[continued from P. 112] our first
meeting this February, in London.
There are already lots of different computer societies in Europe, and they do a
lot to energize and support the research
base. We’re trying to find out what we
could do to help and collaborate.
What’s your time frame for all
We’d like to see the councils for China,
India, and Europe set up and running
their own meetings by the end of financial year ‘09, which technically finishes
in June. We’re also planning more events
like the educational summit in China.
Hopefully, we’ll have something in India in 2010, and we’re looking to have an
event in Europe, as well. Then we’ve got
to think about Central and South America, and Africa—it’s a big world.
“What would it mean
if we tried to double
how would it
a debate, which we’re going to run this
year: What would it mean if we tried to
double our membership? How would it
Sounds like there’s a lot to be done.
There is a lot of responsibility, but it’s
also great fun. I’ve always enjoyed working with and for ACM, and because of
its international role you feel that you
can really have an impact.
You’ve also been talking about
growing Acm’s membership.
ACM has had a steady growth, and we
reckon we can get to an even 100,000.
But when you think about it, there What else is on the agenda?
are hundreds of thousands of peo- The other big part of our agenda is im-ple—millions—who work in this area proving the image of the field and the
across the world. So we’ve just started health of the discipline. This is all in
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collaboration with other organizations,
like the National Science Foundation
and members of the media. We’ve seen
a dramatic drop in the numbers of people interested in careers in computing,
and we’re working on several projects to
help turn this around.
Public broadcaster WGBH, in Boston,
does a lot to encourage young people
to go into science and engineering. So
we’re working with them to look particularly at Latina and African-American
girls. The Educational Policies Committee is also looking at ways to move computing and computer science into the
mainstream of policy thinking.
on a more personal note, you
were recently honored as Dame
commander. how did that feel?
It is, of course, a huge honor, and thrilling for me and my family. But I think it’s
also good for the computing community to have one of its own recognized in
Leah Hoffmann is brooklyn-based technology writer.
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