the Print-Web Partnership
turns the Page
The relationship between Communications’ Web
site and its print forefather is entering a new era
this month with the debut of the blog@CACM.
In this issue (p. 10), you’ll find excerpts from essays published online at http://cacm.acm.org/
blogs/blog-cacm, plus some recent online reader
comments. The reason we’ve chosen to publish
select blogs each month is simple:
Communications’ expert bloggers write valuable posts and
Communications’ credo is to disseminate valuable information that advances the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. Readers have noticed the high
quality of these blogs, making them, as well as our syndicated blogs (http://cacm.
acm.org/blogs), some of the site’s most popular sections.
SiGaRt a WaRD
manuela a. Veloso, a professor
of computer science at Carnegie
mellon University, received
the 2009 autonomous agents
research award from sIgar T.
“professor Veloso’s research is
particularly noteworthy for its
focus on the effective construction
of teams of robot agents, where
cognition, perception and action
are seamlessly integrated to
address planning, execution
and learning tasks,” noted the
sIgar T award citation.
The blog@CACM also gives the online Communications a unique bonus: a
commenting feature that enables sometimes extensive discussions of industry
issues, which is, of course, the beauty of blogs. The back-and-forth exchanges and
clarification of blog posts and other site content create a round-the-clock equivalent of the Greek forum.
The magazine’s blog pages might change over time as we learn readers’ preferences: be they more or fewer posts, shorter or longer excerpts, with or without
related comments. For now we’re marking the beginning of a productive relationship between print and online outlets.
m YeRS ReceiVeS
SiGPLan a WaRD
andrew C. myers, a professor
of computer science at Cornell
University, won an award for
the most Influential popl
paper presented at the popl
symposium held 10 years prior
to the award year. In its award
announcement, the judges noted
that myers’ 1999 paper, JFlow:
Practical Mostly-Static Information
Flow Control, “demonstrated
the practicality of using static
information flow analysis to
protect privacy and preserve
integrity by giving an efficient
information flow type checker for
an extension of the widely used
exploring the Relevant Past
Clicking through the magazine archive (http://
cacm.acm.org/magazines) is a pleasure similar to
paging through an old photo album. There are familiar names and familiar topics. Most striking
is the prescience and enduring relevance of many
articles. Peruse the decades and see the early work
of future A.M. Turing Award winners and industry
icons. Read about the computer industry’s manpower shortage concerns in “U.S. Productivity in
Crisis” (June 1981). China’s growing prowess is the
subject of “Computer Technology in Communist
China” in September 1966. Steve Jobs, then with
NeXT Inc., describes the importance of user interfaces and user apps in April 1989. And that’s just
scratching the surface.
The magazine’s covers followed their own trends.
The blue-and-white period in the 1960s transformed
into the stark blue-and-black period in the 1970s,
that gave way to full-color illustrations by the 1980s.
There’s mystery as well. Why was Miss U.S.A. on
the June 1965 cover of Communications?
SteVenS a WaRD
aCm Fellow larry Constantine,
director of the laboratory
for Usage-Centered software
engineering at the University of
madeira, is this year’s recipient
of the stevens award. The award,
managed by the reengineering
Forum, recognizes “outstanding
contributions to the literature or
practice of methods for software
and systems development.”
GRace hoPPeR ceLeBRation
of Women in comPutinG
The 9th annual grace Hopper
Celebration of Women in
Computing will take place from
september 30 to october 3, 2009
in Tucson, aZ. This year’s theme,
“Creating Technology for social
good,” recognizes the significant
role women play in defining
technology used to solve social
issues. scholarship applications
are now being accepted; the
deadline is may 27.