Getting Scientists and Congress to Mingle

August 1, 2006
Peter Harsha

One of the most effective "tools" of the science advocacy community, in making the case for federal support of science, is…well, scientists. Occasions in which researchers are able to sit down with Members of Congress and discuss their own work do more to advance the cause of science than five meetings with staff like me.

There are a couple of reasons for this.

GNOME's Outreach to Women

July 24, 2006
Ginger Makela

Slashdot recently had an interesting thread about GNOME's decision to launch a Women's Summer Outreach Program after they received 181 applications for Google's Summer of Code program, but none from women.

IT in Iceland

July 17, 2006
Laptop image

My family just finished a great vacation in Iceland. I can describe this wonderful country in a nutshell: it's truly unspoiled, has considerably more sheep than people, and possesses all types of terrain. But I'm not really intending to write about Iceland; instead, I want to tell you how this trip impressed upon me the power of information technology in our lives.

Technology Summer Camp

July 6, 2006
DigitalCurrents Project

The first three weeks of June are always a favorite time for me. That's when the ATLAS Institute at CU Boulder teams up with the Denver Public School system's Computer Magnet Program to host the DigitalCUrrents summer technology camp.

Old Photos

June 28, 2006
Bell Labs Photo

It was wonderful to have Fred Gluck as our NCWIT blog author last week. Fred is a long-time advocate for technology and diverse thought, working tirelessly in K-12 education in Boulder schools. In an odd twist of fate, just as Fred was writing to us at NCWIT about the issues he raised in his blog piece, I found the old photo above in one of my desk drawers.

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.