Where You’ll Find Me at Hopper

I am still working out my Hopper schedule (pending what panels I am assigned to as an official conference blogger) but I know where I will be on Wednesday night and Friday afternoon (because I am presenting twice!):

Wednesday, September 30, 3:30-9pm

Poetry and Prose Performances Project

Presenter: Jessica Dickinson Goodman (Carnegie Mellon University)

The Poetry and Prose Performances Project explores the uses of YouTube as a forum for educational resources for students who find reading difficult. This semester I have recorded short stories by O Henry, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Oscar Wilde, poetry by T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost, and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I have been open sourcing all documents, observations, and theories surrounding the project to the project blog: pfour.wordpress.com.

Friday, October 2, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Playing with Alice After School

Presenter: Jessica Dickinson Goodman (Carnegie Mellon University)

This talk is for attendees who are interested in teaching young women to love computing using Alice teaching software. Alice was mentioned in Randy Pausch’s last lecture, which received world-wide attention. Alice is a Fourth Generation programming language which gently introduces programming through movie-making. I will share their best practices, some challenges they have overcome, and several extracurricular Alice exercises.

I will also, of course, be attending the following:

Thursday, October 1, 11:15-12:15

The Value of Awards and How to Get Them

Panelists: Katy Dickinson (Sun Microsystems) [that’s my mom], Florence Haseltine (RAISE Project), Chandra Krintz (University of California at Santa Barbara), Robert Walker (Kent State University)

There are hundreds of awards available to women in computing, including: MIT’s TR35, ACM Hopper Award, Senior Member or Fellow of ACM, IEEE, or National Academy, ABI’s Women of Vision awards. What difference does it make if you get awards? What awards are appropriate for your career? How do we ensure that more women students, professionals, and academics will get into the queue and on the lists of those honored?

Here is the schedule of presentations at Hopper. I look forward to seeing you there!

Inspirational Quote:

“This is the sense of the desert hills, that there is room enough and time enough.”–Mary Austin

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