ACM MemberNet - February 28, 2012
Welcome to the February 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.
- Celebrate Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Anniversary with ACM!
- ACM Announces Slate of Candidates for Its 2012 General Election
- 2012 SIG Election Candidate Slate Announced
- ACM Queue Online Programming Challenge—The Winners!
- CHI 2012 to Focus on Importance of User Experience in Design
- ICSE 2012 Studies "Sustainable Software for a Sustainable World"
- GHC 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration Opens Call for Participation
- SPLASH 2012 Opens Call for Participation
- Become an Ambassador for ACM!
- Live Chat Feature Now Available to Members
- Auto and Home Insurance Benefit Available from Liberty Mutual
- Attention Faculty: Order Complimentary Materials for Your Students
- NYU-Poly Webinars on Discounted Online Graduate Programs for ACM Members
- Element K Adds New e-Learning Titles to Courseware Library
- Cloud Computing Webinar Now Available on Demand
- Safari To Go iPad Now Offers Offline Reading, 3G Support
- ACM CEO John White Congratulates Students on Invitation to White House Science Fair
- CCECC Discusses Importance of Two-Year IT Curricular Guidelines
- CS2013 Steering Committee Conducting "Characteristics of Graduates" Survey
- Computing Community Consortium's New Site Lists Undergraduate Summer Research Positions
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions
- CRA's URO Zone Connects Students with Opportunities for Undergraduate Research
- ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
- Featured Distinguished Speaker: Mohammad Tehranipoor
- ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program Expands to Colleges, Universities, Corporations
- ACM Statement on the Research Works Act and FRPAA
- CACM Reports: The Enduring Power of Turing's Intelligent Machines
- acm Queue Presents: Why LINQ Matters: Cloud Composability Guaranteed
- Free Sample Issue of Communications of the ACM for Non-members!
- "Best Jobs 2012: Software Developer"
- "6 key skills new IT grads are lacking"
- "Google algorithm guy, Microsoft DSP expert get NAE nod"
- "Researchers Look at Which Tweets Interest Users"
Celebrate Alan Turing's 100th Birthday Anniversary with ACM!
On June 15 and 16, 2012, 33 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winners come together for the first time, to honor the 100th Anniversary of Alan Turing and reflect on his contributions, as well as on the past and future of computing. Celebrate with us! Registration, compliments of ACM, which includes the Friday reception, is limited.
ACM Announces Slate of Candidates for Its 2012 General Election
ACM has assembled its slate of candidates for President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer (for the 2012 to 2014 term), and Members at Large (2012 to 2016). Statements and biographical sketches of all candidates will appear in the May 2012 issue of Communications of the ACM. Visit the ACM Elections page for more information and to view the slate.
2012 SIG Election Candidate Slate Announced
In accordance with ACM Bylaw 6, the following SIGs will hold elections in 2012: SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGCHI, SIGDA, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGPLAN, SIGSIM and SIGSOFT. ACM Policy and Procedures require that those SIGs holding elections notify their membership of candidates for elected offices. To see the slate of candidates, please visit the 2012 ACM SIG Election site.
In accordance with the SIG Bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be Professional Members of ACM, as well as members of the SIG. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters (Pat Ryan, ACM, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, NY, NY 10121; email@example.com) and the SIG Viability Advisor (Barbara Boucher Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org) of their intent to petition by March 15.
Additional information will appear in the March issue of ACM MemberNet and on the 2012 ACM SIG Election site.
Conferences and Events
ACM Queue Online Programming Challenge—The Winners!
ACM Queue congratulates the winners of the 2012 Queue ICPC Challenge. The online programming competition was based on the 2011 International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) Challenge problem and was conducted from January 15 to February 12. This year's challenge attracted 59 participants who coded players for a territory-capturing game called "Coercion." Sterling West won first place. Click here to watch an animation of the final match, and view the final standings here. Thanks to everyone who participated!
CHI 2012 to Focus on Importance of User Experience in Design
The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems will emphsize the user experience in all aspects of design—from models and theory to hands-on interactivity. Set for May 5 to 12 in Austin, Texas, CHI 2012 will unite the design, engineering, management and user experience communities in cross-disciplinary sessions from machine learning to accessibility, and navigation to thermal interfaces. Scheduled keynote speakers are Margaret Gould Stewart of YouTube, on "Connecting the World through Video"; and Hugh Herr of MIT Media Lab, on "Designing Intelligent Orthotics and Prosthetics."
ICSE 2012 Studies "Sustainable Software for a Sustainable World"
ICSE 2012, the International Conference on Software Engineering co-sponsored by ACM SIGSOFT, provides a forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and issues in the field of software engineering. The conference, taking place June 2 to 9 in Zurich, Switzerland will host an ACM Student Research Competition, where students can present their research results to conference attendees and compete for prizes. A "New Ideas and Emerging Results" track will give presenters an opportunity to receive early feedback on novel research ideas and promising work that has not yet been fully evaluated. Scheduled keynote speakers are Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, New York; Frank-Dieter Clesle, Vice President of On-Demand Content as a Service Infrastructure at SAP Sustainability Lab, Markdorf, Germany; and Jeff Kramer, Senior Dean at Imperial College London.
GHC 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration Opens Call for Participation
The 12th Annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women of Computing (GHC 2012) has opened its Call for Participation. The annual conference, presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, is the world's largest gathering of women in computing. The Grace Hopper Celebration will take place from October 3 to 6 in Baltimore, Maryland. This year's theme, "Are We There Yet?", recognizes that technology and the culture of technology are continuously evolving. Submissions, which are due March 16, are being accepted in these tracks; please visit the Call for Participation page for more information:
- Birds of a Feather
- New Investigations
- Panels, Workshops and Presentations
- PhD Forum
- Posters and Student Research Competition (SRC) Posters
- Social Collaboration
- Women of Underrepresented Groups
SPLASH, the conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity, takes place October 19 to 26 in Tucson, Arizona. Formerly known as OOPSLA, the conference has opened its submisions process for content relating to all aspects of programming languages and software engineering. Submissions of papers, workshops and panels are due April 13. The deadline for submissions for posters, doctoral symposia, films, Student Research Competition, and student volunteer applications is July 9. Dynamic Languages Symposium submissions are due July 11. Demonstrations are due July 15.
Become an Ambassador for ACM!
ACM members like you are our greatest source of new members. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences. That's why we're now calling this program Ambassadors for ACM. Along with a new name, we've refreshed the referral process as well as recruitment tips and opportunities for prizes, rewards and bonus gifts. Grand prizes for the 2011–2012 year now include an Android tablet and a Nook eBook reader. The top ACM Ambassadors for January were Moises Salinas Rosales and Arvind R. Hulgeri, with three referrals each. Learn more about new rules, recruitment tips and tools, as well as rewards and prizes by visiting the Ambassadors for ACM site.
Live Chat Feature Now Available to Members
ACM's new interactive Live Chat feature provides members with an opportunity for real-time customer service from our Member Service Representatives. To start your chat, simply log in to myACM with your ACM web account username and password and click on the Live Chat icon. Live chat is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. Any chats attempted after hours will automatically generate an email to ACM to be answered during regular business hours.
Auto and Home Insurance Benefit Available from Liberty Mutual
As an ACM member you could receive exclusive savings on your auto and home insurance. Plus, with Liberty Mutual, you get service and support when and where you need it. To learn more about Liberty Mutual insurance or to get a free, no-obligation quote, please visit http://www.libertymutual.com/acm or call 1-800-524-9400 and refer to group #8559.
Attention Faculty: Order Complimentary Materials for Your Students
ACM offers the opportunity for faculty members to order complimentary materials for distribution to their students who are interested in the field of computing. Available items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and your request will be fulfilled promptly!
NYU-Poly Webinars on Discounted Online Graduate Programs for ACM Members
Tune in Tuesday, March 27, 6 to 7 p.m. EDT, when NYU-Poly hosts a live webinar designed to introduce students to online graduate programs available for a 10% ACM member discount. All members of the ACM community are invited to attend and learn more about graduate degree programs in Bioinformatics, Cybersecurity, Wireless Innovation, and Organizational Behavior as well as Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Systems, and Computer Engineering, among others. To register, visit the NYU-ePoly Graduate Online Learning Webinar page. Those members interested in Cybersecurity can also register for the special webinar covering NYU-Poly's popular Cybersecurity program, taking place Tuesday, April 17, 6 to 7 p.m. EDT. On Wednesday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, the Graduate Advisor for Electrical Engineering, Professor Chen, will be available all day to discuss the Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication Networks, and Systems Engineering programs. Click here to register for this session. The deadline to apply for the fall 2012 semester is June 30. Click here to apply today. For more information, call 877-50-EPOLY or email email@example.com.
Element K Adds New e-Learning Titles to Courseware Library
All ACM members receive a complimentary subscription to Element K e-learning courses with their membership. This month, Element K has added a number of new IT and business courses to help you build skills on your own time and at your own pace. If your job requires securing information and information resources, you may want to check out the GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) Certification, which prepares you to assess threats and risks, and analyze basic security services, risk management, disaster recovery methods, defense in depth, and security policies. For current and aspiring Linux users, a number of virtual labs have been added to the Linux System Administration: LPI Certification (2009 Objectives) package, including Applying Basic Scripting Techniques, Managing Files Using Basic Bash Shell Operations, Managing Partitions, and Working With the Bash Shell Script. On the virtualization front, VMware View 4.5 Fundamentals (VMware) covers installation and configuration of VMware View. Also available is Microsoft Windows SharePoint Designer 2010, which helps learners build sites that emphasize your company's unique requirements, as well as sites that align themselves with the company's unique brand identity. Managers will find Project Management Essentials, an eight-part series that takes you from Initiating a Project to steps such as Planning and Monitoring Project Risks and Quality and Managing Project Changes and Communications, to Performing Project Closure.
See the full catalog of Element K courseware available to ACM Members.
Cloud Computing Webinar Now Available on Demand
ACM's first free webinar is now available on demand. "The Cloud in Your Hands—Marriage of Cloud Computing with Smart Devices," presented by Arjmand Samuel, Senior Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research, and Danny Dalal, Senior Development Lead, Microsoft Research, and moderated by David B. Johnson, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University and chair of ACM SIGMOBILE. In the webinar you'll learn:
- Why use cloud services with mobile devices?
- What user scenarios are possible by marrying cloud services with mobile devices?
- How do you develop cloud-enabled mobile apps?
Safari To Go iPad Now Offers Offline Reading, 3G Support
Safari has added 3G support to the iPad app, extending its functionality for ACM Professional Members. iPad users can now take one book "to go" for offline reading when they are not connected to the Web: add a title to your 10-slot bookshelf. After accessing the title, tap on the heart icon at the top of your iPad screen and add it to the "Offline Bookbag." Then, continue reading the book by opening up the Safari To Go app at any time (no need to log in though myACM or the Learning Center). Other benefits of 3G support include quickly locating information previously marked as important by using enhanced page-level bookmarking; returning to the app and the latest page read from other apps or features on the iPad device; native iOS navigation of the Safari Books Online portal; pre-fetching of book sections for a smooth reading experience; and access to streaming video training courses.
Visit ACM's Safari Books Online site for the listing of Safari books and videos available to ACM Professional members.
Career & Job Center
Create, Update or Upgrade Your Résumé in the ACM Career & Job Center
Be sure to visit ACM's Career & Job Center to update your résumé or create a new one in the Résumé Bank. ACM members' résumés include an ACM logo on their entry, highlighting their ACM membership to employers. Or upgrade to a Preferred Résumé to keep it at the top of the Résumé Bank, highlighted with a star next to it for increased visibility ($25 for 90 days). ACM members can also access additional information by browsing through the content library of articles, tips, and more. Take advantage of this free resource!
In addition, ACM offers CareerNews, which provides summaries of articles on career-related topics of interest to students and professionals in the computing field, in a bi-weekly email alert to ACM members. ACM members can subscribe to the CareerNews email alert service.
For more information about the Career & Job Center please contact Jennifer Ruzicka.
ACM CEO John White Congratulates Students on Invitation to White House Science Fair
ACM Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer John White congratulated students who were invited to the second White House Science Fair celebrating the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. "ACM proudly congratulates high school senior Noor Muhyi, a winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, 10-year-old Hannah Wyman, winner of Microsoft's U.S. Kodu Cup, and all the innovative students to be recognized by President Obama at the White House Science Fair today, February 7, 2012… ACM has long partnered with both NCWIT and Microsoft to inspire young people, especially girls, to pursue careers in the field of computing, and we applaud President Obama's efforts to continue inspiring our nation's youth to excel in the STEM fields, including computing."
Read the entire statement.
White House press release
CCECC Discusses Importance of Two-Year IT Curricular Guidelines
The Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (CCECC), a subcommittee of the ACM Education Board, has been hard at work on IT curricular guidelines for two-year colleges. In January, the CCECC was invited to present their work to date at the MPICT Winter Conference. There, James Jones of MPICT interviewed CCECC Vice-Chair Bob Campbell, Vice President for Information Technology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, and the recorded interview, which encapsulates the group's six-month effort, is available to watch from the CCECC's website.
CS2013 Steering Committee Conducting "Characteristics of Graduates" Survey
The CS2013 Steering Committee, a joint ACM/IEEE Computer Society task force charged with producing revised computer science curricular guidelines, is conducting an important survey of the characteristics of CS graduates. The survey is based on the expected characteristics of computer science graduates from the CS2008 guidelines. Please take a moment to fill out the survey. Your feedback is crucial to the success of CS2013.
Computing Community Consortium's New Site Lists Undergraduate Summer Research Positions
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is offering a new Web site listing undergraduate summer research positions. The listings are linked from the CCC's relatively new Computer Science Research Opportunities & Graduate School (CSGS) site, a resource clearinghouse for CS undergraduates. Researchers will be able to post their summer research opportunities on the listing site for free. The site will enable students to find summer research programs, and will enable the CCC to promote a pipeline of young talent for careers in computing research. The CSGS site provides information on summer research opportunities, a Q&A on "why do research," and links to summer programs from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Research Experiences for Undergraduates, the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research, and Canadian Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates, among others. Students also will be able to find information and advice on applying to graduate school in computing fields.
Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions
ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The most recent SRC winners presented at SC 2011. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- PLDI 2012, June 11–16, deadline March 12
- GHC 2012, October 3–6, deadline March 16
- DAC 2012, June 3–7, deadline April 8
- SPLASH 2012, October 19–26, deadline June 29
- ASSETS 2012, October 22–24, deadline June 29
- PACT 2012, September 19–23, deadline July 2
CRA's URO Zone Connects Students with Opportunities for Undergraduate Research
The Computing Research Association (CRA) recently launched a website to help undergraduate students identify computing research opportunities. The site—URO Zone, for Undergraduate Research Opportunities—provides links to a range of summer undergraduate research resources. It also posts profiles of undergraduates and details their recent computing research projects. URO Zone offers guidelines to help discover research opportunities in a variety of areas, from applied to theoretical computer science. It also defines specific research fields, describes CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs, and lists links for finding computing research opportunities.
ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), with funding from Wipro Technologies, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. As of 2011, 20 ACM-W/Wipro scholarships are funded annually: 10 scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra-continental conference travel, and 10 scholarships of up to $1,200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGSOFT, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGOPS, and SIGPLAN), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences. 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.
Distinguished Speakers Program
Featured Distinguished Speaker: Mohammad Tehranipoor
The Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is one of ACM's most valued outreach programs, providing universities, corporations, event and conference planners, and local ACM chapters with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry.
This month's featured speaker is Mohammad Tehranipoor. Mohammad is currently an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. His current research projects include: computer-aided design and test for CMOS VLSI designs, reliable systems design at nanoscale, design-for-testability, at-speed test, secure design and IC trust. Tehranipoor has published over 105 journal articles and refereed conference papers in these areas, as well as two books on nanotechnology. He is a member of ACM and ACM SIGDA, and a senior member of IEEE. He served as Program Chair of several IEEE workshops, and co-founded the IEEE International Symposium on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust.
For more information on Mohammad, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program Expands to Colleges, Universities, Corporations
ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is expanding its venues for delivering compelling content on computing and IT to colleges, universities, and corporations. Previously available only to ACM Local Chapters, the DSP technology leaders and innovators offer more than 250 presentations on topics covering software engineering, high performance computing, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, gaming, mobile computing, and dozens more. Nearly 100 speakers can be booked through the ACM DSP to educate technical staff, ramp up the knowledge of teams, provide opportunities for direct speaker interaction, and boost attendance at meetings and events. ACM's Distinguished Speakers represent prominent companies, colleges and universities from around the world. These renowned thought leaders have proven abilities to address current issues, including Electronic Voting in the 21st Century; Software Engineering Best Practices; Software Under Siege: Viruses and Worms; Spatial Databases and Geographic Information Systems; and Careers in Computing—How to Prepare and What to Expect.
Read more about the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program and how to search for and select speakers on the DSP home page.
Welcome New ACM Chapters
Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. The regional ACM Professional, Student, ACM-W, and Special Interest Group (SIG) chapters around the globe involve members locally in competitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. ACM welcomes these new chapters that were chartered January 18 to February 23, 2012:
ACM Student Chapters:
- Anurag Engineering College ACM Student Chapter, Anathagiri, India
- DeVry Chicago ACM Student Chapter
- duPont Manual High School ACM Student Chapter, Louisville, Kentucky
- SUNY Potsdam ACM Student Chapter, Potsdam, New York
- Texas Lutheran University ACM Student Chapter, Seguin
- VSU ACM Student Chapter, Petersburg, Virginia
- Lodz ACM Chapter, Lodz, Poland
- Vienna ACM SIGSAC Chapter, Vienna, Austria
Wendy Powley Receives Equity Award from Queen's University
Wendy Powley, a research associate, project manager, and adjunct lecturer at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, became the inaugural recipient of the Queen's Equity Award in December. The award was given to her because of her efforts to promote employment equity. Powley founded Women in the School of Computing (WISC) at Queen's, an informal support, networking and social group for women faculty, staff and students. She is also the founder and organizer of the Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing (ONCWIC).
Queen's University press release
Join ACM-W's Membership Email List
Did you know that ACM-W offers a general email distribution list for its members? This ACMW-public list is a communication channel for disseminating general information about ACM-W, bulletins and upcoming events. To join the list: http://signup.acm.org/listserv_index.cfm?ln=ACM-W-PUBLIC.
And to keep more informed about the activities of ACM-W and its members, you can sign up for our quarterly CIS Newsletter notification. Be sure to read the current issue for the latest news on ACM-W activities and events on the ACM-W CIS Newsletter issues page.
ACM Statement on the Research Works Act and FRPAA
On February 23, ACM issued the following statement:
The US Congress is considering the Research Works Act which has reopened the debate about the role of government in the open archiving of research publications. The proposed legislation would prohibit the United States government from mandating that authors must publish their work in an open repository if the research behind that work was supported by tax dollars. ACM believes that organizations which fund research should be able to create an archive, open or not, that contains the results of the research they supported. The goals of both funding agencies and publishers can be served if the final author-submitted version ("pre-print") is permitted to be archived on:
(a) a repository legally mandated by the funding agency, and
(b) the author's institutional repository, and
(c) on an author's home page.
ACM's own policies explicitly support these three postings. ACM has always supported and enabled self-archiving. ACM provides services that encourage and enable an author's free choice to post publicly accessible pre-prints of their ACM-published works in their own institutional repositories, home pages, and legally mandated repositories of their funding agencies.
ACM's Author-Izer Service goes beyond this position and empowers authors to place specialized links on their own home pages, which provides free access to definitive versions of those works that are maintained and preserved for them in the ACM Digital Library. …
Editor's note: the Act was withdrawn. Read the entire statement at http://www.acm.org/news/featured/rwa-frpaa-feature.
CACM Reports: The Enduring Power of Turing's Intelligent Machines
The March Communications of the ACM (CACM) reports on new approaches to cybersecurity, the wisdom of crowds for problem-solving, and next-generation GPS navigation systems. In the cover story, University of Leeds professor S. Barry Cooper examines the challenges to the continued primacy of Turing's intelligent machine as a model for computation. Cooper, who chairs the European Turing Centenary Advisory Committee, evaluates four viewpoints about the vulnerability of Turing’s standard model. He concludes that the demise of Turing's computational model is still a long way off. Also in this issue, CACM Editor-in-Chief Moshe Y. Vardi reviews a recent conference that addressed the question "What is an algorithm?" Vardi warns against conflating an algorithm with a Turing machine as is often assumed, and notes that the aim of Turing's 1936 seminal paper on computable numbers was to define computability, not algorithms.
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 in print, Web and digital formats.
Read the press release.
acm Queue Presents: Why LINQ Matters: Cloud Composability Guaranteed
The benefits of composability are becoming clear in software engineering. LINQ's pattern is bulletproof and pervasive, applying to a surprisingly broad array of software domains such as asynchronous streams, stateful computations, I/O, exceptions, alternatives—anything that fits a loose abstraction of "collection of things." Because the cloud fits the loose definition of a "collection of things," LINQ's pattern of composable transforms covers distributed resources in the cloud as well as it covers locally addressable resources in programs. Read the article by Brian Beckman of Microsoft.
Free Sample Issue of Communications of the ACM for Non-members!
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ACM in the News
"Best Jobs 2012: Software Developer"
US News & World Report, February 27, 2012
While jobs are still scarce in many industries, software developers are in "absolute explosive demand," says Bryan Cantrill, vice president of engineering at the San Francisco-based cloud computing company Joyent, and a member of the advisory board of ACM Queue, a computer magazine for software engineers.
"6 key skills new IT grads are lacking"
Network World, February 13, 2012
The University of Memphis is in its second year of following the IS 2010 Model Curriculum designed by the Association for Information Systems and ACM. That plan calls for teaching tech students both IT skills and professional skills such as communication and leadership.
"Google algorithm guy, Microsoft DSP expert get NAE nod"
CNNMoney, February 10, 2012
Two industry luminaries—Google Fellow Amit Singhal and Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Henrique "Rico" Malvar—were elected to The National Academy of Engineering. Singhal's interests lie in information retrieval and its application to web search, web graph analysis and search user interfaces. He was one of three Googlers named ACM Fellows in December.
"Researchers Look at Which Tweets Interest Users"
CIO Today, February 2, 2012
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon, MIT and Georgia Tech found the least-liked tweets are those that relay snippets of other people's conversations, or that give an update on current moods or activities. The best liked were ones that asked questions, shared information or linked to content by the tweeter. Their research will be presented at the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining in Seattle later this month.
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