Roscoe Giles Lands Prestigious Award for Promoting Diversity in Computing Research
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by Ed Boyce
WASHINGTON — The Computing Research Association (CRA) has announced that Boston University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Roscoe Giles will receive the 2000 A. Nico Habermann Award for outstanding contributions to aiding members of underrepresented groups within the computing research community.
This award honors the late A. Nico Habermann, who headed National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate until his death in 1993 and who was deeply committed to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in computing research.
“Roscoe is definitely committed in every part of his academic and personal life to ensuring and promoting minorities in science,” said BU colleague Raquell Holmes, Program Manager for the Educational, Outreach and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (EOT-PACI), a joint program of the National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance) and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI).
Giles is a co-chair of EOT-PACI and Deputy Director of the BU Center for Computational Science.
“Roscoe’s many years of championing programs for those not typically represented in computational and computer science have resulted in changes in the lives of countless students and faculty,” said Ann Redelfs, EOT Director for NPACI. “The fact that he has received the Habermann award is a testimony to the value of his contributions, and I can think of no one more deserving.”
“Roscoe is always a leader on issues of promoting broad access to information technology and diversity among America’s computational scientists and IT professionals, not only through the programs he is in charge of, but also in the way he interacts with students, peers, and government agencies,” said Holmes.
CRA makes the award, usually annually, for contributions in areas of government affairs, educational programs, professional societies, public awareness, and leadership that have a major impact on advancing underrepresented groups in the computing research community.
“What makes Roscoe unique is his passion for his work,” said Allison Clark, director of Access and Inclusion Initiatives for the Alliance.
“He is truly and sincerely committed to improving the position of underrepresented people in science and engineering, and he pursues those goals with tireless energy. It makes working with him not only rewarding, but a lot of fun,” said Clark.
The award will be presented on Monday evening, July 10, at the CRA Conference at Snowbird, Utah.
Previous winners have included (1999) Sheila Humphreys, University of California, Berkeley, (1998) Bryant York, Northeastern University, (1997) Andrew Bernat, University of Texas at El Paso, (1996) Caroline Wardle, National Science Foundation, (1995) Eugene Lawler (posthumous), University of California at Berkley, and (1994) Richard A. Tapia, Rice University.