ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.
Our Corporate Supporters
We are very grateful for the support of several corporate sponsors. At present, ACM-W has funding from Oracle (through Oracle Academy), Microsoft Research, and Google for our scholarships, from Google for the Athena Lecturer Award, and continuing support from Microsoft Research for the Celebrations and for community college related activities. Thanks to their generosity in helping us to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing.
Letter from ACM-W chair
Welcome to the November issue of ACM-W Connections.
This month we have a report from ACM-W Europe, focused on the womENcourage 2016 event, held recently in Linz, Austria. Meanwhile, ACM-W India was very busy with AICWiC, the All-India Celebration of Women in Computing. The scholarship committee reports on the most recent round of applications. The chapters committee reports on the latest round of NCWIT Student Seed Fund awards to support the formation and activities of U.S.-based ACM-W chapters – if you have been thinking of applying but need some inspiration, check out the list of new awards to see what these schools are doing.
Our People of ACM-W team has interviewed Denise Gürer. While the interview text does not include this, I want to make special note of the fact that Denise played a very important role in the early days of ACM-W, serving as co-chair for a number of years and providing important leadership. We thank her for her role then and all of the work she has done for women in computing over the years.
Meanwhile, we had a good deal of ACM-W activity at the Grace Hopper Conference. We talked with the many people who came by the booth. Many of us supported CRA-W in some fashion, either by presenting in one of their sessions or helping out with their Student Opportunity Lab program. Jakita Thomas, the special ACM speaker, gave a great talk on Supporting Computational Algorithmic Thinking, a project that focuses on how African American middle-school girls develop computational algorithmic thinking capabilities in the context of designing games for social change.
Our next ACM Celebration of Women in Computing will be the Womenpower Symposium, November 16, in Limassol, Cyprus.
Thanks, as always, for your work on behalf of women in computing! Let us know what you are up to – even better, send us a report of activities in which you are involved so that we can include them in ACM-W Connections!
~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair
People of ACM-W
Dr. Denise Gürer is an experienced science teacher, computer scientist, and physicist who has taught at the K-12 and university levels. She is an Ocean Grove Charter School Vendor, teaches at Coyote Grange and A-TEAM, and is an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo Community College in physics. In her life before teaching, she co-founded TerraVert, an online service that provides hands-on environmentally focused science experiments. She also worked in the high-tech industry at LightCloud Software, 3Com Corporation, and SRI International in areas of education research, artificial intelligence, and data networking.
Dr. Gürer received a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from Lehigh University and a M.S. in physics, also from Lehigh University. Denise is active locally as a Science Fair organizer and Santa Cruz County Science Fair judge. She was a leader of an energetic Girl Scout Troop in Scotts Valley for eight years and currently volunteers at the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter. Most importantly Denise believes in the joy of learning and is constantly exploring new horizons with her students.
This month, we feature Dr. Denise Gürer in our People of ACM-W series. Read an interview with Gürer here.
Why You Should Join ACM-W
If you think it is important to recruit and retain as many women as possible in the computing field, you should join ACM-W! Together, we will help celebrate, inform and support women in computing:
- Celebrate: One of the most popular ways to celebrate women in computing is by starting and/or attending an ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing; the accomplishments of women in computing are at the heart of ACM-W's e-Newsletter. And ACM-W encourages its members to celebrate the work of prominent women by nominating them for Awards -- such as the Athena Award & Lecture -- as well as ACM Advanced Grade Membership.
- Inform: Via ACM-W's student scholarship program, young women are informed about the research going on, and become acquainted with the researchers, in their field. Members of ACM-W Student Chapters are informed about the educational and career opportunities available to them.
- Support: Lend your enthusiasm, inspiration, and support to ACM-W, and help make a difference in the global computing community!
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