Nancy Lynch Named 2012-2013 Athena Lecturer
ACM-W has named Nancy Lynch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the . She developed mathematical approaches to understanding the capabilities of distributed systems, which rely on multiple processors for computation and coordination. These systems include traditional wired networks, modern mobile communications, cloud computing systems, parallel computers, and embedded computers in factory machinery. Her contributions include modeling and proof techniques, algorithms, and impossibility results that are now in the toolbox of computer scientists who design distributed systems.
Women Support Students in High Technology (Scroll down on page to see story)
Tacoma Weekly, December 19, 2012
University of Puget Sound computer science majors Jillian Andersen '13 and Shelby Lee '13 have been awarded a $750 grant to fund their plan to start a college group that supports women in computer science. The $750 Student Seed Fund grant was awarded by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and is sponsored by Symantec, a global company offering security, backup, and availability solutions. The two Puget Sound students aim to work with Pacific Lutheran University students to create a joint ACM-W college chapter. The ACM-W represents women in the international Association for Computing Machinery. "By building a community where we can discuss the issues that women in computer science face, we can help foster a sense of belonging," Andersen and Lee wrote in their proposal.
10 Women in Tech Who Give Back
Datamation, August 16, 2012
Ten tech pioneers are working to boost the ranks of women in the tech industry.
Women Bridge Computer-Science Gap
Chicago Tribune, August 4, 2012
"There is a predicted shortage of technology workers by 2018, and women are especially courted for their ability to manage projects and teams successfully," says Gloria Townsend, ACM-W Council member and founder of the ACM-W Regional Women in Computing Conferences. "Just as the early 1980s was a wonderful time for women to enter the field of computing, 2012 holds even more promise as a stepping stone to a technological future." Townsend is also the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant aimed at encouraging more women to explore computing as a career.