Frances Elizabeth Holberton (1917 – 2001)
During World War II, Betty was hired as a “computor” – women that were hired to manually compute ballistic trajectories for the Army. These manual calculations were complex and took 30 hours to solve. But in 1945, the Army built a machine to replicate the work and Betty was part of the team of six women commissioned to program the ENIAC machine. All six women earned a place in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.
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Sister Mary Kenneth Keller (1913-1985)
An American Roman Catholic nun, she was the first woman to earn a PhD in computer science (1965, University of Wisconsin-Madison) in the United States. During her graduate studies, she worked with the National Science foundation workshop in Computer Science at Dartmouth College (all male at the time) and participated in the implementation of the BASIC programming language. She later went on to found the computer science department at Clarke College (now University) and directed the department for twenty years.
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Grace Hopper (1906 – 1992)
Known for creating COBOL, the first programming language, Grace Hopper is referred to as a pioneer computer scientist. After earning a PhD in mathematics from Yale and teaching at Vassar College, Grace Hopper joined the Navy Reserves during World War II. There she began working on the Harvard Mark 1 computing team.
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Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
As the daughter of poet Lord Byron, her mother wanted to make sure that she did not have her father’s artistic temperament and insured that she was taught sciences and math as a young girl. Her work brought her into collaboration with Charles Babbage, “father of computers” where she was asked to translate an Italian article about a military machine – the Analytical Engine.
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Three years ago, the SIGUCCS Board created a new SIGUCCS Slack workspace to facilitate communications among SIGUCCS colleagues.
Since that time, our SIGUCCS Slack domain(siguccs.slack.com) has grown to 17 public channels and 257 members. Those numbers sound pretty impressive, but we are even more impressed that there are nearly 50 active members each week!
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ACM has updated its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. ACM’s Code of Ethics is considered the standard for the computing profession, and has been adopted by computing professionals, organizations and technology companies around the world.
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You’ve seen the hashtag, but wonder “how can I contribute?”
This post by Lisa Nielsen (The Innovative Educator) provides tips on using social media to its fullest during conferences and events – https://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2018/05/8-tips-for-quality-posts-during.html
Let’s make #SIGUCCS18 a hashtag that people who cannot attend the conference want to follow. Let’s make this a conference that people wish they were attending. Let’s make people say “I want to attend that conference next year!”. Contribute to #SIGUCCS18 during the conference by providing quality posts about our content to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
The SIGUCCS Board is piloting Slack to explore facilitating communications among SIGUCCS colleagues. Stay connected with desktop and mobile apps that are available to download from Slack’s website.
Our SIGUCCS Slack domain is: siguccs.slack.com There are already a few channels established in our domain – #general, #marketing, #academictechnology, and #random
To join Slack, visit this Slack invitation link.
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding SIGUCCS’ use of Slack, please contact Allan Chen or Laurie Fox.
I am excited to introduce the inaugural edition of the SIGUCCS online newsletter. This issue involves a few transitions, including making the newsletter content available to the entire SIGUCCS community, and not just our members. Please join me in congratulating Laurie Fox, Information Director for SIGUCCS, and the Marketing Committee in their efforts in making this new publication a reality.
SIGUCCS’ origins can be traced back to 1963 and what was primarily a Chairman’s newsletter format. In 1971 it was expanded to include updates from other officers and committees. By that point what is now the Fall Conference had been established, and the newsletter was also used for promotion.
Rather than a top-down approach to communication, we intend to ‘flip’ the newsletter. On behalf of the Marketing Committee, we want to hear from you, our audience. What do you think of this new format? What content would you like to see? This newsletter is intended to be an outlet for the community, as well as SIGUCCS leaders. We look forward to seeing what you have to share.
Mat Felthousen, ACM-SIGUCCS Chair