ACM MemberNet - Jan. 30, 2007
Welcome to the January edition of ACM MemberNet, bringing you the world of ACM and beyond. Explore the many facets of ACM with our newsletter of member activities and events. Read MemberNet online at http://membernet.acm.org/
ACM Annual Report
- Highlights of ACM’s 2006 Fiscal Year
- Power Shift in Washington Leaves Research Funding in Doubt
- ACM Names 2006 Fellows for Contributions to Computing
- Gordon Bell Prizes Presented at Supercomputing 2006 (SC06)
- New Turing Awards Web Page Features Enhanced Winners’ Profiles
- Call for ACM Advanced Member Level, Senior Member, Fellows Nominations
- ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
Conferences and Events
- Video of Globalization Lecture at Stanford Now Available
- Welcome New ACM Chapters
- Computing Careers Brochure for High School Students Receives Overwhelming Response
- Take Advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership Plan
- Sharing Value of ACM Membership Has Its Rewards
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
- ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage Call for Papers
- New Editor-in-Chief Sought for ACM’s interactions Magazine
- ACM Publications Board Adds Two New Members
- ACM Seeks Missing SIG Newsletters for Digital Library
- A. Richard Newton, a Founder of the Electronic Design Automation Field
ACM in the News
- "Q & A: E-Voting Issues Still There"
- "Spafford Leads as Computer Advisor, Scholar"
ACM Annual Report
Highlights of ACM’s 2006 Fiscal Year
Highlights of ACM’s 2006 fiscal year include the Job Migration Task Force report on the Globalization and Offshoring of Software; activities of the Public Policy Committee (USACM) around the issues of voting and R&D funding; the development of new resources for high school CS faculty and students; and the establishment of advanced ACM member levels to recognize professional achievement. The Annual Report appears in the January issue of Communications of the ACM.
Power Shift in Washington Leaves Research Funding in Doubt
Attention is focused on what the new Congress will do to fulfill campaign promises; however, one of the biggest challenges is the unresolved budget issue left by the last Congress. With proposed funding increases for the three key Federal science agencies on the chopping block, these budget decisions are crucial to the computing community. Read the full column.
ACM Names 2006 Fellows for Contributions to Computing
ACM has named 41 of its members as Fellows for 2006, recognizing their contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology. The new ACM Fellows, from some of the world's leading industries, universities, and research labs, have made significant advances that are having lasting effects on the lives of citizens throughout the world. Read the press release.
Gordon Bell Prizes Presented at Supercomputing 2006 (SC06)
ACM Vice President The Gordon Bell Prizes, awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing, were presented at the SC06 supercomputing conference in November. Read more about the award, and view the complete list of 2006 winners, here.
New Turing Awards Web Page Features Enhanced Winners’ Profiles
An enhanced Web page for the A.M. Turing Award, ACM’s most prestigious award, is now available. Readers can search for the award winners alphabetically by name or chronologically by year of award, and link to more information including award citations, bios, papers, and the recipients’ home pages.
Call for ACM Advanced Member Level, Senior Member, Fellows Nominations
ACM now has three member grades to recognize achievement:
Senior Member recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience who have demonstrated performance and accomplishment that set them apart from their peers. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The next deadline for nominations is February 28, 2007.
The Distinguished Engineer/Scientist/Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2007.
Fellows are outstanding ACM members that are recognized for their technical, professional and leadership contributions that advance the objectives of ACM and the field as a whole. The deadline for nominations is September 9, 2007.
ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 30 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented at recent conferences were:
SIGPLAN Most Influential POPL Paper Award
Several SIGCHI awards to be presented at SIGCHI '07
Conferences and Events
Video of Globalization Lecture at Stanford Now Available
Moshe Vardi’s presentation on the challenges of globalization to an audience at Stanford University in November is now available in two streaming video formats, dial-up and high-speed. The presentation is based on the findings of the Report on the Globalization and Offshoring of Softwareauthored by ACM's Job Migration Task Force, of which Vardi is co-chair.
Welcome New ACM Chapters
Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. The regional ACM Professional, Student, ACM-W, and Special Interest Group (SIG) chapters around the globe involve members locally in competitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. ACM welcomes these new chapters that have been chartered since July 2006:
ACM Professional Chapters:
- Beijing, China
- Monmouth, New Jersey
- Dijon, France (SIGAPP chapter)
- Mumbai, India (SIGCHI chapter)
- CETIE, Puebla, Mexico
- Colorado State University/Pueblo
- Universidad del Mayab, Merida-Yucatan, Mexico
- Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
- University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
- Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
- Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
- New England Institute of Art, Brookline, Massachusetts (SIGGRAPH student chapter)
- Ohio University, Athens (SIGGRAPH student chapter)
- University of North Carolina/Charlotte (ACM-W student chapter)
Computing Careers Brochure for High School Students Receives Overwhelming Response
"Computing Degrees and Careers," prepared by ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Association for Information Systems (AIS), aims to provide high school students, their parents, and teachers with information on what computing is and the career opportunities it offers. Initially 250,000 brochures were distributed to high school and middle school principals. Since it was announced to ACM members, requests for the career guide have poured in from both the high school and university levels, and more have been printed. A pdf of the brochure, and more information, are available at the computing careers web site. If you'd like to receive copies of this brochure to distribute to students, teachers, parents, and others, please contact Lillian Israel, ACM Director of Membership.
Take Advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership Plan
ACM Professional Members can enjoy the convenience of making a single payment for their entire tenure as an ACM Member, and also be protected from future price increases by taking advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership option. Pricing for ACM Lifetime Membership is based on age and current dues rates, and the option to include the ACM Digital Library is also available. ACM Lifetime Membership dues may be tax deductible under certain circumstances (please consult with your tax advisor).
Sharing Value of ACM Membership Has Its Rewards
ACM's 2006/2007 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive runs through June 30, 2007. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-A-Member Drive page.
Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership for $49 USD (regularly $99) to help graduating students make the transition to professional careers, and take advantage of continuous learning opportunities. This one-year-only transition rate includes all the benefits of Professional Membership plus the option of purchasing a Digital Library subscription for $50. Recent graduates can access this special transition offer through ACM's convenient online renewal, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form.
ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage Call for Papers
ACM's new Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH), slated to launch in spring 2007, is seeking papers on the use of information and communications technology in support of Cultural Heritage, such as on-site and remotely sensed data collection; metadata, classification schema, ontologies and semantic processing; and intelligent tools for digital reconstruction. Visit the JOCCH Web site for more information.
New Editor-in-Chief Sought for ACM’s interactions Magazine
interactions, ACM’s flagship magazine on applied human-computer interaction (HCI), is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. It is a three-year volunteer position starting in mid-2007. For more information, please visit the Web page.
ACM Publications Board Adds Two New Members
Ee-Peng Lim and Ricardo Baeza-Yates have joined the ACM Publications Board. Lim is Head and Associate Professor, Division of Information Systems at the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Baeza-Yates is Director of Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain and Yahoo! Research Latin America in Santiago, Chile. He is also a professor at the University of Chile and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
ACM Seeks Missing SIG Newsletters for Digital Library
ACM is seeking to complete its Digital Library archive of Special Interest Group (SIG) newsletters. Please review the spreadsheet of missing SIG newsletter issues and, if you have any of the ones on the list, send them to our new address: ACM, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY 10121-0701, Attention: Craig Rodkin. Be sure to let Craig know if you'd like the newsletters returned to you.
A. Richard Newton, a Founder of the Electronic Design Automation Field
A. Richard Newton, one of the founders of the electronic design automation field, died on January 2, at age 55. Newton was dean of the engineering school at University of California, Berkeley. An ACM member, Newton played a key role in the semiconductor industry, and was known for his work to apply engineering technology to challenging global problems. Since becoming dean of the engineering school in 2000, Newton is credited with having doubled the number of women in the faculty since then. He also served on the board of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
ACM in the News
"Q&A: E-Voting Issues Still There"
IDG News Service, January 2, 2007
USACM Chair Eugene Spafford says all e-voting equipment should have independent audit capabilities such as paper printouts by next election.
"Spafford Leads as Computer Advisor, Scholar"
Purdue Exponent, January 10, 2007
Profile of USACM Chair Eugene Spafford.
Read more ACM in the News.
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