Happy New Year!

This month it is my pleasure to introduce Sarah McRoberts, ACM-W Communications Committee Chair to bring her personal greeting.  Sarah has been driving our social media efforts since joining the leadership team.  She defended her Ph.D. thesis virtually in the early part of the pandemic last year and is currently a UX researcher at Google.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims

ACM-W Chair

A Greeting from Sarah McRoberts, ACM-W Communications Co-Chair

Welcome, to the ACM-W Newsletter, and Happy New Year!

I’m Sarah McRoberts, Co-Chair of Communications. I don’t know about you, but I’m having an especially hard time setting my 2021 goals or resolutions. It’s hard to know what we’ll get to look forward to this year. At ACM-W, we’ll be taking things step by step, keeping safety in mind as we try to recreate togetherness wherever we can. 

With that in mind, we thought a fun way to help us all boost our spirits would be a little contest! We’re calling on members of our ACM-W Chapters (Student and Professional) to share their new 2021 recruiting poster on social media. Post your image with the hashtag #ACMW2021poster in the caption, and we’ll choose 10 winners to get a $300 grant for their chapter to buy swag for their members! 

Details

Post your poster to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, it LinkedIn using the hashtag #ACMW2021poster, and make sure we can see it (by posting publicly, tagging our accounts, or posting directly on our Facebook or LinkedIn groups). The contest will be open until February 15th. Winners will be selected randomly. We’ll share our favorites in the March Newsletter. One entry per account, but each Chapter can only win once. 

Not in an ACM-W Chapter?

Look up chapters in our directory here, to find one near you. If there isn’t a chapter, why not start one?!

Good luck!

Sarah

ACM-W Rising Star Award Recipient: Munmun De Choudhury

Dr. Munmun De Choudhury

ACM-W would like to announce Dr. Munmun De Choudhury as this year’s recipient of the ACM-W Rising Star Award. The ACM-W Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline.  Dr. De Choudhury will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. ACM-W would like to thank Dr. Andrea Goldsmith for her donation, which was used to establish this award.

Munmun De Choudhury, PhD is an Associate Professor at the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech. Dr. De Choudhury’s research develops novel computational techniques, and technologies powered by these techniques, to responsibly and ethically employ social media in quantifying, understanding, and improving personal and societal health and well-being. She is credited to have laid the foundation of this new line of research – a topic that now constitutes a full-fledged research pursuit among scholars and practitioners worldwide. Towards this goal, Dr. De Choudhury’s research program adopts a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach involving over 150 coauthors from more than 10 disciplines, that balances methodological contributions with practical impact. Her research group at Georgia Tech – the Social Dynamics and Well-Being Laboratory, combines the power of social computing, machine learning, and natural language analysis with insights and theories from the social and behavioral sciences, such as psychology, sociology, psychiatry, medicine, and public health. Dr. De Choudhury evaluates the developed computational techniques using diverse, trans-disciplinary human-centered methods, deriving conclusions grounded in human behavior.

Dr. De Choudhury’s work has been the recipient of many awards, including 13 best paper and honorable mention paper awards from the ACM and AAAI, the 2019 Complex Systems Junior Scientific Award, and faculty awards from Mozilla, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo!. Her research has raised over $14 million in research grants, gifts, and contracts from federal, industry, and non-profit sponsors, demonstrating the breadth of her research impact and interest from diverse stakeholders. Dr. De Choudhury’s research has also been extensively covered by prominent popular press like the New York Times, BBC, NPR, NBC News, Wired, Atlantic, Scientific American, and the Time magazine. She has advised social media companies, non-profits, advocacy and governmental organizations, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, The Aspen Institute, The Civic Signals Initiative, Everytown for Gun Safety, The United Nations Foundation, The Pacific Northwest National Lab, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2020, Dr. De Choudhury served as the General Chair of International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), the leading interdisciplinary conference on social media. Earlier, Dr. De Choudhury was a faculty associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research, and obtained her PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University in 2011.

The ACM-W Chair Dr. Jodi Tims will be presenting the award (pending logistics) to Dr. De Choudhury at a conference of her choice. We would like to congratulate Dr. De Choudhury on her early career success and contributions to the field of computing!

Sincerely,

The ACM-W Rising Star Selection Committee

Pamela Wisniewski (Chair), Samaher Al-Janabi, Lilia Georgieva, Heli Helskyaho, Bimlesh Wadhwa, and Tao Xie

Celebrating Technology Leaders – Women in Data

Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT,  a panel discussion featuring Samia Khalid (Senior AI Engineer at Microsoft), Lilla Czako (Data Engineer at Doximity) and Liza Layne (Lead Data & Analytics Manager at Eurostar International Ltd), with host Bushra Anjum [On Demand]

5th ACM-W India National Level Virtual Hackathon 2020

19th -20th December, 2020                                                                            

5th ACM-W India National Level Virtual Hackathon 2020 started with an ideology to support and motivate the girl students in the field of Computer Science. Initially, it was supposed to be in offline mode but the pandemic situation brought new challenges to overcome and it was finally decided that it will happen in online mode. This event was successfully hosted by ABES Engineering College, Ghaziabad. In this virtual hackathon there were three rounds. First was the idea selection round where the teams from all over India were asked to present their ideas/solution for a problem based on the given theme of ‘SELF RELIANT INDIA’ with various domains such as Healthcare, Education, Finance, Agricultural and Social Innovation. The entries for this round were initially accepted from 1st October 2020 to 25th October 2020 and due to the popular demand, the deadline was extended to 30th October 2020. For the first round more than 75 entries we received.  From which only 20 teams were shortlisted for the 2nd round which was the interview round. In this round the selected teams had to explain their idea/project to a panel of judges from which 10 teams were supposed to be selected pan India. This round was organised on 22nd November,2020 and for this round we had 16 judges from the various industries, different ACM chapters and from ACM Student chapter and ACM-W student chapter of ABES Engineering College, Ghaziabad.

On 19th December 2020, the final round started with the inaugural ceremony which was addressed by Mr. Chandrashekhar Sahasrabuddhe (COO, ACM India) followed by Dr. Heena Timani (Chairperson, ACM-W India), Dr. Shailesh Tiwari (Director, ABESEC) and Dr. Pankaj K. Sharma (Head, CS Department, Faculty sponsor ACM ABES Chapter). This inauguration ceremony was concluded by Ms. Madhuri Gupta, Faculty Coordinator, ACM-W ABESEC Chapter followed by a vote of thanks by Ms. Sanika Singh. Finally, the hackathon began with the selected top 10 teams.

Glimpse of Virtual Inaugural Function of Hackathon

They were asked to develop a solution on a problem statement that was allotted to them on 19th December 2020. Problem statement of hackathon are listed below.

On the same day, there were two mentoring sessions for each team, to help them with the problem statement followed by one evaluation session on the same day. For refreshment purpose a cultural program was even organised on 19th December 2020.  After continues coding for 24 hours the teams were ready with their project. By the end of the hackathon i.e. on 20th DECEMBER 2020 teams were supposed to submit a 3min video illustration of their project and after that a final evaluation was conducted with panel of reputed judges.

Glimpse of Presentation by participants of Hackathon
Glimpse of valedictory ceremony and prize distribution of Hackathon

The valedictory ceremony was initiated by Ms Ritika Malik, Faculty Sponsor of ACM-W ABESEC student Chapter with a small briefing of the entire event. Hackathon winners were announced by Dr. Heena Timani, Chairperson ACM-W India.

1st Prize:   ₹ 24,000                     Team Leader  Ms.Sakshi Singh College: K.I.E.T Ghaziabad Project Title: Spam SMS Filtering    2nd Prize: ₹ 15,000 Team Leader Ms. Ruchika Sharan College: IIT Mandi Project Title: A system for detection of corona virus in human body using artificial intelligence  3rd Prize: ₹ 12,000 Team Leader Ms. Sanjana Jain College: ABES Engineering College, Ghaziabad Project Title: System for prescribing drug in hospitals and it’s substitute availability in the medical shops of the area/city

Which was followed by address by Mr.Chandrashekhar Sahasrabudhe, COO, ACM India and a vote of thanks by Ms. Sanika Singh, Asst. Professor, ABESEC Ghaziabad, marked the end of hackathon.

CSTA Expands Focus on CS Equity

Following the success of the inaugural cohort, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has expanded their CSTA Equity Fellowship program to include 15 fellows who have demonstrated success in disrupting inequities in K-12 computer science and want to improve equitable access and achievement at a broader scale. These 15 fellows, selected from 131 applicants, have a combined 150 years of K-12 teaching experience, including 80 years teaching computer science, and represent 11 states and provinces. 

This year-long program will provide leadership development opportunities to fellows and identify opportunities for the group to develop ongoing, peer-to-peer professional learning experience focused on addressing issues of equity in the computer science classrooms for CSTA members.

To compliment the flash talks, projects and CSTA Voice articles developed by the inaugural cohort, this year’s Fellows will be: 

  • Collaboratively authoring a book on equity-based practices in K-12 CS education
  • Developing three online workshops, focused on Anti-racist/CR PD, Curriculum Development PD and Supporting School- and District-Wide Solutions 
  • Creating a multimedia website and podcast, and 
  • Planning CSTA’s first Equity in Action Summit 

The Equity in Action Summit, set for March 6, is a one-day virtual event that brings together K-12 CS teachers to call out inequities of access and achievement in marginalized groups and to share strategies and resources to empower and equip teachers in addressing the digital divide. Registration is now open! Please join us and share with K-12 teachers that may be interested in attending.