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Computing Research News

September 2010 Vol. 22/No. 4     ∫ Download PDF Version - 884 KB

Congress Appears Bullish on NSF, NIST

DOE Science, Defense May Not Fare Quite as Well

By Peter Harsha Full Article

Congress appears favorably inclined to approve significant increases to some key science agencies next fiscal year, based on early action by both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Before the August recess both of the House and Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations subcommittees approved increases for the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology that were at or just below the significant increases requested by President Obama in his FY 2011 budget request in February.

NSF Funds Second Cohort of Computing Innovation Fellows

By Erwin P. Gianchandani Full Article

Earlier this spring, the National Science Foundation awarded the Computing Research Association a new grant for a “Second CIFellows Project,” enabling a new set of 47 recent Ph.D. graduates to be supported as Computing Innovation Fellows beginning this fall.

CCC: Audacious Visioning for the Future

By Erwin P. Gianchandani and Ed Lazowska, Computing Community Consortium Full Article

“The [Computing Community Consortium (CCC)] has played an important role in identifying and promoting exciting research ‘visions’ for the future of information technology (IT) research,” Tom Kalil, the Deputy Director for Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), recently blogged. “[These] ideas … have the potential to attract the best and brightest to the field, drive economic growth, and address national challenges in areas such as health, energy, and education.”1 Kalil’s comments serve as renewed inspiration for our efforts.

NSF’s Broader Impact Criterion

By Andrew Bernat, Kathleen Fisher, Susanne Hambrusch, and Jim Kurose Full Article

NSF proposals must address, and are evaluated according to, two fundamental criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact. Intellectual Merit is well understood (if frequently argued) - how well does the proposed research advance the field? Broader Impact, however, is not nearly as well understood and consequently often has played a more minor role in the review process. This might very well be changing. The purpose of this article is to provide context and information around recent discussions of Broader Impact, and to identify issues that the CISE academic research community may soon face.

New Activities

of the CRA Mark II Working Group on Education (CRA-E)

By Rich DeMillo, Georgia Institute of Technology Full Article

In the summer of 2008, Andries van Dam from Brown University convened the CRA-E committee - the Mark I committee as it has become known. Mark I was a panel of world-class computing researchers and educators who were asked to identify and recommend best practices for preparing undergraduates for research careers in computing. A summary of their findings and recommendations appears elsewhere in this issue of Computing Research News.

CRA-E White Paper Summary

Creating Environments for Computational Researcher Education

By Andy van Dam and Rosemary Simpson, Brown University Full Article

The overall goal of this White Paper is to provide guidance that will help institutions create an undergraduate environment that supports the acquisition and internalization of the computationally-oriented researcher mindset. We addressed overall directions rather than comprehensive details, not a curriculum design.

Reinvigorating the Field

Musings from the Chair

By Eric Grimson, CRA Board Chair Full Article

A few weeks ago, members of the computing research community assembled for the 19th biennial Conference at Snowbird, the flagship conference for chairs of Ph.D.-granting departments of computing and allied fields and leaders from U.S. industrial and government computing research laboratories and centers. Here are some observations on trends in the field evident during the meeting.

Advancing Women in Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania

By Susan Davidson, Michele Grab, and Rita Powell Full Article

Attracting women to study computer science and engineering is an ongoing challenge at colleges and universities across the nation. In the fall of 2007, women in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at the University of Pennsylvania made up 30 percent of the undergraduate population.

Education a Hot Topic at Snowbird Conference

By CRA Full Article

It seems so obvious that it hardly needs to be repeated: the future of computing research depends on a reliable pipeline of talented young researchers who share a passion for expanding the boundaries and advancing the frontiers of computation. As the organization that represents academic and industrial computing research in North America, CRA has a vital interest in ensuring the health of the research pipeline. In 2008, after consulting with many organizations, the CRA Board established the CRA Education Committee (CRA-E) and charged it with finding ways for CRA to take additional responsibility for the continued flow of quality researchers to the field.

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