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#### Distinguished Service Award

Nominations are open for the SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize.More information is available at the SIGACT web site. Here's the key info: Nominations Nominations...

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#### Graduating Bits Announcement

Boaz asked me to remind people about ITCS, and in particular the Graduating Bits Event. Just in time for those of us reading application folders....ITCS 2016 will...

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#### Yes, We Have Postdocs This Year

The Harvard Theory of Computation group has postdocs. This year, besides our usual general call for postdocs, we are also inaugurating the Michael O. Rabin Postdoctoral...

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#### Yes, We're Hiring This Year

Harvard's CS search ad is apparently up and out. We're eagerly awaiting applications....https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/6497The Harvard John A.http...

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#### This Year's Andreessen-Horowitz Meeting

Andreessen Horowitz had another Academic Roundtable, which I've written about in previous years (here, here). For me, the most exciting session was on VirtualMatthew...

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#### One Lecture Down....

CS125, the "new", "honors-ish" Algorithms and Complexity course, got off to a good start today. The room was full with not enough seats for people, the students...

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#### CACM Viewpoints on Theory and Experiments

There's a fun pair of viewpoints in the September CACM by Jeffrey Ullman and myself on experiments in computer science research, with him addressing systems conferences...

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#### SIGACT Meeting, Some Stuff

As some of you know, I was recently elected to the position of SIGACT (ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory) Chair. So some part ofpreview...

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#### The High Cost of Conferences

At some point, I'm convinced the "conference structure" is going to fall apart.Case in point -- I haven't bought my tickets yet for SIGCOMM because, unless I'm...

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#### SoCG Proceedings

The 31st International Symposium on Computational Geometry has its proceedings available online here.I point this out because the SoCG proceedings were managedLIPIcs...

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#### More Good News for SEAS

About six months ago, I was able to point to a nice gift from Steve Ballmer for Computer Science at Harvard. Today, more good news, this time for all of the Harvard...

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#### What makes a well-attended conference? (STOC 2017 Discussion)

I've always been impressed how the SIGCOMM conference accepts a very small number of papers, but many hundreds of people attend the conference. (This is true for...

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#### New Work on Equitability and MIC

A few years ago, working with a diverse group of scientists, I was looking at a problem related to big data analysis. The setting was data exploration, where you...

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#### Girls Who Code (Newton) Visit to Harvard

My friend David Miller is looking for instructors to help out with the Newton Girls who Code club. Here's an announcement, please connect with him if you're interested...

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#### My (Positive) Apple Retail Repair Experience

I switched to Apple machines several years ago, and have been very happy with them generally.One convenience is there is an Apple store in the mall about 10 minutes...

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#### Women in Math (and Computer Science)

Wednesday afternoon I went to a panel organized by the Harvard Undergraduate Mathematics Association for a "Gender Gap on Math Discussion". I went both to hear...

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#### On the Shannon Centennial

I found in my snail mail mailbox my paper copy of the IEEE Information Theory Society Newsletter. First, I was delighted by the news that Michelle Effros (of Cal...

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#### Links: HBR article on Women in STEM and AAUW Report

A latest article on bias issues for women in STEM by Harvard Business Review. A slide presentation by AAUW related to their report: Solving the Equation: The Variables...

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#### Double Hashing (Lueker and Molodowitch)

A subject I've grown interested in, related to multiple-choice hashing schemes, is when (and why) double hashing can be used in place of "random hashing" with an...

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#### Power of Randomness at Georgia Tech

I'm spending (part of) the week at "The Power of Randomness in Computation Workshop", an IMA (Institute for Mathematics and its Applications) workshop at Georgia...