Stodden to address changes in computing, information fields at National Academies workshop


August 12, 2016

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[Reposted from the iSchool newsroom: http://ischool.illinois.edu/articles/2016/08/stodden-address-changes-computing-information-fields-national-academies-workshop.]

How are changes in computing driving interest in related fields among undergraduates? How will an influx of graduates with computer science and information science skills affect the computing workforce?

Associate Professor and CIRSS Affiliate Victoria Stodden will address questions like these in a panel discussion next week at the Workshop on the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments. The event is organized by the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on the Growth of Undergraduate Computer Science Enrollments and will be held on August 15 in Washington, DC. Through discussions at the workshop, the committee hopes to gather data, input, and perspectives that will inform their study of the educational environment and profession of computing fields.

Stodden will participate in the workshop’s opening session, "Dimensions of Computing," during which she and other speakers will discuss their experiences and present challenges or opportunities for consideration.

Stodden is a leading figure in the area of reproducibility in computational science, exploring how we can better ensure the reliability and usefulness of scientific results in the face of increasingly sophisticated computational approaches to research. Her work addresses a wide range of topics, including standards of openness for data and code sharing, legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research, robustness in replicated findings, cyberinfrastructure to enable reproducibility, and scientific publishing practices.

At Illinois, she holds affiliate appointments at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NSCA), College of Law, Department of Statistics, and Department of Computer Science. Stodden earned both her PhD in statistics and her law degree from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.

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