Lecture by Dr. Maria Klawe
President, Harvey Mudd College
WiSE Distinguished Lecturer for 2007-2008
"Gender, Lies, and Videogames"
Thursday, February 7, 2008
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. followed by a short reception
HNB 100 (Hedco Auditorium)
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Maria Klawe became the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College on July 1, 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, Klawe is the first woman to serve as president of HMC. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University.
Klawe earned her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics at the University of Alberta, Canada, and began her tenure at Princeton in January 2003. Prior to that, she held academic positions at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Toronto and Oakland University. During her 15 years at the University of British Columbia she served as head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995, vice president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998, and dean of science from 1998 to 2002. She also spent eight years in industry, serving at IBM Almaden Research Center, in San Jose, Calif., first as a research scientist, then as manager of the Discrete Mathematics Group and manager of the Mathematics and Related Computer Science Department.
Her teaching interests center on making mathematics accessible and appealing to all students, and the use of technology to enhance learning and motivation. In 2005, she won the Princeton Engineering Student Council teaching award for her work in teaching second-semester calculus. In 2002, she organized the Aphasia Project at UBC, bringing together faculty from human-computer interaction, psychology and audiology and speech sciences to produce handheld devices to improve the quality of life and independence of people with aphasia (loss of language most commonly caused by stroke).
Klawe has been active in many organizations promoting women and leadership in science and technology, and is currently chair of the board for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology in Palo Alto, Calif. She is a current member of the Executive Committee, the past president (2002-2004), and also a fellow (1995) of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and was a board member of the Computing Research Association. Her service to other organizations includes work as a trustee for the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, and the American Mathematical Society. She holds honorary doctorates from Dalhousie University (2005), Queen's University (2004), the University of Waterloo (2003), and Ryerson University (2001).
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