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Computing Research Association information.

Nominations Open for 2014 CRA Service and Habermann Awards

The Computing Research Association invites nominations for the CRA Distinguished Service Award and the A. Nico Habermann Award for 2014. See “Guidelines for Nominators”. Distinguished Service Award CRA makes an award, usually annually, to a person who has made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. A. Nico Habermann Award CRA makes an award, usually annually, to a person who has made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented groups in the computing research community. Nominations are due December 13.

Nominees Sought for CRA Board

The Computing Research Association seeks your help in suggesting nominations for its Board of Directors. Click here to download the nomination form. We seek individuals who have time, energy, initiative, and resources to work on CRA issues on behalf of the entire CRA community. Ours is a working board, and all members are expected to do a fair share of the work.

Nominations Open for 2014 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers

The Computing Research Association is pleased to announce the annual CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers, which recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. The award is a terrific way to recognize your best student researchers and your department. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 25, 2013.

Computing Researchers Get ‘Schooled’ on Science Policy at LiSPI 2013

As part of its mission to develop a next generation of leaders in the computing research community, the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium recently held its second Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI). This one and a half-day workshop was intended to educate a cadre of computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated and how our government works. Participants heard candid and “off the record” views from people who do it or have done it. Fifty-three computer scientists and engineers from forty-eight different universities and research organizations attended the April 11-12th workshop.

Ideas Lab Fostering Transformative Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

NSF has announced a new funding opportunity to explore using large data sets to improve STEM teaching and learning environments (RFP 13-565) that will be of interest to many CRN readers. But this new activity includes a radically different funding mechanism – participation in an Ideas Lab workshop which is designed to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches (and proposals). Participants in the Ideas Lab workshop will build interdisciplinary teams solely eligible to submit proposals for a majority of program funds. The Ideas Lab workshop will be held October 7-11, 2013. Applications for the workshop are due August 19, 2013.

CRA Recognizes Participants

CRA’s mission to strengthen research and advanced education in computing research is made possible by the thousands of individuals who support our work. From July 1, 2012 to present, more than 1,800 participants from the United States, Canada and around the world have been active in CRA and the programs of its committees. The list and map below includes CRA board members, committee members, awards program winners, nominees, and nominators (Outstanding Undergraduate Research, A. Nico Habermann and Distinguished Service), Computing Community Consortium event participants, and CRA-W event participants.

Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation

On May 7, at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) held its 19th annual exhibition and reception, “Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation.”

CRA is a sponsor and was among the exhibitors showcasing research and education projects supported by the National Science Foundation. On behalf of CRA, John Melchi and Brett Bode from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were on hand to talk about the “Blue Waters” project.

Computer Science Postdocs: Best Practices

The Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Board of Directors has approved a Best Practices Guide, providing guidance to graduate students, postdocs, advisors and mentors, and departments and institutions on how to have a positive postdoctoral experience within computer science and engineering.Introduction
In recent years, academic departments, industrial research laboratories and government agencies have appeared to offer dramatically increasing numbers of postdoctoral positions in computer science and engineering [CRA 2011].

Harnessing Human Intellect for Computing

The border between what computers and people are able do has been shifting over time. How might computers and people work together to solve difficult problems? In recent years, interest has been growing in the emerging interdisciplinary area of Human Computation, a field that explores principles and applications around giving computing systems programmatic access to human intellect to perform some aspect of computation, whether involving individuals or groups of people (“the crowd”).

Fiscal Cliff Deal Isn’t a Deal for Science

With the early morning January 1st deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” reached in the Senate — a deal that the House would ultimately approve — the 24-hour news networks turned off their fiscal cliff countdown clocks and turned instead to analyzing “what it all means.” Those discussions invariably focused on the tax implications of the deal — the extension of most of the Bush-era tax cuts. What was largely glossed over in the aftermath was the deal’s impact on federal spending and whether Congress had solved the problem of the looming sequester that threatened to cut up to 10 percent from nearly every discretionary spending account in the budget. The fact was, Congress had not solved the problem, it had merely elected to kick the problem down the road a bit farther out of sight.

In Memoriam

Former CRA Board member Jim Horning passed away peacefully on January 18, 2013. Jim served on the CRA Board from 2001-04, and remained active with CRA including serving as CRA representative to various external groups.