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ACM in the News 2011


Tech workforce starts with kids
Atlanta Journal Constitution, December 22, 2011
We need to produce not just technology consumers, but technology creators. How can we achieve this kind of workforce in Georgia? I believe that it starts with kids...Building awareness of engineering subjects among young students is a great starting point....Another place to start is Computer Science Education Week (csedweek.org).

Vint Cerf: SOPA means 'unprecedented censorship' of the Web
CNET News, December 15, 2011
Vint Cerf, the legendary computer scientist who's known as one of the fathers of the Internet for his work on TCP/IP, is the latest technologist to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act. Cerf, a onetime DARPA program manager who went on to receive the Turing Award, sent a letter yesterday warning of the dangers of SOPA to its author, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)....the House Judiciary chairman.

Out of the Box: 3-D entertainment steps beyond the glasses and headaches
ScienceNews, December 17, 2011
Four LCD screens stacked on top of one another show videos from up to seven viewpoints via the same trick. The display will be presented this month in Hong Kong at a meeting of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

Rock Vibe, a Musical Computer Game for Blind and Sighted Gamers, Gains Notable Support on Kickstarter
San Francisco Chronicle, December 14, 2011
Unlike traditional video games, Rock Vibe uses vibrations delivered through a wearable electronic device to tell players when to press buttons on a Rock Band instrument, computer keyboard or MIDI controller. Rock Vibe also provides a talking interface that can be turned on or off, allowing blind gamers to navigate the game without a screen reader. The team's research on Rock Vibe was presented ASSETS 09, ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers & Accessibility.

Women in STEM = American Economic Competitiveness
The White House, December 13, 2011
"Almost every industry and walk of life these days has problems that need to be solved with computing. Computing problems and solutions are where 21st century jobs are, and it's also where America is losing its edge in the global economy. It is a something of a myth that computerization of industries has taken away jobs from Americans. There are jobs out there." The writer is the Vice President of the Chicago chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association.

Love computers? You've found your career
Florida Today, December 8, 2011
This is Computer Science Education Week. Computing plays a critical role in many aspects of today’s society — and it’s certainly played a huge role in my own life. Students who graduate with a computing degree form the backbone of our nation’s knowledge economy.

University of Calgary: Inside your iPhone
Street Insider, December 8, 2011
This is the first time the University of Calgary is holding a tour on campus for high-school students as part of Computer Science Education Week. Computing is a key driver of economic growth and societal change. Many of the most exciting and best paying jobs in the science, technologies, engineering and mathematics fields right now require knowledge of computer science.

Teaching Ventures Catch the Programming Wave
Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2011
The number of U.S. high schools offering introductory computer science dropped to 69% in 2011 from 78% in 2005, according to Computer Science Teachers Association. The trade group attributes the drop to a decline in electives caused by budget constraints at school districts nationwide.

The Physics of Rainbows
Red Orbit, December 7, 2011
Computer scientists at UC San Diego, who set out to simulate all rainbows found in nature, wound up answering questions about the physics of rainbows as well...using an improved method for simulating how light interacts with water drops of various shapes and sizes...[they] are set to publish their findings in ACM Transactions on Graphics in December of this year.

Overhauling Computer Science Education
T.H.E. Journal, December 5, 2011
At the university level, CSTA's Stephenson said she is seeing more and more interdisciplinary approaches to teaching--both teacher and non-teacher students--in what she calls "combinational sciences" where a CS education is linked with other sciences or humanities.

Third Annual Computer Science Education Week Spotlights Importance of Standards and Local Efforts to Ensure Strong Workforce
TMCnet, December 5, 2011
To address the challenges in computer science education, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), founded by ACM, is releasing a revised version of its computer science education standards, CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards, during CSEdWeek. Chris Stephenson, Executive Director of CSTA, said "...this week is all about celebrating the importance of computing and our commitment to ensuring that our students have the skills and knowledge they need."

Where Agile Development Fails: IT Operations
Information Week, November 28, 2011
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels has famously said that developers should also be operators. Amazon's e-commerce operation is now organized around discrete application services that are called through an API. Developers of a service at Amazon bear the primary responsibility for its operation throughout its life cycle. "You build it, you own it," Vogels said in the May 2006 issue of ACM's Queue magazine.

The Computer Progammer is a Child
The New York Times, November 17, 2011
As an elementary school technology teacher who works with Scratch, I have found that students develop their love for computers and a desire to explore their capabilities during their primary school years. In recognition of the importance of learning these skills, educators will celebrate computing by observing Computer Science Education Week Dec.4 to 10.

Making High Performance Computing Special - the ACM Way
HPCwire, November 15, 2011
HPCwire caught up with Cherri Pancake, professor at Oregon State University and the first Chair of ACM's newest Special Interest Group SIGHPC, to get her take on what the group is today, and the role she sees for it in the future of the high performance computing community.

Smartphone Espionage
Daily Kos, November 4, 2011
Researchers from UNC Chapel Hill have used iSpy ... as proof that keying a private email message or text message in public, whether on a near-empty train or at the far end of a park bench away from everyone else, is still risky business. The direction of topics and discussions at this year’s CCS 2011 of the ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, is squarely on the side of examining privacy in response to emerging technologies.

iPhone 4 Accelerometer Enables Device to be Used for Spying
Huffington Post via Scientific American, October 27, 2011
One team of researchers used an iPhone to track typing on a nearby computer keyboard with up to 80 percent accuracy. They presented the findings at a computer security conference in Chicago. [Philip Marquardt et al, (sp)iPhone: Decoding Vibrations From Nearby Keyboards Using Mobile Phone Accelerometers, 18th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security]

John McCarthy, 84, Dies; Computer Design Pioneer
The New York Times, October 25, 2011
John McCarthy, a computer scientist who helped design the foundation of today’s Internet-based computing and who is widely credited with coining the term for a frontier of research he helped pioneer, Artificial Intelligence, or A.I., died on Monday. In 1971 Dr. McCarthy received the Turing Award, the most prestigious given by ACM, for his work in artificial intelligence.

John McCarthy, creator of Lisp programming language, dies
CNET, October 24, 2011
McCarthy is also credited with coining the term "artificial intelligence" in that proposal, describing it as "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines." [He] won the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery in 1972 and the National Medal of Science in 1991.

ACM Announces Innovative Article Linking Service for Authors
Information Today, October 24, 2011
ACM is introducing a new service called ACM Author-Izer. It enables ACM authors to post links on either their own web page or institutional repository for visitors to download the definitive version of their articles from the ACM Digital Library at no charge. ACM Author-Izer also enables the dynamic display of download and citation statistics for each "authorized" article on the author's personal page.

Researchers crack W3C encryption standard for XML
Ars Technica, October 21, 2011
There's new reason to be leery about relying on Web-based services to handle sensitive data. A pair of German researchers revealed at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Chicago this week that they have discovered a way to decrypt data within XML documents that have been encrypted using an implementation of the World Wide Web Consortium's XML Encryption standard.

Blurry on last night? Camera lets you focus on any point of an image
Herald Sun (Australia), October 20, 2011
The camera is the brain child of Dr Ren Ng – a Stanford professor whose research has been named best doctoral dissertation in computer science by the Association for Computing Machinery. With Dr Ng’s technology, images “become interactive, living pictures,” he told The New York Times.

OmniTouch could shrink smart phones dramatically
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 18, 2011
Chris Harrison, a doctoral student at CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, worked with Microsoft Research to develop the technology. The prototype sits on a person's shoulder. Harrison, a former intern at Microsoft Research, will describe the technology on Wednesday at ACM's Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in Santa Barbara, Ca.

Siggraph Asia 2011
Animation World Network, September 13, 2011
After successful runs in Singapore, Japan and South Korea, ACM brings digital innovations from around the globe to Hong Kong, in Asia’s biggest gathering of artists, designers, researchers, scientists, manufacturers and developers.

Dennis Ritchie Obituary
The Guardian, October 13, 2011
Ritchie and Thompson got early recognition for their work when they received the 1983 Turing award of ACM, often dubbed the Nobel prize of computing. But the Unix story was just beginning. The Advanced Projects Research Agency of the US department of defence adopted Unix for the network research that eventually created the internet, and it remains the software glue that binds everything together.

Dennis Ritchie and Steve Jobs - quite the juxtaposition
Computer World, October 13, 2011
Today, it was narrowly reported that C programming language inventor and Unix co-creator Dennis Ritchie died after a long illness. He was 70. Earlier this month, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs also died after a long illness. From all reports I've read, Ritchie was a humble man. He was the winner of this nation's highest award for technology, the National Medal of Technology. He also received the Association for Computing Machinery's highly coveted Turing Award.

7 key skills new IT grads are lacking
Computer World, October 13, 2011
Wanted: An understanding of basic business functions. The University of Memphis is in its second year of following the IS 2010 model curriculum designed by the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which calls for teaching tech students both IT skills and professional skills such as communication and leadership.

Jobs' innovative mind leaves hole in tech world
The Telegraph, October 10, 2011
Apple and its products have been "the standard to which everyone compared themselves," said John R. White, the chief executive of ACM, the industry's 65-year-old scientific and educational society. "Will there be a central force, whether a company or a new technology, that defines where we all head next? I fear that there won't be."

If they could coast all the way, they would
Boston Globe, October 1, 2011
An MIT-Princeton team won an award from ACM [Mobisys 2011] for a system of dashboard-mounted smartphones that allows users to collect information about traffic signals and slow down accordingly. SignalGuru detects the current color of traffic signals and uses information gathered from participating nearby mobile phones to predict the lights’ future color and timing.

Kinect Project Merges Real and Visual Worlds
Technology Review, September 30, 2011
Microsoft's Kinect Xbox controller, which lets gamers control on-screen action with their body movements, has been adapted in hundreds of interesting, useful, and occasionally bizarre ways. The first public unveiling of KinectFusion at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver in August triggered huge excitement.

Smartphone Battery Life Could be Dramatically Improved in "Subconscious Mode"
PC World, September 16, 2011
Computer science and engineering professor Kang Shin and his team developed a way for smartphones to listen more efficiently, called Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening, or E-MiLi. Shin and [his team] will be making their pitch to the industry when they present their concept next week at the ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking in Las Vegas.

Worth a read ACM article: "Photoshop Scalability: Keeping it Simple"
Dr. Dobbs', September 15, 2011
I found [an article in acmqueue] very interesting - 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.

NSF Issues New Grant for Computer Science Curriculum
Education Week, September 13, 2011
Two San Diego universities are getting nearly $1 million from NSF to expand a computer science curriculum for students in the city's high schools, as well as community colleges and universities. Under the new grant, the ComPASS project will: continue development of the San Diego Computer Science Teachers Association chapter, specifically integrating support for new teachers.

The New Big Data
Technology Review, August 22, 2011
Twenty years ago, the only people who cared about so-called "big data"—the only ones who had enormous data sets and the motivation to try to process them—were members of the scientific community, says Usama Fayyad, executive chair of ACM's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining and former chief data officer at Yahoo.

Staying in Shape: How the Internet Architecture Got it's Hourglass Shape and What That Means for future Internet Architectures
ScienceDaily, August 15, 2011
"To avoid the ossification effects we experience today in the network and transport layers of the Internet, architects of the future Internet need to increase the number of protocols in these middle layers," said Constantine Dovrolis of Georgia Tech. The research will be presented on August 17, at SIGCOMM 2011, a conference sponsored by a special interest group of ACM.

Computer research contest honors student innovations
eSchool News, August 15, 2011
ACM honored the grand finals winners of its Student Research Competition (SRC) with awards and cash prizes for achievements in computing research. The graduate and undergraduate winners competed against more than 50 participants in contests held at 13 ACM conferences.

Scholar Citations - Google moves into the Domain of Web of Science & Scopus
Infomation Today, August 4, 2011
Author profiling.... has become an increasingly hot product area in the past 2 years. The [ACM Digital Library] Author Profile Page supplies a quick snapshot of an author’s contribution to the field and some rudimentary measures of influence upon it. Over time, the contents of the Author Profile page may expand at the direction of the community.

Some Scientists Fear Computer Chips Will Soon Hit a Wall
The New York Times, August 1, 2011
“I don’t think the chip would literally melt and run off of your circuit board as a liquid,...,” Doug Burger, ACM SIGARCH Chair, an author of the paper and a computer scientist at Microsoft Research, [said]. “But you’d start getting incorrect results and eventually components of the circuitry would fuse, rendering the chip inoperable.”

Experts decry framework for lacking computer science
Education Daily, July 28, 2011
Its absence in the final version, however, represents a “missed opportunity” to expose students to the fundamentals of computation, equip them to use problem-solving tools, and prepare them for jobs of the future, said Bobby Schnabel, chair of the ACM’s education policy committee, in a statement.

Tallinn Calls in Expert to Denounce E-Voting
Scoop Aukland, July 25, 2011
Former ACM president Barbara Simon spoke about risks such as malware, attacks on the server managing the election, insider threats and false websites. Speaking in general terms,.... she said that the nature of e-voting makes it impossible to audit or recount the votes. She also warned of the possibility of software viruses or worms that could infect a computer, casting votes without the user's knowledge.

IBM speeds storage with flash
Computer World, July 22, 2011
IBM is not alone in its enthusiasm for using solid-state storage as a way to speed operations. In this month's ACM "Communications" publication, a group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Labs described a server architecture that combines low-power processors and flash memory, a design that could significantly speed operations for transaction-heavy large websites.

Advocates Lament Computer Science Gap in Standards Push
Education Week, July 21, 2011
Cameron Wilson, the public policy director at the Association for Computing Machinery, ...said "It's not for lack of trying.....It's a troubling gap for us, because we look where the jobs are and how computing is affecting society."

Security or convenience, does it have to be a choice?
ZDNet Asia, July 19, 2011
I bumped (metaphorically) into someone who thinks it is possible to have both security and convenience, at least digitally. While reading my new Association for Computing Machinery magazine, I noticed that ACM awarded Bryan Parno, the 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award for Security Work for his work at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Winners Tap Windows Phone, Cloud and Bing
eWeek, July 14, 2011
John White, executive director and CEO of ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific society focused on computing and computer science, said "There is a huge effort amongst corporations and nonprofits like ACM to address the myriad issues around what keeps young girls from getting interested in IT and computing. Imagine Cup does a good job of fostering a sense of team work. Working with others is an element that draws more women into the field.”

Bringing Girls into the Science-Major Pipeline
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2011
WGBH, in Boston, and ACM, with support from the National Science Foundation, recently joined forces to transform the image of computing among one of the most underrepresented demographic groups in computer science: young women.

ACM CEO John White: Finding Tomorrow's Tech Superstars at Imagine Cup
TechNet, July 11, 2011
Today, the ubiquity of computing technology means that the more kids we get familiar with the fundamentals of computing, the more we can get involved in using technology in creative ways to do things you can’t figure out how to do on your own.

Averting an ICT Crisis 101
Mail & Guardian, July 11, 2011
South Africa could learn from the United States Congress, which in 2010 supported the national Computer Science Education Week (known as CSEdWeek) to raise awareness of computer science and information systems education and computing careers.

A Woman's Place:Can Sheryl Sandberg upend Silicon Valley's male-dominate culture?
The New Yorker, July 11, 2011
Michelle Hutton, who is the president of the international Computer Science Teachers Association, says, “Computer science is seen as a very masculine thing”—just “as girls don’t want to be garbage collectors because that’s seen as a boys’ thing.”

Deduping your redundancies
Oracle Magazine, June 29, 2011
Robin Harris of Storagemojo pointed to an interesting article about about deduplication and it's impact to the resiliency of your data against data corruption on ACM Queue. The problem in short: A considerable number of filesystems store important metadata at multiple locations. When this block is corrupted, you have essentially three corrupted copies. Three hit with one bullet.

How are students learning programming in a post-Basic world?
ComputerWorld, June 23, 2011
Among those who aren't mourning Basic's passing is Kathleen Fisher, a Tufts University professor, an ACM fellow and former chairperson of the ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages. "Today we have the opposite of a lingua franca -- tons of languages." "We do not have enough students taking computer science courses at any level to meet the needs of industry -- we have turned a generation of kids completely off to computer science," laments Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, launched by ACM in 2005.

Lytro's Camera Lets You Shoot First and Focus Later
The New York Times, June 22, 2011E
Lytro’s founder and chief executive is Ren Ng, 31. His achievement, experts say, has been to take research projects of recent years — requiring perhaps 100 digital cameras lashed to a supercomputer — and squeeze that technology into a camera headed for the consumer market later this year. Mr. Ng explained the concept in 2006 in his Ph.D. thesis at Stanford University, which won the worldwide competition for the best doctoral dissertation in computer science that year from ACM.

Intel projects faster execution through slow cooking
ElectronicsWeekly, June 17, 2011
For the past couple of decades, Intel has followed the tenets of Pollack's Rule: that the performance of microprocessors increases with the square root of the number of transistors used. Writing in the "Communications of the ACM", Intel architects Shekhar Borkar and Andrew Chien argue that Pollack's Rule never really lived up to the promise and it's really time to put it to rest.

How to keep hackers away from your pacemaker
CNet, June 14, 2011
Wearers of implantable medical devices might soon be better protected, thanks to new work out of MIT and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, so long as they don't mind walking around in invisible shields. The system the research team will be proposing at ACM's SIGCOMM conference in Toronto this August uses a jamming transmitter small enough to be worn as a watch or necklace.

Is the Internet Making Us Dumber
China Daily, June 15, 2011
Gene Spafford, Purdue University CERIAS, ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, says ""Access to more information isn't enough -- the information needs to be correct, timely, and presented in a manner that enables the reader to learn from it. The current network is full of inaccurate, misleading, and biased information that often crowds out the valid information."

Commerce Department: Recent Wave of Cyberattacks Sounds an Urgent Wake-up Call
Forbes, June 14, 2011
After name-checking recent breaches at Citibank, RSA/Lockheed Martin, and Sony (“One of the archetypal brands of the last 50 years was felled”), hacks of Nasdaq and the IMF, and the pitiful defacing of the PBS website, the Commerce Department’s general counsel Cameron Kerry decried the state of security on the Internet during a keynote address at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference in D.C., sponsored by ACM, on Tuesday morning.

'Networking' Turns Up Flu Viruses With Close Ties to Pandemic of 2009
Science Daily, June 13, 2011
The researchers [from Ohio State University] arrived at these strains by using powerful computers to analyze the relationships between the genomes of more than 5,000 strains of influenza A that have been isolated over several decades and recently sequenced. The research is published online in the journal IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

Computer whiz kids from Zhejiang U take top prize
Shanghai Daily, June 14, 2011
A team of computer geniuses from Zhejiang University takes first place in the world's most prestigious collegiate programming contest. Winners are called "the smartest people in the world," reports Shi Xiaohan. The computer science team from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou won first prize in the prestigious 35th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Why there's no Nobel Prize in Computing
Network World, June 6, 2011
Without an official Nobel Prize in Computing, the IT industry is left with de facto Nobel Prizes in computing and communications and engineering, such as ACM's A.M. Turing Award...."I would certainly like to see [a Nobel Prize in Computing]. I'd love to have something that the public recognizes," says Jim Horning, an accomplished computer scientist who is co-chair of the ACM's Awards Committee.  "We think the quality of our award is comparable, but the word 'Nobel' adds its own cachet."

Four local students honored at national science fair
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 2, 2011
"It is just an amazing feeling to know you can use science to prove more than just a theory," said Natalie Nash, a 16-year-old junior at Vincentian Academy. "My experiment shows that science can be used to make positive changes in people's lives." Nash won the first-place award granted by ACM for her project to create a keyboard, based on the most commonly used letters, that would allow her friend to communicate in a more quick and efficient manner.

UM Takes Second in Global Programming Contest
CBS Detroit, June 1, 2011
The University of Michigan was the only United States school to place in the top 12. UM’s performance was a big improvement from last year’s 14th-place finish. Students from China’s Zhejiang University won first place in the contest, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and IBM.

Dobbs Argues E-Verify Should Be Mandatory Because "It Works"
Media Matters for America, May 19, 2011
Ana I. Anton, Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University, testified that there is no such thing as a completely secure system and warned that tacking more and more databases on to E-Verify to try to guarantee proper identification of individuals would only increase security risks. "...it is important to focus on risk-based approaches to improving identification, such as counterfeit-resistance," said Anton, co-chair of ACM's Public Policy Council.

AVirtual View Beneath the Skin
Technology Review, May 19, 2011
Microsoft researchers have developed a handheld device that gives physical-therapy patients a virtual view beneath the skin to see what an injury looks like inside. "The technology is somewhat low-tech," says Amy Karlson, who presented the device this week in Vancouver at CHI 2011, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

NSF Report Spotlights Opportunities to Digitally Enhance America's Community Colleges
Red Orbit, May 9, 2011
"The challenge here is to bring forward more innovative ideas and implement them at the community college level, to focus on what the computing field truly needs from its future employees," said John White, ACM's Chief Executive Officer. "Going forward, community colleges can help push new teaching strategies that are focused on technology, which will ensure that their students and their communities are engaged, competitive and successful."

For teens online tagged photos more precious than actual ones
BritainNews.net, May 10, 2011
'A digital photo is valuable because it is a photo but also because it can be shared and people can comment on it,' said John Zimmerman, associate professor of human-computer interaction and design at CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute. The CMU researchers will present their study on Wednesday at ACM's Conference on Human Factors in Vancouver, CA.

SONY Breach Spurs Call for Tough Legislation
E-Commerce Times, May 10, 2011
Eugene Spafford, chair of the U.S. Public Policy Council for the Association for Computing Machinery (USACM), testified on the mushrooming growth of incidents involving consumer security breaches. "The Sony breaches disclosed in April and May of 2011 alone equal approximately 100 million records," said Spafford, who also serves as executive director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University.

ACM: Hand-gesture apps
RainyDay Science magazine, April 19, 2011
Microsoft released the Kinect accessory for the XBox 360 gaming system. In a matter of days (three to be exact), the Kinect was hacked to enable it to do a lot more than just talk to the XBox. Since we are not big gamers, we hadn't paid much attention to the Kinect until we read an ACM article on vision-based hand-gesture applications. The article was by Juan Pablo Wachs of Purdue University. After reading the ACM article, it was easy to see the potential of the technology.

Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science
The New York Times, April 25, 2011
Computing is reshaping scientific research in a number of ways, Dr. Katy Börner wrote in the March issue of Communications of the ACM. She said software-based scientific instruments are making it possible to uncover phenomena and processes that in the past have been, “too great, slow or complex for the human eye and mind to notice and comprehend.”

DARPA Will Spend $20 Million to Search for Crypto's Holy Grail
Forbes, April 6, 2011
Two years ago, IBM researcher Craig Gentry revealed that he’d cracked a 30-year old theoretical problem in cryptography: How to perform complex computations on encrypted data without decrypting it. On Wednesday, Gentry’s work earned him ACM’s Grace Murray Hopper Award, one that’s formerly been given to luminaries like Ray Kurzweil, Steve Wozniak and Bob Metcalfe.

Microsoft researchers: NoSQL needs standardization
Computer World, April 5, 2011
The ever-growing number of non-relational, or NoSQL, databases needs standardization in order to thrive, two Microsoft researchers argue in the new issue of ACM's flagship publication, Communications. The researchers also cast doubt on the widely held assumption that NoSQL databases are uniquely suited to tasks of storing large amounts of data, or Big Data as it is known.

Tech Professors Win Teaching Award
Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 6, 2011
Husband and wife professors at Georgia Tech were named the nation's top computer science educators Wednesday by ACM. Mark Guzdial and Barbara Ericson won the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award from the association, which is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

Finding Spammers' Vulnerabilities
US News & World Report, March 30, 2011
The scientists found that the spammers had to send 12 million emails to get one person to buy. And yet it was worth it. Their work, published in 2008 in the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, is the first of several studies trying to examine the botnet economic pipeline and all its nuances in order to figure out the best place to disrupt the process.

ACM Infosys Foundation Winner Announced
SD Times, March 29, 2011
Frans Kasshoek of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was awarded the 2010 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences today for his contributions to the “structuring, robustness, scalability and security of software systems underlying many applications,” according to the ACM. These discoveries have led to portable and distributed applications of software systems allowing for embedded and distributed systems.

Finally, I see the value of Twitter
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, March 27, 2011
An article in the March issue of Communications of the ACM, “Twitter as Medium and Message” by Neil Savage, finally reveals some value of Twitter.... the article describes research that examines tweets as a whole to find widespread trends.

Harvard's Valiant wins Turing Award
SD Times, March 9, 2011
Valiant was cited for his “fundamental contributions to the development of computational learning theory and to the broader theory of computer science”. Jon Kleinberg of Cornell University, who won the 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for his revolutionary advances in Web search techniques, endorsed Valiant for the Turing Award.

Turing award goes to 'machine learning' expert
Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2011
A Harvard University professor has been awarded a top technology prize for research that has paved the way for computers that more closely mimic how humans think, including the one that won a "Jeopardy!" tournament that aired last month. ACM says it's awarding Leslie Valiant the A.M. Turing Award for 2010. The $250,000 award is considered the Nobel Prize of computing.

Another Win for Artificial Intelligence: the Turing Award
The New York Times, March 9, 2011
It is hardly surprising that the 2010 Turing Award, went to Leslie G. Valiant, a Harvard professor whose work laid the theoretical foundations for machine learning. The Turing Award, sometimes called the Nobel of computer science, tends to highlight the two sides of computing — the here-and-now impact of the technology, and its deep roots in research.

The 15 Most Important Women in Tech History
MaximumPC, March 1, 2011
In honor of Women's History Month and Ada Lovelace Day, we pay homage by counting down the 15 Most Important Women in Tech History. They include Jean Sammet, ACM Past President and Fellow, responsible for developing FORMAC, the first computer language, at IBM, and Frances Allen, the first woman to win the ACM Turing Award and an ACM Fellow, for work on compilers, code optimization and parallelization at IBM.

How to crash the Internet
ZDNet, February 13, 2011
In a paper presented at the ACM 2010 Conference on Computer and Communications Security entitled "Losing control of the Internet: using the data plane to attack the control plane," Max Schuchard describes the theoretical assault as “the Coordinated Cross Plane Session Termination, or CXPST, attack, a distributed denial of service attack that attacks the control plane of the Internet.

'Rural Sourcing" offers way to keep jobs at home
Atlanta Journal Constitution, February 11, 2011
"It shouldn't be surprising to see more … IT activities go to wherever there is a labor source that is cost competitive and has all the near-shore advantages," said Martin Kenney, a professor at the University of California, Davis and a member of the job migration task force of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Discover Thriving Computer Science Careers at the Dare 2B Digital Conference
Investors Business Daily, February 2, 2011
Join the next generation of Bay Area entrepreneurs and technologists at the second-annual Dare 2B Digital Conference, the premier hands-on learning event for middle and high school girls ages 13 - 16, their parents and mentors, sponsored in part by the Computer Science Teachers Association.

'Radical Redesign' Urged for Future Computers
PCWorld, January 29, 2011
To use multicore processors effectively the technology industry needs to radically rethink the basic computer architecture it has used over the past 50 years, University of Maryland researcher Uzi Vishkin argues in the January edition of the ACM's flagship Communications publication.

ACM India to review M. Tech curriculum
Cybermedia India Online, January 28, 2011
The focus of the ACM India Annual Conference is to increase awareness of ACM in India and also to create a forum for ACM members to meet and interchange ideas. ACM members are researchers and academicians and during an event such as this one, when members meet, new collaborations get initiated.

FAIL: Minnesota scores 9 percent on recent K-12 computer standards report
Minneapolis Post, January 24, 2011
ACM and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) did a study throughout 2009 and 2010 of computer science K-12 standards in each of the fifty states and released the results this past fall. Minnesota scored 9. In contrast, Massachusetts, Florida, Idaho and Louisiana received a perfect score of 100 (Oregon, California, Ohio, Nevada, Georgia, Iowa and Indiana were all over 90).

K-12 Schools Lack Computer Science Classes
CIO magazine, January 10, 2011
Computer technology may drive the U.S. economy, but computer science education is absent in most American K-12 classrooms, according to a report by the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Teachers Association. "Some states and some schools are offering some really excellent courses. But overall, the picture is pretty bleak," said report co-author Mark Stehlik of Carnegie Mellon University.