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An Inability to Reproduce
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An Inability to Reproduce

Big data and modern analytics offer enormous possibilities for research, provided scientists can produce consistent results.

CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students
From ACM TechNews

CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students

A new survey by the National Center for Women and Information Technology found tbat community college students in introductory computing classes generally can be...

'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'
From ACM TechNews

'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'

The nonprofit Girls Who Code is collaborating with U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) on legislation whose overarching goal is to help close the gender gap in computer...

Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech
From ACM TechNews

Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech

Data from the College Board shows that more girls and minority high school students are taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course.

Nigerian School Girls Learn Technology During Summer Break
From ACM TechNews

Nigerian School Girls Learn Technology During Summer Break

Nigerian technologist Chinenye Udeh has launched a program that aims to boost gender parity in the technology industry in her home country, where women make up...

CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out
From ACM TechNews

CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out

Researchers in the U.K. have found that 9.8% of computer science undergraduates dropped out before completing their degree.

Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing
From ACM TechNews

Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing

Northeastern University hopes to improve women's representation in technology with its newly established Center for Inclusive Computing.

Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms
From ACM TechNews

Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms

Increasing class size has the greatest negative impact on female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classrooms.

Exclusion in STEM Classrooms Lead to Lower Graduation Rates for Minority Students: UT Study
From ACM TechNews

Exclusion in STEM Classrooms Lead to Lower Graduation Rates for Minority Students: UT Study

Black and Latinx students are more likely to leave science, technology, engineering, and math majors in college because of obstacles they face that their white...

Dr. Fei-Fei Li: The Benevolent Scientist
From ACM News

Dr. Fei-Fei Li: The Benevolent Scientist

"Now we have a new generation of women professors. But this is far from enough."

­­­U.K. AI Gender Diversity is in 'Crisis' as Number of Female Scientists Drops
From ACM TechNews

­­­U.K. AI Gender Diversity is in 'Crisis' as Number of Female Scientists Drops

A report from innovation foundation Nesta found the ­­U.K.'s artificial intelligence (AI) sector is suffering from a "serious gender diversity crisis," as only...

Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students
From ACM TechNews

Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students

Experts are concerned that digital data stored on vendor servers could later harm students who make mistakes on social media, or with widely used classroom apps...

Idaho Teacher ­ses Computer Video Games to Teach Science
From ACM TechNews

Idaho Teacher ­ses Computer Video Games to Teach Science

Ninth graders in Lewiston, ID, are being taught about earth science through the use of interdisciplinary video games developed by Polymorphic Games, an evolutionary...

Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again
From ACM News

Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again

Should the U.S. admit more, or fewer, foreign technology workers?

Not Just Tech Bros
From ACM News

Not Just Tech Bros

Northwestern University's Sara Sood and Ian Horswill are working to make computer science more inclusive and appealing.

Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers
From ACM TechNews

Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers

Virtual reality training is becoming more common in a range of industries.

SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students
From ACM TechNews

SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students

Cornell University's SoNIC workshop, now in its ninth year, has exposed hundreds of minority students from across the U.S. to computer science, and to the prerequisites...

Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers
From ACM TechNews

Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers

Parents don't know enough about cybersecurity to encourage their children to pursue careers in the field, a SANS Institute study found.

MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses
From ACM TechNews

MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that could give robots the ability to link multiple senses....

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
From ACM TechNews

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...
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