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ACM SIGs: Projects Funded by SPF

Projects Funded by SPF

Turing Award Endowment $63,000

February, 1988

Funding was provided to fund the endowment for the A.M. Turing Award. The amount of the Turing award is $25,000.


Chess Championship $13,000

November, 1988

Funding was provided for the 1988 Chess Tournament held at the IEEE Computer Society/ACM SIGARCH Supercomputer Conference in Orlando, FL, November 14-17, 1988.


Computing Reviews, Guide, Database Products Publishing Project $85,000

February 1988

Funding was provided to replace the Computing Reviews and Guide automation system with an electronic publishing system assembled from off-the-shelf components. The new system included a database component to manage the tracking and administration of bibliographic material and an electronic component to produce output for a typesetter.

The installation of a new CR/Guide/Database Products Publishing System enabled ACM to expand the scope and improve the timeliness of bibliographic, review, and other technical information provided to ACM members and the technical community.


Curriculum '88 $9,000

February 1988

Funding was provided for a task force to develop a curriculum model for undergraduate computer science education based on the completed draft of a "core curriculum". The report of this group proposed a new intellectual framework for organizing and teaching computer science. This project focused on the heart of ACM's educational activities curriculum development at the University level.


Market Study - A Publication for Programmers $7,000

February 1988

Funding was provided to do a market study of a possible ACM publication for programmers. This research led to ACM's Track II publication development.


Data Processing Fund $100,000

February 1988

Funding was provided for the Data Processing Facilities Fund.


ACM Scholastic Programming Contest $50,000

February 1988

Funding was provided for the 1988 ACM Scholastic Programming Contest. This annual event was held in conjunction with the ACM Computer Science Conference and SIGCSE Symposium.


ACM Lecturers $42,000

February '88

Funding was provided for the ACM Lectureship Program, one of the major activities of the Chapters Board. Through the Program, high quality speakers knowledgeable in special technical areas were made accessible to Chapters, Student Chapters and Local SIGs by supporting major travel costs.


WGBH $280,000

February 1989

Funding was provided to support the production of the WGBH series on the history of computing.


CRB $70,000

February 1989

Funding was provided to support the Computing Research Board for one year (beginning in FY'90).


NRC Computer Science Technological Board Funding $40,000

January 1990

Funding was provided to the Computer Science and Technology Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council established in 1986 to consider technology and policy issues in computer science and associated technologies.


International Activities $ 35,200 Fred Aronson

February 1990

Funding was provided to strengthen ACM's ability to manage and facilitate the technical involvement of its members in foreign countries and to promote a technical dialog between members and non-members on an international level within the scope of ACM's activities.


ACM Code of Ethics $20,500

August 1990

Funding was provided to support the travel expenses for some of ACM's key people to attend the Computer Ethics Symposium held September 16, 1990 in Washington D.C.


1990 ACM Conference on Critical Issues in Computing $26,400

January 1991

The ACM Executive Committee approved the establishment of a three-year series of conferences that focused cutting-edge issues of broad concern to computing professionals and to society. Funding was provided to cover anticipated conference deficits attributable to the unusual start-up costs for this kind of conference.


Video Library I, II, III $27,900

January 1991

Funding was provided to create a Video Library of ACM Distinguished Lecturers.


Workshop on Robotics Applications for Individuals with Motoric Disabilities $ 6,000

February 1991

Funding was provided to produce a Workshop on Robotics Applications for Individuals with Motoric Disabilities. The goals of the workshop were:

  1. To focus attention on the need to apply existing robotics technology to meet the needs of individuals with motoric disabilities.
  2. To provide a forum to discuss which needs of individuals with motoric disabilities are most appropriately addressed by robotics technology.
  3. To promote collaborative research efforts in this area by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas.
  4. To strengthen the human resource base of the ACM by exposing researchers to new ideas from the community of individuals with motoric disabilities.

Two-Year College Computing Curriculum Development $10,000

FY'91

Funding was provided for the ACM Two Year College Curriculum Task Force to produce a comprehensive study on the role of the two-year college in computing curricular issues.


The Data Plan Project $109,400

1990

Funding was provided to support the Data Plan project. DataPlan was established as a result of ACM's Strategic Plan for the 1990's and in response to the critical need, cited in that plan, for information in a wide range of areas of ACM concern. Such information allowed ACM to assess, manage and refine programs, phase out activities that no longer served a useful purpose, and plan for and implement new programs.

Role of Individuals with Disabilities in ACM $93,000

July 1990

Funding was provided to support a survey instrument developed from July-August 1990. The results from this test survey were used to further refine the survey instrument and survey procedures. A paper describing the results and further plans for the project was prepared for a special issue of CACM.


21st SIGCSE Symposium Events 10,500

January 1990

Funding was provided to support the special events at the SIGCSE'90 Symposium.


Two-Year College Computing Curricula Development $59,000

FY'92

Funding was provided for the Steering Committee of the ACM Two-Year College Computing Curricula Task Force, an ad-hoc subgroup of the ACM Education Board, to develop a comprehensive set of curricula recommendations across all areas of computing at two-year colleges.


ACM Press - ISSAC'90-91 Proceedings $10,000

Funding was provided to print and produce the ISSAC'90 and '91 proceedings.


Risk Fund for SIGCAS Conference $18,900

January 1990

Funding was provided to SIGCAS. The SIG sought one-time assistance for starting a new conference oriented to the social applications of computing and designed to draw new members into ACM.


ACM Career Information Handbook $107,000

FY'91

Funding was provided to produce the ACM Career Information Handbook, a comprehensive approach to educational needs and employment strategies focusing on both entry level and career progression concerns.


Grant Program to Seed ACM Chapters $1,000

1991

Funding was provided to increase the presence of ACM in areas of the world where local ACM activities are non-existent. New chapters established in these areas were to serve as "home base" and be used to channel and focus local ACM activities.


Computers, Information, and Women - Film $52,000

1991

Funding was provided to support the film on Computers, Information, and Women. The purpose of this film was to inform the literate, computer-knowledgeable public about the serious absence of women in computing, and to do something to alter the trend.


Computers, Freedom & Privacy Project - Video Library Series $18,700

1991

Support from the SIG Discretionary Fund was provided for videotape recording and distribution of the complete proceedings of the Second Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy March 18-20, 1992 in Washington, D.C.


Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC) $32,500

1992

Funding was provided to support the Federated Computing Research Conference. The primary goal of the FCRC (Federated Computing Research Conference) was to establish a research focus of some significance, providing an opportunity for researchers with related interest to come together in the same location at the same time for several days of interaction with colleagues whom they might not otherwise see. The event was a federation of existing computing research conferences, each of which would retain its own identity.


Computing Surveys ACM 50th Anniversary Symposium on Strategic Directions in Computing Research $10,000

October 1996

Submitted by: Peter Wegner
Partial funding of $10,000 which does not include funding for free distribution to the ACM 97 attendees.


ACM Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award $10,000

October 1996

Submitted by: Peter Wegner
Partial funding of up to $10,000 is available by matching funds from SIGs other than ACT and MOD. The funding opportunity is available through December 31, 1997.


1997 ACM State of the Art Summer School in Computer Science, Eastern Europe $17,500

October 1996

Submitted by: Claus Unger
The SIG Board will make $17,500 available for the project. This does not include funding for honorarium.


CRA-W "Women in Computer Science" Brochure $43,400

April 1997

Funding was provided to print and distribute 35,000 copies of the "Women in Computer Science" brochure developed by the Computer Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computer Science and Engineering (CRA-W). This brochure will be sent high school guidance counselors throughout the United States.


Associate-Degree Programs for the Preparation of Computer Support Services Personnel $11,650

October 1997

Submitted by: Karl J. Klee
The result of this project will be an updated version of the curricula recommendations for associate degree programs in Computer Support Services (CSS) that will be submitted to the ACM Education Board for publication and dissemination to the colleges that could implement the program.


Pathways: Expanding the Pipeline for Women in Computer Science $15, 200

October 1999

Submitted by: Dr. Denise Gurer and Dr. Teri Perl
Pathways is an Internet accessible virtual place that provides a rich information dissemination and social environment and facilitates getting information to girls about computing and connecting them with women computer scientists. Through the Pathways project we are addressing the scarcity of women entering computer science careers by implementing and evaluating science career-centered activities for girls in a multiuser, World Wide Web (Web)-accessible virtual environment.


The ENIAC Programmers Project $35,000

October 1999

Submitted by: Kathryn A. Kleiman
Funding used to create a polished 5-7 minute videotaped overview of the ENIAC Programmers and their contributions to early programming and computing. This project will use the 20 plus hours of ENIAC Programmers Oral History Tapes, created in 1997 and 1998 with editing to be completed in May 1999, as its basis and bring the project one step closer to the public. This "Short Piece" will allow us to market the extensive technical and historical materials created by Ms. Kleiman to network producers in a well-produced and polished 5-7 minute package.


Documentary: "Charging New Minds" $4700

October 1999

Submitted by: Sheila Tejada
Funds are used for the post production phase of "Charging New Minds". The purpose of this documentary is to present a fresh, positive view about Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in order to educate as well as entertain audiences. I believe that by showing that science is fun this documentary can serve as an educational tool to inspire new minds into the world of science.


Women and Computing (Special Issue of SIGCSE Bulletin) $20,000

March 2002

The SPF provided support of $20,000 for expanded distribution of the June issue of SIGCSE inroads (the SIGCSE Bulletin) devoted to the topic of Women and Computing. The timeliness of this topic, the importance of the subject for computing, and the comprehensive nature of the Special Issue, the distribution of this material beyond the SIGCSE membership would be a valuable service to computing professionals and educators at many levels to colleges, universities, conferences, high schools, and other venues where educators and other professionals have direct contact with students who might become computer scientists.


CRA-W's Grad Cohort Program $40,000

January 2003

The Grad Cohort Project is a multi-year effort to build and mentor a nationwide community of female students as they progress through graduate school, making the transition from student to researcher. Ideally the program will form a new cohort from each entering class of graduate students and the more advanced students will help to mentor the newer ones. The Grad Cohort Program will provide these women with grad school survival skills, mentoring on research careers, accurate information on career paths, and the support of a peer community.


Travel Grants for Faculty at Minority/Female Institutions to Attend FCRC'03 $50,000

March 2003

In an effort to improve the representation of women and minorities in computer science and engineering, the organizing committee of FCRC 2003 proposes a Faculty Travel Support Program to support faculty actively involved with the education of women and minorities to attend constituent conferences of FCRC 2003.

Travel support for fifty educators, who may not otherwise have sufficient institutional funding to attend, is being requested from the SIG Project Fund under the sponsorship of ACM SIGPLAN. The constituent FCRC meetings will pay the registration fees for those supported faculty who choose to attend their conference.


CRA-W's Grad Cohort Program $75,000

April 2013

The Grad Cohort Project is a multi-year effort to build and mentor a nationwide community of female students as they progress through graduate school, making the transition from student to researcher. Ideally the program will form a new cohort from each entering class of graduate students and the more advanced students will help to mentor the newer ones. The Grad Cohort Program will provide these women with grad school survival skills, mentoring on research careers, accurate information on career paths, and the support of a peer community.


CRA-W's Grad Cohort Program $60,000

April 2014

Funding for CRA-Women's Grad Cohort, a two day workshop that improves the success and retention of graduate student women in computing research.