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First African-American Woman Ph.D. Graduate in Computer Science at University of Michigan
Bittersweet.” That’s how Kyla McMullen describes what it feels like to be the first African-American woman at the University of Michigan to graduate with a doctorate in computer science. “I don’t think there’s anything special about me,” says McMullen, with a modest laugh. She explains that while it is gratifying to be recognized as a “first,” her accomplishment points out a sad reality: not enough women and minorities are pursuing advanced degrees in computer science. Out of the more than 1,400 Americans who received Ph.D.s in computer science from 2010 to 2011, less than a quarter were female, and a mere 1.2 percent, 16 people, were African-American, according to the latest Computing Research Association Taulbee Survey. It’s a good thing staggering statistics like that did not deter McMullen.
Posted on 13 Jan 2013
Study Suggests Fix for Gender Bias on the Job
Researchers say they have found an effective fix for gender discrimination in promotion and job assignments. The solution: Consider several candidates for a position at the same time rather than individually. Considering multiple candidates can curb gender bias in promotions, a study shows. Scholars at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School found that people who evaluated candidates singly were highly influenced by the candidates' gender. When various employees were considered for promotion at the same time, however, gender didn't affect assessments.
Posted on 13 Jan 2013
Priorities for Future Research on Accessible Information and Communication Technology Systems and Services, London 22 January 2013
The aim of this conference is to obtain a consensus on priorities for future research on accessible information and communication technology systems and services. Funding bodies need to ascertain the best strategy for investing their finite resources in research and development to benefit disabled and elderly people. The scope will include network-based services (social networks, collective intelligent systems, augmented reality, cloud computing, advanced location aware services and ambient intelligent systems) as well as novel user interfaces and technology transfer. Speakers include Mike Short, Brian Collins, Gregg Vanderheiden, Graham Worsley, Patrick Roe, Alan Newell, Deborah Pullen, Gunela Astbrink and Guido Gybels. The conference is being organised by the Cardiac project, a project co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, in collaboration with the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network. The venue is wheelchair accessible and a hearing aid loop will be provided.
Posted on 13 Jan 2013
BDPA Epsilon Award: Call for Nominations
BDPA is reaching out to any IT professional who made a significant career accomplishment, realized a significant milestone, pioneered new technology, or been recognized as a technology leader. The BDPA Epsilon Awards honor outstanding contributions to information technology!
Posted on 13 Jan 2013
Countries must address lack of women in science and technology fields - UN
Women and girls run the risk of being left behind in scientific and technological fields if countries do not put measures in place to address discrimination and change traditional attitudes, the United Nations said today, warning that this gap constitutes an obstacle to nations’ progress. According to International Labour Organization, the gap between men and women in the scientific and technological fields is linked to pervasive gender roles and attitudes in different societies - visible in both developed and developing countries - which encourage girls to pursue ‘softer’ subjects.
Posted on 13 Jan 2013
BCSWomen Scotland: 2013 Kick Off
The second BCSWomen Scotland event will take place on the 19th February in Edinburgh, from 5.45pm (formal start at 6.15pm) and we'll be talking about Women in Leadership and the application of technology to Smarter Cities.
Posted on 04 Jan 2013

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