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Colgate @ Grace Hopper Celebration 2016

Six members of the Colgate University Computer Science Department traveled to Houston, TX last week to participate in the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Students Lauren Henske ‘20, Zoila Rodriguez ‘18, Stephanie Tortora ‘17, and Bria Vicenti ‘17 and Professors Aaron Gember-Jacobson and Madeline E. Smith were among nearly 15,000 attendees of the conference this year.

The three-day conference celebrates the contributions made by women to the computing field and is named after Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Hopper. Nicknamed “Amazing Grace,” Hopper earned a PhD in mathematics from Yale University and was a professor at Vassar College before joining the U.S. Naval Reserve during WWII. At that time, computer code could only be run on the specific computer it was written for. Hopper invented the compiler, a special program that translates code so it can be run on different types of computers.

Started in 1994, the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) has grown to an annual conference attended by thousands of students and professionals in computing field. The conference features keynote presentations, technical and research presentations, professional development sessions, networking events, and a career fair. Videos from the conference this year can be watched at: http://ghc.anitaborg.org/ghc-16-livestream/

Read more about in our trip report: https://medium.com/@madsesmith/colgate-grace-hopper-2016-23078b1c41bb

(Updated Oct. 27, 2016, 2:10 p.m.)
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