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Computing Research News

Published: January 2021, Issue: Vol. 33/No.1, Download as PDF

Updated Analysis of Current and Future Computer Science Needs via Advertised Faculty Searches for 2021

By Craig E. Wills, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

This updated work follows a full study released in November 2020, on faculty hiring in Computer Science for hires starting in 2021.  That work analyzed hiring based on ads through mid-November 2020 and found significant decreases in the number of institutions searching and the number of positions being sought.  This updated work considers ads through the end of December 2020 and is intended to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on whether searches have been delayed or simply will not materialize this hiring season.

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CCC Council Member Chad Jenkins in NYT Article: Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than We Are?

By CCC Staff

Many of today’s AI systems have biases against people of color and the broader diversity beyond the white, male, affluent, and able-bodied developers of most computer and robot systems. We need to be sure that when autonomous robots make their decisions, the designer’s flaws and judgments are not “baked in.”

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Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

By CCC Staff

Nominate outstanding colleagues for the CCC Council.

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2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This year’s nominees are a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several are authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others have made presentations at major conferences, and some have produced software artifacts that were in widespread use.

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CRA-E 2021 SIGCSE TS Virtual Pre‐Symposium Event

The CRA Education Committee, with support from NSF, is organizing a Virtual Pre‐Symposium Event for Teaching-Track Faculty at SIGCSE 2021. The event will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM EST. We are now accepting applications to the event! Click here for more information and a tentative agenda.

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New CRA Board Members: Arvind Krishnamurthy, Timothy M. Pinkston and Forrest Shull

CRA recently welcomed Arvind Krishnamurthy, Timothy M. Pinkston, and Forrest Shull as new Board Members. Krishnamurthy is the Vice President of the USENIX Board of Directors and replaces Brian Noble as the USENIX representative on the CRA Board. Pinkston replaces Mark D. Hill as an academic member on the Board. Hill recently moved into industry with a position at Microsoft as Partner Hardware Architect with Azure, requiring him to step down from the Board. Shull is the President of IEEE-CS and replaces Greg Byrd as one of the IEEE-CS representatives on the Board. CRA thanks Byrd, Hill, and Noble for their terms of service on the CRA Board.

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CCC 2020 Highlights

By Elizabeth Bradley, CCC Chair

Some highlights from the year.

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Do Senior Undergraduates Who Aspire for Graduate School Make Steps Toward This Goal in Their Last Year of College?

By Heather M. Wright, Associate Director of CERP

CERP assessed whether undergraduate students who had aspirations to earn a graduate-level degree made steps toward reaching that goal in their senior year of college. Results are displayed by students who intend to earn a master’s degree and those who aspire for a doctoral degree.

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Get Involved With CRA-WP Opportunities

Deadline February 1: Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS):
The SWSIS program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 for women in the formative stages of their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fields relating to information security. Apply now at www.swsis.org.


Deadline February 15: Distributed Experiences for Undergraduates
The CRA-WP Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) program matches students with faculty mentors for summer research experiences at the faculty mentor’s home institution. DREU interns are directly involved in a research project with graduate students and professors, and faculty mentors work with new students from other institutions. Applications are currently open for both students and mentors; apply by February 15, 2021.
Learn about first hand experiences with the DREU program in this new video.


Nominations Due March 31: CRA-WP Skip Ellis Early Career Award
CRA-WP is excited to launch the second cycle of its newest award, the Skip Ellis Early Career Award. The award recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers in computing who identify as a member of a group underrepresented in computing (African-American, Latinx, Native American/First Peoples, and/or people with disabilities). Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found here.


Nominations Due March 31: CRA-WP Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA)
The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-WP and is inspired by her commitment to increasing the participation of women in computing research. Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found here.

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Upcoming Deadlines

Are You Working on the Taulbee Survey?

The due date for the main section of the Taulbee Survey is January 20. Academic units that participated in the salary survey should have received their links to the preliminary results.

Upcoming Deadlines

February 1 – CRA-E 2021 SIGCSE TS Virtual Pre‐Symposium Event

February 12 – Nominations for New CCC Council Members

March 31 – CRA-WP Borg Early Career Award

March 31 – CRA-WP Skip Ellis Early Career Award

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