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Issue No. 12 - December (2006 vol. 39)
ISSN: 0018-9162
pp: 78-80
Computer Thanks Its Expert Reviewers

In this last issue of Computer in 2006, I would like to extend my gratitude to the dedicated reviewers whose efforts make possible each issue of Computer. Computer relies on and highly values the peer review process and the reviewers who are at its very core.
Our reviewers contribute by reviewing papers as assigned in their technical area of expertise. They often comment on organization and clarity, questions of accuracy, disputed definitions, and the effectiveness of visual aids, figures, or other ancillary materials.
Reviewers for Computer work under the direction of Associate Editors in Chief Kathleen Swigger and Bill Schilit. Kathy and Bill have contributed extensively to Computer and to the Computer Society throughout 2006. Their expertise and guidance, combined with their commitment, are critical components of our review process.
All of Computer's feature articles are subject to peer review. To the nearly 250 professionals who contributed their time and expertise as Computer reviewers in 2006, please accept my thanks. I sincerely hope that you will continue to be available to review for Computer.
To the column and department editors, please accept my gratitude for your valuable contributions. Finally, my thanks to our area editors and Advisory Panel, who give generously of their time to help with the review process. The names of the column editors, area editors, and Advisory Panel can be found on the masthead on page two.
To express an interest in becoming a reviewer for Computer, register at Your registration will inform us of your willingness to serve as a reviewer and will give us a profile of your areas of expertise.
Doris L. Carver, Editor in Chief
Russian Team Wins $10,000 in Computer History Competition
A team of undergraduates from Moscow's Russian State Technological Institute has won $10,000 in the IEEE Computer Society 60th Anniversary History Competition with its Web site on the Russian schoty, a counting device similar to an abacus. Nearly 70 teams from 63 universities in 27 countries vied for first place in the competition.
Student team members Ekaterine Dobryshina and Sergey Sheypak, accompanied by team mentor Valery Shilov, accepted the award at the IEEE Computer Society's 60th Anniversary celebration in San Diego, representing fellow teammates Alexey Drogin and Denis Rimskij.
CHC 60 organizers encouraged groups of four undergraduate students to work together as a team to design, research, and implement a high-quality Web site. The aim of the competition was to make students aware of the rich and exciting history of the computer as well to emphasize transferable skills such as time management and the division of a major task among a group of people. CHC 60 is part of a series of events throughout 2006 to celebrate the IEEE Computer Society's 60th anniversary.
"The judges were very impressed with the Russian State Technological Institute's site. The site was well laid out and easy to navigate," said CHC 60 chair Alan Clements, a professor at the UK's University of Teesside. "They presented their topic in an interesting and informative manner."
Teams from the following 12 schools reached the finals:

    Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida

    ITT Technical Institute, San Antonio, Texas

    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana

    Russian State Technological University, Moscow, Russia

    State University of New York (two entries), Binghamton, New York

    Technical University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania

    Tribhuvan University Institute of Engineering, Lalitpur, Nepal

    University of Craiova, Craiova, Romania

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

Northrop Grumman generously provided the $10,000 first-place prize. To view the Russian State Technological Institute entry, as well as links to other high-ranked sites, visit
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