Anita Borg, President of the Institute for Women and Technology, has been selected to receive CRA's A. Nico Habermann Award for 2001.
For more than 15 years, Anita has worked tirelessly to create a community of women in CS. She has encouraged women to make connections, give and receive advice, exchange information, develop their own strengths, and reduce their sense of isolation.
Among Anita Borg's many accomplishments is the Systers electronic mailing list. For 10 years, Anita was the Keeper of Systers, moderating its discussions, developing web-based information and communication technology to support it, and nurturing its community. Another accomplishment is the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which Anita co-founded with Telle Whitney to highlight the research of women, build community, and provide career development opportunities.
More recently, Anita founded the Institute for Women and Technology, a non-profit institution with two visionary goals: to increase the participation of women in all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of women. ITW has assumed responsibility for Systers and the Hopper Celebration and has launched a new initiative, called Virtual Development Centers, in which ideas generated in exploration and innovation events are realized in prototypes by faculty, students, and professionals.
Anita has served on a variety of boards and committees, including the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology; the National Academy of Engineering Celebration of Women in Engineering Steering Committee; the National Research Council Committee on Women in Science and Engineering; the CRA Board; and CRA-W.
Anita Borg has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. Since 1997 she has been a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC. Prior to joining Xerox, she was a consulting engineer with Digital Equipment Corp. More biographical information is available on the Web at http://www.iwt.org/borg.html.
Anita received her award at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference on September 14, 2000.
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