Monday, April 4, 2011

Berkeley Lab Contributes to Success of Sold-Out Tapia Conference

For the first time in its ten-year history, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference has registered more than 500 attendees, which prompted organizers to close registration a week before the April 3–5 conference began at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Of those registered, about 75 percent are students, more than 50 percent are women, and more than 70 percent are from other under-represented groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, or Latinos.

“We would love to have more attendees, but our hotel facilities simply can’t handle any more people,” said 2011 Tapia General Chair David Patterson, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, faculty researcher in the Lab’s Computational Research Division, and former president of the ACM, the society sponsoring the Tapia conference.

Tapia 2011 is the fifth time (at least) that Berkeley Lab has been a supporter, contributing $5,000 to fund scholarships for students to attend the conference. Michial Greene, a student at Contra Costa College in San Pablo who will be attending the conference on an LBNL scholarship, will present a poster on “Wii-mote Infrared Electronic Whiteboard.” The Lab’s second scholarship will support Russell Carden of Rice University, who will present a poster on “Behavior of Ritz Values for Nonnormal Matrices.”

Other LBNL contributions include:
    Conference Organizing Committee
  • Jon Bashor is the PR chair (for the third time).
  • Tony Drummond is the Student Poster chair. In the past, Tony has been a speaker and organizer of the Doctoral Consortium.
  • Linda Vu has provided social media support.

    Conference Program
  • Elizabeth Bautista will be part of a Tuesday panel session on Opportunities at DOE Labs.
  • Deb Agarwal, Elizabeth Bautista, Orianna Demasi, Juan Meza, Sean Peisert, and Dani Ushizima will host tables during Tuesday’s “Lunch with Interesting Bay Area People.”

    Related Activities
  • As a conference contributor, LBNL has an information table set up during the conference. This will be staffed by LBNLrecruiter Jeff Todd during designated times today and Tuesday.
  • Jeff Todd and other Lab attendees staffed a Berkeley Lab display during the Sunday night “Opportunity” poster session. Linda Vu coordinated production of a poster describing opportunities for students at the Lab.
  • Diversity Working Group funds are providing registration for Deb Agarwal, Elizabeth Bautista, Orianna Demasi, Tony Drummond, Tareq Saif, Jeff Todd, and Linda Vu.
  • Juan Meza and Dani Ushizima participated in a panel discussion on opportunities in government research labs and industry at a pre-conference meeting hosted by the Empowering Leadership Alliance.

    Post-Conference Activities
  • Linda Vu and Jon Bashor are coordinating a visit to LBNL by about 25 students on Wednesday, April 6. The half-day visit, with transportation provided by CS, will include presentations and tours of research facilities.
  • Also on Wednesday, April 6, Bashor will attend a meeting of the Coalition to Diversify Computing, organizer of the Tapia conference series.
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