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DSCI Announces Bronze Sponsorship of Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Posted Nov. 7, 2011


 Largest Gathering of Technical Women in the World Will Address Diversity and Innovation in the Culture of Technology


Kent, OH, Nov. 4, 2011 

Kent State University's School of Digital Sciences ( announced today that it will be a Bronze sponsor of the 11th Annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) conference ( The conference, hosted by the Anita Borg Institute (, will be held Nov. 9-12, 2011 at the Oregon Conference Center in Portland, Oregon.

Kent State University's School of Digital Sciences will have a booth on the conference exhibit floor to promote their innovative new school that offers an interdisciplinary Master of Digital Sciences degree. "For a student with an undergraduate degree in computing, the Master of Digital Sciences can add depth in the emerging new discipline of enterprise architecture or breadth in a related discipline, such as information science or management information systems," said Dr. Robert A. Walker, Director of the School of Digital Sciences at Kent State.

The world's largest gathering of technical women in industry, academia, and government, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a four-day technical conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. More than 500 speakers and 200 technical poster presenters will include leading researchers and industry experts discussing their current work. Special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering. Co-presented by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the conference has expanded this year to feature more than 132 sessions (panels, workshops, technical papers, Ph.D. forum, new investigators, technical posters, a track on large scale computing, and "birds of a feather" sessions) across 10 tracks, invited technical speakers and the ACM Student Research Competition.

This year’s conference theme, "What If...?" recognizes that innovation in technology arises from the question: "What if a culture of technology that encourages participation and inquiry from a diverse workforce leads to greater levels of innovation?" More than 2,800 women and men from more than 30 countries are expected to attend this year's event. GHC provides technical women with visibility, a sense of community, critical social networks and mentoring relationships that improve female representation in the field.

"We are extremely pleased to have sponsors such as Kent State University's School of Digital Sciences who support the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing through their sponsorship and participation at the event," said Telle Whitney, Anita Borg Institute President and CEO. "By playing an instrumental role in the conference, they are demonstrating their true commitment to encouraging diversity in the workforce and greater technological innovation."

For more information about the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, visit


About Kent State University's School of Digital Sciences

The School of Digital Sciences is a new interdisciplinary school at Kent State University.  Combining elements of computer science, computer information systems, computer technology, library information science, visual communication design, journalism, communication studies, and instructional technology, it fosters a broad understanding of the "digital sciences" across all of these disciplines.  The School offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, a Master of Digital Sciences degree, and an undergraduate minor.  For more information, visit

Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s leading public research university with more than 42,000 students. The university’s eight-campus system is among the largest regional systems in the country. Kent State is ranked as one of the world’s top universities by Times Higher Education of London and one of the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The university also is ranked among the nation’s 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information on Kent State, visit


About the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI)

The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. Our programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. ABI Partners include: Google, HP, Microsoft, CA Technologies, Cisco, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NetApp, SAP, Symantec, Thomson Reuters, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Amazon, Broadcom, Motorola Foundation, Raytheon, Salesforce, and Yahoo! For more information, visit