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February 25, 2013
Volume 2, Issue 12

Diversity in Computing

 

The National Science Foundation has produced a video of prominent computer scientists describing the importance of diversity in the field. You can view the video at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.cfm?med_id=73862&from=mmg. Below are the biographies of the scientists featured in the video.

 

Farnam Jahanian

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Dr. Farnam Jahanian is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation, heading the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate. He guides CISE in its mission to uphold the nation's leadership in computer and information science and engineering through its support for fundamental and transformative advances that are a key driver of economic competitiveness and crucial to achieving national priorities. Dr. Jahanian holds the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professorship in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, where he served as Department Chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 - 2011 and as Director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 - 2000. Earlier in his career, he held research and management positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Over the last two decades at the University of Michigan, Dr. Jahanian led several large-scale research projects that studied the growth and scalability of the Internet infrastructure, which ultimately transformed how cyber threats are addressed by Internet Service Providers. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the successful Internet security services company Arbor Networks, which he co-founded in 2001. In his free time, he likes to read, bike, play soccer, and spend time with his wife and three children. Learn more about Dr. Jahanian and his research at: http://web.eecs.umich.edu/~farnam/.

James Mickens

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James Mickens is a researcher in the Distributed Systems Group at Microsoft Research Redmond. Dr. Mickens received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Georgia Tech. Before moving to Redmond, WA to work with Microsoft Research, he spent time working in Cambridge, UK, where he also worked for Microsoft. While he always thought that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Professor, Dr. Mickens discovered that he could do great research in other sectors outside of academia, and found his way to Microsoft. Much of his current research focuses on web applications, with a particular emphasis on the development of JavaScript frameworks that allow developers to diagnose and fix bugs in widely deployed web applications. Dr. Mickens also works on fast, scalable storage systems for datacenters. In his free time, he enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, while almost always listening to Black Sabbath. Read more about Dr. Mickens at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2012/01/24/james-mickens-the-funniest-man-in-microsoft-research.aspx#.UST_lvLYH90.

Andrea Johnson

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Andrea Johnson is a Ph.D. Candidate at Clemson University in the Human Centered Computing Lab. Her current research includes working on Prime III, an accessible electronic voting system that enables all people, even those with disabilities, to vote securely. Prime III was fully explained in a prior newsletter: Accessible Voting: Enabled by Human-Centered Computing at: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/csbytes/newsletter/vol2/vol2i4.html. Andrea was a computer science undergraduate student at Spelman College and received a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from Auburn University. When she’s not in classes or working on her research, Andrea like to travel, read, play her Wii, and hang out with friends and family. You can learn more about Andrea on her website at: http://hcc.cs.clemson.edu/~andrea5/index.html.

Cedric Stallworth

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Cedric Stallworth has been an administrator of educational programs at Georgia Tech for the past twenty years. He presently serves as Assistant Dean in the College of Computing for Outreach, Enrollment and Community. In this role, he addresses the national shortage of computing talent by creating a sustainable pipeline of talented students that extends from elementary school to Georgia Tech Alumni. Since becoming Assistant Dean in 2006, Cedric has held the positions of Lecturer, Research Scientist and Instructor. He has received several awards as a teacher, and his students hold him in the highest regard for his passion, caring nature, and engaging and entertaining lectures. Having received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Georgia Tech, Cedric’s commitment to Georgia Tech and its students is unquestionable. After completing his B.S., Cedric was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. An injury kept him from playing in the NFL, but Cedric continued on to play professional football in Europe and Canada before returning to academics. He is dedicated to motivating the creativity of students by exposing them to the numerous opportunities and possibilities that computing provides. Watch a video of what inspires Cedric at: http://vimeo.com/34488608.

Jane Margolis

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Jane Margolisis an anthropologist who studies the interaction of structural inequalities and belief systems that perpetuate segregation and denied access to learning, especially in Computer Science, at UCLA. She is the author of two award-winning books: Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing (MIT Press, 2002), which examines the gender gap in computer science at the college level; and Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing (MIT Press, 2008), which discusses the daily experiences of students and teachers in three Los Angeles public high schools and received the 2008 Prose Award in the Education category from the Association of American Publishers. As a result of her research for Stuck in the Shallow End, Dr. Margolis created the Exploring Computer Science curriculum to increase and enhance the computer science learning opportunities for students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the country. This curriculum is now being adopted across the U.S. to introduce high school students of all backgrounds to computer science. Learn more about Dr. Margolis on her website at: http://gseis.ucla.edu/people/margolis/.

Links:

February is African American History Month. Learn more at: http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/.

Visit the History Makers website, which records, preserves and shares the life stories of African Americans throughout time at: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/.

Activity:

In honor of African American History Month, ask students to visit, read, and/or watch some of the bios at: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/makers/sciencemakers. Here are some links to African American Computer Scientists:

Then, have each student select a person that they most identify with or find most inspiring and share that person's story and why they chose him/her with a partner.