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Colloquium - Margolis

Out of the Loop: Why So Few African-American, Latino/a, and Female High School Students Are Learning Computer Science and What To Do About It
University of California, Los Angeles
9/15/2006
1:30pm-3:00pm

Jane Margolis, a social scientist who has worked to bridge the gender and minority gap in computer science and co-author of the widely acclaimed book Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing, will be the inaugural speaker in the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society Speaker Series. Her talk will include references to her recent research in inner city Los Angeles high schools.

Margolis is a researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her recent research concerns the under-representation of students of color and females in high school computer science courses. She has taken an active, research-based role in creating programs for high school teachers, administrators and students aimed at increasing computer science enrollments for women and minorities.

She also has been awarded several National Science Foundation grants aimed at broadening participation in computing, especially for women and minorities. Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing was published in 2002 and was based on the research she conducted while at Carnegie Mellon University with co-author Allan Fisher. The book documents how males tend to dominate computing, the societal dangers of the under-representation of women in computing, and what can be done to recruit and retain more women in computer science.

In 2003, Margolis received the University Continuing Education Award for Literature for "Unlocking the Clubhouse". She received the Computing Research Association's A. Nico Habermann Award for Diversity in Computing in 2005. Margolis, who received her EdD from Harvard University in 1990, also is a member of the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a national organization that is housed in the ATLAS Building, which opened in August 2006. NCWIT's mission is to ensure that women are fully represented in the world of information technology and computing.

The ATLAS Speaker Series is supported by a generous gift from ATLAS Institute Board member Idit Harel Caperton, CEO and founder of MaMaMedia Inc., and her daughter Anat Harel, a 2003 CU graduate who was an ATLAS Technology, Arts and Media student. The series brings distinguished visitors to the ATLAS Institute at CU-Boulder. Speakers are selected to embody the ATLAS Institute's multidisciplinary concentration in technology, learning and society, and will span and combine technical, societal and digital art and media issues.

Sponsored by the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS). See "Renowned researcher Dr. Jane Margolis featured in new ATLAS Speaker Series" for more information.

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