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Gender and Computing Conference Papers

May 13, 2010
Woman drawing

More than 40 years of data on authorship of ACM conference papers describe women’s contribution to this important aspect of computing professional life.

Barbie Mentor Program - My Day with Yoky Matsuoka

May 9, 2010
Barbie Mentor Program

If the world was a perfect place, every girl would have a mentor like Yoky Matsuoka. On April 15th, I was lucky enough to shadow Yoky at the University of Washington in Seattle through the Barbie I Can Be mentor program. The program matched ten girls across the country to ten mentors in varying fields in the hopes of inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams. I was nominated through NCWIT and was ecstatic when I found out that I would be able to participate.

Friday News Roundup

May 7, 2010
Newspaper

The University of Arizona published an article this week about its new report, “Addressing Core Equity Issues in K-12 Computer Science Education: Identifying Barriers and Sharing Strategies” which it produced in cooperation with CSTA and the Anita Borg Institute.  The report is a concise and valuable read. It addresses a long-standing problem evident to all of us, but suggests a novel approach:

Friday News Roundup

April 30, 2010
Newspaper

There was a terrific profile this week on Texas State University’s implementation of ACTiVATE, the UMBC program (and EA member) that encourages women to start tech businesses by providing them with entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and skills. What a great example of how an entrepreneurship program brings together local technologies and local talent to nurture innovation and business.

Friday Roundup

April 16, 2010
Newspaper

If you've been wondering what computer science enrollments are like across the pond, here's one answer: Cambridge University in the UK apparently has launched a campaign to recruit more students to computer science, and to dispel the myth that it’s “only for geeks”.

Computer Science and Flexible Learning

April 15, 2010
David Notkin

I've heard Maria Klawe say (something along the lines of): "To become a better teacher, you should learn how to do new things that are hard for you - this will help you remember what it is like for many of your students." 



Aspirations in Computing Award Ceremony

April 7, 2010
Award Winner

Wow!  What a great time.

Somehow, I was one of 32 girls selected for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (and after hearing about all the awesome accomplishments of the other winners, I'm not sure how!). 

For Ada Lovelace: 32 Women that We Admire

March 26, 2010
Ada Lovelace

Wednesday, March 24, was Ada Lovelace Day: an internationally recognized day of blogging and social media to celebrate and promote women's contributions to technology and computing.

Women Techies United at SXSW

March 22, 2010
Techies United image

At this year's SXSW, 10 "women-in-tech" organizations teamed up to sponsor a single booth. "Women Techies United" turned out to be quite an attraction! Nearly every woman who walked by (and a lot of men too) stopped to see what we were all about.

Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Computing Attracts 57% Female Students

March 10, 2010
Digital woman

Despite outreach programs, targeted recruitment efforts and scholarships, women continue to account for a disproportionally small fraction of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in computing. That suggests to me that if we’re ever going to change our demographics, we need to look carefully at the product we’re offering. 

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