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Article Spotlights Prof. Gloria Townsend and 'Celebration of Women in Computing' Held at DePauw

Article Spotlights Prof. Gloria Townsend and 'Celebration of Women in Computing' Held at DePauw

July 21, 2004

July 21, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "We want to show these women, who are accustomed to sharing large classes with mostly men, that there are many women close by with whom they can network and gain support," says Gloria Townsend, professor of computer science at DePauw University, of the first regional Celebration of Women in Computing. The event, which Dr. Townsend coordinated, took place at DePauw in February. An article posted at MemberNet, the online newsletter of the national professional association for computer scientists -- the Association for Computing Machinery -- notes, "85 students and faculty from five area universities attended panel discussions and student research posters, and networked with industry leaders."

The story includes a color photograph of Professor Townsend, who is quoted, "One goal of the regional conference is to provide a low-cost, regionally-tailored small regional conference for women in computing who do not have funding to attend major conferences. Another goal is to create a critical mass of women in computing."

The text adds, "The conference brought together computer science students and faculty members from Butler University, DePauw University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana University, and Purdue University, along with industry leaders for a regional gathering to focus on issues of women in computing."

Read the article online by clicking here. Access a February 13 story previewing the conference here.