ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.
Our Corporate Supporters
We are very grateful for the support of several corporate sponsors. At present, ACM-W has funding from Oracle (through Oracle Academy), Microsoft Research, and Google for our scholarships, from Google for the Athena Lecturer Award, and continuing support from Microsoft Research for the Celebrations and for community college related activities. Thanks to their generosity in helping us to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing.
Letter from ACM-W chair
Welcome to the February issue of ACM-W Connections.
We have a small newsletter this month but don’t worry, we have lots of exciting things we’re working on that you’ll be hearing about in the months to come. Check out an idea from the Chapters Ctte. of an event that’s easy for student chapters to run, and check out the list of upcoming March, 2017, Celebration events.
Meanwhile, in partnership with CRA-W, we invited people outside of North America to apply to attend the CRA-W Grad Cohort event in April with an eye toward starting a similar event in their own area. We received quite a number of applications and are currently ironing out plans with groups from India, Australia, Netherlands, and Spain. We hope they can all attend, and we’ll certainly report here after the Grad Cohort meeting
Thanks for your continued support for and interest in ACM-W!
~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair
People of ACM-W
Dr. Carol Spradling is a Professor of Computer Science at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Dr. Spradling was recently selected to be the new Director of the new School of Computer Science and Information Systems. She is a passionate advocate for women in computing, serving in various roles in ACM-W for over 13 years, and was a cofounder of the regional Missouri Iowa Nebraska Kansas - Women in Computing Conference (MINK-WIC). She received the 2011 ACM-SIGCAS Outstanding Service Award, the 2012 Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, the 2011 Dean’s Faculty Award for Exemplary Teaching in the Northwest Missouri State University - Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies, and was a founder and active advisor for the innovative Northwest Knacktive program.
This month we feature Dr. Carol Spradling in our People of ACM-W series. Read an interview with Spradling here.
Why You Should Join ACM-W
If you think it is important to recruit and retain as many women as possible in the computing field, you should join ACM-W! Together, we will help celebrate, inform and support women in computing:
- Celebrate: One of the most popular ways to celebrate women in computing is by starting and/or attending an ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing; the accomplishments of women in computing are at the heart of ACM-W's e-Newsletter. And ACM-W encourages its members to celebrate the work of prominent women by nominating them for Awards -- such as the Athena Award & Lecture -- as well as ACM Advanced Grade Membership.
- Inform: Via ACM-W's student scholarship program, young women are informed about the research going on, and become acquainted with the researchers, in their field. Members of ACM-W Student Chapters are informed about the educational and career opportunities available to them.
- Support: Lend your enthusiasm, inspiration, and support to ACM-W, and help make a difference in the global computing community!
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