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Issue 116: iSGTW 18 March 2009

Editorial: Women in grid computing

Editor’s note: In honor of International Women's Month, iSGTW looks at the role of women in computing, science and technology.

In a November 17, 2008 story in The New York Times, "What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?" Ellen Spertus, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tells of her experience at computer camp, in which she discovered that there were six boys to every girl. (And later, she found that only 20 percent of computer science undergraduates at M.I.T. were female.)

The article says: “She published a 124-page paper, ‘Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists?’ that catalogued different cultural biases that discouraged girls and women from pursuing a career in the field,” and notes that her paper was published in 1991.

Computer science has changed since that time.

Now, there are even fewer women entering the field.

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Feature - Particle physics on OSG  

Scientists from the CDF and DZero collaborations at Fermilab announced last week the discovery of the top quark produced as a single particle. It has proved much harder to identify experimentally than top quark pairs, discovered by the same teams 14 years ago.

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Feature - Academia Sinica

 Volunteer computing goes East

Nearly all volunteer computing projects were initiated in Europe and North America, and most of the volunteers are there, too. Yet the number of Internet users in Asia is exploding. For example, around 300 million Chinese are now connected to the Net, more than the number of Americans . . .

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Link of the week

/ Facing the skills shortage: attracting more women

When you go to a grid-computing conference, you notice that the overwhelming majority of attendees have a Y chromosome. 

Why is this, you wonder? 

Then check out the latest GridBriefing.

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Image of the week


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Feature – Army of Women allies with CaBIG for online longitudinal studies

Special Announcement - iSGTW on Holiday

Video of the Week - Learn about LiDAR


NeHC launches social media

PRACE announces third Tier-0 machine

iRODS 2011 User Group Meeting

Jobs in distributed computing


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