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The Women of Microsoft's NERD Center

by Scott Kirsner a Globe Correspondent

Women hold about a quarter of the jobs in the computing industry, and they make up about the same percentage of the employee base at Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. But the leadership of Microsoft's 300-person Cambridge outpost, which began taking shape three years ago, is entirely female. Read more.


The Anti-Crisis Project: Thinking Our Way to a Better Future

August 2, 2010
by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Abstract: Recently over 200 scientists and more than 50 universities have come together to form the FuturICT initiative. Led by physicist, traffic scientist and sociologist Dirk Helbing of ETH Zurich, the initiative aims at implementing the expertise of various fields -- physics, computer sciences, mathematics, economics etc. -- in order to develop various supercomputing facilities and large-scale laboratories that will focus on analyzing human behavior so as to better understand society. Three systems have been planned: a living earth visualator which would be capable of simulating and visualizing the world on a global scale and focus "on the interaction between technical, social and economic systems as well as their physical and biological environment;" crisis observatories that are able to detect possible crisis; and a knowledge accelerator that would be able to recognize important social or technological innovations early on in order to better concentrate on and develop them. Such systems would help assist in making decisions and clarifying policy choices. Read Full Article


Where are the Women Entrepreneurs in Hi-tech Start-Ups?

by Cynthia Kocialski

There are many meetings in Silicon Valley about innovation, technology, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. If one of the panelists or speakers is a woman, inevitably someone asks the question why there aren't more women founders or more start-up women in technology and science. While the number of women small business owners hovers around 50 percent, the number of women founders of hi-tech start-ups is in the low single digits. What makes the technology industry different? Read more



Transfer, Texas Style

May 2009
by David Motz of Inside Higher Ed

Public universities in Texas are betting that community college transfer students will help them respond to their state’s call to drastically improve college-going and graduation rates. As a result, higher education leaders are trying hard to share stories of success at promoting transfer. Read More

Turing Award Recipient Announced

March 10, 2009
by Melissa Norr

Barbara Liskov, a professor at MIT, has received the 2008 A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for her work in the design of computer programming languages. Liskov is only the second woman to receive the Turing Award and she was the first woman to earn a computer science PhD. Read more.


U.S. undergraduate majors rise 8.1%,
first increase since 2000

March 2009
by Carolyn Duffy Marsan,

The number of computer science majors enrolled at U.S. universities increased for the first time in six years, according to a Computing Research Association study released in March 2009. Read More


Women in Computing -- Take 2

February 2009
by Maria Klawe, Telle Whiteney and Caroline Simard

The first half has the latest statistics on women's participation. (As
of 2005, women get 22% of undergrad CS degrees in the U.S., 29% of
master's degrees, and 20% of doctorates.) The rest covers "best
practices" and recommendations for getting women of all ages into
computing. Read More

Karen Panetta: Bringing Geek Chic Into Style

December 5, 2008
By Susan Karlin

"When IEEE Fellow Karen Panetta and a group of her engineering students, dubbed the Nerd Girls, appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show” in July, the idea was to promote the fact that female engineers can be attractive and hip..." Read More