I wanted to hear about "Saving the World with a CS Degree." I eagerly anticipated this talk because someone was going to tell undergraduates about the link between computing and helping people. A former student would describe his experiences with creating information technology to serve humanity. He had lived in several third world countries, worked to build a system that contributed to Tsunami reconstruction, and provided data entry skills and jobs to the formerly unemployed.
Recently Lucy came up to my neighborhood in Westchester County, New York. While we have met frequently this past year, much of our work and interaction occur over email, so I was excited about showing her around my neighborhood.
Several months ago I asked my friendly congressman whether he thought the middle of America's bell curve realizes that the U.S. ranks below average for 21 industrialized countries in math and science education.
He looked rather startled, so I went on: even when our advanced students are compared to those of 15 other countries, 11 countries outperform us and no country scores significantly below us.
It's not often that my husband insists on turning on the TV at a particular time. Sports events - that's about it. But he recently stumbled onto a new show Beauty and the Geek and he's become a born again TV fan. Last night, he couldn't wait until the show came on again and insisted I come watch it. We both had to giggle a lot about it, at least on the surface of things. Beautiful and seemingly dumb women. Smart and VERY GEEKY men. Men so geeky, they can't even stay in the same room with a gorgeous woman, but rather go and stand in a closet.
Lucy Sanders, CEO of NCWIT, and I spent a wonderful day in New York City in December 2005. Two things stand out in my mind about the day (before we even met on Central Park South). One, it just happened to be the coldest day of the year so far. And two, it was my son's birthday and he was surprised to learn that Mom would be spending it with Lucy, not him!
I was reminded about the wonders of technology, especially converged communications, on a recent trip to New York City. Early one morning, I boarded the train from Grand Central Station to White Plains to meet up with Kay Cioffi, President of TexZen Partners, an enterprise development and strategic marketing group. Kay is a most excellent friend of NCWIT and is helping us reach out to corporations concerning our Workforce Alliance.
A central focus of my work as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy during the late 1990s was preparing American workers—especially scientists, engineers and technologists—for jobs in the new economy. Today, with enormous changes afoot in the world of information technology (IT), preparing Americans to compete and win in the digital economy is even more important—and more challenging—than when I served in government.
ChicTech, an outreach program of the University of Illinois Department of Computer Science, is extending an open invitation for college women to participate in the second annual Games for Girls Programming Competition (G4G).