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 January issue of ACM-W Connections.
To kick off 2017, the Scholarship Ctte. reports on their 9 most recent awards. The Chapters Ctte. will be focusing for a few months on ideas for chapter activities, and start by highlighting activities of the University of Washington chapter. We have a number of announcements from ACM-W Europe. And we have our newest People of ACM-W feature, an interview with Carol Spradling. Carol has been involved with ACM-W for over a decade, and we are particularly grateful for her important work launching MINK-WiC, one of our longstanding Celebration events.
I recently received email from one of our former Scholarship recipients, Zeineb Chelly. Zeineb, while a Ph.D. student at Institut Superieur de Gestion de Tunis, received a scholarship to attend GECCO 2014. Zeineb has now received another honor, winning the European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship. In March, Zeineb will start working as a research fellow at Aberystwith University, UK. We wish Zeineb continued success!
I also received email from Miroslav Skoric, one of our regular Connections readers. Miraslov has extensive experience with amateur radio bulletin board systems and the use of amateur radio as a learning technology. He recently traveled to India where he gave a number of lectures. His trip included a visit to ABES Engineering College in Ghaziabad where his lecture was attended by students from both the ACM and ACM-W chapters at the school.
The rest of January will be pretty quiet for ACM-W, but then things heat up quickly with many celebrations schedule for late winter and spring. MinneWiC (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dakotas, and Iowa) will be February 17-18, and both OCWiC (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana) and CAPWiC (Virginia, DC, Maryland) will be February 24-25.
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~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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