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Diversity Computing Conference Hits Record Attendance


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Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) chair Pam Williams said this year's Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference was the best gathering so far. A record 400 people from academia, industry, and government attended the event, which took place April 1-4 in Portland, Oregon. There were 249 students and 73 faculty members from 101 universities and colleges present, and more than 20 companies and research institutions were involved in the conference, which is organized by CDC and sponsored by ACM. Industry, academic, and government supporters provided scholarships to 141 students in attendance.

Ann Quiroz Gates, the former chair of the University of Texas at El Paso's Department of Computer Science and who now leads the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, received the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing. Harvey Mudd College's "import antigravity" team won the robotics competition for the second straight year. The poster competition presentations also were impressive. "Appropriate for the Tapia conference, we had a very diverse group of posters, technically, from networking through weather modeling to education; geographically, from New York to the deep South; and demographically all sizes, shapes, and colors," says posters co-chair Brandeis Marshall from Purdue University.

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