ACM MemberNet - June 25, 2009
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Published biweekly, ACM CareerNews provides summaries of articles on career-related topics in the computing field.
ACM-W newsletter (pdf) from ACM's Committee on Women in Computing
- ACM - WGBH Initiative Finds Large Gender Gap in Teens Interested in Computing as a Career
- Visit ACM on Facebook!
- Telle Whitney Receives Marie R. Pistilli Award for Contributions to the Advancement of Women in EDA
- Call for Nominations for New ACM - IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
- Call for ACM Senior, Distinguished Member and Fellows Nominations
- ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
Conferences and Events
- KDD 2009 to Showcase Best in Data Mining Knowledge and Expertise
- DAC Workshops to Cover Variety of Design Automation Issues
- SIGGRAPH 2009 Technical Papers to Highlight Latest Advances in Computer Graphics; Early Registration Closes June 26
- SIGCOMM 2009 to Present Many Facets of Networking Technologies
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: Become an Academic Sponsor!
- Intensive Training Opportunity for Educators, and Many Other Ways to Participate at SC09
- SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 Call for Participation
- USACM Chair Eugene Spafford Issues Statement on President's Cybersecurity Policy Review
- 2008–2009 ACM Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Closes June 30th
- New ACM 2009–2010 SIG Guide Now Available in PDF Format
- Use New Communications Subscribe Forms to Join ACM!
- ACM Adds Four Offerings to Insurance Program
- Take Advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership Plan
Online Books & Courses
- ACM Members: Upgrade Your Subscription to Safari Books Online Library!
Plus, New Titles!
Career & Job Center
- ACM's Career & Job Center Includes Job Seeker Resources
- SC09 Summer Workshops for Faculty, Students Focus on HPC Curriculum, Professional Development
- ACM Honors High School Talent at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Call for Submissions
- ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
- ACM-W Presenters at Will Inspire, Educate and Encourage at Hopper Celebration
- ACM-W Ambassador's Report: In Turkey, Increasing Female Participation in CS
- Journal of Data and Information Quality Debuts
- Journal of the ACM Seeking Editor-in-Chief
- ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction Seeking Editor-in-Chief
- Communications of the ACM Reports: Fault Tolerance in the Age of the Internet
- Google Chrome Developers Share Browser Security Insights with acmqueue
ACM in the News
- "O'Brien: Gap Between Boys and Girls Persists in Tech"
- "The Internet Is Incomplete, Says Its Co-Designer, Vinton Cerf"
- "Computing Research that Changed the World"
- "Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here"
- "Is the Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?"
- "Reality Check: leading computer scientist Wendy Hall tells Anthea Lipsett why she accepted a damehood, but doesn't Twitter"
- "The Obama Administration's Silence on Privacy"
- "Girls Still Not Choosing Computer Science as a Career, Study Says"
ACM - WGBH Initiative Finds Large Gender Gap in Teens Interested in Computing as a Career
An interim report issued by ACM and the WGBH Educational Foundation as part of a project to improve the image of computer science among high school students confirms a significant gender gap among college-bound students in their opinions of computing as a possible college major or career. The research, funded by the National Science Foundation, found that 74 percent of boys—regardless of race or ethnicity—reported that a college major in computer science was a "very good" or "good" choice for them, but only 10 percent of girls rated it as a "very good" choice and 22 percent rated it as "good." The report, which covers the first phase of the New Image for Computing (NIC) initiative, seeks to answer why interest in studying computer science in U.S. colleges and pursuing computer-related careers is declining.
Read the press release.
Visit ACM on Facebook!
All members of the computing community are invited to visit ACM on Facebook. Join thousands of others, and keep up with the latest developments at ACM with Facebook's popular sections: Wall; Info; Events; Photos; Boxes; Discussions. Become a Fan and receive messages when new information is posted to the ACM Facebook Wall. ACM members and visitors are also encouraged to share ACM's special first-year introductory membership offer with their peers and colleagues, accessible through the ACM Facebook page Wall listing, or at learnmore.
Telle Whitney Receives Marie R. Pistilli Award for Contributions to the Advancement of Women in EDA
Anita Borg Institute CEO Telle Whitney has been named the winner of the 10th annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Achievement Award. The award was created to honor people who have contributed to the advancement of women in the EDA industry. Whitney, a co-founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (GHC), former ACM Secretary/Treasurer, and currently the co-chair of the ACM Distinguished Member Committee, will receive the award at the Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA), held during the annual Design Automation Conference (DAC).
Read the press release.
Call for Nominations for New ACM - IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
The new ACM - IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award recognizes substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and substantial community service or mentoring contributions. The award honors the substantial research, service, and mentoring contributions of the late Ken Kennedy, the founder of Rice University's computer science program and one of the world's foremost experts on high-performance computing. The first presentation of this award will be in November 2009 at the SC 09 conference. The award is open to contributors at all stages of their careers. The winner of the award should be someone who has made an outstanding, innovative contribution or contributions to programming and productivity in computing, and has also contributed to computing through teaching, mentoring, or community service. Anyone may nominate. The award includes a $5,000 honorarium. The recipient will give a presentation, normally technical, at the SC conference at which it is announced, or at an ACM or IEEE conference of the winner's choosing during the year following the announcement. The deadline for nominations is July 1. Nominations that follow the guidelines on the Award Nominations page should be sent to the attention of the Kennedy Award Chair (see contact information under heading, "2008 Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members").
Call for ACM Senior, Distinguished Member and Fellows 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 deadline for nominations is August 31.
The Distinguished 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.
Fellow is ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. The deadline for nominations is September 1.
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:
- SIGACT Gödel Prize
- SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award ACM Press release
- SIGARCH and IEEE-CS TCCA ISCA Influential Paper Award
- SIGKDD Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (see also KDnuggets feature)
- SIGKDD Innovation Award (see also KDnuggets feature)
- SIGKDD Service Award (see also KDnuggets feature)
- KDD09 Best Paper Awards
- SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations, Contributions, and Test of Time Awards
- SIGMOD/PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award
- SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement, Distinguished Service, Doctoral Dissertation, and Most Influential PLDI Paper Awards
- SIGSOFT Distinguished Service, Outstanding Research, Distinguished Paper, ICSE Most Influential Paper, and Influential Educator Awards
Conferences and Events
KDD 2009 to Showcase Best in Data Mining Knowledge and Expertise
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2009 (KDD-09), organized by ACM's Special Interest Group SIGKDD, will offer more than 120 presentations by data mining experts from around the world. The conference, which is expecting more than 600 attendees including leading data-mining researchers, academics, and practitioners, will take place June 28 to July 1 in Paris. In addition, several workshops are scheduled that will cover topics from social networking to sensor data to human computation and more. Panels, demos, tutorials, exhibits, awards and the KDD Cup will round out the conference. Invited speakers include David J. Hand, Imperial College London; Heikki Mannila, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology; Stanley Wasserman, Indiana University; Ravi Kumar, Yahoo! Research; and Ashok N. Srivastava, NASA Ames Research Center.
DAC Workshops to Cover Variety of Design Automation Issues
The Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier event for the community of electronic circuits and systems designers, will offer nine in-depth workshops, including design for manufacturing; bio-design automation; physical verification; careers in academia; and the Workshop for Women in Design Automation, where former ACM Secretary/Treasurer Telle Whitney will receive the Marie R. Pistilli Award (see related story under "Awards"). The DAC technical program promises an eclectic range of papers, including a Wild and Crazy Ideas session, exploring such topics as how to prepare for design at 22 nm; designing circuits in the face of uncertainty; verification of large systems on chip (SOC); bug-tracking in complex designs; and multicore computing. In addition to the seven research paper sessions, eight technical panels will address the industry's hottest issues, including the meaning of "green" for EDA. The conference will take place July 26 to 31 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
SIGGRAPH 2009 Technical Papers to Highlight Latest Advances in Computer Graphics; Early Registration Closes June 26
SIGGRAPH 2009, the international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, will feature 78 papers on the latest innovations, including a detailed simulation of intrusive surgical procedures and the development of infrared flash photography. Core topics will include modeling, animation, rendering, imaging, and human-computer interaction, as well as audio, robotics, visualization, and perception. SIGGRAPH is expected to attract some 25,000 attendees, offering exhibits, a wide-ranging technical program, and the popular Computer Animation Festival. Keynote speakers will include New York Times graphics director Steve Duenes; movie sound pioneer and two-time Academy Award® winner Randy Thom; and video game designer and Sims creator Will Wright. SIGGRAPH 2009 takes place August 3 to 7 in New Orleans. Early registration closes June 26.
SIGCOMM 2009 to Present Many Facets of Networking Technologies
Barcelona, Spain will be the setting for SIGCOMM 2009, the conference of ACM's Special Interest Group on Data Communications taking place August 17 to 21. The conference will include several workshops on networking, systems, and applications for mobile devices; virtualized infrastructure systems and architectures; online social networks; enterprise networking; and programmable routers for extensible services. Technical sessions will address wireless networking; data center network design; network architecture; novel aspects of networking; routing and forwarding; network management and measurement; and performance optimization. Demos and exhibits will highlight new research in the field.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing: Become an Academic Sponsor!
The 9th Annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) and ACM, is the world's largest gathering of women in computing. The 2009 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. Scheduled keynote speakers are Google vice president Megan Smith and University of California, San Diego professor Fran Berman. The conference's Plenary Panel of Technology Executives will include Lockheed Martin's Linda Brisnehan, Intuit Corporation's Nora Denzel, and Amazon.com's Werner Vogels. GHC boasts more than 100 sessions including technical speakers, panels, workshops, new investigator technical papers, Ph.D. forums, technical posters, birds-of-a-feather sessions, the ACM Student Research Competition and awards presentations. Super early bird registration for GHC 2009 ends on July 6.
Become an Academic Sponsor! Academic underwriters have a unique opportunity to reap many benefits from supporting this conference, including recruiting talented women to become tomorrow's mentors, leaders and innovators. Learn more by reading the informational flier and list of benefits. Sign up to become an Academic Sponsor.
Intensive Training Opportunity for Educators, and Many Other Ways to Participate at SC09
The SC09 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis is scheduled for November 14 to 20 in Portland, Oregon. The scheduled keynote speaker will be Al Gore.
The SC09 Education Program will take place November 14 to 17. Educators will participate in hands-on activities to engage them in applying computational science, grid computing and/or high performance computing resources to education. The four-day intensive program includes guided tours of the SC09 exhibit hall, focused breakout sessions, inspirational plenary speakers, a curriculum fair, birds-of-a-feather gatherings, and priceless networking opportunities, all of which are oriented specifically to meeting the needs of college and pre-college educators. Educators are encouraged to apply for the conference as teams, hopefully including students, to help "seed" computation into the local curriculum. The registration deadline is August 1.
Student Participation: The Student Job Fair is a face-to-face networking event that will enable students to meet with potential employers from any organization that is a contracted SC09 Exhibitor to discuss summer job, graduate school assistantship, or permanent employment opportunities. The Mentor/Protégé Program is designed to enhance the conference experience for its SC Communities participants. Each protégé is matched up with a volunteer Mentor at the conference. The SC09 Student Contest is a competitive programming event taking place November 16. Teams consisting of no more than five students will be given eight to 12 problems from various scientific problem domain areas. Deadline for registration is October 1.
Participation Grants: SC09's Broader Engagement program offers grants to support participation at the conference by individuals from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in HPC. In addition to receiving complimentary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for their SC09 lodging and transportation expenses. Applications from students and young professionals in all computing-related disciplines are encouraged. Participation grant applications will be accepted between April 1 and August 3. Recipients will be notified in early September. To apply, visit the SC09 Submissions web site.
Awards: Nominations are strongly encouraged for the SC09 Education Program Awards (self nominations are accepted).
See information on SC09's summer workshops in this issue of MemberNet.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 Call for Participation
The second SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 conference follows a very successful inaugural conference last year, where researchers, developers, producers, and providers of computer graphics and interactive techniques found a new international venue in which to newtork and share ideas. The 2009 conference, which will take place December 16 to 19 in Yokohama, Japan, is still accepting proposals for its Computer Animation Festival (June 26) and sketches and posters (August 17). Visit the SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 web site and Facebook page for more information.
USACM Chair Eugene Spafford Issues Statement on President's Cybersecurity Policy Review
USACM Chair Eugene Spafford commented on the White House report, Cyberspace Policy Review: Assuring a Trusted and Resilient Information and Communications Infrastructure. "The President hit many of the right notes in his remarks today on securing the nation's cyber structure. He referenced the growing importance to the economy; the threat to the country; the international nature of the threat; the criminal aspects; and the absolute necessity to focus on education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines," he said.
"Missing from the report released today...is any emphasis on funding, tools or support for better law enforcement; instead it is totally focused on passive defense. There is mention of the need for more research, but little is said about long-term and fundamental research. The focus continues to be on 'game changing' ideas listed in the shorter term." For more information visit the June 4 edition of Washington Update, the newsletter of USACM.
2008–2009 ACM Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive Closes June 30th
ACM's 2008–2009 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive ends June 30th, so ACM members have just a few more days to be eligible for prizes by getting new members to join. 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. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page.
Look for the 2009–2010 Member-Get-A-Member drive to start soon.
New ACM 2009–2010 SIG Guide Now Available in PDF Format
ACM's new Special Interest Group (SIG) Guide is now available in pdf format. Suitable for reading online or downloading, this fully updated edition is now in a new and enlarged format to make it even easier to browse through. Get information on all of ACM's 34 SIGs, including a synopsis of their specific area of focus and interest, their newsletters, publications, conferences, awards and more, all in this handy resource guide.
Use New Communications Subscribe Forms to Join ACM!
ACM members are encouraged to share the value of the new Communications of the ACM with their non-member friends and colleagues by letting them know about the new Communications online subscription forms. The site includes a list of great reasons why everyone interested in the computing field should read Communications every month. In addition to receiving 12 monthly issues, subscribers also become ACM members by using the new forms and enjoy a host of additional benefits including access to thousands of online books and courses, among many others.
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
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Plus, New Titles!
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Career & Job Center
ACM's Career & Job Center Includes Job Seeker Resources
ACM's recently redesigned Career & Job Center includes access and links to hundreds of articles and websites in the Resources section. Take advantage of this free resource; browse through the library of articles, tips and information. Also be sure to visit the site to update your resumé, or create a new resumé in the Resumé Bank. ACM members' resumés now include an ACM logo on their entry, highlighting their ACM membership to employers. For more information about the Career & Job Center please contact Jennifer Ruzicka.
SC09 Summer Workshops for Faculty, Students Focus on HPC Curriculum, Professional Development
The SC Education Program of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC09) provides week-long summer workshops in computational science and engineering, as well as high performance computing, emphasizing education and curriculum development for faculty, administrators, and students. These workshops focus on curriculum change and professional development, concentrating on today's high performance computing environments. Topics for the 2009 summer workshop series include:
- Introduction to Computational Thinking
- Parallel Programming and Cluster Computing
- Computational Biology for Biology Educators
- Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators
- Computational Engineering for Engineering Educators
- Computational Physics for Physics Educators
- Computational Thinking in the Grade 6-12 Classroom
ACM Honors High School Talent at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is held annually each May, and has been administered since 1950 by Society for Science & the Public (formerly Science Service). More than 1,500 ninth through twelfth grade student winners from over 40 nations are among those who have earned the right to compete by winning top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair. Special Awards are presented by scientific, professional and educational organizations and include scholarships, summer internships, book and equipment grants and scientific field trips. ACM presents awards of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $300 for third place and $200 for honorable mention winners, and all receive complimentary Student Memberships for the duration of their undergraduate education. The 60th Intel ISEF was held May 10 to 15 in Reno, Nevada. ACM winners for 2009 were: First Place: Xiaowei Zhu, Shanghai; Second Place: Vojtech Vit and Stepan Sindelar, Prague; Third Place: Nelson Zhang, Shanghai. The Honorable Mention Winners were: Vedant Kumar, Louisville, Kentucky; Yi-Ping Shih, Taipei; and Matt Vitelli, Salt Lake City, Utah.
View the complete list of award winners and sponsors.
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. ASSETS 2009 is the next conference accepting submissions. The deadline is July 6. Learn about more competitions on the SRC submissions page.
ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
A program launched by the ACM Women's Council (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.
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 Presenters at Will Inspire, Educate and Encourage at Hopper Celebration
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) will recognize and celebrate the significant role women play in defining technology used to solve social issues, and ACM-W will be well represented there. Tracy Camp, professor at the Colorado School of Mines and an ACM-W Council Member, is the Program Chair of GHC 2009. Other ACM-W Council Members that will present at GHC 2009 include Valerie Barr (Union College), Joanne McGrath Cohoon (University of Virginia), Katie A. Siek (University of Colorado at Boulder), Robert Walker (Kent State University), and Gloria Townsend (DePauw University and member of the ACM-W Executive Committee). Further highlights of the conference are the Invited Technical Speaker track, which will include a presentation by Susan Landau (Sun Microsystems and member of the ACM-W Executive Committee, and a panel by three ACM-W Ambassadors (Catherine Lang from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, MaryAnne Egan from Siena College in the United States, and Jan Peters from the British Computer Society in the United Kingdom). GHC 2009 will also include a presentation on the first ACM-W Student Chapter in Latin America (MenTe at ITESM). The conference takes place September 30 to October 3 in Tucson, Arizona. Super early bird registration for GHC 2009 ends on July 6.
ACM-W Ambassador's Report: In Turkey, Increasing Female Participation in CS
ACM-W's Ambassador in Turkey Reyyan Ayfer teamed up with some international partners at last year's ITiCSE conference in Madrid to get students working in teams on a web site, Google tool, and games relating to children's rights for the International Children's Center. Read more about this exciting project on ACM-W's News Blog.
Journal of Data and Information Quality Debuts
The Journal of Data and Information Quality (JDIQ) debuted earlier this month. The journal, co-edited by Stuart E. Madnick and Yang W. Lee, seeks to respond to the need of various communities engaged in the dialog about and inquiry into data and information quality by providing a forum for innovative theories that can be tested in the pragmatic environments of organizations. All articles will be freely available through the end of 2009.
Journal of the ACM Seeking Editor-in-Chief
The Journal of the ACM (JACM) is accepting nominations for Editor-in-Chief. Candidates will be evaluated after July 1. For more information please visit the JACM EIC search page.
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction Seeking Editor-in-Chief
The ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) is accepting nominations for Editor-in-Chief. The deadline for nominations is July 31. For more information please visit the EIC nomination page.
Communications of the ACM Reports: Fault Tolerance in the Age of the Internet
In the July cover story of Communications of the ACM (CACM), MIT's Barbara Liskov illuminates the creative process that led her to create her breakthrough work in fault tolerant methods to the Internet. Liskov, the most recent ACM Turing Award winner, laid the foundation for an approach that continues to underlie most contemporary work in this field. She also relates her thoughts on the creative process of problem solving that has marked her distinguished computing career. The issue features a profile of ACM-Infosys Foundation Award winner Jon Kleinberg and his ability to marry computer and social sciences. Communications, the flagship publication of ACM, offers readers access to this generation's most significant leaders and innovators in computing and information technology, and is available online in digital format. (The July issue will be available online on June 30.)
Read the press release.
Google Chrome Developers Share Browser Security Insights with acmqueue
acmqueue revisits its focus on security in Web browsers with an article by developers of Google Chrome. The Chrome team's approach to security focused on reducing three key security risks: the severity of the vulnerability, the window of vulnerability, and the frequency of exposure. The authors describe how they addressed each of these concerns in Google Chrome, with an eye toward how developers of other browsers might benefit from using similar techniques.
ACM in the News
"O'Brien: Gap Between Boys and Girls Persists in Tech"
San Jose Mercury News, June 16, 2009
ACM-WGBH study says, "As long as teenagers believe that computer science is boring, difficult, anti-social, or doesn't have much impact on solving the world's problems, they're unlikely to choose it for their future."
"The Internet Is Incomplete, Says Its Co-Designer, Vinton Cerf"
Computerworld, June 11, 2009
2004 ACM Turing Award winner Vint Cerf says the Web continues to lack many of the basic features it should have, particularly in security.
"Computing Research that Changed the World—VIDEOS!"
Computing Community Consortium, June 7, 2009
Computing Community Consortium's symposium at the Library of Congress hosts 2008 ACM Turing Award winner Barbara Liskov, ACM - Infosys Foundation Award winners Daphne Koller (2007) and Jon Kleinberg (2008), ACM-W Athena Lecturer Deborah Estrin.
"Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here"
Wired News, June 4, 2009
Arizona election officials demonstrate their Internet voting system at ACM's recent Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference (CFP 2009).
"Is the Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?"
Wired News, June 3, 2009
Whether hacking and cyberattacks are an actual threat to the United States or simply the latest exaggerated threat to national security was debated at ACM's recent Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference.
"Reality Check: leading computer scientist Wendy Hall tells Anthea Lipsett why she accepted a damehood, but doesn't Twitter"
London Guardian, June 2, 2009
ACM President Dame Wendy Hall discusses challenges women still face in pursuing a science and technology career.
"The Obama Administration's Silence on Privacy"
New York Times, June 2, 2009
Administration officials, academics grapple with issues of privacy vs. new technologies at CFP 2009.
"Girls Still Not Choosing Computer Science as a Career, Study Says"
eWeek, June 2, 2009
ACM-WGBH study finds gender gap still exists among U.S. college-bound students considering computing as a career.
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