ACM MemberNet - September 24, 2009
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ACM-W newsletter (pdf) from ACM Women's Council
- 2008 SIGGRAPH Award Recipient Named 2009 MacArthur Fellow
- Communications of the ACM Website Wins Best New Site Award
- ACM Launches Multimedia Center
- ACM Distinguished Speakers Panel Visits Three Universities in China
- Call for 2009 ACM Award Nominations
- Call for ACM Senior Member Nominations
- ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
Conferences and Events
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing to Host Educators' Workshop
- UIST 2009 to Explore User Interface Technologies
- Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at OOPSLA 2009
- Accessibility Community to Gather at ASSETS 09
- Al Gore to Speak at SC09
- Online Registration Now Available for SIGGRAPH Asia 2009
- ACM, Other Organizations Submit Comments on US Dept. of Education Fund
- USACM Reacts Positively to Rush Holt's Electronic Voting Legislation
- ACM Congratulates Top Two ACM 2008-2009 Member-Get-a-Member Campaign Recruiters
- New ACM Member-Get-A-Member 2009–2010 Campaign Launched
- ACM Adds Four Offerings to Insurance Program
- Take Advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership Plan
Online Books & Courses
- Safari Books Online® Upgrades Interface
Career & Job Center
- Post Your Resumé in ACM's Career & Job Center
- 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
- Deadline for ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Nominations Extended to December 15
- 2008–2009 Athena Lecturer Shafi Goldwasser Speaks at STOC 2009
- ACM-W Ambassador's Report: Outreach Programs in the US
- "The Status of the P versus NP Problem" Article in CACM Sets Record in Downloads
- ACM International Conference Proceeding Series Seeking Editor-in-Chief
- ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Seeking Editor-in-Chief
- ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation Seeking Editor-in-Chief
- Communications of the ACM Reports: Building Parallel Computing to Sustain Performance Improvement
- acmqueue Talks with Former Hedge Fund Manager about His Move to Computational Biochemistry; More acmqueue Articles Prompt Slashdot Discussions
ACM in the News
- "Tracking the Life and Death of News"
- "British Prime Minister Apologizes for Treatment of Gay Mathematician Alan Turing"
- "Computer Science Courses Show Steep Decline"
- "MIT Sloan Professor Co-founds Journal on Data and Information Quality"
2008 SIGGRAPH Award Recipient Named 2009 MacArthur Fellow
Maneesh Agrawala, a computer vision technologist and the recipient of the 2008 SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award, has been named a 2009 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Agrawala, 37, designs visual interfaces that enhance the ability to synthesize and comprehend complex, digital information. A professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he developed LineDrive, a fully automated system for rendering route maps that resemble hand-drawn sketches. MacArthur Fellows receive $500,000 in support over a five-year period.
Read the press release.
Communications of the ACM Website Wins Best New Site Award
ACM's new web platform for its flagship publication Communications of the ACM has garnered the top award for best new website by Media Business. The magazine, published by Crain Communications, Inc., announced the awards in a September 14 special report, Ten Great Media Web Sites. The Communications site, launched May 1, features a clean, fresh look, powerful search and browse functionality, user content generation capabilities, easily shareable content with third party websites, and deep integration with ACM's sizeable archive of computing literature. This site serves as the voice for the high end IT community, delivering late-breaking news, opinion, and research.
Read the press release.
ACM Launches Multimedia Center
ACM is pleased to announce the recent launch of its Multimedia Center, featuring selected videos from some of the organization's most popular activities and events. We are celebrating the launch with an Open House, which will extend into the fall of 2009. ACM members are highly encouraged to invite their non-member peers to visit during this time.
ACM Distinguished Speakers Panel Visits Three Universities in China
Three prominent women researchers recently toured three univiersities in China, in part to highlight ACM's office there, which was opened in 2008. Tracy Camp, ACM-W Council Member and professor at the Colorado School of Mines; Francine Berman, ACM Fellow and Vice President of Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Justine Cassell, Director of the Center for Technology & Social Behavior, and AT&T Professor of Communication and Computer Science at Northwestern University, spoke about "Emerging Technologies in Computing". Read and listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Stephen Ibaraki's interviews with Tracy, Francine and Justine about their experience.
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 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 November 30.
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:
- SIGMM Outstanding Technical Contributions Award
- SIGPLAN Most Influential ICFP Paper Award
- SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award
- SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award
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. Registration closes September 25.
UIST 2009 to Explore User Interface Technologies
UIST, the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, is set for October 4 to 7 in Victoria, B.C., Canada. Sponsored by ACM's Special Interest Groups on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) and Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH), UIST brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse areas. Keynote speakers include Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Condeof the Barrow Neurological Institute, and Eric Paulos of Carnegie Mellon University. Many aspects of user interfaces will be explored in the sessions, including GUIs, haptic interfaces, mashups, and mobile technologies.
Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote 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).
Accessibility Community to Gather at ASSETS 2009
ASSETS 2009, the conference on Computers and Accessibility sponsored by ACM SIGACCESS, is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on the design and use of both mainstream and specialized assistive technologies. This research benefits people with disabilities, older people, and professionals working with these groups. The opening keynote speaker is Rory A. Cooper of the University of Pittsburgh, on "Using Information Technology to Assist People with Disabilities." Technical papers will examine cognitive assistance technologies, haptic and mobile innovations, assistive technologies for children with impairments, and much more. In addition, a Student Research Competition will take place at this event. Online registration is available.
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. The Masterworks program will include industry leaders from Google and Facebook discussing computer architecture demands of providing Web services to millions of users in a cost-effective manner. Other featured speakers at SC09 will include Intel's Justin Rattner, and Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology. 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.
ACM, Other Organizations Submit Comments on US Dept. of Education Fund
In response to the Department of Education's request for comment, in late August ACM teamed with the Computing Research Association, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology to urge the Department to ensure that Computer Science education is part of the $4.5 billion Race to the Top Fund it plans to distribute to states. The competitive grant program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is designed to reward and encourage states that are achieving education innovation and reform in four key areas. ACM's joint comments emphasized the need to make sure Computer Science education receives the same level of support and attention as other STEM disciplines.
Read the full comments here.
USACM Reacts Positively to Rush Holt's Electronic Voting Legislation
USACM recently commented on Representative Rush Holt's electronic voting bill, H.R. 2894, noting that it shows promise to strengthen electronic voting systems in the US. USACM's comments supported the bill's efforts to ensure that voter intent is captured in the event of problems with electronic voting machines through the use of voter-verified paper records. The letter also called for the legislation to create a "Innovation Class" of voting machines, similar to what the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines Version 2.0 proposed.
ACM Congratulates Top Two ACM 2008–2009 Member-Get-a-Member Campaign Recruiters
ACM would like to congratulate members Carolyn Nerber and Stefano Visconti as the grand prize winners of the 2008–2009 ACM Member-Get-A-Member campaign! As the first and second place top recruiters, Carolyn and Stefano receive an Apple iPhone® and a digital camera, respectively. ACM thanks all those who participated in this highly successful program, and invites all ACM members to participate in the newly launched 2009–2010 ACM Member-Get-A-Member Campaign!
New ACM Member-Get-A-Member 2009–2010 Campaign Launched
ACM recently launched its new 2009–2010 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive, with new prizes added to our already great selection, and an Amazon Kindle® 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, 2010. 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 Books Online® Upgrades Interface
In the next few weeks, Safari will be upgrading its website, making it easier to access, read and organize information in ACM's Safari Books program with an improved user interface. Among the new features ACM Professional members will enjoy are:
- Personalizing your books and bookshelves
- Collaborating and sharing tools
- New content reader
- Rating content
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.
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.
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.
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
2008–2009 Athena Lecturer Shafi Goldwasser Speaks at STOC 2009
Shafi Goldwasser, ACM-W's 2008–2009 Athena Lecturer, delivered her lecture at STOC 2009, ACM's Symposium on the Theory of Computation, sponsored by SIGACT. Goldwasser, a Computer Science professor at MIT and the Weitzmann Institute of Science, spoke about the development of cryptography over the years and whether theory can be used to battle increasingly complex and calculated security attacks. Her talk is very entertaining and laced with humor and real-world analogies, such as recipes.
Each year, ACM honors a preeminent woman computer scientist, nominated by an ACM Special Interest Group, as the Athena Lecturer, who gives a one-hour talk at an ACM conference. Google provides financial support for the 2008–2009, 2009–2010, and 2010–2011 Athena Lecturers. Nominations for the 2009–2010 Athena Lectureship are due February 1, 2010. ACM makes the lectures accessible to the community through its Digital Library. Watch and listen to Goldwasser's lecture, Controlling Access to Programs? in the Digital Library. (It may take a few minutes to download.)
ACM-W Ambassador's Report: Outreach Programs in the US
ACM-W US Ambassador Mary Anne Egan documents several projects aimed at introducing students in the US to various areas of Computer Science: the Student IMPACT alternative programming contest; an academic service learning network to create and sustain strong community partnerships, integrate the academic service learning pedagogy into the classroom and community, and work towards community development; an international initiative with ambassadors from Australia, Great Britain, US and Turkey; and growing the local Women in CS Community through ACM-W student chapters, sending students to the Grace Hopper conference, and other mentoring and networking activities. Read Mary Anne's entire post on ACM-W's News Blog.
"The Status of the P versus NP Problem" Article in CACM Sets Record in Downloads
The cover story in the September issue of Communications of the ACM on "The Status of the P versus NP Problem" set a record number of downloads in its first week of availability in ACM's Digital Library. In fact, the download statistics for this article started accumulating well before the print edition became available. In the article, author Lance Fortnow of Northwestern University explores one of the fundamental mathematical problems of our time, finding its challenge no closer to unraveling. He chronicles past attempts and approaches to solving the problem and describes a ray of hope in a new long-term project to separate P from NP using algebraic-geometric techniques. The article is open and available to the public in its entirety in the Digital Library and on the CACM website. Readers are encouraged to view the article that has generated such interest, and to share it with colleagues. "The P vs NP problem is the most outstanding problem in theoretical computer science; the interest in its status is enormous," says Moshe Y. Vardi, editor-in-chief of Communications, about the overwhelming response to the cover story.
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 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.
ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation Seeking Editor-in-Chief
The ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS) is accepting nominations for Editor-in-Chief. The deadline for nominations is November 30. For more information please visit the TOMACS EIC search page.
Communications of the ACM Reports: Building Parallel Computing to Sustain Performance Improvement
With an economy that depends on rapidly improving information technology, the potential for parallel computing to tackle this challenge is the cover story in the October Communications of the ACM (CACM). Researchers at UC Berkeley's Parallel Computing Laboratory (PAR) set out on a once-in-a-career chance to reinvent the hardware/software sequence to make parallel computing scalable for the demands of worldwide IT growth. Communications also includes a conversation with Stanford professor Pat Hanrahan and noted hedge fund founder, computational biochemist, and computer scientist David E. Shaw on Anton, a special-purpose supercomputer designed to dramatically speed up molecular dynamics simulation for biology applications. Also in this issue, in an article on net neutrality, business and technology writer Alan Joch analyzes the controversy that surrounds unrestricted access to Web content. 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.
acmqueue Talks with Former Hedge Fund Manager about His Move to Computational Biochemistry; More acmqueue Articles Prompt Slashdot Discussions
David E. Shaw is the computer scientist behind successful hedge fund D.E. Shaw and Co. Shaw now devotes most of his time to his other venture, a research lab that focuses on computational biochemistry. His group's latest success is Anton, a purpose-built supercomputer that can execute molecular dynamics simulations several orders of magnitude faster than was previously possible. In his conversation with Stanford Computer Science professor Pat Hanrahan, Shaw discusses some of the key innovations behind Anton and his hopes for unraveling some of the mysteries of biochemistry.
Several acmqueue articles have recently gained the attention of the Slashdot community. Check out the following links to view (and participate) in the discussions:
- Making Sense of Revision-control Systems by Bryan O'Sullivan
- Communications Surveillance: Privacy and Security at Risk by Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau
- Four Billion Little Brothers?: Privacy, mobile phones, and ubiquitous data collection by Katie Shilton
ACM in the News
"Tracking the Life and Death of News"
US News & World Report, September 14, 2009
ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recipient Jon Kleinberg reports that "the movement of news to the Internet makes it possible to quantify something that was otherwise very hard to measure—the temporal dynamics of the news."
"British Prime Minister Apologizes for Treatment of Gay Mathematician Alan Turing"
AOL news, September 11, 2009
ACM President Dame Wendy Hall underscores Gordon Brown's sentiment that prejudice should not color our thinking or actions: "[Turing's insights] continue to drive innovation and produce unimaginable advances in science and technology that have made the world a better place."
"Computer Science Courses Show Steep Decline"
T-H-E Journal, September 9, 2009
"The continuing drop in students taking AP CS is a serious warning sign about the state of computing in this country," said Chris Stephenson, executive director of CSTA, which ACM launched in 2005.
"MIT Sloan Professor Co-founds Journal on Data and Information Quality"
Forbes.com, August 10, 2009
The first issue of the quarterly ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality (JDIQ), co-founded and co-edited by MIT's Stuart Madnick, was published last month and–as a "first" for ACM– is available for free through the rest of 2009 in ACM's Digital Library.
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