Prof. Gloria Townsend to Chair Panel at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Prof. Gloria Townsend to Chair Panel at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

September 18, 2008

gloria townsend.jpgSeptember 18, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Gloria C. Townsend, professor of computer science at DePauw University, will be among the featured participants at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, October 1-4 in Keystone, Colorado. Dr. Townsend "will chair a panel on organizing successful regional celebrations that cover the map of the U.S. to eliminate the sense of isolation among women in computing," notes an announcement. "The session features accomplished university women and representatives of women's organizations who have experienced this isolation as well as the elation of building communities and creating connections for women in computing."

"I want every single woman in computing to have a low-cost way to network with other women in her own neighborhood," declares Townsend, who co-chairs the ACM (Association for Computing Technology 2.jpgComputing Machinery) committee on women in computing.

With a theme of "We Build a Better World," this year's celebraton is expected to attract more than 1400 participants. The conference "will recognize the significant role women play in creating and utilizing technology to improve world conditions" and include keynote addresses by Fran Allen, IBM Fellow Emerita and ACM's 2006 Turing Award winner; and Mary Lou Jepsen, founder and chief technology officer of One Laptop per Child, who invented the laptop's sunlight-readable display technology.

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Professor Townsend and Khadija Stewart, assistant professor of computer science at DePauw, served as coordinators of "InWIC 2008," the Indiana Women in Computing's annual conference, in January. Details can be found in this previous story.