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ACM in the News 2010

Software said to match quantum computing speed
ComputerWorld, December 23, 2010
While work continues on developing the fundamentals for super-fast quantum computers, a group of researchers has shown that, at least for some sorts of problems, classical computing could match the eventual speed of a working quantum computer -- with the correct software algorithms in place. Their work was published in the latest edition of the Communications of the ACM.

PARC Scientist Honored
San Jose Mercury News, December 21, 2010
PARC scientists are Technical Program Co-Chairs for the upcoming ACM Conferences on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), the premier international conference for the field of human-computer interaction. PARC Principal Scientist Bo Begole is Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2011 conference, and PARC Principal Scientist Ed Chi is Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2012 conference.

Advocate of Computer Ethics Honored by International Ethics Society
TMCnet, December 16, 2010
Don Gotterbarn, who spearheaded the establishment of ACM's Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, will receive the 2010 INSEIT/Joseph Weizenbaum Award for his contributions to the field of information and computer ethics.

Computer graphics fair kicks off in Seoul
The Korea Herald, December 16, 2010
“This is the third year that we’re putting it on (in Asia) but it is already on the top 5 conferences put on by the Association for Computing Machinery,” said ACM president Alain Chesnais, which is the event’s organizer. Claiming that Asia is an area of high potential, membership in Asia was increasing at a level never seen before, according to Chesnais.

At Siggraph Asia, the sky's the limit
Korean JoongAng Daily, December 14, 2010
With Asian countries showing great interest and skill in developing computer graphics, Siggraph started holding an Asian version in 2008 - first in Singapore, then in Yokohama, Japan last year. Now, Siggraph Asia 2010 will make its way to Seoul, with the conference scheduled for tomorrow through Saturday and an exhibition scheduled for Thursday through Saturday.

NSF Celebrates Computer Science Week 2010
Red Orbit, December 7, 2010
CSEdWeek representative Cameron Wilson of ACM provides perspective on why this week is important to his industry and to America's competitive edge. Other countries have stepped up their efforts with computer science education, and several countries, including Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and some Asian countries have implemented a comprehensive computer science curriculum.
Four Googlers elected ACM Fellows this year
The Official Google Blog, December 7, 2010
Like last year, ACM has announced that four Googlers have been elected ACM Fellows in 2010, the most this year from any single corporation or institution. Luiz Barroso, Dick Lyon, Muthu Muthukrishnan and Fernando Pereira were chosen for their contributions to computing and computer science that have provided fundamental knowledge to the field and have generated multiple innovations.

Special Report - The State of Computer Science Education
CIO Update, December 6, 2010
As the country approaches the second annual Computer Science Education Week December 5-11, an event endorsed by the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the critical role of computing in society, it is an ideal time to assess the state of the computer science pipeline and the ability of employers to gain access to the talent they need, said ACM CEO and Executive Director John White.

A Study of Self-Plagiarism
Inside Higher Education, December 3, 2010
ACM, where intellectual property rights are a core value, not only specifically proscribes self-plagiarism, the organization also specifies an enforcement procedure starting with posting a “Notice of Self Plagiarism based on the investigation on the ACM Digital Library’s citation page” and followed by a series of escalating penalties.

OCLC Adds Content Accessible Through WorldCat Local
Information Today, December 6, 2010
Library users can now find more than 700 million items through the WorldCat Local service as the OCLC cooperative expands agreements with content providers to make more content in a variety of formats accessible to users. OCLC has added content to WorldCat Local from the Association for Computing Machinery.

Quantum computing: Beyond computing's final frontier, November 24, 2010
According to Dave Bacon of the University of Washington and assistant editor of ACM's Transactions on Computation Theory research journal, it's this 'fear factor' that has helped keep funding folowing into research into quantum information processing - despite there being no imminent prospect of commercialising the technology.

During Boring Classes, Texting is the New Doodling
Boston Globe, November 26, 2010
"Our experience has shown that positive results can be achieved by encouraging students to bring their mobile phones out in the open and to use them to contribute to the class, and to their own learning" New Zealand scholars wrote in a 2009 paper published in the journal Communications of the ACM

ACM Distinguished Members Recognized for Computing Innovations
Dr. Dobb's Journal, November 24, 2010
"This year's Distinguished Members reflect the growing international diversity of ACM's membership and our commitment to recognizing excellence throughout the computing world," said Alain Chesnais, president of ACM.

ASCII crimps program development, coder says
ComputerWorld, October 29, 2010
Programming languages are unnecessarily difficult to work with because they rely on the artificial constraint of using only ASCII characters, a noted programmer argues in the November issue of the flagship publication of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Getting the (Really) Big Picture Quickly
Dr. Dobb's Journal, October 27, 2010
A study describing development of the ViSUS software by University of Utah computer scientists is scheduled for online publication Oct. 30 in ACM Transactions on Graphics, published by the Association for Computing Machinery. The paper calls ViSUS "a simple framework for progressive processing of high-resolution images with minimal resources... [that] for the first time, is capable of handling gigapixel imagery in real time."

How to Avoid Information Gluttony
Federal Computer Week, October 21, 2010
Some places IT executives turn to for information and new ideas include Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery ( Reflecting the association's broad membership, this website’s coverage runs the gamut from hard-core engineering to the business and human implications of technology.

U.S. Cell Phone Network Vulnerable to Attack
Information Week, October 6, 2010
Four Pennsylvania State University researchers will present a paper at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in November, outlining how an attack exploiting weaknesses in SMS (Short Message Service) could overload a cell network, and bring both voice and text messaging to a screeching stop.

Association for Computing Machinery Evaluates SciVee Platform
Earth Times, October 19, 2010
ACM has agreed to assess the SciVee video platform for Communications of the ACM, its flagship publication and the most highly cited journal in the field of computer science. The six-month trial is to determine how SciVee offerings can supplement and enhance ACM journals to increase article views, broaden reader interest and promote authors.

Computer Science Education Getting Short Shrift, Study Finds
Education Week, October 12, 2010
A report, Running on Empty, was released at the launch for a new coalition called Computing in the Core, whose founding members include Microsoft, Google, as well as ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association. The group aims to advocate for elevating computer science education to a core academic subject at the K-12 level.

When glass touch screens feel like sandpaper
CNN, October 8, 2010
The Disney Research technology, which has not been commercialized, has been incorporated by [Chris] Harrison into at least two prototypes. One mobile device was demonstrated this week at a conference held by the Association for Computing Machinery.

Google Launches Contest to Encourage Kids to Code
The New York Times, October 7, 2010
With a world that is increasingly reliant on computer technology, encouraging students to explore programming is crucial. But a recently released report by the Computer Science Teachers Association reveals a marked decline in the number of computer science classes offered in U.S. schools, as well as a lack of standards governing what should be taught at the K-12 level.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2010
Animation World Network, October 5, 2010
The third edition of SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM initially presented SIGGRAPH Asia to bring digital innovations from around the globe to the region, while tapping into its vibrant and emerging digital media landscape. Over four days beginning December 15, the computer graphics and interactive techniques communities in Korea and the world over will be able to discuss and view the best innovation, ideas and inventions.

STEM Roundup II: Diversity, Engineering Standards, and Computer Science
Education Week, September 30, 2010
Researchers from the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Teachers Association contacted each state to survey the status of computer science education and determine whether the subject is getting adequate attention in schools.

ACM Europe Serving the European Computing Science Community
SuperComputing online, September 29, 2010
ACM has launched a new effort, ACM Europe, to recognise and support European ACM members and activities. The objective of the new approach is to serve ACM’s European members by improving the exchange of ideas, and raising awareness among the public and European decision-makers of important technical, educational and social issues related to computing.

Phone to track emotional behaviour
BBC News, September 29, 2010
A system which allows psychologists to track people's emotional behaviour through their phones has been successfully road-tested by scientists. The findings are being reported at ACM's conference on Ubiquitous Computing in Copenhagen.

Detecting Danger in the Cloud
Dr. Dobb's Journal, September 27, 2010
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new software that offers significantly enhanced security for cloud-computing systems. The HyperSentry research will be presented on October 5 at the 17th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Chicago.

Dot Diva Launch
Dr. Dobb's Journal, September 27, 2010
The Dot Diva initiative, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is intended to increase the number of college-bound girls who recognize the power and potential of computing and computer science to achieve fulfilling career opportunities.

Springfield High looks at computers in depth
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 27, 2010
The district switched to a course modeled on one designed by the Computer Science Teachers Association, a national group. The Springfield Township district is the first in Pennsylvania to mandate that students take a computer science course as a graduation requirement.

Cuban Students Enter Prestigious Programming Contest
La Demajagua, September 24, 2010
Andy Gonzalez Flores, Carlos Fernandez Mesa and Tomas Febles Ortega, second year students of informatics at the Camilo Cienfuegos University of Matanzas, will participate in the Annual Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), an annual multi-tiered computer programming competition among the universities of the World organized by ACM and sponsored by IBM.

Worth a read ACM article "Photoshop Scalability: Keeping It Simple"
Dr. Dobb's, September 15, 2010
I found it very useful - covering the earliest uses of parallelism for what I call "convenience" instead of "performance" and how that evolved when parallel programming could yield performance boosts.

Chats with Kelly Gotlieb, "The" Internationally Renowned Pioneer in Computing
TechNet, September 7, 2010
In June, I joined Kelly at the ACM Awards Committee meeting and Awards Banquet in San Francisco where past interviewee Chuck Thacker received his Turing Award, the Nobel Prize of Computing

4 Tools for Teaching Kids to Code
Linux Today, August 31, 2010
A recent survey of some 14,000 U.S. high school teachers by the Computer Science Teachers Association found that only 65% of respondents taught in a school that offered some sort of introductory computer science course. As our world becomes more tech-oriented, educators are faced with not just teaching children how to use computers, but how to build and program them as well.

For Women in Tech, "Try Harder" Isn't an Answer
American Prospect, August 30, 2010
According to a report by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Computer Science Teachers Association, girls are less likely to receive parental encouragement for interest in math and science, and teachers are more likely to direct girls toward "traditional" interests in the humanities.

Ready for 2020? Advice for Every Career Stage
Computer World, August 23, 2010
"The rate of change has accelerated dramatically," says Alain Chesnais, president of ACM. To address the gap between college and real-world experience, ACM has introduced new curriculum guidelines for undergraduate IT programs that address how computing is manifested in industries such as law, health, finance and government, Chesnais says.

Step 1: Post Elusive Proof. Step 2: Watch Fireworks
The New York Times, August 16, 2010
“The reason there was such excitement is there have been many alleged proofs,” said Moshe Vardi, a professor of computer science at Rice University and the editor in chief of Communications of the ACM. “This looks like a serious paper. In particular what he has done is bring forward a new idea that is worth exploring.”

Anita Borg Institute Announces 2010 Change Agent Award Winners
San Jose Mercury News, August 9, 2010
Among the winners is Gayatri Buragohain, the India Ambassador for ACM-W. She is the founder of Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT), a pioneering organization that empowers women using technology. She has traveled throughout India leading gender sensitization trainings, hands-on tech trainings, and workshops on gender inequalities within technology.

Pixel People
Computer Graphics World, August 6, 2010
A select group of “pixel people” were honored at the annual SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition for their contributions to the computer graphics industry. The ACM SIGGRAPH Awards program recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the computer graphics community through their research, teaching, service, or writing

Virtual cookie monster controls flavor
NBC Today Show, July 31, 2010
At the SIGGRAPH computer animation and interactive technology conference, Takuji and his team unveiled their Meta Cookie system, which uses virtual reality to try to control the flavor of a cookie.

Bill to Combat Computer Science Crisis Introduced
Education Week, July 30, 2010
"Computer science is driving an economic and cultural revolution across the globe at the same time that it is fading from the K-12 landscape in the U.S.," said ACM CEO and ED John White. The legislation would combat "uneven or nonexistent" standards in K-12 computer science, a lack of professional development and clear pathways to certification for teachers, and a decrease in available courses for students.

Bringing Data Mining Into the Mainstream
The New York Times, July 26, 2010
Plumbing the world’s ever-growing pools of digitized information — on the Web, in corporate databases, generated by scientific research — for wisdom and profit is a growth industry today. So it is scarcely surprising that a four-day conference in Washington, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery, and focused on knowledge discovery and data mining, is attracting corporate researchers and university scientists in record numbers.

ACM SIGARCH Honors Andreas Moshovos
Dr. Dobb's, July 20, 2010
ACM SIGARCH has presented its 2010 Maurice Wilkes Award to Andreas Moshovos of the University of Toronto for his contributions to the development of memory-dependence prediction. This technique, used by high-performance microprocessors that execute memory-access operations, provides many applications in boosting memory-system performance and reducing processor-design complexity.

Cyberwarrior Shortage Threatens US Security
NPR, July 19, 2010
The cyber manpower crisis in the United States stands in sharp contrast to the situation in China, where the training of computer experts is a top national priority.  In the most recent round of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, co-sponsored by IBM and ACM, Chinese universities took four of the top 10 places.

Schools Fall Behind in Offering Computer Science
Education Week, July 14, 2010
"A lot of focus right now is working with the states to get computer science counted as a [graduation] requirement," said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, based in New York City. A flier designed by ACM to draw young people to the field highlights some career paths, from building the next generation of mobile phones to working on digital forensics, developing computing solutions for businesses, and working in software engineering. "No states that we know of require computer science" in high school, said Cameron P. Wilson, the public-policy director at ACM.

NCKU Student's Droplet Routing Algorithms for Digital Microfluidic Biochips Won First Place in International Competition, July 14, 2010
Droplet Routing Algorithms for Digital Microfluidic Biochips, designed by Tsung-Wei Huang, of  National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, has won first place in the Student Research Competition (SRC) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), United States.

Wipro to Fund ACM Scholarships for Women Students Attending Computing Research Conferences
Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2010
Professor Dame Wendy Hall, ACM's President, said, "Wipro's generous offer to raise the funding for this critical program means ACM will be able to expand its efforts to attract the best minds to the computing field across the demographic spectrum," adding that exposure to the computing research world can be an important factor in encouraging students to continue their studies.

Journals step up plagiarism policing
Scientific American, July 5, 2010
"Not so many years ago, we got one or two alleged cases a year. Now we are getting one or two a month," says Bernard Rous, director of publications at the Association for Computing Machinery in New York, the world's biggest learned society for scientific computing, which is in the early stages of implementing CrossCheck.

Find the Best Schools for 2010's Top Careers in Science and Technology
U.S. News & World Report, June 29, 2010
U.S. News's best graduate computer science programs reports a 3-way tie among university computer science departments at Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and Stanford. At MIT, many of the faculty are members of prestigious scientific organizations, including nine fellows in the Association for Computing Machinery.

Oracle engineer reveals latency mysteries with heat maps
NetworkWorld, June 28, 2010
In the July issue of Communications of the ACM, an Oracle engineer argues that while data-center managers have long used heat maps to help determine where to best position racks of servers and cooling units, this mode of visualization can also be handy for better understanding system latency.

Fifth chapter of ACM starts at IIIT-A
Times of India, June 27, 2010
The country's fifth professional chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) opened at Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A), on Saturday following the inauguration by IIIT-A director MD Tiwari. This centre would prove beneficial to students and faculty members particularly in the area of software and hardware.

Online Privacy: 'Bill of Rights' for social networking debated in San Jose
San Jose Mercury News, June 18, 2010
"The underlying idea is that Facebook likes to describe itself as equivalent to the third-largest country in the world," said Jon Pincus, CTO of Qworky, a Seattle company, and co-chair of the 20th CFP conference, which is sponsored by ACM. "What rights do the citizens of that country have?"

Google lashes out at Web censorship
Personal Computer World, June 18, 2010
Google's vice president and general counsel told the ACM Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference yesterday that censorship is a "trade barrier" and a " vital economic and trade issue," and added that open platforms, open source and transparency are key to ensuring the free flow of information.

Watts Humphrey shares his 'Reflections on Management'
SDTimes, June 18, 2010
From his decades of experiences, ACM Fellow Watts Humphrey learned hard lessons about how software projects should be managed, how to manage teams, his bosses and himself. Humphrey recounts those experiences in his recent book, "Reflections on Management."

Cloud Computing Lecture at Dubai Women's College
Eye of Dubai, June 6, 2010
Dubai Womens College, ACM Chapter hosted recently a lecture entitled "Cloud Computing: a Paradigm Shift". Dr. Amala Rajan, DWC IT Faculty commented, "Cloud Computing is one of the breakthrough technologies which is unavoidable in the future and we, DWC Chapter of the ACM, are proud to organize guest lectures on these types of upcoming technologies."

The Politics of Facebook
Variety, May 21, 2010
Jon Pincus of Qworky joins us to talk about the land mines Facebook faces, and why the issue is destined to dominate the upcoming ACM Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference in San Jose, which he is co-chairing.

Lenders using Facebook, Twitter to gather borrower information
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 28, 2010
"Financial institutions are starting to look at this information and are using it to make credit decisions," said Lorrie Cranor, CMU professor who is a leader of the New York-based Association for Computing Machinery's public policy council.

ACM, IEEE Honor Bill Dally for Pioneering Work in Parallelism
Dr. Dobb's Journal, May 12, 2010
The ACM and IEEE have announced that the recipient of this year's Eckert-Mauchly Award is William J. Dally for his innovative contributions to the architecture of interconnection networks and parallel computers. The Eckert Mauchly Award is among the computer architecture community's most prestigious award.

Microsoft's Kin Phones Resurrect the Lifelogging Debate
The Motley Fool, May 10, 2010
Motley Fool cites article in May issue of Communications of the ACM that challenges Gordon Bell's lifelogging concept.

Face-saving software rescues bad snaps
New Scientist, May 5, 2010
When computer vision engineer Neel Joshi and his colleagues at UC San Diego studied home photo collections, they saw that many pictures of faces were blurry. ACM Transactions on Graphics (DOI: 10.1145/1731047.1731050) published their research, which involved writing software to solve the problem.

Students from UC Davis Win Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup
Fox Business, April 26, 2010
"Studying computer science doesn't necessarily mean that you'll work for a computer company, but it does mean that you'll have the education, resources and understanding to basically do anything in a future career," said John R. White, executive director and CEO of ACM. "It's a fundamental skill and knowledge set for the 21st century."

High school students from the Los Angeles Unified School District visit UCLA for Exploring Computer Science Day
UCLA Daily Bruin, April 19, 2010
In addition to the under representation of women and minorities in computer science, Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, is also worried about the decreasing number of high schools nationwide that offer courses in the subject.

Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley
The New York Times, April 18, 2010
Girls begin to turn away from math and science in elementary school, because of discouragement from parents, underresourced teachers and their own lack of interest and exposure, according to a recent report by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Computer Science Teachers Association.

HP Researcher: Power efficiency has a long way to go
Network World, April 12, 2010
The IT and consumer electronics industries have a long way to travel in terms of improving power efficiency of electronic systems and devices, a Hewlett-Packard researcher argues in the latest issue of the Association for Computing Machinery's flagship journal

ACM Acknowledges Achievement
Dr. Dobb's Journal, April 9, 2010
ACM has announced the recipients of six awards for their innovations in computing technology that demonstrate the benefits of computational thinking for industry, education, and society, including improved medical diagnostics and healthcare delivery, better teaching methods for high-school computer science, more secure Internet transactions, and enhanced network efficiency.

Why K-12 Computer Science Education is broken, and what we can do to fix it
Fast Company, April 12, 2010
The workshop on K-12 equity issues came from CSTA Executive Director Chris Stephenson’s observation that too often, the discourse around fixing K-12 STEM education happens without engaging K-12 teachers, leading to a lack of community buy in that results in failure in implementing change.

Innovation:Only Mind Games Will Make Us Save Power
New Scientist, April 1, 2010
In a new paper presented at the ACM 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Eric Paulos at Carnegie Mellon University and colleagues report how they gave 12 US households gadgets called Kill A Watts that reveal the energy use of devices as part of a study of domestic energy consumption.

Make any program open source
NetworkWorld, March 31, 2010
Computer science/engineering profs at the University of Washington have come up with a system that will allow you to customize everything to your liking, with a little tweaking, if all software were open source. They're delivering a paper on this topic at ACM's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems conference next month in Atlanta.

Eric Brewer Recognized for Scalable Web Technology
Dr. Dobb's Journal, March 16, 2010
Eric Brewer, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, is the 2009 recipient of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences, a prestigious honor that comes with a $150,000 prize.

Berkeley Prof Helped Divvy Up Search to Many Servers
Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2010
Eric Brewer receives the 2009 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for his contribution to the development of “highly scalable information technology services.” That means breaking down jobs that once required large expensive server systems so they can be handled by many inexpensive, small machines—the way Google and other Web farms now routinely operate.

Turing Award Winner on Future of Tech
NPR, March 15, 2010
Listen to ACM Turing Award winner Charles Thacker being interviewed on National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered."

Charles Thacker wins Turing Award, computing's 'Nobel Prize'
USA Today, March 15, 2010
If you're typing away at a PC with clickable icons, images that resemble what they'll look like printed, and multiple windows, you have Charles Thacker to thank.

A Talk With Charles Thacker, the Turing Winner
New York Times, March 9, 2010
"Chuck Thacker was the pre-eminent computer designer of the PC era, in the same way Gordon Bell was the leading designer of minicomputer technology and John Cocke was for the mainframe," said Raj Reddy, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a past Turing winner.

Computing Prize Winner Did not Rest on His Laurels
Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2010
ACM Turing Award winner Charles P. Thacker says the inspiration for the Alto came from PARC manager Bob Taylor's vision of computers as machines capable of transforming documents and other communications media.

'Nobel of computing' goes to early PC designer
Washington Post, March 9, 2010
A Microsoft researcher won the $250,000 Turing Award, one of technology's most coveted prizes, on Tuesday for his work helping design and build what is widely considered the first modern personal computer.

Microsoft researcher and Alto creator wins Turing Award
Computerworld UK, March 10, 2010
"The Alto was an amazing accomplishment," said Charles Simonyi, who worked with Charles Thacker at PARC and contributed software to the Alto. Simonyi later went on to head up Microsoft's application software group. "The idea was to design something for the future, when the component prices came down. And that worked perfectly: The prices did come down and the design was correct."

Charles Thacker, Turing Award Winner, Recognized for Work on First Modern PC
Huffington Post, March 10, 2010
"I was flabbergasted," Thacker said in an interview Tuesday. "I frankly never expected to get the award, because it wasn't given to people like me. Most of the people who have gotten the Turing award in the past few years are software people or theoreticians. There are scant few people who have actually built some hardware."

'Nobel of computing' goes to Microsoft researcher who helped build arguably world's first PC
Los Angeles Times, March 9, 2010
ACM President Wendy Hall said that Thacker is "one of the most distinguished computer systems engineers in the history of the field" and that his innovations have "profoundly affected the course of modern computing."

Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer
EE Times, March 9, 2010
EE Times: What was it like working on the Alto at Xerox PARC?
Thacker: That period was the most intensely creative in my life. A lot of things came together--the entire system of the Alto computer, the Ethernet network, the laser printer, the file systems and more--all that was developed over a five-year period.

Body acoustics can turn your arm into a touchscreen
New Scientist, March 1, 2010
Researchers at the ACM Computer-Human Interaction Conference in Atlanta will present a paper on a system called Skinput, a marriage of two technologies: the ability to detect the ultralow-frequency sound produced by tapping the skin with a finger, and the microchip-sized "pico" projectors now found in some cellphones.

Frankencamera - a 'whole new visual medium'
New Zealand Herald, February 24, 2010
Refocus Imaging, founded in 2007 by Dr Ren Ng, has spent three years transforming Ng's Stanford Phd work on refocus imaging, which won the ACM Doctoral Dissertation award in 2007, into a viable camera.  The refocus camera replaces the single sensor behind the lens with microsensors, solving a number of problems that confront digital camera photographers.

A Place to Hack or Just Hang
Boston University Law Journal, February 24, 2010
Welcome to the Boston University Information Lab & Design Space (BUILDS), a research center built and run by students who belong to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). David House started the BU chapter of ACM in 2008.

And the Academy Award Goes to...a Computer Scientist
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 7, 2010
Paul E. Debevec, a leader of ACM SIGGRAPH, may be the only research professor whose laboratory subjects have included Charlize Theron and Will Smith.

China, Russia Claim Top Honors in ACM Collegiate Programming Contest
Dr. Dobb's Journal, February 5, 2010
ACM President Professor Dame Wendy Hall pointed to the importance of computer science education in the competitive global economy, and noted ACM's efforts to help high school students, teachers, and parents better understand the kinds of careers enabled by studying computer science.

SIGGRAPH Selects Carnegie Mellon’s Don Marinelli as a Keynote Speaker
San Francisco Chronicle, February 3, 2010
Marinelli’s upcoming book recounts the six years he and Randy Pausch shared an office creating the center that has become recognized internationally as Carnegie Mellon’s “Dream Fulfillment Factory.”

Our Favorite Martians
Air and Space Smithsonian magazine, March 1, 2010
At a 2008 conference in Italy sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction, Janet Vertesi of UC Irvine presented a paper titled“ ‘Seeing Like a Rover’: Embodied Experience on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission."

Knuth, Kleinberg Recipients of Katayanagi Prize
Dr. Dobb's Journal, January 7, 2010
Knuth is a winner of the ACM Turing Award, considered the computer science equivalent of the Nobel Prize, as well as the first ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award. Kleinberg is a recipient of the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award.

Teach students to compute for good
Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 5, 2010
We as scientists and educators should promote an educational system that values the computing discipline and provides students with critical thinking skills and career opportunities at all levels, according to the Association for Computing Machinery.