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ACM Relaunches Magazine for Computing Students: XRDS

New Editorial Scope Provides Resources for Career Success in Growing Technology Field

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

Contact: Virginia Gold

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New York, NY, June 1, 2010 – With the Summer 2010 issue of XRDS, ACM inaugurates a completely revamped edition of its popular magazine for computer science and computer engineering students. Targeted to both graduate and undergraduate students contemplating computing careers, the newly redesigned XRDS offers breaking news and information, practical career advice, and first-hand stories and profiles of people on the front lines of the burgeoning computing field.  Formerly known as the student journal Crossroads, the new magazine and its website reflect the real voices of today’s students, and will create a hub of interaction and communication for them to access. 

            “XRDS has been designed as an easy-access resource for students who are focused on their futures,” said Editor-in-Chief Chris Harrison.  “Readers now have a convenient channel to find valuable content not only on their field of study but on the student experience as well.  With the magazines’ new website, students now have a central place where they can share their ideas and experiences through interactive features and by submitting articles for publication.  We think our students will point the path to the next great wave of people who will steer the future of computing, and we want their voices to be heard.”  

            The new magazine features recurring columns on valuable benefits available to ACM student members; a calendar that lists both events and deadlines for funding and publishing opportunities; updated news from ACM’s many university chapters around the world; profiles of renowned computing professionals; and advice on how to maximize job search efforts. The content also includes “Hello World,” a tutorial that invites readers to tinker with entertaining and interesting code samples; “Labz,” which looks inside some of the world’s most exciting research labs for internship and employment opportunities; and “Back,” a side-by-side comparison of two technologies from yesteryear and the present to track how they have evolved.  

            Harrison, a Ph.D student at Carnegie Mellon University, noted that current government projections show that by 2016, more than 800,000 high-end computing jobs will be created in the U.S. economy, making it one of the fastest growing occupational fields.  In addition, five of the top ten fastest growing jobs will be in computing-related fields.             

            “Computing is an essential driver of innovation and competitiveness in a global environment,” added Harrison. “Careers created by international initiatives range from securing our cyber-infrastructure to protecting national security, implementing electronic health records, and increasing efficiency in the energy infrastructure.  These initiatives represent exciting opportunities for students pursuing computing programs in their colleges and universities.”                        

            The debut issue of XRDS looks at the future of interaction with a special series on how both users and devices have changed over the years, and where they are headed.  “In Search of a Natural Gesture” by Johnny Chung Lee, a researcher at Microsoft, asks why it has taken almost 40 years for novel interface systems to enter the mainstream.  A related article, “From Brains to Bytes,” by researchers from the Tufts University Human-Computer Interaction Lab, explores brain-computer interfaces, a nascent computing method that eliminates physical interaction and relies instead on brain activity as input.    

            The summer issue of XRDS is available online at


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.  

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