Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 1 of 3, The Student Years

Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes I no longer consider myself to “in” computer science, although I will always consider myself both an academic and a computer scientist. (There’s an older version of part of this story here.) I grew up at a time when women … Continue reading

How I Got Into Computer Science (Many Happy Years)

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Next week I am meeting with a bunch of young women in our department‘s CS and CIS programs, so I’ve been thinking about how I got into computer science, and why I stayed. Here’s my tale of how I got … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: This Is Not a Game: How SXSW Turned GamerGate Abuse Into a Spectator Sport – The Daily Beast

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Clearly, we still have a LONG way to go, and a lot of work to do. Citing ‘violent threats,’ SXSW canceled a panel about harassment in games, as well as a pro-GamerGate panel that cropped up as a counterpunch. But … Continue reading


Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Day Two at IEEE-GEM: 2015 IEEE Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) Conference The first full day of presentations (yesterday were the workshops). Highlights: There were many interesting conversations and presentations. I did mt two talks (I’ll post the slides in a week … Continue reading


Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Day One at IEEE-GEM: 2015 IEEE Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) Conference Highlights: Nice people Very eclectic bunch – many countries and disciplines Did my tutorial on Gamification, which was well received, and Interesting keynote by Steve Mann. Still not sure … Continue reading

Worth a Read: Computer Science Courses that Don’t Exist, But Should

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute A list by James Hague: CSCI 2100: Unlearning Object-Oriented Programming Discover how to create and use variables that aren’t inside of an object hierarchy. Learn about “functions,” which are like methods but more generally useful. Prerequisite: Any course that used the … Continue reading