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ACM in the News 2007

CMU professor wins top computing award
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 4, 2007
Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University professor whose poignant final lecture has become a worldwide sensation, has gotten a top award from the Association for Computing Machinery.

Web Applications at ACM
O’Reilly Network, November 3, 2007
An O’Reilly blogger reports that he just returned from the Association for Computing Machinery conference on Design of Communication in El Paso, TX. He found many good topics this year, but says that one of the more interesting panels was on web applications and the problem of classification.

Where Have All the Students Gone?
IET, November 1, 2007
Stuart Zweben, a past president of the Association for Computing Machinery, and chair of the surveys committee for the Computing Research Associa­tion (CRA), which monitors enrolment figures in the US says, “If you look at the forecast of new jobs compared to the number of new graduates in the field, com­puting looks terrible. There won’t be enough people to fill the jobs.”

Programming Superstars Eye Parallelism
eWeek, October 24, 2007
At the OOPSLA (Object-Oriented Programming, Systems and Languages) conference in Montreal, programming for parallel systems is becoming a key issue for developers, according to a panel of luminaries in the programming world. The group used the 40th anniversary of Simula 67, the first object-oriented programming language, to take a look at programming's past and future.

Researcher Studies Software Gender Gap
Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2007
ACM SIGCHI President Julie Jacko comments on a recent research study of software gender gaps, confirming that gender differences can be very important in computer interaction and software design.

Montreal hosts global programming event
IT World Canada, September 17, 2007
Richard Gabriel, OOPSLA 2007 conference chair, said. “This year’s event in particular has a real superstar lineup as we have some keynote speakers that people in the field would try over a ten-year period to see. But, we’ve got them all.”

ACM, Infosys create $150,000 computing award
InfoWorld, August 20, 2007
A new award honoring mid-career computer scientists for outstanding innovations will "encourage and reward great computer science," according to ACM President Stuart Feldman.

Hollywood Blamed for Scientific Ignorance
InformationWeek, August 15, 2007
ACM Education Board member Kevin Scott says movies are good for attracting young people to science and technology, and that US universities are doing a pretty good job of preparing candidates for IT workforce.

SIGGRAPH Asia Debuts in Singapore Next Year
PRNewswire, August 13, 2007
ACM SIGGRAPH will be held in Singapore next year; strong growth in the digital media market in Asia cited as one of the reasons.

New Alliance Launches Drive for More Women in IT
The Journal, August 13, 2007
Computer Science Teachers Association joins new K-12 Alliance, coalition of 19 organizations dedicated to advancing the quality of computer training and attracting more girls to the field.

Computer Graphics Spills from Milk to Medicine, August 7, 2007
Computer program presented at SIGGRAPH determines the type of milk--skimmed, 2 percent, or whole--by examining how light interacts with the ratio of fat and protein.

Trade show features Microsoft's Surface
San Diego Union-Tribune, August 5, 2007
Attendeeds at ACM SIGGRAPH conference experience Microsoft's new tabletop interface.

Senators to abandon '08 e-voting paper trail mandate
CNET, July 25, 2007
ACM computer scientists sent letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (chief sponsor of Ballot Integrity Act) saying they believe a number of their policy principles are "embodied" in her proposal.

TeraGrid Animation "Render Farm" at SIGGRAPH 2007
Dr. Dobb's Journal, July 17, 2007
Attendees of the 2007 ACM SIGGRAPH conference in San Diego (August 4-9) can bring animation files with them and submit them for rendering at a Purdue University-sponsored "render farm."

12 IT Skills that Employers Can’t Say No To
Computerworld, July 11, 2007
According to observers across the country, the technology skills shortage that pundits were talking about a year ago is real.

Computer Security as a Business Enabler
Baseline, July 7, 2007
In an interview, USACM Chair Eugene Spafford advises CIOs to view security not as a problem, but as a tool to protect jobs and help build business.

Planned Worker ID Called Vulnerable
San Francisco Chronicle, June 25, 2007
USACM’s Neumann outlined to Congress the potential pitfalls of immigration legislation’s employer verification system, calling the state-of-the-art in such large-scale systems very poor.

SSNs at Risk in Government Records, Lawmakers Say
Search June 22, 2007
USACM’s Antón testified that government and private businesses should be required to secure or encrypt records that contain Social Security numbers, and the numbers' use on ID cards and in public records should be banned.

Karen Spärck Jones: Researcher Whose Work on Information Retrieval Underpins Modern Search Technologies on the World Wide Web
The Times Online (UK), June 22, 2007
Spärck Jones receives ACM 2006 Allen Newell Award.

How Many Jobs Have Shifted Offshore?
SD Times, June 15, 2007
An ACM task force estimated that the annual job loss attributable to offshoring is approximately 2 percent to 3 percent of the IT workforce, a number that is small compared with the much higher level of job loss and creation that occurs every year in the US.

That Price Tag Should Make them Think Twice
Washington Technology, June 8, 2007
USACM’s Neumann noted that large scale verification systems are vulnerable to breaches, with severe consequences for the nation because the system includes all primary personal identifiers.

Immigration Reform: Technology May Not Be the Answer, Says Technologist
Dr. Dobb's Journal, June 7, 2007
USACM’s Neumann testified that many risks confront the complex systems requiring employers to submit identifying information on current and prospective employees, as envisioned in pending legislation.

Top 10 Dead (or Dying) Computer Skills
Computerworld, May 28, 2007
The harder you try to declare a technology dead, it seems, the more you turn up evidence of its continuing existence.

Carnegie Mellon Computer Scientist Awarded 2007 Godel Prize
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 23, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Steven Rudich and Russian mathematician Alexander A. Razborov will receive the ACM SIGACT Gödel Prize for proving that a solution to the problem can't be proved—at least not with math as we know it.

With Simplified Code, Programming Becomes Child’s Play
Boston Globe, May 15, 2007
MIT has "a very long history of working in this area; finding ways to engage students at a young age, encourage their interest in computing and programming, and to help overcome the false conception that this is a really hard area," said Chris Stephenson of ACM’s Computer Science Teachers Assocation.

House Panel Approves E-Voting paper Trails
CNet News May 9, 2007
Barbara Simons, Former ACM president and chairwoman of its e-voting study group, said, "This is a really enormous change, and just from a security perspective, it really makes a big difference."

Florida Ditches Problematic Touch-Screen Voting, and Now What?
CNet News, May 4, 2007
A panel of respected computer scientists—including Peter Neumann of SRI International, Barbara Simons of ACM, and Ron Rivest of MIT (the "R" in the RSA algorithm)—painted a dismal picture of the current state of the art of electronic voting.

Siggraph: Three’s a Charm
The Hollywood Reporter, April 24, 2007
ACM SIGGRAPH has announced its 2007 Computer Animation Festival's Best of Show Award, Jury Honors and Award of Excellence winners for Siggraph 2007, the 34th international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques that is scheduled for Aug. 5-9 in San Diego.

ACM Collegiate Programming Wrap-up
Dr. Dobb’s Journal, April 10, 2007
ACM President Stuart Feldman pointed to the superior problem-solving abilities demonstrated throughout the competition from teams around the globe.

Girls Ask Alice for Programming Skills
eWeek, March 19, 2007
Grady Booch, chief scientist for IBM's Rational division, mentioned Alice recently after he attended ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education's (SIGCSE) 2007 symposium in Covington, KY.

Turing Award Winner sees New Day for Women Scientists, Engineers
USINFO, March 16, 2007
Turing winner Fran Allen says, "I believe [these new technical capabilities] are already making a difference for women, and that what is happening now is just the beginning of a gender-neutral playing field where women can succeed as equals."

Brochure Aims to Lure Fleeing CS Students Back
eWeek, March 8, 2007
"The paradox is that the number of students expressing interest in the field is going down all the while the number of computer science jobs are going up," said Eric Roberts of ACM’s Education Board.

Turing Award Winner Discusses IBM, Then and Now
eWeek, March 3, 2007
"Computer science itself didn't exist when I had come in; it became established in the mid-60s as a separate field. This is the point when I think things changed dramatically for women. As a field, it hasn't really recovered from that," said Fran Allen.

First Woman Wins Turing Award for Computer Science
Ms. Magazine, February 28, 2007
Allen's contributions to program optimization, parallel computing, and other industry endeavors granted her the association's attention, and ultimately the prize.

Turing Award Anoints First Female Recipient
eWeek, February 27, 2007
The 2006 recipient has been presented with the award for her pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution.

Newsmaker: From Math Teacher to Turing Winner
CNet, February 26, 2007
Allen started at IBM in 1957 as a teacher of the Fortran (Formula Translation) programming language, but went on to develop parallel computational computing.

There’s Still a Shortage of Women in Tech, Turing Winner Warns
Information Week, February 26, 2007
Allen says women with strong math and science skills today are more drawn to biology and medicine because they're seen as providing "more social good."

The Turing Award Honors Frances Allen
BusinessWeek, February 23, 2007
How does it feel to be the first woman to receive the nation's top computer science award? Sweet, indeed, says Frances Allen, the IBM Fellow Emerita who this week received the prestigious A.M. Turing Award.

A Woman Wins Top Prize in Computing
Future Tense, February 22, 2007
One of the most prestigious prizes in computing, the Turing Award, has gone to a woman for the first time in the award's 40-year history.

First Woman Named Winner of Prestigious Turing Award
EE Times, February 22, 2007
Of all her contributions to computing, Allen says she is "particularly delighted" about how her work led to simulated testing of nuclear bombs, "rather than exploding" the real thing.

IBM Veteran Becomes First Woman to Win the Turing Award
Computerworld, February 22, 2007
ACM cited Allen's work in automatic program parallelization, which allows programs to use multiple processors to improve speed, and "contributed to advances in the use of high-performance computers for solving problems [in areas] such as weather forecasting, DNA matching and national security."

For First Time, Woman Wins Turing Award
CNet News, February 21, 2007
Frances Allen, who was a computer scientist at IBM, is set to receive the 2006 Turing Award in June for program optimization work that led to modern methods for high-speed computing.

Top Computer Award Breaks Gender Barrier After 40 Years
Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2007
Retired IBM Corp. computer scientist Frances E. Allen, whose work helped crack Cold War-era code and predict the weather, today will be named the first woman to receive her profession's highest honor.

IBM-er Wins Tech’s Version of Nobel, But Few Women Keep Her Company
USAToday, February 20, 2007
It's ridiculous to suggest that girls are less predisposed to math and science. Allen is not a freak of nature. Instead, something happened to the technology profession—and to public attitudes about it—to scare off girls.