Computing Research News

June 2014 Vol. 26/No.6     ∫ Download PDF Version - 2.5MB

Announcements

By CRA Staff Full Article

CRA Welcomes Helen Vasaly, Stu Zweben and Betsy Bizot Receive Grant from Sloan Foundation

House Sends Mixed Messages on Bolstering U.S. Research Investment

By Peter Harsha, CRA Director of Government Affairs and Brian Mosley, CRA Policy Analyst Full Article

On May 29, the U.S. House of Representatives was on the verge of approving new funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) that would increase the agency’s budget more than 3 percent in FY 2015, while at the same time the House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved legislation the day before that would authorize smaller increases and place new restrictions and scrutiny on science funding at the same agency.

Visions 2025 Update

By Elizabeth Mynatt, Georgia Tech Full Article

Visions 2025 is a collaborative effort between the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee (CISE AC) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC). Its goal is to expose and energize future trends and opportunities in computing research, and to provide insights into how computing research will evolve and grow over the next 10 to 15 years.

2014 Computing Innovation Fellows Workshop: Research, Innovation, Impact

By CRA Staff Full Article

The Computing Innovation Fellows (CI Fellows) project, was a program that granted short-term postdoctoral fellowships to help keep recent graduates in the field during the economic downturn. Between 2009 and 2011, 127 PhD graduates in computer science and related fields were awarded CI Fellowships. The program has ended and the former CI Fellows are now in the early years of their formal careers.

Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline Infographic June 2014

By Jessica Cundiff, CERP Research Analyst Full Article

Grad Cohort is a two-day workshop that seeks to improve the success and retention of women in computing research by advising graduate students in computing on research skills and on career planning and development. Grad Cohort seeks to meet these goals using presentations, panels, and individual mentoring, and by creating professional social networks. Participants (N = 162) completed surveys prior to and immediately following the workshop. Findings suggest that Grad Cohort had a positive influence on participants’ self-reported outcomes. Participants reported greater self-efficacy, greater tendency to interpret setbacks as opportunities for growth (i.e., growth mindset), stronger networking skills, and a stronger network of colleagues after attending Grad Cohort than before. The complete Evaluation Report can be viewed at cra.org/cerp/evaluation-reports.

Printable Robots and Soft Robots Wow Attendees at the 2014 CNSF Exhibition

By Brian Mosley, CRA Policy Analyst Full Article

On Wednesday, May 7, the Coalition for National Science Funding (or CNSF) held their yearly Exhibition on Capitol Hill. The exhibition, probably best described as a science fair with some really smart people, is a showcase of research and education projects supported by the National Science Foundation. It gives a great venue to show members of Congress and Congressional staff what the American people have funded.

Expanding the Pipeline

CRA-W Grad Cohort: Equipping the Next Generation of Computing Research PhDs for Success

By Kathryn S McKinley Full Article

CRA-W hosted its 11th annual Grad Cohort in Santa Clara, California on April 11 and 12, 2014. Grad Cohort is a two-day workshop that seeks to improve the success and retention of women in computing research. Senior women advise graduate students on research skills, publishing, career stages, internships, networking, and collaborations with presentations, panels, individual mentoring, and by creating professional social networks.

The CRA Conference at Snowbird is scheduled for July 20-22, 2014. The following conference will be July 17-19, 2016.

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