Archive for August, 2011


NSF Seeking US Ignite White Papers

August 30th, 2011
NSF seeking US Ignite white papers.

(This post has been updated; please scroll down for the latest.) The NSF's CISE Directorate has issued a call for white papers for the new US Ignite initiative: The National Science Foundation invites white papers from individuals and organizations (e.g., academic, non-profit, industry, associations, government agencies) that want to express particular interest in the US Ignite initiative ...

A Summer Social Webshop

August 29th, 2011
Summer Social Webshop on Technology-Mediated Social Participation

The following is a special contribution to this blog by Alan Neustadtl, Jennifer Preece, and Ben Shneiderman, faculty at the University of Maryland at College Park, as well as Marc Smith of the Connected Action Consulting Group. The four co-organized a Summer Social Webshop on Technology-Mediated Social Participation in College Park, MD, last Tuesday through Friday. Future leaders of social media research ...

SSTD 2011 Vision & Challenge Track Winners Announced

August 27th, 2011
Mohamed Mokbel, University of Minnesota

The following is a special contribution to this blog from Shashi Shekhar and Mohamed Mokbel, faculty in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The pair organized the 12th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases in Minneapolis, MN, this week. We were delighted to host a successful Vision and Challenge ...

Forecasting Hurricane Irene

August 26th, 2011
Satellite imagery, taken at at 3:15pm EDT, of Hurricane Irene as it approaches the Carolina coastline [image courtesy NOAA].

(This post has been updated; please scroll down for the latest.) Despite some slight weakening over the last few hours, Hurricane Irene is being called the "storm of a lifetime" -- on its current path, it will affect over 65 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. over the next 72 hours. Packing winds of ...

CISE Names Deputy Assistant Director

August 26th, 2011
Dr. Cynthia Dion-Schwarz

The NSF's CISE Directorate today announced the appointment of Cynthia Dion-Schwarz as the Deputy Assistant Director, effective Sept. 12: Dr. Dion-Schwarz will be joining us from the Department of Defense (DoD), where she served as the Director of Information Systems & Cyber Security Research in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. ...

First Person: “Life as a NSF Program Director”

August 24th, 2011
Doug Fisher, Vanderbilt University

The following is a special contribution to this blog by Doug Fisher, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Vanderbilt University. From July 2007 to August 2010, Doug served as a Program Director in the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) within NSF's CISE Directorate. He has agreed to describe something of ...