ACM MemberNet - August 27, 2009
Welcome to the August 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 current and past issues of MemberNet online at http://membernet.acm.org/. Is there a person, event, or issue you'd like to see covered? Please email mn-editor at acm.org.
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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
- View the Online ACM Awards Banquet Photo Album
- Free Subscription to ACM TechNews for Non-members
- Call for 2009 ACM Award Nominations
- Call for ACM Senior Member and Fellows Nominations
- ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
Conferences and Events
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing to Host Educators' Workshop
- Programming Languages Meet Software Engineering at OOPSLA 2009
- Al Gore to Speak at SC09
- Online Registration Now Available for SIGGRAPH Asia 2009
- USACM Testimony on Behavioral Advertising Addresses Consumer Privacy Issues
- USACM Comments on Government Website Policy on Web Tracking Technologies
- USACM Becomes a Council
- New ACM 2009–2010 Membership, Products and Services Catalog Now Available in PDF Format
- ACM Adds Four Offerings to Insurance Program
- Take Advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership Plan
Online Books & Courses
- Most Popular Online Books and Courses
- Stevens-WebCampus Registration Now Open for Fall 2009
Career & Job Center
- Post Your Resumé in ACM's Career & Job Center
- AP CS Courses (and Students) on the Decline, CSTA Survey Finds
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions Call for Submissions
- ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
- Deadline for ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Nominations Extended to December 15
- ACM-W Student Chapters Mark an Eventful Year
- ACM-W Newsletter Highlights Award Winners, Hopper Celebrations
- ACM-W Ambassador's Report: Girls in Germany Need Mentoring, Too
- ACM Announces Advanced Web Analytics Software for Library Community
- Video on ACM Digital Library Now Available
- ACM International Conference Proceeding Series Seeking Editor-in-Chief
- ACM Transactions on Computer Systems Seeking Editor-in-Chief
- ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Seeking Editor-in-Chief
- Computing Reviews Recognizes Long-Time Reviewer
- Communications of the ACM Reports: Mining the Wisdom of Online Crowds
- Communications of the ACM Reports: Improving Technology Interactions for Blind People
- Evaluating Revision Control Systems: acmqueue Asks an Expert
ACM in the News
- "Social Network Research Nets U of T Student Big Prize"
- "Computing Luminaries Receive NSF Grant to Develop Modeling Tools for Complex Systems"
- "Experimental Tech Turns Your Coffee Table into a Universal Remote"
- "SIGGRAPH 2009 Announces Computer Animation Festival Winners"
View the Online ACM Awards Banquet Photo Album
In a gala setting at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego in June, ACM presented the computing community's highest honors to the winners at its annual Awards Banquet. View the photo album on flickr. The multiple awards recognize the innovators whose discoveries enrich lives and advance society. The event also celebrated the winning contestants of rigorous student programming and research competitions. The recipients, from corporate and academic entities around the globe, have demonstrated the highest standards of excellence in technology and service to the computing community.
Click here for more details on this year's awards and recipients, as well as information on nominations procedures for next year's awards.
Free Subscription to ACM TechNews for Non-members
ACM TechNews, the tri-weekly digest of computing and technology news gathered from leading sources, is now available to non-members. ACM TechNews summaries are perfect for busy professionals who need to keep up with the latest industry developments. Regularly cited as one of ACM's most valued benefits, ACM TechNews also includes links to the news items' original sources. ACM members are strongly encouraged to make their non-member peers and colleagues aware of the important opportunity to subscribe to this valuable service. Registration is easy, and the subscription registration page also includes a link to access an introductory offer to join ACM.
Call for 2009 ACM 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. You and your colleagues are invited to nominate candidates for ACM awards, including:
Awards with November 30, 2009 nomination deadlines:
- A.M. Turing Award
- ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
- ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award
- Software System Award
- Grace Murray Hopper Award
- Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award
- Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics
- Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
- Distinguished Service Award
- Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award
- Doctoral Dissertation Award: October 30, 2009
- ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award: March 30, 2010
- ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award: July 1, 2010
- SIAM/ACM Award in Computational Science and Engineering: September 30, 2010
- ACM Gordon Bell Prize: submissions opened March 16, 2009
Refer to http://www.acm.org/nominations for the complete listing of 2009 Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.
Call for ACM Senior 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.
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. Please read ACM Award Committee Co-Chair James Horning's blog post, Making the case for an ACM Fellow.
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:
- SIGCOMM Award, Best Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, and Test of Time Paper Award
- SIGDA Awards
- SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons, Computer Graphics Achievement, Significant New Researcher, Distinguished Artist, and Computer Animation Festival Awards [Press Releases]
- SIGIR Gerard Salton, Best Paper, and Best Student Paper Awards [Press Release]
- SIGSOFT Impact Award and Retrospective Awards
Conferences and Events
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing to Host Educators' Workshop
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. GHC will also host a special K–12 Computer Science Teacher Workshop in partnership with the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), ABI, and the University of Arizona.
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.
Programming Languages Meet Software Engineering at OOPSLA 2009
OOPSLA 2009, the International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN, will take place October 25 to 29 in Orlando, Florida. Cloud computing, social networking sites, and agile software development will be among the topics presented in workshops, panels, tutorials, papers, posters, and more. Scheduled speakers include 2008 ACM Turing Award winner Barbara Liskov, Jeannette Wing (NSF), Gerard Holzmann (NASA/JPL Laboratory for Reliable Software), Tom Malone (MIT), and Brion Vibber (Wikimedia). Early registration ends September 16.
Al Gore to Speak 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 keynote speaker will be Al Gore. With the theme of "Computing for a Changing World," this year's conference will explore initiatives related to sustainability, bio-computing and the 3D Internet. Workshop topics include high-performance computing in India, data storage, and grid computing. In addition, the many panels, tutorials, papers, and birds-of-a-feather sessions will offer diverse opportunities to network and learn about cutting-edge HPC technologies. Advance registration is open until October 12.
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.
Awards: Nominations are strongly encouraged for the SC09 Education Program Awards (self nominations are accepted).
Online Registration Now Available for SIGGRAPH Asia 2009
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, has many of the featured events of the American SIGGRAPH, including Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies exhibitions, Computer Animation Festival, and job fair. Early registration is open until October 30. Visit the SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 web site and Facebook page for more information.
USACM Testimony on Behavioral Advertising Addresses Consumer Privacy Issues
In June, USACM Co-Chair Edward Felten testified on behavioral advertising before two subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, and the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet are working together on developing a consumer privacy bill. The hearing, Behavioral Advertising: Industry Practices and Consumers' Expectations, was part of this process. Felten's testimony focused on the mechanics of behavioral advertising, how profiles can be collected through the web surfing actions of consumers. Visit the USACM weblog page for more background on the hearing.
USACM Comments on Government Website Policy on Web Tracking Technologies
In response to a request for comment from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, earlier this month USACM submitted comments on how federal government websites should use web tracking technologies, including cookies, deep packet inspection and web bugs. While USACM recognized that web tracking technologies have definite benefits, both for consumers and for website operators, it recommended minimizing the collection of personally identifiable information (PII) and ensuring proper notice and consent. Other safeguards included proper website design and access controls to protect the information that is collected, used and stored. Visit the USACM weblog page for more information.
USACM Becomes a Council
The ACM Executive Council recently elevated its US Public Policy Committee (USACM) to council status. This change reflects ACM's increasing attention to public policy issues. The elevation to council status will streamline the decision-making processes of USACM both internally and within ACM. As a council, USACM has established subcommittees to work on issue areas of consistent and continued interest: voting; privacy and security; computing and the law; intellectual property; accessibility; and digital government. The Education Policy Committee continues as an independent entity from the new US Public Policy Council. As part of its elevation from committee to council, USACM recently completed elections for at-large seats on its council. The voting members of the council consist of the USACM Chair, any Co-Chairs, the ACM President or President's Designee, Chairs of all Subcommittees, and six At Large members. For the complete roster, visit the USACM weblog page.
New ACM 2009–2010 Membership, Products and Services Catalog Now Available in PDF Format
ACM offers a variety of member benefits that enhance professional skills with world-class educational, professional development, and career-enhancement tools that provide a competitive edge in the marketplace. A pdf version of this brochure, along with many other pdf resources for ACM members and subscribers, is available on ACM's Membership page, under "Resources for Download in PDF Format."
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
Most Popular Online Books and Courses
ACM's Online Books & Courses program continues to grow in popularity. According to recent statistics, the four most popular books are:
- 175 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time!
- The Art of Software Architecture: Design Methods and Techniques
- Beginning iPhone Development Exploring the iPhone SDK
- The Twitter Book
- ITIL Foundation v3.0 (Part 1): ITIL Concepts
- Introduction to the Java Programming Language WJ-1101-SE6 (Sun) v2
- Linux+ Certification Second Edition (Part 1): Linux Introduction
Stevens-WebCampus Registration Now Open for Fall 2009
Registration is now open for the Stevens-WebCampus Fall 2009 session. Choose from over 170 sections in Project Management, Information Systems, Financial Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Technology Management, Telecommunications Management, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and more. Stevens also announces the launch of a new online program in Service Management. View the list of courses available for Fall 2009.
Career & Job Center
Post Your Resumé in ACM's Career & Job Center
Be sure to visit ACM's Career & Job Center to update your resumé, or create a new one in the Resumé Bank. ACM members' resumés now include an ACM logo on their entry, highlighting their ACM membership to employers. Also be sure to set up a Personal Job Alert to be notified about new jobs that are posted daily on the site. The Career & Job Center also 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. For more information about the Career & Job Center please contact Jennifer Ruzicka.
AP CS Courses (and Students) on the Decline, CSTA Survey Finds
This spring, the 2009 CSTA National Secondary Computer Science Survey collected responses from some 1,100 high school Computer Science teachers. The results: only 65 percent reported that their schools offer introductory or pre-AP Computer Science classes, as compared with 73 percent in 2007 and 78 percent in 2005. Only 27 percent reported that their schools offer AP CS, as compared with 32 percent in 2007 and 40 percent in 2005. And 74 percent offer CS content in courses other than introductory or AP CS, down from 85 percent in 2007. "The continuing drop in students taking AP CS is a serious warning sign about the state of computing in this country, as a student taking AP typically indicates his or her interest in majoring in that field in college or pursuing a career in that area," said Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association.
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. SIGCSE 2010 is the next conference accepting submissions. The deadline is September 27. 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.
Deadline for ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Nominations Extended to December 15
The deadline for the 2009 ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards applications has been extended to December 15. The ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Program recognizes chapters that display considerable initiative during the academic year. All student chapters in good standing are encouraged to apply for an award in any or all of the following categories:
- Chapter Activities
- Web site
- Community Service
- School Service
ACM-W Student Chapters Mark an Eventful Year
ACM-W student chapters continue to grow in number and in the variety of activities that are offered to their members. There are currently 33 university ACM-W chapters with an average membership of 17 students. The largest chapter was Utah State, reporting 45 members! But even if you don't have a large number of female students in your department, don't be discouraged. Thirty-six percent of the chapters report fewer than 10 members, so there are opportunities for women in smaller programs as well. Reported activities varied, including outreach activities in the community, lectures by women professionals in computing, fundraising opportunities, and social events. The University of Maryland participated in Girl Scout Day at the National Air and Space Museum to help young girls get excited about Computer Science. Eighteen percent of reported activities were outreach events such as these to help reach young girls as they are formulating their interests in certain areas. Target participated with a chapter to encourage female CS students to consider their Leadership Internship Program. Several chapters reported events focused on research opportunities and preparing for graduate school. Social activities included a casino night, computer part sculptures, raffles, and "whine" and cheese exam breaks. Visit ACM-W for a map showing the location of all the current ACM-W chapters, and request a start-up kit if you would like to start an ACM-W student chapter at your institution.
ACM-W Newsletter Highlights Award Winners, Hopper Celebrations
ACM Award winners, Distinguished Speakers touring China, local Grace Hopper events promoting women in Computer Science, and the first all-female college team to make it to Microsoft's Imagine Cup Finals, are just some of the highlights in the summer issue of ACM-W's newsletter.
ACM-W Ambassador's Report: Girls in Germany Need Mentoring, Too
Torn between advancing their own careers and supporting other women in Computer Science, many women in German academia are pressed to organize outreach activities in their spare time or sacrifice their research hours altogether. One program at Humboldt University seeks to reverse that trend. Read (German-born) New Zealand ACM-W Ambassador Annika Hinze's observations on ACM-W's News Blog.
ACM Announces Advanced Web Analytics Software for Library Community
ACM now provides its corporate and academic library customers with an enhanced Web analytics platform to measure their usage of the ACM Digital Library (DL) full-text and bibliographic database. The new platform, provided by Scholarly iQ, enables librarians to access past and current usage statistics and receive timely, accurate COUNTER usage reports that comply with the industry standard for measuring online usage of scholarly journals. The platform also includes an automated request and response model known as SUSHI, which utilizes a Web services framework to increase the flexibility of library access to ACM's electronic resource usage data.
Read the press release.
Video on ACM Digital Library Now Available
A new video on the ACM Digital Library explains the depth and quality of material, and sophisticated search functionality and data management features of this valuable bibliographic resource for institutional subscribers.
Watch the video.
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series Seeking Editor-in-Chief
ACM initiated ICPS to publish proceedings of high quality conferences, symposia, and workshops that are not sponsored by ACM or its Special Interest Groups. Since 2002, ACM ICPS has been providing conference organizers a means of electronically publishing proceedings that ensures high visibility and wide distribution. ACM ICPS proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. As a result of the rapid growth of this program, ACM is initiating a more formal editorial management structure for the series to continue to ensure ACM-level quality. The series will be managed similarly to other ACM publications and will have an EIC who, along with the Editorial Board, will control its content. The EIC will be further assisted by an Advisory Board, which will include representation from ACM SIGs. The ACM Publications Board has set up a nominating committee to assist the Board in selecting the ACM ICPS EIC:
- Tamer Ozsu (Committee Chair), University of Waterloo
- Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Univ. Paris-Sud
- Bashar Nuseibeh, The Open University, UK
- Dan R. Olsen, Brigham Young University
- Beng Chin Ooi, National University of Singapore
- Moshe Vardi, Rice University
ACM Transactions on Computer Systems Seeking Editor-in-Chief
The ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS) is accepting nominations for Editor-in-Chief. The deadline for nominations is September 15. For more information please visit the TOCS home page.
ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Seeking Editor-in-Chief
The ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (TOMCCAP) is accepting nominations for Editor-in-Chief. The deadline for nominations is November 2. For more information please visit the TOMCCAP EIC search page.
Computing Reviews Recognizes Long-Time Reviewer
The staff of ACM Computing Reviews (CR) would like to recognize one of its long-time reviewers, Leonard C. Silvern, for his service over the past five decades. Silvern, who began reviewing for CR in 1962, recently retired. He wrote numerous reviews in areas such as geographic information systems, systems analysis and design, and knowledge representation formalisms and methods. View Leonard C. Silvern's Author Page in the Digital Library.
Communications of the ACM Reports: Mining the Wisdom of Online Crowds
In an age when the all-important teen market has altered its new-music consumption through online content and digital downloads, the September Communications of the ACM (CACM) reports on new technologies like Sound Index to measure popularity in the world of music. IBM Almaden Research Center computer scientists Varun Bhagwan, Tyrone Grandson, and Daniel Gruhl assess the advantages and challenges of this technology, which they dub the "first definitive music chart for the Internet age." 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.
Read the press release.
Communications of the ACM Reports: Improving Technology Interactions for Blind People
Behind the Braille representation on the cover of the August Communications of the ACM (CACM), researchers from the University of Washington examine the most effective methods for designing technologies for blind users. The cover depicts a quote by Helen Keller that captures the paradox of seeing but having no vision. In this cover story, Kristen Shinohara and Josh Tenenberg show how elements of meaning can be as important as usability in the design of technology. The issue also features a debate among renowned CTOs on how small- and medium-size companies can take advantage of the opportunities that cloud computing provides for service delivery. 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.
Read the press release.
Evaluating Revision Control Systems: acmqueue Asks an Expert
A revision-control system is any software development team's bread and butter, allowing team members to track the history of their code and work independently on different branches. But, as Bryan O'Sullivan, author of Mercurial: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly 2009), points out in an article for acmqueue, all revision-control systems are not created equal. O'Sullivan evaluates both centralized tools, such as CVS and Subversion, and distributed tools, such as Mercurial and Git, highlighting features that make them better suited for different types of development teams.
Read an online discussion about this article on Slashdot.
ACM in the News
"Social Network Research Nets U of T Student Big Prize"
University of Toronto, August 21, 2009
University of Toronto student Stratis Ioannidis received the second place prize in the graduate category of the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals for his work, "On the Distribution of Content Updates over a Mobile Social Network."
"Computing Luminaries Receive NSF Grant to Develop Modeling Tools for Complex Systems"
Dr. Dobb's Journal, August 19, 2009
Edmund M. Clarke, 2007 co-recipient of ACM's Turing Award, leading team that received a five-year, $10 million NSF grant to create revolutionary computational tools that will advance science on a broad array of fronts.
"Experimental Tech Turns Your Coffee Table Into a Universal Remote"
Wired News, August 14, 2009
ACM SIGGRAPH conference offered a video demonstration of Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces (CRISTAL), a multitouch tabletop display that acts as a universal remote.
"SIGGRAPH 2009 Announces Computer Animation Festival Winners"
Business Wire, August 3, 2009
Best in Show Award given to "French Roast," a film about a fancy Parisian cafe in the 1960s.
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