Prominent Women in Technology to Be Honored at Awards Ceremony in Keystone, Colorado Oct 2nd 2008, During Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sept. 29, 2008 —The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) announced today the winners of this year’s Anita Borg Social Impact and Technical Leadership Awards and the Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award. The winners will be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to women in technology at an awards ceremony on October 2, 2008, during ABI’s 8th Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Keystone, Colorado.
The Anita Borg Social Impact Award honors an individual or team that has caused technology to have a positive impact on the lives of women and society or has caused women to have a significant impact on the design and use of technology. The 2008 award winner is BlogHer. Founded in February 2005 as a labor of love by bloggers Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins, and Lisa Stone, BlogHer’s mission is to create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, and community and economic empowerment. Today BlogHer provides the number-one community for and guide to blogs by women via annual conferences, a Web community, and blogging news hub. BlogHer offers a publishing syndicate of more than 2,200 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates. The Anita Borg Social Impact Award is underwritten by Microsoft.
The Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award is given to a woman who has inspired the women’s technology community through outstanding technological and social contributions. This year’s winner, AT&T Fellow Elaine Weyuker, has had a career of firsts: She was the first woman to receive a doctorate in computer science from Rutgers University; the first female faculty member at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU; and is the only female AT&T Fellow. A leader in the software-engineering research community, Dr. Weyuker specializes in software testing, reliability assessment, metrics and measurement, and empirical studies; and is a fellow of both ACM and IEEE. The Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award is underwritten by Cisco.
The Denice Denton Award is given each year to a junior non-tenured faculty member under the age of 40 at an academic or research institution who is pursuing high-quality research in any field of engineering or physical sciences while contributing significantly to promoting diversity in his/her environment. The 2008 Denice Denton Award winner is Naomi Chesler, an associate professor in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A leading researcher in biomedical engineering, Dr. Chesler has steadfastly pursued diversity and gender equity in engineering academia, both nationally and locally, while maintaining the highest standards of scholarly research. Her accomplishments can be summarized in terms of her application of engineering principles to improved diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease; her scholarship contributions to mentoring programs for women faculty in engineering; and her programmatics contributions to improving diversity in engineering. The Denice Denton Award is underwritten by Microsoft.
About the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI)
The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. ABI programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. ABI Partners include: Google, Microsoft, HP, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Intel, SAP, Juniper Networks, National Science Foundation, National Center for Women and Information Technology, IBM, Symantec, CA, NetApp, and Capgemini. For more information, visit www.anitaborg.org.
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ANITA BORG INSTITUTE CHANGE AGENT AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Women from Turkey, Pakistan, and Kenya to Be Honored at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sept. 22, 2008 —The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) today announced the three winners of the Anita Borg Change Agent Awards for 2008. These awards, underwritten by Google, honor technical women living and working outside the United States who work in their community to attract and support women in technology. This year’s winners — Reyyan Ayfer from Turkey, Zahara Khan from Pakistan, and Dorcas Muthoni from Kenya — are being recognized for their technical leadership and advocacy work.
The winners will be honored and will speak at the 2008 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Keystone, Colorado, October 1-4, 2008.
Reyyan Ayfer is chair of the department of computer technology and programming of Bilkent University in Ankara Turkey. In addition, she is assistant chair of the department of computer and instructional technology for teacher education, general coordinator of the Bilkent Instruction Technology Support Team, and director of the Institutional Relations and History Unit. Through her role in the field of information technology education, Ayfer has dedicated her career to helping meet the demand for expertise in programming. She represents Turkey as an ambassador in the Association for Computing Machinery-Women and is leading students at Bilkent University who have formed the first international ACM-W Student Chapter.
A true believer in individual social responsibility and sustainable business models for development, Zahara Khan co-founded and became president of d.o.t.z Technologies. The software applications developed by d.o.t.z include e-stores, used to market the “one village, one product” products internationally; and e-Sehat, which provides basic health services to rural communities. In Pakistan, Khan has implemented many programs aimed at the inclusion of women in the ICT sector. She is currently CEO of Sehat First, a social venture targeted at delivering affordable quality basic health care across Pakistan through self-sustainable franchised telehealth centers.
Dorcas Muthoni is the CEO and founder of Openworld Ltd., an IT consultancy and professional development training firm which the Computer Society of Kenya honored as the Open Source Solution Provider of the Year in 2006. Openworld plays a key role in supporting bi-monthly technical community forum meetings. Muthoni has also worked to provide mentorship and guidance to women and girls in information and communications technologiesacross Africa. She is co-founder of LinuxChix Africa and has worked to encourage women and girls in Africa to develop careers in computing.
“These three women are real examples of how individuals can contribute to building a better world,” said Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. “We are delighted that all three are able to attend and will be speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration. They are truly role models for all our attendees.”
The world’s largest gathering of women in computing in industry, academia, and government, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is a four-day technical conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Conference registration is open until September 27, 2008. For more information, go to www.gracehopper.org.
About the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI)
The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. ABI programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. ABI Partners include: Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Intel, SAP, Juniper Networks, National Science Foundation, National Center for Women and Information Technology, IBM, Symantec, Computer Associates, NetApp, and Capgemini. For more information, visit www.anitaborg.org.
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Since Keystone is arranged over six neighborhoods, high heels might not be the best shoes to get around in. Instead, you might want to go for some walking shoes or boots. This way, you’ll be spending more time enjoying what’s going on than in terrible pain! The Grace Hopper Celebration itself has no specific dress code. However, for the reception and awards ceremony you have the opportunity to dress up a little if you feel like it. However, this is by no means a rule. We at GHC are there to celebrate who you are- a technology woman. Feel free to be yourself, no matter what you’re wearing. Also, there will be dancing, so don’t forget those dancing shoes]]>
Researcher S. Revi Sterling gets things started with a pre-Keystone discussion on ICTD (Information and Communications Technology for Development) as a means to benefit society. Revi and her co-presenters for the GHC panel Having Global Impact as a Technical Woman invite you to join them in a forum they’ve created for pre-conference discussion on ICTD. Over the weeks to come they’ll post research and travel blogs from Africa, background on their work in the developing world, and invite your questions and input.
Next are two of our official GHC bloggers. Graduate student Kate Tsoukalas, co-presenter of the Birds of a Feather (BoF) session Student Groups Networking + Integrating Ideas = Together We Can Make a Better World. Kate shares her excitement about the conference, the BoF (and how she found her global collaborators!) in 3(.5) Reasons I’m Looking Forward to this Year’s Grace Hopper Conference. DePauw student Ed (nee Erin) introduces herself and describes some of the GHC sessions she’s most looking forward to in Hi, My Name is Ed.
Watch for more Grace Hopper Bloggers posts in the coming weeks, including two presenters whose sessions are on Ed’s short list. Next week you’ll hear from Jerri Barrett, who’s leading the conference Resume Clinic. Later in August you’ll hear from Jo Miller, who’s presenting our Wednesday Networking Events. And more of our official bloggers will introduce themselves.
Please continue to watch http://gracehopper.org/2008/news/ for official conference news. Then come on over to http://ghcbloggers.blogspot.com and join the discussion!1f76 ]]>
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