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Computing Research News

March 2014 Vol. 26/No.3     ∫ Download PDF Version - 2.5MB

2014 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference Breaks Attendance Records

By Manuel Pérez-Quiñones, Jamika Burge, and Nancy Amato Full Article

The 2014 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference was held in Seattle, WA, February 5-8, 2014. The conference is the premier event for the Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC) and presented by CMD-IT. The conference is now in its eighth year but it is now on a yearly cycle. The goal is to bring together a diverse group of technical leaders to lead discussions in the state-of-the art in computing and technology. The Tapia conference has a tradition of providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups of students and professionals, across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.

CRA and CCC Bid Farewell to Kenneth Hines

By CRA Staff Full Article

After serving almost four years at CRA, Kenneth Hines will be leaving CRA to return to a research career at Teaching Strategies in Bethesda, Maryland. When Kenneth joined CRA in 2010, he was primarily responsible for data analysis on undergraduate and graduate computing students through the “Data Buddies” project with the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). He also analyzed Ph.D. and postdoctoral data using a wide range of data sources, including NSF’s Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) and CRA’s annual Taulbee survey.

Computer Science for Non-Majors

From the CCC Blog

By Ran Libeskind-Hadas Full Article

I’m on sabbatical this year and have been visiting computer science departments at colleges and universities, small and large. One of the recurring stories that I hear is that a growing number of non-majors are choosing to take introductory CS courses. And, some of these students get so excited that they choose to take a second CS course. Although this results in large courses and staffing headaches, it is generally viewed as a good “problem” to have.

Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CREU)

Application Deadline: May 19th, 2014

By CRA Staff Full Article

Sponsored by CRA's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), the CREU program is aimed toward increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities who go on to CS&E graduate programs. The CREU program includes not only computer science and computer engineering research, but also collaborative, multidisciplinary research with a significant computer science emphasis. Students have the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research at their home institution during the academic year. Each student from an underrepresented group receives a stipend. Teams can also request travel funding to present their work at conferences or meetings. In some cases, projects may be granted funding to continue in the summer following the academic year of research.

Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline Infographic March 2014

By CRA Staff Full Article

Applicants who had applied to the Computing Innovation (CI) Fellowship Program in 2009, 2010, or 2011 were recruited during the fall of 2013 to complete CERP’s survey of postdoc experiences. We compared the responses and outcomes of CI Fellows (n = 66) to non-fellows who had other postdoc experiences (i.e., Non-fellow Postdocs; n = 124). CI Fellows reported higher salaries than Non-fellow Postdocs for academic research postdocs, but lower salaries than Non-fellow Postdocs for industry research postdocs, ps < .01. In academic settings, CI Fellows found it easier to live on their postdoc salary and were more satisfied with their pay than Non-fellow Postdocs, ps < .01. In industry settings, there were no group differences in perceived adequacy of pay.

March 2014 Announcements

By CRA Staff Full Article

Congressional Visits Day, Jouppi Elected to NAS...

2014 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

By CRA Staff Full Article

The CRA Board of Directors has announced its selections of the 2014 Service Awards.

2014 CRA Career Mentoring Workshop

By CRA Staff Full Article

The 2014 CRA Career Mentoring Workshop was held February 24-25 in Washington, DC. The workshop provides career advice and mentoring activities for post docs, assistant professors, and individuals just starting as industrial researchers in computer science.

2013 Taulbee Report Sneak Preview

By Stu Zweben and Betsy Bizot Full Article

The 2013 Taulbee Report will be published in the May 2014 issue of CRN. However, as we did last year, we’re offering you a preview of the degree and enrollment numbers for bachelor’s and doctoral level programs in the departments responding to the survey. For the second year in a row, the total number of Ph.D.s awarded was the highest ever reported in Taulbee. The departments that responded this year reported 1,991 graduates in 2012-13, surpassing the 1,929 reported for 2011-12 by last year’s respondents.

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