Girls and Math: What Works

June 21, 2006
Fred Gluck

I've been volunteering in the Boulder Valley School District for the past 15 years, working with students in the areas of math, science, and computers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Innovation and the Role of Diversity

June 12, 2006
Lucy Sanders

What do technical innovation and diversity have to do with one another? Very little, apparently, if you follow the press coverage of our nation's current competitiveness debate. Innovation legislation drafted in the U.S. Congress seems to consider the issue of diversity and innovation a relative non-issue.

But if you listen to the country's leading information technologists, you'll hear something remarkably different, pragmatic, and refreshing.

Yoda, Magic, and Yoda's Magic

May 31, 2006

"Try not.

Do...or do not.

There is no

- Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Interesting Exchanges

May 24, 2006
Mark Guzdial

I spent the last two days at the National Academies in Washington, DC, attending the National Center for Women in IT bi-annual meeting. It was a really interesting meeting, as always.

Big Shoes

May 20, 2006

I always wake up early when we are close to our NCWIT semi-annual meetings -- so much going through my mind. What will the conference program look like? How will our conference guests get through security at the National Academies? Is there going to be enough food? Does the keynote speaker know the right address for the building? How does one refer, properly, to a member of Congress? And on and on.

The Girls in Math and Science Initiative

May 12, 2006
Dr. Sally Ride

The Secretary of Education recently announced an initiative on Girls in Math and Science. My first reaction: "Hooray!" My second reaction: "Too bad there's still a need for this."

As we all know, there is.

Though, while women are still significantly under-represented in the technical workforce, the story is quite different in elementary school. In 4th grade fully two-thirds of girls (the same fraction as boys) say they "like" science. What happens to all those girls? The answer, of course, is complicated, but we start to lose them in about 5th grade.

Microsoft's $1 Million NCWIT Grant

May 7, 2006
Brad Feld

On Friday, Microsoft announced that it had donated $1 million to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. I was at Seattle University at the Future Potential in IT seminar where this was announced and got to say a few words on behalf of NCWIT to the 500 people(mostly students - about 25% women) that were there.

Risky Business

May 3, 2006
Dr. William Aspray

The number of women who are starting IT companies, taking out patents in the IT field, or transferring ideas for development is very small. Exact numbers are not easy to come by, but there is a belief that perhaps fewer than 10 percent of IT entrepreneurs are women. What are the causes of this low representation of women and what can be done about it?

A High Note

April 24, 2006
Woman's Shoes

I've always wanted to see the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, so when Sam Kamin asked me to give a keynote at their Mom's Day event on April 7, I eagerly agreed to go.

Contextual Experiences, Flexible Knowledge

April 14, 2006
Kermit image

Our approach at Georgia Tech's College of Computing focuses on the needs that Dr. William Aspray emphasized in his blog here, based on the recent ACM Globalization report: the need to prepare undergraduates to have "flexible knowledge," and for curricula to take "an interdisciplinary approach."