Navigating the Road Ahead

August 1, 2005

On July 29th, 2005, NCWIT Board member Avis Yates Rivers and I went to visit the Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Deb Denis, who is responsible for IT diversity within Vanguard, had arranged for our visit to talk to over 50 IT managers concerning the declining number of girls and women interested in IT.

Title IX

July 20, 2005
Marcia Greenberger

For all of the problems that his remarks revealed and engendered, Larry Summers deserves thanks for catapulting the issue of women's under-representation in math, science and technology to a level of nationwide attention it has never before received. We should capitalize on this attention – and on the commitments made by President Summers and other university leaders and policy makers – to take concrete steps to eliminate the artificial and discriminatory barriers that women continue to face in these fields.

Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Education Reform

July 6, 2005
Sarah Revi Sterling and Rep. Lynn Woolsey

On June 28, 2005, Sarah Revi Sterling (pictured, at right, with Rep. Lynn Woolsey), Senior Manager of Microsoft's University Relations and Chairperson of National Center for Women & Information Technology's (NCWIT) Workforce Alliance, testified before the House Subcommittee on Education Reform's hearing on "How the Private Sector is Helping States and Communities Improve High Schools." Ms.

Work + Life: Finding the Balance

June 27, 2005

The ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder is an agile, campus-wide catalyst for multidisciplinary curriculum, research, and outreach involving the content and tools of Information Technology. As Executive in Residence for ATLAS, one of the things I do is help coordinate and lead a three-week summer technology camp called DigitalCUrrents , which just ended last week.

NCWIT’s May Meetings

June 10, 2005
Lucy Sanders

NCWIT has just completed another busy, engaging, and productive round of semi-annual Alliance Meetings (held May 24-26 in Washington, D.C.) where we covered a range of topics.

We reviewed the NCWIT high-level messaging and progress.

We learned about organizational change from a slate of experts.

Innovation: the Key to America’s Future

June 6, 2005
Mildred Porter

The National Medal of Technology, managed by the Technology Administration of the U. S. Department of Commerce, is the highest honor that the President of the United States awards to American innovators. These Medal Laureates are true stars. Their contributions drive our economy, enhance our lives, maintain our competitive edge, and set the course for our future.

Math, Science, & Engineering: Key to U.S. Competitiveness

May 20, 2005
Paula Stern

In the post 9/11 world, the Iraq War and threats to homeland security have dominated Washington's national security debate. Fears of terrorist attacks and weapons of mass destruction riveted the attention of policy makers. But now come signs that America's political leaders are finally turning their attention to a chronic national security concern—the failure of the US to remain competitive in math, science and engineering.

Being a Mentor

May 14, 2005
Lucy Sanders

In the not too distant past, I was asked to do an NPR interview on women and mentoring. It got me thinking in specific terms about what mentors "do," and ultimately led me to conclude that we use the word "mentor" far too casually. Often, as mentors, we stop short of what we can and should be doing. This is especially important in our quest to increase the number of women in technology leadership positions.

Computer Science: the Perfect Storm

May 3, 2005
Ed Lazowska

I'd like to encourage some speculation about one of the world's great incongruities.

Computer Science is a great field. It's supremely creative. It's changing our lives, driving our economy, and transforming the conduct of science, engineering, and many other fields. It's projected to be the source of 70% of the jobs in all fields of science and engineering between now and 2012. It's open to everyone.

Image and Impact

April 22, 2005
Maria Klawe

In the US and Canada (and in many other parts of the world) the image of computing careers and computing professionals discourages many talented young people, especially women and minorities, from choosing to study computer science. For at least the last decade the computing profession has been widely viewed by high school students, parents, teachers, and counselors as being for individuals who have been obsessed with computers since puberty and want to program sixteen hours a day.