ACM-W Connections-July 2019

  • Letter from ACM-W Chair
  • News from ACM-W Scholarships
  • News from ACM-W Celebrations
  • News from ACM-W Europe
  • News from ACM-W India

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

In response to the call for nominations for various leadership positions in ACM-W, we received many impressive candidates.  This month I am pleased to announce the first two appointments.

ACM-W North America Committee, Chair

Monica McGill, Ed.D., has been named the chair of the newly formed ACM-W North America Committee. Dr. McGill is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Knox College. She comes to the ACM-W North America chair position having had experience in multiple sectors, including government, industry, and academia. She is active in Computer Science Education research with emphases on the impact of K-12 computing activity on its participants and the interrelationships between technology, humanity, and equality. She was the lead designer and developer of csedresearch.org, a website and repository of research on Computer Science Education with a focus towards preK-12 materials, and has published several dozen papers in journals and conference proceedings, many focusing on the factors that impact women in computing. She is passionate about supporting women in tech and bringing more women into this great sector and is excited for the opportunity to enable the North American Council to continue with the great work others have done in this area. 

ACM-W Rising Star Award Committee, Chair

Dr. Wisniewski is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher whose work lies at the intersection of Social Computing and Privacy. She is particularly interested in the interplay between social media, privacy, and online safety for adolescents. She has authored over 55 peer-reviewed publications and has won multiple best papers (top 1%) and best paper honorable mentions (top 5%) at ACM SIGCHI conferences. She has been awarded over $2.55 million in external grant funding as a principal investigator or Co-PI, and her research has been featured by popular news media outlets, including ABC News, NPR,Psychology Today, and U.S. News and World Report. She is an inaugural member of the ACM Future Computing Academy and the first computer scientist to ever be selected as a William T. Grant Scholar.

We are excited to welcome Monica and Pam to these positions.  Look for more information soon on additional positions within these two committees.

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter are reports from:

  • ACM Scholarships
  • ACM-W Celebrations
  • ACM-W India
  • ACM-W Europe

It is our practice to take a bit of a break during the month of August, so look for the next edition of ACM-W Connections in September.

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

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

News from ACM Scholarships

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated six times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences. There are usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

If the award is for attendance at one of the ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIG conferences), the SIG will most likely provide complementary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. We never cease to find truly inspiring stories!

This month we are   happy to report that we are now able to post the “trip reports” of  our awardees online at https://women.acm.org/scholars/acm-w-scholars/?sch_year=2019.  This system is just starting, but hopefully in due course we will have all trip reports online, which is great news. It means we can present all the beautiful stories we receive, instead of having to choose only two or three every scholarship decision round.

This time around we are happy to announce five winners. First an undergraduate student from India, Sarthika Dhawan, who wants to go to the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Macao, China; then one PhD student from Brazil, Eliane Dias, who wants to go to Cyprus for INTERACT 2019 and a Master’s student, Bianca Rodrigues Teixeira, from a different part of Brazil, who also wants to go to Cyprus for INTERACT 2019. After that, we have Aikaterina Margatina, an undergraduate student from Athens, Greece who wants to go to Firenze, Italy for the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL2019. Finally, we have one PhD student from Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, Sangita Dhara, who wants to go to Pasadena, CA, USA for the IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology.

We are also pleased to report a nice message received from one of the winners’ Advisor, who said “Thank you very much [for the scholarship for our student.] Your support is very important to help our female 
students attend important scientific events, especially in countries 
where scientific funding is becoming very scarce. I just sent a message to all my colleagues about this, and I hope to engage more of our students in the future.

Congratulations to all of our winners! We hope you will enjoy being part of your chosen research community.

The next application deadline is August 15 for conferences taking place Oct 1 – Nov 30, 2019.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/.  If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it

News from ACM-W Celebrations

The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing was held in Lake George, NY April 12-13. 170 students, faculty, industry representatives and sponsors attended. 

The CRA-W DLS program supported our keynote speakers. Dr. Jane Snowdon talked about the direction and impact of AI. Her talk was informative and aspirational and appealed to both students, folks from academia, and industry professionals. Dr. Nicki Washington inspired our attendees to “Dare to be Dope” with her morning talk about being your authentic self despite others expectations and perceptions. A chief goal of NYCWiC is to provide student attendees with role models. Both Dr. Snowdon and Dr. Washington modeled for them what it looks like to be a successful woman in technology.

In addition to panels about graduate school and cool jobs, workshops about AWS Lambda, Intro to Processing, Implicit Bias and resume critiques started the conference, followed by table topics and Dr. Snowdon’s keynote during dinner and Tinkering with Treats. We had a Ghost Tour and Game Night on Friday night for students to unwind and socialize. Saturday started with breakfast with Dr. Washington’s keynote, followed by an unconference session of panels created and voted on by the conference attendees. We ended with a Career Fair and photo shoot with the Sit With Me red chair!

News from ACM-W India

ACM- W India Fourth National Level Hackathon for women in Computing

ACM-W India, ACM Pune Chapter and SICSR ACM-W Student Chapter are delighted to invite your participation in the fourth ACM India National Level Hackathon for Women in Computing. This Hackathon aims to inspire, recognize girl’s students by providing a platform to enhance their problem solving skills in Computing. The platform provides an umbrella to female students from different parts of the nation to brainstorm code and develop technologies that would solve environmental health problems and challenges.

The Hackathon theme “Advancing Information Technology For Humanity” is designed to contribute towards the technological solution for the Environmental Health. The theme broadly focuses on natural and manmade environment and its effects on human health. Examples of such studies are various chemical exposures, human exposed to various insects, Climate change, Noise pollution and many more.

Date:  17-18  November, 2019
Venue: Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune, Maharashtra India
Website: http://acmwh19.sicsr.ac.in/

News from ACM-W Europe

Informatika Feminale and Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni

The 22nd Informatica Feminale, the International Summer University for Women in Informatics and Computing, and also the 11th Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni, the International Summer University for Women in Engineering will be held from August 12 to 30, 2019 at Bremen University, Germany.

Registration is possible via the following websites until July 20, 2019.

Informatica Feminale 2019

22nd International Summer University for Women in Informatics / Computing

August 12 – 30, 2019 https://www.informatica-feminale.de

Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni 2019

11th International Summer University for Women in Engineering August 12 – 30, 2019 https://www.ingenieurinnen-sommeruni.de

Both summer universities are directed at women students of all disciplines, levels and different types of institutions of higher education as well as all women interested in computing, engineering and technology and women professionals from all over the world.

The program covers around 50 courses: introductory and basic content as well as advanced and specialized topics on an academic level. A variety of classes are offered, including  materials, membrane technology, sustainability, 3D-printing, Internet of things, gender and diversity in technology development, immersive websites, modelling and data analytics, machine learning, bioinformatics, data privacy and security, microcontroller, robotics and technical infrastructures, database systems, programming, operating systems, project and quality management, moderating and presentation skills.