that will eventually build a potential
national campaign to draw interest
and young students into the field.
The Professions Board transformed
the Queue Web site ( firstname.lastname@example.org),
moving the publication from a print
delivery model to an online magazine.
With “digital Queue” as its foundation,
the Board oversaw the specifications
and implementation of the first phase
of the Web site for practitioners both
within and outside ACM complete
with capabilities designed to encourage community input and collaboration. The Queue Editorial Board also
joined the efforts to revitalize
Communications this year by overseeing the
monthly Practice section of the magazine and providing articles of great interest to today’s practitioners.
ACM relaunched the Career & Job
Center last fall, greatly expanding
its scope of job opportunities in the
computing industry. In partnership
with Job Target, the site now offers
exclusive career-building features, including access to hundreds of corporate job postings, résumé posting, an
advanced Job Alert system, and live
career advice available to assist in job-seeking preparations.
ACM further expanded its Online
Books and Courses site ( http://pd.acm.
org/); a highly popular resource among
the membership for its valuable materials designed to polish technical
and professional skills. Over 9,000
members have taken advantage of the
2,200 Skillsoft online technology and
business courses now available as well
as the 1, 100 free online e-books from
Safari and Books24X7. This resource
is offered to professional members as
well as graduate students.
The partnership between SIGAC-CESS and the National Alliance for
Access to Computing Careers (
Access-Computing) continues to flourish.
The goal of this combined effort is to
increase the representation of people
with disabilities in a wide range of
computing careers, including CS, IT,
and computer engineering.
The U.S. Public Policy Committee of
ACM (USACM) had an extraordinary
year in raising the visibility and in-
were made this year
to expand acm’s
in this movement
was the opening
of an acm office
fluence of ACM with respect to U.S.
public policy, meeting with policy-making groups, including Congress,
the Federal Trade Commission, and
the Election Assistance Commission.
In the last fiscal year, members have
cautioned Congress against filtering
technologies to deal with copyright infringement; issued statements on the
REAL ID rules; Web accessibility, and
met with policymakers to promote e-voting standards. USACM also works
closely with the Computing Research
Association on issues that impact the
The new ACM Education Policy
Committee (ACM EPC), established
to educate policymakers about the
role of computer science in the K– 12
system, held its first meeting this year
to focus its priorities. The committee
has already engaged the National Science Foundation to improve research
opportunities in CS education at the
grade-school level. In addition, EPC
has initiated discussions with leaders of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has successfully partnered with Achieve.org—a
high-profile education organization
led by U.S. governors and corporate
leaders—to include a CS course in its
Advanced Diploma Project.
The ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy continues to
represent ACM interests with respect
to a variety of internationally relevant
issues pertaining to computers and
public policy. In the last year, members of the committee have partici-
pated in panels and workshops examining e-voting technologies, election
integrity, cyber security, and system
ACM’s commitment to the issue of
women in computing was apparent
this year with the decision to elevate
the ACM-W Committee to ACM-W
Council (AWC). The AWC will be a part
of all leadership discussions within
ACM and is chartered to increase the
awareness of, and interest in, the issue of gender diversity across all ACM
The 32nd Annual International Collegiate Programming Contest World
Finals proved a global media magnet.
From 6,700 teams representing 1,821
universities in 83 countries competing
at 213 sites from September to December, 100 teams advanced to the World
Finals last April in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Of the top 10 teams at the 2008
ICPC, four were from Russian universities and three teams represented
universities in North America. The top
spot went to St. Petersburg University
of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics (Russia).
The ACM Student Research Competition, sponsored by Microsoft Research, continues to offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate
students to present original research
at well-known ACM-sponsored and
co-sponsored conferences before a
panel of judges and attendees. This
year’s winners hailed from Purdue
University, Colorado State, University of Tennessee, City College of New
York, IIT Bombay, and the University
ACM’s Committee on Women in
Computing initiated a program to provide support for undergraduate and
graduate women students in computer
science programs who are interested in
attending research conferences. Up to
12 scholarships will be awarded annually; and high school students will also
be considered for conference support.
SIGCOMM instituted a “Rising
Star” award, recognizing a young researcher (no older than 35) who has
made outstanding research contributions to the field of communications
networks during the early part of his
or her career.