California Dreamin', Reflections on the NCWIT Workshop at UC Irvine Nov 5-7, 08

November 11, 2008
University of California

Holding the NCWIT Fall workshop just on the tail end of the presidential election made for a high energy event, and the focus on "Multiple Pathways to an IT Career" fits right in with the spirit of change in the air. The event kicked off Wednesday night with a presentation of the Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science & Technology by co-author Lisa J.

"Is the United States Falling Behind Science and Technology or Not"

October 20, 2008
Paula Stern

Report on a Washington Forum Sponsored by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

iPhone Appilcations Widen Computer Science Opportunities

October 13, 2008
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These days, iPhone applications are rolling out as quickly as the latest karaoke video posted on YouTube. Both amateurs and seasoned software developers are cashing in.

Standford University

CONNECT at Grace Hopper

September 20, 2008
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Looking for a fun way to improve and expand your personal and career networks?  If you're planning to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, October 1-4 in Keystone, Colorado, then make sure to sign up for CONNECT.  This is an innovative new system that allows you to set networking goals, receive help to ensure you meet your goals, and learn the latest networking tips.  The best part about CONNECT – it’s free!

The Next Level of Technology

September 2, 2008
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For those of you who don't read the comics anymore, you missed a rather brilliant insight in the comic strip called "Zits" today. 

"Zits" sketches the life of a teenager named Jeremy, his friends, and his parents.  It chronicles Jeremy's crushes, sleep habits, prolific food consumption, apathy for household chores, and forays into driving and curfew-breaking, among other topics; its characters may be stereotypes, but they are stereotypes whose behavior rings true. 

Do You Know a Women-led Company Seeking Funding?

August 21, 2008
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There are venture conferences, and then there’s it. As the seventh-annual conference dedicated to high-growth, women-led start-ups, you might think it is about a cause. But you’d be wrong.

it is about results:

Advanced Computer Science for K-12

August 6, 2008
Dana Thompson Dorsey

In my reading,  I have learned that many women do not take more advanced computer science classes in high school because they are not counted academically when competing for college admissions slots.  Typically computer science courses, such as programming, are labeled as elective or technical art courses, which have no or very little competitive value in the college admissions process.  Given this reality, it is not surprising that most women enter college without considering computer science as a course of study or a career, even if they have an interest in computing. 

Microsoft Faculty Summit

August 5, 2008
Summit speakers

Last week I and a number of other representatives from NCWIT member organizations attended the 2008 Microsoft Faculty Summit, at the invitation of our host and NCWIT Executive Advisory Council member, Rick Rashid of Microsoft Research.  It was also great fun to see everybody, I learned a lot, and my attendance germinated some important new ideas for NCWIT.

In the opening session, Dr. Tony Hey talked about some cool new projects in the works at Microsoft Research:

NCWIT now on Facebook

July 27, 2008
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NCWIT has officially entered the world of social networking with our official NCWIT Supporters Facebook Group.  We encourage you to join.  Just search "NCWIT" within groups.  The group is open and membership is not restricted. As always, important information will always be available on the NCWIT website, but the Facebook group is a great way to have discussions and get to know one another (put faces to names).

BlogHer 08 Conference

July 23, 2008
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"Do you blog too?"

That is what a man asked me, as I hopped on the elevator to join the hundreds (felt like thousands) of other female bloggers for our first day of talks at the Westin-St. Francis hotel in San Francisco.

Somehow, between the munching, swag-grabbing, shopping at Macys, and Wii-playing, professional bloggers, Mommy bloggers, and amateur bloggers all managed to hold numerous conversations about the intricacies of the blogosphere.

Why do people blog?