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ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-one men and women are inducted as 2010 ACM Fellows.

ACM Launches New Digital Library
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ACM Launches New Digital Library

More than 50 years of computing literature is augmented, streamlined, and joined to powerful new tools for retrieval and analysis.

Following the Crowd
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Following the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is based on a simple but powerful concept: Virtually anyone has the potential to plug in valuable information.

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer
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Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer

Computer science has lost not only a great scientist, but an important link to the electronic computing revolution that took place in the 1940s.

Information Theory After Shannon
From Communications of the ACM

Information Theory After Shannon

Purdue University's Science of Information Center seeks new principles to answer the question 'What is information?'

Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases
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Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases

Power-saving processor algorithms have the potential to create significant energy and cost savings.

From ACM TechNews

Survey Reveals Potential Innovation Gap in the U.s.

Young women in the U.S. represent an untapped group of potential inventors, according to the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index. The latest index shows that women...

Obama Honors Outstanding Science, Math, Engineering Mentors
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Obama Honors Outstanding Science, Math, Engineering Mentors

President Obama has named 11 individuals and 4 organizations as 2011 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics,...

Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire
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Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire

At the aptly named Tiny Thai restaurant here, a small table, about two and a half feet square, was jammed with a teapot, two plates of curry, a bowl of soup,...

Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma
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Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma

Wolfram Research, a software company with deep mathematical and scientific expertise, is expanding to the broad education market with a range of mobile apps.

Seeking the World's Best Postdocs
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Seeking the World's Best Postdocs

Society in Science, the unique worldwide fellowship for outstanding postdoctoral researchers, is using video, print, and online advertising to spread the word about...

From ACM News

Wikipedia Is Turning 10, and Founder Jimmy Wales Has Big Plans

For a very long while, knowledge was privileged and so were books, and only privileged people had access to either. Then came printing presses and libraries,...

Learning While Driving
From ACM TechNews

Learning While Driving

Truck drivers will be able to receive occupational training tailored to their specific needs while on the road via devices such as a tablet computer or laptop using...

From ACM TechNews

Online Game Teaches Citation Skills

A new online game turns collecting citations into a competitive event for students. BiblioBouts enables students to judge the relevance and credibility of sources...

Virtual Students Are Used to Train Teachers
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Virtual Students Are Used to Train Teachers

University researchers have developed teaching simulation programs aimed at helping student teachers be better prepared when they first enter a classroom. 

How New COMPETES Science Law Broadens NSF Education Programs
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How New COMPETES Science Law Broadens NSF Education Programs

The reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act outlines program changes designed to guarantee that all the elements of the U.S. National Science Foundation are...

From ACM TechNews

Iit-M to Aid Research on Innovative Projects

IIT-Madras will establish an interdisciplinary center of excellence for facilitating research on embedded systems, very large scale integration design, and enabling...

From ACM News

Keeping Women in Science on a Tenure Track

More women are obtaining Ph.D.s in science than ever before, but those women—largely because of pressures from having a family—are far more likely than their...

The Power of 'convergence'
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The Power of 'convergence'

In white paper, MIT scientists discuss potential for revolutionary advances in biomedicine and other fields.

From ACM TechNews

Girls-Only Computer Class Hits Refresh on It's Geeky-Male Image

Canada's Cardinal Leger Secondary School teacher Dan Harmer  put all the girls into a single computer science class, hoping that the single-sex environment would...
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