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Software Development Gender Gap Pondered

A panel of women developers at the recent RailsConf 2009 conference in Las Vegas held a session entitled "Women in Rails" to discuss the issues that cause software...

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Amazon to Launch Kindle For Textbooks

Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday (May 6) plans to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen and other features designed to appeal to periodical...

Canada on Verge of It Student Shortage
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Canada on Verge of It Student Shortage

Declining enrollment in computer science programs, along with an increased demand for computer science workers, could lead to a critical workforce shortage in Canada...

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Simple Technology Links Students With Peers Overseas

A growing number of East Carolina University undergraduates are having international experiences without ever leaving the Greenville, N.C., campus. The university's...

First Thing: Robotics in Every School
From ACM TechNews

First Thing: Robotics in Every School

Robotics education should be offered in every school, says Brian Toohey, a supporter of the nonprofit organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and...

Conference Encourages Young Women to Pursue Technical Careers
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Conference Encourages Young Women to Pursue Technical Careers

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory held its 21st annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference last month, welcoming approximately...

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­niversities Angle For Billions to Build Obama's New Broadband Network

Several higher-education information technology groups are working to influence the U.S. broadband strategy and help steer the distribution of $4.7 billion in Internet...

Obama Announces New Commitment to R&d Funding
From ACM TechNews

Obama Announces New Commitment to R&d Funding

In a recent speech before the members of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States should invest 3 percent or more of...

­.n. Launches Library of World's Knowledge
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­.n. Launches Library of World's Knowledge

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially launched the World Digital Library, an Internet-based library that...

Interactive Tv Courses Reach For Broader Audience
From ICT Results

Interactive Tv Courses Reach For Broader Audience

Providing educators with the tools to create interactive TV courses will expand their ability to reach audiences in their homes and help them learn new skills,Enhanced...

Network Pioneer Cited For Revolutionary Advances in Web Search Techniques
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Network Pioneer Cited For Revolutionary Advances in Web Search Techniques

ACM announced Tuesday (April 28) that Jon Kleinberg, a professor at Cornell University, is the recipient of the 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing...

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African Researchers Rank Asus Eee Over Olpc's Xo

Though the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is aimed directly at children in developing nations, research by African universities and Computer...

Russian, Chinese Universities Claim Top Spots in ACM Programming Competition
From ACM News

Russian, Chinese Universities Claim Top Spots in ACM Programming Competition

Of the top 12 winners at the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) competing for the best computer programmers in the world, four teams were...

From ACM TechNews

Project Shows Researchers a Path to Escience Assets

The rapid evolution of computing, networking, and data capturing technologies, along with advances in data mining and analysis, are fundatmentally changing the...

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Workplace Wiki a Wakeup For Book-Smart ­niversity Grads

The University of Technology, Sydney, has developed the UTS Work-Ready Project, a new wiki intended to help better prepare university graduates for the workforce...

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Cloud Computing Tapped For Data-Intensive Research on Oceans, Galaxies

The University of Washington will apply cloud computing to analyze climate simulation results and astronomical images. The university has won three recent awards...

Supercomputer Project Moves Forward in Wyoming
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Project Moves Forward in Wyoming

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed a bill to contribute approximately $40 million to the National Center for Atmospheric Research's new supercomputer project...

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Dual Degree Programs Aim to Create Better Engineers

The Computing Research Association recently reported that enrollment in engineering and computer science programs increased by 8 percent over the 2007-2008 school...

Scholarship For Cis Program Seeks to Close the Gap
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Scholarship For Cis Program Seeks to Close the Gap

Florida A&M University's Computer Information Sciences (CIS) Program has been awarded a $552,000 National Science Foundation grant to recruit minority women to...

They're Hiring in Hong Kong
From ACM CareerNews

They're Hiring in Hong Kong

A sudden wave of hiring in East Asia, especially in Hong Kong, could lead to a brain drain of computer science talent away from America. Talented IT professionals...
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