Women in computing - take 2.

Commun. ACM 01/2009; 52:68-76. DOI: 10.1145/1461928.1461947
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ABSTRACT Around the world, women have made some progress in the field of computing over the past decade. Women now play a heightened role in technology leadership, and they have gained representation at many important points in organizational hierarchies. The proportion of undergraduate computer science degrees received by women has declined sharply -- from 37% in 1985 to 22% in 2005. Over more than a decade, a host of initiatives has evolved to increase and sustain the participation of women, at all levels of academia, in computing. At the faculty level, the primary goals are to recruit more women faculty and ensure that they ultimately achieve tenure and promotion. Improving women's representation in computing must also entail more enlightened governmental institutions and policies. Every computing professional, male and female alike, can contribute to the increased participation of women in the field. Long-term success depends on the entire community taking responsibility for making computing a broadly supportive and inclusive discipline.

  • 19th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2011, Helsinki, Finland, June 9-11, 2011; 01/2011
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    ABSTRACT: Though there is an increasing need for computer scientists in our society, gifted young people with strong mathematical background, who would be well-suited for a study of computer science, often do not consider this choice because they have a wrong picture of computer science in mind. In this paper we present a new concept of collaborative learning to introduce high-school students to the field of theoretical computer science. In particular, we choose the demanding field of real-time systems in order to illustrate the applicability of theoretical methods on real-world systems. Statistical results show that with our concept we are able to point out the manifoldness, beauty and challenge of this scientific area and can convince high-school students to consider computer science as a choice of study.
    Proceedings of the 11th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research; 01/2011
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    ABSTRACT: Computer scientists assert, to anyone who will listen, that computer science is a multi-disciplinary science spanning numberless fields of human endeavour, and students in every major should find studying computer science worthwhile. College students do not seem to believe us. To address their misperception directly, we have developed a course in human centered design for the general undergraduate population. We worked hard to ensure the course satisfies a general education science requirement at our university, giving non-computing students a compelling reason to take the class. During the 2009--2010 school year, the first offerings of this class occurred, and this paper shall present our observations to date.
    Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges. 01/2011; 26(4):115-121.

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