ACM MemberNet - March 29, 2007
Welcome to the March 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 Names 2006 Award Winners
- Interview with Frances Allen, Recipient of the 2006 ACM A.M. Turing Award
- Call for ACM Senior Member, Distinguished Engineer/Scientist/Member, Fellows Nominations
- Computer Security Expert Reinforces ACM E-Voting Recommendations
Conferences and Events
- ACM Programming Contest Showcases Top Tech Talent from around the World
- Registration Now Open for Federated Computing Research Conference
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Extends Submission Deadlines
- Computer-Human Interaction Conference to Mark 25th Anniversary
- Take Advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership Plan
- Sharing Value of ACM Membership Has Its Rewards
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
- New Transactions on Data Mining Debuts
- ACM Computing Surveys Names New Editor-in-Chief
- ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage Call for Papers
- ACM Seeks Missing SIG Newsletters for Digital Library
- John W. Backus, 1977 Turing Award Winner, Fortran Developer
ACM in the News
- "Language Theorist Lauded for Information Efforts"
- "U.S. Developers, Students Face Ever-Increasing Global Competition"
- "Turing Award Winner Sees New Day for Women Scientists, Engineers"
ACM Names 2006 Award Winners
ACM recognizes excellence through its eminent series of awards for outstanding technical and professional achievements and contributions in computer science and information technology. View the listing of the 2006 ACM Award winners and their citations. Visit the Pressroom for news releases. Awards home page.
Interview with Frances Allen, Recipient of the 2006 ACM A.M. Turing Award
Fran Allen sat down recently with ACM staff to discuss her recognition as the first woman to win the top prize in computer science. During the conversation, she helped to redefine the meaning of "success." Read the interview.
Call for ACM Senior Member, Distinguished Engineer/Scientist/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 and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership 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 May 31, 2007.
The Distinguished Engineer/Scientist/Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership 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 with at least 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who 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.
Computer Security Expert Reinforces ACM E-Voting Recommendations
At a Congressional hearing, Edward W. Felten, a Princeton University computer security expert, testified that voter jurisdictions should use properly designed paper records to clearly convey voter intent. Felten's position closely tracks recent statements by ACM's Public Policy Committee (USACM) that a voter verified paper trail is a significant step toward mitigating security risks, potential software bugs, or voting machine failure during an election.
Conferences and Events
ACM Programming Contest Showcases Top Tech Talent from around the World
The results of the 31st ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals indicate the continuing strength of global competition for the best computer programmers in the world. The top five winners were Warsaw University (Poland), Tsinghua University (China), St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics (Russia), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.), and Novosibirsk State University (Russia). Read the press release.
Registration Now Open for Federated Computing Research Conference
Registration is now open for the 2007 Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC), to be held June 8-16 in San Diego, California. FCRC brings together more than 15 affiliated conferences, facilitating communication among researchers in different fields in computer science and engineering. Turing Award winner Frances Allen will deliver the Turing Award Lecture at HOPL III, one of the conferences at FCRC.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Extends Submission Deadlines
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, to be held October 17 to 20 in Orlando, Florida, is extending submission deadlines for its panels, workshops, and presentations (April 15) and its PhD forum, technical posters, ACM Student Research Competition, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, and New Investigator technical papers (April 29). For more information, please visit the participation page.
Computer-Human Interaction Conference to Mark 25th Anniversary
CHI 2007, the international conference on human-computer interaction, marks its 25th anniversary April 28 to May 3 in San Jose, California. The program will feature sessions on many aspects of human-computer interaction, and will include a special workshop on "Shared Encounters: Content Sharing as Social Glue in Public Space," which will investigate social networking and how technology facilitates communication. Scheduled keynote speakers include Bill Moggridge, co-founder of design firm IDEO, and Niti Bhan, a strategy consultant specializing in emerging global markets. CHI is sponsored by ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, SIGCHI.
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.
New Transactions on Data Mining Debuts
ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD) debuted earlier this month. The journal covers various aspects of data mining and analysis, including data warehousing, data streams, multimedia data, high-dimensional data, text, Web, and semi-structured data, spatial and temporal data, data mining for community generation, social network analysis, and graph structured data, and security and privacy issues. Visit journal home page.
ACM Computing Surveys Names New Editor-in-Chief
ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) has named Chris Hankin its new Editor-in-Chief. Hankin is Professor of Computing Science at Imperial College London.
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.
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.
John W. Backus, 1977 Turing Award Winner, Fortran Developer
John Backus, who received the ACM Turing Award in 1977 for his leading role in developing the Fortran language, died March 17 at the age of 82.
ACM in the News
"Language Theorist Lauded for Information Efforts"
IEEE Spectrum, March 24, 2007
Karen Sparck Jones will be awarded both the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award and the ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award at ceremonies in June and July.
"U.S. Developers, Students Face Ever-Increasing Global Competition"
eWeek, March 16, 2007
The results of the 2007 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest highlight the trend of increasing competition in software development, and that the US is quickly losing its position of global dominance in the field.
"Turing Award Winner Sees New Day for Women Scientists, Engineers"
USINFO.state.gov, March 16, 2007
ACM 2006 Turing Award winner Frances Allen is confident that technological advances will help more women enter the computing industry.
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