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ACM in the News 2008

Visionary Computer Scientist Becomes a Dame
The Guardian, December 31, 2008
ACM President Wendy Hall said of her appointment by Queen Elizabeth II that she wanted to use her new status to encourage more young people to go into computer science.

ACM wants computer science in on Obama's K-12 education plan
ARSTechnica, December 24, 2008
ACM has listened to president-elect Obama discuss plans for improving and expanding education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and wants to make sure computer science isn't left out.

ACM Urges Obama to Include Computer Science as a Core Component of Science and Math Education, December 16, 2008
The ACM recommendations to the new Administration highlight the role of computer science in driving the technology sector, which is expected to continue to make substantial contributions to economic growth in the near future.

The Fastest Computers Are Going Hybrid
Government Computer News, December 15, 2008
A clearly recognizable trend at the recent SC08 supercomputing conference in Austin, Texas, was a general shift in supercomputer design toward using multiple types of processors in a single system.

ACM Introduces New Search Technology
Econtent, December 12, 2008
This technology, based on a database designed for researching information, is part of ACM’s investment in the content, features, performance, and worldwide reach of its Digital Library.

Computer Science Teaching Certification in Disarray, December 10, 2008
Chris Stephenson of the Computer Science Teachers Association says the current systems of pre-service education and teacher certification, if they exist at all, are profoundly disconnected from the needs of teachers and students.

Pioneering Educators are Defining the Future of Technology and Learning
Technology and Learning Magazine, December 8, 2008
Cathleen Norris and Elliot Soloway have authored and published over 100 different research papers on a variety of different learning technologies through the professional organization the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

ACM Expands International Initiatives with First SIGGRAPH Conference in Asia, December 8, 2008
ACM President Wendy Hall hailed SIGGRAPH Asia as a mecca for the region's rapidly growing computer graphics community.

More Efforts Called for Development of Info Industry
China Radio International, November 11, 2008
Seven former Nobel Prize laureates and four winners of the Turing Award, a prize established by the US Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), were invited to the forum that addressed information and innovation this year.

An e-Voting Wrapup
O'Reilly Media, November 7, 2008
In a podcast interview, former ACM President Barbara Simons, co-chair of ACM's U.S. Public Policy Committee (USACM), said scanned ballots provide a good paper trail, the kind that makes it easy to audit and recount an election.

Voters wait for hours to cast ballots
International Herald Tribune, November 5, 2008
"The majority of them seem to be functioning OK, but there are trouble spots, not unexpected," said Purdue University computer science professor Eugene Spafford, who was watching machine voting issues for ACM. "The troubles largely stem from issues of volume, undertraining of personnel and, to some extent, inexperience or unanticipated problems."

E-voting:What Will it Take for a Smooth Election?
PCWorld, November 4, 2008
"The real question is whether fixing voting systems will be a top priority" said Eugene Spafford, chairman of the U.S. Public Policy Committee of ACM. "The question comes down to, how much are we willing to spend, and how confident do we want to be in the results?"

E-voting groups are watching a handful of states
IT World, November 3, 2008
Alec Yasinsac, who serves on the voting subcommittee of the ACM's U.S. Public Policy Committee, sees the potential for trouble when voting jurisdictions switch voting systems suddenly, without having time to train workers and test the systems. Still, Yasinsac generally believes voting officials have worked hard to minimize problems.

Voting in America Redux: You Can't Vote Here, But You Can Vote in Space
Discover, October 28, 2008
Experts from ACM’s U.S. Public Policy Committee (USACM) will be monitoring and analyzing the reliability of registration records and voting equipment around the nation as Election Day approaches.

Computer Scientist Activist to Talk Computing Freedom, October 20, 2008
ACM Chapter President Kristopher Kirkland announced that Richard Stallman, one of computer science’s “grandfather figures,” will speak at the University of Minnesota about the Free Software Movement, which campaigns for freedom so users can control their own computing activities.

Second World War code cracker greets top computer award winner on 'pilgrimmage' to spy centre
MK News, October 1, 2008
Dr Fran Allen, the first and only woman ever to win the Association for Computing Machinery's prestigious AM Turing Award, came face-to-face with Mavis Batey, accomplished World War Two codebreaker for a monumental celebration of intellectual triumphs of women and the colossal contribution of their achievements to technology and the modern age.

On the New Communications of the ACM Redesign
Microsoft Developer Network blog, September 24, 2008
ACM embarked on an ambitious mission: to change their flagship publication, Communications of the ACM, for Association for Computing Machinery members. If this new issue of the re-designed CACM is any indication, they will succeed.

10 Ways to Learn New Skills on the Cheap, September 18, 2008
When you consider that a membership to the Association for Computing Machinery 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.

IBM and ACM-ICPC Announce Global "Battle of the Brains" Software Competition
TMCNet, September 12, 2008
Student computer programmers from universities around the world once again will merge left with right brain thinking as they begin the quest to earn coveted spots among the information technology (IT) elite at the 33rd annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM.

Are Your Skills in Need of Upgrading?
PCWorld, September 8, 2008
ACM Education Board member Heikki Topi, chair of computer information services at Bentley College in Mass., says SQL databases such as DB2, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server have replaced hierarchical systems and network DBMS, two major database management systems approaches prominent in the 1980s.

Online Business Training, from Big Blue
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 4, 2008
IBM has unveiled a tool, available on their Academic Initiative Web site, that helps professors match IBM’s technology and resources to courses recommended by the Association for Computing Machinery.

Software Notebook: Microsoft Test-Driving Wi-Fi Use in Vehicles
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 24, 2008
At ACM's SIGCOMM conference, a research team from U Mass, U of Washington and Microsoft presented a solution that lets computers and devices take advantage of multiple base stations, helping to smooth the transition for Wi-Fi signals in a moving vehicle.

Personalised Maps Show the View from the Street
New Scientist, August 19, 2008
At ACM SIGGRAPH, Florain Grabler and her UC Berkeley team presented their research on software that lets people generate maps that display just the essential information - projections of landmark buildings, and clear views of the major roads.

Exploring the Virtual Ant Colony
BBC News, August 18, 2008
Visitors at the SIGGRAPH conference have been accessing an interactive visualization system to virtually explore an ant colony for the first time, using ground-penetrating radar that produces a map of a virtual slice of the earth.

Share Locally, Unclog the Internet
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 20, 2008
At ACM's SIGCOMM Conference, researchers presented findings showing that sharing files through peer-to-peer networking with neighbor computers relieves pressure on the Internet-service provider by as much as five times and speeds up the transfer by 20 percent.

Games With a Purpose? What the Heck are GWAPs?
PC World, July 30, 2008
I first read about GWAPs after encountering an article entitled "Designing Games With A Purpose" in the August issue of CACM (Communications of the ACM)

A Quant's Quest
Conde Nast's Portfolio, July 30, 2008
David E. Shaw, former computer scientist at Columbia University turned tycoon, is about to finish the most powerful supercomputer in history. Characteristically, Shaw has been mostly mum about Anton, referring the inquisitive to a technical paper on the project in the journal "Communications of the ACM".

Professor Aimed 'Last Lecture' at His Children...and Inspired Millions
The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2008
Long before he was famous, Randy Pausch was celebrated in his field for creating the innovative educational software tool known as "Alice." In a statement Friday, the Association for Computing Machinery said Randy "reformed the art of teaching and mentoring in the computing field."

In Memoriam: Randy Pausch, Innovative Computer Scientist at Carnegie Mellon, Launched Education Initiatives
Fox Business News, July 25, 2008
A fellow of ACM, he is the recipient of ACM's Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education from ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).

Herculean Device for Molecular Mysteries
The New York Times, July 8, 2008
The July issue of CACM describes a special-purpose supercomputer named Anton which may offer more than a thousandfold increase in performance for complex molecular simulations.

Schools Face Shortage of Computer Science Teachers
Greater Milwaukee Business Journal, July 4, 2008
CSTA hosted a one-day professional development seminar for teachers to "get energized" about the new information presented and talk to big thinkers in the field.

ioSemantics Launches Quality Assurance Automation Technology for Business Rules Applications
Forbes, June 6, 2008
ioSemantics announced launch of a revolutionary quality assurance automation technology for business systems that is similar to the 2007 Turing Award winning technology.

The Top Tech Issues of the Presidential Campaign
PC Magazine, June 5, 2008
At the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference, hosted by ACM, the net neutrality issue generated much discussion, including comments from John McCain's special counsel Chuck Fish.

Computer Programs Decide Humans' Fates, Set Social Policy, Panelist Say
Wired, May 22, 2008
Speaking at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference hosted by ACM, CUNY - Brooklyn computer science and philosophy professor Samir Chopra pondered whether Google's AdSense could be considered a legal agent, capable of breaking wiretapping laws.

A switch on telecom immunity for McCain?
msnbc via, May 29, 2008
At last week's Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference in New Haven, Conn., hosted by ACM, a top lawyer for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign said telecommunications companies should be forced to explain their role in the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for legal immunity for past wiretapping, a statement that stands in marked contrast to positions taken by President Bush, McCain and other Republicans in Congress.

Pumping Up the Comp Sci Pipeline
ZDNet, May 28, 2008
According to Chris Stephenson, Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), computer science-related fields remain one of the few areas of the weakening economy that are still expected to experience strong growth in the years to come.

2007 ACM Turing Award Winners to Speak at 45th Design Automation Conference, May 20, 2008
Dr. Edmund M. Clarke of Carnegie Mellon University; Dr. E. Allen Emerson of the University of Texas, Austin; and Dr. Joseph Sifakis of Verimag Labs, France have been recognized with the highest honor in the area of computing for their role in developing Model-Checking into a highly effective verification technology, widely adopted in the hardware and software industries.

Professor ferrets out mysteries of biology by giving computers ‘intelligence’
Stanford News Service, May 7, 2008
As a computer scientist who endows machines with artificial intelligence, Daphne Koller might seem an unlikely person to draw inspiration from the late 19th-century naturalist John Muir.

Pursuing the Next Level of Artificial Intelligence
The Gainesville Sun, May 3, 2008
Like a good gambler, Daphne Koller, a researcher at Stanford whose work has led to advances in artificial intelligence, sees the world as a web of probabilities. There is, however, nothing uncertain about her impact. Ms. Koller was honored with a new computer sciences award sponsored by the ACM and the Infosys Foundation

USACM Urges Congress to Build in Safeguards for Automated Employment Checks
Trading, May 6, 2008
At a Congressional hearing Eugene H. Spafford, chair of ACM's U.S. Public Policy Committee (USACM), cited several potential problems, some already evident, in a pilot system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) to electronically check on employee work eligibility.

Computing Group Campaign Strives to Get Teenagers Into Computers
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 5, 2008
The WGBH Educational Foundation and ACM are launching a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging college-bound high-school students to pursue careers in computer science. The two-year project, called New Image for Computing, is particularly focused on encouraging Latina girls and African-American boys to get into the field.

Pursuing the Next Level of Artificial Intelligence
The New York Times, May 3, 2008
Daphne Koller was honored with a new computer sciences award sponsored by ACM and the Infosys Foundation. The award is viewed by scientists and industry executives as validating her research, which has helped transform artificial intelligence from science fiction and speculation into an engineering discipline that is creating an array of intelligent machines and systems.

The math behind everything
Taipei Times via New York Times News Service, May 1, 2008
Researcher Daphne Koller has used her passion for mathematical theory to help make advancements in fields as diverse as the study of traffic jams and breast tumors

Computers, Freedom, and Privacy:Technology Policy '08, April 30, 2008
This conference is an opportunity to participate in shaping issues and technological infrastructures. Expert technologists, policymakers, business leaders, and activists will address policies ranging from spyware and national security, to ISP filtering and patent reform, and e-voting to electronic medical record.

Seeing the math behind traffic jams, April 27, 2008
Like a good gambler, Daphne Koller, the recipient of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award, is a researcher at Stanford whose work has led to advances in artificial intelligence, and who sees the world as a web of probabilities. Her biggest accomplishment is creating a set of computational tools for artificial intelligence that can be used by scientists and engineers to do things like predict traffic jams, improve machine vision and understand the way cancer spreads.

Prize Wininng Scientist Wins Another Prize
Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2008
Daphne Koller, Stanford University computer scientist, after winning the MacArthur “genius grant” in 2004, kept plugging away on her ground-breaking research in an emerging niche in the field known as artificial evidence. Now she’s hauling in another prize–this time worth $150,000–that is being announced today by the Association of Computing Machinery and the India-based outsourcing specialist Infosys.

AI work by Daphne Koller wins inaugural ACM-Infosys award
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, April 28, 2008
Professor Daphne Koller at the University of Stanford has won the first-ever ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences. The $150,000 prize was given to the 39-year-old for her work in approaching new solutions toward designing artificial intelligence in computers.

Shamos: Why e-voting paper trails are a bad idea, April 21, 2008
Many computer scientists have been arguing for years that electronic voting machines absolutely must sport paper trails that can be verified by the voter and subsequently used in manual recounts. It is a formal policy position of the U.S. arm of the Association for Computing Machinery, the professional organization of computer scientists.

Reading Blogs Can Become Habitual, Like Smoking (but Safer), April 16, 2008
A study of blog readers' behavior presented at CHI 2008 in Florence, Italy this month found that for many people, checking favorite blogs is part of a routine that they feel compelled to repeat each day.

Computers that Measure our Emotions
Il Sole 24, April 5, 2008
Italian site interviews CHI 2008 participants N. Sadat Shami, Christian Peter, and Regan Mandryk.

Computer Scientists to Congress: Don't Tell Colleges to Install Filters on Networks, April 15, 2008
ACM is urging some members of the Senate and House of Representatives to oppose legislation that would encourage or require colleges to install network filters to inhibit illegal sharing of music and video files.

'Battle of the Brains' Crowns Top Computing College, April 10, 2008
St. Petersburg State University from Russia takes first place in ACM's International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Beginning Blog-ology, April 9, 2008
Article features research on blog use presented at CHI 2008.

Jewelry Television Software Engineers Selected to Present Case Study at Chi 2008
NewsBlaze, April 9, 2008
Presentation at CHI 2008 conference involving jewelry design reflects how broadly computing has pervaded every aspect of life.

Advanced Placement Computer-Science Course Hangs On, April 8, 2008
USACM blog says that the College Board is eliminating only one Advanced Placement computer-science course after the 2008-9 academic year.

Does Computing Add Up in the Classroom?
New York Times, April 1, 2008
Robert B. Schnabel, Chair of ACM's Education Policy Committee, says that "there is a real battle going on to determine the role that computing is going to play in K-12 education."

Carnegie Mellon's Edmund M. Clarke wins A.M. Turing Award, computing's highest honour
Primeur Monthly, March 2008
This European magazine for the tech community has included an article about the recent Turing Award recipients.

Exploring Computers & Privacy
Business New Haven, March 31, 2008
ACM Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference, May 20-23 at Yale University, will focus on technology policy.

Former ACM President Receives Distinguished Service Award
HPC Wire, March 18, 2008
David Patterson receives ACM Distinguished Service Award for his work to advance the computing field.

UC Berkeley, Microsoft, Intel To Build Computer Center, March 18, 2008
Article references both the ACM Distinguished Service Award and Past President David Patterson's role in the new PAR Lab.

Does Geography Really Matter Anymore?
Dr. Dobb's, March 13, 2008
The author questions the relevancy of geography in software development, pointing out that this year's Turing award winners Edmund M. Clarke, E. Allen Emerson and Joseph Sifakis live in different corners of the world.

Lecturer criticizes accuracy of the voting process
Daily Emerald, March 13, 2008
Former ACM President Barbara Simons says there are no good answers yet about which method really is the best.

Computer Teams From Around the World to Battle in Banff Next Month
Canadian Press, March 12, 2008
100 teams to compete in ACM's International Collegiate Programming Contest, April 6-10.

Guibas Receives ACM/AAAI Award for Algorithm Development
Dr. Dobb's, March 4, 2008
ACM names Leonidas John Guibas as the recipient of the 2007 ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for his pioneering contributions in applying algorithms to a wide range of computer science disciplines.

Measuring Internet Behavior Garners Grace Hopper Award
Dr. Dobb's, February 25, 2008
Vern Paxson's techniques are used to assess new communications concepts, improve network performance, and prevent network intrusion. Paxson has been named the recipient of the 2007 Grace Hopper Award from ACM.

Computers' model behavior, February 18, 2008
Turing Award winners Edmund M. Clarke, E. Allen Emerson and Joseph Sifakis honored by ACM for their work in software quality assurance verification technique known as model checking.

CNRS researcher wins prestigious computing award
CORDIS France, February 13, 2008
Joseph Sifakis, a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, has been named one of three Turing Award winners, along with Edmund M. Clarke of Carnegie Mellon University and E. Allan Emerson of the University of Texas.

Web Sites Influence Users, Even When They Don't Communicate Directly
Science Daily, February 13, 2008
Co-author of study to appear in upcoming issue of Communications of the ACM says the seemingly impersonal voting, tagging, ratings and even music catalogs offered on so-called Web 2.0 sites can influence users.

Remembering The Search For Jim Gray, A Year Later
Information Week, February 12, 2008
IEEE Computing Society, ACM, and University of California at Berkeley plan joint tribute to 1998 Turing Award winner Jim Gray, who disappeared last year while sailing from San Francisco Bay to the Farallon Islands.

Nobel winner was a founder of molecular biology, February 10, 2008
Josh Lederberg, who also won ACM's Allen Newell Award in 1995, helped introduce computers and artificial intelligence into laboratory research and biomedical communication.

Model Checking Pioneers Receive Turing Award, Most Prestigious in Computing
National Science Foundation, February 8, 2008
Officials from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate cheered this week's announcement that Edmund M. Clarke, E. Allen Emerson and Joseph Sifakis have won ACM's 2007 A.M. Turing Award, frequently referred to as the "Nobel Prize" of computing, for their work on model checking.

Logic Research Wins CMU Professor Computer Science Honor, February 5, 2008
Turing Award co-recipient Edmund Clarke says that winning the award is "gratifying, but it doesn't equal the thrill that I had when I did the original research over a quarter-century ago and realized that it could have practical applications."

2007 Turing Award Winners Announced for Their Groundbreaking Work on Model Checking
Dr. Dobb's Journal, February 4, 2008
Edmund M. Clarke, E. Allen Emerson, and Joseph Sifakis are the recipients of the 2007 A.M. Turing Award for their work on an automated method for finding design errors in computer hardware and software. The method, called Model Checking, is the most widely used technique for detecting and diagnosing errors in complex hardware and software design. It has helped to improve the reliability of complex computer chips, systems and networks.

Getting CERIAS about security
Network World, January 31, 2008
Norwich University's student chapter of SIGSAC has lunchtime discussions about security; Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University, headed by Eugene Spafford, provides valuable input.

How I Got There: Susan St. Ledger, Senior Vice President,, January 30, 2008
Career profile cites ACM as a useful professional organization to contact.

Digital Identification Plan Still Facing Many Hurdles
Investor's Business Daily, January 28, 2008
"As a result of Real ID requirements, more information might be stored in a (new) set of databases that are going to be accessed by thousands of people around the country, along with some existing databases," said Eugene Spafford, chairman of ACM's US Public Policy Committee (USACM). "The combination of that information will make it easier to commit identity theft and fraud."

Google Fellows reveal parallel processing model
InfoWorld, January 9, 2008
Google Fellows Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat have published a paper in this month's Communications of the ACM, a publication of the Association for Computing Machinery, detailing the programming model Google leverages to process more than 20 petabytes of data per day on commodity-based clusters.

ACM in the News 2007