Marjory Blumenthal, Executive Director of the National Research Council's Computer and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), has been selected to receive CRA's Distinguished Service Award for 2001.
For the past 13 years, under Marjory's leadership, CSTB's work has been influencing public policy in information technology. CSTB has produced about 50 reports that contribute in one way or another to the health of the computing field, and to its visibility in government circles. A few recent examples of reports that have had an impact include: The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age; Being Fluent With Information Technology; Modeling and Simulation: Opportunities for Collaboration Between Defense and Entertainment; Cryptography's Role in Securing the Information Society; and Evolving the HPCC Initiative to Support the Nation's Information Infrastructure. Marjory's vision and commitment to quality, and her track record of hard work, dedication, and determination, have earned her and CSTB the respect of the computing community.
Marjory did her undergraduate work at Brown University and her graduate work at Harvard University as an NSF Fellow. She was a project director for the congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and she also worked for GE Information Services as Manager of Competitive Analysis and Planning. In 1998, Marjory spent a sabbatical as a Visiting Scientist at MIT LCS, where she developed and taught a course on public policy for computer science graduate students.
Marjory is a member of the Santa Fe Institute Science Board, the Advisory Board of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Study Group on the Information Revolution and World Politics, and the ACM, AEA, and IEEE.
More biographical information is available on the Web at http://www.cstb.org.
The award was presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference on September 14, 2000.
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