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Issue 117: iSGTW 25 March 2009

MIT’s Barbara Liskov wins Turing Award 

On March 10, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Barbara Liskov won the $250,000 Turing Award, often described as the “Nobel Prize in computing,” for helping to make computer programs more reliable, secure and easy to use. Liskov is only the second woman to receive the honor.

"Her exceptional achievements have leapt from the halls of academia to transform daily life around the world," MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif said. "Every time you exchange e-mail with a friend, check your bank statement online or run a Google search, you are riding the momentum of her research."

The Association for Computing Machinery, which awards the Turing, noted that  Liskov was the first U.S. woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in computer science, which she received from Stanford University in 1968. Liskov heads the Programming Methodology Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where she has conducted research since 1972. She is currently working in grid computing.

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Feature - Global virtual communities  

The vision of a global research community connected through a distributed computing infrastructure is increasingly becoming reality. But what makes this research environment and these communities successful?  And to what extent do scientists from diverse communities experience this transition and contribute to it?

A newly launched collaboration, eResearch2020, will address these questions.

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Feature - Grid standards

 Standards are the GLUE 2.0

In a major step forward, the Open Grid Forum announced on Tuesday, March 3 that they endorsed the GLUE 2.0 specification as the international grid standard. 

The specification, a product of the international grid community, delivers the long-awaited common information model of grid entities.

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Link of the week

/Maxine Brown: Visionary

From Chicago Public Radio: “As part of this year’s Chicago Matters series, we’re profiling visionaries with an eye on our region’s future. Each one is leading the way in such fields as science, finance and the arts. Today we bring you the story of computer scientist Maxine Brown. Brown’s also one of the principals behind a digital project that puts Chicago at the cutting edge of advanced networking.”

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Video of the week

/Women in the Open Science Grid

Led by executive director Ruth Pordes, pictured at left, the Open Science Grid relies on many women with technical, managerial and people skills to help meet the needs of its user community.

We've asked a few of them to offer their thoughts on working in the field of grid computing.

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NeHC launches social media

PRACE announces third Tier-0 machine

iRODS 2011 User Group Meeting

Jobs in distributed computing


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December 2010

13-18, AGU Fall Meeting

14-16, UCC 2010

17, ICETI 2011 and ICSIT 2011

24, Abstract Submission deadline, EGI User Forum


January 2011

11, HPCS 2011 Submission Deadline

11, SPCloud 2011

22, ALENEX11

30 Jan – 3 Feb, ESCC/Internet2


February 2011

1 - 4, GlobusWorld '11

2, Lift 11

15 - 16, Cloudscape III

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