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IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society 2011                     

Overcoming Social Barriers With Computing                

When     : May 23-25, 2011

Where   : Saint Xavier University, 3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, Illinois 60655, USA

Keynote : Dr. Jane Prey, Microsoft.

Abstract:  Did you ever wonder why there are only 18% women studying computing in the US? Where else are there women in the classroom and do they continue equal representation in the workforce? From the work in the United States; the current studies begun in Brazil; and brief overview of other countries, why are certain places successful in certain levels but not at others? What are the lessons we can learn from our neighbors?  This interactive session will provide a brief overview of the gender diversity situation including directions and potential best practices. It is hoped that the audience will provide information about their particular communities and ask provocative questions to the audience at large.






Online registration at https://hosted.sxu.edu/istas/default.asp


Parking at ISTAS 2011, and Driving to ISTAS 2011:



Early registration closed April 25, 2011 at 11:59pm, Central Standard Time (Chicago).


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A limited number of student volunteers will be given complimentary registrations at ISTAS 2011 for assisting at the conference. Interested student volunteers should email istas2001@uis.edu.



Baymont Inn, Alsip IL: $75 per night for single or double occupancy. Free shuttle from Midway Airport. Free parking. Ask for the "ISTAS 2011" rate.

Hilton, Oak Lawn IL $119 per night, one king or two doubles. Complementary shuttle from Midway Airport, close to the CTA Orange Line. Ask for the "Saint Xavier University" rate. If you encounter a problem, please email Flo Appel (our local arrangements chair) at appel@sxu.edu.

Further housing information from Saint Xavier


Information about Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus is available at http://www.sxu.edu/Administrative/Facilities_Mgmt/chicago.asp .


Directions from Midway Airport and O’Hare Airport, and to several downtown Chicago attractions, available at http://www.sxu.edu/Administrative/Res_Life/chicagoattractions.asp



Program co-chairs:

Michael Loui, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Mary-Sheila Tracy, University of Illinois at Springfield

Program Committee:

Sviatoslov Braynov, University of Illinois at Springfield; Kamyar Dezhgosha, University of Illinois at Springfield; Jay Kesan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;

 Joshua Kundert, University of Wisconsin – Madison;  Clark Miller, Arizona State University,  Christian Sandvig; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Local arrangements chair:

Flo Appel, Saint Xavier University Chicago;

General chair:

Keith Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield