ACM MemberNet - February 26, 2015

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February 26, 2015


2015 SIG Election Candidate Slate


ACM Policy and Procedures require that those SIGs holding elections notify their membership of candidates for elected offices. (SIGCHI and SIGOPS have submitted an amended slate.) To see the slate of candidates, please visit the 2015 ACM SIG Election site.

In accordance with the SIG Bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be Professional Members of ACM, as well as members of the SIG. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters (Pat Ryan, ACM, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, NY, NY 10121) and the SIG Viability Advisor (Will Tracz) of their intent to petition by 16 March 2015.

Additional information will appear on the 2015 ACM SIG Election site.


Eckert-Mauchly Award Nominations Due March 30

Co-sponsored by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM/IEEE-CS Eckert-Mauchly Award is known as the computer architecture community's most prestigious award. It recognizes recipients for their outstanding contributions to computer and digital systems architecture with a certificate and $5,000. The award, initiated in 1979, was named for John Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who collaborated on the design and construction of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the first large-scale electronic computing machine, which was completed in 1947.

Nominations are due March 30.

The award will be presented at the ISCA 2015 International Symposium on Computer Architecture, June 13-17, in Portland, Oregon.


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 March 3. Please read Advice to Those Seeking ACM Senior Members by former Senior Member Committee Chair Susan Rodger on how to submit a strong nomination package.


Second ACM Pittsburgh Local Meetup Features Tech Talks on npm and Algorithm Complexity

The second local meetup of ACM Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University featured two tech talks on February 24. "Oh, the pain: Team development workflows and pain mitigation with npm," presented by Lin Clark, Dev Star at npm, Inc., discussed how npm (a package manager for JavaScript) can facilitate collaboration among development team members. "AutoGrading Algorithm Performance and Why Performance Matters," presented by Naman Bharadwaj, a fourth-year undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon in computer science discrete math, talked about a technology that is being used to improve the teaching and learning of algorithms at an undergraduate level.

ACM Pittsburgh, a part of the ACM Local program, is a non-profit professional group that meets regularly to discuss diverse topics in computer science.

Competition Invites Data Scientists to Take "Deep Dive" into Study of Ocean Life

ACM, along with other organizations including IEEE-CS, is supporting the first National Data Science Bowl, A 90-day competition that offers data scientists the chance to solve a critical problem facing our world's oceans using the power of data. Participants are challenged to examine nearly 100,000 underwater images to develop a classification algorithm that will enable researchers to monitor certain sea life at a speed and scale never before possible. $175,000 in prize money will be awarded to top three individual contestants and the top academic team. The competition, which launched on December 15 and runs through March 16, is open to participants 18 years or older. Get competiton details here. The National Data Science Bowl is co-sponsored by management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen and online data science competition community Kaggle in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.

CHI 2015, April 18 to 23, Seoul, Korea

The CHI 2015 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems presents a showcase of advances across the disciplines of computer science, cognitive psychology, design, social science, human factors, artificial intelligence, graphics, visualization, multimedia design, and other disciplines. The theme for CHI 2015 is "Crossings": crossing borders, crossing boundaries, crossing disciplines, etc. CHI is offering a series of special symposia for topics pertinent to HCI communities across Asia, and plans to simultaneously translate English to Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages in the main auditorium are underway. In the opening plenary, Lou Yongqi, Dean, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University will speak on "Crossing: HCI, Design and Sustainability." Other plenary speakers are Donghoon Chang, VP, Head of Design Strategy Team and UX Center in Corporate Design Center, Samsung Electronics, on "UX Design in the IoT Era"; David Min, Senior Research Fellow, LG Electronics, on "Journey to a Better Life"; Susan T. Dumais, Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft and Deputy Managing Director, Microsoft Research Lab, delivering the ACM-W Athena Lecture, "Large-Scale Behavioral Data: Potential and Pitfalls"; and closing plenary by Korean singer-songwriter PSY, whose video "Gangnam Style" became a YouTube sensation.

ICSE 2015, May 16 to 24, Florence, Italy

ICSE 2015, the International Conference on Software Engineering, provides a forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns in the field of software engineering. This year ICSE features keynotes by Claudio Silenzi of Ferrari on "Software Engineering in Ferrari F1"; Susan Landau, Professor of Cybersecurity Policy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and ACM Fellow, on "Mining the Metadata—and Its Consequences"; and Grady Booch, Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research, on "The Future of Software Engineering."

GHC 2015, October 14 to 16, Houston, Texas

GHC 2015, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, is a great opportunity to gain professional visibility as a subject matter expert, expand your network, learn about new and exciting technologies, and inspire other women in computing. Tracks in Emerging Technology, Productization, Open Source, Diversity, Careers and more offer unique venues to present your work or discuss challenging topics. Submit a proposal for a workshop, technical talk, or panel. The deadline is March 20.

SPLASH 2015, October 15 to 30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

SPLASH 2015, the ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery to make it the premier conference at the intersection of programming, languages, and software engineering. The conference includes OOPSLA research papers on object-oriented programming; Onward! papers and essays offering a more radical and visionary perspective of the field; Dynamic Languages Symposium; and co-located events on software engineering and programming. Paper submissions are due March 25; visit the SPLASH site for more submission deadlines.

ist of deadlines. Student volunteers are also encouraged to apply; the deadline is June 30.



Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!

The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. The 2014–2015 Ambassadors for ACM program offers opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral.

Submit the ACM Referral Form, and your referrals can join ACM at a special discount rate. Our members are our greatest asset. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM.

ACM Members can enjoy exclusive discounts on books and journals from leading publishers including Applied Computer Research, CLSI Publications, Morgan Kaufmann, and Springer; courses from NYU-Poly and Stevens Institute of Technology; and certification exams from CompTIA. Find more member discounts here.


Watch February 18 Webcast, "Agile Methods: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly"

Register to watch the latest free ACM webcast, Agile Methods: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly, presented on February 18 by Bertrand Meyer, Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich and an ACM Fellow.

ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.

New eBooks from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress

This winter, the Learning Center's collection of Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress books has expanded, with extended, updated coverage of hot topics areas such as cyber warfare, data mining and modeling, digital technology law, software defined networks, user experience design, and web hacking. Highlights include the fifth edition of the John L. Hennessy/David A. Patterson classic Computer Architecture, the comprehensive Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques, the second editions of Cyber Warfare, Designing with the Mind in Mind and Eleventh Hour CISSP, Engineering a Compiler, Learning Processing: A Beginner's Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction, Software Defined Networks: A Comprehensive Approach, and Windows Forensic Analysis Toolkit, Fourth Edition (updated for Windows 8). See all the newly added titles here.

Recent Additions to Skillsoft IT and Desktop Video Library

Did you know that ACM members have access to thousands of IT and productivity videos from Skillsoft in the ACM Learning Center? Covering a variety of today's hottest topics, these videos offer "on-the-job" support and solutions for busy practitioners.

Recently, Skillsoft added significant video content in the following knowledge areas: Advanced Scrum, ANSI C, ASP.NET MVC 4, CompTIA Mobility+, CompTIA Linux+ 2014, CompTIA Server+ 2014, CQRS (Command Query Separation Principle), Data Science Fundamentals in R, Enabling Office 365 Services, Hadoop and MapReduce, Implementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions (SISAS) v1.0 300-208 certification, Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7 Solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Microsoft Entity Framework, Microsoft Internet Information Services, Microsoft OneNote 2013, Microsoft Security Fundamentals, Microsoft SQL Server 2014, MySQL, NHibernate, Node.js, OpenStack Fundamentals, PS101 (PowerShell), Responsive Web Design, Web API Design. To access these and other videos, visit the Learning Center, log into Skillsoft and Books 24x7 with your ACM member credentials, then browse by IT and Technical Video Topics. See the videos page for more video listings.

New Member Discount on EMC Courseware

ACM has partnered with EMC to bring members a 15% discount on practical training in some of today's most vital IT knowledge areas, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Storage and Management, Virtualization, and more. These EMC courses focus on technology, not products, to teach technology topics applicable to any vendor environment. Training is available in various modalities, including eLearning, instructor-led (ILT), online ILT, video ILT, and video ILT-stream. For the list of eligible courses and the discount code, visit the EMC courses page.


Import Your LinkedIn Profile in ACM's 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.

Now available when posting a résumé in the Résumé Bank: import your LinkedIn profile. You will be required to sign in to your LinkedIn account. Please note that LinkedIn does not have exactly the same fields as ACM, so you will have to review the imported information and update where necessary. Once you have a résumé created and saved in our system, you can publish it to the Résumé Bank so that employers find you! Or keep it private and use it when applying online for jobs. Log in to ACM's Job Board and post your résumé today. You can also 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).

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.


Computer Science Teachers Association Job Board Matches Job Seekers, Employers

The Computer Science Teachers Association's CSTA Job Board is the career hub for K-12 Computer Science teachers. The career center provides access to 100% computer science K-12 teaching-related job postings.

The CSTA Job Board will allow you to manage your career:

  • Search and apply to K-12 computer science related jobs
  • Upload your anonymous résumé and allow employers to contact you
  • Set up job alerts specifying your skills, interests, and location to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches your criteria

or recruit for open positions:

  • put job openings in front of the most qualified group of K-12 computer science-focused professionals
  • Simply create an employer account on the CSTA Job Board and choose from three levels of online job postings options: Basic 30-Day Online Job Posting ($190); Enhanced 30-Day Online Posting ($250); or Premium 30-Day Online Posting ($310).

CSTA Members: be sure to visit the CSTA Job Board directly (or click the Job Board link from the CSTA homepage) to create and upload your résumé to the Résumé Bank so that employers find you, or keep it private and use it when applying online for jobs. Log in and post your résumé today!


Reminder to Apply by February 28 for Next Heidelberg Laureate Forum, August 23 to 28

ACM encourages young computer scientists and mathematicians from all over the world apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally meet the winners of the most prestigious prizes in their fields. The deadline for applications is February 28.

For one week, the recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The third HLF will take place from August 23 to 28. This high-profile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in an informal atmosphere, and is fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration. Applications must be submitted online by February 28. Read more about how to apply in the FAQ.

You can also nominate a candidate (on the registration form, you will need to enter ACM's organization number; please email [email protected] to request this number). Successful candidates will be selected by an international committee of experts to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are invited. Those who are accepted will be notified by April 15.

Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines

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 CGO 2015. The next conferences accepting submissions are:

  • PLDI 2015, June 13-17, deadline March 16
  • GHC 2015, October 14-16, deadline March 20

Learn about more competitions on the SRC submissions page.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This exposure to the computer science research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. Students can apply an unlimited number of times; however, once a student receives an award, she is no longer eligible for future ACM-W scholarships.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. The 2013-2014 scholarships are made possible by generous support from Google.

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.


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 Jeff Johnson. Jeff is President and Principal Consultant at UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm that offers UI design, usability reviews, usability testing, and training. He also is a principal at Wiser Usability, a consultancy focused on elder usability and universal accessibility. He has worked in Human-Computer Interaction since 1978. After earning BA and PhD degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, he worked as a user-interface designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems. He has taught at Stanford University and Mills College, and in 2006 and 2013 was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Human-Computer Interaction and the impact of technology on society. He frequently gives talks and tutorials at conferences and companies on usability and user interface design. In 1990, he co-chaired the first Participatory Design conference, which in subsequent years became an ACM conference. He is the author of several books on User Interface Design.

A member ACM and of SIGCHI since the early 1980s, Jeff was inducted as a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy in 2014. Since 2004, he has served on the ACM SIGCHI US Public Policy Committee.

For more information on Jeff, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Jeff Johnson's Digital Library author page.

ACM, IEEE Computer Society Join to Share Distinguished Speakers Programs

IEEE-CS and ACM have joined to share their invited speaker programs, to further the dissemination of technical knowledge of computing fields that greatly benefit both memberships. IEEE-CS chapter volunteers can host a speaker from ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), with access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry, by following the instructions on the DSP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an IEEE Computer Society Chapter.

IEEE-CS provides a popular offering of first-quality speakers serving its professional and student chapters. The Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) owes its success to the many volunteers and staff members of the Computer Society who generously contribute their time and talent. Organizers of an ACM chapter, conference, or event can host a speaker from IEEE-CS's DVP by following the instructions on the DVP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an ACM chapter or event.


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 22 to February 17, 2015:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • Boun ACM Student Chapter, Istanbul, Turkey
  • BV College of Engineering ACM-W Student Chapter, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, India
  • CISC ACM Student Chapter, Capitulo Informatica y Sist. Computacionales, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • City Tech ACM Student Chapter, Brooklyn, New York
  • FBSU ACM Student Chapter, Fahd bin Sultan University, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
  • JECRC University Jaipur ACM Student Chapter, Jaipur, India
  • MMCOE ACM Student Chapter, Marathwada Mitra Mandal's College of Engineering, Pune, India
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter, Newark
  • Sri Aurobindo Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapte, Indore, India
  • Sri Aurobindo Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter, Indore, India
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey ACM-W Student Chapter, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Tula's Institute ACM Student Chapter, Dehradun, India
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa ACM Student Chapter, Honolulu
  • University of Houston ACM-W Student Chapter, Houston, Texas


Canadian Celebrations Unite!

The Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWiC), has launched, reaching out to women across the entire country, with a first conference in Ottawa slated for spring of 2016. Canada has a rich history of ACM-W Celebrations, with events taking place in Ontario (ONCWiC), the Pacific Northwest Celebration in Vancouver (PNW-WiC), and the Atlantic Canadian Celebration in Nova Scotia(ACC-WiC). CAN-CWiC came about when the ONCWiC steering committee was reorganized to include industry representation and participation from the leadership of PNW-WiC. Wendy Powley (Queen's University, Kingston) has led the ONCWiC committee since its beginning, while Ann Condon (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) represented the PNW-WiC leadership in the discussions. Their efforts have extended ACM-W's activities in Canada. The future vision of the CAN-CWiC committee is to vary the location of CAN-CWiC each year to encourage broad participation from Canadian institutions.

ACM-W Celebrations are local events that showcase female role models, encourage mentoring and networking, supply accurate information about computing careers, and create opportunities for women to present their research, often for the first time in their careers. Many of the ACM-W Celebration events include poster competitions for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research and project work. You can find information on starting new Celebrations and conference planning resources on the ACM-W Celebrations site. Please contact Jodi Tims for any additional assistance.

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:

Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.


ACM Transactions on Computational Logic Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due March 30.

ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems Accepting Submissions

The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems (TOMPECS) is now accepting submissions. Visit the submissions site for more information.

Information Systems Category Editor Needed for Computing Reviews

Computing Reviews, the post-publication review and comment journal of ACM, is seeking a volunteer interested in serving as a category editor for a segment of the information systems area. Please see the Information Systems Category Editor search page for more information.

CACM Reports: Achieving State-of-the-Art Edge-Aware Filters with Laplacian Pyramids

Though ubiquitous for decomposing and analyzing images, the Laplacian pyramid is ill-suited for representing edges and for edge-aware operations. In the Communications of the ACM March cover story, "Local Laplacian Filters: Edge-aware Image Processing with a Laplacian Pyramid," three graphics researchers demonstrate that state-of-the-art edge-aware filters can be achieved with standard Laplacian pyramids. One of the authors discusses the article in an original video. Also in this issue: privacy implications of searching for health information on the web; participatory governance in IT; Alan Turing's role in the development of computer science and in the institutionalization of ACM; and Python for beginners.

ACM Queue Presents: Go Static or Go Home

In Go Static or Go Home, Paul Vixie describes how most current and historic problems in computer and network security boil down to a single observation: letting other people control our devices is bad for us. "One way we lose control of our devices is to external distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which fill a network with unwanted traffic, leaving no room for real ('wanted') traffic. Other forms of DDoS are similar—an attack by the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC), for example, might not totally fill up a network, but it can keep a web server so busy answering useless attack requests that the server can't answer any useful customer requests. Either way, DDoS means outsiders are controlling our devices, and that's bad for us."

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"Berners-Lee Foundation Calls for Urgent Steps to Secure Mobile Comms", February 20, 2015
Urgent steps need to be taken to secure mobile communications following reports that U.S. and British intelligence agencies hacked into Gemalto to steal mobile encryption keys, according to the World Wide Web Foundation, which was established by World Wide Web inventor and ACM Software System Award recipient Tim Berners-Lee.

"What 'The Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph"

The Washington Post, February 20, 2015
"Turing invented computer science and the idea of the computer, and John von Neumann built the first stored-program computer," says Andrew W. Appel, chair of the Princeton computer science department and an ACM Fellow.

"Google's Vint Cerf Warns of 'Digital Dark Age'"

BBC News, February 13, 2015
ACM past president Vint Cerf, one of the pioneers of Internet technology and now a vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, worries about a forthcoming "digital Dark Age" in which the rapid pace of technological advancement will leave behind mountains of data people will no longer be able to access.

"Researcher Receives $1 Million NSF Grant to Devise New Supercomputing Model"

Texas Tech Today, February 10, 2015
Texas Tech University professor and George Michael HPC Fellowship recipient Yong Chen has received a $1-million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a faster and improved method for supercomputing.

"Legislators Want Computer Science to Count for Language Requirement"

Campus Technology, February 9, 2015
Only 40 percent of high schools count credits earned in a computer science class toward requirements, while the rest treat such courses as electives, according to a recent study by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).

"School Leaders Mostly Mystified by Computer Science Education"

THE Journal, February 2, 2015
A disparity exists in the type of computer science (CS) education available to students in higher- versus lower-income schools, according to a new Oracle Academy survey of US teachers administered by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).

"Sustained Investment in Research Is Needed to Combat Cyberthreats, CISE AD Tells Congress"

Computing Research Policy Blog, January 29, 2015
In testimony before the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee's Research and Technology Subcommittee on Tuesday, Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) assistant director and ACM Fellow Jim Kurose said sustained basic research investment is necessary for countering growing cyberthreats.

"Out of Control AI Will Not Kill Us, Believes Microsoft Research Chief"

BBC News, January 28, 2015
Microsoft Research chief and ACM Fellow Eric Horvitz, who recently received the AAAI Feigenbaum Prize for outstanding advances in artificial intelligence (AI) research, thinks AI systems eventually could achieve consciousness, but he doubts they could become a threat to humanity.

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