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Announcements from the Computing Research Association.

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In Memoriam: David S. Johnson


CRA regrets to report that former CRA board member David S. Johnson, 70, passed away on March 8. He was a leader and advocate for algorithms and all of theoretical computer science. David wrote the NP-completeness column for the Journal on Algorithms and later the ACM Transactions on Algorithms, as well as “A Catalog of Complexity Classes” for the 1990 Handbook of Theoretical Computer Science. He founded the Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA), a conference that is now often mentioned with STOC and FOCS as a top theory venue. He also created the DIMACS algorithms challenges, and led SIGACT from 1987-1991, during which time he transformed the organization. David also served as its face for many years thereafter.

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Fred Schneider Receives Service to CRA Award


The Computing Research Association (CRA) is pleased to honor Fred Schneider, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Cornell University, with a Service to CRA Award for his work with the organization. Fred was a member of the CRA Board from 2007 to 2016, during which time he thought deeply about how to have positive impact on the computing research community and spearheaded several key initiatives.

Introducing the CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award Winners


The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) is proud to announce three winners of the inaugural CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award. Congratulations to the 2016 award recipients: Pieter Abbeel, from the University of California, Berkeley; Marie desJardins, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Judy Goldsmith from the University of Kentucky. These outstanding individuals are recognized for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of these students to research-focused graduate programs in computing. The 2016 selection committee included Nancy Amato (Texas A&M University, committee chair); Eric Aaron (Vassar College); Pat Morreale (Kean University); and Barbara Ryder (Virginia Tech). This year’s awards will be presented at the 2016 CRA Conference at Snowbird.

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2016 CRA Board Election Results


CRA members have elected four new members to its board of directors: Penny Rheingans, Shashi Shekhar, Josep Torrellas, and Min Wang. Current board members Chris Johnson and Ron Brachman were re-elected to the CRA board. Their terms run from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019. Retiring from the board as of June 30, 2016 are Tracy Camp, Ann Condon, Laura Haas, and Fred Schneider. CRA thanks them all for contributions during their service on the board.

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2016 CRA Career Mentoring Workshop


The 2016 CRA Career Mentoring Workshop was held February 22-23 in Arlington, Virginia. More than 80 attendees had an opportunity to learn from about 20 speakers who are distinguished researchers, including several CRA board members, and representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The workshop provided career advice and mentoring activities for assistant professors in computer science.

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In Memoriam: Joanne Cohoon


The Computing Research Association is sad to announce the loss of Joanne Cohoon, a leader in the evaluation efforts of our programs, who died on February 14 at the age of 61. Joanne was involved with the CRA for more than a decade. In 2006, she was the principal investigator on an NSF-funded study that was initiated to test the validity of an earlier report, “Recruitment and Retention of Women Graduate Students in Computer Science and Engineering” (Cuny and Aspray, 2001). Joanne co-authored the report based on the study, “Recruiting and Retaining Women Graduate Students in Computer Science and Engineering,” which summarizes and expands on the results of a workshop and outlines research-based practices likely to promote gender balance in graduate computing programs.

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CRA at AAAS Family Science Days


The Computing Research Association had an action-packed weekend engaging the public with science at AAAS Family Science Days, February 13-14. There was a high turnout of families from the Washington, D.C. area who were eager to learn more about science and have some fun with hands on activities.

Announcements


– CRA and CRA-W Welcome Ayla Mangold.
– Take the time to nominate an individual for the CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (BECA).
– Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security is a program that provides an average of 15 female Bachelor’s and Master’s cybersecurity students $5,000 to $10,000 scholarships each year.
– NSF CAREER Workshop
– David Johnson Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Announcements


CRA Surveys in Progress, Deadline January 22
The main part of the Taulbee Survey is still in progress. This includes data on student degrees and enrollment, faculty, research expenditures, and the every-three-years Profiles questions about department space, teaching load, and graduate student recruitment. CRA is conducting a one-time survey of doctoral institutions that goes beyond Taulbee’s basic enrollment numbers to collect information on the current surge in computer science enrollments. If you have any questions about either survey, contact Dr. Betsy Bizot, CRA Director of Statistics and Evaluation, bizot@cra.org or 202-266-2943.

Call for Nominations for BECA Award

New CRA Board Member
Tom Conte is the new IEEE-CS representative on the CRA Board of Directors. Tom joins David Ebert and replaces Jean-Luc Gaudiot who has been elected IEEE-CS 2017 president. Tom was the president of IEEE-CS in 2015.