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“Tech Jobs Are All Across America”

August 31st, 2012

Tech jobs are all across America [image courtesy the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI)].The Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) is out with a new report that integrates data from multiple sources, including the biennial Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers we featured here several months ago, and presents a revealing county-by-county portrait illustrating where within the U.S. high-tech jobs are found. And the result is quite striking: it’s not just in Silicon Valley, but rather in communities all across the country where there have recently been increases of more than 10 percent in high-tech employment.

Here are some of the takeaways the BACEI highlighted in its report:

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Promoting Technology-Mediated Social Participation with a Summer Social Webshop

August 30th, 2012

The following is a special contribution to this blog by Jenny Korn, a Ph.D. student in communications at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Korn was one of the participants of last week’s 2012 Summer Social Webshop on Technology-Mediated Social Participation, co-organized by Alan NeustadtlJennifer Preece, and Ben Shneiderman, faculty at the University of Maryland at College Park, as well as Marc Smith of the Social Media Research Foundation.

2012 Summer Social Webshop on Technology-Mediated Social Participation (TMSP) [image courtesy Ben Shneiderman/University of Maryland].Chosen from more than 100 applications, 50 doctoral students gathered at the University of Maryland last week for the Summer Social Webshop (the website includes videos of presentations!). The well-crafted presentations triggered lively discussions at the intersection of social media and network analysis. We represented many disciplines, including communications, sociology, information science, and computer science, and we hailed from universities across the United States and Canada. Among the many lessons of this workshop is the belief that our research matters and that we have cutting-edge, computerized tools with which to conduct innovative studies of online behavior, concepts, and theories.

An image of the 2012 Summer Social Webshop class [image courtesy Ben Shneiderman/University of Maryland].Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Canadian GRAND research network, the Summer Social Webshop 2012 was an intense experience for the students, speakers, and organizers. Additional funding from Yahoo! added resources, while Google and Microsoft funded travel for the speakers. From breakfast until well past dinner, discussions were spirited, and new collaborations were formed. Thursday’s Metro ride into nearby Washington, DC, gave students a chance to walk past The White House and then attend a set of policy-related presentations at the world-famous Brookings Institute (more following the link).

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NSF: Significant Surge in CS Postdocs in Last Decade

July 7th, 2012

(This post has been updated; please scroll down for the latest.)

Last December, we blogged about changes in the number of new Ph.D.s in computer science — a slight increase between 2009 and 2010, but the “fastest growth” of all science and engineering disciplines during the 10-year period ending in 2010, according to data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) annual Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED).

Well, NSF is now out with more data, this time describing trends among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows — and the numbers are quite striking for computing (details after the jump).

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First Person: Margo Seltzer on Women in CS

July 5th, 2012

Harvard computer scientist and CCC Council member Margo Seltzer was interviewed last week about her thoughts on women in computer science:

Txchnologist: Although women make up nearly half of the workforce in the U.S., the Department of Commerce reports that only one out of four employed computer scientists is female. Does this fit with what you see?


Margo Seltzer, Harvard University and CCC [image courtesy Harvard].Margo Seltzer: It’s stunning. The numbers are bad, and they’re not particularly getting better globally. The only place that I’ve encountered worse numbers is actually finance and entrepreneurism. Those are the only events that I’ve ever gone to where I’ve felt that I was even more outnumbered.


Txch: What do you think accounts for the disparity? [more following the link]


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National Academies’ Report Calls for Cyberinfrastructure Investment

June 18th, 2012

National Academies' report calls for cyberinfrastructure investment [image courtesy NAS].Last week, the National Academies released a report chartered by Congress — “Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security” — assessing the competitive position of the nation’s research universities, and responding to the following question:

What are the top 10 actions that Congress, the Federal government, state governments, research universities, and others can take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century?

The report — authored by a committee of leaders spanning academia, industry, government, and national laboratories — concluded broadly:

It is essential that we as a nation reaffirm, revitalize, and strengthen substantially the unique partnership that has long existed among the nation’s research universities, the federal government, the states, and philanthropy by enhancing their individual roles and the links among them and also by providing incentives for stronger partnership with business and industry. In doing so, we will encourage the ideas and innovations that will lead to more high-end jobs, increased incomes, and the national security, health, and prosperity we expect.

It went on to identify 10 actions designed to revitalize university research and speed its translation into innovative products and services, streamline and improve productivity of research operations within universities, and build a pipeline of future talent in science, engineering, and other research areas.

There’s one recommendation likely to be of particular interest to the computing community (following the link):

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Revisiting “Where the jobs are…”

May 23rd, 2012

A little over two years ago, we blogged about the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s (BLS) biennial employment outlook — a 10-year forecast of job growth in all occupations — noting the prominence of computing in the decade ahead. Well, earlier this year, BLS released a new employment outlook for the period 2010-2020, and computing was once again front and center:

Computer and mathematical occupations are projected to add 778,300 new jobs between 2010 and 2020, after having added 229,600 new jobs from 2006 to 2010. This represents 22.0 percent growth from 2010 to 2020…


Employment in the computer systems design and related services industry is projected to add 671,300 jobs, to reach an employment level of 2.1 million by 2020, making this industry one of the largest growing ones. Employment in computer systems design and related services also is projected to grow at 3.9 percent per year, making this industry one of the fastest growing. The demand for increased network and computer systems security, mobile technologies, and custom programming services, as well as the health care industry’s ongoing move to electronic records, will drive the employment growth in this industry. The computer systems design and related services industry also is expected to be among those with the largest and fastest increases in real output, which is projected to increase by $208.0 billion, to reach $466.5 billion in 2020, an annual growth rate of 6.1 percent  [more following the link]…

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