ACM-W Connections. January 2017

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

Welcome to the January, 2017, 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.

News From ACM-W Celebrations

Happy New Year!   New Year is a time to celebrate, and ACM Celebrations do just that!  An ACM Celebration of Women in Computing event celebrates the accomplishments of female Computer Scientists.  They bring together women within a close geographical area for networking, collaboration and celebration.    Celebration events typically consist of workshops, keynote speakers, panels, poster sessions, research talks and career fairs.  Each Celebration is organized by one or more of our ACM-W tireless volunteers and thus each event is unique.    If you have never attended an ACM Celebration of Women in Computing event, it is time to do so!   You can find the list of upcoming Celebrations on the ACM-W Celebrations web page.

Upcoming Celebrations:

  • MinneWIC – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dakotas, Iowa, February 17/18, 2017
  • OCWiC – Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, February 24/25, 2017
  • CAPWIC – Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing, February 24/25, 2017

News From ACM-W Chapters

We will focus on ACM-W Chapter activities for the next few months. The University of Washington (UW) ACM-W Chapter recently held a brown bag lunch concerning "going to graduate school". See UW ACM-W’s Facebook group: for details. Holding a brown bag lunch is one of the easiest and most effective ideas for supporting women at your school. Besides UW’s idea regarding graduate school, popular topics include: Registration advice, summer research reports, internship preparation, and resume tips. Schools with small budgets can benefit from the brown bag lunch format, because the program requires absolutely no money whatsoever. Similarly, organization of a brown bag lunch requires only a bit of planning: Establishing a means of communication and finding a small panel to lead the discussion and provide advice. Communication ideas include: Email, flyers, Facebook postings, and assigning contact names to ACM-W members. Organize a brown bag lunch to jumpstart your ACM-W chapter’s spring semester in early 2017.

News From ACM-W Scholarships

The ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences.

This time around we have the pleasure to congratulate nine scholars in the Winter! We offer our congratulations to Kim-Anh Tran, Roksana Jahan, Chelsea Patek, Aishwarya Reganti, Arjumand Fatima, Rachel Harsley, Rezvaneh Rezapour, Sanorita Dey and Kanika Narang! A big crop for this time of the year. Chelsea and Aishwarya are both undergraduate students, six of the seven other awardees are pursuing PhD studies, and Roksana is doing a Masters. The conferences chosen also are very diverse, from Code Generation and Optimization (Kim-Anh Tran) to Computer Science Education (Rachel Harsley) with the usual high proportion of Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing (Rezvaneh Rezapour, Sanorita Dey). Well done every one!!! We hope you all will have have plenty of fun, as well as learning in your conferences.

The next application deadline is Febuary 15 for conferences taking place in April and May 2017. For more information and to apply visit: If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Adriana Compagnoni,


  • Up-coming Events in Europe
    • ACM Celebration of Women in Computing: womENcourage 2017
      Save the date and join us at womENcourage 2017 ACM Celebration of Women in Computing on September 6-8, 2017, BARCELONA, SPAIN that will include keynotes, hackathon, workshops, posters, technical talks and panels! More information on key dates in the February newsletter.
    • Increasing Diversity in the HiPEAC community #HiPEAC2017 Stockholm, Sweden, 23-25 January 2017
      ACM Women in Computing Europe will host a Birds of a Feather session at the HiPEAC 2017 conference. Virginia Grande will lead the session which will lay out some of the challenges facing the move towards a better gender balance in our field. We will also discuss what we can all do to benefit from a more diverse and strengthened community. Join us at the BOF on 25th of January in Stockholm, Sweden. Additionally check out the article in the HiPEAC newsletter : Increasing Diversity and Getting Better Results.

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