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Computer is truly blessed to have a great team of dedicated computing professionals. Since becoming Computer's editor in chief in January 2007, I have been working in synergy with our professional editorial staff, volunteer editors, and an impressive group of reviewers whose collective wisdom and effort make Computer a great publication.
Reviewers for Computer mostly work under the direction of associate editors in chief Kathleen Swigger and Bill Schilit. Both will continue their outstanding service, and we look forward to their continuing leadership in research features and special issues development.
I offer my gratitude to the editors who solicit or contribute to Computer's columns and departments. As I began implementing my editorial vision and plan, many of them continued their excellent service. Now, in some cases, new editors are being identified as replacements to ensure continuity. I hereby take this opportunity to acknowledge the valued service of column editors Jack Cole, Security; Alf Weaver, How Things Work; Wayne Wolf, Embedded Computing; and series editor Juan Gilbert, Broadening Participation in Computing.
Very importantly, I extend my heartfelt thanks to all the reviewers who gave their time to review submitted manuscripts, offering comments on organization and clarity, questions of accuracy, disputed definitions, and the effectiveness of visual aids or other ancillary materials. By relying on such dedicated professionals, we ensure the high quality of the peer-review process that serves as a cornerstone of any first-rate professional association publication. I encourage reviewers to continue to support Computer and make themselves available to serve as reviewers in the years to come.
Finally, another important dimension of our editorial development is the team effort exhibited by our area editors and advisory panel members who have offered me support and advice during the past two years. Current reviewers, please visit http://cs-ieee.manuscriptcentral.com to update the profile of your areas of expertise, if applicable. Also, please ask your colleagues to join the team by registering themselves and their areas of expertise at the same website.
—Carl K. Chang, Editor in Chief
A list of Computer's expert reviewers during 2008 is available on the Web at www.computer.org/reviewers2008.
The Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) works to increase the number of women participating in computer science and engineering research and education at all levels.
CRA-W supports several undergraduate research programs in cooperation with outside organizations to welcome students from underrepresented minority groups and non-US institutions.
The Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates program matches promising undergraduate students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor's home institution. DREU targets students from all underrepresented groups, women and men, who are enrolled in a US institution or who are US citizens or permanent residents studying abroad. From 1994 to 2008, DREU, along with a companion program in Canada, was known as the Distributed Mentor Project.
The Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates program supports computer science and engineering research during the academic year for teams of undergraduates from underrepresented groups at the students' home institution.
The Multidisciplinary Research Opportunities for Women program supports multidisciplinary research for teams of female undergraduates during the academic year and the following summer at their home institutions. Each team consists of scientists from both computing and noncomputing fields working together on research related to the use, support, deployment, development, or design of cyberinfrastructure.
Students and mentors can receive cash stipends ranging from $1,000 to $6,000, as well as possible additional funding for travel and conference participation. To learn more about CRA-W programs, visit www.cra.org/Activities/craw.
In 2009, the Computer Society is reducing its dues for new and renewing members to $99. IEEE Computer Society members enjoy a broad spectrum of benefits including access to cutting-edge technical information, opportunities for career development, and networking with other professionals.
Society members in 2009 will receive a subscription to Computer, free unlimited access to 600 Safari Books Online titles, and free online access to 500 Element K IT books and technical articles. Members are eligible to subscribe to the Computer Society Digital Library and to receive discounted subscriptions to leading technical periodicals.
Membership in the Computer Society also offers discounted registration fees for Society-sponsored conferences and discounts for hundreds of books and conference publications.
Professional members of the Society who are interested in furthering their careers can sign up for free online access to 2,700 e-learning course modules. Topics include Java, Cisco, project management, security, and more.
The Society also offers Certified Software Development Associate and Certified Software Development Professional credentialing. CSDA and CSDP are the first two certifications to conform to the newly released ISO/IEC 24773 standard. Society members receive discounts on the certification exams and accompanying prep courses.
Other career-building benefits of membership include opportunities to hold elective office in the Society or serve as a volunteer on one of the Society's many boards and committees. Both student and professional members are also eligible to participate in the IEEE Computer Society's prestigious awards and scholarships program.
Networking opportunities available via the Computer Society include membership in a local chapter and an invitation to participate in a selection of more than 40 technical committees and standards working groups. Society-sponsored conferences are also key venues for establishing professional relationships.
Finally, Society members can set up a free e-mail alias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about becoming a member of the IEEE Computer Society, visit www.computer.org/join.
IEEE Computer Society member and UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock was recently selected to receive the US National Medal of Science for his "fundamental contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks, for the functional specification of packet switching which is the foundation of Internet technology, for mentoring generations of students, and for leading the commercialization of technologies that have transformed the world," according to the award citation.
Kleinrock led a team of engineers at UCLA that was the first to create a network connection between two computers, becoming the first node on Arpanet, the precursor to today's Internet. In 1980, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, Kleinrock has received, among numerous other honors, the IEEE Computer Society Harry M. Goode Award and the IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award.
Established by Congress in 1959 and administered by the National Science Foundation, the National Medal of Science is the nation's highest scientific honor. Visit www.nsf.gov/od/nms/medal.jsp to learn more about the award.