ACM MemberNet - January 29, 2009

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TOP STORIES
  • ACM Names 44 Fellows for Contributions to Computing and IT
  • ACM President Wendy Hall Appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • 2009 SIG Election Candidate Slate Announced
  • ACM Expands History Committee to Accommodate New Initiatives

    Awards
  • Call for 2008 ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award Nominations
  • Nominations for 2009–2010 Athena Lecturer Award Due Feb. 1

    Member Recognition
  • Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations

    SIG Awards
  • ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields

    Conferences and Events
  • Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces to Feature Speaker from Google
  • "Engaging Computer Science Education" Theme of 2009 SIGCSE Symposium
  • SIGUCCS Spring Management Symposium to Focus on IT Management Issues
  • Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Offers Networking Opportunities
  • CHI 2009 Explores Digital Life
  • Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference Eyes New Obama Administration
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Opens Call for Participation

    Member Programs
  • ACM Member-Get-A-Member 2008–2009 Campaign
  • ACM Adds Four Offerings to Insurance Program
  • Take Advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership Plan

    Online Books & Courses
  • Safari, Books24x7 Book Swaps Coming Soon
  • Spring Semester Registration for Courses at Stevens Online Now Open

    Career & Job Center
  • Revamped ACM Career & Job Center to Feature Easier Navigation, Corporate Listings

    Education
  • Great Reasons to Participate in ACM's MentorNet Program

    Student News
  • ACM Partners with Microsoft to Offer Students Free Software
  • Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Call for Submissions
  • ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
  • Student Volunteers Needed to Help Train High School CS Teachers
  • Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

    ACM-W News
  • New ACM-W Initiative Seeks to Recruit, Retain Women in Computing
  • ACM-W Ambassador's Report: In Germany, Countering Stereotype of CS as a "Man's World"

    Publications News
  • Education Journal Transitioning to ACM Transactions on Computing Education
  • ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization Seeks Editor-in-Chief
  • Communications of the ACM Reports: How Information Systems Sustain
    Economic Relationships in the Developing World
  • In ACM Queue, Sun Engineer Jim Waldo Examines Scaling in Games, Virtual Worlds
  • interactions Reports: Designing Products that Meet Social, Cultural Concerns to Succeed in Global Markets

    ACM in the News
  • "SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 a Convergence of Different Media"
  • "Dame Wendy Hall Leads New Engineering Diversity Campaign"

     
    TOP STORIES

    ACM Names 44 Fellows for Contributions to Computing and IT
    ACM has recognized 44 of its members for their contributions to computing technology that have generated a broad range of innovations for industry, commerce, entertainment, and education. The 2008 ACM Fellows, from the world's leading universities, industries, and research labs, created advances in computer theory as well as practice. These technology developments have consistently demonstrated their crucial role in forming the foundation for sustained economic growth in an information-based society.

    "These men and women are the inventors of technology that impact the way people live and work throughout the world," said ACM President, Dame Wendy Hall. "Their selection as 2008 ACM Fellows offers us an opportunity to recognize their dedicated leadership in this dynamic field, and to honor their contributions to solving complex problems, expanding the impact of technology, and advancing the quality of life for people everywhere."
    Read the press release.
    See the complete list of 2008 ACM Fellows.

    ACM President Wendy Hall Appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
    ACM President Wendy Hall has been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. Announcement of this honor was made by Buckingham Palace as part of the 2009 New Year Honours list, and it will be bestowed later in the year.
    Read an ACM statement by John White in the press release.
    University of Southampton press release

    2009 SIG Election Candidate Slate Announced
    In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in 2009: SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGADA, SIGAPP, SIGBED, SIGCHI, SIGCOMM, SIGDA, SIGDOC, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGKDD, SIGMIS, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGMOD, SIGPLAN, SIGSAC, SIGSAM and SIGSOFT. ACM Policy and Procedures require that those SIGs holding elections notify their membership of candidates for elected offices. To see their slate of candidates, please visit the 2009 ACM SIG Election site. In accordance with the SIG Bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be Professional Members of ACM, as well as members of the SIG. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters (Pat Ryan, ACM, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, NY, NY 10121) and the SIG Secretary of their intent to petition by March 16. Additional information will appear in the February issue of ACM MemberNet and on the 2009 ACM SIG Election site.

    ACM Expands History Committee to Accommodate New Initiatives
    ACM has increased its membership of the committee responsible for capturing and preserving the history of computing's critical impact on the way people live and work. The ACM History Committee has added Tom Misa, Director of the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI), a renowned center for archival collections documenting the history of information technology; and Brent T. Hailpern, a research leader with IBM Research, as liaison to the Governing Board of ACM's 34 Special Interest Groups (SGB). In addition, Mary Hall, a computer scientist at the University of Utah, has been appointed to chair the committee, effective January 1. She served previously as SGB Liaison.

    The ACM History Committee oversees ACM's collection of its internal records, and the historical use of conference proceedings, research-based journals, magazines, and the personal papers and edited interviews of legendary figures that span the history of computing. Ongoing projects include an extensive oral history program that is recording the voices of leading legends in computer science.
    Read the press release.
     
    Awards

    Call for 2008 ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award Nominations
    Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. And annually, ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. While the nominations deadlines for most of the general ACM awards have passed, please note the deadline for nominations for the ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award: The Eckert-Mauchly Award honors contributions to computer and digital systems architecture. Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Learn more about nomination procedures on the ACM Awards Call for Nominations page. Refer to http://www.acm.org/nominations for the complete listing of 2008 Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.

    Nominations for 2009–2010 Athena Lecturer Award Due Feb. 1
    The ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award celebrates outstanding women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science. Candidates are nominated by Special Interest Group (SIG) officers; the Athena Lecturer gives a keynote at a SIG meeting of her and the SIG's choice, and receives a $10,000 honorarium, funded by Google. More information can be found on the Athena announcement page, which includes links to the nomination form and talks by previous winners. Nominations for next year are due February 1, 2009.
     
    Member Recognition

    Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations
    The Senior Member advanced grade of membership 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 February 28, 2009.


    SIG Awards

    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 (or to be presented) at recent conferences:
    Conferences and Events

    2009 Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces to Feature Speaker from Google
    IUI 2009, the principal international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces, will take place February 8 to 11, 2009 in Sanibel Island, Florida. The scheduled speakers include Alon Halevy of Google, on "User-Focused Database Management"; Trevor Darrell of University Berkeley/ICSI, on "Image Recognition for Intelligent Interfaces"; and Jun Rekimoto of University of Tokyo and Sony CS Labs. Workshops will include "Common Sense and Intelligent User Interfaces 2009: Story Understanding and Generation for Context-Aware Interface Design"; "Human Interaction with Intelligent and Networked Systems"; "Visual Interfaces to the Social and the Semantic Web"; and "Collaborative Information Visualization on Interactive Surfaces." Paper and demo presentations will also be part of the conference.

    "Engaging Computer Science Education" Theme of 2009 SIGCSE Symposium
    The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2009) slated for March 4 to 7, 2009 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, provides a forum for sharing new ideas in this field. The program will include sessions on Java, game design and development, promoting critical thinking in students, robotics, Web development, K–12 outreach, and much more. Elliott Koffman of Temple University, winner of this year's SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to CS Education Award, will give the Thursday morning keynote address. A Student Research Competition will take place at the conference.

    SIGUCCS Spring Management Symposium to Focus on IT Management Issues
    The 36th annual ACM SIGUCCS Spring Management Symposium, sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services (SIGUCCS), will take place March 30 to April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. This symposium brings together today's higher education IT leaders and aspiring leaders to share diverse views, experiences, and challenges in an intimate environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in real discourse toward real solutions. SMS has a legacy of providing interesting and relevant program content in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Whether you are a veteran CIO or new to IT leadership and management, you'll leave the symposium with new thoughts, new ideas, new friends, and a connection to a professional network of your peers. The symposium's unique and highly successful format features focused presentations, facilitated discussion sessions and panels, and two outstanding keynote speakers: Brian Voss of Louisiana State University, and Kelly Gaither of the University of Texas at Austin. Sessions are organized into three program tracks that focus on areas of interest for higher education IT leaders in institutions of all sizes. The program tracks for SMS 2009 are "Effective Planning, Collaborations, and Governance," "Innovation: Options and Implementations," and "Leadership, Professional Development, and Applying the 'Soft Skills.'"

    Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Offers Networking Opportunities
    The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing (Tapia 2009) will focus on the four "I"s: Intellect, Initiatives, Insight, and Innovations. The conference, scheduled for April 1 to 4 in Portland, Oregon, aims to provide a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure. Rice University professor Richard Tapia, for whom the conference is named, is the director of the Empowering Leadership (EL) Alliance, an organization that aims to provide minority students with a community of support as they pursue their degrees. Students especially are encouraged to attend and interact with national leaders in computing from business and academia. Papers, panels, workshops, birds-of-a-feather sessions, a doctoral consortium, a robotics competition, and a Student Research Compeition will address technical issues as well as topics related to diversity.

    CHI 2009 Explores Digital Life
    CHI 2009, the conference on Computer-Human Interaction sponsored by ACM SIGCHI, will bring together the Design, Engineering and User Experience communities in Boston April 4 to 9. CHI will explore the technologies, designs and ideas that will form the new world of digital life, and the many ways computing can improve life throughout the world. Judith Olson of the University of California at Irvine will deliver the opening plenary. Courses, paper presentations and panels will cover topics as diverse as "Giving Children a Voice in the Design of Technology"; "User Experience in Open Source"; social networking; "Classifying and Recommending Content"; and "Mobile Applications for the Developing World". The closing plenary will be "Dreaming of the Impossible," by Kees Overbeeke, of Eindhoven University of Technology.

    2009 Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference Eyes New Obama Administration
    The 19th annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference, slated for June 1 to 4, 2009 in Washington, DC, is the leading policy conference exploring the impact of the internet, computers, and communications technologies on society. For more than a decade, CFP has anticipated policy trends and issues and has shaped the public debate on the future of privacy and freedom in an ever more technology-filled world. CFP focuses on topics such as freedom of speech, privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, telecommunications, electronic democracy, digital rights and responsibilities, and the future of technologies and their implications. Panels, workshop sessions, and other events will:
    • Shed light on what we can expect from the new White House administration
    • Incorporate a global and international perspective
    • Focus on the future and what we can expect in the years to come in technology and policy
    • Include debates or otherwise present challenging points of view
    • Inform attendees about cutting-edge technologies and issues

    Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Opens Call for Participation
    The 9th Annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) has opened its call for participation. The annual conference, presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI), is the world's largest gathering of women in computing. The Grace Hopper Celebration will take place from September 30 to October 3, 2009 in Tucson, Arizona. This year's theme, "Creating Technology for Social Good," recognizes the significant role women play in defining technology used to solve social issues. The submission deadline is March 16.
     
    Member Programs

    ACM Member-Get-A-Member 2008–2009 Campaign
    ACM recently launched its new 2008–2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new prizes added to our already great selection, and an Apple iPhone grand prize! Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining ACM to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about ACM may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition. ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. The drive ends June 30, 2009. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page.

    ACM Adds Four Offerings to Insurance Program
    ACM has added four plans to the ACM Insurance Program. The new offerings are Group 10 or 20 Year Level Term Life Insurance, Long Term Care, and Group Dental Insurance. ACM members living in the US are eligible. Visit the insurance page to learn more about these programs, and all of ACM's Insurance Program plans.

    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). Lifetime Members will receive a certificate of recognition suitable for framing, and enjoy all of the benefits of ACM Professional Membership.
     
    Online Books & Courses

    Safari®, Books24x7® Book Swaps Coming Soon
    On February 9, ACM will be swapping one tenth of the titles in both our Safari Books Online® and Books24x7® collections. In total, 50 titles from Books24x7 and 60 titles from Safari will be replaced by new, updated or requested titles. The list of titles to be removed for Safari and Books24x7 can be found by clicking on these links. To see the books being added, scroll or jump to the lower part of these pages to view the books being added. If you are in the process of using any of the books scheduled to be removed, we encourage you to complete your readings and to remove them from your bookshelves/folders before February 6, or you may have problems replacing your swapped titles.

    Spring Semester Registration for Courses at Stevens Online Now Open
    ACM members are eligible for a 10% discount on courses at the Stevens-WebCampus program of Stevens Institute of Technology. Registration is now open through February 2, 2009 for the Stevens-WebCampus Spring 2009 session. Orientation begins the week of January 26, 2009. With more than 120 instructor-led courses, the WebCampus program offers a convenient and flexible way to earn an MBA in Technology Management or any of 17 Masters Degrees or 38 Graduate Certificates completely online. Students do not have to be accepted into a program in order to take graduate classes. It is possible to take up to three classes as a non-matriculating student while your application is under review.
    View the list of courses available for Spring 2009.
    For more information, contact the WebCampus Division at webcampus@stevens.edu, or at 1-800-496-4935.
     
    Career & Job Center

    Revamped ACM Career & Job Center to Feature Easier Navigation, Corporate Listings
    ACM's Career & Job Center is getting a new look. Over the next few months, ACM's Job Board will debut new and updated graphics and easier-to-navigate categories for both job seekers and employers. Also over the next few months, joining the existing Academic Job Board will be a new Corporate Job Board. Whether you are an active job seeker or just like to keep abreast of what's available in the computing industry and academia, be sure to visit ACM's Career & Job Center to post your resumé in the Resume Bank and view job openings. For more information, please contact Jennifer Ruzicka.
     
    Education

    Great Reasons to Participate in ACM's MentorNet Program
    Looking to stay current in today's challenging business environment? Consider becoming a mentor. Many professionals don't realize that by mentoring someone, they become a mentee as well. Seeing a problem or project through someone else's eyes, you can gain valuable new perspectives. In addition, by working with your mentee, you build and improve communications skills. By doing something beneficial for someone else, you are also helping yourself and your career.
    Learn more about ACM's partnership program with MentorNet!
     
    Student News

    ACM Partners with Microsoft to Offer Students Free Software
    Through ACM's partnership with the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) Program, ACM Student Members can now receive free and unlimited access to about 100+ software packages. If you are an ACM Student Member, sign up for an MSDN AA account by logging in at myACM, checking the appropriate box, and clicking on "Submit." For more information, visit the MSDN AA FAQ page.

    Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Call for Submissions
    ACM Student Research Competitions take place at ACM-sponsored conferences throughout the year. Students present their papers in poster sessions to compete for the Grand Finals prizes, and network with luminaries from academia and industry. SIGGRAPH 2009 is the next conference accepting submissions. The deadline is February 18, 2009. Learn about more competitions on the SRC submissions page.

    ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
    A program launched by ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) provides support for undergraduate or graduate women students in Computer Science programs who are interested in attending research conferences. It is not required that the student present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. Initially, up to 12 scholarships of up to $500 each will be awarded annually. ACM-W also encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. Applications will be evaluated in four groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with two to three awards given each quarter. For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.

    Student Volunteers Needed to Help Teach High School CS Teachers
    The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is seeking Computer Science college students proficient in Java and other new programming languages and environments to train high school CS teachers in these technologies. Java Engagement for Teacher Training (JETT) and Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science (TECS) are one- and two-day workshops for high school teachers, hosted by college and university CS students and faculty. Hosting a JETT or TECS workshop is a great volunteer experience for individual student ACM members, as well as student chapters. For more information please contact Gail Chapman, the JETT and TECS workshop coordinator.

    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, including free online books and courses and access to ACM's Career & Job Center. 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 form, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. For more information, visit the Reasons to Transition to Professional Membership page.
     
    ACM-W News

    New ACM-W Initiative Seeks to Recruit, Retain Women in Computing
    A new ACM-W project, titled "Recruiting Young Women Into and Retaining Them in Computing-Related Majors: Real Projects for Real Clients Courses (RPRCCs), an Initiative Based Upon 35 Years of Psychology Research" is being spearheaded by David Klappholz, a professor at Stevens Institute of Technology who teaches junior- and senior-level courses that require students to work in teams on projects for actual clients. The RPRCC project is based on A 35-year-long psychological study that followed hundreds of mathematically- and scientifically-talented youth from middle school through middle age. The study found that most females choose organic professions, that is, fields involving people and other living things; most females have considerably higher verbal skills than males, accounting for their preference for inter-personal interaction over solo work; and that most males choose inorganic professions—fields involving machines, abstractions, and so on, accounting for the gender imbalance in computing, engineering, and physics. "The point of an initiative to recruit young women into and to retain them in computing-related undergraduate majors," says Klappholz, "is that only about 30% of the typical software development project (person-hours, etc.) involves solo inorganic work, that is, work involving writing or testing code. The majority of the remaining 70% has a highly organic, teamwork- and interpersonal interaction-based nature, especially if the software's client or customer is a socially relevant agency, such as an adoption agency, a child-care agency, a poverty agency, etc." The RPRCC initiative is based on middle school, high school, and freshman undergraduate courses in which students do the highly organic work required to produce the artifacts necessary for students in later programming courses to implement real, useful software for real clients. Among other aspects, the initiative involves training teachers to teach RPRCCs. For more information and to get involved, please contact David Klappholz at davidk6@gmail.com or at or at (908) 447-2346 (mobile number).

    ACM-W Ambassador's Report: In Germany, Countering Stereotype of CS as a "Man's World"
    Maria Knobelsdorf, ACM-W's German Ambassador, provides a snapshot of women in computing in her country through the years, beginning in 1970. She finds that participation of CS female students still remains under 20%, due in part to the fact that CS is not taught nationwide in every grade, leading to misperceptions about career opportunities in CS; the persistent cliché of a lonely male programmer in front of a computer-screen; the lack of good role models; and other factors. Read her entire post at ACM-W's News Blog.
     
    Publications News

    Education Journal Transitioning to ACM Transactions on Computing Education
    The Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (JERIC) will soon emerge as ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE). In addition to covering topics previously covered by JERIC, the scope is expanding to include new areas which have become the hot topics in computing education. TOCE will cover traditional computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and informatics; emerging aspects of computing; and applications of computing to other disciplines. The common characteristics shared by these papers are a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, a broad appeal to educational practitioners, and a clear connection to student learning. Existing subscriptions to JERIC will be supplanted with subscriptions to TOCE. To reflect the continuity of the publication, the first issue of TOCE will be designated Volume 9, Number 1, beginning with the February 2009 issue.

    ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization Seeks Editor-in-Chief
    The ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO) is accepting nominations for Editor-in-Chief through February 28. For more information please visit the TACO EIC search page.

    Communications of the ACM Reports: How Information Systems Sustain
    Economic Relationships in the Developing World

    Advances in computing and other information and communications technologies (ICTs) have revolutionized the way we create and share information, with implications for medicine, economics, biochemistry, ecology, and astronomy. In its cover story, the January 2009 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM) explores the impact of this trend in the poorest communities, and the role of community groups to meet the global challenge of development. The issue also reports on computational challenges in e-commerce, the legacy of Bill Gates, and news on smartphones, climate research, building reliable distributed systems, and customizing media to displays. CACM, the flagship publication of ACM, offers readers access to this generation's most significant leaders and innovators in computing and information technology The January issue is available online in digital format.
    Read the press release.

    In ACM Queue, Sun Engineer Jim Waldo Examines Scaling in Games, Virtual Worlds
    As part of ACM Queue's focus on game development, Jim Waldo of Sun Microsystems examines scaling in online games and virtual worlds. For systems programmers who think they are already familiar with scaling, Waldo has a warning: everything you know is wrong. While some problems may be similar to those found in enterprise computing, massive-multiplayer online game development has its own unique set of scaling challenges. Waldo discusses current scaling strategies as well as his work on Project Darkstar, a research project from Sun that's building a server-side infrastructure that will exploit multithreaded, multicore chips while presenting programmers with the illusion that they're developing in a single-threaded environment.

    interactions Reports: Designing Products that Meet Social, Cultural Concerns to Succeed in Global Markets
    Addressing the need to ensure appropriate social and cultural resonance of products and services, the January+February 2009 issue of interactions magazine explores companies that have tried and failed to meet this critical requirement of the global marketplace. Topics range from selling products in emerging markets for which they have not been designed, to forcing new technology on aging customers; from designing homogeneous homes that do not fit the heterogeneous lives of their residents, to arbitrarily separating hardware, software, and interface designs that should work together to benefit users. interactions, a bimonthly publication of the ACM Media Group, focuses on the interactions among experiences, people, and technology.
    Read the press release.
     
    ACM in the News

    "SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 a Convergence of Different Media"
    Asia Pacific Broadcasting, January 23, 2009
    The convergence of different media capitalizing on computer graphics was one of the highlights of the first SIGGRAPH Asia Conference held in December.

    "Dame Wendy Hall Leads New Engineering Diversity Campaign"
    University of Southampton (ECS), January 15, 2009
    ACM President Dame Wendy Hall leads Diversity in Engineering Campaign launched by UK's Royal Academy of Engineering.
     

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