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Fall 2009 Events:

Trip to IBM's Manhattan Office
Hosted by NYU's Women in Computing (WinC)

For pictures, feedback and more details can be found at the NYU-IBM blog.

Friday, November 20, 2009, 3pm-5:30pm

Join us on a trip to IBM's Manhattan Office at 11 Madison Avenue. The schedule of events is as follows:

3:00-3:30 Arrive and network and have refreshments
3:30-4:00 Building Watson: A Brief Overview of the DeepQA Project by Jennifer Chu-Carroll
4:00-4:30 Data Mining by Claudia Perlich
4:30-5:00 Informal Careers panel
- Panelist Janet Butler: Vice President Software Sales at IBM for New York and New Jersey
- Panelist Caroline Benveniste: Working with Hardware
- Panelist Marina Greenstein: Working in Sales
- Panelist Warren Lucas: Sales Executive at IBM running the Information Management software sales business in New York and New Jersey
- Panelist Anshu Kak: Being a Distinguished Engineer
- Panelist Keith McAuliffe: Being a Distinguished Engineer
- Panelist Claudia Perlich: Working in Research - Internships in IBM Research
5:00-5:30 Networking and Refreshments


 

Preparing for a Technical Interview - co-hosted with the awesome MACS

At this meeting, we will hold an informal discussion on preparing for a technical interview. What it is, how to dress for it, what kinds of questions are asked, and if you can study for it. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you or your friends have experience going on or giving tech interviews, please share your knowledge (alumni are encouraged to attend!). As always, pizza and refreshments will be served, and all genders are welcome. Co-hosted with the awesome MACS .

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
6pm
Courant Institute, 251 Mercer Street
(NYU id needed to enter building - let us know if you would like to be put on the guestlist to enter the building)
13th floor lounge

All genders welcome! Pizza will be served! Random items will be given away!


Google Tech Talk - GOOGLE WAVE

Join us for WinC's annual Google Tech Talk, to be presented by a Google engineer on GOOGLE WAVE. Stay afterward to find out how you can be part of the Google adventure. Googlers will be present to answer questions about opportunities at the company. All genders and fields of study are invited to attend, pizza will be served, and Google goodies will be given away!

Friday, October 23, 2009
4pm
Courant Institute, 251 Mercer Street
(NYU id needed to enter building)
Lecture Hall 109

All genders welcome! Pizza will be served!


WinC KICKOFF MEETING with Pizza, Ice Cream, and Techie Pictionary!

Monday, September 21, 2009
6pm
Courant 317

Meet your fellow WinC members, hear about our fabulous upcoming events, and elect an awesome new Undergraduate Chair (this could be YOU!). Eat delicious pizza and ice cream, play Pictionary using only tech terms, and win prizes! No artistic skill required! All genders welcome! Hope to see you there!

Recap: Our kickoff meeting was a great success! It was standing room only, with about 35 attendees. Paul Gazzillo, the treasurer of MACS, won Techie Pictionary, closely followed by the ACM officers Dan and Max. We are pleased to announce that Julia Grunewald accepted the position of Undergrad Chair. Thanks to everyone who attended, and thanks to the officers for their help.

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WinC Mentoring Hours

Courant 419. Come to WinC's Mentoring Hours to talk to WinC officers and peers about school, work, or just to take a breather. Mentoring Hours are manned (or womanned, haha) by WinC officers and are designed to provide support for "fellow" women in the department. (Who knew people language was so gender-specific?) If we don't know the answer to your question, we'll point you in the right direction. Stop by to talk, get assistance with courses, or share your ideas. Thanks to our Co-President, Rebecca, for leading this effort. There are rumours of cupcakes.

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Coffee Breaks, 9 pm, occasional Thursdays

You'll eventually take a break from studying, so why not join fellow students for coffee (or another consumable of your choice) at the aptly named Think Coffee across the street from Courant. Coffee Breaks are designed to be a low-key way for students to get together and unwind. For those feeling jaunty, we can play Scrabble using only tech-related words. (Cost is individual food and beverage purchase, but, hey, you'll eventually buy food anyway.)

Think Coffee, 248 Mercer Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets)
9 - 9:45 pm, occasional Thursdays:

 


WinC's Spring 2009 Events:

Re-cap of WinC Meetings 2008-2009

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End-of-Semester PARTY!

Come join your fellow students, colleagues, professors, staff, NYU alumni, and industry professionals for food, drinks, music, and great conversation. We want to celebrate Courant's alumni and industry professionals from Google, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, ADACORE, Deloitte Consulting, Blackrock and other companies that have collaborated and supported our students during the past year. And, of course, to give our talented members a well deserved treat to celebrate the end of the academic year! It is guaranteed to be a great time... so we hope to see you there! ** This event is open to Courant's students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all genders and disciplines. **

Thursday, April 23, 2009
6pm - 8pm
Courant, 13th floor commons
251 Mercer Street
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cSplash

Our friends at cSplash ("Courant Splash"), will hold their annual festival of math and science for high school students (all genders!) on Saturday, April 4, 2009. If you'd like to help plan the day, teach a class, or volunteer on the day, let them know! Contact: csplash [at] cims.nyu.edu. http://cims.nyu.edu/~csplash

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Courant, all day.

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Tech Outreach Event: New York City Girls Computer Science and Engineering Colloquium 2009

Following the success of last year's outreach event, WinC will again host a day-long program of speakers, presentations, and demos for NYC-area high school girls interested in technology and engineering (9th and 10th grades). We will partner with sister clubs from Princeton and Columbia to reach out to high school girls and encourage them to study the sciences. This event is funded By the Google Rise award and NYU's Courant!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
9am - 3pm
Kimmel Center - Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th floor
60 Washington Square South
New York University

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Corporate Technology Panel

Hear technology professionals from various business sectors talk about how technology is used in their company, the issues that they currently face, and what is in store for the future. Participants include Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Blackrock, and Deloitte Consulting. Resumes will be collected (please bring one copy per company).

The first half of the panel discussion will consist of a moderator-led Q&A, and the second half will be an open Q&A with the audience. A reception with refreshments will follow outside room 109. This event is organized by WinC, MACS, and ACM.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
6:30 pm
Courant Lecture Hall 109

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WinC's Fall 2008 Events:

WinC Visit to IBM

IBM Watson has invited us to their research offices in Hawthorne, NY this Friday, November 14th for a day filled with talks held by distinguished members of the tech and IBM community. Computer science students of all levels AND non-CS students at NYU who are interested in attending are welcome! We hope that you will join us for this event.

The Schedule:
Visit http://nyuibm.blogspot.com/2008/10/nyu-winc-group-visit-to-ibm-tj-watson.html for speaker bios.

Friday, November 14, 2008

To register: click "Members only" tab above and type the following without quotes:
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WinC "Field Trip" to Google (yes, Google)

** CURRENT NYU STUDENTS ONLY ** (Please note that you will be required to show a valid NYU student id on the day of the trip.) WinC members will visit Google's office in NYC for a talk, lunch, and tour. It will likely be extra zany because it's Halloween. This event fills quickly, so register early. Preference to attend will be given to students who have been active with WinC (so get involved!). You will be notified via e-mail about whether your registration has been accepted and will be given the meeting time and place.

Friday, October 31, 2008
10am - 2pm

To register: click "Members only" tab above and type the following without quotes:
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Google Tech Talk

RECAP: On Friday, September 26th, around a hundred students attended a Google Tech Talk hosted by NYU's Women In Computing (WinC). Jon Feldman, PhD, of Google's research team in New York, gave a presentation on algorithmic methods for sponsored search advertising. After the talk, Dr. Feldman was joined by several other Google professionals in an informal panel discussion. Students had the opportunity to ask questions relating to Dr. Feldman's talk, job opportunities at Google, and other topics of interest. WinC would like to thank those who attended, Dr. Feldman, and the entire Google team.

Google will be hosting WinC at their New York office on Friday, October 31st (Halloween) for a talk, lunch, and tour. Details to be posted here.

"Algorithmic Methods for Sponsored Search Advertising"
Speaker: Jon Feldman, Google Research, Ph.D., Computer Science, MIT 2003

Join us for our annual Google Tech Talk and stay afterward to find out how you can be part of the Google adventure. Googlers will be present to field questions about job opportunities at the company that Fortune Magazine cited as the "Best Company To Work For," two years running. All genders and disciplines are invited to attend.

Friday, September 26, 2008, 5pm
Courant Institute, 251 Mercer Street, Lecture Hall 109
Refreshments will be served!
Co-sponsored by NYU's ACM and Courant's cSplash

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Abstract: Modern commercial Internet search engines display advertisements along side the search results in response to user queries. Such sponsored search relies on market mechanisms to elicit prices for these advertisements, making use of an auction among advertisers who bid in order to have their ads shown for specific keywords. We present an overview of the current systems for such auctions and also describe the underlying game-theoretic aspects. This game involves three parties--advertisers, the search engine, and search users--and we present example research directions that emphasize the role of each. The algorithms for bidding and pricing in these games use techniques from three mathematical areas: mechanism design, optimization, and statistical estimation.

Speaker bio: Jon Feldman received the A.B. degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003. He then received an NSF Mathematical Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and conducted this fellowship at Columbia University in New York. In 2005, he joined the research staff at Google in New York, and has since published several papers on the algorithmic and game-theoretic aspects of sponsored search advertising. His broader research interests include algorithms, coding theory and mechanism design.

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Tech Outreach Event with Princeton's GWISE

We are teaming up with Princeton's GWISE (Graduate Women in Science and Engineering) to host a tech outreach event for high school girls interested in technology and CS. The day will include programming challenges, interactive workshops, and speakers. Volunteers are needed as well! [link to volunteer sign-up form removed]

Monday, May 5, 2008
9am - 3pm
Kimmel Center, room 914

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WinC "Field Trip" to Google (yes, Google)

WinC members will visit Google's office in NYC for a tour, lunch, and a talk. This event fills quickly, so register early.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Please note that preference to attend the Google trip will be given to students who have been active with WinC, or who can help with upcoming events. [link to rsvp form removed]

You will be notified via e-mail about whether your registration for the Google trip has been accepted, or if you have been placed on the waiting list. Information on meeting time and place will be announced.

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End-of-Semester Party

Come join your fellow students, colleagues, professors, NYU alumni, and industry professionals for food, drinks, music, and great conversation. We want to celebrate Courant's alumni and industry professionals from Google, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg and other companies who have helped with WinC's goals and endeavors. And, of course, to give our talented members a well deserved treat to celebrate the end of the spring semester! It is guaranteed to be a great time...so we hope to see you there! [link to rsvp form removed]

Thursday, April 24th
6pm - 10pm
Courant, 13th floor lounge

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Discussion with Daniel Stein, Dean of Science

Join us for a discusson with Daniel Stein, Dean of Science and Professor of Physics and Mathematics. Dean Stein will discuss several topics, including issues and opportunities for women in science at NYU. Food will be served.

Monday, April 14, 2008
7pm
Courant, room 317

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cSplash

Organized by the Courant Student Outreach Program, cSplash ("Courant Splash") is a day-long festival of classes in math, science, and computer science. Classes are designed and taught by undergrads, grad students, faculty, and others affiliated with NYU. If you are interested in helping to organize the event, teach a class, or volunteer the day of, please email csplash@cims.nyu.edu.

Saturday March 29th, 2008
Courant

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WinC Bake Sale

WinC is holding a fundraising bake sale of homemade goodies (yes, we code AND bake, yo). All proceeds will go to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. Buy some cookies and give a child the chance to enable them. (Huge props to Fatima, Christine, Rebecca, and Jillian for baking.)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
11am - 4pm
Courant lobby

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Google PhD Technical Talk

Friday, November 16, 2007
For PhD students at NYU and Columbia (of all genders).

Presented by Dan Sturman, Engineering Director, Google NYC

Location: Google NYC (111 Eighth Avenue at 15th Street)
10:45AM - Arrival and Registration
11:00AM - 11:45AM - Talk
11:45AM - 12:45PM - Lunch
12:45PM - 1:00PM - Tour

PLEASE RSVP TO: [removed].

ABSTRACT:
The computing systems that are powering many of today's large-scale Internet services look less like refrigerators and more like warehouses. Designing efficient warehouse-scale computers requires many of the traditional tools and methods developed by computer architects, and some new tricks as well. In this talk I'll describe some of the defining characteristics of these systems, with a focus on failure handling and power management.

SPEAKER BIO:
Daniel Sturman, Ph.D.: Daniel Sturman is an Engineering Director in Google's New York, NY office. At Google NY he is leading the development of software infrastructure that enables Google applications to operate and scale across massive distributed systems. Areas of focus include storage systems, data systems, networking, and cluster management.

Prior to joining Google, Dan held several technical and managerial positions at IBM. Most recently, Daniel was Director, Development for DB2 on Linux, Unix and Windows in IBM's Information Managment Division.

Daniel started at IBM as a researcher at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where his research focused on revolutionizing the way people build and use distributed systems. His work on the Gryphon system broke significant new ground in the scale, performance, and functionality of publish/subscribe systems supporting wide-area networks.

Prior to joining IBM, he obtained a MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University.

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Microsoft Talk

NYU students of all genders and disciplines are welcome to attend.

Friday, November 2, 2007
4pm
Courant, Room 1302
Speaker: Jeff Teper, NYU Class of 1986

Meet NYU Alumnus and Microsoft Corporate VP!

Come meet Jeff Teper, Corporate VP of Sharepoint, and NYU alumnus, class of 1986. Jeff will be talking about his experience working at Microsoft and he will also address future innovations at Microsoft. Jeff is looking to find great students interested in working at Microsoft.

Bring your résumé for a chance to win great Prizes!
Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by NYU's Women in Computing (WinC). Cosponsored by ACM

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Fran Allen's Turing Award Lecture at NYU

Hosted by the Department of Computer Science, Women in Computing (WinC), and IBM.
NYU students of all genders and disciplines are welcome to attend.

Thursday, October 25th, 2007
5pm
Courant, Room 109
Reception to follow in the 13th floor commons.

We are honored to host Fran Allen, an IBM Fellow Emerita and this year's Turing Award winner, to give her Turing Award Lecture at NYU.

"Compilers and Multi-Core Computing Systems"

Abstract: Multi-core computers are ushering in a new era of parallelism everywhere. As more cores (and parallelism) are added, the potential performance of the hardware will continue to increase. But how will users and applications take advantage of all the parallelism? To address this question the speaker will first give her personal, historical perspective on languages and compilers for high performance systems then discuss the challenges and opportunities of universal parallelism.

Bio: Fran Allen is an IBM Fellow Emerita at the T. J. Watson Research Laboratory with a specialty in compilers and program optimization for high performance computers. This work led to Allen being named the recipient of ACM's 2006 Turing Award "For pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution." Fran is the first woman to have received the Turing Award.

http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1278972.html
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kevinmaney/2007-02-20-allen-am-turing-award_x.htm

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IBM Research and Software Group Workshop at NYU

Friday, October 12, 2007
10am - 4pm
Courant, Room 109

AGENDA

Morning Session, 10am - 12:15pm
Targeted for Undergraduate Students. Become part of a community, write articles, books, become DB2 certified, and become a student ambassador. Topics included:
  • Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • DB2, pureXML, Web Services and Web 2.0
  • Using DB2 at an Investment Bank
Lunch and Talk with Brenda Dietrich - IBM Fellow and Director of the Mathematical Sciences Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

Afternoon Session, 1:30pm - 4pm
Targeted for Graduate Students. Get ideas of research topics suitable for Masters projects (or possibly part of your PhD) that may be of interest to IBM or to IBM customers. Topics included:

  • Data Management
  • Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD)
  • Approximation Algorithms for Unique Games
  • Research topics for Service Science

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Google Technical Talk at NYU: "Online Ad Auction Mechanisms and Bidding Strategies"

Date: Thursday, September 20th, 2007
Location: Warren Weaver Hall, Room 109
Time: 7pm
Speaker: Muthu Muthukrishnan

Recap: The Google Tech Talk held on Thursday was a great success! We had over 100 people attend and everyone seemed to be of different academic backgrounds, which is awesome. The speaker Muthu, an alumnus of Courant, gave a presentation on bidding strategies and some of the technical mechanisms Google uses. He answered questions from the audience and was very receptive to all inquiries. Google came equipped with Lombardi's pizza, goodies, a raffle, and nifty Google swag. A panel of Googlers affiliated with NYU also attended and fielded questions from students about what it's like to work there. Thanks to all who attended, and we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!

~ WinC Officers


WinC General Meeting (Elections will be held during this meeting)

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Place: Courant Room 1314
Time: 5:00pm


Meet other supporters of women in technology over pizza and soda! For those interested in industry internships or positions, we work with Google, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, DoubleCLick and others. Come get advice from advanced students about academic issues and being a woman in technology. Computer science students of all levels and non-CS students interested in technology are welcome. We will discuss plans for the semester, choose a regular meeting day and time, and plan upcoming events.

Officer positions are available and elections will be held during this meeting.

Please email wincweb[at]cs.nyu.edu with any questions or join our mailing list for more information.

 


DoubleClick - WinC end of the semester celebration (April 26th, 5 - 8pm)

CANCELED


IBM Research Visit on March 30th, 2007

NYU Women in Computing Group Visit to IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne on 30 March 2007

30 NYU students visited IBM including 9 PhD, 16 MS, and 12 BS students from Courant and Stern.

Here is the agenda for the visit

- 11:00-11:50 Cathy Lasser (VP, Industry Solutions and Emerging Business) Research Overview

- 11:50-12:10 Susan Puglia (VP, Quality and Process Transformation Executive for Technical Career Paths Development and Technical Support)

- 12:10-12:35 Brenda Dietrich (Director, Mathematical Sciences) Mathematics at IBM

- 12:35-13:00 Anshu Kak (Executive IT Architect) Services-Oriented Architecture

- 13:00-14:00 Lunch, meet with CIMS alumni working at IBM:
          Michael Burke, Philippe Charles, Meng-chen Hsieh, Anca Ivan,
           Rodric Rabbah, Edith Schonberg, Alexander Totok, Aristotelis Tsirigos,
           the speakers, Charles Lickel, and David Cohn.

- 14:00-14:45 Fran Allen (IBM Fellow Emerita, this year's Turing Award winner and the first woman to win this award) Compiling a Career

- 14:45-15:15 Mahesh Viswanathan (Lead Architect, Information on Demand)Web 2.0: Challenging the Status Quo in Information Technology

 

See students' feedback on this event from the IBM blog website: http://nyuibm.blogspot.com/

Google Visit (April 6th, 2007)

View photo gallery for WinC-Google visit, 4/6/07

Google will be hosting us at their office for a tour, lunch and a technical talk.

11am - Welcome NYU
11:30 - Tech talk
12:30pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Tour of the Google office

 


Recruiting and Internships in Technology Event: IBM and Morgan Stanley (February 1, 2007)

** More than 70 students participated in the vist and it was an excellent event. **

Women in Computing's (WinC) "Recruiting and Internships in Technology" event that was held on Thursday, February 1st was a great success! We had over 70 people show up, when we were expecting around 40. Students looking for a full-time, part-time, or internship position came to meet our panel of extraordinary women technologists. A VP from Morgan Stanley and two IBM representatives came, one of which included Sandy Carter, the Vice President of SOA and WebSphere strategy, Channels and Marketing of IBM Corporation. They talked about their work, what exactly they do, what companies they work with, and what is in store for the future of technology. They shared their expert advice on how to manage and successfully execute the job hunt, and how they themselves reached the high level status in their own careers. After the panel discussion, students got a chance to ask questions and enjoy refreshments). They also got the chance to talk to all three of our panelists, and to personally give them their resumes. This event was a fantastic networking opportunity to mingle with some very important, high power women.
Co-sponsored with Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Wasserman Center for Career Development.


 

Google Trip Visit (Friday November 17th, Fall 2006)

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Women in Computing club (Winc) at NYU is organized a visit to the new Google site in NYC for a tour, lunch, and a talk on Nov. 17th.

** Forty students participated in the vist and it was an excellent event. **

Speaker Bio. From Google: Stephan Ellner has been a member of Google's ads-backend team for over two years and has worked on large-scale distributed systems for log-processing, spam-filtering, and data-aggregation. He holds masters degrees from Rice University in computer science and classical violin, and performs regular chamber music recitals at Google.


Academic Panel (December 2nd, fall 2006)

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WinC sponsored an academic panel with the women CS professors of NYU (Professor Odeh, Professor Li, Professor Wright, Professor Engel, and Professor Berger) on Wednesday, December 5th, 2006. They discussed grad school and research opportunities, different career fields, and answered any questions NYU students had about their futures in computer science. It was a big success!


WinC General Meeting (Monday, September 25, 2006)

Date: Monday, September 25, 2006
Place: Courant Room 1314
Time: 7:15pm

Meet other supporters of women in technology over pizza and soda! For those interested in industry internships or positions, we work with Google, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and others. Come get advice from advanced students about academic issues and being a woman in technology. Computer science students of all levels and non-CS students interested in technology are welcome. We will discuss plans for the semester, choose a regular meeting day and time, and plan upcoming trips to IBM Watson Labs and Morgan Stanley. Officer positions are available and elections will be held soon. Please email rebecca.davidson [at] nyu [dot] edu with any questions or join our mailing list for more information.


 

Women in Science and Engineering Conference (Friday, February 10, Spring 2006)

On Friday, February 10, the Women in Science and Engineering Conference was held at Princeton University. It was a great opportunity to discuss issues women face in science such as being an underrepresented minority, the pros and cons of working in industry vs academia, and much more! A group of WinC members participated in the conference. Here is the website for more information: Women in Science and Engineering Register online now!


 

IBM Academic Panel (Thursday, February 16, Spring 2006):

Caroline Kovac of IBM gave a lecture on 'Computing in the Age of the Genome'.
On Thursday, February 16, Caroline Kovac of IBM gave a wonderful lecture on 'Computing in the Age of the Genome'. It was held on 2/16/06 in room 102 of Warren Weaver Hall.