Creating Your Own K-12 Outreach Program

January 9, 2007
People looking at screen

Women in Computing group members from Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder are organizing a workshop at SIGCSE 2007 to help administrators, faculty, staff, and students create their own K-12 outreach program.

IT's Need for the Feminine Touch

January 2, 2007
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A friend recently sent me a copy of a report from IT advisory firm Cutter Consortium entitled "The Defeminization of IT."

Holiday Gifts: the Gorillapod

December 25, 2006

If you came up short while shopping for your techno-geek or gadget-hound this year, or if you'll be returning merchandise for a credit and you're wondering how to spend it, we've got a suggestion: the Joby Gorillapod.

We stumbled across this gadget while surfing our favorite blogs, and it has turned out to be a very popular gift! It's a flexible, portable tripod that works with almost any digital camera, and you can find it online for less than $25.

Best Buy's ROWE Endeavor

December 19, 2006
Women with laptop

The blog I wrote on the problem with the phrase "work-life balance" really struck a chord. It was picked up by the Boulder Daily Camera, and the following week I was stopped on campus and elsewhere around Boulder by people who said they really agreed with me.

Some things learned at NCWIT

December 12, 2006

I attended the NCWIT meetings at Georgia Tech in Atlanta just before Thanksgiving, and came home with a bounty of new thoughts, ideas, and information. I heard about programs that people are trying in different places, how they are trying them, and what early results they are seeing. I heard a wonderful talk on influence. I heard about possible opportunities for my students, including things we or they might try and resources available to them.

Education: Perspectives on Girls, Boys, and the Need for Improvement

November 28, 2006
Paula Stern

Americans are in danger of losing their competitive edge in the world economic system. This idea seems to have widespread, bipartisan support, which is rarely heard of in Washington these days. Despite the recent focus on this burgeoning issue, there seems to be little agreement about the solution. Lately, one of the most frequent responses is to look to U.S. K-12 school systems as a target of reform, but even ways of doing that are controversial.

The Problem With "Work-life Balance"

November 21, 2006

The phrase "work-life balance" has become a ubiquitous term in most lexicons and it yields about 2 million hits on Google. For many, and I used to be one of them, the phrase connotes fair work environments in which employees enjoy happy, stress-free lives with their friends and family outside of work; and career paths in which the realities of work don't infringe on the enjoyment of life.

Meeting the New Boss: Outlook for Technology Policy in the Next Congress

November 14, 2006
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The outcome of last week's election is now clear with the Democrats taking over the legislative branch. The dust, however, is far from settled. Democrats have the opportunity to make a profound and lasting impact on technology policy. What shape this will take is unclear, because much of it will be dictated by the new House and Senate Chairpersons who have not organized or set any agendas yet.

ChicTech's Games for Girls Programming Competition

November 9, 2006
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ChicTech, an outreach program of the University of Illinois' Department of Computer Science, extends an open invitation for college women to participate in the third annual Games for Girls Programming Competition (G4G). Applications must be submitted by December 22, 2006 and completed projects are due by March 16, 2007.

Programming: Why Not?

October 31, 2006
Mark Guzdial

One of the common explanations for the falling enrollment in CS, among women in particular, is "programming." The frequently repeated story is that students think that computer science is only about programming, and they don't like programming, so they don't enroll in computer science. I've had a couple of experiences over the last few months that demonstrated to me just how much students dislike programming, at a deeper level than I had expected.