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archivesA. Nico Habermann Award

CRA makes this award, usually annually, to a person who has made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented groups in the computing research community. This award recognizes work in areas of government affairs, educational programs, professional societies, public awareness, and leadership that has a major impact on advancing these groups in the computing research community. Recognized contributions can be focused directly at the research level or at its immediate precursors, namely students at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

2001Anita Borg

2001 Habermann Award Awardee President of the Institute for Women and Technology

For more than 15 years, Anita has worked tirelessly to create a community of women in CS. She has encouraged women to make connections, give and receive advice, exchange information, develop their own strengths, and reduce their sense of isolation.

Among Anita Borg’s many accomplishments is the Systers electronic mailing list. For 10 years, Anita was the Keeper of Systers, moderating its discussions, developing web-based information and communication technology to support it, and nurturing its community. Another accomplishment is the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which Anita co-founded with Telle Whitney to highlight the research of women, build community, and provide career development opportunities.

More recently, Anita founded the Institute for Women and Technology, a non-profit institution with two visionary goals: to increase the participation of women in all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of women. ITW has assumed responsibility for Systers and the Hopper Celebration and has launched a new initiative, called Virtual Development Centers, in which ideas generated in exploration and innovation events are realized in prototypes by faculty, students, and professionals.

Anita has served on a variety of boards and committees, including the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology; the National Academy of Engineering Celebration of Women in Engineering Steering Committee; the National Research Council Committee on Women in Science and Engineering; the CRA Board; and CRA-W.

Anita Borg has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. Since 1997 she has been a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC. Prior to joining Xerox, she was a consulting engineer with Digital Equipment Corp. More biographical information is available on the Web at

Anita received her award at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference on September 14, 2000.

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