Issue No. 07 - July (2007 vol. 40)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2007.234
Oregon Teen Wins Computer Society Prize at Intel Science Fair
For his cutting-edge health and safety project, "A Novel Treatment Using Ultrasound Sonication to Remove Food-Borne Microbes from Fresh-Cut Produce," Yale Wang Fan, 15, of the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, recently received a $1,000 IEEE Computer Society prize at the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Intel ISEF, presented this year by Agilent Technologies, provides an opportunity for top young scientists from around the globe to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships. The Intel ISEF Grand Awards are valued at nearly $1 million in scholarships, tuition grants, and scientific field trips. The remainder of the prize money is offered by nearly 70 government agencies and other organizations, including the IEEE and the Computer Society.
Founded by nonprofit educational organization Science Service in 1950, Intel ISEF is the world's largest precollege science fair. More than 600 individual and team awards were presented at Intel ISEF 2007. Each entry is judged at least four times, with category awards given in first, second, third, and fourth place. Awards are $3,000, $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively, in each of the 18 categories. The top three winners of Intel ISEF receive a $50,000 scholarship.
Computer Society Awards
Seven competitors at Intel ISEF 2007 received cash awards from the IEEE Computer Society. Several students recognized by the Computer Society also won other honors at ISEF. First-place Computer Society honoree Fan also won a $1,000 third-prize award in computer science from Intel. Computer Society second-place winner Adrian Veres won a $1,500 second-prize award in biochemistry from Agilent, while the first-place Computer Society team of Arooshi Raga Kumar and Smriti Rajita Kumar garnered a $500 fourth-prize team award from Science News.
Lowell Johnson served as head of the IEEE Computer Society's team of volunteer judges at ISEF 2007. Winners of IEEE Computer Society Awards at ISEF 2007 were:
First Award, $1,000:
"A Novel Treatment Using Ultrasound Sonication to Remove Food-Borne Microbes from Fresh-Cut Produce"
Yale Wang Fan, 15, Catlin Gabel School, Portland, Oregon
Second Award, $500:
"Design and Development of a Novel DNA Computer System for Advanced Genetic Analysis"
Adrian Veres, 17, College Jean-de-Brebeuf, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Third Award, $400:
"Robot Vision: A Mutual Entropy-Based Algorithm through Scene Recognition from Image Sequences for Terrestrial and Planetary Exploration"
Lucia Moez, 16, Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaii
Team First Award, $500 for each team member:
"Wireless Integrated Security Extension (WISE): A Novel Approach for Securing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems Against Cyber Attacks"
Arooshi Raga Kumar, 16, and Smriti Rajita Kumar, 16 duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky
Team Second Award, $400 for each team member:
"Strategic Sudoku Solutions"
Charles Robert Myers, 18, and Miles McCullough, 18 Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
Award winners also receive a gift certificate for any Computer Society publication and a one-year subscription to a Society magazine of their choice.
Young Scientist Award Winners
Every year at ISEF, three Intel Young Scientist Award winners each receive a $50,000 individual scholarship. The Young Scientist Award winners at this year's ISEF were Dayan Li, 16, of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, for "Thrombospondin-1 Switches Nitric Oxide Function from Inhibitory to Stimulatory for Gene Expression of Human Tumor Endothelial Cell Markers"; Philip Vidal Streich, 16, home-schooled in Platteville, Wisconsin, for "Determining Carbon Nanotubes' Thermodynamic Solubility: The Missing Link to a Practical Supermaterial?;" and Dmitry Vaintrob, 18, of South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon, for "The String Topology BV Algebra, Hochschild Cohomology, and the Goldman Bracket on Surfaces."
In 2008, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair moves to Atlanta. Further information about ISEF is available at www.sciserv.org/isef.
IEEE Computer Society Launches 2007 Elections
Each year, all members of the IEEE Computer Society have an opportunity to vote for the officers who will plan new activities and direct the Society's operations in the coming year. Volunteer posts include leadership roles for the Publications, Educational Activities, Conferences, and Electronic Products & Services Boards and membership on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. The volunteers selected this year will serve under 2008 president Rangachar Kasturi, who was voted president-elect in last year's election.
Candidates for office reach the ballot in one of two ways: by Nominations Committee recommendation or by petition. The Nominations Committee accepts nominations from members until April. At a spring meeting, the current Board of Governors approves the slate of candidates brought forward by the Nominations Committee.
PRESIDENT-Elect and Vice President Candidates
The 2007 IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors has approved James D. Isaak and Susan K. (Kathy) Land as candidates for 2008 president-elect/2009 president. The president oversees the Society's programs and operations and is a nonvoting member on most Society program boards and committees.
The board also approved George V. Cybenko and Sorel Reisman as candidates for first vice president. Candidates for second vice president are Antonio Doria and Michel Israel.
After the elections, 2008 president Rangachar Kasturi will appoint the two elected vice presidents to oversee two Society boards. At his discretion, Kasturi will select appointees to head the Society's other governing boards.
Board of Governors Candidates
The 21 members of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors serve rotating three-year terms. The 13 candidates for 2008 to 2010 terms on the Board of Governors are Alfredo Benso, Fernando Bouche, Joseph R. Bumblis, Andre Ivanov, Hai Jin, Philip A. Laplante, Gerard Medioni, Itaru Mimura, Raghavan Muralidharan, Jon G. Rokne, Christina M. Schober, Ann E.K. Sobel, and Jeffrey Voas.
The seven candidates who receive the most votes will assume seats on the Board starting in January 2008. The IEEE Computer Society elections begin on 7 August, when paper ballots will be mailed to all Society members, and end on 2 October. All members will have the opportunity to vote via paper mail, fax, or online.
The paper ballots, the election area of the Society's Web page, and the September issue of Computer will provide biographical sketches and candidate position statements for each nominee. The biographical sketches will detail the candidates' Computer Society and other professional activities, current employment, professional experience and accomplishments, degrees and majors, awards, and other honors.
We encourage all members to take part in electing the leaders of the Computer Society.
Visit www.computer.org/election for complete 2007 election details.
Society Board Amends Bylaws
At a recent meeting in Los Angeles, the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors voted to amend two articles of the Society's bylaws. Article XII was amended to clarify the scope and mission of the Electronic Products & Services Board. Article VI (formerly Article XI) was rewritten to reflect the merger of the Conferences & Tutorials Board and the Technical Activities Board.
The Technical Activities Board was originally set up to foster grass-root activities of volunteers in the IEEE Computer Society for technical committees, conferences, and workshops, while the Conferences & Tutorials Board was originally set up to oversee and set policy for the Society's conferences, symposia, workshops, and tutorials. In the last decade, these two boards have become intertwined in their activities. The proposed merger will improve the coordination of the operations of these two boards.
Society members are invited to comment before the next Board of Governors meeting, set for 5–9 November in Cancun, Mexico.
Article VI has been rewritten in its entirety, while Article XI (not shown here) has been deleted. Article XII deletions are marked in strikeout text.
Article VI—Technical and Conference Activities
Section 1: Technical and Conference Activities Board
The Technical and Conference Activities (T&C) Board shall oversee and set policy for the Society's task forces (TFs), technical committees and technical councils (together, TCs), conferences, symposia, workshops and tutorials which shall be in accordance with the IEEE conference policies and procedures. The T&C Board shall be chaired by the vice president for technical and conference activities and consist of the following members: officers, committee chairs, and additional members as defined in the IEEE Computer Society Policies & Procedures Manual.
Section 2: Committees
Committees to advise and to implement the policies of the Technical and Conference Activities Board shall be defined in the IEEE Computer Society Policies & Procedures Manual. The vice president of technical and conference activities shall appoint the chairs of these committees.
Section 3: Appointments
The vice president for technical and conference activities shall appoint liaisons to other Computer Society program boards and committees as defined in the IEEE Computer Society Policies & Procedures Manual.
Article XII—Electronic Products & Services Board
Section 1: Electronic Products & Services Board
The Electronic Products & Services Board shall formulate the policies related to the creation, and packaging of all Computer Society electronic products and services. This Board shall advise and monitor its subcommittees on the execution of these policies. The Board has the responsibility for recommending new electronic products and services, coordinating and encouraging efforts to provide electronic products and services, monitoring the quality of present electronic products, reviewing the scope of new and existing electronic products, recommending changes in the scope of electronic products and making budgetary recommendations. It is also the responsibility of the Board to acquire and develop electronic tools and technologies to facilitate the development of new products or improve the production of current products. The policies related to the intellectual property of electronic products shall be formulated by the originating board. The policies related to periodicals and press products shall be the responsibility of the Publications Board.
The Electronic Products & Services Board shall be chaired by the Vice President for Electronic Products & Services and shall consist of the following voting members: the chair-persons of the operations committees, a representative from each program board, and additional members as defined in the Computer Society Policies & Procedures Manual.
Section 2: Operations Committees
Operations committees to recommend and to implement the policies of the Electronic Products & Services Board shall be defined in the Computer Society Policies & Procedures Manual.
The chairs and members of the committees shall be appointed as defined in the Computer Society Policies & Procedures Manual.
To comment on the proposed changes, contact 2007 IEEE Computer Society Constitution & Bylaws Committee Chair Rangachar Kasturi at firstname.lastname@example.org.