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Computing Research News

January 2008 Vol. 20/No. 1     ∫ Download PDF Version - 844 KB

Do You Remember? Why Research and Education Really Matter

Musings from the Chair

By Dan Reed, CRA Board Chair Full Article

As technologists, we often focus on the technical aspects of our profession. Yet the cultural transformation wrought by the technologies we create is deep and profound, with implications for how we train a new generation of researchers and how we attract new and more diverse computing students. Herewith are a few memories to personalize and ponder.

The Computing Community Consortium: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

By CCC Full Article

Computing Research News interviews Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and Chair of the Computing Community Consortium. Short articles on the CCC in its formative stages appeared in the November 2006 and May 2007 issues of CRN.

CRA Announces Outstanding Undergraduate Award Winners

By CRA Full Article

CRA Announces Outstanding Undergraduate Award Winners

2008 CRA Snowbird Session Focus: “Practical Solutions to a Continuing Problem: Sexual Harassment”

Expanding the Pipeline

By Lori Clarke, Susanne Hambrusch, and Martha Pollack Full Article

Many believe that the problems of sexual harassment and gender discrimination have largely vanished in our computer science community. While the prevalence of explicit discrimination and open harassment has diminished, it has not gone away entirely and implicit bias continues to exist. Discussions among female researchers on on-line forums and in professional groups indicate that graduate students and junior faculty in particular have concerns, and at times experience disturbing instances. There seems to be a consensus that departmental leadership plays a crucial role in creating a better environment. With this in mind, the 2008 CRA Conference at Snowbird for department chairs and labs/centers directors will include a panel session on sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Defense Research Sciences Will See Gains in FY 08

But DARPA, Some Computing Research Slated for Cuts

By Peter Harsha Full Article

Research programs at the Department of Defense will see some increases in funding, thanks to final passage of the FY 2008 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 434), but some programs of interest to the computing research community will lose funding, largely because the agency responsible—the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—was too slow to spend it.

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