Issue: Mar. 24, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011

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ACM Turing Award Goes to Innovator in Machine Learning
ACM has named Leslie G. Valiant of Harvard University the winner of the 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his fundamental contributions to the development of computational learning theory and to the broader theory of Computer Science. Valiant brought together machine learning and computational complexity, leading to advances in artificial intelligence as well as computing practices such as natural language processing, handwriting recognition, and computer vision. He also launched several subfields of theoretical computer science, and developed models for parallel computing. The Turing Award, widely considered the "Nobel Prize in Computing," is named for the British mathematician Alan M. Turing. The award carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support provided by Intel Corporation and Google Inc.
Read more about the Leslie Valiant and the Turing Award.

ACM Digital Library Features Redesigned Binders to Create and Share Articles
Users of ACM's enhanced Digital Library can now create customized collections of articles, and store them in a newly redesigned binder format for easy access. DL users can also share these collections and export them into standard authoring tools or save them in PDF format. A free ACM Web Account is all that is needed to create and access these valuable tools and share them with ACM and non-ACM members. The redesigned binder format also enables users to add personal annotations to the overall binder as well as to individual articles. Sign in to the Binders Page with your ACM Web Account at

The new DL also integrates extensive visualization technology that captures details of the more than 150 international conferences and symposia associated with ACM. Among the added features are multidimensional geographic maps that display the expanding global nature of ACM events with pop-up flags that link to individual conference data. The redesigned format also lists conferences alphabetically and chronologically, and links to published proceedings of each event as well as authors, acceptance rates, and downloads of presented papers, tables of content, abstracts, source material, and a history of the conference.

Read more about the new ACM Digital Library, including a three-month free trial.


ACM Council on Women Honors Innovator in Computer Human Interaction with Athena Lecturer Award
ACM's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) has named Judith S. Olson of the University of California, Irvine as the 2011-2012 Athena Lecturer for her internationally acclaimed research on the factors which determine the success of teams that collaborate from remote locations. Her work combines Computer Science with social sciences to develop a rigorous foundation for driving technical and social innovations, which can create widely effective, usable collaborative systems. The Athena Lecturer award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. It includes a $10,000 honorarium provided by Google Inc.
Read the press release.

Eugene Spafford Receives Lifetime Achievement Awards from SANS Institute
On March 1, the SANS Institute, the world's largest professional training and certification organization for information security, presented USACM Chair and ACM Fellow Eugene Spafford with a Lifetime Achievement Award, only the second such award SANS has ever given. Spafford, a Computer Science professor at Purdue University and Executive Director of CERIAS (The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security), was lauded for research and education contributions that have profoundly shaped the field of information security. Some of his earliest work at Purdue provided the only public information on information security for many years, and was a guide and inspiration to many newcomers to the field. Spafford served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), from 2003 to 2005. Over the past few years, he has served in an advisory or consulting capacity on information security and computer crime with several U.S. government agencies and their contractors, including the NSF's CISE division, FBI, National Security Agency, U.S. Attorney's Office, the Secret Service, and the US Air Force. He has also been an advisor to several Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and state and national law enforcement agencies around the world.
Read more about Eugene Spafford's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Call for ACM Award Nominations
Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. And annually, ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. You and your colleagues are invited to nominate candidates for ACM awards, including:
  • ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award: March 31
  • Gordon Bell Prize: Abstracts due April 1; Papers due April 8
Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination.

Refer to for nomination guidelines and the complete listing of Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.

Member Recognition

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 June 1.

SIG Awards

ACM SIG Awards Recognize Achievements in Diverse Fields
ACM's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) regularly cite outstanding individuals for their contributions in more than 30 distinct technological fields. Some awards presented (or to be presented) at recent conferences:

Conferences and Events

Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Marks 10th Anniversary
The Tapia Celebration is named for Richard Tapia, a profesor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. The son of Mexican immigrants, Tapia went on to earn BA, MA, and PhD degrees in mathematics from UCLA, and he is recognized as a seminal leader who inspires African-American, Native American and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in Mathematics. This year the conference celebrates its 10th anniversary April 3 to 5 in San Francisco, with a banquet and presentation of the Tapia Award to AT&T Professor of Computer Science William Wulf. Scheduled speakers include Deborah Estrin, professor of Computer Science at UCLA and winner of the 2006 ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award and Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award; and Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google. Former ACM President David Patterson, the conference chair, will deliver the welcoming speech on April 4. In addition to the planned panels, birds-of-a-feather, doctoral consortium, and poster sessions, the conference will include workshops for student resumés, graduate students, early career professionals, and mid-career professionals, as well as many networking opportunities.

CHI 2011 Program to Draw from Wide Variety of Disciplines
The CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems will focus on leveraging diversity with papers and presentations spanning a wide range of disciplines. Gestural and tactile interfaces, Twitter, homeless users, crowdsourcing, microblogging, user experiences in India and China, and distributed work are just some of the topics. CHI seeks to bring together the design, engineering, management, and user experience communities so that they can connect and share ideas. Additional featured communities are Child-Computer Interaction; Games and Entertainment; Health; and Sustainability. The opening plenary speaker is social media pioneer Howard Rheingold, and the closing plenary speaker is Ethan Zuckerman, a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, whose work focuses on the impact of technology on the developing world. CHI takes place this year in Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 7 to 12.

ICSE 2011 to Emphasize Importance of Design in Sofware Engineering
The theme of the ICSE 2011 International Conference on Software Engineering is "Software by Design," reflecting the view that the most important ingredient in ensuring a software system's long-term success is its design. The program includes tracks in technical/research; Software Engineering in Practice; New Ideas and Emerging Results; and Demonstrations. Also planned is the Impact Project Focus Area, which this year is aiming for a broader engagement with the software engineering community at large, technical briefings, a Doctoral Symposium, and a long list of workshops and co-located events focused on specialized areas of software enginnering. Scheduled keynote speakers are Kumiyo Nakakoji of Software Research Associates and Bill Dresselhaus of DRESSELHAUSgroup. The conference also includes the Student Research Competition (SRC) and Student Contest on Software Engineering (SCORE). ICSE will take place May 21 to 28 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Early registration is available until April 15.

FCRC '11 Federated Computing Research Conference Names Plenary Speakers
FCRC 2011 assembles a spectrum of affiliated research conferences and workshops into a week long coordinated meeting held at a common time in a common place. This model retains the advantages of the smaller conferences, while at the same time, facilitates communication among researchers in different fields in Computer Science and engineering. Mornings will include joint plenary talks on topics of broad appeal to the computing research community. The scheduled plenary speakers and topics are: Leslie G. Valiant of Harvard University, the 2010 ACM Turing Award Winner; David A. Ferrucci, IBM, on IBM's Watson/DeepQA; Ravi Kannan, Microsoft Research, on Algorithms: Recent Highlights and Challenges; Luiz Andre Barroso, Google, on Warehouse-Scale Computing: Entering the Teenage Decade; Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University, on Solving Problems with Millions of Humans and Computers; and Maja Mataric, University of Southern California, on Robots Among Us? Human-Robot Interaction Methods for Socially Assistive Robotics. FCRC takes place June 4 to 11 at the San Jose Convention Center. Registration will open soon.

DAC 2011 Features New Embedded Systems Track
The Design Automation Conference (DAC 2011), sponsored in part by ACM SIGDA, will feature a wide array of technical presentations; keynotes by industry leaders and visionaries; forums, tutorials, and workshops; and a new embedded systems track. The conference, scheduled for June 5 to 10 in San Diego, California, will also include a Management Day, trade show, student opportunities including the Student Research Competition, and keynote speakers. A final program will be available in April.

Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference Opens Call for Participation
"The Future Is Now" is the theme of the 21st ACM Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP 2011). The meeting will involve technologists, privacy policy experts, and policymakers in discussions about the information society and the future of technology, innovation, and freedom. The conference aims to attract speakers, proposal submitters, and attendees who represent the diverse global community of organizations and professionals who work on policy, technology and law. This year's call for proposals focuses on the present state of technology and its impact on human rights struggles around the world. The final deadline for submissions is April 1. Visit the submissions page for more details. Questions may be directed to CFP 2011 conference co-chair Lillie Coney at Companies interested in supporting CFP 2011 please contact conference co-chair Jules Polonetsky at CFP takes place June 14 to 16 in Washington, DC.

SIGGRAPH 2011 Registration Now Open
SIGGRAPH 2011, the premier international event on computer graphics and interactive techniques, is expected to draw some 25,000 professionals from five continents to Vancouver, British Columbia August 7 to 11. SIGGRAPH features leading-edge exhibits, papers, panels, posters, courses, keynote speakers, the popular Animation Festival, and many more opportunities to learn, network, and interact with the newest technologies. Online registration is now open.

SPLASH 2011 Opens Call for Participation
SPLASH, the software development conference formerly known as OOPSLA, has opened its submisions process for papers, workshops, demos and posters, as well as the Student Research Competition. Paper submissions, workshop submissions and Educators' and Trainers' Symposium submissions are due April 8. Doctoral Symposium, Demonstration and Poster submissions are due June 24, as are submissions for the Student Research Competition. SPLASH, scheduled for October 22 to 27 in Portland, Oregon, focuses on improving software design through new ideas about programming languages, tools, conceptual models, and methodologies.

GHC 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship Applications Now Open
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC 2011) is the world's largest gathering of women in computing. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering. GHC 2011 will take place November 8 to 12 in Portland, Oregon. Scholarship applications are now open; the deadline is May 16. Registration opens June 6.
Follow GHC 2011 on Twitter at #GHC11!

SC11 Aims to Unite HPC Communities; Student Volunteers Encouraged to Apply
The SC11 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis is set for November 12 to 18 in Seattle, Washington. SC11 will place an emphasis on bringing together communities to facilitate information exchange, discussions and new collaborations for research and education related to innovating high performance computing applications and advancing scientific discovery and scholarship. This year's conference will focus on data intensive science, its challenges and opportunities for addressing the exponential growth and demands in the generation and analysis of data. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply as volunteers to help with the administration of the conference. In exchange for volunteering, they will receive complimentary conference registration, housing (for out-of-town volunteers), and most meals. In addition, SC will provide limited support for transportation expenses (such as airfare) for international students and students from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in HPC. Applications open April 1 and will close on August 12. Also please see the important dates page for more participation deadlines.

Public Policy

USACM Supports Defense Against Cuts to Science Agency Budgets
USACM signed a letter sent to the Senate leadership early in March urging them to resist the deep cuts to science agency budgets approved by the House of Representatives. The cuts would be for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The letter was organized by the Task Force on American Innovation; over 170 organizations have signed on. The letter encouraged the continued doubling path for the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. Echoing language from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, the letter indicates that even in a time of cuts and savings there is still a need for investment in education, infrastructure, and research and development, especially to help support needed economic growth. The proposed cuts work counter to that need for investment.
Read the full letter here.

Member Programs

Win New Prizes for Sharing Value of Your ACM Membership with Friends and Colleagues!
Share the value of an ACM Membership with your friends and colleagues. Not only will you receive a prize, but your friend will be introduced to the many benefits of being an ACM member. If you continue sharing your knowledge of ACM with others, you may put yourself in the running for the Grand Prize! ACM's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. The drive ends June 30. For referral forms, recruitment tips and tools, prizes and rewards, and bonus gifts, visit the Member-Get-a-Member drive page.

ACM TechNews Goes Mobile
ACM TechNews is now accessible as an easy-to-use mobile application for iPhones and iPads. These new apps, downloadable from the Apple iTunes store, enable ACM members to stay current on news, trends, and developments affecting the global IT and computing communities. To receive regularly updated content, ACM TechNews apps users must be registered individual members of ACM with valid Web Accounts. Entering and saving ACM Web Account login information for the apps will automatically update the content with the latest news from TechNews, published Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
For access to downloadable TechNews apps for iPhones, click on:
For access to downloadable TechNews apps for iPads, click on:

Live Chat Feature Now Available to Members
ACM's new interactive Live Chat feature provides members with an opportunity for real-time customer service from our Member Service Representatives. To start your chat, simply log in to myACM with your ACM web account username and password and click on the Live Chat icon. Live chat is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. Any chats attempted after hours will automatically generate an email to ACM to be answered during regular business hours.

Attention Faculty: Order Complimentary Materials for Your Students
ACM offers the opportunity for faculty members to order complimentary materials for distribution to their students who are interested in the field of computing. Available items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and your request will be fulfilled promptly!

Take Advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership Plan
ACM Professional Members can enjoy the convenience of making a single payment for their entire tenure as an ACM Member, and also be protected from future price increases by taking advantage of ACM's Lifetime Membership option. Pricing for ACM Lifetime Membership is based on age and current dues rates, and the option to include the ACM Digital Library is also available. ACM Lifetime Membership dues may be tax deductible under certain circumstances (please consult with your tax advisor). Lifetime Members will receive a certificate of recognition suitable for framing, and enjoy all of the benefits of ACM Professional Membership. Show your exceptional support for ACM and its efforts to advance computing as a science and profession, and join over 900 of your peers by becoming a Lifetime Member!

ACM Member Benefit: Auto, Home and Renters Insurance
ACM member benefits include a special discounted rate on Auto, Home and Renters Insurance from Liberty Mutual. We're proud to provide our members with this benefit from a Fortune 100 company that protects millions of people across America. For details, please visit our Auto and Homeowner's Insurance page. Visit our insurance page to learn more about these programs, and all of ACM's Insurance Program plans.

Learning Center

New Courses from Sun and Microsoft Added to Element K
ACM members now have access to more advanced technology courses than ever through the ACM Learning Center Element K portal! Notably, ACM's custom catalog now features Element K's full Sun library and more than 200 courses from Microsoft. Members will find substantially enhanced coverage in Web Development, including Sun-authored content on Java SE Application Development, Enterprise Java Beans Technology, Java Web Services, and Developing Web Applications; as well as Microsoft content covering Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, ASP and ADO .NET. There is also expanded coverage of Cloud Computing and Virtual Machines with new VMware on Workstation 7.0, ThinApp and View 4.5, vCenter, Chargeback, and vSphere. Additional courseware covers important technologies in Databases and Data Mining with courses on Microsoft SQL Server. ACM's Element K program continues to grow, with 4,100 courses, 1,170 virtual labs, 1,060 e-Reference books, and 512 Brainbench exams.

More Safari Books—and Now Videos—for ACM Professional Members
ACM Professional Members now have access to more Safari Online Books, as the ACM Learning Center Safari custom library has grown from 600 to 700 titles. That means more choices from the likes of O'Reilly, Manning, Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley, and many others! For the first time, ACM Professional Members will find their Safari Books Online library contains videos. Covering hot and current skills and technologies such as Ruby on Rails, C++, Java, iPhone and Android programming, HTML5, certification tracks, and many more, Safari's videos come from many of the same respected publishers as its books—including O'Reilly, Addison-Wesley, Peachpit Press, and Prentice Hall, among others. See the full list of videos covering many topics and products.

Register Now for Stevens' WebCampus Spring II Session!
Registration for Stevens Institute of Technology's WebCampus Spring II Session is now open. Classes begin on March 28 and end on July 1. The Office of Graduate Admissions will host interactive online information sessions througout the month of March. The sessions are designed to guide you through the course registration process. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions in real time. Students who are members of ACM receive a 10% rebate when they enroll in WebCampus courses. Students do not have to be accepted into a program in order to take graduate classes at Stevens. It is possible to take up to three classes as a non-matriculating student while your application is under review. For more information contact the WebCampus Division at, or call (201) 216-5092.

Career & Job Center

ACM's Career & Job Center Boasts More than 2,000 Job Postings
Many job seekers and employers are already taking advantage of ACM's Career & Job Center. More than 2,000 jobs have been posted, more than 3,600 employers have registered on the job board, and there are currently more than 3500 resumes posted. ACM members' résumés include an ACM logo on their entry, highlighting their membership to employers, and an upgrade to a Preferred Résumé is available to keep it at the top of the résumé bank, highlighted with a star for increased visibility ($25 for 90 days). ACM members can also access additional information by browsing through the content library of articles, tips, and more. Take advantage of this free resource!

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.

Student News

CRA's URO Zone Connects Students with Opportunities for Undergraduate Research
The Computing Research Association (CRA) has launched a new website to help undergraduate students identify computing research opportunities. The site—URO Zone, for Undergraduate Research Opportunities—provides links to a range of summer undergraduate research resources. It also posts profiles of undergraduates and details their recent computing research projects. URO Zone offers guidelines to help discover research opportunities in a variety of areas, from applied to theoretical Computer Science. It also defines specific research fields, describes CRA and ACM undergraduate awards programs, and lists links for finding computing research opportunities.

Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions
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 SIGCSE 2011. The next conferences accepting submissions are: 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), with funding from Wipro Technologies, provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. High school students will also be considered for conference support. As of 2011, 20 ACM-W/Wipro scholarships will be funded annually: 10 scholarships of up to $600 will be awarded for intra-continental conference travel, and 10 scholarships of up to $1,200 will be awarded for intercontinental conference travel. ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within her department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM special interest group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGSOFT, SIGGRAPH, SIGITE, SIGOPS, and SIGPLAN), the SIG will provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. Applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences. 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.

Chapters News

Featured Distinguished Speaker: Dennis Frailey
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 Dennis Frailey. Dennis recently retired as a Principal Fellow at Raytheon Company in Plano, Texas. He remains an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Southern Methodist University. At Raytheon, Dennis was a pillar of the software engineering community. In addition to his program duties (he was responsible for software planning, processes and project execution for over a dozen major programs), Dennis was a contributor to several business-wide and corporate-wide efforts for software engineering improvement, including software measurement, software quality and software development cycle time reduction. Earlier in his career he served as computer architect, operating system designer, compiler designer, and speechwriter for company executives. Dennis has also worked at Texas Instruments, Ford Motor Company, the University of Texas at Austin, and as a tenured, Associate Professor at SMU. Dennis helped start the software engineering program at SMU and was vice-chair of the ACM/IEEE Software Engineering Coordinating Committee, chartered to foster the development of software engineering as a professional computing discipline. He continues this work as an active member of SIGCSE and he serves on the IEEE-Computer Society Board of Governors and Education Activities Board. Dennis is also an ABET accreditation program evaluator in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering. He was ACM Council member and vice president of the ACM in the 1980s. He holds an MS and PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University and a BS in Mathematics from Notre Dame. For more information on Dennis, please visit his DSP speaker information page.

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 February 23 to March 18:

ACM Student Chapters:
  • A.T.R.I. (Aurora's Technological and Research Institute) ACM Student Chapter, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • ARYA Institute Of Engineering & Technology ACM Student Chapter, Jaipur, India
  • BITS-Pilani Hyderabad ACM Student Chapter, Hyderabad, India
  • EUL (European University of Lefke) ACM Student Chapter, Mersin, Turkey
  • Rhode Island College ACM Student Chapter, Providence
  • SREC (Sri Ramanujar Engineering College) ACM Student Chapter, Chennai, India
ACM Professional Chapters:
  • North India ACM SIGACT Chapter, Patiala, India

Deadline for ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Nominations April 8
The deadline for the 2010–2011 ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards applications is April 8. The ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards Program recognizes chapters that display considerable initiative during the academic year. All student chapters in good standing are encouraged to apply for an award in any or all of the following categories:
  • Chapter Activities
  • Web site
  • Community Service
  • Recruitment
  • School Service
Winning chapters in each of these categories will receive $500. These chapters will be recognized on the ACM student chapter website and in ACM MemberNet. ACM reserves the right to not make an award if no outstanding entries are received for a given category, and to make multiple awards at the discretion of the judges.
Full guidelines here.

ACM-W News

ACM Council on Women Honors Innovator in Computer Human Interaction with Athena Lecturer Award
[see story under "Awards"]

Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing Inspires and Reassures
By Rachelle Kristof Hippler, OCWIC 2011 General Chair
The Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWIC 2011) inspired, intrigued and informed 175 amazing women on February 18 to 19 at its fourth biennial conference held at the Mohican Resort in Perrysville, Ohio. Students and faculty from 26 universities and colleges, and industry representatives from 10 companies, traveled from as far away as Texas. Featured speakers included: Sharon Nunes, Vice President of Big Green Innovations, IBM and Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College and former ACM President. Other sessions included resume reviews, a career fair, panels on graduate school and industry careers, student poster contests, lightning talks and breakout sessions. A new addition this year was a Recruiting Women into Your Computing Major workshop specifically for faculty.

So, what did attendees gain from the experience? Jenna Crosby, a student from Bowling Green State University Firelands said, "I was hoping to go, learn more about Computer Science as a major, see what was happening in the field and to meet a few people with similar interests. Instead I learned that there is a giant world of Computer Science that is amazing and fascinating and that I have to know more!" She went on to say, "Making contacts, meeting other women with similar interests was a great experience for me. To be able to hear their stories was very beneficial. I don't have my educational path perfectly mapped out yet, but they gave me hope and reassurance." Keep checking the OCWIC site over time for announcements about OCWIC 2013.

Please visit the Grace Hopper Regional Consortium page (GHRC) for more information on other regional celebrations, how to start one, and how to become a sponsor.

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:
And to keep more informed about the activities of ACM-W and its members, you can sign up for our quarterly CIS Newsletter notification. Be sure to read the current issue for the latest news on ACM-W activities and events on the ACM-W CIS Newsletter issues page.

Publications News

ACM Launches E-Reader Format Pilot Project in Digital Library
Responding to recent member feedback, ACM has introduced epub and prc formatted files within select publications in the Digital Library. The epub format is read on many devices, including Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, and various Android devices. The prc format can be read on the Kindle, among others. The publications available in these formats for the Pilot Project are: We encourage users to download articles in the new formats and provide feedback on the project to

ACM Transactions on the Web Seeking Editor-in-Chief
ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due April 1. For more information please visit the TWEB EIC search page.

acmqueue Explores a Common Query Language and Data Model for noSQL DBs
Despite the increasing popularity of noSQL databases, the market has become fragmented into a long list of competing products that lack a common query language and data model. Erik Meijer and Gavin Bierman from Microsoft address this problem in an article for acmqueue that explains how the mathematical data models for both noSQL and SQL databases are connected, and how a common query language based on that mathematical connection, coSQL, can help unify many of the most common noSQL databases. Read A co-Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks.

Free Sample Issue of Communications of the ACM for Non-members!
New offer for ACM non-members! Fill out the online form and receive a free trial issue of Communications of the ACM. Read about the latest developments in the computing field, covered by today's leading experts.

ACM in the News

"The Quantum Singularity"
MIT News, March 2, 2011
MIT professor Scott Aaronson and graduate student Alex Arkhipov will present a paper at ACM's upcoming 43rd Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC) that describes a yet-to-be-run experiment, which, if successful, would offer strong support for the power of quantum computers.

"The 15 Most Important Women in Tech History"
MaximumPC, March 1, 2011
In honor of Women's History Month and Ada Lovelace Day, a countdown of the 15 Most Important Women in Tech History, including Jean Sammet, ACM Past President and Fellow, responsible for developing FORMAC, the first computer language, at IBM; and Frances Allen, the first woman to win the ACM Turing Award and an ACM Fellow, for her work on compilers, code optimization and parallelization at IBM.

"Work With Google to Boost Social Network Productivity"
Cornell Chronicle, February 21, 2011
Cornell professor and 2008 ACM - Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences recipient Jon Kleinberg says online social networks do not provide natural ways to represent the attitudes that people have toward each other or the roles that various individuals play in a person's life.

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