The Google 2008 Anita Borg Scholarship

January 28, 2008
Anita Borg

Are you a senior undergrad or a graduate student studying computer science? Are you passionate about your work, and using computing to make the world a better place? How about a $10,000 scholarship from Google to encourage you?

ChicTech's Games for Girls Competition: Enter Now!

January 10, 2008
University attendees

ChicTech, an outreach program of the University of Illinois' Department of Computer Science, extends an open invitation for college women to participate in the third annual Games for Girls Programming Competition (G4G).

What Women Who Shun IT Really Think about IT

January 6, 2008
Woman with books

I caught up on some reading over the holidays. In particular, [begin link /who.staff.joanne.html]Joanne Cohoon[end link] sent me an article entitled "[begin link /pdf/Weinberger_IEEE.pdf]Just Ask! Why Surveyed Women Did Not Pursue IT Courses or Careers[end link]", by Catherine J. Weinberger. Although published in the Spring 2004 issue of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, it was new to me.

Second Life

December 20, 2007
Second Life logo

As if I didn't already have enough to do in my First Life, I logged on for a Second Life. Second Life (SL) is "a 3-D virtual world entirely created by its Residents."

The State of Social Science Research on Gender and IT Entrepreneurship

December 5, 2007
Woman with laptop

This brief paper concludes the Gender and IT Entrepreneurship project that we conducted for NCWIT with support from the Kauffman Foundation. In this final paper, we present a high-level overview of our four summaries of social science scholarship on women's underrepresentation and the conditions that promote women's success as IT entrepreneurs, and we conclude with suggestions for a research agenda.

Indirect Influence

November 20, 2007
Engage Diversity

My mother always knew that the most effective way to get me to do something was not to force me. Commands like, "Clean your room," were never spoken. Instead, she made a challenge or a game out of any timeless chore. I had forgotten all about this indirect tactic until I participated in the recent NCWIT Practices Workshop in Redmond, Washington. Two things occurred to me as I listened to panelists and speakers throughout the day:

The "Truthiness" about Math and Science

November 14, 2007
Report cover

Some of you may have seen the article in today's NY Times, "Study Compares States' Math and Science Scores With Other Countries'", about a recent research report that compares 8th graders' math and science prowess in the 50 U.S. states against that of 8th graders in other countries.

Computing and the Letter P

October 30, 2007
P Typeface

We all attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2007 conference recently, and hats off to the Anita Borg Institute for doing such a super job of running the conference -- it was a phenomenal event. (I was general chair of the conference, so I might be biased!)

Generation Q

October 18, 2007
Woman with laptop

Thomas Friedman had an interesting piece in last week's NY Times about "Generation Q" – the generation of young people today whom he calls The Quiet Americans – and why they both impress and baffle him. Friedman explains that this is a generation imbued with an improbable sense of optimism and idealism, and yet it doesn't seem compelled by a commensurate level of activism.

Emerging Technologies and the Emergence of Women

October 3, 2007
Telle Whitney

I spent Tuesday and Wednesday last week at EmTech '07 -- the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT -- a conference produced by Technology Review. The conference included an extraordinary number of interesting women, including the CTO of Xerox, and I was pleased to be a presenter at the event.