Archive for June, 2011

Tech Executives See Paths for Women, Especially Geeks


“All three say that despite the dearth of women in senior roles, the rise of social-media companies including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. appear to be attracting more women to the field.”

in The Wall Street Journal


Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus


“The number of computer science degrees awarded in the United States began rising in 2010, and will reach 11,000 this year, after plummeting each year since the end of the dot-com bubble in 2004, according to the Computing Research Association, which tracks enrollment and degrees. Enrollment in the major peaked around 2000, with the most degrees — 21,000 — awarded four years later. The number of students who are pursuing the degree but have not yet declared their major increased by 50 percent last year.”

“Still, computer science graduates do not come close to filling the jobs available. Technology is one of the few bright spots in the economy, with jobs growing at double the rate of job growth over all, according to federal statistics. And colleges say they do not have enough resources or professors to teach interested students. Meanwhile, the programs woefully lag in attracting women and many minorities, though the share of computer science degrees granted to women climbed 2.5 percentage points last year to 14 percent.”

in The New York Times




10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube (Smart Video Collections)


in OpenCulture

OpenCulture youtube favorites


The Risks of Stopping Too Soon


“Software development suffers from an infirmity best called Premature Termination; the symptoms are that developers begin to do something useful but stop too soon. The result is something that is not only not very useful, but often harmful.”

David Lorge Parnas


Communications of the ACM
Vol. 54 No. 6, Pages 31-33

Can the U.S. Afford Universities Focusing on Research Over Teaching?


“The question I’m raising here is whether we can afford a shift toward research and away from teaching in the United States.  There is evidence suggesting that the increasing costs of higher education are not due to growth in instructional costs, but in costs associated with sponsored programs and graduate education External Link. In his blog, Rich DeMillo points out that university research rarely pays for itself External Link. Doing research is more expensive than doing education well.  ”


Computer science grads fielding ‘multiple job offers’


“It’s a good time to be a computer science major. Job prospects are rosy for today’s graduates, who are entering the workforce at a time when tech hiring is on the rise and talent is hard to find.

“We’ve calculated that there are about two to three open jobs for every computer science grad this year,” says Alice Hill, managing director at job site

“We’re job-rich, candidate-starved right now,” says Stephen Kasmouski, partner and general manager of the software technology group at recruiting firm Winter, Wyman. “The supply and demand has shifted dramatically, and it has shifted very quickly relative to what happened coming out of the last dot-com recession.””


Mind-controlled computing for the disabled


“A new Israeli-developed tool enables the disabled to send emails by thought alone, and could revolutionize the world of mind-controlled computing.”


The Quiet Revolution in Open Learning


“The concept is simple: Community colleges that compete for federal money to serve students online will be obliged to make those materials—videos, text, assessments, curricula, diagnostic tools, and more—available to everyone in the world, free, under a Creative Commons license. The materials will become, to use the common term, open educational resources, or OER’s.”

in The Chronicle of Higher Education