The CRA board selected
Janice E. Cuny to receive the 2007 A. Nico Habermann Award for her
dedication, effectiveness, national scope, breadth of impact, vision, and
leadership in broadening the participation of all underrepresented groups in
computing. Cuny, a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the
University of Oregon, is currently a Program Director in CISE at the
National Science Foundation.
Jan Cuny has been a prime mover within CRA-W on a number of projects over
a long period of time, including: co-founder (with Mary Lou Soffa) of both
the Grad Cohort and the Associate Professor Cohort programs; Distributed
Mentor Program; Computing Research Experiences for Women; and Computing
Research Experiences for Undergraduates. In addition, she was co-author
(with Bill Aspray) of the highly regarded and widely read report, "Best
Practices in the Recruitment and Retention of Women Graduate Students in
Computer Science and Engineering"; co-organizer of one of the earliest CRA
panels on diversity in computing (1996); and a member of the
Executive Committee of the Coalition to Diversify Computing.
Currently Cuny directs the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)
program at NSF. From the beginning of this program, her vision directed a
process that has been a model of inclusiveness for diversity-oriented
programs at NSF and elsewhere.