, to be held across the country, will inform K-12 students of career opportunities in computing and engage them in activities that spark their interest in CS as a field of study. The workshop is part of a program initiated by CSTA to create a team of educational leaders who will share research, expertise, resources, and best practices.

    The workshop will be hosted by Google at their Mountain View campus May 29 and 30th. Pre-registration is required.

    For more information, contact CSTA Executive Director Chris Stephenson at cstephenson@csta.acm.org. Support for this event has been provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

    Through a two-year grant from NSF, the CSTA is also building a cadre of K-12 educational leaders who can effectively advocate for Computer Science education at the local, state, and national level. The group, known as the CSTA K-12 Leadership Cohort, will focus on establishing K-12 computer science as an essential academic discipline.

    A three-day workshop for selected teachers from July 8 to 10th will provide training in the leadership qualities needed for advocacy, and will develop a toolkit of advocacy materials for teachers to use as they help organize local and state chapters of CSTA. The aim is for chapters to become an information source about local and state issues affecting K-12 CS education, and to function as an active advocacy group. Through this framework, CSTA can provide more localized services and broaden membership.

    For more information, contact Gail Chapman at gail.chapman@hq.acm.org.


    17. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.



    18. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    ICSE 2008
    The 30th International Conference on Software Engineering
    Leipzip, Germany, 10-18 May 2008
    http://icse08.upb.de/index.html

    SIGGRAPH 2008
    The 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer
    Graphics and Interactive Techniques
    Los Angeles, California, 11-15 August 2008
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/volunteers/students/

    CSCW 2008
    The 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    San Diego, California, 8-12 November 2008
    http://www.cscw2008.org/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar



    19. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two- day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at coordinator@csta.acm.org.



    20. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Full and unlimited access to 1,100 online books, from Safari and Books24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • Full and unlimited access to 2,500 online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 83,000 fellow ACM members

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.



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    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    February 2008 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. ACM Names 2007 A.M. Turing Award Winners
    2. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®
    3. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®
    4. 2,500 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership
    5. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership
    6. ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program Adds New Speakers, Updates Web Presence
    7. Computing Careers Brochure for Students Now Available en Español
    8. Randy Pausch, Developer of Alice, Wins Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
    9. SIGCSE 2008 to Focus on Underserved Groups in CS Education
    10. New Digital Editions of ACM Magazines Offer Enhanced Reader Experience
    11. Communications of the ACM's 50th Anniversary Issue Looks at Past and Future
    12. ACM Forms Education Policy Committee to Improve Access to Quality CS Education
    13. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competition, Call for Submissions: PLDI 2008
    14. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    15. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    16. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    17. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    18. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    19. Subscription Information
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    1. ACM Names 2007 A.M. Turing Award Winners

    ACM has named Edmund M. Clarke, E. Allen Emerson, and Joseph Sifakis the recipients of the 2007 A.M. Turing Award for their original and continuing research in a quality assurance process known as Model Checking.

    Their innovations transformed the approach from a theoretical technique to a highly effective verification technology that enables computer hardware and software engineers to find errors efficiently in complex system designs, thus increasing the assurance that the systems perform as intended by the designers.

    Clarke of Carnegie Mellon University, and Emerson of the University of Texas at Austin, working together, and Sifakis, working independently for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at the University of Grenoble in France, developed this fully automated approach that is now the most widely used verification method in the hardware and software industries.

    The Turing Award, first presented in 1966, and named for British mathematician Alan M. Turing, is widely considered the "Nobel Prize in Computing." It carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support provided by Intel Corporation and Google Inc.

    ACM will present the Turing Award at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 21, 2008, in San Francisco, CA.

    For additional information on the A.M. Turing Award, visit: http://awards.acm.org/turing

    Read the ACM Press Release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/turing-award-07/

    View the 2007 Turing Award News Coverage at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/2007TuringAward


    2. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM is partnering with MentorNet®, the award-winning not-for-profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math. Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors - from industry, academia, and government who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Since its launch in September 2007, ACM's partnership with MentorNet has already proven to be a valuable source for both Mentors and Protégés. Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, ATT Labs - Research, writes, "My mentor, Brian Kernighan, helped me navigate graduate school. Having learned the value of mentoring, I became a mentor myself...."

    Shannon McMaster, a protégé, commented: "I was able to find a mentor that was helpful and cared about learning about me and my goals. She helped me decide definitively on whether my major was the right fit for me by telling me stories about her job and responsibilities. She helped me see the various aspects of her job and how she was able to manage her family and work lives...."

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés! Learn more about becoming a protégé at:
    www.acm.org/mentornet.


    3. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center features a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry. ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Live career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.

    Many job seekers and employers have taken advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center: the site receives approximately 1,500 to 2,000 "job views" each day, and on average lists more than 300 jobs (refreshed daily). More than 3,000 employers have registered with JobTarget, while over 500 resumes have been posted.

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!


    4. 2,500 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership

    The ACM Online Course Program,includes full and unlimited access to 2,500 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course. They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. They are designed to be used as an instant reference.
    • Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded discussion groups and is available 24x7. This feature is available on the course summary screen.
    • Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands. This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment. A Simulation allows you to practice using the application. A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added dozens of New courses, including nine new Cisco DESGN 2.0 courses on topics such as: Network Design, Structuring and Modularizing the Network Multilayer Campus Design, IP Address and Routing Protocol Design, Network Security Solutions, Voice Networking, Wireless Networking, and Data Integration/Database Environments.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new SkillSoft courses.


    5. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership

    ACM Student Members also have full, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    6. ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program Adds New Speakers, Updates Web Presence

    ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), formerly known as the Distinguished Lectureship Program, has undergone some significant changes within the last year. Tapping into ACM's Fellows and Special Interest Group communities, the DSP Committee invited a new slate of experts to serve as Distinguished Speakers, who are ACM's ambassadors to student chapters and to local communities of professionals worldwide. A new website also includes an automated request process as well as in-depth profiles of speakers and their talks.

    The 40 new speakers come from academia and industry. Topics range from artificial intelligence to human computer interaction and from mobile computing to security. The program welcomes self-nominated speakers; those who self-nominate will be asked to provide at least two ACM members as a reference.

    For more information on requesting a speaker or joining the program, visit the DSP Web site at: http://www.dsp.acm.org/ or email speakers@acm.org.


    7. Computing Careers Brochure for Students Now Available en Español

    The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is reaching out to Hispanic teachers and students with a Spanish-language edition of its popular brochure, "Imagine Your Future in Computing." Available in print and online, this colorful brochure encourages students to consider computing careers in a wide range of fields, including software development, mobile communications, medicine and the environment.

    CSTA is a membership organization that works to support and promote the teaching of computer science at the K-12 level by providing opportunities for teachers and students to better understand computing disciplines. It was launched by ACM to ensure that teachers have the tools they need to get students interested in computer science careers.

    "More than 10,000 English language copies of our computing careers brochure have been distributed across the country; we're eager to put this resource into the hands of Spanish-speaking students in a more accessible way," said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association.

    Both the Spanish and English language versions of the brochure can be downloaded at:
    http://csta.acm.org/Careers/sub/ClassroomCareersResources.html

    Print versions are available by contacting CSTA at: (800) 342-6626 or by e-mailing cstahelp@csta.acm.org.

    Additional information for educators, including frequently asked questions, career profiles and an overview of computing curricula, is available at http://computingcareers.acm.org.


    8. Randy Pausch, Developer of Alice, Wins Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award

    Randy Pausch, Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, has won ACM's 2007 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, for creating innovative ways to teach Computer Science by making it more accessible and fun. Professor Pausch's team developed the programming tool known as Alice, a revolutionary software project that uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to help beginning programmers, particularly women, overcome initial frustrations.

    The award cites Pausch for his "outstanding creative contributions to the art of teaching and mentoring and for the innovative Alice programming environment for creating interactive 3D experiences." The Karlstrom Award carries a $5,000 prize, which is supplied by Prentice-Hall.

    Pausch, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in August, delivered a moving and upbeat "Last Lecture," "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," in September. It has since been viewed over a million times on the Internet. Pausch has also been named a 2007 ACM Fellow, and is the winner of the 2007 ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education, which will be presented at the ACM SIGCSE Conference in March.

    Pausch's lecture, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," can be viewed at:
    http://cmu.edu/uls/journeys/randy-pausch/index.html

    A PDF of the lecture can also be downloaded at: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/Randy/pauschlastlecturetranscript.pdf


    9. SIGCSE 2008 to Focus on Underserved Groups in CS Education

    SIGCSE, the Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, will look at ways accessibility to Computer Science education can be improved for minorities, women, people with disabilities, non-Western cultures, and any group that is being underserved by the educational system.

    According to the conference chairs, "accessible computing education results in a more complete, more diverse, and more successful population of future computer science professionals." In addition to the Doctoral Consortium and Student Research Competition, there will be a workshop on setting up a data repository for CS education research.

    Randy Pausch, Professor of Computer Science, HCI and Design at Carnegie Mellon University; Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products and User Experience at Google; and Ed Lazowska, Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington are the invited speakers.

    The conference is scheduled for March 12 to 15 in Portland, Oregon.


    10. New Digital Editions of ACM Magazines Offer Enhanced Reader Experience

    ACM has partnered with Texterity, a leading provider of systems and services for the creation, delivery, and tracking of digital editions of magazines. Members can now view true digital representations of Communications of the ACM (CACM) and interactions on a web browser without the need to download additional programs or plug-ins.

    The new format will not replace either the print edition or articles posted in the ACM Digital Library. Instead, it offers the look and feel of thumbing through the pages of the magazine and zooming in on particular paragraphs, checking specific references or advertisements, or searching an issue for precise content markers. It also enables readers to store these editions on their PCs or laptops for long-term archiving or sharing with friends and colleagues.

    Visit the CACM homepage at: http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm/communications-of-the-acm

    Visit the interactions homepage at: http://interactions.acm.org/

    For more information about Texterity, please visit: http://www.texterity.com/


    11. Communications of the ACM's 50th Anniversary Issue Looks at Past and Future

    The January 2008 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM) marked the publication's 50th year.

    Over its 50 year history, CACM has become ACM's flagship publication, sharing landmark discoveries, research, and accomplishments that have influenced the course of computer science and, in turn, our daily lives and livelihoods.

    To honor this milestone, CACM invited leading contributors to share their memories and perceptions; and prominent voices in computing to share their thoughts and concerns about some of the next big stories likely to emerge. Also in this issue, Moshe Vardi, CACM's new Editor-in-Chief, outlined new editorial directions for the New Year and beyond.

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/cacm-50th

    The digital version of this issue can be viewed at: http://mags.acm.org/communications/200801/

    Please visit the CACM home page in the Digital Library at: http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?linked=1&part=magazine&idx=J79 to view its archives.


    12. ACM Forms Education Policy Committee to Improve Access to Quality CS Education

    ACM has created a high-level committee of acclaimed computer scientists and educators to improve opportunities for quality education in computing and Computer Science.

    Chaired by Bobby Schnabel, dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics, ACM's new Education Policy Committee (EPC) will develop initiatives aimed at shaping national education policies that impact on the computing field. The EPC will initially focus on steps to ensure that Computer Science education is identified as a critical component of education policy in the US at both federal and state levels.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.acm.org/public-policy/education-policy-committee


    13. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competition, Call for Submissions: PLDI 2008

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees.

    The next SRC will be held at Programming Lanugage Design and Implementation (PLDI 2008, June 7-13 at Tucson, AZ). All entries should be submitted by February 15, 2008.

    For more information, contact Todd Millstein at: todd@cs.ucla.edu, or by visiting the PLDI 2008 website at http://pldi2008.cs.ucr.edu/

    Find out more about SRC at: http://www.acm.org/src/


    14. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    15. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGCSE 2008

    The 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    Portland, Oregon, 12-15 March 2008
    http://www.cs.duke.edu/sigcse08/studentVolunteers.html

    CHI 2008
    The 26th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Florence, Italy, 5-8 April 2008
    http://www.chi2008.org/sv.html

    SIGGRAPH 2008
    The 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
    Los Angeles, California, 11-15 August 2008
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/volunteers/students/

    ICSE 2008
    The 30th International Conference on Software Engineering
    Leipzip, Germany, 10-18 May 2008
    http://icse08.upb.de/index.html

    CSCW 2008
    The 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    San Diego, California, 8-12 November 2008
    http://www.cscw2008.org/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    16. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at coordinator@csta.acm.org.



    17. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    ACM has launched its 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new and exciting prizes!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone® and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2008.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.



    18. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Full and unlimited access to 1,100 online books, from Safari and Books24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • Full and unlimited access to 2,500 online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 83,000 fellow ACM members

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    19. Subscription Information

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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®
    2. New and Improved Job Board Powered by JobTarget®
    3. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    4. 2,200 Free Online Courses from SkillSoft
    5. 500 Free Online Books from Books24x7®
    6. New ACM Journals Now Available in the Digital Library
    7. New ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for Young Computing Professionals
    8. ACM Awards Banquet Celebrates Computing’s Top Achievers
    9. Career Options Bright for 2007 ACM ICPC Winners
    10. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
    11. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Call for Submissions: CHI 08
    12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    13. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    14. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    16. Subscription Information
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    1. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM has partnered with MentorNet, the award-winning not-for-profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math. Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors — from industry, academia, and government — who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés! Learn more about becoming a protégé at www.acm.org/mentornet.

    2. New and Improved Job Board Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM is excited to announce its new Career & Job Center, featuring a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry. ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Live career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.


    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    3. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    ACM has launched its 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new and exciting prizes!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone(R) and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2008.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    4. 2,200 Free Online Courses from SkillSoft

    The ACM Online Course Program,includes free and unlimited access to more than 2,200 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course. They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. They are designed to be used as an instant reference.
    • Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded discussion groups and is available 24x7. This feature is available on the course summary screen.
    • Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands. This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment. A Simulation allows you to practice using the application. A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added dozens of new courses, including nine new Cisco DESGN 2.0 courses on topics such as: Network Design, Structuring and Modularizing the Network Mutilayer Campus Design, IP Adress and Routing Protocol Design, Network Security Solutions, Voice Networking, Wireless Networking, and Data Integration/Database Environments.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new SkillSoft courses.


    5. 500 Free Online Books from Books24x7®

    ACM Student Members also have free, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    6. New ACM Journals Now Available in the Digital Library

    Two new journals from the Transactions series are nowavailable on the ACM Digital Library: Transactions on the Web (TWEB), which debuted May 2007, and Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD), which debuted March 2007.

    The ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB) is a journal publishing refereed articles reporting the results of research on Web content, applications, use, and related enabling technologies. Topics in the scope of TWEB include but are not limited to the following: Browsers and Web Interfaces; Electronic Commerce; Electronic Publishing; Hypertext and Hypermedia; Semantic Web; Web Engineering; Web Services; and Service-Oriented Computing XML.

    The ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD) publishes original archival papers in the area of knowledge discovery from data and closely related disciplines. The existence of TKDD has helped to define the field of knowledge discovery and data mining research. It encompasses the development, formalization, and validation of abstractions and models to describe data mining applications and the design and implementation methods for knowledge discovery and automated analysis of large amount of data. For more information on TWEB, please visit http://tweb.acm.org/.

    For more information on TKDD, please visit http://tkdd.cs.uiuc.edu/.


    7. New ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for Young Computing Professionals

    ACM has partnered with Infosys Technologies Limited to create a new annual award that recognizes young scientists and system developers whose contemporary innovations are having a dramatic impact in the computing field. The award, to be known as the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences, will seek eligible candidates globally, and will carry a prize of $150,000. The first recipient will be announced as part of the ACM Awards program in early 2008.

    Instituted by Infosys through the company's philanthropic arm, the Infosys Foundation, the new award joins the roster of ACM awards that honor outstanding contributors to a range of computing applications, including computer architecture, theory and practice, education, humanitarian initiatives, software, and major technical advances of an enduring nature.

    A selection committee to administer the award will be formed and led by Juris Hartmanis, the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering at Cornell University. He is a co-recipient of the 1993 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his contributions in establishing the foundations for computational complexity theory.


    8. ACM Awards Banquet Celebrates Computing’s Top Achievers

    The annual ACM Awards Banquet, held at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California on June 9, celebrated the best and brightest computing innovators and innovations. The 2006 Award recipients ranged from students demonstrating their programming and research prowess, to pioneers in their respective fields.

    For a list of award recipients and pictures from the night, please visit: http://awards.acm.org/html/dinner_06_winners.cfm.

    For more information on ACM Awards, please visit: http://awards.acm.org/.


    9. Career Options Bright for 2007 ACM ICPC Winners

    The World Finals of the 2007 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) hosted eighty eight teams from six continents. They were among more than six thousand teams representing 1,756 universities in 82 countries that participated in this year's competition. The event, sponsored by IBM since 1997, has been an important component of ACM's educational activities since 1977.

    The coach for Warsaw University, the first place team in this year's ACM ICPC reported that his charges received a variety of promising scientific and business offers from organizations in Poland as well as abroad. In a brief survey of team coaches for selected top finishers in this year's ICPC, Jan Madey noted that members of Warsaw's teams, which have advanced to the ICPC finals every years since 1994, had "no problem" in finding interesting jobs in Poland. He added that "the door is open" for them almost anywhere in the world should they want to go abroad for employment.

    Similar responses were reported by coaches for two U.S. universities that finished among the leaders in the ICPC World Finals, which took place in Tokyo in March. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the third place finisher, team members were weighing opportunities for graduate school, software development, finance, and professorships. At the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), which finished among the top 15 finalists, one team member has been accepted at Harvard Law School, another is pursuing a Ph.D in computer science, and a third is a Masters Degree candidate at UT Dallas.

    These varied career options reflect the critical role for computing professionals in today's technology-driven world. In fact, the contest itself challenges students to solve computer programming problems modeled on real-world business situations. Each three-person team is asked to solve 10 practical problems, such as improving the efficiency of telecommunications networks, and minimizing risks to the security of proprietary data.

    Read more about the winning teams’ strategies and views at: http://learnmore.acm.org/membership/learnmore/icpcwinners.html


    10. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. There are two rounds of competition at each conference hosting an SRC and a Grand Finals competition. All undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where they are evaluated by a different panel of judges via the Web.

    This year’s SRC Grand Finals winners are, in the Graduate Division: Eugene Borodin, Stony Brook University (SUNY), Emerson Murphy-Hill, Portland State University, and Bowen Hui, University of Toronto; and in the Undergraduate Division: Erica Yuan-Ting Huang, University of British Columbia, Anselm Grundhoefer, Bauhaus University, Germany, and Maria Kazandjieva, Princeton University. They were honored at the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they received formal recognition.

    For a list of all 2007 ACM SRC winners, please visit http://www.acm.org/src/winners.html.

    For more information on the ACM SRC, please visit http://www.acm.org/src/.


    11. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Call for Submissions: CHI 08

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees.

    CHI 08 is the next conference accepting submissions. The deadline is January 8, 2008. For more information, visit http://www.chi2008.org/student_research_competition.html.

    For more information on the ACM SRC and updates on future SRCs, please visit http://www.acm.org/src/.


    12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in
    attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a
    one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    13. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGCSE 2008
    The 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    Portland, Oregon, 12-15 March 2008
    http://www.cs.duke.edu/sigcse08/studentVolunteers.html

    CHI 2008
    The 26th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Florence, Italy, 5-8 April 2008
    http://www.chi2008.org/sv.html

    SIGGRAPH 2008
    The 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
    Los Angeles, California, 11-15 August 2008
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/volunteers/students/

    ICSE 2008
    The 30th International Conference on Software Engineering
    Leipzip, Germany, 10-18 May 2008
    http://icse08.upb.de/index.html

    CSCW 2008
    The 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    San Diego, California, 8-12 November 2008
    http://www.cscw2008.org/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at: http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    14. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers


    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at coordinator@csta.acm.org.


    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • 1,100 free online books, from Safari and Books 24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • 2,200 free online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 83,000 fellow ACM members

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    16. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

    A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership. Should you wish to be removed from the Student Quick Takes listserv, please follow the instructions at the end of this message.



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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    April 2007 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. More than 2,200 Free Online Courses from SkillSoft®
    2. 500 Free Online Books from Books24x7®
    3. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    4. ACM Names 2006 Award Winners
    5. Frances E. Allen Named 2006 A.M. Turing Award Recipient
    6. ICPC 2007 Results
    7. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Calls for Submissions
    8. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    9. New Transactions on Data Mining Debuts
    10. Second Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing Draws Students, Faculty, Industry Leaders
    11. CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!
    12. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    13. Subscription Information
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    1. More than 2,200 Free Online Courses from SkillSoft®

    We have expanded our free online course offerings for ACM Student Members with a total of 2,200 IT and business courses from SkillSoft. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    Enhance your career potential with IT professional certification courses on the latest technologies from IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, SUN, the Linux Professional Institute, and more. The selections cover a wide range of core computing courses - from Web development to database design.

    Sharpen your practical business skills with course offerings that include everything tech professionals need, from project management to time management; from leadership to team building.

    These downloadable SkillSoft courses feature valuable learning tools:

    • Mentoring through email, online chats, and threaded discussion groups
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    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new SkillSoft courses.


    2. 500 Free Online Books from Books24x7®

    ACM Student Members also have free, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    3. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • 1,100 free online books, from Safari and Books 24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • 2,200 free online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication "Communications of the ACM," in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 80,000 fellow ACM members
    • A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus Queuecasts, downloadable discussions with technology experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    4. ACM Names 2006 Award Winners

    As part of ACM's ongoing effort to recognize technical excellence and outstanding service to the computing field, the ACM Award Subcommittees have deliberated and made their selections for the winners of its 2006 awards. View the listing of the 2006 ACM Award Winners at http://awards.acm.org/2006. Visit the Awards home page at http://www.acm.org/awards.

    ACM will honor and celebrate its recent award winners and Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego, California.


    5. Frances E. Allen Named 2006 A.M. Turing Award Recipient

    ACM has named Frances E. Allen the recipient of the 2006 A. M. Turing Award for contributions that fundamentally improved the performance of computer programs in solving problems, and accelerated the use of high performance computing.

    This award marks the first time that a woman has received this honor. The news of this recognition has cascaded throughout the country and into the international media as well, with coverage from major national news outlets, daily newspapers, technology and trade magazines, online media, and broadcast outlets. Read the press release at:
    http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/press_releases/2_2007/turing2006.cfm.

    Fran Allen sat down recently with ACM staff to discuss her recognition as the first woman to win the top prize in computer science. During the conversation, she helped to redefine the meaning of "success." Read the interview at:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/learnmore/FranAllenInterview.html.


    6. ICPC 2007 Results

    The 2007 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) took place on March 15 in Tokyo, Japan, with 88 teams competing in the final round. Earlier rounds of the competition featured more than 6,000 teams representing 1,765 universities from 82 countries.

    The results of the international competition indicate the continuing strength of global competition for the best computer programmers in the world. The top five winners were Warsaw University (Poland), Tsinghua University (China), St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics(Russia), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.), and Novosibirsk State University (Russia).

    Read the press release at http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/press_releases/3_2007/icpc2007.cfm.


    7. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Calls for Submissions

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees. The following ACM Student Research Competitions are still accepting submissions for 2007:

    Hypertext 2007 (Hypertext and Multimedia)
    September 10-12
    http://www.sigweb.org/ht07/home/research.php
    Submission deadline: May 7

    OOPSLA (Object-Oriented Programming)
    October 21-25
    http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/index.php?page=subs/src/
    Submission deadline: July 2

    Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
    October 14-17
    http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/posters.php
    Submission deadline: July 6

    ASSETS (Computers and Accessibility)
    October 14-17
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/prof/chapter_event_tmrf_budget.pdf
    Submission deadline: July 13

    MOBICOM (Mobile Computing and Networking)
    September 9-14
    http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2007/src.html
    Submission deadline: August 10

    For more information on ACM Student Research Competitions, please visit: http://www.acm.org/src.


    8. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acmw.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    9. New Transactions on Data Mining Debuts

    ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD) debuted in March 2007. The journal covers various aspects of data mining and analysis, including data warehousing, data streams, multimedia data, high-dimensional data, text, Web, semi-structured data, spatial and temporal data, data mining for community generation, social network analysis, graph structured data, and security and privacy issues.

    The international Editorial Board is composed of recognized experts in the various subareas of this field, all with a commitment to maintain TKDD as the premier publication in this active field. The Editorial Board maintains contact with ACM's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD), as well as with other societies, to encourage submittal of advanced and original papers.

    The journal appears in the ACM Digital Library and is thus available to the many individual and institutional DL subscribers. TKDD will be also included in the SIGKDD Anthology and SIGKDD Digital Symposium Collection CDROM publications. These disparate media (print, web, CDROM, DVDROM), widely distributed, ensure that TKDD articles are easily available to knowledge discovery and data mining researchers.

    Visit the journal home page at http://tkdd.cs.uiuc.edu/.


    10. Second Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing Draws Students, Faculty, Industry Leaders

    The second Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWIC) conference was held on February 16 to 17 in south central Ohio. Nearly 100 attendees from all over the state, ranging from freshmen to grad students, from faculty to women working in IT jobs in industry, benefited from the low-cost, regionally-tailored, professional conference, which is modeled after the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

    The program features highly successful technical women and provides opportunities for networking. The model for the regional celebrations was developed by an ACM-W working committee. Those interested in hosting such events in their region can contact Bettina Bair at bbair@cse.osu.edu or Gloria Townsend at gct@depauw.edu.

    For more information, please visit the OCWIC home page at http://www.cse.ohio-state.edu/ocwic/.


    11. CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between ACM and the College Board. Learn more at: http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out the rest at: http://tecs.acm.org.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Jennifer, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at: wroblewski@acm.org.


    12. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    If you haven't already done so, please be sure to check out ACM's Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive for 2006/2007. Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    When a referral joins, ACM emails the referring member and lets them know when they are eligible for a reward. Shortly after completion of the current Member-Get-A-Member Drive, the top qualifying recruiters will be acknowledged in ACM's member newsletters, "MemberNet" and "Student Quick Takes."

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include calculators, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and pocket notepads. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPod® and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2007.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    13. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

    A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership. Should you wish to be removed from the Student Quick Takes listserv, please follow the instructions at the end of this message.


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    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    February 2007 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS


    1. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    2. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg®
    3. Free Online Books Powered by Books24/7®
    4. "Crossroads" Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Staff Members
    5. "Crossroads" Needs Student Liaisons in Every School
    6. Over 100 Internships & Co-Ops Available on the "Crossroads" Website
    7. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    8. ICPC 2007
    9. Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC) Call for Papers
    10. Other Conferences hosting Student Research Competitions in 2007
    11. ACM Welcomes its New Student Chapters
    12. University of Illinois ACM Student Chapter Welcomes Back PayPal, YouTube Founders
    13. Video of Globalization Lecture at Stanford Now Available Online
    14. ACM Digital Library Exceeds One Million Entries
    15. Interview with Computer Architecture Pioneers Hennessy and Patterson
    16. New Computing Career Brochure Available for High School Students
    17. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    18. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    19. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    20. Subscription Information
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    1. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    If you haven't already done so, please be sure to check out ACM's Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive for 2006/2007. Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    When a referral joins, ACM emails the referring member and lets them know when they are eligible for a reward. Shortly after completion of the current Member-Get-A-Member Drive, the top qualifying recruiters will be acknowledged in ACM's member newsletters, "MemberNet" and "Student Quick Takes."

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include calculators, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and pocket notepads. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPod(R) and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2007.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    2. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg®

    ACM offers 1,200 Thomson NETg® online course titles for ACM Student Members! You can enroll in as many of these courses as you wish for no charge. Subjects cover a range of core computing areas, from Application Development to UNIX and the Web. These powerful, convenient NETg® courses are designed to maximize your learning experience. You can supplement your coursework, refresh your skills, discover new topics, or deepen your existing knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new NETg® course titles. Access to all of these courses is free and a valuable benefit of ACM student membership. Thomson NETg® is a registered trademark.


    3. Free Online Books Powered by Books24/7®

    ACM Student Members enjoy free and unlimited access to 400 online books powered by Books24/7®. Search, bookmark, or read books cover-to-cover in this virtual library that puts essential information within easy reach. These free online books are part of ACM's ongoing commitment to helping its members enhance their skills and broaden their understanding of important trends in computing.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24/7® is a registered trademark of Books24/7, Inc.


    4. "Crossroads" Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Staff Members

    "Crossroads," ACM's student-run magazine, is currently looking for students interested in joining the Editorial Staff. "Crossroads" is published quarterly and has a circulation of more than 20,000; the "Crossroads" website receives (on average) more than 3,000 hits per day.

    To see a list of open positions and their descriptions, please visit http://www.acm.org/crossroads/doc/positions.html. Please note that all positions are voluntary; there is no compensation involved.


    5. "Crossroads" Needs Student Liaisons in Every School

    "Crossroads" needs students that can help spread the word about opportunities with "Crossroads" at your school! Since "Crossroads" is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization, it needs student liaisons at as many schools as possible to contact faculty and students about important announcements and the possibility of submitting articles. Liaisons are volunteers, but the benefits include extending your own professional contacts as well as helping "Crossroads."

    If you would like to be a liaison, or would like more information about becoming one, please visit:
    http://www.acm.org/crossroads/doc/liaison/bealiaison.html.


    6. Over 100 Internships & Co-Ops Available on the "Crossroads" Website

    In addition to being a premier vehicle for students interested in computing to publish their work, "Crossroads" also seeks to help its readers find information that is relevant to being a student in Information Technology and Computer Science. At http://www.acm.org/crossroads/resources/internships.html, you can find over 100 links to internship & co-op opportunities, as well as links to other helpful information.


    7. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acmw.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    8. ICPC 2007

    This year's ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest welcomes eighty-eight teams from all over the world to Tokyo, Japan, for what will be the largest competition to date. The year-long program is a series of local and regional contests that culminates in the world finals, where teams of three students race to solve eight or more complex, real-world problems, within five hours. Winners receive cash prizes and recognition in the international computing community.

    The global nature of ICPC reflects the achievements of talented students to solve problems in our technology-driven world. ICPC also demonstrates the critical need to prepare the work force to meet the growing demand for IT jobs across international boundaries.

    The finals, which will take place March 12-16th, are hosted by the ACM Japan Chapter and IBM's Tokyo Research Lab. ACM's President Stu Feldman will be present to address the teams, which includes last year's ICPC winner, Saratov State University. For more information about ICPC, please see the website at: http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/.


    9. Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC) Call for Papers

    SIGACT is pleased to announce the first ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) at the Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2007, June 12-13 at San Diego, CA). The STOC SRC offers an opportunity for undergraduate students conducting theoretical computer science research to present their original work at the conference.

    Research in all areas of theoretical computer science is welcome, including, but not limited to:

    • algorithms and data structures
    • computational complexity
    • cryptography
    • parallel and distributed computation
    • algorithmic algebra and coding theory
    • computational science and economics
    • quantum computing
    • theoretical aspects of databases, networks, etc.

    Submissions should be extended abstracts describing recently completed or ongoing original, student-driven research. Group submissions will not be accepted. Papers should begin with a cover page including title, author name, affiliation, email address and the name and email address of a faculty sponsor. A one or two paragraph abstract should also appear on the cover page. The submission should not exceed 2 pages, excluding bibliography and cover page.

    Between ten and fifteen submissions will be accepted, and these students will be invited to STOC for the poster session. Student travel grants are available to defray travel and hotel costs.

    Submissions should be emailed directly to Brent Heeringa, heeringa@cs.williams.edu, by Friday, 23 February 2007. The full Call for Participation is available on the SRC website: http://www.cs.williams.edu/src2007.


    10. Other Conferences hosting Student Research Competitions in 2007

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees. In addition to STOC SRC above, here is a list of upcoming SRC's:

    PLDI 2007 (Programming Language Design and Implementation)
    June 10-13
    Submission deadline: March 15
    http://ties.ucsd.edu/PLDI/

    Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
    October 17-20
    Submission deadline: March 22
    http://gracehopper.org/2007/participate.html#src

    Hypertext 2007 (Hypertext and Multimedia)
    September 10-12
    Submission deadline: May 7
    http://www.sigweb.org/ht07/home/research.php

    SIGGRAPH (Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) 2007
    August 5-8
    Submission deadline: TBD
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/attendees/events/

    OOPSLA (Object-Oriented Programming)
    Submission deadline: July 2
    http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/index.php?page=subs/src/

    ASSETS (Computers and Accessibility)
    October 14-17
    Submission deadline: July 13
    http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2007/src.html

    For more information about ACM Student Research Competitions, requirements, and past winners please visit: http://www.acm.org/src.


    11. ACM Welcomes its New Student Chapters

    ACM extends a warm welcome to the following new Student Chapters:

    • CETIE Puebla, Mexico
    • East Mediterranean University (Turkey)
    • ITT Technical Institute/Webster (Texas)
    • Ohio University ACM SIGGRAPH
    • Universidad del Valle de Mexico
    • University of North Carolina/Charlotte Student ACM-W
    • University of Tampa (Florida)
    • West Texas A&M
    • Westminster College (Missouri)

    The student chapter program is a critical part of ACM's mission to facilitate the exchange of ideas between students and professionals in the computing world. For more information about starting a Student Chapter, please visit:
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/stu/types.html.


    12. University of Illinois ACM Student Chapter Welcomes Back PayPal, YouTube Founders

    A recent conference at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign welcomed back two former ACM Student Chapter members: Max Levchin, founder of PayPal, and Jawed Karim, who with Steve Chen founded YouTube. Levchin and Karim were at UIUC in conjunction with the ACM chapter's 12th annual student computing conference and the UIUC Computer Science Department's engineers-in-residence program. Both gave talks to packed audiences and met individually with students to discuss careers and entrepreneurial opportunities.

    To read more about the activities of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chapter, please visit their website at: http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/about.shtml.


    13. Video of Globalization Lecture at Stanford Now Available Online

    In 2006, the ACM Job Migration Task Force published "Globalization and Offshoring of Software," a report examining the issues surrounding the migration of jobs within the computing and information technology field and industry.

    ACM initiated this study to provide a deeper understanding of the trends in, and the forces behind, the globalization and offshoring of software. The study's finding calls attention to continuing growth in the U.S. IT industry, but also points to increasing competition within the global IT market. The study urges increased investment in education and innovation to sustain a competitive edge.

    In November 2006, Moshe Y. Vardi, the co-chair of the ACM Job Migration Task Force, delivered a presentation on the challenges of globalization to an audience at Stanford University. ACM is proud to announce that the lecture is now available online in two streaming video formats: dial-up (http://www.dlp.acm.org/Global-IT/GlobalizationIT56k.mov) and high-speed (http://www.dlp.acm.org/Global-IT/GlobalizationIT768k.mov).

    For more information on the ACM Job Migration Task Force and its report "Globalization and Offshoring of Software," please visit: http://www.acm.org/globalizationreport/.


    14. ACM Digital Library Exceeds One Million Entries

    The ACM Digital Library and Guide passed a major milestone in February, when the number of bibliographic citations in the vast digital collection passed the 1,000,000 mark.

    The ACM Digital Library (DL) contains the full-text of everything ACM has published in its 60 years, and the Guide to Computing Literature (Guide) is a bibliographic database of the key publications across the entire computing field.

    The one millionth document in the Guide was the cover story "Spam and the Ongoing Battle for the Inbox," in the February 2007 issue of "Communications of the ACM."

    ACM's Digital Library and Guide are used by thousands of computing professionals and students who rely on them for convenient access to the published works in the field.

    Currently, the Guide includes more than 370,000 journal articles; nearly 135,000 books; some 55,000 theses; almost 400,000 proceedings papers from conferences; and over 40,000 reports and other resources.

    All ACM student members have full access to the Guide to Computing Literature.

    Visit the ACM Digital Library and Guide at http://portal.acm.org/.

    View the ACM Press Release at http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/press_releases/2_2007/milliondoc.cfm.


    15. Interview with Computer Architecture Pioneers Hennessy and Patterson

    A part of their ongoing series of "Queuecasts," ACM Queue magazine recently posted the audio of an interview with former ACM President and UC Berkeley Professor David Patterson and Stanford President John Hennessy.

    The two are best known for their pioneering work on RISC architectures and for collaborating on the seminal textbook Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach.

    In this first part of a two-part series with interviewer Kunle Olukotun, they discuss the impact of their textbook, the promise of FPGAs, and the challenge of parallel programming.

    To listen to the interview, and to access other Queuecasts, visit: http://www.acmqueue.com/modules.php?name=Queuecasts.

    Queuecasts are downloadable audio files that users can listen to on their computer or upload to their MP3 player. The 15-20 minute conversations feature industry experts and focus on a particular topic relevant to the corresponding print issue for that month.


    16. New Computing Career Brochure Available for High School Students

    A new brochure is available to counter the many misperceptions circulating among high school students, their parents, and teachers about computing careers.

    "Computing Degrees and Careers," prepared by the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Association for Information Systems (AIS), aims to provide more accurate information on what computing is and the career opportunities it offers.

    Initially 250,000 brochures were distributed to high school and middle school principals, as well as heads of math, science and computing departments. Since it was announced to ACM members, requests for the career guide have poured in from both the high school and university levels, and more are being printed. A PDF of the brochure, and more information, are available at the computing careers web site at http://computingcareers.acm.org.

    If you'd like to receive copies of this brochure to distribute to students, teachers, parents, and others, please contact Lillian Israel, ACM Director of Membership, at Israel@hq.acm.org.


    17. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGGRAPH 2007
    The 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
    August 7-9
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/volunteers/students/

    OOPSLA 2007
    ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, & Applications
    October 21-25
    http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/index.php?page=subs/studentvolunteers/

    UIST 2007
    ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
    October 7-10
    http://www.acm.org/uist/uist2007/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    18. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    The Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between ACM and the College Board. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out the rest at http://tecs.acm.org.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator is in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.

    Ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Jennifer, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at wroblewski@acm.org.


    19. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Nearly 1,000 free online books, including a large selection from Safari featuring O'Reilly
    • 1,200 free online course titles from leading provider Thomson NETg®
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication "Communications of the ACM," in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 80,000 fellow ACM Members
    • A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus Queuecasts, downloadable discussions with technology experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. Safari Enterprise Library is a registered trademark of Safari Books Online, LLC.


    20. Subscription Information

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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of the Association for
    Computing Machinery

    September 2006 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. ACM Student Research Competition Winners
    2. "Crossroads": Call for Articles
    3. Reorganization of the ACM Education Board
    4. Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Seeks Scholarship Applicants
    5. "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues
    6. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    7. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg(R)
    8. Free Online Books powered by Books24/7(R)
    9. ACM-W Student Scholarship Program
    10. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    11. Student Volunteers to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    12. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    13. Student Quick Takes Subscription Information
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    1. ACM Student Research Competition Winners
    (sponsored by Microsoft Research)

    This May, the ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs) finished yet another successful year. The winners of the SRC Grand Finals traveled to San Francisco for a night of celebration at the ACM Awards Banquet, where they were honored with awards along with such greats of computing as Peter Naur the winner of the Turing Award this year.

    ACM 2006 Grand Finals Winners

    Graduate Category

    First Place: Danny Dig of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Toward Automatic Upgrade of Component-Based Applications"

    Second Place: Yaling Yang of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Interference-aware Loop-free Routing For Mesh Networks"

    Third Place: David Janzen of the University of Kansas: "Software Architecture Improvement through Test-Driven Development"

    Undergraduate Category

    First Place: Yuki Mori of the University of Tokyo: "Automatic Cross-Sectioning Using 3D Field Topology Analysis"

    Second Place: Scott Hale of Eckerd College: "Unsupervised Thresholding Morphological Processing for Automatic Fin-outline Extraction in DARWIN (Digital Analysis and Recognition of Whale Images on a Network)"

    Third Place: Jeffrey Adair of Hiram College: "Locating, Tracking, and Interpreting Ean-13 Bar Code Waveforms in a Two-Dimensional Video Stream"

    The six winning entries for the Grand Finals are available for viewing at http://acm.org/src/subpages/results.html.

    Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the ACM Student Research Competition is an internationally recognized venue for undergraduate and graduate researchers to share results, exchange ideas and insights, network with academic and industry luminaries, and perfect their communication skills.

    First round presentations take place at a series of poster competitions held at selected ACM SIG conferences throughout the year. Winners present their research to conference attendees at a special SRC session. Student Research Competitions will take place at more conferences than ever during the academic year 2006-07, including SIGGRAPH, MobiCom, OOPSLA, ASSETS, Grace Hopper Celebration, SuperComputing, SIGCSE, STOC, and more. To find out about submission opportunities to upcoming SRCs, please visit: www.acm.org/src.

    2. "Crossroads:" Call for Articles

    "Crossroads," The ACM Student Magazine, is going through some exciting changes. New student editors are working on bringing you an even more informative magazine focused on student issues. To continue serving as a research publication medium for both undergraduate and graduate students in computing-related fields, the editorial staff is accepting research articles for its upcoming issues "Computer Graphics and Digital Media" and "Computer Vision and Speech." See "Crossroads" website at http://www.acm.org/crossroads for more information about submitting articles and suggesting content.

    The editors will also accept research articles from any discipline and area central to technology issues. If you have a great idea for a feature, and can clearly articulate your point of view, then submit a perspective piece. All articles are peer reviewed and all authors whose articles have been accepted go through an editorial process that includes working with one of our student editors to prepare the article for publication. For more information about "Crossroads," contact Jerry Guo, Editor in Chief, at Crossroads@acm.org or Paula Bach, Managing Editor, at pmbach@acm.org.

    3. Reorganization of the ACM Education Board

    There have been significant changes to ACM's Education area. In addition to a smaller, 12-member Education Board, the Board has created a 35-member Education Council comprised of individuals from ACM SIGs, Conferences, the Computer Science Teachers Association (founded by ACM), etc., that are involved in educational endeavors. The Council's goal will be to promote ACM's educational goals to as wide a range of constituencies as possible, including universities, community colleges, high schools, as well as corporations and even the U.S. government. Under the leadership of Eric Roberts (Stanford University) and Andrew McGettrick (University of Strathclyde, Scotland), the first meetings have generated much excitement and productive energy among the new Board and Council members.

    Computing Careers Brochure and Website

    The Board and Council, together with representatives from the IEEE-Computer Society and the Association for Information Systems, are publishing a brochure and web site guide targeting high school students, their parents, and high school guidance counselors to disseminate new and accurate information about computing careers availability and what to expect when enrolling in a computing major. The guide and website look to the recently published Computing Curricula 2005: an Overview Volume, a comprehensive description of computing curricula that summarizes curricular needs across five majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Technology, and Information Systems. It is a revolutionary new look at the history of computing disciplines and the current landscape. The curricula overview is available online at:
    http://www.acm.org/education/curric_vols/CC2005-March06Final.pdf

    Computing education today faces image problems and numerous misconceptions regarding the availability and distribution of jobs in computing fields. Countering these misconceptions is just one of the important tasks for the Education Council and Board. The Council and Board must engage students, academics and practitioners in a much broader discussion about the importance of increased investment in computer science education in the US to sustain its competitive edge.

    4. Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Seeks Scholarship Applicants

    Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the Honor Society for Computing Sciences, is seeking applicants for its student chapter scholarship award, which provides $1000 in cash for two winners each year. UPE initiated this award in cooperation with ACM to raise the importance of academic achievement and professional commitment in future computer professionals. Applications are due by June 30, 2007. Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students who are ACM members as well as members of the ACM student chapter at their institution. They are expected to carry a GPA above 3.5, or rank in the top five percent of their contemporaries on a course leading to recognition in the IT profession. This year, three outstanding students earned the 2006 UPE Scholarship:
    - Sunny Hyunh, Drexel University
    - Joseph Talmage Patrick, North Carolina State University
    - Elizabeth Samuel, Howard University

    5. "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues

    From the creators of "ACM Queue" magazine, "Queuecasts" offer monthly conversations with technology experts. "Queuecasts" are available via a downloadable file that users can listen to on their computer or upload to their MP3 player. The 15 to 20 minute conversations focus on a particular topic relevant to the corresponding print issue for that month.

    Listeners can also post their comments, which are available as a thread on the site for others to read, and "Queuecasts" guests have the option to take part in the online discussion. Some recent topics include:

    "Orienting Oracle" - Amlan Debnath of Oracle discusses his company's evolving game plan as it expands to embraces SOA and events-driven architectures.

    "Google Talk" - Mike Cohen, head of Google's speech recognition efforts, discusses the finer points of developing speech applications that people will actually use.

    "Can You Hear Me Now" - As strides are made in the speech recognition arena, IBM's Roberto Sicconi explains how and why speech technologies will become a standard element of most mainstream applications.

    6. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    If you haven't already done so, please be sure to check out ACM's Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive for 2006/2007. Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    When a referral joins, ACM emails the referring member and lets them know when they are eligible for a reward. Shortly after completion of the current Member-Get-A-Member Drive, the top qualifying recruiters will be acknowledged in ACM's member newsletters, "MemberNet" and "Student Quick Takes."

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include calculators, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and pocket notepads. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPod® and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2007.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.

    7. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg(R)

    ACM offers 1,200 Thomson NETg online course titles for ACM Student Members! You can enroll in as many of these courses as you wish for no charge. Subjects cover a range of core computing areas, from Application Development to UNIX and the Web. These powerful, convenient NETg courses are designed to maximize your learning experience. You can supplement your coursework, refresh your skills, discover new topics, or deepen your existing knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new NETg course titles. Access to all of these courses is free and a valuable benefit of ACM student membership. Thomson NETg is a registered trademark.

    8. Free Online Books powered by Books24/7(R)

    ACM Student Members enjoy free and unlimited access to 400 online books powered by Books24/7. Search, bookmark, or read books cover-to-cover in this virtual library that puts essential information within easy reach. These free online books are part of ACM's ongoing commitment to helping its members enhance their skills and broaden their understanding of important trends in computing.

    For an additional $249 (USD), ACM members can upgrade their online book subscriptions to the full ITPro collection (https://pd.acm.org/itpro/) featuring thousands of books on over 100 different technology topics.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24/7 is a registered trademark of Books24/7, Inc.

    9. ACM-W Student Scholarship Program

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://cs.union.edu/%7Ebarrv/acm-w/ACMW-Schol.pdf. To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholarA.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.

    10. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGCSE 2007
    Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - March 7-10, 2007
    http://www.cs.potsdam.edu/sigcse07/StudentInfo.shtml

    SIGCHI 2007
    Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - April 28 - May 3, 2007
    http://www.chi2007.org/volunteer/sv.php#dates

    SIGGRAPH 2007
    The 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques - August 5 - 2, 2007
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/volunteers/students/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar

    11. Student Volunteers to Help Teach High School CS Teachers!

    The Java Engagement for Teacher Training (JETT) and Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science (TECS) programs offer one and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university faculty in their CS departments. A few smart, motivated ACM student members are needed to initiate workshops at their colleges and universities, and to help the professor-hosts by tutoring the high school teachers during lab sessions. If you have a strong relationship with a professor or TA in your CS department, and want some real teaching and tutoring experience in the lab, please consider teaming up to organize and run a workshop! It's a great volunteer experience for individual student and student chapter ACM members. Don't worry about the details - there's a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator at ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.

    Both JETT and TECS Workshops are projects of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). CSTA was founded by ACM as a way of improving the teaching and learning of Computer Science and the computing disciplines in the pre-college arena.

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the Advanced Placement CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between CSTA and the College Board. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses. Learn more at http://tecs.acm.org

    If you'd like to learn more about what you can do at your school, please email Jennifer Wroblewski, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at wroblewski@acm.org.

    12. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional career by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of ACM Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50 (that's 50% off the regular $99 rate).

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    - Free and unlimited access to 1,200 online course titles from Thomson NETg
    - Free and unlimited access to nearly 1,000 online books, including an extensive collection from the Safari(R) Enterprise Library 
      featuring O'Reilly titles
    - "TechNews" and "CareerNews," ACM's email IT and career digests
    - "Communications of the ACM" magazine in print and online
    - A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with high-quality spam filtering from Postini
    - A professional network of nearly 80,000 fellow ACM members
    - A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus "Queuecasts," downloadable discussions with experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. Safari Enterprise Library is a registered trademark of Safari Books Online, LLC.

    13. Student Quick Takes Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

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    The Newsletter for Student Members of the Association for
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    May 2006 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    2. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg(R)
    3. Free Online Books from Books24/7(R)
    4. ACM Student Research Competition - Submission Opportunities
    5. The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals
    6. ACM-W Announces Student Scholarship Program
    7. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    8. ACM "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues
    9. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers!
    10. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    11. Subscription Information
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    1. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    ACM has launched its Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive for 2006/2007. Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    When a referral joins, ACM emails the referring member and lets them know when they are eligible for a reward. Shortly after completion of the current Member-Get-A-Member Drive, the top qualifying recruiters will be acknowledged in ACM's member newsletters, "MemberNet" and "Student Quick Takes."

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include calculators, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and pocket notepads. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPod® and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The new Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2007.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.

    2. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg(R)

    ACM offers 1,200 Thomson NETg online course titles for ACM Student Members! You can enroll in as many of these courses as you wish for no charge. Subjects cover a range of core computing areas, from Application Development to UNIX and the Web. These powerful, convenient NETg courses are designed to maximize your learning experience. You can supplement your coursework, refresh your skills, discover new topics, or deepen your existing knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new NETg course titles. Access to all of these courses is free and a valuable benefit of ACM student membership. Thomson NETg is a registered trademark.

    3. Free Online Books from Books24/7(R)

    ACM Student Members enjoy free and unlimited access to 400 online books powered by Books24/7. Search, bookmark, or read books cover-to-cover in this virtual library that puts essential information within easy reach. These free online books are part of ACM's ongoing commitment to helping its members enhance their skills and broaden their understanding of important trends in computing.

    For an additional $249 (USD), ACM members can upgrade their online book subscriptions to the full ITPro collection (https://pd.acm.org/itpro/) featuring thousands of books on over 100 different technology topics.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24/7 is a registered trademark of Books24/7, Inc.


    4. ACM Student Research Competition - Submission Opportunities

    You are invited to participate in one of the ACM Student Research Competitions that will take place at several upcoming SIG conferences during the next academic year. All ACM student members are eligible to participate in these competitions, which are great opportunities to present your research to leading professionals in your field. Winners receive cash prizes and are eligible to enter the annual SRC Grand Finals, the winners of which are invited to be a part of the ACM Awards Banquet with their advisors.

    ACM also offers travel grants of up to $500 to help you get to your conference if your submission is selected to participate by the SRC coordinators. You can find out more about the competition, its requirements, past winners and many past winning submissions at: http://www.acm.org/src

    Below is a list of currently active calls for participation, with the deadlines noted, along with the conference's own SRC web page.

    ASSETS 2006 - International Conference on Computers & Accessibility
    http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/assets06/src/

    Submission deadline: June 2, 2006

    MobiCom 2006 - International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking
    http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2006/src.html
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2006

    OOPSLA 2006 - International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications
    http://www.oopsla.org/2006/studentResearchCompetition.html
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2006

    SC 2006 - International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
    http://sc06.supercomputing.org/conference/hpc_acm_student.php
    Submission deadline: July 31, 2006

    A regularly updated list of SRC "Calls for Participation" can be found at:
    http://www1.acm.org/src/subpages/participate.html#header3.

    * Please Note * that you may only participate in one SRC in any one academic year. For example, if you submit a research poster to the Grace Hopper Celebration 2006 SRC and your poster is selected to participate, you may not submit a poster to any other SRC during the 2006/2007 academic year.

    ACM Student Research Competitions are sponsored by Microsoft Research.

    5. The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals

    This year's International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals welcomed eighty finalist teams from around the world to San Antonio, Texas. The winning teams were, from first to fifth place: Saratov State University (Russia); Jagiellonian University (Poland); Altai State Technical University (Russia); University of Twente (Netherlands); and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

    Headquartered at Baylor University and sponsored by IBM, the ACM ICPC is the world's oldest and largest programming competition, consisting of a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the World Finals. For more information on the World Finals, and to determine your university's eligibility in the next round of regional contests, please refer to this page: http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/

    The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is sponsored by IBM http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/Finals/default.htm

    6. ACM-W Announces Student Scholarship Program

    A new program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit: http://cs.union.edu/%7Ebarrv/acm-w/ACMW-Schol.pdf. To apply, fill in the online application form at: http://acm-w.acm.org/scholarA.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    7. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    ICS 2006 - International Conference on Supercomputing
    Queensland, Australia
    June 28-July 1
    http://www.ics-conference.org/2006/Scholarships.html

    OOPSLA 2006 - International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications
    Portland, Oregon
    October 22-26
    http://www.oopsla.org/2006/studentVolunteers.html

    SIGUCCS 2006 - The ACM Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services Fall Conference
    Edmonton, Alberta
    November 5 - 8
    http://www.siguccs.org/Conference/Fall2006/volunteer.php

    SC 2006 - International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
    Tampa, Florida
    November 11-17
    http://sc06.supercomputing.org/about/volunteers.php

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar

    8. ACM "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues

    From the creators of "ACM Queue" magazine, "Queuecasts" offer monthly conversations with technology experts. "Queuecasts" are available via a downloadable file that users can listen to on their computer or upload to their MP3 player. The 15 to 20 minute conversations focus on a particular topic relevant to the corresponding print issue for that month.

    Listeners can also post their comments, which are available as a thread on the site for others to read, and "Queuecasts" guests have the option to take part in the online discussion. Some recent topics include:

    "Major Eclipse" - Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, explains why a best-of-breed approach based on an integrated set of open source tools ultimately will provide a better experience for developers.

    "Custom Processing" - interview with IBM chief scientist Peter Hofstee on how advances in processor designs promise to bring the costs of specialized system on a chip platforms in line with cost associated with general purpose computing platforms.

    "Business Process Minded" - Oracle vice president of product development Edwin Khodabakchian explains how the standardization of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and the evolution of the business process execution language (BPEL) are coming together to create flexible software architectures that can adapt to the business rather than making the business adapt to the software.

    "Large Scale Systems: Best Practices" - Jarod Jenson, the brains behind the Enron Online trading site, talks about the best practices he emphasizes now that he is the chief architect for Aeysis, a consulting firm that specializes on advising clients on how to build manageable high performance systems. Please visit http://www.acmqueue.org for more information.


    9. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers!

    The Java Engagement for Teacher Training (JETT) and Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science (TECS) programs offer one and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university faculty in their CS departments. A few smart, motivated ACM student members are needed to initiate workshops at their colleges and universities, and to help the professor-hosts by tutoring the high school teachers during lab sessions. If you have a strong relationship with a professor or TA in your CS department, and want some real teaching and tutoring experience in the lab, please consider teaming up to organize and run a workshop! It's a great volunteer experience for individual student and student chapter ACM members. Don't worry about the details - there's a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator at ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.

    Both JETT and TECS Workshops are projects of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). CSTA was founded by ACM as a way of improving the teaching and learning of Computer Science and the computing disciplines in the pre-college arena.

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the Advanced Placement CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between CSTA and the College Board. Learn more at: http://jett.acm.org

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses. Learn more at: http://tecs.acm.org

    If you'd like to learn more about what you can do at your school, please email Jennifer Wroblewski, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at: wroblewski@acm.org.


    10. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional career by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of ACM Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50 (that's 50% off the regular $99 rate).

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    - Free and unlimited access to 1,200 online course titles from Thomson NETg
    - Free and unlimited access to nearly 1,000 online books, including an extensive collection from the Safari(R) Enterprise Library
      featuring O'Reilly titles
    - "TechNews" and "CareerNews," ACM's email IT and career digests
    - "Communications of the ACM" magazine in print and online
    - A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with high-quality spam filtering from Postini
    - A professional network of nearly 80,000 fellow ACM members
    - A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus "Queuecasts," downloadable discussions with experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. Safari Enterprise Library is a registered trademark of Safari Books Online, LLC

    11. Subscription Information

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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of the Association for
    Computing Machinery

    April 2006 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. New Courses from Thomson NETg(R)
    2. Online Books from Books24/7(R)
    3. ACM Student Research Competition - Submission Opportunities
    4. ACM Globalization and Offshoring of Software Report
    5. USACM Voter Registration Database Report
    6. ACM-W Announces Student Scholarship Program
    7. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    8. The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals
    9. "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues
    10. Get Published in a Research Journal Now!
    11. Student Advisory Board Council Meeting Recommendations
    12. Student Volunteers to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    13. ACM Adopts New Plagiarism Policy
    14. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    15. Student Quick Takes Subscription Information
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    1. New Courses from Thomson NETg(R)

    ACM now offers 1,200 free Thomson NETg online course titles for ACM Student Members! You can enroll in as many of these courses as you wish for no charge. Subjects range from core areas of computing and information technology to business and professional development. These powerful, convenient NETg courses are designed to maximize your learning experience.
    You can supplement your coursework, refresh your skills, discover new topics, or deepen your existing knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new NETg course titles. Access to all of these courses is free and a valuable benefit of ACM student membership. Thomson NETg is a registered trademark.

    2. Online Books from Books24/7(R)

    ACM Student Members enjoy free and unlimited access to 400 online books powered by Books24/7. Search, bookmark, or read books cover-to-cover in this virtual library that puts essential information within easy reach. These free online books are part of ACM's ongoing commitment to helping its members enhance their skills and broaden their understanding of important trends in computing.

    For an additional $249, ACM members can upgrade their online book subscriptions to the full ITPro collection
    (https://pd.acm.org/itpro/) featuring thousands of books on over 100 different technology topics.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24/7 is a registered trademark of Books24/7, Inc.


    3. ACM Student Research Competition - Submission Opportunities

    You are invited to participate in one of the ACM Student Research Competitions that will take place at several upcoming SIG conferences during the next academic year. Each of these competitions is an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their research to leading professionals in their field. Winners receive prizes (first place: $500, second place: $300, third place: $200), and are eligible to enter the annual SRC Grand Finals, the winners of which are invited to attend the ACM Awards Banquet with their advisors. (The awards banquet is the same event where the A. M. Turing Award and ACM's other prestigious awards are presented.)

    ACM also offers travel grants of up to $500 to help you get to your conference if your submission is selected to participate by the SRC coordinators. You can find out more about the competition, its requirements, past winners and many past winning submissions at: http://www.acm.org/src

    Below is a list of currently active calls for participation, with the deadlines noted, along with the conference's own SRC web page, for more information.

    SIGGRAPH 2006
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2006/main.php?f=cfp&p=posters&s=student
    Submission deadline: May 11, 2006

    ASSETS 2006
    http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/assets06/src/
    Submission deadline: June 2 2006

    MobiCom 2006
    http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2006/src.html
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2006

    OOPSLA 2006
    http://www.oopsla.org/2006/studentResearchCompetition.html
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2006

    * PLEASE NOTE * that you may only participate in one SRC in any one academic year. For example, if you submit a research poster to the Grace Hopper Celebration 2006 SRC and your poster is selected to participate, you may not submit a poster to any of the other SRCs during the 2006 - 07 academic year.

    ACM Student Research Competitions are sponsored by Microsoft Research.

    4. ACM Globalization and Offshoring of Software Report

    ACM's Job Migration Task Force recently released its report entitled "Globalization and Offshoring of Software," edited by a team of internationally recognized computer scientists, industry leaders, labor economists and social scientists. The report cites educational policy and investment in research and development as critical elements for countries to stay competitive in today's global Information Technology environment. The study also acknowledged that global competition in higher-end technology-based skills, such as research, is increasing. It concluded that policies designed to improve a country's ability to attract, educate and retain the best IT talent are necessary to foster innovation and remain competitive in the global environment.

    The "Globalization and Offshoring of Software" report also noted that globalization trends in the software industry have been fueled by rapid advances in information technology itself as well as government action and economic factors. With a comprehensive approach, the study considered nearly a dozen case studies of diverse firms facing offshoring challenges. The study team members conducted an extensive review of available data and literature on offshoring and outsourcing, and heard in-person accounts from many international experts.

    To learn more and access the full study please visit: http://acm.org/globalizationreport

    ACM was very pleased to have received an extra ordinary amount of press regarding this report. Please see "ACM in the News" on our Pressroom website: http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/index.cfm

    5. USACM Voter Registration Database Report

    A team of computer security and voting experts has issued recommendations to ensure that electronic records of information submitted by citizens registering to vote are accurate, private, and secure. In the report, commissioned by ACM's U.S. Public Policy Committee (USACM), state and local election officials now have nearly 100 high-level guidelines designed to help states comply with Federal laws that required computerized statewide electronic databases to be operational by January 1, 2006.

    The report outlines "best practices" from technology and policy experts recruited for their special knowledge and understanding of the relevant areas. It presents guidelines to make certain that voter databases are consistently reliable and usable by people with diverse backgrounds, purposes, and knowledge.

    The study was commissioned to develop objective technical information and expert recommendations to help states and localities comply with provisions of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which was passed in the wake of voting problems in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election.

    To learn more and obtain the full report visit: http://acm.org/usacm/vrd/


    6. ACM-W Announces Student Scholarship Program

    ACM-W is pleased to announce a new program that will provide support for women students in Computer Science programs (at the undergraduate or graduate levels) who wish to attend research conferences. In cases of exceptional demonstrable interest in pursuing study and research in CS, high school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships, of up to $500 each, will be awarded annually. For more details, application form, and notification dates please visit: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html

    7. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    WWW 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    May 23-26
    http://www2006.org/volunteers

    OOPSLA 2006
    Portland, Oregon
    October 22-26
    http://www.oopsla.org/2006/studentVolunteers.html

    SC Supercomputing 2006
    Tampa, Florida
    November 11-17
    http://sc06.supercomputing.org/about/volunteers.php

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at: http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    8. The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals

    This year's International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals welcomes 80 finalist teams from around the world to the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Texas, April 9-13, 2006. Headquartered at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the ICPC is the world's oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming competition, consisting of a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the World Finals.

    The teams at the world finals have five hours to solve eight or more complex, real-world problems. Teammates collaborate to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds, and build software systems that solve the problems under the intense scrutiny of expert judges. World finals programming language tools include Java, C/C++, and Pascal. Students are given a problem statement and an example of test data, but they do not have access to the judges' test data and acceptance criteria. Each incorrect solution submitted is assessed a time penalty. The team that solves the most problems with the fewest attempts in the least amount of time is declared the winner.

    The highest scoring team receives the World Champion cup and plaque, and is awarded $10,000. Teams finishing in second through fourth place receive gold medals and $3,000 each; fifth through eighth place receive silver medals and $2,000 each; and those finishing ninth through twelfth place receive bronze medals and $1,000 each.

    To determine your university's eligibility in the next round of regional competitions please visit:
    http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/regionals/default.html

    The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is sponsored by IBM http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/Finals/default.htm

    9. "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues

    From the creators of "ACM Queue" magazine, "Queuecasts" introduce monthly conversations with technology experts. "Queuecasts" are available via a downloadable file users can listen to on their computer or upload to their MP3 player. The 15 to 20 minute conversations focus on a particular topic relevant to the corresponding print issue for that month.

    Leveraging the expertise of "ACM Queue's" Editorial Advisory Board, industry experts will be recruited each month to participate in the "Queuecasts." The technology-focused questions are developed by the board and by moderator Michael Vizard, former editor-in-chief of CRN and co-founder of Attention Tech Media, who also interviews the subject or subjects for the "Queuecasts."

    Listeners can post their comments via a link located below the download link. Such comments will be readily available as a thread on the site for others to read. "Queuecasts" guests also have the option to take part in the online discussion. In addition, the "Queuecasts" will be archived and accessible from ACM's Digital Library.

    Please visit http://www.acmqueue.org for more information.


    10. Get Published in a Research Journal Now!

    Crossroads, the student journal of ACM is accepting research papers, opinion columns, reviews, features, or any other type of writing for our next two issues, Bioinformatics and Gaming, both due on April 17. Your article does not necessarily have to pertain to those topics. We are also looking for cartoonists, graphic designers, and web developers to join our volunteer staff. For more information, visit http://www.acm.org/crossroads or email crossroads@acm.org.

    11. Student Advisory Board Council Meeting Recommendations

    ACM is delighted to announce that it will be appointing a Student Advisory Group responsible for the oversight of benefits and services for ACM's student members. The Student Advisory Group will report to ACM's Membership Services Board (MSB). Many of the recommendations from the ad hoc Student Advisory Group meetings, held in the last several months, will be implemented in the coming fiscal year, including: the appointment of a Student Advisory Group; improved marketing of student membership packages and a la carte items; organization of a Student Chapter Leadership Workshop; improvements in Crossroads, ACM's student magazine; etc.


    12. Student Volunteers to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    JETT and TECS are one and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university faculty in their CS departments. We need a few smart, motivated ACM student members to initiate workshops at their colleges and universities, and to help professor-hosts by tutoring the high school teachers during lab sessions. If you have a strong relationship with a professor or TA in your CS department, and want some real teaching and tutoring experience in the lab, please consider teaming up to organize and run a workshop! It's a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Don't worry about the details - there's a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator at ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the Advanced Placement CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between ACM and the College Board. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses. Find out the rest at http://tecs.acm.org

    Ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Jennifer Wroblewski, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at wroblewski@acm.org.

    Both JETT and TECS Workshops are projects of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). CSTA was founded by ACM as a way of improving the teaching and learning of Computer Science and the computing disciplines in the pre-college arena.


    13. ACM Adopts New Plagiarism Policy

    ACM has addressed the growing problem of plagiarism in its ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism. The document, assembled by the ACM Publications Board, covers various forms of plagiarism currently in existence, including verbatim copying, paraphrasing, reproducing equations or illustrations, and citing the source without clearly differentiating what text has been copied.

    Self-plagiarism, defined as the verbatim or near-verbatim reuse of significant portions of one's own copyrighted work without citing the original source, is also addressed. The policy informs readers regarding procedures for notifying ACM of instances of alleged plagiarism, investigation and resulting action by ACM, and confidentiality issues. "Respecting intellectual property rights is a foundational principle of the ACM Code of Ethics," the policy states. "ACM and the ACM Publications Board place the investigation of each claim of plagiarism at the highest priority for resolution and action."

    Visit http://www.acm.org/pubs/plagiarism%20policy.html for more information.

    14. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional career by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of ACM Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50 (that's 50% off the regular $99 rate).

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:
    - Free and unlimited access to 1,200 online course titles from Thomson NETg
    - Free and unlimited access to nearly 1,000 online books, including an extensive collection from the Safari(R) Enterprise Library
      featuring O'Reilly
    - "TechNews" and "CareerNews," ACM's email IT and career digests
    - "Communications of the ACM" magazine in print and online
    - A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with high-quality spam filtering from Postini
    - A professional network of nearly 80,000 fellow ACM members
    - A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus "Queuecasts," downloadable discussions with experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. Safari Enterprise Library is a registered trademark of Safari Books Online, LLC


    15. Student Quick Takes Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

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    1. Computer Science Education Week to Encourage Increased Participation in Computer Science at All Levels

    Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 6–12, will recognize the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster Computer Science at all educational levels. Recently designated by the U.S. House of Representatives, CSEdWeek aims to highlight how computing drives innovation, economic growth and societal change, and draw  attention to the need for an educational system that values Computer   Science as a discipline and places it squarely within the national science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)conversation. ACM and its partners will promote CSEdWeek to: raise awareness of the critical role of computing for our global information society; promote efforts to expose students—particularly in grades K–12—to robust Computer Science education; highlight the challenges faced by Computer Science education; and engage supports to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century. CSEdWeek is a joint effort led by ACM with the cooperation and deep involvement of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the National Science Foundation, and the Computing Research Association (CRA), and with the strong support of Google, Inc., Intel, and Microsoft.

    A robust website will go live within the next two weeks featuring numerous resources and the opportunity to join the conversation through social media channels. A press release on CSEdWeek was posted last month at http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/cs-education-week.

    2. SIGGRAPH Asia to be Held December 16th-19th in Japan

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 follows a very successful inaugural conference last year, where researchers, developers, producers, and providers of  computer graphics and interactive techniques found a new international venue in which to network and share ideas. The 2009 conference, which will take place December 16 to 19 in Yokohama, Japan, has many of the   featured events of the American SIGGRAPH, including Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies exhibitions, Computer Animation Festival, and job    fair. Featured speakers are Joe Rohde, Executive Designer and Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering; Graphics-technology expert David Kirk; and award-winning human-computer interaction pioneer Jun Rekimoto. Visit the SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 web site at www.siggraph.org/asia2009/ as well as on Facebook and YouTube pages for more information.

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 was recently awarded the Association Conference of the Year Award by the Singapore Tourism Board in the inaugural Singapore Experience Awards. The award recognizes association conferences that have demonstrated excellence in organizing and delivering a quality event. Read the news article here:

    http://www.onscreenasia.com/article-6106-siggraphasia2008rankedassociationconferenceoftheyear-OnScreenAsia.html

    3. ACM-BCS Visions of Computer Science 2010 Conference

    The joint ACM-BCS 2010 Visions of Computer Science conference (www.bcs.org) will take place April 13-16, 2010 at the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh University, Scotland.

    This flagship event, a joint effort of ACM and the British Computer Society, aims to energize the computing community and bring it together around some positive and inspiring visions of our discipline and follows the highly successful Visions of Computer Science conference in 2008.

    The submission deadline for papers is December 18. For more information or to submit a paper, visit: http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.11983

    The proceedings will be published on USB and in the electronic proceedings series (www.bcs.org/ewic). Some of the best papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library and The Computer Journal, the archival research publication of the BCS.

    4. Start an ACM-W Student Chapter

    The goal of ACM-W student chapters is to recruit and retain women students in undergraduate and graduate computing programs. The chapters provide a variety of activities to educate women about the opportunities in the field of computing, engage women students in exciting computing activities, connect students with women leaders in the field, encourage students to promote the field of computing to young girls, and promote the activities of ACM. For those many institutions that already offer informal mentoring programs with similar goals and activities, formalizing these groups into ACM-W chapters can provide additional resources and networking opportunities.

    There is a new opportunity for ACM-W student chapters. UPE (Upsilon Pi  Epsilon has traditionally accepted up to two scholarships from each UPE chapter (one for an undergraduate and one for a graduate). All ACM-W chapters are now invited to submit an additional application to the UPE   scholarship program. See the UPE website (at http://upe.acm.org/) for application information.

    To get more information about ACM-W and other opportunities to be involved, go to: http://women.acm.org/

    5. Refer your friends to join ACM and Win!

    ACM recently launched its new 2009–2010 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new prizes added to the already great selection, plus an Amazon Kindle® as the grand prize!

    As a current member, you are an ideal ambassador to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. By spreading the word about ACM, you may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. The drive ends June 30, 2010. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member drive page at: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/

    6. Discounted Courses for All ACM Members

    Currently, all ACM members are eligible for a 10% Discount offered through Stevens Institute of Technology on All Online Graduate Degree Programs!

    For more information on the Graduate Programs, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/discounts/webcampustevens

    7. ACM Multimedia Center Now Available

    The Multimedia homepage features a collection of videos from various areas of interest in computing. Our collection consists of a weekly featured video with an archive of each video that has been added to the page. Videos range from lectures, animation and much more.

    To view the collection, go to: http://multimedia.myacm.org/

    8. Apply for an ACM-W Scholarship

    ACM-W awards scholarships to women students for attendance at research  conferences. Currently approximately 12 scholarships of up to $500 each  are awarded in 6 funding cycles per year. The scholarships are open to women internationally at all levels of study.

    To get more information, visit ACM-W at: http://women.acm.org/

    9. Google RISE Award 2010 Funding Now Available

    Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards are designed to promote and support science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science (CS) education initiatives. We provide awards to organizations working with university and pre-university students to provide enrichment programs in these fields.

    Google believes that technology will continue to play an important role in shaping our future, and the youth of today will help innovate and drive these technologies for years to come. If all things were equal and the playing field was flat, all students would have a chance to reach their potential and achieve great things in science. Through the Google RISE Awards Program, we aspire to help students take one step closer to achieving their potential by offering growth and development    opportunities.

    Support may include a combination of monetary awards, volunteer resources and in-kind donations. Award amounts range from $500 - $10,000.

    Visit the official Google Rise homepage for program details at:   http://www.google.com/corporate/diversity/rise/index.html

    10. Are you in an e-Mentoring Relationship through MentorNet®?

    ACM partners with MentorNet, an organization that promotes e-mentoring  relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email  relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government — who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Who is eligible?

    ACM Student Members can participate in this program as protégés if they are Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Doctoral students, or Untenured Faculty.

    To find out more information about ACM’s involvement with the innovative MentorNet program, go to:   http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet

    11. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a  member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity. http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps

    12. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:

    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition

    13. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading!  For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing     yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org.  As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."
    A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership.  

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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery


    September 2009 Issue
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    Issue Contents

    1.  Register for the International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications

    2.  Winners from the 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Announced!

    3.  ACM launches its new 2009-2010 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    4.  Annual ACM Awards Ceremony Held in San Diego, CA

    5.  Books24x7® Upgrade Available at a 40% Discount

    6.  Are you in an e-Mentoring Relationship through MentorNet®?

    7.  ACM announces new acmqueue website with expanded content and advanced features

    8.  Visit ACM on Facebook!

    9.  Connect with Fellow ACM Members (and potential employers!) by Joining the “Official ACM Group” on LinkedIn

    10. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    11. ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    12. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    13. Subscription Information

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    1. Register for the International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications

    OOPSLA 2009, the International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN, will take place October 25 to 29 in Orlando, Florida.

    Cloud computing, social networking sites, and agile software development will be among the topics presented in workshops, panels, tutorials, papers, posters, and more. Scheduled speakers include 2008 ACM Turing Award winner Barbara Liskov, Jeannette Wing (NSF), Gerard Holzmann (NASA/JPL Laboratory for Reliable Software), Tom Malone (MIT), and Brion Vibber (Wikimedia).

    Register at: http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2009/

    2. Winners from the 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Announced!

    Now that ACM's 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive has come to a close, ACM would like to congratulate top recruiter Carolyn Nerber and second-place recruiter Stefano Visconti, who were rewarded with an Apple iPhone® and a Cyber-shot® Digital Camera, respectively. The response to the program was our best to date, and we would like to thank all of our recruiters, and the new members, for their interest and participation!

    3. The 2009-2010 ACM Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Launched!

    With new prizes added to our already great selection, and an Amazon Kindle® grand prize, we invite you to spread the word about ACM and start earning prizes!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include a messenger bag, a backpack, a stainless travel mug, a measuring tape leveler, a jotter pad, a world-clock calculator, plus two styles of ACM hats. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, an ACM watch, a laptop attaché bag, Bushnell Powerview binoculars, or a Java Set for Four. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an Amazon Kindle® and a digital camera.

    The 2009-2010 Member-Get-A-Member Drive runs through June 30, 2010.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive

    4. Annual ACM Awards Ceremony Held in San Diego, CA

    ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. ACM’s overarching goal is to advance computing as a science and profession. A very important part of this goal is to recognize outstanding technical and professional achievements in computing and computer science through our eminent series of awards.

    The award recipients included on this page were honored at the 2009 ACM Awards Banquet on June 27, 2009, at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, California.

    View the photo album on flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/41217246@N04/sets/72157622037470052/  

    Download the ACM Awards 2009 Presentation Booklet in PDF format:

    http://awards.acm.org/2009/awardsbooklet09.pdf

    5. Books24x7® Upgrade Available at a 40% Discount

    With your ACM membership you can upgrade to the ITPro collection at a 40% discount. You gain access to both broad and deep coverage of over 100 different technology topics in over 20,000 books, making this collection a must-have resource for just-in-time learning. Premier industry publishers, such as Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and many more, contribute front-list, best selling, classic and niche titles. Popular book series, such as The Complete Reference, Inside Out, Bibles and many others provide multifaceted, multi-skilled approaches to topics.

    Go to: http://pd.acm.org/books/purchase/login_books.cfm?id=252 to find out how.

    6. Are you in an e-Mentoring Relationship through MentorNet®?

    Do you have questions related to any of these topics?

    What's it like to work in industry?; What is graduate school all about, and is it for me?; How do I manage a career and a life?

    Then explore MentorNet!

    ACM partners with MentorNet, an organization that promotes e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors—from industry, academia, and government — who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Who is eligible?

    ACM Student Members can participate in this program as protégés if they are Undergraduates, Graduates, Post-Doctoral students, or Untenured Faculty.

    To find out more information about ACM’s involvement with the innovative MentorNet program, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet

    7. The new acmqueue website offers expanded content and advanced features

    Content on the acmqueue site provides a critical perspective on current and emerging information technologies, highlighting the technical challenges and problems that software engineers are likely to encounter when using them. In doing so, acmqueue helps readers sharpen their own thinking and pursue innovative solutions in their own work.

    acmqueue's core content includes in-depth articles and insightful columns written by accomplished software engineers, as well as interviews with legends (and future legends) in the field. Planet queue, an aggregation of blogs by acmqueue authors commenting on articles of interest to them in the ACM Digital Library collection, complements the site's core content. When Planet queue bloggers critique articles from the Digital Library, the articles are unlocked, making the full text available to acmqueue website users.

    The site also includes a growing archive of podcasts and video presentations that offer insights from leaders in the software engineering field.

    Visit acmqueue at: http://queue.acm.org/

    8. Visit ACM on Facebook!

    Stay tuned with the latest ACM news, posted in real time on the ACM Facebook page. Facebook is like a one-stop shop for media, blogging, communicating, calendaring and sharing information and ideas. Join thousands of ACM members who have already joined the ACM Facebook Group—and extend your network by adding new friends and peers on your Facebook profile, and creating your own discussion groups. Because it is completely mobile phone compatible, you can update your Facebook profile by using your phone. Facebook is also accessible to selected universities and has a high level of security.

    Find us at:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/ACM-Association-for-Computing-Machinery/17927643151?v=wall&viewas=1755757376

    9. Connect with Fellow ACM Members (and potential employers!) by Joining the “Official ACM Group” on LinkedIn

    Use ACM’s LinkedIn group to make direct connections, the connections of each of their connections (termed second-degree connections) and also the connections of second-degree connections (termed third-degree connections). This can be used to gain an introduction to someone you wish to know through a mutual, trusted contact.

    This resource can then be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by someone in one's contact network. Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates. Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.

    The "gated-access approach" (where contact with any professional requires either a preexisting relationship, or the intervention of a contact of theirs) is intended to build trust among the service's users. LinkedIn participates in EU's International Safe Harbor Privacy Principles.

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=36836 

    10. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity.

    http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps

    11. ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    ACM-W provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs (at the undergraduate or graduate levels) who wish to attend research conferences. Exposure to the CS research world can be an important factor in encouraging a student to continue on to the next level (undergraduate to graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. In cases of exceptional demonstrable interest in pursuing study and research in CS, high school students will also be considered for conference support. Twenty such scholarships, of up to $500 each, will be awarded annually. ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGCSE, SIGARCH, SIGSOFT, SIGCOMM, SIGECOM, SIGGRAPH, SIGPLAN, and SIGOPS) the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor at the conference. To apply online, go to: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html

    12. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition

    13. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading!  For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org.  If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org.  As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes." A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership.  Should you wish to be removed from the Student Quick Takes listserv, please follow the instructions at the end.

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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    May 2009 Issue
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    Issue Contents

    1. New and Improved ACM Student Academic Initiative
    2. SC09 Offers Student Mentoring and Grants for Travel Assistance
    3. Complimentary Access to the 2009 Sun JaveONE Conference June 2-5,2009
    4. Bringing Innovative Computing Courses Across the Digital Divide 3C
    5. Jon Kleinberg named recipient of 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
    6. The New ACM Featured Book Program
    7. New Online Course Program
    8. New Books24x7 Selections
    9. New “Communications of the ACM” Website Launched
    10. 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Winners Announced
    11. What Are ACM Student Members Saying about MentorNet®?
    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Has a New Look
    13. There’s Still Time to Participate in ACM’s 2008/2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Through June 30, 2009
    14. Student Volunteer Opportunities
    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    16. Subscription Information

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    1. New and Improved ACM Student Academic Initiative

    CA, one of ACM’s valued Student Academic Program partners has created an updated, more comprehensive website that can be accessed only by ACM Student Members. To access CA’s expanded site, login to your ACM Student Account via myACM:
    https://www.myacm.org/dashboard.cfm

    2. SC09 Offers Student Mentoring and Grants for Travel Assistance

    SC09, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, takes place November 14-20, 2009 in Austin, Texas.

    SC09, sponsored by the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society, offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. http://sc09.supercomputing.org/

    The SC09 Broader Engagement (BE) initiative will award participation grants to provide travel assistance to individuals from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in computing.

    Applications for SC09 Broader Engagement travel assistance grants are being accepted through August 3, 2009. In addition to receiving complimentary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for their SC09 lodging and transportation expenses. Applications are encouraged from students and young professionals in all computing-related disciplines.

    For more information, including a link to the application form, go to:
    http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=broadeng.html

    3. Complimentary Access to the 2009 Sun JaveONE Conference, June 2-5, 2009

    ACM Student Members can get free admission to JavaOne this year, including CommunityOne!

    A full pass includes: JavaOne general and technical sessions, panel discussions, HOLs (Hands-on-labs), BOFs (Birds-of-a-feather), the Pavilion and the After Dark Bash/Networking Mixer!  Not to mention a "hang space" (video games, movies & more!), plus you will be able to check email any time at one of our many hacker stations.

    PLUS: Admission to the CommunityOne Deep-Dives: FREE training by SLS on some really great topics, plus discounted certification vouchers will be handed out - certification can even be done on-site!  There will also be numerous parties and chances for you to network with the best and brightest in the industry.

    Please use the registration form at the URL below to access this offer:
    http://java.sun.com/javaone/2009/students_and_educators/index.jsp

    Please note that ACM is not affiliated with the JavaOne event, and is not responsible for any matters relating to the event or this offer.

    4. Bringing Innovative Computing Courses Across the Digital Divide

    WHAT: Luncheon and Briefing. Academic and policy experts present exciting new computing curricula and teacher preparation.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE: B339 Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Avenue between South Capitol Street and First Street, Washington DC, USA

    Academic and policy experts will present exciting new computing curricula and teacher preparation funded by the National Science Foundation and Microsoft. The event is sponsored by ACM and features prominent spokespeople from the Education Policy Committee, such as Dr. Chris Stephenson, Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).

    To read more about this important event, go to: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/stem-ed-caucus/

    5. Jon Kleinberg named recipient of 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences

    Popular Cornell University professor Jon Kleinberg, 37, has been named recipient of 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in recognition of his contributions to the science of networks and the World Wide Web. Kleinberg developed models that document how information is organized on the Web, how it spreads through large social networks, and how these networks are structured to create the small world phenomenon known as "six degrees of separation." Kleinberg's use of mathematical models to illuminate search and social networking tools that underpin today's social structure has created interest in computing from people not formerly drawn to this field.

    Learn more and access videos with Jon Kleinberg at:
    http://awards.acm.org/2008/acm-infosys-award.cfm

    Access an audio interview with Jon Kleinberg, or read selected excerpts:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/kleinberg-interview

    6. The New ACM Featured Book Program

    Choosing the best books in ACM’s Online Book Collection is about to become even easier! You will soon be receiving a monthly email with an ACM Featured Online Book. The books will be selected based on various criteria, including: popularity, vendor recommendations, release dates, leading topics, and best reviews.

    Check your inbox in the coming weeks for the first ACM Featured Book email!

    7. New Online Course Program

    ACM is excited to have recently launched a new online course program through leading provider Element K®. This program includes more than 2,500+ online courses on a wide range of computing and business topics in multiple languages, 1,000 unique vLab exercises, an e-Reference Library, as well as a downloadable player that allows members to access assessments and self-study courses offline. The ACM Online Course Program is open to ACM Professional and Student Members. Log in to myACM and follow the "Element K Courses" link to try out our new online courses. http://pd.acm.org

    8. New Books24x7® Selections

    ACM’s Online Books Collection has a number of new Books24x7 titles including:

    • Big Java, Third Edition
    • 175 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time!
    • Professional C# 2008

    View the complete Books24x7® book listing at: http://pd.acm.org/books/b24x7_books.cfm

    9. New “Communications of the ACM” Website Launched

    ACM has launched a new Website for its flagship publication “Communications of the ACM,” the world's premier monthly magazine for the computing and information technology fields.

    The Website features a wide range of high-quality and topical News, Opinion, Research, and Practitioner-oriented content from the magazine, as well as original and user-generated content that is exclusive to the new site. Among the site's numerous features is access to the “Communications” archive spanning more than 50 years of in-depth coverage of the computing profession.

    In addition, the site contains extensive blog content, including a group expert blog called the BLOG@CACM, which provides a completely new forum for a growing community of the world's leading industry and academic experts on a range of topics within computing, and a Blogroll of established syndicated bloggers that reflects the geographic and intellectual scope of the computing world with entries and related discussions.

    To explore the new site, go to: http://cacm.acm.org/

    10. 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Winners Announced

    Students from St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics have been crowned the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Champions. The 2009 World Finals Awards Ceremony took place in the Stockholm Concert Hall where the Nobel Prizes are presented every year.  KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden hosted this year's event.

    Referred to as "The Battle of the Brains," the ACM-ICPC World Finals challenged the world's top 100 university teams to use open standard technology in designing software that solves real-world problems. The teams were awarded medals based on the number of problems they solved correctly in the shortest amount of time.

    Tsinghua University in China, St. Petersburg State University in Russia, and Saratov State University in Russia finished the competition in second, third, and fourth places and all won Gold medals.

    To read the ACM Press Release on the ICPC Contest, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/acm-icpc-09

    11. What Are ACM Student Members Saying about MentorNet®?

    According to ACM MentorNet participant Daniel Gilbert “The recipe to predict the future is to ask someone who's been there. By allowing me to interact with a mentor who's gone down my desired career path, MentorNet has allowed me, in a sense, to project myself into the future and thus plan better my career.”

    "MentorNet has given me a very valuable perspective on professional life.  This would have been very hard -if not impossible- to get as a student or intern.  ACM's participation in MentorNet has convinced me further of the association's commitment to offering practical help with students' professional growth.  This sets ACM apart as a professional association in my mind."

    To find out more information about ACM’s involvement with the innovative MentorNet® program, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet

    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Has a New Look

    ACM's redesigned Job Board debuted recently with new and updated graphics and easier-to-navigate categories for both job seekers and employers. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date functionality to job seekers, the site now includes an advanced résumé data parsing system that allows users to simply upload their résumé as a Word or PDF document. Whether you are an active job seeker or just like to keep abreast of what's available in the computing industry and academia, be sure to visit ACM's Job Board to create a new résumé in the Résumé Bank, update your résumé, or view job openings. http://www.acm.org/careercenter

    13. There’s Still Time to Participate in ACM’s 2008/2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Through June 30, 2009

    There's still plenty of time to participate in the ACM 2008–2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive! Eligible recruiters can choose from a great selection of prizes, and compete for our Apple iPhone grand prize! Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition. ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. The drive ends June 30, 2009. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page.

    For more information visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page. http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/

    14. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM’s Special Interest Groups (SIGS) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity. http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps

    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition

    16. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading!  For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org.  If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org.  As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes." A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership.  Should you wish to be removed from the Student Quick Takes listserv, please follow the instructions at the end of this message.


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    March 2009 Issue
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    Issue Contents

    1. NEW! ACM Student Academic Initiatives
    2. ACM President, Dame Wendy Hall Interview
    3. Complimentary Access to the Sun CommunityONE event March 18th and 19th
    4. ACM's Featured Book through Books 24x7
    5. SIGGRAPH Academy Award Nomination and call for Volunteers
    6. Complimentary E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®
    7. CHI 2009 Will Showcase Technologies That Bring Digital Life to Reality
    8. Crossroads Survey
    9. ACM-W Scholarship Opportunities
    10. ACM Names 44 Fellows for Contributions to Computing and IT
    11. USACM on Open Government
    12. Student Chapter Excellence Awards
    13. ACM Student Research Competition, Call for Submissions!
    14. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open
    15. ACM's Career Job Center Powered by JobTarget®
    16. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    17. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    18. 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winner Named
    19. Subscription Information


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    1. New! ACM Student Academic Initiatives

    ACM has developed special relationships with several partners to offer valuable resources specifically for student members - at no additional cost! Participating partners include Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and CA. ACM Student Members now have the unique opportunity to access complimentary software and courseware, and to become a part of a large community in the process. For more information on this exciting and valuable development, please go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student

    2. ACM President, Dame Wendy Hall Interview

    ACM President Dame Wendy Hall, appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in December, was interviewed recently by Stephen Ibaraki as part of his interview series for "CIPS Connections." The 30-minute segment includes Dame Wendy's views on key issues as they relate to ACM and the entire computing profession, and is available in MP3 format to listen to online.

    2. ACM President, Dame Wendy Hall Interview

    ACM President Dame Wendy Hall, appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in December, was interviewed recently by Stephen Ibaraki as part of his interview series for "CIPS Connections." The 30-minute segment includes Dame Wendy's views on key issues as they relate to ACM and the entire computing profession, and is available in MP3 format to listen to online.

    Included are her thoughts on: the three top challenges facing our field today; the need for professionalism in IT; the burgeoning markets for technology in China and India; the future for business and IT professionals; personal career management; and ACM's role in internationalization and in shaping the impact of technology through policy initiative. Please visit An Exclusive Interview with Dame Wendy Hall for selected excerpts, as well as additional background:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/hallinterview


    3. Complimentary Access to the Sun CommunityONE event March 18th and 19th


    ACM Student Members can attend Sun CommunityONE Conference to be held in New York City on March 18th and 19th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. More than 30 technical sessions will cover a wide range of free and open-source projects. Hands-on demos will give you a chance to test drive cutting-edge tools and solutions. The second day offers "Deep Dive" tutorials. These sessions will allow you to hone your skills and accelerate your productivity in Deep Dives taught by expert educators from Sun Learning Services.

    Contact Christopher.McDonald@Sun.COM via email to reserve your spot!

    For full details on the conference go to: http://developers.sun.com/events/communityone/2009/east/index.jsp

    Please note that Sun Microsystems has partnered with ACM to participate in the ACM Student Academic Initiative (SAI see Item 1). ACM is not affiliated with the Sun CommunityONE Conference.


    4. ACM's Featured Book through Books24x7®


    Each month, ACM's Online Books & Courses page will now highlight a popular, useful, and highly-reviewed book available to student members from ACM's Books 24x7® collection.

    The March featured book is "Introduction to Algorithms" by:

    Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest and Clifford Stein.

    To find out more, go to the ACM Online Books & Courses site. ACM student members can simply log in with an ACM Web Account to take advantage of all available resources. http://pd.acm.org/


    5. ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Receives Oscar for Contributions to Computer Graphics

    ACM Fellow Ed Catmull was presented with an Oscar statuette for the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Conferred at the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentations earlier this month, the award is in recognition of his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry. In addition to being a noted computer scientist, Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He is also widely regarded as a leading innovator by the ACM SIGGRAPH community for his key contributions to fundamental computer graphics concepts. The Oscar is the latest in a series of recognitions he has received from the Academy since 1992.

    Read the ACM Press Release: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/catmull-oscar/


    Visit the ACM SIGGRAPH Web site: http://www.siggraph.org/


    6. Complimentary E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM is now partnering with MentorNet®, an organization that promotes e-mentoring relationships between students (protégés) and professionals (mentors). Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors-from industry, academia, and government-who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields. To find out more information about ACM's involvement with the innovative MentorNet® program, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet


    7. CHI 2009 to Showcase Technologies That Bring Digital Life to Reality

    CHI 2009, sponsored by ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, will showcase technologies, designs, and ideas that bring digital life to reality. The conference will offer a diverse program that includes a video showcase, job fair, and design vignette demos, as well as world-renowned experts on innovation in computer user design. Research highlights to be presented at the conference include designing digital games for rural children in India; effects of personal photos and presentation intervals on perceptions of recommender systems; a tool that increases Wikipedia credibility; home computer power management strategies; privacy concerns in everyday Wi-Fi use; and improving users gaming experience.

    Online registration is available for CHI 2009, which takes place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on April 4-9. For more information and to register, click on http://www.chi2009.org


    8. Crossroads Survey


    ACM asks that you take just 15 minutes out of your busy schedule to help us understand how we can better serve ACM Student Members and Crossroads readers; help us to understand those features that are, and would be, valuable and indispensable to you. Your feedback is very important to us! To participate in this short survey, go to:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=DvCQP7ByN203QNvjVY3TDA_3d_3d


    9. ACM-W Scholarship Opportunities

    ACM-W is pleased to announce a new program that will provide support for women students in Computer Science and related programs (at the undergraduate or graduate levels) who wish to attend research conferences. Exposure to the CS research world can be an important factor in encouraging a student to continue on to the next level (undergraduate to graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). It is not required that the student be presenting a paper at the conference she attends. In cases of exceptional demonstrable interest in pursuing study and research in CS, high school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially up to 12 such scholarships, of up to $500 each, will be awarded annually. ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. Applications will be evaluated in 6 groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with 1-3 awards given for each group of applications. To get more information on the application process, go to: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html


    10. ACM Names 44 Fellows for Contributions to Computing and IT

    ACM has recognized 44 of its members for their contributions to computing technology that have generated a broad range of innovations for industry, commerce, entertainment, and education. The 2008 ACM Fellows, from the world's leading universities, industries, and research labs, created advances in computer theory as well as practice.  These technology developments have consistently demonstrated their crucial role in forming the foundation for sustained economic growth in an information-based society.

    To read the ACM Press Release, go to: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/fellows-2008


    11. USACM on Open Government

    ACM's public policy committee, USACM, recently issued recommendations to make the growing body of US government data open and accessible to all Americans. USACM issued the statement to encourage government policy makers to use these guidelines when they build federal websites. USACM also applauded the new US Administration's efforts to create openness in government. USACM's recommendations advise that government data: be in formats promoting analysis; preserve the machine-readability when republished be accessible to citizens with limitations and disabilities; be downloadable; be accessible using standard queries; be published using data formats that do not include executable content; be digitally signed or include attestation of publication/creation date, authenticity, and integrity. To view the ACM press release, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/open-government


    12. Student Chapter Excellence Awards


    ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards are given in the following areas:

    • For ACM student chapters that sponsor a series of exceptional activities throughout the year or have focused their efforts on a  single major activity
    • For ACM student chapters that maintain an outstanding chapter web site
    • For ACM student chapters that have done an excellent job of recruiting student ACM members
    • For ACM student chapters that have made significant contributions to their communities through one major service project or aseries of smaller projects
    • For ACM student chapters that have made significant contributions to their own schools through one major service project or a series of smaller projects
    For details on ACM Student Chapters and the Excellence Awards, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/students/essay-contest/essay_contest-toc


    13. ACM Student Research Competition, Call for Submissions!

    Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the ACM Student Research Competition is an internationally recognized venue enabling
    undergraduate and graduate students to:
    • Experience the research world - for many undergraduates this is a first!
    • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students,judges, and conference attendees
    • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
    • Understand the practical applications of their research
    • Perfect their communication skills
    • Receive prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community

    For more information, including details on entering the competition, go to: http://www.acm.org/src/students.html


    14. Current ACM Member-Get-A-Member 2008-2009 Campaign Ends June 30

    ACM's current Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive is scheduled to end on June 30, 2009, but there is still plenty of time to participate and win prizes! A large selection of prizes are available, in addition to an Apple iPhone as the grand prize!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition. ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page: http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/


    15. ACM's Career Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center is getting a new look. Over the next few months, ACM's Job Board will debut new and updated graphics and easier-to-navigate categories for both job seekers and employers. Whether you are an active job seeker or just like to keep abreast of what's available in the computing industry and academia, be sure to visit ACM's Career & Job Center to post your resume in the Resume Bank and view job openings. http://campus.acm.org/careercenter/


    16. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGS) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity.
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps


    17. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition


    18. 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winner Named

    ACM has named Barbara Liskov the recipient of the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award for her contributions to practical and theoretical foundations of programming language and system design, especially related to data abstraction, fault tolerance, and distributed computing.
    To read more, view the ACM Press Release here: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/turing-award-08/


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    November 2008 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1.
    ACM Student Members Receive Free Access to 100+ Software Packages
    2. Resources for New Student Members Website Launched
    3. Updated ACM Books for Student Members
    4. Updated ACM Courses for Student Members
    5. Browser Updates for Skillsoft
    6. New ACM Online Books and Courses E-Newsletter Debuts
    7. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    8. How to Start an ACM Student Chapter
    9. ACM Student Chapters Can Request Speakers for the Distinguished Speakers Program
    10. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open
    11. Google Policy Fellowship Program Open for Applications
    12. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet(R)
    13. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget(R)
    14. New Image for Computing Project Launched
    15. SIGGRAPH Asia Conference to Debut in December
    16. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions, Call for Submissions
    17. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    18. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    19. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    20. Subscription Information
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    1. ACM Student Members Receive Free Access to 100+ Software Packages

    ACM has signed a licensing agreement with the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) providing all ACM Student Members with access, at no charge, to a variety (~ 100) of software packages.  The goal of this program is to get these tools into the hands of current students.

    All active ACM Student Members are eligible to participate in the ACM/MSDNAA Program.    
        
    Some of the software packages included are:    

    • Windows Vista    
    • Windows XP Professional    
    • Windows Server 2008    
    • Visual Studio 2008 Professional    
    • Visio Professional 2007    
    • Office Project Professional 2007    
    • Access 2007    
    • Visual Studio 2005 Team System    
    • SQL Server 2005    
    • Expression Studio    
    • Sharepoint Designer 2007    
    • Virtual PC 2007    
    • Virtual PC for Mac 7.0.2    
    • Visual C# 2005 Express Edition    
    • Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition    
    • And much, much more!    

        
    Also, as part of the ACM/MSDN AA partnership, ACM student members can obtain a no-cost Microsoft Academy Student Pass  
    that provides free e-learning courses to students who are interested in expanding their IT or developer skills with Microsoft technologies.  With this pass, students can explore five Microsoft technical certification paths:   

    • Windows Developer    
    • Web Developer    
    • Database Developer    
    • Windows Server IT Professional    
    • Windows Client IT Professional    

        
    The IT Academy Student Pass offers 12 to 22 hours of FREE e-learning courses, aligned to the first set of topics you need to master for the first Microsoft certification exam within the track.  Each track is unique, and most will require you to take additional e-learning courses to complete all of the topics you need to succeed on the certification exam.    
        
    The goal of the IT Academy Student Pass is to give you a head start by providing hours of e-learning content that sets the stage for the learning to come.    
        
    To sign up for an MSDNAA account, log in to myACM at http://www.myacm.org/, check the appropriate box, and click on "Submit."  For more information, visit the MSDNAA FAQ page at: http://www.acm.org/membership/student/msdnaa-faq.

    2. Resources for New Student Members Website Launched

    ACM is proud to announce a new Resources for New Student Members website! The site, found at http://www.acm.org/membership/resources-new-stu-members, is designed as a one-stop destination for all new Student Members to learn more about ACM and take full advantage of an ACM Student Membership.

    The site is divided into four sections:

    • What you should do as a new member
    • Engaging/Volunteering with ACM
    • ACM Benefits
    • ACM in the News

    While the site is designed to aid new members, established members may also find the site useful in the depth of information and resources it provides. The site will continue to be updated as more benefits or newsworthy items arise.

    A similar website for ACM Professional Members can be found at:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/resources-new-prof-members

    If you have any questions, or have any suggestions for the site, please contact: mktg2@acm.org


    3. Updated ACM Books for Student Members

    ACM Student Members have full, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7®.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    In October, the least utilized books (125 titles) were removed from the ACM Collection and replaced with books which our members requested or are in areas of high interest. The new titles include:

    • Blade Servers and Virtualization: Transforming Enterprise Computing While Cutting CostsFoundations of Qt DevelopmentMicrosoft Vista for IT Security Professionals Professional C# 2008
    • SQL All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
    • And much more!

    The recently added Bookes24x7 offering can be found at http://pd.acm.org/books/b24x7_new_books.cfm

    You can see the complete Books24x7 book listing at http://pd.acm.org/books/b24x7_books.cfm


    4. Updated ACM Courses for Student Members

    The ACM Online Course Program, includes full and unlimited access to over 3,000 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft®. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course. They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. They are designed to be used as an instant reference.Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded discussion groups and is available 24x7. This feature is available on the course summary screen.Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands. This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment. A Simulation allows you to practice using the application. A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added a number of new courses. Unlike the books which are swapped, courses are continually added and improved. Among the newest courses are:

    • Introducing Windows Server 2008
    • Mentoring 70-536 VB - TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation
    • Introducing .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

    You can see a complete list of all the courses at http://pd.acm.org/sks_listing_courses.cfm


    5. Browser Updates for Skillsoft®

    As of November 1, 2008 SkillSoft has discontinued support for certain older browsers across all product lines. In general, these browsers are no longer supported by the vendors, and recent statistics has shown Skillsoft that the usage share of the web browsers listed below is very small.

    The following browsers will no longer be officially supported:

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5x and earlier
    • Firefox 1x and earlier
    • Safari 2x and earlier
    • All versions of Netscape

    Currently released products should continue to function as expected on these older browsers; but as of November 1, 2008, SkillSoft will no longer test product releases and updates against these unsupported browsers, and will not be addressing issues specifically associated with them. New product releases such as SkillPort 7.0 will not be tested against and likely will not function properly using these older browsers.

    If you like to test whether your browser will still work, please visit http://browser.skillport.com/bh/default.asp


    6. New ACM Online Books and Courses E-Newsletter Debuts

    The premiere issue of the ACM Online Books and Courses newsletter debuted last month. This quaterly e-newsletter will be timed with the book swap for Books24x7. The newsletter features course additions/enhancements; Member testimonials; and a Highlighted Topic that includes Suggested courses, books, and applicable Digital Library articles. If you didn't receive the first issue at the end of October, please log in to myACM at http://www.myacm.org/, select "Listservs" from the menu on the left, and click the appropriate box. For more information on the ACM online books and courses program, please visit http://pd.acm.org If you have any feedback or recommendations on the program, please contact David Schneider, ACM's Education Manager, at shneider@hq.acm.org


    7. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Full access to 1,100 online books, 600 from Safari and 500 from Books24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • Full access to over 3,000 online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • Discounts to ACM SIG conferences
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online
    • An opportunity to vote for key ACM positions and thereby influence the way ACM is governed
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of 92,000+ fellow ACM members

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    8. How to Start an ACM Student Chapter

    ACM's Professional and Student chapters worldwide serve as nodes of activity for ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, lectures, and the opportunity to meet peers and experts in many fields of interest.

    ACM Student Chapters provide its members with the following benefits:

    • Industry contacts and networking
    • Professional growth and continued learning
    • Development of leadership capabilities
    • Career developments/opportunities
    • Representation in the Association

    Starting a chapter is relatively easy. Once a group of at least ten interested students is formed, find an ACM Professional Member to sponsor your chapter. Elect four officers out of the group, and begin the chartering process.

    For a more detailed explanation on starting an ACM Student Chapter, please visit:
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/students/form-gen-interest

    If you have any questions about starting a chapter, please contact Lauren Ryan, the ACM Local Activities Coordinator, at: chartering@acm.org


    9. ACM Student Chapters Can Request Speakers for the Distinguished Speakers Program

    ACM has revitalized its Distinguished Speakers Program, the long-standing speaker series for student and professional chapters: http://dsp.acm.org.

    In addition to a new website and online request process, the program now offers a network of over seventy speakers who are available to address chapters. Seventy four speakers from academia and industry are now part of the program, speaking on a variety of topics, from artificial intelligence and computer graphics, to emerging technologies and mobile computing. The speaker roster doubled in size during the fiscal year 2008, and of the forty speaking engagements that took place, twelve were hosted by international chapters.

    ACM pays for the speaker's travel to a chapter meeting; chapters are responsible for the speaker's local expenses.

    To request a speaker, please choose a talk from the website, and click on the request form. The request will be sent to ACM headquarters before it is forwarded to the speaker.

    Through the Distinguished Speakers Program, ACM helps with the costs of building quality programs for chapters. We encourage all chapters to take advantage of the program by inviting a speaker in the DSP network, or by nominating a speaker.


    10. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open

    Now that ACM's 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive has come to a close, ACM would like to congratulate top recruiter Tim Meakin and second-place recruiter Glenn Zink, who were rewarded with an Apple Store gift card valued at $350 (USD) and a Canon PowerShot SD-790IS digital camera, respectively. The response to the program was our best to date, and we would like to thank all of our recruiters, and the new members, for their interest and participation!

    ACM recently launched its new 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new prizes added to our already great selection, and an Apple iPhone grand prize!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone(R) and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2009.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at http://www.acm.org/memberdrive


    11. Google Policy Fellowship Program Open for Applications

    Google is sponsoring students interested in technology policy to spend the summer at think tanks and public interest groups through a program called the Google Policy Fellowship.

    Now in its second year, the Google Policy Fellowship will be funding students at fifteen organizations doing great work on Internet policy in the U.S. and Canada. A full listing of these organizations can be found at http://www.google.com/policyfellowship/hosts.html

    Applications are being accepted now through December 12. If you think you might be a good fit for this program, please visit: http://www.google.com/policyfellowship for more information.

    If you have any specific questions about the program, you can reach the Google Policy Fellowship program administrators via email at: policyfellowship@google.com


    12. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM is partnering with MentorNet, the award-winning not-for- profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math. Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one- on-one email relationships with mentors - from industry, academia, and government - who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Since its launch in September 2007, ACM's partnership with MentorNet has proven to be a valuable source for both Mentors and Protégés. Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, ATT Labs - Research, writes, "My mentor, Brian Kernighan, helped me navigate graduate school. Having learned the value of mentoring, I became a mentor myself...."

    Shannon McMaster, a protégé, commented: "I was able to find a mentor that was helpful and cared about learning about me and my goals. She helped me decide definitively on whether my major was the right fit for me by telling me stories about her job and responsibilities. She helped me see the various aspects of her job and how she was able to manage her family and work lives...."

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés! Learn more about becoming a protégé at: www.acm.org/mentornet


    13. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center features a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry. ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.

    Many job seekers and employers have taken advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center: the site receives approximately 1,500 to 2,000 "job views" each day, and on average lists more than 300 jobs (refreshed daily). More than 3,000 employers have registered with JobTarget, while over 500 resumes have been posted.

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!


    14. New Image for Computing Project Launched

    The WGBH Educational Foundation and ACM are working together on a project entitled “New Image for Computing” (with funding from NSF) that will improve the understanding of and image of computing among high school students, with special efforts to reach Latina females and African-American males.

    ACM is putting together a Teen Advisory Group (TAG Team), comprised of individuals between 18 and 23 years of age, that will help us raise the visibility of the New Image for Computing Project in the areas representing teen computing. Given the popularity of social networks, raising visibility of the project might be best done through these networks; TAG Team members will actively encourage other teens to affiliate with the New Image for Computer endeavor.

    We would expect members of the TAG Team to serve on the project for at least a year, and during this year there will be periodic conference calls. We are especially interested in recruiting members from the Southwest and the Northeast.

    For more information, please visit http://www.acm.org/membership/the-new-image-of-computing

    Please contact Lillian Israel, ACM Director of Membership, at israel@acm.org if you are interested in working on this project.


    15. SIGGRAPH Asia Conference to Debut in December

    The first ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2008) will take place at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore from December 10 to 13.

    In addition to the trade exhibition, the conference will offer many opportunities to experience the latest technologies in an interactive environment, including an Art Gallery, a Computer Animation Festival, technical courses, an educators program, an Emerging Technologies program, sketches and posters, a Job Fair, and technical papers.

    The Computer Animation Festival will present creative achievements in every genre, plus "hybrid" innovations that mix state-of-the-art animation techniques with traditional storytelling approaches.

    Featured speakers will include Computer Graphics Pioneer Don Greenberg of Cornell University, and Rob Cook, Vice President for Technology, Pixar Animation Studios.

    Please visit the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 website at http://www.siggraph.org/asia2008/ for more information.


    16. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions, Call for Submissions

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees. The following ACM Student Research Competitions are currently accepting submissions for 2009:

    CHI 2009, April 4-9, 2009
    Submission deadline: January 7, 2009
    Chairs: Rob Miller and Joanna McGrenere, studentresearch@chi2009.org

    PLDI '09, June 15-20, 2009
    Submission deadline: March 15, 2009
    Chair: Marco Pistoia, pistoia@us.ibm.com

    For more information on ACM Student Research Competitions, please visit: http://www.acm.org/src


    17. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm (you will need to login with your ACM username and password), which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    18. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGCSE 2009
    The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    Chattanooga, TN, 4-7 March 2009
    http://www.cs.arizona.edu/groups/sigcse09/volunteers.html

    CHI 2009
    Computer-Human Interaction 2009
    Boston, MA, 4-9 April 2009
    http://www.chi2009.org/  (email: studentvolunteers@chi2009.org)

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    19. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two- day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at coordinator@csta.acm.org.


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    September 2008 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. ACM Student Members Receive Free Access to 100+ Software Packages
    2. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    3. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open
    4. ACM Awards Banquet Recognizes Top Achievers in Computing
    5. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
    6. Student Chapters Excellence Awards
    7. ACM Honors Top Students at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
    8. ACM Issues Statement on Passing of Computing Pioneer Randy Pausch
    9. ACM-W Newsletter Features Interview with New ACM President Wendy Hall
    10. High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship
    11. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet(R)
    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget(R)
    13. Over 3,000 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership
    14. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7(R) included with ACM Student Membership
    15. ACM Books Program Featured in TechRepublic Blog: "10 ways to learn new skills on the cheap"
    16. Computing Educators Investigate Influences that Drive CS as Career Path
    17. ACM Education Policy Group Applauds Use of Computing Course to Meet Math Requirements
    18. SIGGRAPH 2008 Boasts 28,000+ Attendence
    19. Grace Hopper Celebration, Largest Gathering of Women in Computing
    20. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    21. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    22. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    23. Subscription Information
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    1. ACM Student Members Receive Free Access to 100+ Software Packages

    ACM has signed a licensing agreement with the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) providing all ACM Student Members with access, at no charge, to a variety (~ 100) of software packages.  The goal of this program is to get these tools into the hands of current students.      
        
    All active ACM Student Members are eligible to participate in the ACM/MSDNAA Program.    
        
    Some of the software packages included are:    

    • Windows Vista    
    • Windows XP Professional    
    • Windows Server 2008    
    • Visual Studio 2008 Professional    
    • Visio Professional 2007    
    • Office Project Professional 2007    
    • Access 2007    
    • Visual Studio 2005 Team System    
    • SQL Server 2005    
    • Expression Studio    
    • Sharepoint Designer 2007    
    • Virtual PC 2007    
    • Virtual PC for Mac 7.0.2    
    • Visual C# 2005 Express Edition    
    • Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition    
    • And much, much more!    

        
    Also, as part of the ACM/MSDN AA partnership, ACM student members can obtain a no-cost Microsoft Academy Student Pass  
    that provides free e-learning courses to students who are interested in expanding their IT or developer skills with Microsoft technologies.  With this pass, students can explore five Microsoft technical certification paths:

    • Windows Developer    
    • Web Developer    
    • Database Developer    
    • Windows Server IT Professional    
    • Windows Client IT Professional    

    The IT Academy Student Pass offers 12 to 22 hours of FREE e-learning courses, aligned to the first set of topics you need to master for the first Microsoft certification exam within the track.  Each track is unique, and most will require you to take additional e-learning courses to complete all of the topics you need to succeed on the certification exam.    

    The goal of the IT Academy Student Pass is to give you a head start by providing hours of e-learning content that sets the stage for the learning to come.
        

    To sign up for an MSDNAA account, log in to myACM at http://www.myacm.org/, check the appropriate box, and click on "Submit."

    For more information, visit the MSDNAA FAQ page at http://www.acm.org/membership/student/msdnaa-faq.


    2. Graduating Students Eligible for Special

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning    
    opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.  An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Full access to 1,100 online books, 600 from Safari® and 500 from Books24x7®, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley 
    • Full access to over 3,000 online courses from leading provider SkillSoft®   
    • Discounts to ACM SIG conferences   
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews   
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online    
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering    
    • A professional network of 90,000 fellow ACM members     

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal    
    process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    3. 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Is Now Open

    Now that ACM's 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive has come to a close, ACM would like to congratulate top recruiter Tim Meakin and second-place recruiter Glenn Zink, who were rewarded with an Apple Store gift card valued at $350 (USD) and a Canon PowerShot SD-790IS digital camera, respectively.  The response to the program was our best to date, and we would like to thank all of our recruiters, and the new members, for their interest and participation!     
        
    ACM recently launched its new 2008-2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new prizes added to our already great selection, and an Apple iPhone grand prize!    
        
    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members.  The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other     
    (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral.  Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas.  For everenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift.  Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars.  Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone(R) and a digital camera.   

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.      

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2009.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    4. ACM Awards Banquet Recognizes Top Achievers in Computing

    A glittering array of the computing world's distinguished luminaries and guests gathered in San Francisco in June for ACM's annual Awards Banquet to celebrate the past year's innovators and their achievements. The gala event paid homage to computing professionals from internationally recognized universities, corporations, and research laboratories whose contributions in a range of disciplines have advanced society in the information age.

    Among the acclaimed recipients of ACM's prestigious honors were 2007 Turing Award winners Edmund M. Clarke of Carnegie Mellon University, E. Allen Emerson of the University of Texas at Austin, and Joseph Sifakis of CNRS, Verimag Laboratory for their research in a quality assurance process known as Model Checking.

    The event also presented the first-ever ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences to Daphne Koller of Stanford University.  Koller was recognized for her innovative approach to Artificial Intelligence that allows computers to reason and learn about the world from real-world data.

    Student achievements were also celebrated, as ACM's first-place winner in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) first-place team, and Student Research Competition Grand Finals winners received their awards.

    To view a list of all the award winners and photos of the award banquet, visit:
    http://awards.acm.org/current_recipients.cfm?yr=2007


    5. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees.     
        
    There are two rounds of competition at each conference hosting an SRC and a Grand Finals competition.  All undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where they are evaluated by a different panel of judges via the Web.     
        
    This year's SRC Grand Finals winners are, in the Graduate Division:   

    • 1st Place, Himabindu Pucha, Purdue University    
    • 2nd Place, Lakshminarayanan Renganarayana, Colorado State University    
    • 3rd Place, Junqing Sun, University of Tennessee at Knoxville    

        
    And in the Undergraduate Division:    

    • 1st Place, Neha Singh, IIT Bombay    
    • 2nd Place, Jerry Backer, The City College of the City University of New York    
    • 3rd Place, Matei Zaharia, University of Waterloo    

        
    Congratulations and thank you for participating!    
        
    To find out more about the ACM SRC, please visit http://www.acm.org/src/


    6. Student Chapters Excellence Awards

    Each year ACM rewards excellence in ACM Student Chapters in five categories.  The winning chapters receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's web page.

    The winners of the 2007-2008 Student Chapter Excellence Awards are:

    • Community Activities: American University in Bulgaria ACM Student Chapter    
    • Outstanding Community Service: Northwestern University ACM-W Student Chapter     
    • Outstanding Website: Northeastern University ACM Student Chapter    
    • Outstanding Recruitment Program: University of Texas at  Austin ACM Student Chapter    
    • Outstanding School Service: NUST School of Engineering and Computer Sciences ACM Student Chapter    


    To learn more about the awards and this year's winners, visit:
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/students/essay-contest/essay_contest-toc


    7. ACM Honors Top Students at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

    The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 40 countries to showcase their independent research. The Intel ISEF is the premiere science competition in the world exclusively for students in
    grades 9-12.

    This year's Intel ISEF was held in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2008,where the ACM judges David S. Wise and Cynthia Brown presented:

    First Award of $1,000:

    • David Christopher Williams-King, Argyll Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Second Award of $500:

    • Dongyoung Kim, Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, South Korea

    Third Award of $300:

    • Martin Christoph Maas, Georg Cantor Gymnasium, Halle (Saale), Germany

    Fourth Award of $200:

    • Lucia Mocz, Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaii
    • Ken Miura, Mami Inoue, and Mayu Suzuki, Shizuoka-Prefectural Hamamatsu Kita High-School, Shizuoka, Japan
    • Maxim Gennadievich Gridnev, Andrey Anatolievich Churinov, and Leonid Andreevich Mashinskiy, Physical and Mathematical Lyceum #30, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

    All ACM winners will also receive complimentary ACM Student Memberships for the duration of their undergraduate education. To learn more about the Intel ISEF, visit: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/index.asp


    8. ACM Issues Statement on Passing of Computing Pioneer Randy Pausch

    ACM has issued the following statement on the death of Randy Pausch, professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University:

    "It is with extreme sadness that we mark the passing of a great visionary and a compelling figure in the world of computing.  Randy Pausch's revolutionary software achievements reformed the art of teaching and mentoring in the computing field with tools that appealed to those not normally exposed to the discipline.  His exceptional humanity inspired the computing community to build virtual worlds that reflected his commitment to collaboration between artists and technologists..."

    Randy Pausch received the 2007 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.  An active leader for  many years in the ACM Special Interest Groups on Graphics (SIGGRAPH) and Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), Pausch served on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for several ACM peer-reviewed publications, including ACM Interactions, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, ACM Transactions on Graphics, and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology.  He was also named a 2007 ACM Fellow.  Pausch also received SIGCSE's 2007 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education.

    Read the ACM press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/pausch-in-memoriam

    View other news coverage at: http://www.acm.org/news/featured/pausch


    9. ACM-W Newsletter Features Interview with New ACM President Wendy Hall

    The second issue of the ACM-W newsletter features an interview with the new ACM president, Wendy Hall.

    Several articles on projects and activities of particular interest to women in computing include an update on the Computing Educators Oral History Project (CEOHP) and a new feature, "Tales from the Career Front."  The newsletter also includes exciting reports from the UK and Brazil, celebrations, awards, and a calendar of upcoming events.

    View the newsletter online at: http://women.acm.org/newsletter_v01.02.pdf


    10. High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship

    The ACM/IEEE Computer Society High Performance Computing (HPC) Ph.D. Fellowship Program is now accepting nominations for its second annual competition at: https://submissions.supercomputing.org.

    The deadline for submissions is September 8.

    The ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program honors exceptional Ph.D. students throughout the world with the focus areas of HPC, networking, storage and analysis.  HPC covers the areas of computational sciences, computational engineering, and computer science using the most powerful computers available at a given time.  The Program also supports the sponsors' long-standing commitment to workforce diversity and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to diversity.

    The fellowships are awarded with a certificate and a stipend of at least $5,000 (US) for one academic year.  All ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D. Fellows are invited to attend at least one SC conference(usually the one after one year of receiving the award).  The SC Steering Committee and other conference volunteers are also willing to facilitate, where possible, internships for Fellows at HPC research or development sites.

    For more information about the program, visit the HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program webpage at:
    http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=hpcfellowships.html


    11. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM has partnered with MentorNet, the award-winning not-for-profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math.  Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals.  Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors - from industry, academia, and government - who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Since its launch in September 2007, ACM's partnership with MentorNet has proven to be a valuable source for both Mentors and Protégés.  Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, ATT Labs - Research, writes, "My mentor, Brian Kernighan, helped me navigate graduate school.  Having learned the value of mentoring, I became a mentor myself...."

    Shannon McMaster, a protégé, commented: "I was able to find a mentor that was helpful and cared about learning about me and my goals.  She helped me decide definitively on whether my major was the right fit for me by telling me stories about her job and responsibilities.  She helped me see the various aspects of her job and how she was able to manage her family and work lives...."

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés!  Learn more about becoming a protégé at: www.acm.org/mentornet


    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center features a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry.  ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites 
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Live career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.  

    Many job seekers and employers have taken advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center: the site receives approximately 1,500 to 2,000 "job views" each day, and on average lists more than 300 jobs (refreshed daily).  More than 3,000 employers have registered with JobTarget, while over 500 resumes have been posted.

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!


    13. Over 3,000 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership

    The ACM Online Course Program, includes full and unlimited access to over 3,000 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft.  You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course.  They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic.  They are designed to be used as an instant reference.
    • Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded  discussion groups and is available 24x7.  This feature is available on the course summary screen.
    • Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands.  This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment.  A Simulation allows you to practice using the application.  A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.  

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added dozens of new courses, including nine new Cisco DESGN 2.0 courses on topics such as: Network Design, Structuring and Modularizing the Network Multilayer Campus Design, IP Address and Routing Protocol Design, Network Security Solutions, Voice Networking, Wireless Networking, and Data Integration/Database Environments.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information.


    14. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership

    ACM Student Members also have full, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills.  This virtual high tech library of online  books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach.  You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover.  Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information.  Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    15. ACM Books Program Featured in TechRepublic Blog: "10 ways to learn new skills on the cheap"

    A recent TechRepublic blog post included the ACM Online Books program in their recent list of the 10 most affordable ways to stay current with constantly changing technology, and acquiring the skills needed to support it.

    "National organizations typically have a number of resources that you, as a member, can participate in. ...There may be a cost associated with some of this training, and access to some of the resources may require a paid, or premium (read: more expensive), membership.  But when you consider that a membership to the Association [for] Computing Machinery, for example, can give you access to more than 1,100 books online, in addition to their journals and proceedings, it might well  
    be worth the annual membership fee."

    View the entire post at: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=417


    16. Computing Educators Investigate Influences that Drive CS  as Career Path

    The Computing Educators Oral History Project (CEOHP), a grassroots project to capture computer history with a special focus on education, is supported by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W), ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT), and NSF.

    The project, which is led by Barbara Boucher Owens of Southwestern University, began with a Working Group at the 2005 ITiCSE conference, which established a protocol for conducting interviews to investigate the influences that inspired, supported, or discouraged individuals who followed this career path.

    The ultimate goal of CEOHP is a searchable repository of artifacts that includes items such as digital audio, video, transcripts, and photos.  In addition, CEOHP will include associated instructional materials designed for use at the pre-college and college levels, with a particular eye toward supporting recruitment and retention of under-represented groups.  The goal is to balance the collection with respect to factors such as gender, ethnicity, geography, institution size, and academic rank.  One strategy will be to interview individuals recognized with awards such as the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award and the SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education.

    To date, the CEOHP site includes audio files and transcripts for 17 individuals, with additional interviews being prepared.  A new Working Group will convene at the 2008 ITiCSE conference in Madrid later this month.

    For more information, visit the CEOHP website at: http://cs.southwestern.edu/CEOHP/


    17. ACM Education Policy Group Applauds Use of Computing Course to Meet Math Requirements

    As a major endorsement of the importance of computer science education in today's K-12 classrooms, an independent review conducted by the Dana Center and Achieve, Inc. selected Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A as meeting its high standards for a fourth-year, post-Algebra II, mathematics capstone course for high school seniors.

    The Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Education Policy Committee and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) applaud the recommendation for this rigorous computing course to be offered to high school students to maintain the necessary momentum of their mathematics education in that crucial fourth year.

    Achieve and the Charles A. Dana Center at University of Texas-Austin collaborated on this web-based effort to offer tools and resources to mathematics educators to ensure that K-12 mathematics education prepares students for college and careers, including fourth year high school or "capstone" courses.  More information about the capstone courses, as well as the other resources, can be found on the Dana Center's Mathematics Benchmarks site at:
    http://www.utdanacenter.org/k12mathbenchmarks/resources/capstonecourses.php

    Visit the ACM Education Policy Committe website at: http://www.acm.org/public-policy/education-policy-committee

    Visit the CSTA website at: http://csta.acm.org/


    18. SIGGRAPH 2008 Boasts 28,000+ Attendence

    An estimated 28,400 participants attended SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, held August 11 to 15 in Los Angeles.

    Highlights included an expanded Computer Animation Festival, which was open to the public for the first time; keynote speakers from the film industry, music video, and robotics research fields; and a Second Life portal into the Space Time Exhibition.  As always, papers presenting cutting-edge research, a comprehensive exhibit showcasing the latest technology, and classes and workshops rounded out the program.

    Visit the SIGGRAPH 2008 webpage at: http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/

    Next year's SIGGRAPH takes place in New Orleans, August 4 to 6, 2009. Visit the SIGGRAPH 2009 webpage at: http://www.siggraph.org/s2009/

    The first ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2008) will take place at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore from December 10 to 13.  Visit the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 webpage at: http://www.siggraph.org/asia2008/


    19. Grace Hopper Celebration, Largest Gathering of Women in Computing

    The 2008 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, hosted by ACM and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI), is planned for the Keystone Resort in Colorado October 1 to 4.

    GHC attracts an international array of speakers, more than 88 sessions across seven tracks, as well as panels, workshops, new investigator technical papers, Ph.D. forums, and achievement awards.

    With the theme "We Build a Better World," this year's GHC, now an annual event, will recognize the significant role women play in creating and utilizing technology to improve world conditions.  Sessions will include strategies for aligning research with the business goals of a commercial organization; political initiatives to encourage diversity in the ICT workforce; and a keynote speech by IBM Fellow Emerita and 2006 ACM Turing Award winner Fran Allen.

    Visit the GHC webpage at: http://gracehopper.org/2008/


    20. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences.  It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends.  High school students will also be considered for conference support.  Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department.  Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter.  For application and notification dates and more information, please visit: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm (you will need to login with your ACM username and password), which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    21. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students.  Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    CSCW 2008
    The 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    San Diego, California, 8-12 November 2008
    http://www.cscw2008.org/sv.html

    SIGCSE 2009 
    The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education  
    Chattanooga, TN, 4-7 March 2009 
    http://www.cs.arizona.edu/groups/sigcse09/volunteers.html

    CHI 2009 
    Computer-Human Interaction 2009 
    Boston, MA, 4-9 April 2009 
    http://www.chi2009.org/ (email: studentvolunteers@chi2009.org)

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates.  For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at: http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    22. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community.  Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association).  At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science.  Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters.  Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.  It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school?  Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at: coordinator@csta.acm.org.


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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Closes June 30th
    2. New Online Career Resources Site for Graduating Students and ACM Members
    3. Russian, US Universities Win Top Places at International Collegiate Programming Contest
    4. ACM Names Daphne Koller Recipient of 2007 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
    5. ACM Experts Contribute to Understanding Computers: Today & Tomorrow
    6. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®
    7. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®
    8. 2,500 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership
    9. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership
    10. ACM Prepares to Re-Launch Flagship Publication Communications of the ACM
    11. ACM Launches Beta Version of Author Profile Pages in Digital Library
    12. netWorker Digital Edition Debuts
    13. ACM-W Honors Shafi Goldwasser with Athena Lecturer Award
    14. SC08 Broader Engagement Offers Mentoring and Travel Assistance Grants
    15. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions, Call for Submissions
    16. CSTA Launches Two K-12 Outreach Projects for Computer Science Educators
    17. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    18. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    19. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    20. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    21. Subscription Information
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    1. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Closes June 30th

    The 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Drive is coming to an end!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone(R) and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2008.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    2. New Online Career Resources Site for Graduating Students and ACM Members

    As the world's leading organization dedicated to the advancement of computing as a science and profession, ACM takes pride in helping its members succeed in their careers. For this purpose, ACM has gathered an extensive list of online career resources on a new site called Online Resources for Graduating Students.

    Created in response to requests from students who will be entering the workplace in the near future, the site is also a valuable resource for any member at any stage in their education or career.

    The site includes eight sections, each linking to a host of resources available on the web. The sections are:

    • ACM Career Resources
    • Selected Career Websites
    • Computing/IT-Oriented Career Websites
    • Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interview Tips
    • Online Professional Networking
    • Salary Survey Sites
    • Career-Related Blogs
    • Other Career/Job Search Advice Articles

    The purpose of this site is to put a host of useful resources right at your fingertips!

    You can visit the site at http://www.acm.org/membership/student/resources-for-grads

    If you have any additional links or content you would like to see featured on the site, please email us at mktg@acm.org. We'd love to hear from you!


    3. Russian, US Universities Win Top Places at International Collegiate Programming Contest

    The 32nd ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) took place April 6 to 10 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

    One hundred teams advanced to the Finals from regional competitions held around the world. Of the top ten winners, four teams were from Russian universities, one was from Ukraine, a former member of the USSR, and three were teams representing universities in North America, including Canada and the United States.

    First place went to St. Petersburg University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics (Russia), followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.), Izhevsk State Technical University (Russia), Lviv National University (Ukraine), and Moscow State University (Russia). Also among the top ten finishers were teams from Tsinghua University (China), Stanford University (U.S.), University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Waterloo (Canada), and Petrozavodsk State University (Russia).

    With IBM's sponsorship, begun in 1997, participation has increased eightfold, extending the opportunity to more students to compete for awards, prizes, scholarships, and bragging rights. Earlier rounds of the competition featured 6,700 teams representing 1,821 universities from 83 countries. The ACM ICPC is sponsored by IBM.

    See the final results of the ICPC at: http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/Finals/v2/default.asp?page=results

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/icpc08


    4. ACM Names Daphne Koller Recipient of 2007 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences

    Daphne Koller, a professor at Stanford University, has been awarded the first-ever ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences.

    Koller, 39, is being recognized for her innovative approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) that allows computers to reason and learn about the world from real-world data. By combining the previously incompatible tools of logic and probability that are the basic principles of intelligent reasoning, she created a new field of learning that has transformed the way computers can process vast amounts of diverse, uncertain, often-conflicting data to solve complex real-world problems.

    This new award, announced in August 2007, recognizes personal contributions by young scientists and system developers to a contemporary innovation that exemplifies the greatest recent achievements in the computing field. Financial support for the $150,000 award is provided by an endowment from the Infosys Foundation.

    ACM will present the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 21, 2008, in San Francisco, CA.

    For more information, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/infosys_award.

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/infosys-award-07


    5. ACM Experts Contribute to Understanding Computers: Today & Tomorrow

    Five ACM professional members have contributed information included in the 12th Edition of Deborah Morley's college textbook Understanding Computers: Today & Tomorrow. The edition features Stuart Feldman, President of ACM and Vice President, Engineering, Google, as a Guest Expert for the Systems module. Also included are contributions from Kathleen Fisher of AT&T Research and SIGPLAN Chair; Chandra Krintz of UC Santa Barbara and SIGPLAN Vice Chair; Kevin Scott of AdMob and ACM's Executive Committee and Education Board; and Moshe Vardi of Rice University, the new Communications of the ACM Editor-in-Chief.

    Offering his expert insight on Systems, Stuart Feldman shares his thoughts on what's important to know, including that: the world of data has shifted radically; programming languages last a long time; the impact of systems on society is tremendous.

    He goes on to discuss how he uses technology, what he feels the future will hold, and offers advice to students such as "The best preparation for a long and successful career is to understand the fundamentals of computing deeply, and be able to apply them to new situations."

    Read the contributions of all five experts at: http://www.acm.org/membership/experts


    6. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM has partnered with MentorNet, the award-winning not-for- profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math. Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one- on-one email relationships with mentors - from industry, academia, and government - who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Since its launch in September 2007, ACM's partnership with MentorNet has already proven to be a valuable source for both Mentors and Protégés. Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, ATT Labs - Research, writes, "My mentor, Brian Kernighan, helped me navigate graduate school. Having learned the value of mentoring, I became a mentor myself...."

    Shannon McMaster, a protégé, commented: "I was able to find a mentor that was helpful and cared about learning about me and my goals. She helped me decide definitively on whether my major was the right fit for me by telling me stories about her job and responsibilities. She helped me see the various aspects of her job and how she was able to manage her family and work lives...."

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés! Learn more about becoming a protégé at www.acm.org/mentornet.


    7. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center features a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry. ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Live career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.

    Many job seekers and employers have taken advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center: the site receives approximately 1,500 to 2,000 "job views" each day, and on average lists more than 300 jobs (refreshed daily). More than 3,000 employers have registered with JobTarget, while over 500 resumes have been posted.

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!


    8. 2,500 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership

    The ACM Online Course Program, includes full and unlimited access to 2,500 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course. They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. They are designed to be used as an instant reference.
    • Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded discussion groups and is available 24x7. This feature is available on the course summary screen.
    • Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands. This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment. A Simulation allows you to practice using the application. A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added dozens of new courses, including nine new Cisco DESGN 2.0 courses on topics such as: Network Design, Structuring and Modularizing the Network Multilayer Campus Design, IP Address and Routing Protocol Design, Network Security Solutions, Voice Networking, Wireless Networking, and Data Integration/Database Environments.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org today!


    9. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership

    ACM Student Members also have full, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information.

    Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    10. ACM Prepares to Re-Launch Flagship Publication Communications of the ACM

    To keep pace with the ever-changing technology industry and ACM membership base, Communications of the ACM (CACM), ACM's monthly flagship magazine, will be undergoing a significant change starting with the July 2008 issue.

    The CACM re-launch includes a complete redesign of its look and feel and editorial model. Development of a new dynamic website that will appeal to ACM members, industry leaders, and advertisers is scheduled for later in the year.

    University of California at Berkeley professor and former ACM President David Patterson discusses the redesign via a video presentation which can be viewed at http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm/d_patterson.mov (QuickTime player required). A transcript of the presentation is also available at http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm/video-transcript

    You can learn more about the redesigned CACM from its new Editor-in-Chief, Moshe Vardi, at: http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm/moshe-vardi

    Visit the CACM homepage at http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm


    11. ACM Launches Beta Version of Author Profile Pages in Digital Library

    ACM has launched the beta version of Author Profile Pages in the Digital Library in an effort to normalize author names and to gather citation and usage statistics. This new feature includes authors' papers from the Guide to Computing Literature, citation and usage statistics, links to personal home pages, professional affiliations and colleagues, and more.

    Author Profile Pages, which also include some Bibliometrics, supply a quick snapshot of an author's contribution to the field and a basic measure of its influence. Over time, the contents of the Author Profile page may expand at the direction of the community.

    Learn more about Author Profile Pages by visiting http://www.acm.org/membership/author_pages

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/author-pages


    12. netWorker Digital Edition Debuts

    The March 2008 issue of netWorker, the magazine for the ACM networking community, marked the first digital edition of the magazine. The digital format is an added benefit to subscribers, complementing the current print edition of the magazine and articles posted in the ACM Digital Library. It enables members to view a true digital representation of the entire print magazine from cover to cover in an easy-to-use digital format. netWorker is the newest addition to ACM's digital- format magazines, which include Communications of the ACM, interactions, and Crossroads.

    The new edition can be viewed at: http://mags.acm.org/networker/200803/


    13. ACM-W Honors Shafi Goldwasser with Athena Lecturer Award

    ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) has named Shafi Goldwasser of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Weizmann Institute of Science as the 2008-2009 Athena Lecturer for her outstanding research contributions to cryptography, complexity theory, and number theory.

    Goldwasser is the co-inventor of zero-knowledge proofs, a key tool in the design of cryptographic protocols. Her work on interactive and zero-knowledge proofs provides the underpinnings for secure transmission of information over the Internet.

    The Athena Lecturer is invited to present a lecture at an ACM event. Goldwasser will address the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT), in Washington, DC in May 2009.

    Each year, the Athena Lecturer honors a preeminent woman computer scientist. Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom. With her knowledge, sense of purpose, and willingness to enter the fray, she epitomizes the strength, determination, and intelligence of the "Athena Lecturers." The 2008-2009 Athena Lecturer Award will be presented at the ACM Annual Awards Banquet, June 21, in San Francisco, CA.

    The Athena Lecturer Award, which celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science, includes a $10,000 honorarium, which is provided by Google Inc.

    Visit the ACM-W website at: http://women.acm.org/

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/athena-award-08


    14. SC08 Broader Engagement Offers Mentoring and Travel Assistance Grants

    Interested in understanding what supercomputing means? Want to learn how next-generation computing, networking and storage technologies help to solve our world's challenges and problems? Do you want to be in a place that brings together scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers to discuss, discover and innovate the path forward for computing? If so, the SC08 Broader Engagement initiative might just be for you.

    SC08, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, takes place November 15-21, 2008 in Austin, Texas. For twenty years, the SC conference has showcased the latest advances in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Over the years, the conference has expanded its breadth to reach a wider community. For example, the Education Program helps teachers integrate high performance computing into the classroom, while the Doctoral Consortium provides a forum in which graduate students can present their research. And a series of competitive "challenges" have been created to test both expertise and teamwork.

    In addition, the conference is committed to broadening the engagement of individuals from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in high performance computing.

    The SC08 Broader Engagement (BE) initiative will award participation grants to provide travel assistance to individuals from groups that have traditionally been under- represented in computing: African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, women and physically-challenged people. These grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full time for at least one semester during the 2007-2008 academic year and are at least 18 years of age. Faculty and young professionals also will be considered, with a preference for faculty whose students are receiving SC08 BE grants.

    "Successful applicants for our travel assistance grants will have access to unprecedented opportunities through the SC08 Broader Engagement initiative," said Tony Baylis of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, SC08's Broader Engagement Chair. "Our mentorship program plans to provide hands-on learning, while connecting students with leaders in high performance computing and related fields. For the right individuals, this can be a career changing experience."

    Applications for SC08 Broader Engagement travel assistance grants are being accepted through August 15, 2008. In addition to complimentary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for expenses associated with SC08 lodging and transportation, up to a pre-determined amount.

    More information, including a link to the application form, can be found at http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=broadeng.html.

    For more information about SC08, please visit http://sc08.supercomputing.org/.


    15. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions, Call for Submissions

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees.

    The following ACM Student Research Competitions are still accepting submissions for 2008:

    Assets 2008, October 13-15
    Submission deadline: June 23, 2008
    Chair: Matt Huenerfauth, matt@cs.qc.cuny.edu

    SIGCSE 2009, March 4-7, 2009
    Submission deadline: September 28, 2008
    Chair: Ann Sobel, sobelae@muohio.edu

    For more information on ACM Student Research Competitions, please visit: http://www.acm.org/src.


    16. CSTA Launches Two K-12 Outreach Projects for Computer Science Educators

    The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and SIGCSE, ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, are joining forces for the first workshop for college and university faculty who are interested in reaching K-12 students via "road shows."

    The road shows, to be held across the country, will inform K-12 students of career opportunities in computing and engage them in activities that spark their interest in CS as a field of study. The workshop is part of a program initiated by CSTA to create a team of educational leaders who will share research, expertise, resources, and best practices.

    The workshop will be hosted by Google at their Mountain View campus May 29 and 30th. Pre-registration is required.

    For more information, contact CSTA Executive Director Chris Stephenson at cstephenson@csta.acm.org. Support for this event has been provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

    Through a two-year grant from NSF, the CSTA is also building a cadre of K-12 educational leaders who can effectively advocate for Computer Science education at the local, state, and national level. The group, known as the CSTA K-12 Leadership Cohort, will focus on establishing K-12 computer science as an essential academic discipline.

    A three-day workshop for selected teachers from July 8 to 10th will provide training in the leadership qualities needed for advocacy, and will develop a toolkit of advocacy materials for teachers to use as they help organize local and state chapters of CSTA. The aim is for chapters to become an information source about local and state issues affecting K-12 CS education, and to function as an active advocacy group. Through this framework, CSTA can provide more localized services and broaden membership.

    For more information, contact Gail Chapman at gail.chapman@hq.acm.org.


    17. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.



    18. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    ICSE 2008
    The 30th International Conference on Software Engineering
    Leipzip, Germany, 10-18 May 2008
    http://icse08.upb.de/index.html

    SIGGRAPH 2008
    The 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer
    Graphics and Interactive Techniques
    Los Angeles, California, 11-15 August 2008
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/volunteers/students/

    CSCW 2008
    The 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    San Diego, California, 8-12 November 2008
    http://www.cscw2008.org/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar



    19. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two- day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at coordinator@csta.acm.org.



    20. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Full and unlimited access to 1,100 online books, from Safari and Books24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • Full and unlimited access to 2,500 online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 83,000 fellow ACM members

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.



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    The Newsletter for Student Members of
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    February 2008 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. ACM Names 2007 A.M. Turing Award Winners
    2. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®
    3. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®
    4. 2,500 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership
    5. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership
    6. ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program Adds New Speakers, Updates Web Presence
    7. Computing Careers Brochure for Students Now Available en Español
    8. Randy Pausch, Developer of Alice, Wins Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
    9. SIGCSE 2008 to Focus on Underserved Groups in CS Education
    10. New Digital Editions of ACM Magazines Offer Enhanced Reader Experience
    11. Communications of the ACM's 50th Anniversary Issue Looks at Past and Future
    12. ACM Forms Education Policy Committee to Improve Access to Quality CS Education
    13. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competition, Call for Submissions: PLDI 2008
    14. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    15. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    16. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    17. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    18. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    19. Subscription Information
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    1. ACM Names 2007 A.M. Turing Award Winners

    ACM has named Edmund M. Clarke, E. Allen Emerson, and Joseph Sifakis the recipients of the 2007 A.M. Turing Award for their original and continuing research in a quality assurance process known as Model Checking.

    Their innovations transformed the approach from a theoretical technique to a highly effective verification technology that enables computer hardware and software engineers to find errors efficiently in complex system designs, thus increasing the assurance that the systems perform as intended by the designers.

    Clarke of Carnegie Mellon University, and Emerson of the University of Texas at Austin, working together, and Sifakis, working independently for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at the University of Grenoble in France, developed this fully automated approach that is now the most widely used verification method in the hardware and software industries.

    The Turing Award, first presented in 1966, and named for British mathematician Alan M. Turing, is widely considered the "Nobel Prize in Computing." It carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support provided by Intel Corporation and Google Inc.

    ACM will present the Turing Award at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 21, 2008, in San Francisco, CA.

    For additional information on the A.M. Turing Award, visit: http://awards.acm.org/turing

    Read the ACM Press Release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/turing-award-07/

    View the 2007 Turing Award News Coverage at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/2007TuringAward


    2. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM is partnering with MentorNet®, the award-winning not-for-profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math. Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors - from industry, academia, and government who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    Since its launch in September 2007, ACM's partnership with MentorNet has already proven to be a valuable source for both Mentors and Protégés. Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, ATT Labs - Research, writes, "My mentor, Brian Kernighan, helped me navigate graduate school. Having learned the value of mentoring, I became a mentor myself...."

    Shannon McMaster, a protégé, commented: "I was able to find a mentor that was helpful and cared about learning about me and my goals. She helped me decide definitively on whether my major was the right fit for me by telling me stories about her job and responsibilities. She helped me see the various aspects of her job and how she was able to manage her family and work lives...."

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés! Learn more about becoming a protégé at:
    www.acm.org/mentornet.


    3. ACM's Career & Job Center Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM's Career & Job Center features a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry. ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Live career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.

    Many job seekers and employers have taken advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center: the site receives approximately 1,500 to 2,000 "job views" each day, and on average lists more than 300 jobs (refreshed daily). More than 3,000 employers have registered with JobTarget, while over 500 resumes have been posted.

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!


    4. 2,500 Online Courses from SkillSoft included with ACM Student Membership

    The ACM Online Course Program,includes full and unlimited access to 2,500 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course. They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. They are designed to be used as an instant reference.
    • Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded discussion groups and is available 24x7. This feature is available on the course summary screen.
    • Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands. This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment. A Simulation allows you to practice using the application. A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added dozens of New courses, including nine new Cisco DESGN 2.0 courses on topics such as: Network Design, Structuring and Modularizing the Network Multilayer Campus Design, IP Address and Routing Protocol Design, Network Security Solutions, Voice Networking, Wireless Networking, and Data Integration/Database Environments.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new SkillSoft courses.


    5. The ACM Collection of 500 Online Books from Books24x7® included with ACM Student Membership

    ACM Student Members also have full, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    6. ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program Adds New Speakers, Updates Web Presence

    ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), formerly known as the Distinguished Lectureship Program, has undergone some significant changes within the last year. Tapping into ACM's Fellows and Special Interest Group communities, the DSP Committee invited a new slate of experts to serve as Distinguished Speakers, who are ACM's ambassadors to student chapters and to local communities of professionals worldwide. A new website also includes an automated request process as well as in-depth profiles of speakers and their talks.

    The 40 new speakers come from academia and industry. Topics range from artificial intelligence to human computer interaction and from mobile computing to security. The program welcomes self-nominated speakers; those who self-nominate will be asked to provide at least two ACM members as a reference.

    For more information on requesting a speaker or joining the program, visit the DSP Web site at: http://www.dsp.acm.org/ or email speakers@acm.org.


    7. Computing Careers Brochure for Students Now Available en Español

    The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is reaching out to Hispanic teachers and students with a Spanish-language edition of its popular brochure, "Imagine Your Future in Computing." Available in print and online, this colorful brochure encourages students to consider computing careers in a wide range of fields, including software development, mobile communications, medicine and the environment.

    CSTA is a membership organization that works to support and promote the teaching of computer science at the K-12 level by providing opportunities for teachers and students to better understand computing disciplines. It was launched by ACM to ensure that teachers have the tools they need to get students interested in computer science careers.

    "More than 10,000 English language copies of our computing careers brochure have been distributed across the country; we're eager to put this resource into the hands of Spanish-speaking students in a more accessible way," said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association.

    Both the Spanish and English language versions of the brochure can be downloaded at:
    http://csta.acm.org/Careers/sub/ClassroomCareersResources.html

    Print versions are available by contacting CSTA at: (800) 342-6626 or by e-mailing cstahelp@csta.acm.org.

    Additional information for educators, including frequently asked questions, career profiles and an overview of computing curricula, is available at http://computingcareers.acm.org.


    8. Randy Pausch, Developer of Alice, Wins Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award

    Randy Pausch, Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, has won ACM's 2007 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, for creating innovative ways to teach Computer Science by making it more accessible and fun. Professor Pausch's team developed the programming tool known as Alice, a revolutionary software project that uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to help beginning programmers, particularly women, overcome initial frustrations.

    The award cites Pausch for his "outstanding creative contributions to the art of teaching and mentoring and for the innovative Alice programming environment for creating interactive 3D experiences." The Karlstrom Award carries a $5,000 prize, which is supplied by Prentice-Hall.

    Pausch, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in August, delivered a moving and upbeat "Last Lecture," "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," in September. It has since been viewed over a million times on the Internet. Pausch has also been named a 2007 ACM Fellow, and is the winner of the 2007 ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education, which will be presented at the ACM SIGCSE Conference in March.

    Pausch's lecture, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," can be viewed at:
    http://cmu.edu/uls/journeys/randy-pausch/index.html

    A PDF of the lecture can also be downloaded at: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/Randy/pauschlastlecturetranscript.pdf


    9. SIGCSE 2008 to Focus on Underserved Groups in CS Education

    SIGCSE, the Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, will look at ways accessibility to Computer Science education can be improved for minorities, women, people with disabilities, non-Western cultures, and any group that is being underserved by the educational system.

    According to the conference chairs, "accessible computing education results in a more complete, more diverse, and more successful population of future computer science professionals." In addition to the Doctoral Consortium and Student Research Competition, there will be a workshop on setting up a data repository for CS education research.

    Randy Pausch, Professor of Computer Science, HCI and Design at Carnegie Mellon University; Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products and User Experience at Google; and Ed Lazowska, Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington are the invited speakers.

    The conference is scheduled for March 12 to 15 in Portland, Oregon.


    10. New Digital Editions of ACM Magazines Offer Enhanced Reader Experience

    ACM has partnered with Texterity, a leading provider of systems and services for the creation, delivery, and tracking of digital editions of magazines. Members can now view true digital representations of Communications of the ACM (CACM) and interactions on a web browser without the need to download additional programs or plug-ins.

    The new format will not replace either the print edition or articles posted in the ACM Digital Library. Instead, it offers the look and feel of thumbing through the pages of the magazine and zooming in on particular paragraphs, checking specific references or advertisements, or searching an issue for precise content markers. It also enables readers to store these editions on their PCs or laptops for long-term archiving or sharing with friends and colleagues.

    Visit the CACM homepage at: http://www.acm.org/publications/cacm/communications-of-the-acm

    Visit the interactions homepage at: http://interactions.acm.org/

    For more information about Texterity, please visit: http://www.texterity.com/


    11. Communications of the ACM's 50th Anniversary Issue Looks at Past and Future

    The January 2008 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM) marked the publication's 50th year.

    Over its 50 year history, CACM has become ACM's flagship publication, sharing landmark discoveries, research, and accomplishments that have influenced the course of computer science and, in turn, our daily lives and livelihoods.

    To honor this milestone, CACM invited leading contributors to share their memories and perceptions; and prominent voices in computing to share their thoughts and concerns about some of the next big stories likely to emerge. Also in this issue, Moshe Vardi, CACM's new Editor-in-Chief, outlined new editorial directions for the New Year and beyond.

    Read the press release at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/cacm-50th

    The digital version of this issue can be viewed at: http://mags.acm.org/communications/200801/

    Please visit the CACM home page in the Digital Library at: http://portal.acm.org/browse_dl.cfm?linked=1&part=magazine&idx=J79 to view its archives.


    12. ACM Forms Education Policy Committee to Improve Access to Quality CS Education

    ACM has created a high-level committee of acclaimed computer scientists and educators to improve opportunities for quality education in computing and Computer Science.

    Chaired by Bobby Schnabel, dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics, ACM's new Education Policy Committee (EPC) will develop initiatives aimed at shaping national education policies that impact on the computing field. The EPC will initially focus on steps to ensure that Computer Science education is identified as a critical component of education policy in the US at both federal and state levels.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.acm.org/public-policy/education-policy-committee


    13. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competition, Call for Submissions: PLDI 2008

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees.

    The next SRC will be held at Programming Lanugage Design and Implementation (PLDI 2008, June 7-13 at Tucson, AZ). All entries should be submitted by February 15, 2008.

    For more information, contact Todd Millstein at: todd@cs.ucla.edu, or by visiting the PLDI 2008 website at http://pldi2008.cs.ucr.edu/

    Find out more about SRC at: http://www.acm.org/src/


    14. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    15. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGCSE 2008

    The 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    Portland, Oregon, 12-15 March 2008
    http://www.cs.duke.edu/sigcse08/studentVolunteers.html

    CHI 2008
    The 26th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Florence, Italy, 5-8 April 2008
    http://www.chi2008.org/sv.html

    SIGGRAPH 2008
    The 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
    Los Angeles, California, 11-15 August 2008
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/volunteers/students/

    ICSE 2008
    The 30th International Conference on Software Engineering
    Leipzip, Germany, 10-18 May 2008
    http://icse08.upb.de/index.html

    CSCW 2008
    The 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    San Diego, California, 8-12 November 2008
    http://www.cscw2008.org/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    16. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at coordinator@csta.acm.org.



    17. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    ACM has launched its 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new and exciting prizes!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone® and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2008.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.



    18. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Full and unlimited access to 1,100 online books, from Safari and Books24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • Full and unlimited access to 2,500 online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 83,000 fellow ACM members

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    September 2007 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®
    2. New and Improved Job Board Powered by JobTarget®
    3. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    4. 2,200 Free Online Courses from SkillSoft
    5. 500 Free Online Books from Books24x7®
    6. New ACM Journals Now Available in the Digital Library
    7. New ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for Young Computing Professionals
    8. ACM Awards Banquet Celebrates Computing’s Top Achievers
    9. Career Options Bright for 2007 ACM ICPC Winners
    10. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners
    11. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Call for Submissions: CHI 08
    12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    13. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    14. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
    16. Subscription Information
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    1. Free E-Mentoring Services from MentorNet®

    ACM has partnered with MentorNet, the award-winning not-for-profit organization promoting e-mentoring relationships between professionals (mentors) and students (protégés) in the areas of engineering, science and math. Students gain invaluable career advice, encouragement and support, while professionals lend their expertise by helping to educate and inspire young professionals. Protégés are matched in one-on-one email relationships with mentors — from industry, academia, and government — who have relevant experience in the appropriate technology, engineering, and scientific fields.

    All ACM student members are eligible to participate in this program as protégés! Learn more about becoming a protégé at www.acm.org/mentornet.


    2. New and Improved Job Board Powered by JobTarget®

    ACM is excited to announce its new Career & Job Center, featuring a highly targeted focus on job opportunities in the computing industry. ACM members can access a host of exclusive career-enhancing benefits including:

    • Access to hundreds of corporate job postings often not seen on commercial sites
    • Resume posting, allowing you to stay connected to the employment market
    • An advanced Job Alert system notifying you of opportunities matching your criteria
    • Live career advice available to assist you in resume development, creating cover letters, company research, negotiating an offer, and more.


    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!

    To take advantage of the opportunity to have your resume viewed by many of the leading employers in the industry right away, visit http://campus.acm.org/careercenter today!

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    3. 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    ACM has launched its 2007-2008 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new and exciting prizes!

    Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members. The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is your opportunity to share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include hats, messenger bags, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and umbrellas. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPhone(R) and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2008.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    4. 2,200 Free Online Courses from SkillSoft

    The ACM Online Course Program,includes free and unlimited access to more than 2,200 online IT and business courses from leading provider SkillSoft. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    In addition to courses, ACM members have access to a number of helpful resources inside SkillSoft:

    • Job Aids are tools and forms that complement and support the content presented in a course. They serve as a guide for application of the skills learned.
    • Skillbriefs are condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. They are designed to be used as an instant reference.
    • Mentoring is delivered through email, online chats and threaded discussion groups and is available 24x7. This feature is available on the course summary screen.
    • Exercises offer a thorough interactive practice session appropriate to the learning points covered previously in the course: a Lab Exercise offers you an opportunity to work in a simulated version of an application; a Coding Exercise gives you an opportunity to analyze and write code or commands. This type of exercise uses a simulated version of a realistic programming environment. A Simulation allows you to practice using the application. A DecisionPath exercise simulates the process of making complex decisions.

    Since the ACM launch of SkillSoft, it has added dozens of new courses, including nine new Cisco DESGN 2.0 courses on topics such as: Network Design, Structuring and Modularizing the Network Mutilayer Campus Design, IP Adress and Routing Protocol Design, Network Security Solutions, Voice Networking, Wireless Networking, and Data Integration/Database Environments.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new SkillSoft courses.


    5. 500 Free Online Books from Books24x7®

    ACM Student Members also have free, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    6. New ACM Journals Now Available in the Digital Library

    Two new journals from the Transactions series are nowavailable on the ACM Digital Library: Transactions on the Web (TWEB), which debuted May 2007, and Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD), which debuted March 2007.

    The ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB) is a journal publishing refereed articles reporting the results of research on Web content, applications, use, and related enabling technologies. Topics in the scope of TWEB include but are not limited to the following: Browsers and Web Interfaces; Electronic Commerce; Electronic Publishing; Hypertext and Hypermedia; Semantic Web; Web Engineering; Web Services; and Service-Oriented Computing XML.

    The ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD) publishes original archival papers in the area of knowledge discovery from data and closely related disciplines. The existence of TKDD has helped to define the field of knowledge discovery and data mining research. It encompasses the development, formalization, and validation of abstractions and models to describe data mining applications and the design and implementation methods for knowledge discovery and automated analysis of large amount of data. For more information on TWEB, please visit http://tweb.acm.org/.

    For more information on TKDD, please visit http://tkdd.cs.uiuc.edu/.


    7. New ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for Young Computing Professionals

    ACM has partnered with Infosys Technologies Limited to create a new annual award that recognizes young scientists and system developers whose contemporary innovations are having a dramatic impact in the computing field. The award, to be known as the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences, will seek eligible candidates globally, and will carry a prize of $150,000. The first recipient will be announced as part of the ACM Awards program in early 2008.

    Instituted by Infosys through the company's philanthropic arm, the Infosys Foundation, the new award joins the roster of ACM awards that honor outstanding contributors to a range of computing applications, including computer architecture, theory and practice, education, humanitarian initiatives, software, and major technical advances of an enduring nature.

    A selection committee to administer the award will be formed and led by Juris Hartmanis, the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering at Cornell University. He is a co-recipient of the 1993 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his contributions in establishing the foundations for computational complexity theory.


    8. ACM Awards Banquet Celebrates Computing’s Top Achievers

    The annual ACM Awards Banquet, held at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California on June 9, celebrated the best and brightest computing innovators and innovations. The 2006 Award recipients ranged from students demonstrating their programming and research prowess, to pioneers in their respective fields.

    For a list of award recipients and pictures from the night, please visit: http://awards.acm.org/html/dinner_06_winners.cfm.

    For more information on ACM Awards, please visit: http://awards.acm.org/.


    9. Career Options Bright for 2007 ACM ICPC Winners

    The World Finals of the 2007 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) hosted eighty eight teams from six continents. They were among more than six thousand teams representing 1,756 universities in 82 countries that participated in this year's competition. The event, sponsored by IBM since 1997, has been an important component of ACM's educational activities since 1977.

    The coach for Warsaw University, the first place team in this year's ACM ICPC reported that his charges received a variety of promising scientific and business offers from organizations in Poland as well as abroad. In a brief survey of team coaches for selected top finishers in this year's ICPC, Jan Madey noted that members of Warsaw's teams, which have advanced to the ICPC finals every years since 1994, had "no problem" in finding interesting jobs in Poland. He added that "the door is open" for them almost anywhere in the world should they want to go abroad for employment.

    Similar responses were reported by coaches for two U.S. universities that finished among the leaders in the ICPC World Finals, which took place in Tokyo in March. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the third place finisher, team members were weighing opportunities for graduate school, software development, finance, and professorships. At the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), which finished among the top 15 finalists, one team member has been accepted at Harvard Law School, another is pursuing a Ph.D in computer science, and a third is a Masters Degree candidate at UT Dallas.

    These varied career options reflect the critical role for computing professionals in today's technology-driven world. In fact, the contest itself challenges students to solve computer programming problems modeled on real-world business situations. Each three-person team is asked to solve 10 practical problems, such as improving the efficiency of telecommunications networks, and minimizing risks to the security of proprietary data.

    Read more about the winning teams’ strategies and views at: http://learnmore.acm.org/membership/learnmore/icpcwinners.html


    10. Student Research Competition Grand Finals Winners

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. There are two rounds of competition at each conference hosting an SRC and a Grand Finals competition. All undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where they are evaluated by a different panel of judges via the Web.

    This year’s SRC Grand Finals winners are, in the Graduate Division: Eugene Borodin, Stony Brook University (SUNY), Emerson Murphy-Hill, Portland State University, and Bowen Hui, University of Toronto; and in the Undergraduate Division: Erica Yuan-Ting Huang, University of British Columbia, Anselm Grundhoefer, Bauhaus University, Germany, and Maria Kazandjieva, Princeton University. They were honored at the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they received formal recognition.

    For a list of all 2007 ACM SRC winners, please visit http://www.acm.org/src/winners.html.

    For more information on the ACM SRC, please visit http://www.acm.org/src/.


    11. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Call for Submissions: CHI 08

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees.

    CHI 08 is the next conference accepting submissions. The deadline is January 8, 2008. For more information, visit http://www.chi2008.org/student_research_competition.html.

    For more information on the ACM SRC and updates on future SRCs, please visit http://www.acm.org/src/.


    12. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in
    attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a
    one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    13. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGCSE 2008
    The 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    Portland, Oregon, 12-15 March 2008
    http://www.cs.duke.edu/sigcse08/studentVolunteers.html

    CHI 2008
    The 26th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Florence, Italy, 5-8 April 2008
    http://www.chi2008.org/sv.html

    SIGGRAPH 2008
    The 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
    Los Angeles, California, 11-15 August 2008
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/volunteers/students/

    ICSE 2008
    The 30th International Conference on Software Engineering
    Leipzip, Germany, 10-18 May 2008
    http://icse08.upb.de/index.html

    CSCW 2008
    The 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    San Diego, California, 8-12 November 2008
    http://www.cscw2008.org/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at: http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    14. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers


    CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out more at http://tecs.acm.org/.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Gail, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at coordinator@csta.acm.org.


    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • 1,100 free online books, from Safari and Books 24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • 2,200 free online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication Communications of the ACM, in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 83,000 fellow ACM members

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    16. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

    A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership. Should you wish to be removed from the Student Quick Takes listserv, please follow the instructions at the end of this message.



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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    April 2007 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. More than 2,200 Free Online Courses from SkillSoft®
    2. 500 Free Online Books from Books24x7®
    3. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    4. ACM Names 2006 Award Winners
    5. Frances E. Allen Named 2006 A.M. Turing Award Recipient
    6. ICPC 2007 Results
    7. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Calls for Submissions
    8. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    9. New Transactions on Data Mining Debuts
    10. Second Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing Draws Students, Faculty, Industry Leaders
    11. CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!
    12. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    13. Subscription Information
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    1. More than 2,200 Free Online Courses from SkillSoft®

    We have expanded our free online course offerings for ACM Student Members with a total of 2,200 IT and business courses from SkillSoft. You can enroll in an unlimited number of courses for no charge to continue your lifelong learning opportunities.

    Enhance your career potential with IT professional certification courses on the latest technologies from IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, SUN, the Linux Professional Institute, and more. The selections cover a wide range of core computing courses - from Web development to database design.

    Sharpen your practical business skills with course offerings that include everything tech professionals need, from project management to time management; from leadership to team building.

    These downloadable SkillSoft courses feature valuable learning tools:

    • Mentoring through email, online chats, and threaded discussion groups
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    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new SkillSoft courses.


    2. 500 Free Online Books from Books24x7®

    ACM Student Members also have free, unlimited access to 500 online books featuring cutting edge IT/CS tools and technologies, as well as the latest books on practical business skills. This virtual high tech library of online books is supplied by Books24x7.

    This custom collection puts essential reference works within easy reach. You can search, bookmark, or read these books cover-to-cover. Selections include sources by leading authors from key publishers, including Wiley, Wrox, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and Josey Bass.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24x7 is a registered trademark of Books24x7, Inc.


    3. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • 1,100 free online books, from Safari and Books 24x7, featuring top books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, and Wiley
    • 2,200 free online courses from leading provider SkillSoft
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication "Communications of the ACM," in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 80,000 fellow ACM members
    • A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus Queuecasts, downloadable discussions with technology experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.


    4. ACM Names 2006 Award Winners

    As part of ACM's ongoing effort to recognize technical excellence and outstanding service to the computing field, the ACM Award Subcommittees have deliberated and made their selections for the winners of its 2006 awards. View the listing of the 2006 ACM Award Winners at http://awards.acm.org/2006. Visit the Awards home page at http://www.acm.org/awards.

    ACM will honor and celebrate its recent award winners and Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego, California.


    5. Frances E. Allen Named 2006 A.M. Turing Award Recipient

    ACM has named Frances E. Allen the recipient of the 2006 A. M. Turing Award for contributions that fundamentally improved the performance of computer programs in solving problems, and accelerated the use of high performance computing.

    This award marks the first time that a woman has received this honor. The news of this recognition has cascaded throughout the country and into the international media as well, with coverage from major national news outlets, daily newspapers, technology and trade magazines, online media, and broadcast outlets. Read the press release at:
    http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/press_releases/2_2007/turing2006.cfm.

    Fran Allen sat down recently with ACM staff to discuss her recognition as the first woman to win the top prize in computer science. During the conversation, she helped to redefine the meaning of "success." Read the interview at:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/learnmore/FranAllenInterview.html.


    6. ICPC 2007 Results

    The 2007 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) took place on March 15 in Tokyo, Japan, with 88 teams competing in the final round. Earlier rounds of the competition featured more than 6,000 teams representing 1,765 universities from 82 countries.

    The results of the international competition indicate the continuing strength of global competition for the best computer programmers in the world. The top five winners were Warsaw University (Poland), Tsinghua University (China), St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics(Russia), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.), and Novosibirsk State University (Russia).

    Read the press release at http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/press_releases/3_2007/icpc2007.cfm.


    7. Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Calls for Submissions

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees. The following ACM Student Research Competitions are still accepting submissions for 2007:

    Hypertext 2007 (Hypertext and Multimedia)
    September 10-12
    http://www.sigweb.org/ht07/home/research.php
    Submission deadline: May 7

    OOPSLA (Object-Oriented Programming)
    October 21-25
    http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/index.php?page=subs/src/
    Submission deadline: July 2

    Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
    October 14-17
    http://www.richardtapia.org/2007/posters.php
    Submission deadline: July 6

    ASSETS (Computers and Accessibility)
    October 14-17
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/prof/chapter_event_tmrf_budget.pdf
    Submission deadline: July 13

    MOBICOM (Mobile Computing and Networking)
    September 9-14
    http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2007/src.html
    Submission deadline: August 10

    For more information on ACM Student Research Competitions, please visit: http://www.acm.org/src.


    8. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acmw.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    9. New Transactions on Data Mining Debuts

    ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD) debuted in March 2007. The journal covers various aspects of data mining and analysis, including data warehousing, data streams, multimedia data, high-dimensional data, text, Web, semi-structured data, spatial and temporal data, data mining for community generation, social network analysis, graph structured data, and security and privacy issues.

    The international Editorial Board is composed of recognized experts in the various subareas of this field, all with a commitment to maintain TKDD as the premier publication in this active field. The Editorial Board maintains contact with ACM's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD), as well as with other societies, to encourage submittal of advanced and original papers.

    The journal appears in the ACM Digital Library and is thus available to the many individual and institutional DL subscribers. TKDD will be also included in the SIGKDD Anthology and SIGKDD Digital Symposium Collection CDROM publications. These disparate media (print, web, CDROM, DVDROM), widely distributed, ensure that TKDD articles are easily available to knowledge discovery and data mining researchers.

    Visit the journal home page at http://tkdd.cs.uiuc.edu/.


    10. Second Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing Draws Students, Faculty, Industry Leaders

    The second Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWIC) conference was held on February 16 to 17 in south central Ohio. Nearly 100 attendees from all over the state, ranging from freshmen to grad students, from faculty to women working in IT jobs in industry, benefited from the low-cost, regionally-tailored, professional conference, which is modeled after the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

    The program features highly successful technical women and provides opportunities for networking. The model for the regional celebrations was developed by an ACM-W working committee. Those interested in hosting such events in their region can contact Bettina Bair at bbair@cse.osu.edu or Gloria Townsend at gct@depauw.edu.

    For more information, please visit the OCWIC home page at http://www.cse.ohio-state.edu/ocwic/.


    11. CS Whiz-Kids Needed! Help High School Teachers Learn to Teach Computer Science!

    Are you a Java genius?

    Have you been developing games with Alice for as long as you can remember?

    Do you sometimes think back to high school and wish your CS teacher had been more aware of cutting edge developments in the field?

    Have you ever wished you had known more in time for the first day of freshman year?

    If you answered yes to any of these question, then the Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between ACM and the College Board. Learn more at: http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out the rest at: http://tecs.acm.org.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together. It's fun; it's easy; and we know from experience that these workshops really make a difference in how CS is taught to high school students!

    Are you ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Jennifer, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at: wroblewski@acm.org.


    12. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    If you haven't already done so, please be sure to check out ACM's Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive for 2006/2007. Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    When a referral joins, ACM emails the referring member and lets them know when they are eligible for a reward. Shortly after completion of the current Member-Get-A-Member Drive, the top qualifying recruiters will be acknowledged in ACM's member newsletters, "MemberNet" and "Student Quick Takes."

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include calculators, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and pocket notepads. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPod® and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2007.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    13. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News Updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

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    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    February 2007 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS


    1. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    2. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg®
    3. Free Online Books Powered by Books24/7®
    4. "Crossroads" Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Staff Members
    5. "Crossroads" Needs Student Liaisons in Every School
    6. Over 100 Internships & Co-Ops Available on the "Crossroads" Website
    7. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    8. ICPC 2007
    9. Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC) Call for Papers
    10. Other Conferences hosting Student Research Competitions in 2007
    11. ACM Welcomes its New Student Chapters
    12. University of Illinois ACM Student Chapter Welcomes Back PayPal, YouTube Founders
    13. Video of Globalization Lecture at Stanford Now Available Online
    14. ACM Digital Library Exceeds One Million Entries
    15. Interview with Computer Architecture Pioneers Hennessy and Patterson
    16. New Computing Career Brochure Available for High School Students
    17. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    18. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    19. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    20. Subscription Information
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    1. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    If you haven't already done so, please be sure to check out ACM's Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive for 2006/2007. Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    When a referral joins, ACM emails the referring member and lets them know when they are eligible for a reward. Shortly after completion of the current Member-Get-A-Member Drive, the top qualifying recruiters will be acknowledged in ACM's member newsletters, "MemberNet" and "Student Quick Takes."

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include calculators, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and pocket notepads. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPod(R) and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2007.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.


    2. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg®

    ACM offers 1,200 Thomson NETg® online course titles for ACM Student Members! You can enroll in as many of these courses as you wish for no charge. Subjects cover a range of core computing areas, from Application Development to UNIX and the Web. These powerful, convenient NETg® courses are designed to maximize your learning experience. You can supplement your coursework, refresh your skills, discover new topics, or deepen your existing knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new NETg® course titles. Access to all of these courses is free and a valuable benefit of ACM student membership. Thomson NETg® is a registered trademark.


    3. Free Online Books Powered by Books24/7®

    ACM Student Members enjoy free and unlimited access to 400 online books powered by Books24/7®. Search, bookmark, or read books cover-to-cover in this virtual library that puts essential information within easy reach. These free online books are part of ACM's ongoing commitment to helping its members enhance their skills and broaden their understanding of important trends in computing.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24/7® is a registered trademark of Books24/7, Inc.


    4. "Crossroads" Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Staff Members

    "Crossroads," ACM's student-run magazine, is currently looking for students interested in joining the Editorial Staff. "Crossroads" is published quarterly and has a circulation of more than 20,000; the "Crossroads" website receives (on average) more than 3,000 hits per day.

    To see a list of open positions and their descriptions, please visit http://www.acm.org/crossroads/doc/positions.html. Please note that all positions are voluntary; there is no compensation involved.


    5. "Crossroads" Needs Student Liaisons in Every School

    "Crossroads" needs students that can help spread the word about opportunities with "Crossroads" at your school! Since "Crossroads" is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization, it needs student liaisons at as many schools as possible to contact faculty and students about important announcements and the possibility of submitting articles. Liaisons are volunteers, but the benefits include extending your own professional contacts as well as helping "Crossroads."

    If you would like to be a liaison, or would like more information about becoming one, please visit:
    http://www.acm.org/crossroads/doc/liaison/bealiaison.html.


    6. Over 100 Internships & Co-Ops Available on the "Crossroads" Website

    In addition to being a premier vehicle for students interested in computing to publish their work, "Crossroads" also seeks to help its readers find information that is relevant to being a student in Information Technology and Computer Science. At http://www.acm.org/crossroads/resources/internships.html, you can find over 100 links to internship & co-op opportunities, as well as links to other helpful information.


    7. ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html.

    To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acmw.acm.org/scholara.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    8. ICPC 2007

    This year's ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest welcomes eighty-eight teams from all over the world to Tokyo, Japan, for what will be the largest competition to date. The year-long program is a series of local and regional contests that culminates in the world finals, where teams of three students race to solve eight or more complex, real-world problems, within five hours. Winners receive cash prizes and recognition in the international computing community.

    The global nature of ICPC reflects the achievements of talented students to solve problems in our technology-driven world. ICPC also demonstrates the critical need to prepare the work force to meet the growing demand for IT jobs across international boundaries.

    The finals, which will take place March 12-16th, are hosted by the ACM Japan Chapter and IBM's Tokyo Research Lab. ACM's President Stu Feldman will be present to address the teams, which includes last year's ICPC winner, Saratov State University. For more information about ICPC, please see the website at: http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/.


    9. Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC) Call for Papers

    SIGACT is pleased to announce the first ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) at the Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2007, June 12-13 at San Diego, CA). The STOC SRC offers an opportunity for undergraduate students conducting theoretical computer science research to present their original work at the conference.

    Research in all areas of theoretical computer science is welcome, including, but not limited to:

    • algorithms and data structures
    • computational complexity
    • cryptography
    • parallel and distributed computation
    • algorithmic algebra and coding theory
    • computational science and economics
    • quantum computing
    • theoretical aspects of databases, networks, etc.

    Submissions should be extended abstracts describing recently completed or ongoing original, student-driven research. Group submissions will not be accepted. Papers should begin with a cover page including title, author name, affiliation, email address and the name and email address of a faculty sponsor. A one or two paragraph abstract should also appear on the cover page. The submission should not exceed 2 pages, excluding bibliography and cover page.

    Between ten and fifteen submissions will be accepted, and these students will be invited to STOC for the poster session. Student travel grants are available to defray travel and hotel costs.

    Submissions should be emailed directly to Brent Heeringa, heeringa@cs.williams.edu, by Friday, 23 February 2007. The full Call for Participation is available on the SRC website: http://www.cs.williams.edu/src2007.


    10. Other Conferences hosting Student Research Competitions in 2007

    The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) represents a unique forum for ACM student members at both the undergraduate and graduate level to present their original research before a panel of judges as well as before conference attendees. In addition to STOC SRC above, here is a list of upcoming SRC's:

    PLDI 2007 (Programming Language Design and Implementation)
    June 10-13
    Submission deadline: March 15
    http://ties.ucsd.edu/PLDI/

    Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
    October 17-20
    Submission deadline: March 22
    http://gracehopper.org/2007/participate.html#src

    Hypertext 2007 (Hypertext and Multimedia)
    September 10-12
    Submission deadline: May 7
    http://www.sigweb.org/ht07/home/research.php

    SIGGRAPH (Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) 2007
    August 5-8
    Submission deadline: TBD
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/attendees/events/

    OOPSLA (Object-Oriented Programming)
    Submission deadline: July 2
    http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/index.php?page=subs/src/

    ASSETS (Computers and Accessibility)
    October 14-17
    Submission deadline: July 13
    http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2007/src.html

    For more information about ACM Student Research Competitions, requirements, and past winners please visit: http://www.acm.org/src.


    11. ACM Welcomes its New Student Chapters

    ACM extends a warm welcome to the following new Student Chapters:

    • CETIE Puebla, Mexico
    • East Mediterranean University (Turkey)
    • ITT Technical Institute/Webster (Texas)
    • Ohio University ACM SIGGRAPH
    • Universidad del Valle de Mexico
    • University of North Carolina/Charlotte Student ACM-W
    • University of Tampa (Florida)
    • West Texas A&M
    • Westminster College (Missouri)

    The student chapter program is a critical part of ACM's mission to facilitate the exchange of ideas between students and professionals in the computing world. For more information about starting a Student Chapter, please visit:
    http://www.acm.org/chapters/stu/types.html.


    12. University of Illinois ACM Student Chapter Welcomes Back PayPal, YouTube Founders

    A recent conference at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign welcomed back two former ACM Student Chapter members: Max Levchin, founder of PayPal, and Jawed Karim, who with Steve Chen founded YouTube. Levchin and Karim were at UIUC in conjunction with the ACM chapter's 12th annual student computing conference and the UIUC Computer Science Department's engineers-in-residence program. Both gave talks to packed audiences and met individually with students to discuss careers and entrepreneurial opportunities.

    To read more about the activities of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chapter, please visit their website at: http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/about.shtml.


    13. Video of Globalization Lecture at Stanford Now Available Online

    In 2006, the ACM Job Migration Task Force published "Globalization and Offshoring of Software," a report examining the issues surrounding the migration of jobs within the computing and information technology field and industry.

    ACM initiated this study to provide a deeper understanding of the trends in, and the forces behind, the globalization and offshoring of software. The study's finding calls attention to continuing growth in the U.S. IT industry, but also points to increasing competition within the global IT market. The study urges increased investment in education and innovation to sustain a competitive edge.

    In November 2006, Moshe Y. Vardi, the co-chair of the ACM Job Migration Task Force, delivered a presentation on the challenges of globalization to an audience at Stanford University. ACM is proud to announce that the lecture is now available online in two streaming video formats: dial-up (http://www.dlp.acm.org/Global-IT/GlobalizationIT56k.mov) and high-speed (http://www.dlp.acm.org/Global-IT/GlobalizationIT768k.mov).

    For more information on the ACM Job Migration Task Force and its report "Globalization and Offshoring of Software," please visit: http://www.acm.org/globalizationreport/.


    14. ACM Digital Library Exceeds One Million Entries

    The ACM Digital Library and Guide passed a major milestone in February, when the number of bibliographic citations in the vast digital collection passed the 1,000,000 mark.

    The ACM Digital Library (DL) contains the full-text of everything ACM has published in its 60 years, and the Guide to Computing Literature (Guide) is a bibliographic database of the key publications across the entire computing field.

    The one millionth document in the Guide was the cover story "Spam and the Ongoing Battle for the Inbox," in the February 2007 issue of "Communications of the ACM."

    ACM's Digital Library and Guide are used by thousands of computing professionals and students who rely on them for convenient access to the published works in the field.

    Currently, the Guide includes more than 370,000 journal articles; nearly 135,000 books; some 55,000 theses; almost 400,000 proceedings papers from conferences; and over 40,000 reports and other resources.

    All ACM student members have full access to the Guide to Computing Literature.

    Visit the ACM Digital Library and Guide at http://portal.acm.org/.

    View the ACM Press Release at http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/press_releases/2_2007/milliondoc.cfm.


    15. Interview with Computer Architecture Pioneers Hennessy and Patterson

    A part of their ongoing series of "Queuecasts," ACM Queue magazine recently posted the audio of an interview with former ACM President and UC Berkeley Professor David Patterson and Stanford President John Hennessy.

    The two are best known for their pioneering work on RISC architectures and for collaborating on the seminal textbook Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach.

    In this first part of a two-part series with interviewer Kunle Olukotun, they discuss the impact of their textbook, the promise of FPGAs, and the challenge of parallel programming.

    To listen to the interview, and to access other Queuecasts, visit: http://www.acmqueue.com/modules.php?name=Queuecasts.

    Queuecasts are downloadable audio files that users can listen to on their computer or upload to their MP3 player. The 15-20 minute conversations feature industry experts and focus on a particular topic relevant to the corresponding print issue for that month.


    16. New Computing Career Brochure Available for High School Students

    A new brochure is available to counter the many misperceptions circulating among high school students, their parents, and teachers about computing careers.

    "Computing Degrees and Careers," prepared by the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Association for Information Systems (AIS), aims to provide more accurate information on what computing is and the career opportunities it offers.

    Initially 250,000 brochures were distributed to high school and middle school principals, as well as heads of math, science and computing departments. Since it was announced to ACM members, requests for the career guide have poured in from both the high school and university levels, and more are being printed. A PDF of the brochure, and more information, are available at the computing careers web site at http://computingcareers.acm.org.

    If you'd like to receive copies of this brochure to distribute to students, teachers, parents, and others, please contact Lillian Israel, ACM Director of Membership, at Israel@hq.acm.org.


    17. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGGRAPH 2007
    The 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
    August 7-9
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/volunteers/students/

    OOPSLA 2007
    ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, & Applications
    October 21-25
    http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/index.php?page=subs/studentvolunteers/

    UIST 2007
    ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
    October 7-10
    http://www.acm.org/uist/uist2007/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    18. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    The Computer Science Teachers Association needs YOU (smart, talented, motivated CS students) to help the high school computer science teachers in your area master newer programming languages and environments in order to teach CS even better, with more relevant resources, using the most up to date technology!

    JETT (Java Engagement for Teacher Training) and TECS (Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science) are one- and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty!

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the AP CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between ACM and the College Board. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org.

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses, and are a project of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association). At a TECS workshop you can teach high school teachers Alice, or Robotics, or any of a variety of other cool new concepts in computer science. Find out the rest at http://tecs.acm.org.

    Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Workshops provide a perfect opportunity for talented CS students to get some real teaching experience in the lab!

    Don't worry about the details - there is a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator is in the ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.

    Ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Jennifer, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at wroblewski@acm.org.


    19. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50.

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    • Nearly 1,000 free online books, including a large selection from Safari featuring O'Reilly
    • 1,200 free online course titles from leading provider Thomson NETg®
    • ACM's email digests TechNews and CareerNews
    • ACM's flagship publication "Communications of the ACM," in print and online
    • A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with Postini spam filtering
    • A professional network of more than 80,000 fellow ACM Members
    • A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus Queuecasts, downloadable discussions with technology experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. Safari Enterprise Library is a registered trademark of Safari Books Online, LLC.


    20. Subscription Information

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    The Newsletter for Student Members of the Association for
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    September 2006 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. ACM Student Research Competition Winners
    2. "Crossroads": Call for Articles
    3. Reorganization of the ACM Education Board
    4. Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Seeks Scholarship Applicants
    5. "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues
    6. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    7. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg(R)
    8. Free Online Books powered by Books24/7(R)
    9. ACM-W Student Scholarship Program
    10. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    11. Student Volunteers to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    12. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    13. Student Quick Takes Subscription Information
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    1. ACM Student Research Competition Winners
    (sponsored by Microsoft Research)

    This May, the ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs) finished yet another successful year. The winners of the SRC Grand Finals traveled to San Francisco for a night of celebration at the ACM Awards Banquet, where they were honored with awards along with such greats of computing as Peter Naur the winner of the Turing Award this year.

    ACM 2006 Grand Finals Winners

    Graduate Category

    First Place: Danny Dig of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Toward Automatic Upgrade of Component-Based Applications"

    Second Place: Yaling Yang of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Interference-aware Loop-free Routing For Mesh Networks"

    Third Place: David Janzen of the University of Kansas: "Software Architecture Improvement through Test-Driven Development"

    Undergraduate Category

    First Place: Yuki Mori of the University of Tokyo: "Automatic Cross-Sectioning Using 3D Field Topology Analysis"

    Second Place: Scott Hale of Eckerd College: "Unsupervised Thresholding Morphological Processing for Automatic Fin-outline Extraction in DARWIN (Digital Analysis and Recognition of Whale Images on a Network)"

    Third Place: Jeffrey Adair of Hiram College: "Locating, Tracking, and Interpreting Ean-13 Bar Code Waveforms in a Two-Dimensional Video Stream"

    The six winning entries for the Grand Finals are available for viewing at http://acm.org/src/subpages/results.html.

    Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the ACM Student Research Competition is an internationally recognized venue for undergraduate and graduate researchers to share results, exchange ideas and insights, network with academic and industry luminaries, and perfect their communication skills.

    First round presentations take place at a series of poster competitions held at selected ACM SIG conferences throughout the year. Winners present their research to conference attendees at a special SRC session. Student Research Competitions will take place at more conferences than ever during the academic year 2006-07, including SIGGRAPH, MobiCom, OOPSLA, ASSETS, Grace Hopper Celebration, SuperComputing, SIGCSE, STOC, and more. To find out about submission opportunities to upcoming SRCs, please visit: www.acm.org/src.

    2. "Crossroads:" Call for Articles

    "Crossroads," The ACM Student Magazine, is going through some exciting changes. New student editors are working on bringing you an even more informative magazine focused on student issues. To continue serving as a research publication medium for both undergraduate and graduate students in computing-related fields, the editorial staff is accepting research articles for its upcoming issues "Computer Graphics and Digital Media" and "Computer Vision and Speech." See "Crossroads" website at http://www.acm.org/crossroads for more information about submitting articles and suggesting content.

    The editors will also accept research articles from any discipline and area central to technology issues. If you have a great idea for a feature, and can clearly articulate your point of view, then submit a perspective piece. All articles are peer reviewed and all authors whose articles have been accepted go through an editorial process that includes working with one of our student editors to prepare the article for publication. For more information about "Crossroads," contact Jerry Guo, Editor in Chief, at Crossroads@acm.org or Paula Bach, Managing Editor, at pmbach@acm.org.

    3. Reorganization of the ACM Education Board

    There have been significant changes to ACM's Education area. In addition to a smaller, 12-member Education Board, the Board has created a 35-member Education Council comprised of individuals from ACM SIGs, Conferences, the Computer Science Teachers Association (founded by ACM), etc., that are involved in educational endeavors. The Council's goal will be to promote ACM's educational goals to as wide a range of constituencies as possible, including universities, community colleges, high schools, as well as corporations and even the U.S. government. Under the leadership of Eric Roberts (Stanford University) and Andrew McGettrick (University of Strathclyde, Scotland), the first meetings have generated much excitement and productive energy among the new Board and Council members.

    Computing Careers Brochure and Website

    The Board and Council, together with representatives from the IEEE-Computer Society and the Association for Information Systems, are publishing a brochure and web site guide targeting high school students, their parents, and high school guidance counselors to disseminate new and accurate information about computing careers availability and what to expect when enrolling in a computing major. The guide and website look to the recently published Computing Curricula 2005: an Overview Volume, a comprehensive description of computing curricula that summarizes curricular needs across five majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Technology, and Information Systems. It is a revolutionary new look at the history of computing disciplines and the current landscape. The curricula overview is available online at:
    http://www.acm.org/education/curric_vols/CC2005-March06Final.pdf

    Computing education today faces image problems and numerous misconceptions regarding the availability and distribution of jobs in computing fields. Countering these misconceptions is just one of the important tasks for the Education Council and Board. The Council and Board must engage students, academics and practitioners in a much broader discussion about the importance of increased investment in computer science education in the US to sustain its competitive edge.

    4. Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Seeks Scholarship Applicants

    Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the Honor Society for Computing Sciences, is seeking applicants for its student chapter scholarship award, which provides $1000 in cash for two winners each year. UPE initiated this award in cooperation with ACM to raise the importance of academic achievement and professional commitment in future computer professionals. Applications are due by June 30, 2007. Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students who are ACM members as well as members of the ACM student chapter at their institution. They are expected to carry a GPA above 3.5, or rank in the top five percent of their contemporaries on a course leading to recognition in the IT profession. This year, three outstanding students earned the 2006 UPE Scholarship:
    - Sunny Hyunh, Drexel University
    - Joseph Talmage Patrick, North Carolina State University
    - Elizabeth Samuel, Howard University

    5. "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues

    From the creators of "ACM Queue" magazine, "Queuecasts" offer monthly conversations with technology experts. "Queuecasts" are available via a downloadable file that users can listen to on their computer or upload to their MP3 player. The 15 to 20 minute conversations focus on a particular topic relevant to the corresponding print issue for that month.

    Listeners can also post their comments, which are available as a thread on the site for others to read, and "Queuecasts" guests have the option to take part in the online discussion. Some recent topics include:

    "Orienting Oracle" - Amlan Debnath of Oracle discusses his company's evolving game plan as it expands to embraces SOA and events-driven architectures.

    "Google Talk" - Mike Cohen, head of Google's speech recognition efforts, discusses the finer points of developing speech applications that people will actually use.

    "Can You Hear Me Now" - As strides are made in the speech recognition arena, IBM's Roberto Sicconi explains how and why speech technologies will become a standard element of most mainstream applications.

    6. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    If you haven't already done so, please be sure to check out ACM's Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive for 2006/2007. Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    When a referral joins, ACM emails the referring member and lets them know when they are eligible for a reward. Shortly after completion of the current Member-Get-A-Member Drive, the top qualifying recruiters will be acknowledged in ACM's member newsletters, "MemberNet" and "Student Quick Takes."

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include calculators, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and pocket notepads. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPod® and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2007.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.

    7. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg(R)

    ACM offers 1,200 Thomson NETg online course titles for ACM Student Members! You can enroll in as many of these courses as you wish for no charge. Subjects cover a range of core computing areas, from Application Development to UNIX and the Web. These powerful, convenient NETg courses are designed to maximize your learning experience. You can supplement your coursework, refresh your skills, discover new topics, or deepen your existing knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new NETg course titles. Access to all of these courses is free and a valuable benefit of ACM student membership. Thomson NETg is a registered trademark.

    8. Free Online Books powered by Books24/7(R)

    ACM Student Members enjoy free and unlimited access to 400 online books powered by Books24/7. Search, bookmark, or read books cover-to-cover in this virtual library that puts essential information within easy reach. These free online books are part of ACM's ongoing commitment to helping its members enhance their skills and broaden their understanding of important trends in computing.

    For an additional $249 (USD), ACM members can upgrade their online book subscriptions to the full ITPro collection (https://pd.acm.org/itpro/) featuring thousands of books on over 100 different technology topics.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24/7 is a registered trademark of Books24/7, Inc.

    9. ACM-W Student Scholarship Program

    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit http://cs.union.edu/%7Ebarrv/acm-w/ACMW-Schol.pdf. To apply, fill in the online application form at http://acm-w.acm.org/scholarA.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.

    10. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    SIGCSE 2007
    Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - March 7-10, 2007
    http://www.cs.potsdam.edu/sigcse07/StudentInfo.shtml

    SIGCHI 2007
    Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - April 28 - May 3, 2007
    http://www.chi2007.org/volunteer/sv.php#dates

    SIGGRAPH 2007
    The 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques - August 5 - 2, 2007
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/volunteers/students/

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar

    11. Student Volunteers to Help Teach High School CS Teachers!

    The Java Engagement for Teacher Training (JETT) and Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science (TECS) programs offer one and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university faculty in their CS departments. A few smart, motivated ACM student members are needed to initiate workshops at their colleges and universities, and to help the professor-hosts by tutoring the high school teachers during lab sessions. If you have a strong relationship with a professor or TA in your CS department, and want some real teaching and tutoring experience in the lab, please consider teaming up to organize and run a workshop! It's a great volunteer experience for individual student and student chapter ACM members. Don't worry about the details - there's a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator at ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.

    Both JETT and TECS Workshops are projects of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). CSTA was founded by ACM as a way of improving the teaching and learning of Computer Science and the computing disciplines in the pre-college arena.

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the Advanced Placement CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between CSTA and the College Board. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses. Learn more at http://tecs.acm.org

    If you'd like to learn more about what you can do at your school, please email Jennifer Wroblewski, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at wroblewski@acm.org.

    12. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional career by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of ACM Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50 (that's 50% off the regular $99 rate).

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    - Free and unlimited access to 1,200 online course titles from Thomson NETg
    - Free and unlimited access to nearly 1,000 online books, including an extensive collection from the Safari(R) Enterprise Library 
      featuring O'Reilly titles
    - "TechNews" and "CareerNews," ACM's email IT and career digests
    - "Communications of the ACM" magazine in print and online
    - A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with high-quality spam filtering from Postini
    - A professional network of nearly 80,000 fellow ACM members
    - A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus "Queuecasts," downloadable discussions with experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. Safari Enterprise Library is a registered trademark of Safari Books Online, LLC.

    13. Student Quick Takes Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

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    The Newsletter for Student Members of the Association for
    Computing Machinery

    May 2006 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive
    2. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg(R)
    3. Free Online Books from Books24/7(R)
    4. ACM Student Research Competition - Submission Opportunities
    5. The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals
    6. ACM-W Announces Student Scholarship Program
    7. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    8. ACM "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues
    9. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers!
    10. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    11. Subscription Information
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    1. Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive

    ACM has launched its Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive for 2006/2007. Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition.

    When a referral joins, ACM emails the referring member and lets them know when they are eligible for a reward. Shortly after completion of the current Member-Get-A-Member Drive, the top qualifying recruiters will be acknowledged in ACM's member newsletters, "MemberNet" and "Student Quick Takes."

    For the first referral who joins ACM, referring members will receive a gift, plus an additional gift for every other (third, fifth, etc.) successful referral. Gift selections include calculators, backpacks, stainless travel mugs and pocket notepads. For every tenth referral who joins, referring members receive a special bonus gift. Bonus gift selections include a free one-year ACM Professional or Student membership renewal, a laptop attaché bag, or Bushnell Powerview binoculars. Grand prizes, available for the top two recruiters, include an iPod® and a digital camera.

    Additionally, upon the completion of the campaign, members who submit 10 or more names for referral will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to ACM signed by ACM's President, suitable for framing.

    The new Member-Get-A-Member Drive is on now and ends June 30, 2007.

    For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page at: http://www.acm.org/memberdrive.

    2. Free Online Courses from Thomson NETg(R)

    ACM offers 1,200 Thomson NETg online course titles for ACM Student Members! You can enroll in as many of these courses as you wish for no charge. Subjects cover a range of core computing areas, from Application Development to UNIX and the Web. These powerful, convenient NETg courses are designed to maximize your learning experience. You can supplement your coursework, refresh your skills, discover new topics, or deepen your existing knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new NETg course titles. Access to all of these courses is free and a valuable benefit of ACM student membership. Thomson NETg is a registered trademark.

    3. Free Online Books from Books24/7(R)

    ACM Student Members enjoy free and unlimited access to 400 online books powered by Books24/7. Search, bookmark, or read books cover-to-cover in this virtual library that puts essential information within easy reach. These free online books are part of ACM's ongoing commitment to helping its members enhance their skills and broaden their understanding of important trends in computing.

    For an additional $249 (USD), ACM members can upgrade their online book subscriptions to the full ITPro collection (https://pd.acm.org/itpro/) featuring thousands of books on over 100 different technology topics.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24/7 is a registered trademark of Books24/7, Inc.


    4. ACM Student Research Competition - Submission Opportunities

    You are invited to participate in one of the ACM Student Research Competitions that will take place at several upcoming SIG conferences during the next academic year. All ACM student members are eligible to participate in these competitions, which are great opportunities to present your research to leading professionals in your field. Winners receive cash prizes and are eligible to enter the annual SRC Grand Finals, the winners of which are invited to be a part of the ACM Awards Banquet with their advisors.

    ACM also offers travel grants of up to $500 to help you get to your conference if your submission is selected to participate by the SRC coordinators. You can find out more about the competition, its requirements, past winners and many past winning submissions at: http://www.acm.org/src

    Below is a list of currently active calls for participation, with the deadlines noted, along with the conference's own SRC web page.

    ASSETS 2006 - International Conference on Computers & Accessibility
    http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/assets06/src/
    Submission deadline: June 2, 2006

    MobiCom 2006 - International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking
    http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2006/src.html
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2006

    OOPSLA 2006 - International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications
    http://www.oopsla.org/2006/studentResearchCompetition.html
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2006

    SC 2006 - International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
    http://sc06.supercomputing.org/conference/hpc_acm_student.php
    Submission deadline: July 31, 2006

    A regularly updated list of SRC "Calls for Participation" can be found at:
    http://www1.acm.org/src/subpages/participate.html#header3.

    * Please Note * that you may only participate in one SRC in any one academic year. For example, if you submit a research poster to the Grace Hopper Celebration 2006 SRC and your poster is selected to participate, you may not submit a poster to any other SRC during the 2006/2007 academic year.

    ACM Student Research Competitions are sponsored by Microsoft Research.

    5. The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals

    This year's International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals welcomed eighty finalist teams from around the world to San Antonio, Texas. The winning teams were, from first to fifth place: Saratov State University (Russia); Jagiellonian University (Poland); Altai State Technical University (Russia); University of Twente (Netherlands); and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

    Headquartered at Baylor University and sponsored by IBM, the ACM ICPC is the world's oldest and largest programming competition, consisting of a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the World Finals. For more information on the World Finals, and to determine your university's eligibility in the next round of regional contests, please refer to this page: http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/

    The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is sponsored by IBM http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/Finals/default.htm

    6. ACM-W Announces Student Scholarship Program

    A new program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually.

    ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application and notification dates and more information, please visit: http://cs.union.edu/%7Ebarrv/acm-w/ACMW-Schol.pdf. To apply, fill in the online application form at: http://acm-w.acm.org/scholarA.cfm, which consists of a one-page essay and an optional letter from the student's chair or dean supporting the application.


    7. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    ICS 2006 - International Conference on Supercomputing
    Queensland, Australia
    June 28-July 1
    http://www.ics-conference.org/2006/Scholarships.html

    OOPSLA 2006 - International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications
    Portland, Oregon
    October 22-26
    http://www.oopsla.org/2006/studentVolunteers.html

    SIGUCCS 2006 - The ACM Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services Fall Conference
    Edmonton, Alberta
    November 5 - 8
    http://www.siguccs.org/Conference/Fall2006/volunteer.php

    SC 2006 - International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
    Tampa, Florida
    November 11-17
    http://sc06.supercomputing.org/about/volunteers.php

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at http://campus.acm.org/calendar

    8. ACM "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues

    From the creators of "ACM Queue" magazine, "Queuecasts" offer monthly conversations with technology experts. "Queuecasts" are available via a downloadable file that users can listen to on their computer or upload to their MP3 player. The 15 to 20 minute conversations focus on a particular topic relevant to the corresponding print issue for that month.

    Listeners can also post their comments, which are available as a thread on the site for others to read, and "Queuecasts" guests have the option to take part in the online discussion. Some recent topics include:

    "Major Eclipse" - Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, explains why a best-of-breed approach based on an integrated set of open source tools ultimately will provide a better experience for developers.

    "Custom Processing" - interview with IBM chief scientist Peter Hofstee on how advances in processor designs promise to bring the costs of specialized system on a chip platforms in line with cost associated with general purpose computing platforms.

    "Business Process Minded" - Oracle vice president of product development Edwin Khodabakchian explains how the standardization of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and the evolution of the business process execution language (BPEL) are coming together to create flexible software architectures that can adapt to the business rather than making the business adapt to the software.

    "Large Scale Systems: Best Practices" - Jarod Jenson, the brains behind the Enron Online trading site, talks about the best practices he emphasizes now that he is the chief architect for Aeysis, a consulting firm that specializes on advising clients on how to build manageable high performance systems. Please visit http://www.acmqueue.org for more information.


    9. Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers!

    The Java Engagement for Teacher Training (JETT) and Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science (TECS) programs offer one and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university faculty in their CS departments. A few smart, motivated ACM student members are needed to initiate workshops at their colleges and universities, and to help the professor-hosts by tutoring the high school teachers during lab sessions. If you have a strong relationship with a professor or TA in your CS department, and want some real teaching and tutoring experience in the lab, please consider teaming up to organize and run a workshop! It's a great volunteer experience for individual student and student chapter ACM members. Don't worry about the details - there's a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator at ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.

    Both JETT and TECS Workshops are projects of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). CSTA was founded by ACM as a way of improving the teaching and learning of Computer Science and the computing disciplines in the pre-college arena.

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the Advanced Placement CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between CSTA and the College Board. Learn more at: http://jett.acm.org

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses. Learn more at: http://tecs.acm.org

    If you'd like to learn more about what you can do at your school, please email Jennifer Wroblewski, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at: wroblewski@acm.org.


    10. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional career by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of ACM Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50 (that's 50% off the regular $99 rate).

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:

    - Free and unlimited access to 1,200 online course titles from Thomson NETg
    - Free and unlimited access to nearly 1,000 online books, including an extensive collection from the Safari(R) Enterprise Library
      featuring O'Reilly titles
    - "TechNews" and "CareerNews," ACM's email IT and career digests
    - "Communications of the ACM" magazine in print and online
    - A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with high-quality spam filtering from Postini
    - A professional network of nearly 80,000 fellow ACM members
    - A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus "Queuecasts," downloadable discussions with experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. Safari Enterprise Library is a registered trademark of Safari Books Online, LLC

    11. Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

    A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership. Should you wish to be removed from the Student Quick Takes listserv, please follow the instructions at the end of this message.


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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of the Association for
    Computing Machinery

    April 2006 Issue
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    ISSUE CONTENTS

    1. New Courses from Thomson NETg(R)
    2. Online Books from Books24/7(R)
    3. ACM Student Research Competition - Submission Opportunities
    4. ACM Globalization and Offshoring of Software Report
    5. USACM Voter Registration Database Report
    6. ACM-W Announces Student Scholarship Program
    7. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences
    8. The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals
    9. "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues
    10. Get Published in a Research Journal Now!
    11. Student Advisory Board Council Meeting Recommendations
    12. Student Volunteers to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    13. ACM Adopts New Plagiarism Policy
    14. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students
    15. Student Quick Takes Subscription Information
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    1. New Courses from Thomson NETg(R)

    ACM now offers 1,200 free Thomson NETg online course titles for ACM Student Members! You can enroll in as many of these courses as you wish for no charge. Subjects range from core areas of computing and information technology to business and professional development. These powerful, convenient NETg courses are designed to maximize your learning experience.
    You can supplement your coursework, refresh your skills, discover new topics, or deepen your existing knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org to learn more about these new NETg course titles. Access to all of these courses is free and a valuable benefit of ACM student membership. Thomson NETg is a registered trademark.

    2. Online Books from Books24/7(R)

    ACM Student Members enjoy free and unlimited access to 400 online books powered by Books24/7. Search, bookmark, or read books cover-to-cover in this virtual library that puts essential information within easy reach. These free online books are part of ACM's ongoing commitment to helping its members enhance their skills and broaden their understanding of important trends in computing.

    For an additional $249, ACM members can upgrade their online book subscriptions to the full ITPro collection
    (https://pd.acm.org/itpro/) featuring thousands of books on over 100 different technology topics.

    Visit http://pd.acm.org for more information. Books24/7 is a registered trademark of Books24/7, Inc.


    3. ACM Student Research Competition - Submission Opportunities

    You are invited to participate in one of the ACM Student Research Competitions that will take place at several upcoming SIG conferences during the next academic year. Each of these competitions is an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their research to leading professionals in their field. Winners receive prizes (first place: $500, second place: $300, third place: $200), and are eligible to enter the annual SRC Grand Finals, the winners of which are invited to attend the ACM Awards Banquet with their advisors. (The awards banquet is the same event where the A. M. Turing Award and ACM's other prestigious awards are presented.)

    ACM also offers travel grants of up to $500 to help you get to your conference if your submission is selected to participate by the SRC coordinators. You can find out more about the competition, its requirements, past winners and many past winning submissions at: http://www.acm.org/src

    Below is a list of currently active calls for participation, with the deadlines noted, along with the conference's own SRC web page, for more information.

    SIGGRAPH 2006
    http://www.siggraph.org/s2006/main.php?f=cfp&p=posters&s=student
    Submission deadline: May 11, 2006

    ASSETS 2006
    http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/assets06/src/
    Submission deadline: June 2 2006

    MobiCom 2006
    http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2006/src.html
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2006

    OOPSLA 2006
    http://www.oopsla.org/2006/studentResearchCompetition.html
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2006

    * PLEASE NOTE * that you may only participate in one SRC in any one academic year. For example, if you submit a research poster to the Grace Hopper Celebration 2006 SRC and your poster is selected to participate, you may not submit a poster to any of the other SRCs during the 2006 - 07 academic year.

    ACM Student Research Competitions are sponsored by Microsoft Research.

    4. ACM Globalization and Offshoring of Software Report

    ACM's Job Migration Task Force recently released its report entitled "Globalization and Offshoring of Software," edited by a team of internationally recognized computer scientists, industry leaders, labor economists and social scientists. The report cites educational policy and investment in research and development as critical elements for countries to stay competitive in today's global Information Technology environment. The study also acknowledged that global competition in higher-end technology-based skills, such as research, is increasing. It concluded that policies designed to improve a country's ability to attract, educate and retain the best IT talent are necessary to foster innovation and remain competitive in the global environment.

    The "Globalization and Offshoring of Software" report also noted that globalization trends in the software industry have been fueled by rapid advances in information technology itself as well as government action and economic factors. With a comprehensive approach, the study considered nearly a dozen case studies of diverse firms facing offshoring challenges. The study team members conducted an extensive review of available data and literature on offshoring and outsourcing, and heard in-person accounts from many international experts.

    To learn more and access the full study please visit: http://acm.org/globalizationreport

    ACM was very pleased to have received an extra ordinary amount of press regarding this report. Please see "ACM in the News" on our Pressroom website: http://campus.acm.org/public/pressroom/index.cfm

    5. USACM Voter Registration Database Report

    A team of computer security and voting experts has issued recommendations to ensure that electronic records of information submitted by citizens registering to vote are accurate, private, and secure. In the report, commissioned by ACM's U.S. Public Policy Committee (USACM), state and local election officials now have nearly 100 high-level guidelines designed to help states comply with Federal laws that required computerized statewide electronic databases to be operational by January 1, 2006.

    The report outlines "best practices" from technology and policy experts recruited for their special knowledge and understanding of the relevant areas. It presents guidelines to make certain that voter databases are consistently reliable and usable by people with diverse backgrounds, purposes, and knowledge.

    The study was commissioned to develop objective technical information and expert recommendations to help states and localities comply with provisions of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which was passed in the wake of voting problems in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election.

    To learn more and obtain the full report visit: http://acm.org/usacm/vrd/


    6. ACM-W Announces Student Scholarship Program

    ACM-W is pleased to announce a new program that will provide support for women students in Computer Science programs (at the undergraduate or graduate levels) who wish to attend research conferences. In cases of exceptional demonstrable interest in pursuing study and research in CS, high school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships, of up to $500 each, will be awarded annually. For more details, application form, and notification dates please visit: http://women.acm.org/scholarships.html

    7. Student Volunteer Opportunities at Conferences

    Many ACM SIG conferences provide volunteer opportunities for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are often needed to assist with the administration of the conferences and, in many cases, will receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and other benefits.

    A few upcoming conferences with student volunteering opportunities include:

    WWW 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    May 23-26
    http://www2006.org/volunteers

    OOPSLA 2006
    Portland, Oregon
    October 22-26
    http://www.oopsla.org/2006/studentVolunteers.html

    SC Supercomputing 2006
    Tampa, Florida
    November 11-17
    http://sc06.supercomputing.org/about/volunteers.php

    Visit the above links for additional volunteer information and online application dates. For a list of the numerous ACM SIG conferences, please visit the Conference Calendar at: http://campus.acm.org/calendar


    8. The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals

    This year's International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals welcomes 80 finalist teams from around the world to the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, Texas, April 9-13, 2006. Headquartered at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the ICPC is the world's oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming competition, consisting of a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the World Finals.

    The teams at the world finals have five hours to solve eight or more complex, real-world problems. Teammates collaborate to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds, and build software systems that solve the problems under the intense scrutiny of expert judges. World finals programming language tools include Java, C/C++, and Pascal. Students are given a problem statement and an example of test data, but they do not have access to the judges' test data and acceptance criteria. Each incorrect solution submitted is assessed a time penalty. The team that solves the most problems with the fewest attempts in the least amount of time is declared the winner.

    The highest scoring team receives the World Champion cup and plaque, and is awarded $10,000. Teams finishing in second through fourth place receive gold medals and $3,000 each; fifth through eighth place receive silver medals and $2,000 each; and those finishing ninth through twelfth place receive bronze medals and $1,000 each.

    To determine your university's eligibility in the next round of regional competitions please visit:
    http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/regionals/default.html

    The 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is sponsored by IBM http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/Finals/default.htm

    9. "Queuecasts" Tap Industry Experts on Technology Issues

    From the creators of "ACM Queue" magazine, "Queuecasts" introduce monthly conversations with technology experts. "Queuecasts" are available via a downloadable file users can listen to on their computer or upload to their MP3 player. The 15 to 20 minute conversations focus on a particular topic relevant to the corresponding print issue for that month.

    Leveraging the expertise of "ACM Queue's" Editorial Advisory Board, industry experts will be recruited each month to participate in the "Queuecasts." The technology-focused questions are developed by the board and by moderator Michael Vizard, former editor-in-chief of CRN and co-founder of Attention Tech Media, who also interviews the subject or subjects for the "Queuecasts."

    Listeners can post their comments via a link located below the download link. Such comments will be readily available as a thread on the site for others to read. "Queuecasts" guests also have the option to take part in the online discussion. In addition, the "Queuecasts" will be archived and accessible from ACM's Digital Library.

    Please visit http://www.acmqueue.org for more information.


    10. Get Published in a Research Journal Now!

    Crossroads, the student journal of ACM is accepting research papers, opinion columns, reviews, features, or any other type of writing for our next two issues, Bioinformatics and Gaming, both due on April 17. Your article does not necessarily have to pertain to those topics. We are also looking for cartoonists, graphic designers, and web developers to join our volunteer staff. For more information, visit http://www.acm.org/crossroads or email crossroads@acm.org.

    11. Student Advisory Board Council Meeting Recommendations

    ACM is delighted to announce that it will be appointing a Student Advisory Group responsible for the oversight of benefits and services for ACM's student members. The Student Advisory Group will report to ACM's Membership Services Board (MSB). Many of the recommendations from the ad hoc Student Advisory Group meetings, held in the last several months, will be implemented in the coming fiscal year, including: the appointment of a Student Advisory Group; improved marketing of student membership packages and a la carte items; organization of a Student Chapter Leadership Workshop; improvements in Crossroads, ACM's student magazine; etc.


    12. Student Volunteers to Help Teach High School CS Teachers

    JETT and TECS are one and two-day long computer science workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university faculty in their CS departments. We need a few smart, motivated ACM student members to initiate workshops at their colleges and universities, and to help professor-hosts by tutoring the high school teachers during lab sessions. If you have a strong relationship with a professor or TA in your CS department, and want some real teaching and tutoring experience in the lab, please consider teaming up to organize and run a workshop! It's a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. Don't worry about the details - there's a JETT and TECS workshop coordinator at ACM headquarters waiting to help you with every aspect of putting a workshop together.

    JETT workshops are Java specific, and cater to the Advanced Placement CS teaching community. JETT is a partnership between ACM and the College Board. Learn more at http://jett.acm.org

    TECS workshops are for teachers of introductory CS courses. Find out the rest at http://tecs.acm.org

    Ready to learn more about what you can do at your school? Drop a quick email to Jennifer Wroblewski, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator, at wroblewski@acm.org.

    Both JETT and TECS Workshops are projects of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). CSTA was founded by ACM as a way of improving the teaching and learning of Computer Science and the computing disciplines in the pre-college arena.


    13. ACM Adopts New Plagiarism Policy

    ACM has addressed the growing problem of plagiarism in its ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism. The document, assembled by the ACM Publications Board, covers various forms of plagiarism currently in existence, including verbatim copying, paraphrasing, reproducing equations or illustrations, and citing the source without clearly differentiating what text has been copied.

    Self-plagiarism, defined as the verbatim or near-verbatim reuse of significant portions of one's own copyrighted work without citing the original source, is also addressed. The policy informs readers regarding procedures for notifying ACM of instances of alleged plagiarism, investigation and resulting action by ACM, and confidentiality issues. "Respecting intellectual property rights is a foundational principle of the ACM Code of Ethics," the policy states. "ACM and the ACM Publications Board place the investigation of each claim of plagiarism at the highest priority for resolution and action."

    Visit http://www.acm.org/pubs/plagiarism%20policy.html for more information.

    14. Special Transition Rate for Graduating Students

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional career by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99). This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of ACM Professional Membership. An optional one-year only Digital Library subscription can be added for an additional $50 (that's 50% off the regular $99 rate).

    Transitioning to ACM Professional Membership provides access to:
    - Free and unlimited access to 1,200 online course titles from Thomson NETg
    - Free and unlimited access to nearly 1,000 online books, including an extensive collection from the Safari(R) Enterprise Library
      featuring O'Reilly
    - "TechNews" and "CareerNews," ACM's email IT and career digests
    - "Communications of the ACM" magazine in print and online
    - A free "acm.org" email forwarding account with high-quality spam filtering from Postini
    - A professional network of nearly 80,000 fellow ACM members
    - A free subscription to "ACM Queue" magazine, plus "Queuecasts," downloadable discussions with experts

    Recent graduates can take advantage of this special transition offer by using ACM's convenient online renewal process, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. Safari Enterprise Library is a registered trademark of Safari Books Online, LLC


    15. Student Quick Takes Subscription Information

    We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Student Quick Takes. Thanks for reading! For these and other exciting ACM News updates please visit the "What's New" section on the ACM homepage http://www.acm.org. If you have any questions about this list or have any difficulty removing yourself, please e-mail mktg@hq.acm.org. As usual, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, particularly with regards to topics you'd like to see covered in "Student Quick Takes."

    A subscription to ACM's Student Quick Takes is a free benefit of your ACM Student Membership. Should you wish to be removed from the Student Quick Takes listserv, please follow the instructions at the end of this message.

    9. New “Communications of the ACM” Website Launched

    ACM has launched a new Website for its flagship publication “Communications of the ACM,” the world's premier monthly magazine for the computing and information technology fields.

    The Website features a wide range of high-quality and topical News, Opinion, Research, and Practitioner-oriented content from the magazine, as well as original and user-generated content that is exclusive to the new site. Among the site's numerous features is access to the “Communications” archive spanning more than 50 years of in-depth coverage of the computing profession.

    In addition, the site contains extensive blog content, including a group expert blog called the BLOG@CACM, which provides a completely new forum for a growing community of the world's leading industry and academic experts on a range of topics within computing, and a Blogroll of established syndicated bloggers that reflects the geographic and intellectual scope of the computing world with entries and related discussions.

    To explore the new site, go to: http://cacm.acm.org/

    10. 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Winners Announced

    Students from St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics have been crowned the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Champions. The 2009 World Finals Awards Ceremony took place in the Stockholm Concert Hall where the Nobel Prizes are presented every year.  KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden hosted this year's event.

    Referred to as "The Battle of the Brains," the ACM-ICPC World Finals challenged the world's top 100 university teams to use open standard technology in designing software that solves real-world problems. The teams were awarded medals based on the number of problems they solved correctly in the shortest amount of time.

    Tsinghua University in China, St. Petersburg State University in Russia, and Saratov State University in Russia finished the competition in second, third, and fourth places and all won Gold medals.

    To read the ACM Press Release on the ICPC Contest, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/acm-icpc-09

    11. What Are ACM Student Members Saying about MentorNet®?

    According to ACM MentorNet participant Daniel Gilbert “The recipe to predict the future is to ask someone who's been there. By allowing me to interact with a mentor who's gone down my desired career path, MentorNet has allowed me, in a sense, to project myself into the future and thus plan better my career.”

    "MentorNet has given me a very valuable perspective on professional life.  This would have been very hard -if not impossible- to get as a student or intern.  ACM's participation in MentorNet has convinced me further of the association's commitment to offering practical help with students' professional growth.  This sets ACM apart as a professional association in my mind."

    To find out more information about ACM’s involvement with the innovative MentorNet® program, go to: http://www.acm.org/membership/membership/student/mentornet

    12. ACM's Career & Job Center Has a New Look

    ACM's redesigned Job Board debuted recently with new and updated graphics and easier-to-navigate categories for both job seekers and employers. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date functionality to job seekers, the site now includes an advanced résumé data parsing system that allows users to simply upload their résumé as a Word or PDF document. Whether you are an active job seeker or just like to keep abreast of what's available in the computing industry and academia, be sure to visit ACM's Job Board to create a new résumé in the Résumé Bank, update your résumé, or view job openings. http://www.acm.org/careercenter

    13. There’s Still Time to Participate in ACM’s 2008/2009 Member-Get-A-Member Drive Through June 30, 2009

    There's still plenty of time to participate in the ACM 2008–2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive! Eligible recruiters can choose from a great selection of prizes, and compete for our Apple iPhone grand prize! Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition. ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. The drive ends June 30, 2009. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page.

    For more information visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page. http://campus.acm.org/public/mgm/

    14. Student Volunteer Opportunities

    ACM’s Special Interest Groups (SIGS) offer a wide variety of scholarships, awards, volunteering, and contest opportunities for you to participate in. To benefit from these opportunities, you must be a member of the particular SIG offering the opportunity. http://www.acm.org/membership/student/studentopps

    15. Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    To help graduating students make the transition to their professional careers by providing continuous learning opportunities, ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership at the low rate of $49 USD (regularly $99).  This one-year-only transition rate for recent graduates includes all the benefits of Professional Membership.

    For full, detailed information on transitioning to ACM Professional Membership, go to:
    http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition

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    ACM Student Quick Takes
    The Newsletter for Student Members of
    the Association for Computing Machinery

    March 2009 Issue
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    Issue Contents

    1. NEW! ACM Student Academic Initiatives
    2. ACM President, Dame Wendy Hall Interview
    3. Complimentary Access to the Sun CommunityONE event March 18th and 19th
    4. ACM's Featured Book through Books 24x7
    5. SIGGRAPH Academy Award Nomination and call for Volunteers
    6. C