First Woman Wins Turing Award for Computer Science
Frances Allen, an IBM Fellow Emeritus, won the Turing Award in Computer Science, becoming the first woman to receive the honor. The award, which has been presented by the Association for Computing Machinery since 1966, is often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing." Allen's contributions to program optimization, parallel computing, and other industry endeavors granted her the association's attention, and ultimately the prize. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
A pioneer for women in computing, Allen spoke with CNET News about her experiences as a woman in the field of technology. She recalled her time as a manager at IBM, saying, "I remember walking into an auditorium which had many managers in it as IBM and I counted four women among well over 100 people in the room." When asked what advice she wished she was given when she started her career, she responded, "Not to get so frustrated sometimes when you can't get your way."
Allen plans to create a scholarship fund for working class computer science students with the award money.
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
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10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
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