The time is now!
Welcome to the First Caribbean Celebration of Women in Computing (CCWiC 2014). Students from High School and Universities are all welcome. Also, we welcome participants from industry and academia. CCWiC 2014 is a bilingual conference.
The Caribbean Celebration of Women in Computing (CCWiC) 2014 promotes diversity with efforts that address the decline of women who choose computing related professions. CCWiC 2014 offers opportunities for mentoring, networking, and technical/career development to women in computing. We invite your participate and promote diversity in computing related fields. CCWiC 2014 is part of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Regional Consortium and the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration attracted over 3,500 attendees from 41 countries. CCWiC 2014 will be held in Puerto Rico on February 26-27, 2014.
CAHSI - Dr. Enrico Pontelli was awarded the 2014 NMSU Regents Professorship!
The Regents Professorship, established by the NMSU Board of Regents, recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the university's mission and to honor contributions in areas of education, research, extension education and public service. Congratulations, Enrico! (Photo Credit: Karen Hancock) — with Enrico Pontelli. News shared through facebook by NMSU Computer Department.
CAHSI - Corpus Christi Computer Science Education Week
On November 19, the mayor of Corpus Christi Nelda Martinez issued a proclamation supporting CSEd Week at City Hall. The mayor proclaimed “Corpus Christi Computer Science Education Week” encouraging all citizens to participate in the Hour of code. Our CAHSI faculty at Corpus Christi are already working with the Innovation Academy at Moody High School in the planning of One Hour of Code sessions. [ Description of Image: Mayor of Corpus Christi Nelda Martinez, along with the Dean of the Innovation Academy Dr. Gloria Tamunoibim Bilaye-Benib, CAHSI PI Dr. Fernandez, & Mr. Burak Ersoy.]
The University of Texas at El Paso launches Effort to
Recruit More Women into Computer Science
and Engineering Majors
The University of Texas at El Paso is partnering with the
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
to launch a new strategic plan for recruiting more women
into their majors in Computer Science and Electrical &
Computer Engineering [more]
New Release - Supporting Latino Community College
Students: An Investment in Our Economic Future
in Education, Single Stop USA, and innovative
community colleges across the country are responding to this
data by advancing the use of smart changes in financial aid and
student services that can help thousands of Latino and
post-traditional students gain access to the support they need
to stay enrolled, support their families, and complete college.
Learn more about their policy recommendations for federal, state,
and institutional leaders to expand these successful practices
across the country. [more]
Expanding the Pipeline: Hispanic Momentum in Computing
"Hispanics have the highest growth rates among all groups in the United States, yet they remain considerably underrepresented in computing careers and in the numbers who obtain advanced degrees. Hispanicscomprise only 13 percent of undergraduate students in all fields. Additionally, only seven percent of baccalaureates and less than one percent of doctorates in computer science in 2011 were granted to Hispanic U.S. citizens (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2011). [more]
"Did you know that all great computer scientists have beards?" This was posed to me by a professor in the hallway when I was a Ph.D. student, and it had a profound impact on me. Why? Because many of the computer scientists to whom I was exposed did, indeed, have beards, and I wondered where a Mexican-American female would fit in this world. [more]
Finding my Community
Growing up in Espanola, a small town in northern New Mexico (which celebrated 100 years of statehood this year), 20 miles from Los Alamos, I felt the disparity in education and opportunity at a very early age. Los Alamos County still has the highest per capita income in the entire US, while Rio Arriba County has one of the lowest. Nevertheless, I benefitted from a strong education in math and science. I took my first computer science class in high school in 1975 using a PDP-11. The operating system was loaded from paper tape, but I learned Basic and the fundamental concepts of programming. I attended college at New Mexico State University on a tuition scholarship, financing the remainder of my education through grants and on-campus jobs. As a freshman, I took an entry level CS course, and my love for computing was solidified. I was fortunate to have good professors and strong peers, but only in hindsight did I realize the dearth of mentors and role models who could have provided guidance and insight unique to women of color in computing. [more]
Graciela Perera is the recipient of the Estrella de L.U.N.A. Award. This award is given to a Latina in the community that exemplifies generosity and dedication to the Hispanic community, and is committed to the Mahoning Valley through community service. [more]
Congratulations to Dr. Gilda Garreton!
Dr. Gilda Garreton has been selected as one of the 23rd Annual HENAAC Luminary Award Honorees. According to the Great Minds in STEM website “the Luminary honorees share three common factors: 1) They are highly respected by their peers and management, 2) They are valuable authorities in their fields, and 3) They are blazing the trail for future generations of engineers and scientists. [more]
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) Program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation and retention of individuals (including persons with disabilities, women and minorities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation's human resources in STEM.
Dr. Eric Freudenthal of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Computer Science Department received a competitive Microsoft Research Award of $27,000 for the project entitled “Early scale dissemination and evaluation of iMPaCT-Math”. [more]
CAHSI Faculty members Dr. Sarah Hug (research associate, ATLAS), Dr. Susan Jurow (Associate Professor, School of Education), and Wendy Chi (graduate student from School of Education) received an honorable mention for the 2011 Best Paper Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. [more]